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.

Aug 9, 2016

I'm Getting Excited


I took the trailer back to Three Way Campers to have an awning put over the slide. I couldn't believe that I was hitched up and ready to go in less than ten minutes. In fact, it was so easy that I kept looking for something I had overlooked. The ride over was great--didn't know the trailer was in back of me. When I got there, I pulled off to the side and unhitched; again in less then five minutes. One of the gentleman came out and was going to unhitch for me, but saw I had already done it.

I picked up a couple of things I had neglected to get--one being the reflective triangles in the event I breakdown somewhere. I also bought a neat thing called Tank. Used with a smart phone, it keeps track of how much propane is in the tanks. Takes the guesswork out without my having to lift them. I had a gauge with the Jayco, but it came undone and I lost it.

I've made reservations for when Susan comes out to visit the last week of September 23rd to October 3rd. She loved Durango so that's where we'll spend four days. I'll pick her up at the airport in Albuquerque and drive up through Chimayo (which I want her to see) and have lunch in Rancho de Chimayo. When my camping friends met me in 2010, we ate there and it was so pretty and very good food. When we leave Durango we will head to Taos for 2 days, then on to Santa Fe for another few. I'll leave my trailer and drive her down to the airport for her return flight. I think she'll enjoy this. I'm not used to making reservations, but with her limited time I'm forced to have an itinerary. Before and after seeing Susan I have no idea where I'm going to be. I'd like to get over to Arizona to see some family, but I'm not sure that's feasible. I suspect I'll do some more Colorado wandering.

I'm going to try to beat altitude sickness this time. I'll stay a couple of days in Amarillo, then in Albuquerque before picking Susan up and heading to higher ground. I'll hydrate all the time, which I do any way, but I'll step it up. I also got something to take to ward off "evil spirits". Susan said there were oxygen bars in Breckenridge when she visited a friend. Maybe they have them now in New Mexico and Durango. I'd like to take a drive over to Telluride, but we are going to play some by ear.

Just felt like writing as it's been so long since I've seen the light at the end of the tunnel, and I feel I'm finally on the brink of getting back into traveling. It's been a long, long road. I'm hoping to make a cross country trip in the spring if all goes well, and also to camp with friends, here in the east. I'd like my sister to meet me in Charleston in March. I know she'd love it.

Oldest House--I've forgotten in Santa Fe or the country?

Molas Lake on the way to Silverton

Santa Fe

Taos Plaza

Vietnam Memorial on the Enchanted Loop near Angel Fire - Incredible.

Old house on the way from Taos to Chama

Chama NM--we don't have time for this one, but I want to take take the scenic route 64 over across the top of NM to Durango. That's how I went when I left this campground.

Over near Bayfield. Jack and Lizzie both swam in Lemon Reservoir. The first time I went with Rich and it had just been through a massive fire. Six years ago there were signs of recovery. I'm wondering how much more recovery it has made.

Great Place to Eat - I sat on the deck overlooking the Lake. People working there were so much fun.  

Susan likes all the amenities so I made reservations in places that had wifi and cable ($$$)...and let's not forget nail salons fairly close. LOL
These were just some pictures from my last trip. Hope to show Susan and also see some new things.
It's six years since Jack and I set out for the west in my Jayco. It was really a very good trailer. I would have bought another, but they didn't have the all four hard sided models in the length I wanted like they did then plus I imagine it would have cost more than the trailer I have.





15 comments:

  1. So happy to hear that you are finally getting some travel time. It has been a long, and difficult time for you. As a side note: We sold our Lazy Daze and Fit to a gentleman from Santa Fe, NM. He's 85 and drove it all the way back home. He flew into Eugene with his wife, met us the following day at the bank where we did the deal, then he and his wife hit the road for home. This was in January, and he told me later they made their trip in good time and stayed one step ahead of the snow the entire time. It snowed in Santa Fe after they got there. You have fun on your trip.

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  2. I am so happy for you. We really liked Sante Fe. Didn't make it to Taos because of wildfires and Jim not being able to breathe. Looking forward to your posts so I can make notes.

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    1. I've been many times before, but thought Susan would enjoy both. I think I actually like Taos a little better, but it's because I'm not a city person--there's more to do up near Taos. See Jo's comment. I just bought two Oxygen canisters.

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    2. Oops! Forgot to give pats and hugs to Skittlez

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  3. I am so happy for you. We really liked Sante Fe. Didn't make it to Taos because of wildfires and Jim not being able to breathe. Looking forward to your posts so I can make notes.

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  4. Thanks, Russ. You and Donna are such good friends. Well, I guess there is hope for me if the gentleman who bought your RV is 85. I hope to stop in Eugene next summer and have s pizza with you and Donna. How are Ollie and Jewel. Thanks for keeping in touch.

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  5. Even with our departure set for just over two months away we are getting anxious but call it Hitch-itch.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. I tried responding on my iphone. Poof! I'm excited for you and Kathy--yes, that's a great name for it. Hitch Itch! So hope we can all meet one day.

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  6. I'm so excited for you.And to be able to hitch and unhitch so fast and easy.
    How I want to go to NM. Speaking of Oxygen bars, go on Amazon, they have all kinds of things now. I ordered a can of spray and it came in today so I will fill you in on it. I read about it on someones blog. If this works I will be so happy and maybe get myself some kind of small camper.

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    1. Bless you, Jo! I had no idea I could buy the canned Oxygen on Amazon. I just ordered two cannisters. I hope it works. I've had altitude sickness twice and it was miserable. I hope it works for you and I'll let you know if it works for me. I'm almost sure that now one can get it in high altitude towns, but I'm not taking any chances. Someone told me that Rolaids help. I have to look and see. The one time I had it, a native American lady told me to buy lifesavers. I did. She must have meant Rolaids. I don't even know if they make them any more. I sure hope you get your camper. I don't know where you are located, but you and Fred are welcome to share mine any time. Hugs and pats to Fred.

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    2. My can came today and when I took it out of the mail box I thought it was empty. But then read that oxygen has no weight. I haven't tried it yet. Once these crazy monsoons are over or it look like a few good dry days are coming I will head up to Madera Canyon and see how it works. It isn't nearly as high up as my White Mountains but it's still high enough to give me breathing trouble. Lets keep each other informed.

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  7. Just to let you now... It didn't work for me, I don't know if it is because of a specific problem I have or what. And then got a terrible headache to boot. but I have read that others have had lots of success with it. Hope it works for you.

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  8. Thanks, Jo. It was worth a try. I also got some supplements that I can take--I'll try anything to avoid getting sick! I'll probably float into the west from all the water I'll be drinking in preparation. LOL Thanks for taking the time to come back to let me know. Tell "you know who" hello and give him pats for me.

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  9. Nancy! How wonderful to see you again in my comments section. I've missed you. And super wonderful to hear of your plans for travel and taking Susan and the bright cheery feelings I hear in this post. You are an inspiration to anyone who has health issue to never give up. To keep on dreaming and make those dreams come true. Happy Happy Trails to you!

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  10. Thank you, Sherry. Being able to walk again left me less time to read blogs! I always enjoyed yours and will be reading once traveling, again--entertainment at night if I'm where I have wifi. I know I will be when Susan visits because She likes all the amenities and to be close to towns/cities. Glad to hear from you, and happy trails to you and David, as well.

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