Sunday, October 19, 2008
Next, Sheilah takes one of the balls of dough and begins to flatten it by flopping it back and forth from one hand to the other..... she does this so fast the photos were all blurry! In between all the dough flopping, she stretches it out too! Then, When it's just right, it slides into the hot grease!
Then the bubbles start popping up all over !!! In just a few minutes, she uses a fork to check the underneath, and when it is a golden brown, Sheilah turns it over. When all the dough is cooked, you add beans, meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato and you have a Navajo Taco! Or you can add butter and honey......... Or you can add butter and cinnamon! I'm sure, if you think about it, you can get real creative and make lots of good eating with basic Indian Fry Bread!
Chuck's first Navajo Taco! Yum!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Rain leaving Tucumcari NM
Finally, no rain, but still banks of clouds once we got about 2 hours west of Alburquerque! Just east of Alburquerque, the rain turned to sleet and then to snow... just when all the road construction started too. Snow only lasted a few miles (so did construction) but it was beautiful to see all the snow on the trees higher up and scary to think it might be that thick here too in a few minutes! I wish I had thought to take pictures as we were driving through Alburquerque! The way they have built their road interchanges and ramps is so beautiful! Art all along the I-40 corridor! Painted overpasses,,,,,,,,,,, graceful arching roads crossing over each other........... I even forgot to be frightened because it was so beautiful! We spent Tues. night in Gallup NM under clear blue skies and chilly nights!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The two laned Highway 9/203 were hilly, windy and rainy, but so beautiful, just a good slice of back country! The roads were in excellent condition and very lightly traveled! When we arrived at Headly Highway 297 was a great 4-laned road also in excellent condition and very little traffic! Highway 297 took us right into Amarillo I-40 West with ease! 4 hours of driving so far, skies just banked with clouds each row a deeper gray than the first..... but always was that last row of clouds teasing us with what looked like the sun must just be behind that row of clouds! Our goal was Tucumcari NM for the night. Buffeting winds, constant rain made driving miserable! Low gas mileage too! To say nothing of more expensive gas! Arkansas and Oklahoma it was always under $3 per gallon, got the cheapest at Exxon $2.67 a gallon! Now we noticed Texans were back up over the $3 a gallon mark! New Mexico seems to waver around the $3 mark so far. We finally pulled into Tucumcari about dusk..... hard to tell since the whole day had been gray....!
We went to a KOA there, as you exit I-40 you go left under the overpass and turn left and it's right there. NEW OWNERS! This used to be a dump of a park with very poor ratings! The new owners came in last year and totally revamped back bathroom and showers and repainted the front ones! Nice folks too! Just a pain to have to set up in the pouring rain and by this time the temps had dropped from mid-70's when we left Quartz Mountain to mid-40's and a wind chill to the 30's.......brrrrrr. Before we pulled into the campground, we road through Tucumcari... sad to see a town once so vital on route 66 looking so run down, but we found a great restaurant called Del's Restaurant. Great food, good friendly service! So we got to the camp, set up, settled in and slept well! Woke up to more rain!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Top 2 photos are from Quartz Mountain SP in Oklahoma and bottom photo is sunset taken at Crowder Point Campground OK.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
doggies! That plus the dogs had to stop and make sure they watered every plant!
We started from the center of town, there is a big visitor parking lot in the middle of town and the trail starts from there. We came out north of bath house row, so we took Central Avenue back to the parking lot. The old bath houses are beautiful! I wish we had time to go visit one.
After our tour of downtown, Chuck took me to myfavorite rock shop just north of Hot
Springs Village, Coleman Rock Shop. I have mined often for quartz Crystals at the Coleman
Mines, but we just didn't have time this trip!
Check out the size of those quartz crystals in front of me! WOW!
Downtown Hot Springs is worth a day to just walk around and explore! They are restoring a lot of the old buildings there and downtown is looking prosperious again! There are several of the old bath houses being restored now and 2 are fully restored and you are welcome to soak for a day or an hour, as long as your pocketbook will allow!
About 1/2 way down the palisades trail is the steamy hot water tumbling down the hill, over rocks, to the pool below. It doesn't look as hot and steamy as it really was, it was a chilly morning and believe me... the water was steamy!
We left Hot Springs Saturday about 9 am and landed here with a lakeside campground site in Oklahoma and will report more about it in my next posting. It's time to hit the road for another day!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
We left Vicksburg around 11 am and landed in Hot Springs National Park tonight. With the senior citizens Golden Age Pass (geezer pass) we are here for $5 a night! Beautiful campground! No hook ups so we will be boon docking 2 nights here. I'll take photos and share later!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
If you EVER get the chance, go check out Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro Arkansas. It is the worlds 8th largest diamond mine and the only one that will let you keep the diamonds you find! It costs $6.50 to mine all day! You can bring your own tools, or rent them there. A claw type hand tool, a small hand spade, a bucket is all you really need! Chuck and I dug around in the dirt for 2 days! Chuck found a nice jasper and I found a few new places for muscles to ache but we had so much fun! http://www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com/ Besides the usual great campgrounds that you find at Arkansas State Parks, thus one had great hiking trails.........paved or wild! The last day we were there, Chuck and I took the trail you see here and then kept on following it after the trail turned wild at the river! I was a bit nervous because I still don't trust these new knees as much as I should! Chuck encouraged me and helped me up or down some of the steep areas, and we all had a great hike. The dogs, Midget, Scottie and Bobbie, loved it! Back to the diamond mine........... the first day we were there 6 diamonds were unearthed! One was a fine quality 3/4 carat! In several area of the park mining area, you will see sings with shovels hanging from them. The one in the photo shows where the Uncle Sam Diamond was found. The shovels show where all the big diamonds first saw light. A lot of people cluster around those areas hoping to find another big one! We really enjoyed ourselves here. Now for a commercial! hahaha! While there, we discovered a great little Mexican Restaurant in Murfreesboro... Rico Habaneros and it was amazing! Great service, excellent food! About 1/2 mile north of the courthouse! It was so good, we went back the second day, not even wanting to try any of the other restaurants the town had to offer! Rico's was great. This is our favorite Arkansas State Park so far.......... I hope you get a chance to visit! This is a great time of the year to go, the weather was perfect for digging in the dirt! Next week, we leave for California! I'll keep you posted! Happy Trails!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
A calm Dawn broke after the passing of TS Ike, to the credit of the RV park, it was well drained and hardly a puddle was left to show for the hours of rain that had pounded down on us. Betty and I took a predawn walk with the dogs and found only a laundry basket that had escaped from it's home. We all survived TS Ike very well. Chuck says goodbye to Poco. Sunday morning was the final gathering for pancakes with sausage and coffee. It was time to begin the goodbyes to all the new friends we had made! Paul and Sherry left Saturday to go visit her mom in Missouri so they missed sharing Ike with us. Almost everyone was packing up after breakfast and heading for home. I loved the wheel cover on the back of Steve and Tali's Oliver, "Not all those who wander are lost and the road goes ever on...." ! They obviously love life on the road! Mountainborn took a minute to brag about the box he had built onto the tongue of the Oliver to house his generator. Of course now Chuck wants one just like it! Mountainborn and Butcherknife go "boondocking" quite often and having the generator handy makes life easier! Finally, everybody was packed up but for 3 of us who decided to stay Sunday and leave Monday. So in the ready to roll mode, we all went down to Jake's Steaks for lunch! Another great meal at a restaurant within walking distance of the campground. We are going to miss our new friends! Most we had met via the internet and Oliver Forum or the Casita Forum, but just hadn't met in person. This was really fun for my first rally and I'm looking forward to next year! Next stop.... Crater of Diamonds State Park!
Ok, here is a bigger picture of Chuck and I taken the last day of the RverII Rally. A few of you wanted to see a bigger photo...... so we aim to please!
At last we were in Van Buren Arkansas, still a day early for the rally. I gotta tell you, I was a bit underwhelmed at the campgrounds chosen. No trees, no picnic tables, not much space between sites and right next to I-40 exit 5! But the campground was still pretty empty so it didn't look it's best, especially after the pretty state park campgrounds we had just been to! Then folks started pulling in. Then it was fun having everybody close by. The 4 of us with Olivers parked 2 to a space and with our awnings facing each other, so it was like we has our own "subdivision" in this small town of fiberglass rv's! Eventually there were about 18 of us camped there. The campground site turned out to be perfect. Easy to get to, a nice big meeting/clubhouse, a nice laundry, close to restaurants and WalMart.... turned out ok.
The photos are of the rally and of Betty and her dog Poco! I have to do a new post to add more photos....... so until next time!