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April 29th, 2014 | in National Parks | Leave a comment

It’s been an interesting stay here at Robidoux RV Park in Gering, NE. The first 2 days were lovely, got out, saw the sites, took the pictures (slideshow below).ย  We were going to stay another day, but we will stay a few more because of WIND! AND I MEAN WIND! For the last 3 days, it has blown from 20 mph then up to 30’s, then gust up to 60 mph! No stopping! Makes it really hard to sleep with the noise and the rocking. We had it all the first day of the wind: rain, sleet, snow and more wind. The other 2 days have been mostly wind with a touch of rain thrown in.

 

I enjoy a storm to go thru, but they usually last for a few hours, not this relentless, never stopping wind! It’s keeping us here, not safe to drive in the wind. We will head to Mt. Rushmore soon though, the wind has to die down sometime ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

There is a lot of history here, it’s amazing how all the trails come together; California, Mormon, Oregon and Pony Express.ย  My Reeves family line came across the Oregon Trail in 1868, the last year of the wagon trains. The railroad line was completed the following year. It’s definitely interesting to see where your ancestors have been and what they might have seen.

 

We continue on our way toward Alaska, as mentioned earlier, the Mt. Rushmore area is next, then on to ND and the Teddy Roosevelt Nat’l Park. From there it’s on to Little Big Horn in MT and work our way into Canada.

 

It’s getting closer!

 

Kim

April 29th, 2014 | in Photography | Leave a comment

Jim came and woke me up to tell me about the crescent moon hanging on the horizon and the dawn colors just starting. I couldn’t help myself! but I did go back to bed after I took the shots.

 

Dawn on the North Platte River

Dawn on the North Platte River

 

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Tree in the dawn

 

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Dawn with crescent moon

 

Had a little color in the sky the previous evening, but mostly was taking a picture of how lonely it looked in the park… we were the only ones there for the night.

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Dusk in a lonely RV Park

 

that’s all folks!

 

Kim

April 24th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle | Leave a comment

Here are a few more pictures, mostly taken from Turner Falls State Park. It is managed by the town of Davis, OK and has the tallest falls in Oklahoma. They are 77ft tall. There was not a lot of water running, but enough to ok and for a bunch of families to have fun. We went on Easter Sunday, the park was full of families having picnics. The interesting thing was the 98% of the license plates on the vehicles were from TX! what’s with that?
 
The slide show also includes the pictures from a previous post, just was easier to put them all together instead of creating two different Picasa albums.
 

 
later… Kim

April 24th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle | Leave a comment

I wanted to find a few things to do in Nebraska, we had only been here once before in 2000. Since we were heading north, I found the Buffalo Bill Ranch, a historic park in North Platte, NE. They even have an RV park (where we were 1 of 3 staying the first night and the ONLY one the 2nd night). So why not? First come, first served, with 50 amp, no water, no sewer. Right next to the North Platte river. ย 
 
Here are a few pictures from our day, Buffalo Bill Ranch, Golden Spike Tower at the worlds largest rail yard (Union Pacific), and almost a wine tasting :)
 
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Tomorrow we head further north in Nebraska, going to check out Chimney Rock, and parts of the Oregon trail.
 
until then…
 
Kim

April 19th, 2014 | in National Parks, Photography | Leave a comment

Our first extended stop is in Sulphur, OK. This is the home of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. I needed more stamps :) My original hope was to do some hiking/walking (and that is out), look for wild flowers (too early), and just check out the area.

 

We went into the park and took a few pictures, so here they are:

 

Chickasaw proof

 

Purple Flowers

 

water skipper

 

Nature Center

 

Still Waters

 

Waiting

 

Palisade Springs

 

So it begins ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kim

April 19th, 2014 | in RV'ing Lifestyle, Travel | Leave a comment

And we are off! It’s the summer of Alaska: fishing, wildlife, photography, friends. Should be a great summer. We leave the house behind and work our way to meet up with friends to tour Alaska for three months. Yeah, 3 MONTHS! We are so excited (I am sure Jim is, you can tell ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

 

This trip has been on my radar for quite some time and it is finally coming true! We will be working our way North thru OK, KS, NE, SD, ND and then head East to MT and then on up into Canada. That is where we will meet up with everyone. Once we meet, we stay together or we do our own thing, what could be better? That way we have a support group if something goes wrong. Better than caravanning or going by yourself.

 

We do have reservations at Denali for over the 4th of July holiday. That will be awesome. We then head south to Kenai to do a little (orย a LOT) salmon fishing with some winery friends (Rich, I guess I had better remind you ๐Ÿ˜€ ). It’s going to be an adventure of a lifetime, so keep your eyes open for new posts as we go.

 

A side note :( I sprained my left ankle pretty bad right before we hit the road. It is putting a kink in the early part of the trip, but it won’t stop me.

 

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fat ankle

 

Chat with you soon!ย  Kim