Thursday, April 27, 2017

Day 1 - San Angelo to Canyon, TX - What a great day! 304 miles

Up bright and early at 5:40 a.m.! Yes, we were excited to be leaving. We had hooked up the car last night. We picked up my brother Al at 7:00 a.m. He was ready! After our goodbyes to his wife, Les, we headed towards Big Spring where we stopped at the VA and picked up Al's meds. We made several stops along the way and enjoyed lunch in Plainview, TX in a church parking lot. There was a huge field full of BIG Texas Jackrabbits! They entertained us all through lunch. We arrived in Canyon about 2 p.m. staying at the Palo Duro RV Park. Nothing fancy but full hook ups for $25 and only 10 miles to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. We surprised Al (the main reason we left so early) as he had never seen "the second largest canyon in the U.S." and it truly is a site to behold! Charles and I have camped down in the canyon twice in past years and I always see wild turkeys and today was no exception! The drive down into the canyon is 2 miles long with a full 10% grade! The cool, springtime weather and a fine, misty drizzle on and off did not deter us. We felt like we had the whole park to ourselves and it is BIG! There were only 2-3 rigs in each campground and about 4 other people in the visitor center/museum with us. On June 1 each year, the famous outdoor play "Texas" starts their summer performances in the amphitheater. Charles and I have seen it twice and absolutely love it! The natural backdrop for the stage is the canyon wall. The acting, singing, pyrotechnics are all first rate. GO, if you ever get the chance!
We came back to the park so I could work some more and then we headed into town to Feldman's Wrong Way Diner. We have eaten here in years past and the food is very good and reasonably priced. They are famous for their Chicken Fried Steak so we all had that with different delicious sides. Then it was back to the rig for me to finish up my work day. I believe it will be an early to bed night for all of us including The Boys. In fact, Pepper and Bailey are down for the count!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

One Day To GO!!

Seems hard to believe that after 2 years of planning, tomorrow is our official launch day for our 5th trip to Alaska! This one is made even more special because my brother, Al, is coming with us. He flew in for 2 weeks back in 2009, and fell in love with AK. Guess it runs in the family. He has wanted to return ever since and I promised him he would. His wife, Les,
will fly in for 2 weeks in June/July and then they will return home together.
Today we are getting our generator serviced as it has been acting up and we will really depend upon it.
The dogs have a vet appointment this afternoon for their Canada Health Certificates. Then we will finish loading Al's stuff. We plan on pulling out at 7 tomorrow and stopping overnight in Amarillo. Can't wait!
Here's a recent pic of Stuby 2. We really like it!