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  • Day22

    Made it home safe and sound

    September 28, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    It was a mad dash home from Little Rock, AR. We did it in 2 days, and while you would think the second day would be worse than the first, the first day was much worse. Don’t know what it was, but Heather and I actually snapped at each other (correction from Heather: Gordon did the snapping, he must have gotten really tired. And his navigational skills reverted to that of a teenager, either nonexistent or he kept changing his mind.)(additional note from Gordon: I don’t know what Heather is talking about.)

    But we are both glad to be home. It was a terrific adventure.

    Heather adds: Gordon is making things up again. I should have let him do that extra alien post he wanted to do. But we’re happy to be home.
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    Karen Anderson

    Glad you got home and escaped any interference from the aliens and that you enjoyed your adventure!

    9/29/21Reply
    Laurie Towle

    Home Sweet Home. Glad you made it!!

    9/30/21Reply
    Geezers in Paradise

    🎶🥰

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  • Day18

    Alien Installations

    September 24, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    Time for our traditional aliens post. We do this on every trip, because the proof is every where you look. You just need to see.

    As we were driving today, we noticed a lot of these tall cylinders, what everyone would call grain silos. But as we drove and saw more and more of them, a pattern started to appear. First, they were in clusters, as if they were connected somehow. Second, there were often smaller groups with shorter towers.

    We finally came to the realization that these were the air exchange towers for underground alien installations. As the installation grows the towers get taller, and as it spreads, it sprouts smaller groups of towers that then grow over time.

    We got nervous when I got these photos. I am sure that some trucks left grain fields about that time and started to follow us. More proof that our supposition is correct.

    Please don’t share this post, we don’t know what the consequences could be.

    And if we don’t make it home, you now know why.
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    Bonnie Benedict

    Hearing the X-files theme…the truth is out there.

    9/24/21Reply
    Laurie Towle

    ET go home. 👽

    9/25/21Reply
    Geezers in Paradise

    😂🤣😂

    9/25/21Reply
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  • Day18

    Decisions, Decisions, Resolved

    September 24, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

    I feel like… well I feel many things. One thing that I feel is my kidney stone. It’s as if I had an relative I don’t like (actually I am blessed to like all my relatives and in-laws) move in and be a constant irritant in my life. At some point one’s tolerance breaks and one kick the so-and-so out of the house. Unfortunately, I can’t kick the stone out (I tried with the helicopter ride), I need to wait patiently until it decides to pass. The last stone I had took only a week to pass, but it appears that the average time is about 45 days. Yuck!

    Anyway, I am sorry if this is too much information. But I am doing alright as long as I take my meds. But I would be more comfortable at home, waiting patiently (I need to ask Heather if I am a patient person) for this stone to do something. I also worry about it’s sisters and big brother still up there in the kidney.

    As for deciding where to go next, well, home. There is no rush. Home will be there when we get there, today, tomorrow, next week, next month.

    We feel a bit disappointed that our trip won’t be as long as we had planned, but we are having a wonderful adventure! As long as that is true, we are doing well.

    Heather adds: its not all on Gordon. I think we bit off a little more than we can chew given all thats gone on this past year. But we have had fun, and it has been GREAT to get out and enjoy our great country
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    Kathy Brophy

    We can relate! We’re in the middle of our first multi week road trip. We’ve already decided perhaps going forward we will fly to our destinations…

    9/24/21Reply
    Geezers in Paradise

    Yeah, right? When we called ourselves geezers, we didn’t really mean it!! We expect to have the same stamina we had 10 years ago at LEAST!

    9/24/21Reply
    Kathy Morton

    Well, you can only take so much roughing it as we get up in our geezer years. I'd say you've done mighty fine!!! It's been great tagging along on your journey.

    9/24/21Reply
    Geezers in Paradise

    I guess so!

    9/24/21Reply
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  • Day17

    Decisions, decisions, continued

    September 23, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

    Returning to our being Floridians, we have become accustomed to not wearing masks. So as we looked where to go next, we immediately discarded the idea of northward, as it seemed we were already very close to the Arctic Circle. That left southward toward New Mexico. But they have a mask mandate, for everyone, vaccination status not a factor, all the time. I did do some research to see when this masking started in New Mexico. It appears to have started about 1880, when some people were worried about their health while talking to train and stagecoach passengers. I have included a photo illustrating the start of masking in New Mexico.

    Since neither Heather nor I wanted to spend our time masked, we tossed the idea of going to New Mexico out the door. But that left Arizona. We could quickly drive through New Mexico to get to Arizona. That would work! At that point the conversation went like this:

    “Yes, we can go to Arizona!”
    “Ok, where would you like to go? How about Flagstaff?”
    “We’ve been there every time we have gone to Arizona.”
    “Ok, how about….. someplace we have’t been yet?”
    “Sure, like where?”
    “Mmmmmm…… ah, ah, how about Yuma?”
    “Are you sure that is the only place we haven’t been in Arizona??
    “Ah, I think so, but wait, isn’t there a prison there that we saw?”
    “So, I guess there is nothing we want to see in Arizona.”
    “Oh sigh, guess Arizona is off the list.”

    To be continued
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    Laurie Towle

    😷🤠 Too funny.

    9/24/21Reply
    Tammy Nicoll

    Have you been to Frank Lloyd Weight's Taliesin West in N. Scottsdale? It's like walking through Mom and Dad's house in a larger scale.

    9/24/21Reply
     
  • Day16

    Decisions, Decision part deux

    September 22, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    Well, we have been on the road for two weeks now having a grand adventure. There was tragedy (lost credit cards), beautiful vistas, escapes from certain death (kidney stone), death defying acts (helicopter ride), time travel (visiting homesteading, great migration west, and fossil sites), moments of tenderness (either that steak that was so good or my time with Heather), displays of Mother Nature (downpour in Nebraska), emoting (when the replacement credit cards were not delivered), and good food.

    But now that we have arrived at the Rocky Mountains, we are confronted by something that we knew, but did not understand what it really meant. We are Floridians! There, I said it. We are use to warm weather. Here in the foot hills of the Rockies, as the nights dip into the high 30s, we bundle up, turn the heat on and cuddle. We are freezing. As I behold the majestic Rockies, I do not see a great wilderness waiting to be explored, but rather the great ice wall in Game of Thrones. The cold winter air blows hard off the slopes of the mountains, freezing all who dare challenge them.

    So Heather and I have come to the decision to nix our decision to travel through the Rockies on our way to New Mexica and Arizona.

    To be continued…
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    Tammy Nicoll

    Embrace your inner Floridian!!

    9/22/21Reply

    Stay warm!!! LOL [Diane Ziemer]

    9/22/21Reply

    Lots to see in New Mexico and Arizona. Can't wait for the next report. Hope the credit cards finally arrived. Safe travels. [Jerry & Carole]

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  • Day14

    Leaving the Black Hills

    September 20, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    We loved our stay, but felt the urge to move on. We had reservations for the campground in Buffalo Woming, but when we learned it was going to rain and get down to 37 degrees, we began looking elsewhere.

    We passed through corners of three states (South Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado) to arrive on the north edge of Fort Collins, Colorado. We’ll be here 2 days to rest up, shop, and of course, eat. It’s WINDY here!

    These photos are from the day’s drive.
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    Janet Clarkson

    Hope you brought warm clothes.

    9/20/21Reply
    Geezers in Paradise

    We did. It was toasty warm in the trailer last night.

    9/21/21Reply
    Laurie Towle

    Beautiful skies and wide open spaces. “The heavens declare the glory of God”. Psalm 19:1

    9/21/21Reply
    Geezers in Paradise

    Amen!

    9/21/21Reply
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  • Day13

    Mount Rushmore from the air

    September 19, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    We actually might have gotten better photos from the road, but the helicopter ride was thrilling. Carrie of Black Hills Aerial adventures was a great pilot. There was a small wind and Heather asked Carrie how she knew when the wind was blowing too hard to fly. Carrie gave a very good response, “when the customers are not having a good time.” The best part was actually lifting straight up off the ground! Woah! Don’t go toward the light!Read more

    Janet Clarkson

    How fun!!

    9/19/21Reply

    Wow!!! So much fun!! You guys look great. Diane ziemer [Diane Ziemer]

    9/19/21Reply

    Wonderful adventure. Will put that on. Our to do list! [Bonnie]

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  • Day12

    World Fossil Finder Museum, Hot Springs,

    September 18, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 93 °F

    A metal building about 6 car widths wide, this unassuming museum was the best collection of fossils I’ve ever seen. It’s impossible to convey what was on view with photos. You’ll just have to go yourself!Read more

    Laurie Towle

    Why, Gordon has the same smile as the mighty fossil in the first photo.

    9/19/21Reply
    Geezers in Paradise

    He DOES!

    9/19/21Reply
    Bonnie Benedict

    It looks like a great museum, Definitely worth the visit.

    9/19/21Reply
    Geezers in Paradise

    An s solute jewel.

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  • Day11

    Plan B…

    September 17, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    Well, we chose to go to Scotts Bluff, NE to spend two nights. There was a campground that looked ok, and it was only a 2.5 hour drive. But we got there, after driving for half a mile on a dirt road. It was dusty, barren, and all together unappealing. The bathrooms were locked, so I could not check them out and the campground hosts were gone. Heather checked the reviews, something we should have done earlier. There were a fair number of 5 star reviews, all sounding like shills, and a 2 star review from not too long ago talking about dirty showers and wifi that only worked within 50 feet of the host’s rv trailer.

    We decided that while waiting for the hosts to return, we would go to restaurant that Heather had found earlier. The food was good, Heather had a salad and I had a flat bread with chicken, pesto, and some other stuff. Unfortunately we forgot to take a picture.

    We decided that neither one of us wanted to stay at that campground. We check the KOAs in Colorado, all were still full. We looked at some places in the Black Hills and decided that The Hot Springs KOA looked good.

    On the drive there we passed a very dramatic forest fire, complete with helicopters carrying water buckets to douse the fire. The wind was blowing from the south and it is a bit smokey in the KOA, but it seems to be clearing. the campground is beautiful with loads of pine trees.
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    Laurie Towle

    Oh WOW!

    9/18/21Reply
    Bonnie Benedict

    Cool!

    9/18/21Reply
     
  • Day11

    Chimney Rock, Nebraska

    September 17, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    Originally named “Elk’s Penis” by the local Indians, this rock served as an important landmark for westward travelers. They had a great visitors center, complete with a wagon for kids to load. When they overloaded the wagon, a red light went on.Read more

    Laurie Towle

    When we saw Chimney Rock in NC, I had the same thought the Indians did, only not elk. 😁

    9/18/21Reply
    Geezers in Paradise

    Gordon, bless him, thought it looked like a stupa.

    9/18/21Reply
    Bonnie Benedict

    Looks like a great stop.

    9/18/21Reply
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