A 146-day adventure by Katboz
  • Day146

    Home!

    October 18 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Breakfast with the Hibbs while they prep for Truckee vacation. Charlie is still looking for her new best friend Olive who was with us last night at dinner. They played really well together. Unfortunately Charlie has left her mark in their living room. Feel bad, Hibbs have no pup any more, but are still cleaning up carpet messes!
    Good drive home, 99 getting better out of Sacto, but the closer we got to Fresno there was less and less repair! Home middle of the afternoon, and didn't try to do any more than shower and have dinner.
    Cabinets almost done, but still not quite. Built in oven and microwave still to be installed and several doors. Hope it's finished this week!
    The poor yard, summ er took is toll! And of course pine needles everywhere! A carpet of needles! But we are HOME!
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    Traveler

    Welcome home! ❤️

    10/19/22Reply
     
  • Day145

    Dinner with the Hibbs

    October 17 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    Gassed up one last time in Nevada to avoid fuel prices in California. Not that they were much lower, maybe $5.15 or so. Beautiful drive across the sierras on 80
    No pics because I was driving, traffic not too bad, but definitely busy, and lots of trucks. I just got on line behind this hay truck and we just caravaned through the mountains.
    Lunched in Loomis which makes this trip now Full Circle. We began the trip in Loomis after celebrating Sara and Matt's wedding here. Back on the road and arrived in Sacto to enjoy the afternoon catching up with Kristi and Steve, and then shared dinner with the "old" married couple Sara and Matt!
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    Traveler

    A great way to start & finish your adventure!

    10/19/22Reply
     
  • Day144

    Over hill and dale through Nevada

    October 16 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    No stops today. Just the long haul across Nevada. We traveled Hwy 50, the "loneliest road in America". Been this way before, but still would rather drive this then the interstate. Hey is just more direct.
    You literally drive over "hill and dale", I think they're after 7 or 8 different passes or summits. So you head you a long grade, not really steps and then since this is the Great Basin your coast down into a shallow basin that usually has the remnants of a old saline lake. Decided on overnighting at a Walmart in Fernley, with dinner at a casino. We played a slot machine- $20- and double our money!
    Almost paid for dinner!
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    Traveler

    Living on the wild side!

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  • Day143

    Great Basin Natl park

    October 15 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    Drove the remaining but of hey thorough Utah to get to GBNP. Approximately 100 miles of sage brush on this drive. I actually pulled my needlework out in lieu of looking out the window, hoping to see wildlife.
    Spent some time days the visitor center, I always forget just how BIG the great basin is. Google it and check the boundaries, but one characteristic is that the rivers in these areas never get to the ocean. They all drain to low (salt-like) lakes, like the Salton Sea, the Great Salt Lake, and Mono lake. These are the recognizable names, but there are many more.
    Ate some lunch in the cart and headed up the My Wheeler scenic drive. Only about 12 miles, but ending up in there parking area at 10,500ft. It was still early enough in there day that I finally decided hiker out to the Bristlecone Grove. Only about 1.5 miles, gradually uphill. Wish I had worn boots with a heavier sole. Trail is sort of rocky and had lots off the roots. Temp was cool, in fact had a lot of shade this time of day from the cliffs and trees. Enjoyed the grove and the twisted nature of the pines up here. They have dated many trees and determined many are 3,000 years old. Yes, BC!
    Took a side trip to little Teresa lake which at this time of year is a puddle. Didn't have time to do the glacier trail, Charlie and Tom were waiting in the parking area. Drove back down, enjoying some of the overlooks. Since it was almost 5 we just stayed in this little RV in Baker. Been here before, could definitely use some elbow grease/TLC!

    Almost forgot, took time enjoy the night time sky...fabulous. we don't often see the milky way these days. Would love to do evening program with the rangers!
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    Traveler

    I love the gnarly shapes and texture of the bristlecone trees....they remind me of super ancient bonsai plants....

    10/16/22Reply
    Traveler

    Hard to fathom how old these trees are! Imagine all they have seen...

    10/17/22Reply
    Traveler

    Kathy, you always take beautiful pictures of flowers!

    10/17/22Reply
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  • Day142

    Driving through Utah, Hwy 191

    October 14 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Today was really just a drive day. But I have to say that we took Hwy 40/Hwy 191 west from Vernal and we're really glad we did. It is noted as a scenic byway and I thought it was a beautiful drive. Oddly the drive did include a number of trucks, stop maybe it's odd a shortcut for some destinations. Two lane hwy with pretty good size shoulders. It followed those little creek, so lots of green and yellow cottonwoods ands shrubs. It went up to just over 9,000 ft so we also got back into pines and aspen. Just lots of great color. The best views were as I drove so I couldn't take them pictures I would have liked to have. Once we got the top of the pass we switched seats and Tom handled the drive down. He is better with downshifting and brakes then I am, especially towing the jeep. I would be the person who just rides the brake all the way down! As much as I enjoy these drives they do eat up your drive time. We only got as far as Delta, (where hwy 6 joins hwy 50!) which is about 100 miles east of Great Basin. Plan is to actually drive "into" this park instead of "by" it!
    Currently parked at the tractor supply in Delta. Walked to a little Mexican food restaurant instead of cooking. Pretty warm when we got here...I just can't believe it is the middle of October?? Where is the fall?
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    Traveler

    Pretty drive. Looks like you had the parking lot to yourselves!!

    10/15/22Reply
     
  • Day141

    Dinosaur national monument

    October 13 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Finished our delicious bakery items and got back on Hwy. 40. Next stop was the Dinosaur National Monument. I am not a huge fossil and prehistoric study sort of fan, but this was a interesting stop. (Plus it's free with our Golden Access pass)
    Nice, but really very small visitor center, because it is all about getting on to the shuttle and heading to the large exhibit building which is very informative. Back in the early 1900's a paleontologist discovered some fossilized dinosaur bones. Turned out the ones he found were the tip of the iceberg. This sandstone formation ended up being home to some ridiculously large number of bones from maybe 200 (?) different dinos. Theory is that many died in this river area from a prolong drought. Just dropped dead in various places in the river. Then there was a huge season of rain with a large floods that literally washed them all down into one low zone and they just piled up. Millions of years of erosion buried them. (Overly simplified explanation!)
    The original paleontologist asked that a portion of the dig be left intact for the public to actually see them in place. Hence this really interesting exhibit hall is built over the remaining site. So you get you see the bones as they appeared during the excavation.
    We really enjoyed in.
    Back out to the parking and there is about a 10 mile drive out to other interesting sites, Green River overlook, several locations with pictograms and petroglyphs (dated way later then the dino thing), and the cabin of a local woman who homesteaded at age 40 and lived off grid for about 50 years, dying in 1964. Gorgeous, very remote site.
    Finally left the park after 5 and got an RV site in Vernal, utah for the night, only 20 min down the road.
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    Traveler

    Loved the enclosed dig exhibit

    10/15/22Reply
    Traveler

    They did a great job with the exhibit, I agree with Kristi! I’ve crossed the Green River a number of times now, but missed these stops! Next time…

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  • Day141

    Breakfast out at the Granary

    October 13 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 45 °F

    Well the day before when I drove into Hayden (3 mile) I saw a very cute bakery down the road... And it was only 3 miles away, so I twisted Tom's arm into driving (back!) to give it a try. Very cute, and coffee and delicious pastries, including breakfast burritos. I had a chorizo sausage pastry wrap. Would have got a second ones for the next morning, but they were sold out. Hard to believe that there was enough business in this little town, but there was a steady stream that's came in. The place also provides the space for events. Very rough, but very cool looking!Read more

    Traveler

    That’s cool that someone found a way to repurpose this old set of grain silos! Recycling! ♻️

    10/15/22Reply
     
  • Day140

    Rest day at Yampas River State Park

    October 12 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    We liked this spot so much that we decided to just stay another night. Enjoyed a lazy morning and had some bacon and biscuits for breakfast. After convincing Charlie she shouldn't be digging, we brought her in for a nap and went over to the visitor center.
    Just a small one that talked about the history, the river echo system, and all the various activities available in the area. Chatted with the ranger, he grew up in Steamboat and had lived here all his life. Talked about host opportunities, he is looking for next summer. But Michigan is our temporary summer home!
    Took a walk around the park with Charlie, and then I grabbed my laptop and drove the 3 miles back into Hayden to the public library. We get cell service out in there park, but not enough to fix some of the online tasks. Tom stayed with the RV and did one more load of wash.
    Their library was so nice! Sat at a table with the door open to the outside patio. Beautiful little aspen just quaking enough that I could hear it. They had this nice sitting area with a fireplace that used used by the local book club. Just looked so comfortable.
    Wrapped up work and stopped by a liquor store for wine. I didn't know that you can only buy malt based products (beer and hard seltzers) in the grocery stores in Colorado. Everything else you get in a liquor store...
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    Traveler

    What a nice library! Reminds me of the one we found in Charlevoix....

    10/15/22Reply
    Traveler

    Looks like a perfect spot to take a rest & recharge! Charlie looks like she’s recharged! 😂

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  • Day139

    Steamboat Springs

    October 11 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 32 °F

    Got up to COLD morning at the campground. Maybe low 30's, frost on the ground. But nice bright sunshine. Enjoyed a walk around the campground with Charlie. Maybe 4 other sites occupied.
    Finally packed up and headed into Steamboat Springs.
    Laundry was first on the agenda. Got the RV parked at a city park and took the jeep to one of two laundromats. Not many in this town! (We talked to a guy who picking up the cash and he said it was packed in the winter with all the temporary help!)
    Then picked up Charlie and headed into the downtown area for lunch. Found a cute grill place with outside seating and were able to sit down with Charlie. She did pretty well, especially since 3 other dogs were on the patio with us. We had a very good bison burger and great onion rings with a local beer. Just nice to sit in the sun, little breeze and golden trees all around.
    After lunch drove up into the hills a bit to Fish Creek Falls. We all hiked out the overlook trail to falls. Only a mile a round trip, but still very pretty. Falls were light, but still some water. Made us wonder what they would look like in the spring.
    Back to town, drove the main street to get a feel, would have loved to do some shopping! But we needed to get on down the road to get a campsite.
    Continued west on Hwy 40 towards Craig, Co. Just short of Craig we found a state park, Yampas River. Very nice, again, hardly occupied. This site had electric which is nice with the cold evenings. Our furnace is not working properly so we mostly rely on the electric oil heater. (The tech in Lincoln, NE told us what was wrong, but it requires a small part to fix....)
    Nice showers, nice clean sites, lots of golden trees!Dum
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    Traveler

    I bet they would be gorgeous in the spring!

    10/12/22Reply
    Traveler

    What a beautiful day! Love your very professional looking photo of the icy leaf ❤️ plus the golden aspen & pretty scenery pictures. Makes me want to visit there!

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  • Day138

    Scenic CO Hwy 14, Poudre River Canyon

    October 10 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 50 °F

    We loved this drive! But any drive west through Colorado is going to be beautiful. This appears on the maps as a pretty thin little line, which always makes me nervous about size. But it only had 2 passes, one at 10,200 and the other at 9,400. And the RV mechanic that helped us in Lincoln had mentioned this driver from the time he lived in Colorado. So I called him and asked what he thought about our unit, towing a jeep, would do. He felt it was no problem.
    He was right, long grade up to the pass, good road, lots of "slower vehicle" turnouts, follows the Poudre River. It's a canyon drive so some areas pretty dry. Also looks like there was a pretty big fire up here, and also some beetle kill areas. But still lots of evergreen trees with the beautiful gold of the aspens, rust colored shrubs, tawny grasses, blue skies with bright white clouds. We even had snow flurries at the top. Great drive! We saw some antelope, and I think I saw a moose, but it was far away. This is moose country in this area, known as North Park.
    Found a nice little state park that was still open, many are closed. With Golden age passport, $6.00. No services, and just vault toilets, but still a pretty site. Right by Dumont lake, maybe 8,000
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    Traveler

    looks like a beautiful drive

    10/12/22Reply
    Traveler

    looks like a great time to travel - you've got the road all your self!

    10/12/22Reply
    Traveler

    Another beautiful day, with beautiful golden aspens & those pretty blue skies!

    10/12/22Reply
    Traveler

    Gorgeous scenery and beautiful clean skies!

    10/15/22Reply