July 28, We wake up to very black clouds ( What’s the
weather coming like?). We pack up and leave,stopping at a info rest area for
Oklahoma. I pick up info and find out the weather is just passing rain that we
will drive out of it.
We are at Eric Ok. The lady tells me that Roger Miller
was born here and there is a museum down the road. I head for there, but it is
only open Wednesday thru Saturday. It is a small town and the museum looks like
they just used a old bank for it. The town has character though, we drive around
and find an old store with many old signs on display. I remember many of these
signs growing up in Penna. There is a house behind it also with many signs
around it too. A neighbor tells me that they are in a rest home with ill health
and the place is growing with weeds. At the edge of town is a house with many
collections of wind mills too all along his property front for all to
Back to Rt. 40/ Rt.66 to head east, we arrive at Elks, Ok.
to see a Rt. 66 museum and the town/farm also in the same complex. admission is
$4.00 each and we are given a map of the grounds. So much to see, glad someone
saved all these historic things for future generations to see. I even was a Soda
Jerk at the local Drug Store, the lady guide there filled us in on the long ago
history of the drug store. Yes it is still raining but this is an inside
There was a old house filled with yester year furniture and
also the second floor was all dedicated to the local families of Rodeo
Champions. Also a farm museum was here to see the old farm machinery. It stopped
raining and getting hot again...
Time to move on... I saw one of my tires was wearing bad
so I stopped to swap the spare, but that was bad too so I bought a new tire as a
safety precaution because I didn’t want a blow out and rip the side of the
airstream. ($$$$ There goes the budget? )
Well it’s after 3 pm we better move on ... we find a few
historic things along the way. We stop at Lucille’s Service Station in Hydro,
Ok. and get a few pictures. Then east again to Oklahoma City, we call ahead to a
state park named Acadia Lake and make reservations as it is 5 pm and we are an
hour away yet. We get a nice campsite for 3 nights and planned to see Oklahoma
City and the area and rest too?
July 27, Sunday, time to leave Texas and head for
Oklahoma. It is Sunday morning and during our drive west on Rt. 40 we see a
Giant Cross way out in front of us at Groom, Texas. We stop at this attraction,
I am glad we did, there is statues of Jesus during his last days all around a
circle of the cross and also the hill where he is on the cross then a cave also
depicting his death and resurrection too.
There are many people her but the place is very silent in
nature because of what you are reading and seeing as you follow the stations
around the cross. This was my Sunday service to remind me of what he did for
us... God Bless All...
Continuing on July 26, we leave downtown and head out Rt.
40 east looking for a Tall Texan advertising Free Steaks ? We find the lot very
full and people waiting for a table. We sign in they say 45 minutes and give us
a beeper. We walk around the place searching each corner for fun. They even have
a Cadillac Limo pick you up in the back lot and bring you to the front door,
talk about service !
5 minutes later our beeper rings? We got a table, the
waitress told us he hit the wrong ### for us but we got the table first... nice
guy .. We search the Menu to see what we would like... we decided on a 20 ounce
Filet with bake potato and salad. We ask for an extra plate to share the meal.
The meal comes and it is a lot of food, I glad we ask to share as we are both
full when we are done.
The front stage table has a 12 year old boy trying to
eat a 72 ounce steak with 2 sides. If he does it ..it is Free !! You are
kidding? I could hardly eat my 10 ounces and here is a kid eating a 72 ounce.
With 20 minutes to go the boy gives up, he now owes $72.00 for the
Next we see a man, a Big Man step up and sit at the
stage table and start eating.. Rare Red Meat with brown outside, he is sweating
and eating. Many people take pictures of him eating, when we leave , he has
about 12 ounces to go and still 30 minutes to do it. Later in the gift shop they
announce that he has done it.
At the back of the restaurant they have many things to do..
there is a Maze for you to try. Only $6.00 each or $5.00 each with a group,
there is 4 places you must fined before coming out. There is an upstairs viewing
stand, mom and I go up and watch the people searching their way around. The kids
are the most fun to watch.Time to buy a T-shirt and sticker
too for the Airstream door. Here are some pictures ....
July 26, Saturday ...rise and shine... we drive into
Amarillo for a look at downtown. We have a brochure on a RV Museum in town. I
set the GPS but it takes us to a RV Dealer? I drive past and circle around again
and stop in, here it is in the lot of the RV Dealer surrounded by new RV’s for
sale. The salesman takes us back to the building...Free Admission Too !!
of place.. We walk in and the first thing I spot is a 1948 Airstream hanging
from the ceiling with Caravan Lettering all over the sides. WOW !! I love seeing
this ! This airstream has seen some serious traveling in the 50’s . This is
before super highways and a lot of dirt roads too. The undercarriage is damaged
by the roads it has traveled. I am impressed by one snow tire and one regular
tire on the rig. I guess you buy just one tire as you need them back then(plus
they are Bias Tires).
We walk around the beautiful displays and see tent
trailers, early motorhomes and even 2 more Airstreams. They even collect old
Motorcycles too. Many early camping supplies were on display too. We spent over
an hour searching all corners of museum, what I didn’t see Carol pointed out to
me. Wow many of this things we remember as campers 40 years ago too. I always
wanted a Winnebago too, there was one here.
After the museum , we toured the dealership picking up some
goodies. Oh, did I tell you my spare tube with the short sewer hose opened the
cap and lost the hose yesterday? Well it did in New Mexico some where. Gotta
have a new one, only $10.00 and found a RV Museum T-shirt too. They had one new
Airstream on display, nice but we are happy with our 99’.
We leave for downtown to find old 66 thru town , we find
it and it is a lot of garages turned into Café’ and Bars, lots of motorcycles on
this street. It is a beautiful day to ride. You know what is odd.. the downtown
business area was completely empty ...no cars no people, I guess when it’s the
weekend everyone goes home and are only found in shopping malls? Here are some
pictures of the Museum and Rt 66 downtown... https://picasaweb.google.com/AirstreamHobo/RVMuseumInAmarilloTexas72614#
July 25, we leave New Mexico and cross the Texas border on
Rt. 40/old 66. Right before Amarillo we see the Cadillac Ranch on the right. We
missed the first exit and got off at the second one at “2nd Amendment” Cadillac
display. This was 3 newer Cadillac's displayed with a Big Texan calling for his
2nd amendment rights. and also sold t-shirts for the Cadillac Ranch.
I then drive 3 blocks west again to the Famous Cadillac
Ranch. You had to pass thru a crooked gate to enter(guess to keep animals
out?)walk about a block thru the fields to join others taking pictures but also
spray painting the cars with each own design. People were in and on and behind
the cars to leave their mark. It was fun to watch people pickup discarded paint
cans and check them to spray. Most brought their own to use but then left them
behind on the ground for others to use. I did write my name on one of the cars
but I believe by now it is sprayed over. The paint was so thick with layers on
all cars. There was not a bare spot to be seen. After a few snap shots of the
Beautiful Cars we continued on...
We stopped at a Tourist information Center to get info on
the area and also Rt. 66 mapping thru the area. The lady recommended that we
stay in a canyon nearby. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is 30 minutes away.We get
a site for $24/nite with elec/water hookup along the shade trees but it is still
95* here in the floor of the canyon. It was a nice drive around the canyon but I
still liked the “Arches Park” the best. We pay for 2 nights to explore Amarillo.
July 24, Continuing on down Rt. 66 we have to get on
Rt. 40 east because the old highway disappears. We arrive at Tucumcari where the
old 66 starts again thru town.
Right off the highway for about 2 miles all the motels
and gas stations are boarded up and closed, I thought this town was Gone? then
after a few blocks we see the old town still there. The interstate has ruined a
lot of small businesses because of New Hotels and gas stations built right off
the exit and no one goes thru town anymore.
There are still some well preserved old motels here
but not a lot of people staying in them. Why pay $39.00 for and old motel when
the new one are advertising the same price too.
The campground we are in had maybe 75 sites but only 7
RV’s here. It is clean and has all the hookups and was a Passport America Park.
Only $18.95/nite with all the hookups. We settled in and unhooked to drive
around town to see the sights, lots of Murals adorn the walls of many buildings.
We see the night Neon Lights come on at the motels , so of them are so cool not
like the Boxy signs at the new Hotels.. Here are my pictures form here...https://picasaweb.google.com/AirstreamHobo/TucumcariNM72414#
July 24, we leave here and head for Rt. 66 going thru
Santa Fe. When we get there there is no parking for the Airstream except a lot
where the guy said it was $4.00/ hour ? I said forget it, the streets were
narrow little store fronts that looked expensive , so we moved on down the
Turquoise Trail on Rt. 66 stopping in Madrid for an hour. This is an old village
that artists and craftsmen set up their homes and shops to sell their crafts
that they made. The village had a 5 MPH speed limit because people have to walk
on the streets sometimes to see the shops. This was very interesting stop, I
enjoyed the artists version of life and took a lot of pictures here... https://picasaweb.google.com/AirstreamHobo/MadridNM72414#
More to come down the road...see ya !!
July 23, 2014, What trip do I want next? Well since
Albuquerque, NM. is on Rt 66 , we decided to explore it. We will be leaving here
and heading East.. so why not follow the the old Historic Rt. 66 ... We started
out at Old Town in Albuquerque for the day . This is a quaint little village
with café’ and gift shops all within maybe 10 square blocks. After spending the
day here we went to a Rt. 66 Casino for the Wednesday Special..2 Buffets for
$12.99. What a display of all kinds of food.. Think we gained some
We also met a husband/wife team truckers that haul
long distance from Calif. to Pa. for Federal Express in Middletown, Pa. Small
world? They drive 6,000 miles every week..each drive 500 miles a day. They sure
keep on rolling down the highway. This was one of the few times they stop to eat
a meal . Other times they eat while driving. They are home 2 days a week but off
they go again. They been trucking 16 years as a team.. Wow !! I get tired after
200 miles a day, it would take me weeks to hit 6,000 miles.
July 22, Today we arrived at Enchanted Trails in Albuquerque, NM. for the final stop on our trip to the West. I hope you all enjoyed the ride. I tried to tell a story along the way as well as post some Postcard Pictures that I took.
The trip was 5,800 miles from Penna, to here. We stayed mostly at Passport America Parks saving 50% off campsites. Our travels took us to National Parks which we enter for free on our Senior Passes being over 62..That saved us alot of money. The National Parks campgrounds were also 50% off . Some of those campsites were without hookups but thats why we have the airstream with holding tanks and also a generator. We only ran the generator maybe 4 times to charge the on board batteries. We were so busy that a lot of nights when it got dark(10 pm) we were ready to ZZZZ.
The most we paid for a campsite was $27.00 in the Badlands at a commericial campground. All others were less than $20.00 a night. The lowest we paid was $7.50/ nite. So if you do look around you can find campsites for a reasonable price. We don't need all the Resort Campgrounds to stay at. Every campground was nice and clean every where we went, The Hosts were most gracious and were fun to talk to and get ideas from on what to see in the area. Was there a Favorite? It would be hard to pick but Yellowstone has so much to see and enjoy.
So Good-bye for now and watch here for future trips... Thanks for going along!!! Any comments ??
God Bless AirstreamHobo & Mom
July 20, Sunday, Rise and Shine at 6 am to catch a train to Silverton on
the Durango-Silverton Train. Boarding time is 7:30 am...All Aboard !! For an all
day trip returning at 5:30 pm. We are in an open car for the round trip. Tickets
are $90.00 each for the ride. We leave town and wind around mountains for 3 1/2
hours arriving at 11:30 am.
When we arrive it starts to rain and sleet too. we head
for a dry place in a restaurant to have a great lunch.. Roast Beef open sandwich
with mashed potato and corn. Carol stays under the front roof on a bench while I
explore the town in the rain.. Muddy streets and water flow like little creeks
down the sidewalks too.
July 20,2014.. Well we saw a lot this week from Moab,
Utah to Durango, Colorado. Lots of pretty high mountains to climb but there is a
downside too!! We stopped in Moab for 3 days to see Arches and then moved on to
Durango, Colorado. In Durango we arrived friday at Junction Creek in the San
Juan National Park. We found a campsite 2 miles back a very dusty road for 4
nights at $9.50/nite with no hookups. But the mountain is cool at night down to
55* and 80* during day but we are in tall trees.
On Saturday , we drive 45 miles to Mesa Verde Park to see
the cliff dwellings that Pueblos built over 1,000 years ago. I signed up for a
Balcony House Tour, it is $4.00 for the Ranger tour. Carol’s knees would not be
able to climb 32 step ladder and also crawl 12 feet thru a 2 foot square tunnel.
I barely did the crawl, but I squeezed down to a size 8 to get thru? The whole
tour was very Interesting and I am glad I did it..but warning it was a tough
climb and crawl. here are my pictures..enjoy..
July 17, While driving around Moab I saw an unusual collection of junk
cars... They were all VW Beetles ..Buses..and a few odds and ends too.
Ok..this is off track but I love the unusual, so I
ask permission to walk around and take my weird shots of this Junk Yard. Did you
ever play Punch Bug with your kids or grandkids? Well I saw enough for a
July 16th, We arrive in Moab, Utah as we enter the Park we see sign that
campground is full. The Ranger gives us a BLM Map of local National Camps. We
turn around and head for the Camps along the Colorado River at the edge of
Arches park. We find a camp at Goose Valley, only $7.50/ nite no hookups, which
is Ok if the weather wasn’t so hot.
We set up and leave for a tour of the park. We enter
the park and get our maps. You are met with the most beautiful rocks so high
it’s unbelievable. You have to see these in person to realize how majestic they
are. We drive around the paved roads for 3-4 hours stopping at most turn-outs.
Speed limit is 30 MPH in the park.
We drive 18 miles to the dead end where the camp is
located. Yes it is full and some sites would have not been big enough for the
Airstream. Some sites look kinda small. We return to the entrance to return to
the Airstream. It is still 95* at camp, the heat is too much for us, we need air
condition when it’s this HOT.
We find a Passport America Park at the other end
of Moab for $21.00/nite with full Hookups and cable & wifi too. We decided
to move and loose the $30.00 we paid for the 4 nights. AHhhh the Air condition
feels so good !! Glad we made the move. Here are pictures of the Arch
Hope the Rocks will interest you and be beautiful to you as
they were to us.
July 14th, We left Jackson Hole, WY. and headed for
Arches National Park. But our drive took us through The Ashley National Park
which is also surrounding The Flaming Gorge Park also.
We stopped at Fire Hole Campground which is inside
the Gorge area. Our site overlooked the beautiful waterway going thru the park.
Our site was only $9.00/nite without hookups, but a Great View. We also had a
covered picnic table right next to the Airstream.
There were only 7 rigs here for 40 sites, so we had the
place to ourselves. The camp Host stopped by for a chat and stayed an hour
talking about the area and his life as a Host. He has been doing this for 7
years and enjoying the job ever since. I got up at 6 am on July 15th to get the
sunrise shots which were spectacular as the sunset shots from the night
before. See Pictures ... https://picasaweb.google.com/AirstreamHobo/FlamingGorgeNPRecr71514#
We also saw Russian Tourists at the Dam taking a swim, they
had rented Harleys and Mustangs to tour the area. They were having a Blast.
See you down the Road God Bless.. AirstreamHobo & Mom
July 12, We drive into town to see the town. There
is a Gunfight Show at 6 pm on the town square, the crowd is big. This is a
preview of a Dinner Show down the street that you need tickets for. We also
walked around some very expensive gallery shops and art stores too. Here are
some shots of the night life in Jackson.... https://picasaweb.google.com/AirstreamHobo/JacksonHoleWY71214#
July 12, Saturday, I leave about 9 am for a drive from
the campground out the back road. This leads me to a old village know as Mormon
Row Farmstead. What a back drop of the Tetons surrounds this Historic site. This
has got to be one of the most beautiful farms to see in America. I spent 2 hours
here taking all kinds of shots and angles of these barns & houses. There are
many sightseers here also and also an Artist club from the Tetons’ Art
July 11th, We arrive at the Tetons outside of Jackson, WY.
What a beautiful drive along the inner parkway right next to the Tetons !! We
arrived at Gros Ventre campground and pick a site for 4 nights. Only $11.50
/nite no hookups. We fill the tank with water and find site Loop C 126 .. Nice
view of the Tetons. Here are some pictures https://picasaweb.google.com/AirstreamHobo/Tetons71112#
July 9th, Our day drive is to West Thumb Geysers. We
pack a lunch for a picnic along the way. The geyser has a boardwalk all around
the area as the ground is very fragile and is still cooking under us. This is a
mile walk around the area along the lake and land too. The colors are
outstanding. The heat also is very Hot and steamy also at some spots. The Ranger
gives a talk on geysers along the way at a turnout point. The temperature today
is 93* outside, time for the air conditioned truck (g).
On the way back we see 3 Elk along the road, there are
many people here taking pictures too. I see a 10 point and also a 12 point Elk
all in velvet yet. They just keep eating ignoring the crowd.
July 8th, 5 am... I set my alarm at 4:50 , 5:00 , 5:10 am 3 times so I
don’t over sleep. I am up at the 5 am alarm and getting ready to head out to the
Lake Hotel. I am the only one on the road, only 2 miles to drive. I meet “Doug”
my guide for the Photo Safari Tour. Doug is a photographer and driver for the
day. there are 8 of us to go, one couple didn’t show up. In the first 15 minutes
I knew this was going to be a Fun Day.. Doug has a great personality and really
cares about making your day a learning and a true experience in the
We load up in a Big Yellow Car Bus out front. Since I
am the only one single, guess who gets to ride up front as co-pilot? YES... Me..
This is cool. We search for animals and look closely thru the trees. Our first
spot of the day happens within 10 minutes, we spot a Coyote and follow him along
the trees. Doug knows his every move and follows him forward and backward. after
everyone takes a few shots we move on. The Bus has large crank down windows so
we can all take pictures without looking thru glass. It is about 50* outside, so
we were told to dress in layers, then we can remove them as the day gets warmer.
Next we stop at a Geyser and a flower field, Doug shows us
what F stop to use and also ISO settings for the best shots, I didn’t know that
? Picking up a lot of pointers so far !!There are so many camera types here
today and Doug knows them all and helps all that need help. Most of us start
snapping shots all over the area. I even get yell at for going beyond the “Do
Not Enter” sign, Sorry !! I didn’t see the 4”x 6” sign on the post.
Going up the next hill we see Marmite animal, looks like a
ground hog to me? Doug shouts(whispers)out instructions on how to take his
shot...Look...now... look for gleam in his eyes...now shoot !! Great Teacher
On the hilltop he shows us on how to do landscaping
shots... what a view... then flower shots next.. how, what and not to do! We
are so busy nobody saw the deer behind us.. Pay Attention !! Time for a
breakfast break, Doug opens the back doors for Blueberry Muffins and Juice for
all. Now back down the road for a few miles.....
Guess what we see next ? Yes...Buffalo...a whole herd of
them.. traffic jam for 2 miles , we inch up for a good vantage point and pull
off the road, It is nice out now we pull the top off the Bus so we can stand on
the seats and get a high shot of the Buffalo. No people to block our view
!! There is also a bear way off in the distance, too far
for our zoom lenses, so Doug gets out a spotting scope for all of us to see him
thru the scope. Sure wish I could have gotten a picture! We then head down the
road for more lessons with polarizing lenses. Doug has lenses for all of us to
use for the day. We climb/hike up a hillside to see the winding river and
mountains behind it. Doug wants to build his cabin right “here” !
Now we turn around and back thru the Buffalo herd, more
traffic and watch buffalo take over crossing the highway. Guess they are the
boss around these parts. There is a Ranger here trying to keep traffic moving,
he sure is patient with everyone.
Well it is 5 hours later and we get back to the Hotel for
our drop off. Doug wants to make sure each of us get our picture with the Yellow
Bus .... Thanks Doug for a delightful morning of learning and seeing the Wild.
So... If you ever go to Yellowstone I recommend the
Photo Safari Tour from The Lake Hotel and you will get Doug as your Guide. He is
the Best and I hear it from everywhere I go in Yellowstone. Here are the shots I
took today..What do you think ? Did I learn anything ?
July 6th, We packed a lunch for a days drive to Bear Tooth Highway Scenic
Drive. Left at 9 am and headed for the east gate of Yellowstone. We stopped at
different places along the way. Going thru the gate about 1/2 mile we see a
black bear cross the road and into the forest.
Then to Silver Gate and Cooke City, two little
villages that dated way back and a lot of log cabin stores and gift shops along
Main St. We stopped and looked around and bought Ice Cream for a snack. Gas was
$4.00 here for Regular, pay it or run out ?
We continued on to Bear Tooth Highway.. stopping at Top
of the World Store also. Then up..up..up.. and we see snow along the road. They
had 14” of snow 2 weeks ago. The snow plows and Blowers were still parked along
the road. At the to we saw an Argosy trailer being used for a ski lift
office/bathroom. We could still see the ski tracks on the mountains, but the
snow is melting quickly. We drove a lot of switchbacks all around the mountains,
new sights at every turn.
Then at the end we arrived at Red Lodge and headed for
Cody to see Airstream friends that are there for the start of Landmarks West
Caravan. There were 30 of them there getting ready for the take off... We said
quick hellos and good-byes as it was getting dark and we had 100 miles to go
back to West Yellowstone yet tonight. we arrived back at camp at 10 pm , very
TIRED..only 370 miles today...Here are pictures of the day ... enjoy... https://picasaweb.google.com/AirstreamHobo/TripToBearToothHighway7614#
July 4th, West Yellowstone has a 4th celebration with music in
the park, a Parade at 6:30, and Fireworks at 10 pm. We went to the parade
downtown and sat along Main St. with others to watch a hometown parade. Everyone
was in it, whether walking, riding or in a float. Everyone was having a good
time, after an hour it was over.
Back to the camper to rest. Then at 9:30 I
drove into town to find the location of the fireworks. Found a good spot one
block away next to a large parking lot. I got to see the locals set off
fireworks from the lot and also the middle of the street. There was some pretty
good ones. Then at 10 the real ones were set off for about 1/2 hour of great
shots of color and explosions of fireworks. Great Show .. Here are some pictures
of the day ..enjoy ..
July 5th, Time for a rest or Laundry day too.... We spent the last couple
days in Yellowstone enjoying every bend in the road. Seeing the Yellowstone
rivers with Fly Fishermen everywhere. They say this is the Best place to Fly
Fish. License is $25.00 for 7 days to fish.
We also saw Old Faithful and had a Buffet lunch there,
very good and tasty. Of course we saw Old Faithful do her eruption, what a sight
to see, thousands were here to see also. Then drives around the park, we got
to see all kinds of wildlife, see pictures !! We did the North loop and also the
Canyon loop too over a period of 3 days. I posted some more Post Cards for you
July 3, Day before The 4th.. So much is happened since
the last posting. We left the Devils’ Tower after one day and headed west to
Gillette, WY. Saw many things along the way.
We stayed at Walmart in Gillette so we could visit
friends at the International. Got to meet many Airstreamers at the Open House of
the Vintage Airstreams, Boy sure Wished I had one ..Maybe in 10 more years then
mine will be 25 years old. On Sunday we met our members for a nice Pizza Party
at Chicago Fire & Pub. Great Food... We also celebrated our 46th Anniversary
We left shortly after lunch and headed for Cody. Here
come the mountains? Another 250 miles and we were there.
We stayed one night and left for Yellowstone in the am. I
wanted to beat the crowd for a campsite before the 4th of July. The park was
filled by 11am we arrived at noon. So we went to West Yellowstone to Bakers’
Hole and got a site for $14.00 with electric. I paid for one week. The next day
when in the park I signed up for a site near the Marina on July 7 for another
week. I posted pictures for you to see... so here are my Postcards to you...
Better than words.