ROUTE TO YUMA

Our route to Yuma this year was by way of a South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.  Not the most direct route, but along the way we took time for long overdue visits with family. KANSAS CITY MISSOURI One of the things I suck at is measurement - it doesn't matter if it's distance, length, time or volume.  It's not to be argumentative, my ability to judge is just broke - if Travis says it's three inches, I'll say it's six; if he says it's been five years, I'll say it's been two.  With that said, I'll simply say that Stoney, Trav's brother has been living in…
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ECLIPSE 2017

THE JOURNEY- MONTHS OF PLANNING AND RESEARCH One of the advantages of having a house on wheels is that we can pack up and go where we want (except Hawaii). When we first heard about the eclipse we started doing research on what it would take to photograph the event. We've been in the Pacific Northwest for most of the summer and realized that we were only about 5 hours away from the path of totality so we started looking for a place to "camp" in central Idaho. For $100 per night, we booked 'luxury' accommodations in the middle of a farmers grass field at Alpha Nursery in Cascade, Idaho.…
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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

OUR STORY IN A NUTSHELL Where we met? Family camp (ages 9/11) First date? 5th Quarter after party (ages 15/17) Married? August 8, 1987 (ages 18/20) Started a family? July 13, 1989 BUILDING A FOREVER RELATIONSHIP More than once people quoted the statistics of unsuccessful marriages at our age but we chose to move forward. Our faith was strong and we had good examples to follow. At 18 and 20 years old I am not certain we really understood the depths of a wedding vow. To love and cherish, in sickness and in health, in good times and bad - until death? Phew, only our life experience can truly define…
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30 YEARS OF REMEMBERING

It's finally come and gone, my 30 year high school reunion that is.  I believe God's sense of humor to remind me to laugh and lighten up came in dreams about showing up at my reunion naked with nothing but a blingy spectacular pair of heels.  And thirty years in the business world have taught me to go with it like nothing was wrong. If you know me well, you know I thrive on planning and organizing.  In my spare time, the past nine months were spent tracking down classmates, pulling together event details, and reminiscing on memories of the past.  For me, I find no greater satisfaction than seeing…
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FAMILY TIME IN CLARKSTON

HAPPY FOR SO MANY REASONS Our journey affords us the opportunity to make new friends, experience wild adventures, and see this crazy beautiful country we live in, but the closer we get to our family in Spokane the more excited we get. We stayed in Clarkston for 2 1/2 short weeks and it welcomed us with a sunny sky's and 105 degree temperatures.  What more could a sun lover ask for? PALOUSE FALLS Interested in a fun fact about Palouse Falls? This one touches my heart because I love brave kid stories.  Thirty students (between third grade and sixth grade) from Washtucna began researching the possibility of having Palouse Falls…
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SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS IN HEBER CITY

The temperatures have been a bit of a shock as we continue to move north and we've found ourselves commenting on Yuma weather more and more.   The snow-capped mountains in Heber City left us feeling a bit anxious and questioning our choice of locations but for the most part the weather cooperated and only required a light jacket during the day (it did snow while we were in Spokane but melted off the same day). We continue to get questions from people we meet about how and why we choose the places we stay.  Because we both still work full time it's really simple and our criteria list is short: A rock solid wireless…
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ZION NATIONAL PARK

Zion National Park is one of the most popular parks in southern Utah with very limited parking.  The  best option is to park in the town of Springdale and take the free shuttle to the park entrance then take a park shuttle to whatever sight you want to visit in the park. (Pro tip: When you park in Springdale park far away from the park entrance since the buses fill up on their way to the park so you might have to wait for several buses to go by before one has any seats available, we parked close to stop 6 and the bus was nearly empty each time) Riverside Walk…
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BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Moon Walk Lotto For 2 consecutive nights during the full moon the park has a lottery for a guided tour after dark with a telescope set up for viewing the amazing landscape. We showed up and put our names in but didn't get drawn but we weren't too disappointed because it turned out to be overcast. Bryce Canyon is at about 8000 feet so even though the weather was warm in St. George we had to put on some extra layers to protect our sun loving bodies from the freezing temperatures (it was about 50 degrees). Hoodoos The hoodoos in the main canyon look like they belong on an alien…
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ADVENTURES IN ST. GEORGE

St. George Utah was our home for the month of April.  The outdoor adventures in this area seemed endless and while we won't likely return to Temple View RV Resort again, we wouldn't miss an opportunity to visit Southern Utah. IN-N-OUT Sometimes you've just got to have a good burger and may not be dressed appropriately to visit some sit down restaurants; or you've been out on an adventure and there's no Taco Trucks in sight. So what do you do?  What else, you head to In-N-Out.  This was a new experience for us because they don't exist in Spokane. Virgin River Trail system Like the name imply's, the Virgin River…
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LEAVING LAS VEGAS

Time with Friends I know, we've said this over and over but it's true, one of the best parts of our adventure is meeting new friends.  We met Michael and Judy in Polson, Montana last year and reconnected with them for a couple of days at their home in Summerlin on our journey north.  It was a great time of relaxing, doing a little shopping, and just catching up on life.  We look forward to crossing paths again. Container Park Travis and I aren't big gamblers so we set out to find different things to do while we were in Las Vegas. Container Park surprised us by touting a kid friendly…
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