Travel

For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Sep 21, 2010

Time to Get Up

(Jack, it's time to get up. We're going home. Vacation is over.)
 (C'mon, now sleepy head...)


Leave me alone. I'm tired.
 
(I know, so am I, but we have to get ready.)


You get ready. Call me when it's time for my walk. I'm tired, I tell ya! Don't make me cranky.


(Okay, 5 more minutes)
Leave me alone, already. I'm not listening. I'm going back to sleep. 

Sep 20, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 159?

This is our last night of camping on this trip. It's hard to believe. Time has flown by. It's sort of bittersweet. We're anxious to see the humans we love, but we hate Atlanta, the midwest (except for the Mississippi), and the east.

Nancy had a difficult drive, today. Lots of traffic at 70 mph. There was an accident in Nashville which caused a back up, then let all the trucks and cars go at one time. When we first started out this morning, Nancy was sleepy. So, we stopped at a rest stop, she walked me and got a coke out of the trailer to see if the caffeine would help. She was determined to get as close to Atlanta as possible. No sense in wasting more than one night's rate at a campground since we are so close. Gas got more expensive after Kentucky.

The people at this campground are very nice. They came out to meet me, gave me treats, and told Nancy that they had a nature trail I might like. I wonder how they knew? Nancy pulled into the site, and before she did anything, she took me on the trail. I loved every minute, but I could tell that the heat was getting to her. When we got back from our walk, I stayed outside with her while she dumped the tanks. I love to stay outside the camper and lay around watching things so she let me stay as long as I wanted. It was almost dark when she called me in. I'm tired, too, so I jumped up on my bed and I'm ready to sleep.

Nancy misses her sweatshirt weather and wide open spaces, the mountains, the rivers, the lakes, and the forests, and of course, the coast in Oregon. The only reason we're back here is family and friends. I can't wait to see Susie. Nancy said she keeps saying that she's going to take me for a lot of walks.

We've had quite an adventure, Nancy and me. We were always close, but we are really close now. We're glad we got to spend this time, together. We saw so many wonderful places, met a lot of people, and it was nice to have something to occupy our minds all the time. Rich and Lizzie were never far from our thoughts. There were so many things we wished they had seen with us. I thought about Lizzie every time I went for a walk, but mostly when there was a stream. She would have loved it here. There's a lake. I know where Lizzie would have been. I don't like swimming, as much, without Lizzie. Nancy said she finds it so hard to believe that Rich never knew about the truck and trailer. She wonders if he would have enjoyed driving it. She knows, for sure, that it would have been a lot cleaner!! She also knows that he would not have been happy in the trailer. He liked the comforts of home when he traveled, and a little space to move around in, especially the shower. I always knew what she was thinking when we were watching a particularly beautiful sunset, sitting by the ocean, and all the beautiful things that are the west.

The trailer needs so many things fixed, at this point. Nancy said, we're better off than she thought we would be. She expected to be towing just four wheels back into Atlanta. (Written after returning home): Nancy and I took the trailer up to Wild Willie's, a(n) RV fixit place a couple of months after being at home. Our friend, Marie, went with us. We thought we were going to be able to show her around Dahlonega, but we ran out of time. While we were there, one man took me out in back and played with me while another man went over the list of things that Nancy wanted checked or fixed. They all got hysterical when they discovered that the air conditioner had never been screwed/bolted onto the roof on the trailer, neither was the oven door and a few other things. They were amazed that we had been all the way out to the west coast over mountains and bumpy roads and hadn't lost the air conditioner (especially). The reason Nancy was having it checked was because when she was camping near her friend, Patricia, it rained very hard and it poured in through the A/C. Well, duh, that's because it was moved over 5 inches on the roof! That kind of tells you what great weather we had on our trip.  Funnier still, is that Nancy, Lizzie, and I had made many trips in the trailer-as far away as Virginia and West Virginia. How lucky were we!! Nancy said, "I hope Rich and Lizzie ducked when we went under low branches and tunnels!" I really hope we get to go out west, again.

We wonder how we're going to feel about a big house. Ugh, says Nancy, the dust will be piled up. But, she'll have her own shower, her washing machine and dryer, her couch, and the TV. Back to reality.

It's been fun telling you, who have read my blog, about our trip. Thinking back, there are so many things I didn't write about because we filled the days with so much that I would have had to have written a book, and I almost always wrote at night when I was ready for sleep, like I am now. Goodnight to all.

(Some how I'm missing either part of a post or a whole day. We met Patricia, a friend of ours, near St. Louis, and she and Nancy went to lunch. We had planned to spend the day with her and Teddy (my friend), but it was raining so hard that the campground was flooded. Nancy and Patricia decided that a little bit of time was better than no time. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see Teddy.


Nancy thought, a few months back, that she would come down through Bandy Creek on the way home, but it didn't shake out that way. It would have been nice to see all the WACs we know, and to meet the new ones. Then, she thought maybe she could take a ride back up, but we hit a truck tire south of Chattanooga on I75, and so the trailer needs to go in to get checked, and for work. It should have been in shortly after arriving home, but we've been in somewhat of a funk since getting home, and Nancy hasn't had much ambition to do anything.)

Sep 16, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 158

We got up early and took a walk, then went to my field. It took Nancy a little longer to hitch up, but we were on our way at 10:30. Nancy couldn't decide the best route home so she decided to let the GPS surprise us. She set it to "No Highways" and put our home address in.

We are in St. Joseph's Missouri. We are very tired. The drive, today, was not as boring as our drive through Nebraska. It may be we just didn't take the right roads to see the more beautiful parts of Nebraska. The drive through Kansas was much more interesting-not spectacular, but somewhat interesting. We just crossed the Missouri River. The campground we're in can hardly be called a campground, but there are restaurants, etc., nearby. The object, at this point, is just to get home as quickly as possible without going on interstates. We'll most likely stay two nights every time we stop--that way we can explore a little and rest in between hitching and unhitching.

No pictures, today. Maybe tomorrow. This is Pony Express country. We may take a ride back to Troy to get a picture of a very pretty sculpture we saw on the move. Obviously, that didn't happen.

Where is Jack, Day 158

We got up early and took a walk, then went to my field. It took Nancy a little longer to hitch up, but we were on our way at 10:30. Nancy couldn't decide the best route home so she decided to let the GPS surprise us. She set it to "No Highways" and put our home address in.

We are in St. Joseph's Missouri. We are very tired. The drive, today, was not as boring as our drive through Nebraska. It may be we just didn't take the right roads to see the more beautiful parts of Nebraska. The drive through Kansas was much more interesting-not spectacular, but somewhat interesting. We just crossed the Missouri River. The campground we're in can hardly be called a campground, but there are restaurants, etc., nearby. The object, at this point, is just to get home as quickly as possible without going on interstates. We'll most likely stay two nights every time we stop--that way we can explore a little and rest in between hitching and unhitching.

No pictures, today. Maybe tomorrow. This is Pony Express country. We may take a ride back to Troy to get a picture of a very pretty sculpture we saw on the move. Obviously, that didn't happen.

Sep 15, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 157

We had a very bad windstorm here last night. We were okay, but there was damage to the fairground nearby and crops were destroyed. There was strange sounding thunder and a little lightning, but it was mostly wind-big wind! We were rockin' and rollin'. The news said, today, that it was unusual to have such high winds without accompanying rain. We decided to play it safe and stay another day because the wind was still gusting. It was recorded at 60 mph and gusting where we are.

I wanted to get out of the trailer so I went to the door and cried. I was scared. Nancy opened the door and said, "You have your choice. You want to go out there or stay in here." I got up in her bed. Once I realized that she wasn't scared, I was okay. She actually went to sleep and would wake up when we really got a blast. It seemed like it went on all night.

Nancy took me to the field behind the campground, today, to play, and she stepped in a gopher hole and hurt her knee. Then she reached up to wash the outside of the windows on the trailer and pulled a muscle in her chest and shoulder. Just wasn't her day, but she says it's nothing some Aleve can't fix. She's going to wait to hitch up in the morning-that way she can rest it.

Nancy forgot to get water when she was in the supermarket so we had to do that, and get gas in the truck so we can leave, tomorrow. We don't know where we're going, yet. Severe thunderstorm warnings just scrolled across the TV. Nancy said, maybe that's what's bothering her muscles. It's been so dry in the west that she forgot she ever had a problem with her neck and knees. (Reading back in the book, I realized that's not quite true. The neck pain Nancy had, though, was from lifting, etc. This is the old dull, miserable ache).

Just a couple of pictures today. We found one family that is going to have a really nice Halloween and pumpkin pie!

Sep 14, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 156

I don't want to insult the good people of Nebraska, but the ride from Valentine to Grand Island is very boring unless, of course, you like to see cornfields for 4 1/2 hours. This is the only picture Nancy took, today.

That's it folks!!!

Where is Jack, Day 155

Today, we woke up and took a walk on my road.
Then, we went to town to get the oil changed in the truck. We had to make an appointment for 3:30 p.m., so we decided that Nancy needed to grab something to eat and that we were going to find SOMETHING interesting in this area. We needed to get out of our funk.

We found the Fort Niobrara Wild Life Preserve . Unfortunately, Nancy had forgotten her camera. We saw one lone bison which would have been too far away to photograph, but Nancy always has her binoculars. We also found the Niobrara River and a narrow bridge that crossed it. It was getting near the time to go back to the Dodge dealer to get the oil changed. Nancy realized, then, that she had forgotten her purse as well as her camera so we had to go all the way back to the campground. We waited 1-1/2 hours to get the oil changed.

When we were finished, we headed back to the preserve and we came across this grumpy guy. I barked at him and Nancy told me to close my mouth. Geez, I was only trying to protect her.

We couldn't find the unusual bridge, but we could see an old bridge in the distance. We couldn't get to it, though, because the dirt road just ended. We did find the river and a couple of "scenic overlooks" which paled in light of what we had seen further west.


We walked several more times on my road. We have to be careful because of burrs on the ground-boy do they hurt. There are also rattle snakes.

Then we took a walk to the pond in the campground. We've seen geese and ducks. They don't seem to stay, but it's a pretty little pond.

Tomorrow we head out. I'm not sure exactly where. I guess we'll decide in the morning.

Where is Jack, Day 155

Today, we woke up and took a walk on my road.
Then, we went to town to get the oil changed in the truck. We had to make an appointment for 3:30 p.m., so we decided that Nancy needed to grab something to eat and that we were going to find SOMETHING interesting in this area. We needed to get out of our funk.

We found the Fort Niobrara Wild Life Preserve . Unfortunately, Nancy had forgotten her camera. We saw one lone bison which would have been too far away to photograph, but Nancy always has her binoculars. We also found the Niobrara River and a narrow bridge that crossed it. It was getting near the time to go back to the Dodge dealer to get the oil changed. Nancy realized, then, that she had forgotten her purse as well as her camera so we had to go all the way back to the campground. We waited 1-1/2 hours to get the oil changed.

When we were finished, we headed back to the preserve and we came across this grumpy guy. I barked at him and Nancy told me to close my mouth. Geez, I was only trying to protect her.

We couldn't find the unusual bridge, but we could see an old bridge in the distance. We couldn't get to it, though, because the dirt road just ended. We did find the river and a couple of "scenic overlooks" which paled in light of what we had seen further west.


We walked several more times on my road. We have to be careful because of burrs on the ground-boy do they hurt. There are also rattle snakes.

Then we took a walk to the pond in the campground. We've seen geese and ducks. They don't seem to stay, but it's a pretty little pond.
Tomorrow we head out. I'm not sure exactly where. I guess we'll decide in the morning.

Sep 13, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 154?

We went to bed knowing that we'd be leaving this morning; that we'd be truly heading east. Before we started to get ready, we had a chat with Miss Judy, and Nancy took pictures of Tucker and Tillie. We went for a walk and we played ball for a little while. Then, Nancy hitched up and went back to Miss Judy's site for a little longer.

They are cute little pups, but they aren't hams like I am. Miss Judy had a hard time keeping them still for their photo session.

This is Tillie!

This is Tucker!

We left before Miss Judy, Tillie, and Tucker. We got about 5 miles down the road when Nancy said, "Geez, you know, I don't remember putting the sway bars on." Uh oh. She pulled over and sure enough, she hadn't, and worse yet, one was missing. She called Miss Judy, in a panic, hoping she hadn't left the campground yet to see if it fell off when we pulled away. If Nancy couldn't find the sway bar, she was going to have to go back to Casper where there's a big RV place. The thought of driving without sway control was scary-especially since it's not unusual for it to be windy in the west. Miss Judy is a very calm person and reassured her that everything was going to be okay. Nancy had to find a place to turn around to go back, and Miss Judy was just leaving so she was going to look on the way out of the campground. She told Nancy to meet her at the office. We were lucky that there wasn't much traffic on Nebraska 20 and we were able to turn around, but then because she was nervous, Nancy made a wrong turn. What else could go wrong! She had to make another U-turn with the trailer. Things were not going well, that's for sure. She backtracked the same way we had come from the park, and there it was on the side of the road. She pulled over, put her caution lights on, and called Miss Judy but got no answer. She put the sway bars on the trailer, noting that we had been very lucky not to have any damage to truck or trailer. Then, Miss Judy called and we went back to thank her and say good bye, again, before we got on our way.

The drive was uneventful. The wheat fields don't seem as gold, and there were only Co-ops, no little farms or ranches along the way. We did see a herd of antelope. Nancy said she didn't think they traveled in herds. Learn something every day.

We stopped to eat lunch in a town called Gordon. We pulled into a parking lot. Nancy walked me, gave me some water, and even let me have some plain tuna fish which was delicious. While we were parked she snapped a couple of pictures.




I swear, I think Nancy cried all the way from Ft. Robinson to Valentine, another depressing mid-western town where the streets are wide and there's no traffic. We pondered whether it's more depressing than narrow streets with too much traffic. We love our people in the east, but the temptation to turn back to get lost in the mountains and valleys and on the coast of Oregon was there. I guess it was the feeling that we'd never see them, again, that made it so hard to leave each place that we loved.

We went into town to get something to eat and to rent a couple of movies because we have no TV. The restaurant had good food, and it was the only game in town because it's Sunday. The waitress said we could rent movies from the grocery store. So, off we went.

I asked Nancy why she was so sad, and she said, "So many things mixed together." I didn't really know what she meant, and maybe she really didn't either. We pulled into the campground, and we signed up for two nights because we have to get the oil changed and there's a place in town that does it. It's about a five mile drive back. Just when I thought I'd never cheer her up, she found a dirt road through a field of hay that had already been baled and she said, "C'mon, old boy, let's see if we can smell the hay." She always smiles when I wag my tail so I knew everything was going to be okay. We walked and talked for quite a while and wanted to keep going to see if we could get to the end of the road and what was there if we did, but another dog was coming toward us so we turned around and went back.  That was okay. We'll take a long walk, tomorrow, and it will be a new day.

Sep 11, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 153?

We thought a lot about this day. Nancy remembers exactly where she and Rich were when the planes hit the towers. She also remembers exactly what they said to one another.

We heard, today, that the nut in Florida did burn the Koran even after being told that he could be endangering the lives of our troops (Later to find out that Susan was incorrect). Had this been during WII, he would have been charged with treason, and hopefully shot by a firing squad. Why has this country gone so soft?

We did a lot of walking, today, all over the fort. Nancy also played ball with me. Rails to trails runs through here. At least that’s what Nancy thinks though we saw no signs.


The old cottonwood trees are beautiful. We know they are old by the size of their trunks.

The park is very historical. Nancy new Geronimo was killed here, but didn’t realize that Crazy Horse was, as well. She had always thought that he was a symbolic character that represented all Indians. We walked a long time reading the signs that are all over the park. Nancy got sunburned while she was reading her book, and I think from walking in the sun, too. 

Tomorrow, we’ll be on our way. We’ll be sad to say goodbye to Miss Judy, Tucker, and Tillie, but it’s time. Miss Judy says they are all coming east-maybe in March, and Miss Judy is anxious to meet the WACs. We’ll arrange something.

We'll finish loading pictures when we get wifi. This Verizon is so slow that Nancy gets impatient.

Where is Jack, Day 152?

Another restful day. The weather was a little cooler, so it was nice just to enjoy the campground. Nancy took me in the truck so I could wait outside while she showered, and then we walked around. Nancy was very tired all day, and tried to take a nap, but couldn’t go to sleep. Instead, she watched a movie called “Paying it forward”. I took the nap.

Miss Judy, Tilly, and Tucker, are great company. Miss Judy put together her propane campfire, tonight, and we sat out for a while after dark, but it was getting cold, so we all went to bed.

We went into town to the same restaurant, again, and Nancy said she ate too much. She hates when she does that. When we were walking, she said,  “We’re going to get back into our routine on the way back, kiddo. I think we’ve both put on a few pounds." Nancy hates that because she felt in such good shape. She was eating small portions, no sweets, and we were really doing a lot of walking. Once Susie, Michael, and the girls came, though, it was back to restaurants for her, and that’s not good. Then, after that was the Tillamook ice cream, which really did her in.

The little town of Crawford, while seemingly full of friendly happy people, is a sad little town. She and Miss Judy were talking about it. Some small towns have fallen to the wayside because of “Big Box Stores”. Others, because people are so much more mobile that they can go a distance to have the shopping variety that is missing in the small towns.

Farming is a hard life. We were talking to a man last night who raises sunflowers. It’s actually a dangerous job. Did you know that? They don't grow as many as they used to because of little moths that come. If they come when the sunflowers have already turned their heads down, they can't be sprayed and they turn into mush, he said. A farmer can actually drown because the flax is so slippery, it turns into sludge and a tractor can be swallowed up. It’s also very inflammable and fields and tractors are always at risk.

We aren’t sure whether we’re leaving, tomorrow, or not. I like it here because there is so much space and Nancy can throw the ball to me. She’s vowed not to drink any more of Miss Judy’s coffee--it is SO delicious, she said. Miss Judy seems to know about so many things. Do you know that her Dad was a welder and she said they moved nine, and maybe sometimes ten times a year? That’s probably why she’s so friendly and knows so much.

It’s supposed to get cold, tonight, and be a nice day, tomorrow. We’ll see what comes. Sorry, no pictures, today.

Sep 10, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 151

Well, we thought today was going to be very exciting. However, it was too HOT to do too much. Nancy went over and had three cups of Judy's delicious coffee. As much as she enjoys it, it makes her feel kind of jittery afterward so she asked Judy to tell her she couldn't have any more if she has a weak moment and wants more, tomorrow.

Nancy took the big box fan out, today, to keep any bugs that might be around, away (don't think there were too many, anyway). Judy came over and the ladies sat and gabbed while I slept most of the day except for a few walks here and there. It's a very quiet park with several camping areas. Because the facilities for horses are already here, the state has made the park available to people who wish to bring their own horses to ride. They have stables and places to park horse trailers. There's a large group here, now. Last night we saw them coming away from some sort of ride. The new "cowboy getup" is to tuck jeans in their boots with a modified version of the cowboy hat--it's kind of flat. The park has quite a history . I was mistaken when I said they had POW camps for the Japanese, they were for the Germans-I never knew that we had German POWs here in the U.S.

The heat just wipes Nancy and me out. We're just not used to it. While we were sitting outside about 20 wild turkeys came walking by. They weren't much interested in us. After a day of sittin' aroun' doin' nuttin', Nancy, Miss Judy, and I went into the town of Crawford. There isn't much going on. The restaurant Miss Judy remembered had been closed. We found another one and learned that the owner of this one was actually in the midst of purchasing the restaurant that was closed. They were due to close, yesterday, but the original owner died on Sunday so everything is on hold.

On the way home we took a short scenic loop, and found the local herd of bison. The bulls are very active collecting their harems at this time of year. One very big bull was trying to play with a cow, but she ran away. Nancy said she probably had a headache and didn't want to play. Nancy was so engrossed in the activity, she forgot to take pictures. Hopefully, we'll see them, again. She did take a few pictures, today.

This is Miss Judy's motorhome. Her refrigerator is not working (it started to work after we filled it with ice and she leveled the it). Fortunately, she bought a full warranty when she bought it, but it is an inconvenience. We had plenty of room in our fridge so we just put her stuff in ours. Ms. Judy is planning to drive down to Texas for the winter because it gets so cold in Casper. She said they don't get a lot of snow, but the wind is really bad. The Platte River literally runs right through her back yard and it's pretty fast moving and still freezes solid in the winter. We got a little taste of the wind, late, today.

We are parked right across from Miss Judy. It's three a.m. Nancy and I couldn't sleep. We're listening to the owls and coyotes. It's nice sleeping with the windows open. Nancy said she's going to look into storm windows and screens when she gets home. (pipe dreaming, again) This picture was taken pretty early. As the day went on, we had to move around to the back of the trailer to get away from the sun.

Sep 9, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 150

We woke up early this morning. It was a beautiful day for walking. Cool and breezy, well, windy, really. Nancy read, did some things on her computer, and then she hitched up, checked the lights, and the right tail light was out. She had to take the caulking off from the last time, and fortunately she carries extra bulbs. Judy pulled up just as she was changing the light. It only took a few minutes. They re-caulked it and Nancy put some duct tape on just to make sure it stayed. We took off about 1:30.

We had a very pleasant ride. Judy thought it was only about an hours drive, but it was 2-1/2 hours. Hilly, not mountainous, with buttes here and there and grasslands. We stopped to eat in Lusk about an hour away from the park. Judy is a very interesting person. She knows a lot on a lot of subjects. She knows a lot about western history. 

We passed a train that had what seemed like 50 cars brimming with coal.

Once we set up, we sat outside until well after dark. The park is beautiful. We signed up until Saturday, and maybe will stay until Sunday. We only have electric so we filled our fresh water tanks on the way into the campground.

Nancy snapped a couple of pictures, but she's charging the batteries because we think tomorrow will be a big photo day. There’s so much to do right in the park. We also found out there’s a place in Crawford, the nearest town, that has rare animals; one being the famous fainting goats (You can see them on you tube.)

I don’t believe Nancy and Rich camped in Nebraska. They may have driven through, but it seems like a very pleasant state. Judy says it gets better the further east you go.

Nancy is using her Verizon Broad band and it’s slow as molasses. So, she said she'll see if she can’t just post few pictures and get off.  We'll find  a place, tomorrow, to upload what we see during the day. There are two bars on the phone so Nancy doesn't know what the problem is. What a waste of money unless you’re in a city where you can get Internet connection almost anywhere.

As it was, we couldn't get Verizon to work for the blog so we waited until this morning. Nancy and I were up before 6 a.m. It works outside the camper so Nancy can at least check email and type the blog.

We left our shades up, and woke up to a nice breeze and beautiful yellow flowers. Judy is still asleep, but she's going to make coffee.

This is where we signed in to camp. We're getting a lot for our $17.00. The lady who signed us in couldn't have been more cordial or pleasant. Nancy saw a hoody and bought it. She'll be decked out for winter that's for sure.  I don't think she can wear REI to Lauren's wedding, though, so she's going to have to break the dry spell and go to the mall.


This is the first building we saw. It's right across the street from the office where we signed in. We have no idea what it is, but it will be fun exploring. 


The road to the campground.

This was another house on the way to the campground. Except that it's not near the ocean, it reminds me of Jekyll Island, here. The weather was beautiful on our walk earlier this morning. The air is so fresh and clean.

There is a POW camp, here. We wondered as we passed this building whether it was part of the camp or whether it was a jail when when this was a fort. We're inclined to think the latter because Nancy doesn't think they had bars on the windows of the Japanese POWs.
And this last picture is a quick one Nancy snapped of just one part of the campground. Campsites are huge.

We're looking forward to an exciting day. 

Sep 7, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 149?

We have had a welcomed rest at this park. It's quiet even though we're near everything. There's a great dog walk, and the weather has been so nice that we've been able to sit outside quite a bit. We have another night of rest. Miss Judy is going to call Nancy in the morning. Then, we'll find out what time we're leaving.

Waking up from my nap outside.

One thing that Nancy worried about when traveling was that we'd get a flat on the trailer. She went to Stalkups (a big RV Dealer with a store that makes Camping World look small), today, and found something that will ease her mind on the way home. If you have a flat, you loosen the lugs while the wheel is on the ground, then drive the good wheel up on this safe ramp, leaving the flat to rotate freely. Easy peasy-change the tire! We hope Nancy never has to use it, but she feels safer knowing she has it in the truck. We have AAA and tow service for both the truck and trailer, but in some areas, cell service isn't available.

She also found the "Sanitary Wrench" that she has been looking for. It makes it easy to open the sewer cap and adapters, and it's more sanitary.

When Judy was showing Nancy and me around Casper the other day, she kept referring to the high rises. We kept looking, but we didn't see any. Finally, Nancy said to Judy, "You forget who you're talking to. I was raised in NY and I live in Atlanta." They laughed because the high rises that she was referring to were tops 5 floors. (I'm not sure if it's high risers or high rises, but you know what I'm talking about.) Here's a link to what Casper looks like-there's a lot of construction going on at the moment so Nancy really couldn't get pictures. This site really shows you better than she could, anyway. We passed the Eagle Against the Sun, today.

Here's two pictures Nancy took:
Hi rise!

 The tallest thing around.

As we drove through Casper, and Judy pointed out different buildings. We saw the old town, and there are beautiful sculptures all around town. Miss Judy took us to see her favorite house in Casper. We could see why, and Nancy went back to snap a few pictures, today. Note the roof line. We've never seen one like it. It almost has a "Hanzel and Gretel" look about it. It's hard to see, but there are two twin fur trees that frame it on either side.



Heck, I'd be happy to live in the garage!


We're off to Nebraska, tomorrow. We're excited. Miss Judy said it's a great place to relax, walk, and just soak in nature. We're keeping our eyes on the fire in Colorado. We hope they have it out before we get there. Must be very terrifying for the people who are in its path, losing their homes.