Wanderlust… The call of the open road… Mid-life crisis… Insanity.
On a trip to Florida long ago we met people involved in Manatee rescue. They were selling adoption packets for $25. We “planted a seed” and adopted a manatee named “Ginger” for our granddaughter (she had a dog named Ginger). She was thrilled and learned all about the manatees. When her parents took her to Florida, they paddled out to see the manatees. Her eyes still light up when she talks about it many years later. That seed grew into an awareness and love for an animal she had never heard of before. (A quick check of their website and I discovered that it is still $25 to adopt and Ginger is still swimming around out there. https://www.savethemanatee.org/ )
Caption: Ginger the Manatee
February 14, 2020
This is the beautiful house we lived in for over 30 years. Trees, woods, critters, a large lake (hiding behind those trees) and peace and quiet in the midst of the Maryland hustle and bustle and crowds. Such a sweet place to go to at the end of a hectic day.
We got lazy again and are catching up on our blog posts… again.
We just uploaded posts going back to April 17, 2019. These included:
– Lee’s Ferry & Marble Canyon (and California Condors)
– Glen Canyon NP
– Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
– Zion NP
– Pipe Spring NM & Paiute Kaibab RV Park (& Kanab UT)
– Black Dump Valve (trials & tribulations)
– Flaming Gorge NRA & Ashley National Forest
– Dinosaur Bones!!!
June 10, 2019
On August 17, 1909 Earl Douglass discovered eight tailbones of an Apatosaurus, previously known as a Brontosaurus. Years of digging uncovered bone after bone, skeleton after skeleton. Thousands and thousands of fossil bones were carefully cleaned, logged, wrapped, packed and hauled away. The wall of bones was chiseled down bit by bit. Then they stopped. Time went by. The land was declared a National Monument. Buildings were erected and the public was invited in. So…
What’s left? About 1,500 fossil bones from about 100 individual dinosaurs lay out in a mosaic stretching far above your head along the length of the building. They are sheltered, they are protected, and they are there waiting for you.
May 18 – June 26 2019
Iconic view of Flaming Gorge
This is our first, but hopefully not last, Interpretive Host job. We found an opening online, called, talked, made a deal, and headed for the Flaming Gorge NRA, all within a few days. We knew NOTHING about the area so we searched the Internet and started browsing. WOW! We discovered that we would be working in a beautiful spot. It is exactly the type of place we would have visited if we’d known about it. Sometimes life throws wonderful surprises at you.
May 14… and, unfortunately, May 15, 2019
I include these “Trials and Tribulations” posts not to complain but because living in an RV is not all happy wandering and exploring with no worries. Sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to but we do survive and carry on. I figure we could be having problems with a stick and brick house or with a house on the road. I choose road every time.
This time there was a problem with the dump valve on our black water holding tank (this is the one with the poo in it for those that don’t RV). Continue reading
May 5-9, 2019
We visited Zion about 5 years ago but were cycling back to check out a possible site for our travel club’s 2020 reunion. John first asked why I booked four nights because we’ve been there – “What are we going to do?” Once we were there, he was totally happy once again. It is a beautiful, beautiful park with hiking trails for people of all skill levels, an easy and efficient shuttle system (free), and more to do than we got done in those four days. Why go back to Zion, indeed! Continue reading