D-1 Day: Loaded up for trip to grab the RV!
D-1 Day: Did we bring enough stuff?
(p.s. the Jeep is loaded too!)
D-Day: Fleetwood Southwind
Day 1: First stop... WalMart to load up on essentials.
Day 1: The drive up to the Meteor Crash site just outside Flagstaff, AZ
Day 1: All we saw of the meteor impact site.
$45 to get our family in seemed steep.
Day 1: Why my wife needs my photo class!
This the last sign on Rt 66 for the Jackrabbit Gift Shop in
Joseph City, AZ.
Day 1: Happy to be at the Holbrook Petrified Forest KOA
Day 1: Happy Trio
Day 1: Brian hits the KOA playground
Day 1: A REAL petrified log
Day 1: Jenny poses
Day 1: Oh my gosh!!!
Day 1: Sizing up the menu at The Chuckwagon Restaurant @ the KOA. Dinner was really good.
Day 1: Deer Antlers. Cow skull.
Day 1: Happy Couple!
Day 1: KOA office & gift shop.
Day 1: Paula looks at me askance
Day 1: After dinner... naturally back to the Merri-go--round.
Anybody over 30 would blow chunks doing this so close to eating.
Day 2 - Queen of the Road
Actually... it seemed like water to the east of this sign would flow west. But we get the idea....
That's right... self-time action. 10 seconds!
RV parked at Sandia Tram parking lot
I needed a tram to get to the tram...
Perfect timing... we walked up just as it was boarding
Think big... then double it.
What awaited us
RV waiting for us in the lot...
Don't ask me how trams work... I'm just glad this one was built by Swiss engineers!
The tower inspectors jump on to the returning Tram.
Switzerland... or NM? You decide
View from Tower 2
Never hand your camera to a stranger with an earring! But it turned out okay. I knew the only way down was on the same tram I was taking....
Ski lift gear. The tram takes you to the top from town quickly. You ski down the other side.
More self-timer action!
The tram we road down on
It was windier than that
Cactus flower out front of tram lot
Excellent chinese food in Santa Rosa, NM
Day 3 - The view behind our dry camp at the Stucky's in Vega, TX
Where we parked on the night of Day 2 - its called “boondocking”. We were comfy.
Cadillac Ranch. It was really cold, BTW
Close up... the cars are re-spray painted regularly
Rafter T Restaraunt, Erich, OK. Cool motif. Good food. Service was fine until a big party came in
Our home this evening at the Twin Fountains RV park in Oklahoma City, OK
Day 4: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The outside is wrapped by murals like this.
A gigantic cougar carved from marble. Think big, then bigger.
This gives an idea of the attention to detail at the museum. Definitely it is worth visiting.
The grounds were very lovely and had different statues and other art all over.
A piece of work, not a piece of western art.
Obligatory horses ass shot. Taken for future blogging use.
Jenny at the National Cowbow and Western Heritage Museum
Buffalo Bill statue at National Cowbow and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Not “cowboy” architecuture but a very nice setting
Abraham Lincoln statue at National Cowbody Museum and Western Heritage Museum
Day 5 - Cooper Creek Campground, Branson, MO
Bacon & Last nights baked potato (fried up on the griddle)
Jenny - waiting on breakfast
Jenny - still waiting...
Breakfast is served
Pancake and peanut butter
Brian & Dad off to go fishing. We were the first boat rental of the year. All their boats sunk (in an ice storm) in January. There were raised and new motors put on.
the dock at Cooper Creek campground
Captain Brian skippers us down stream
Brian draws first blood. I'd had two big ones on, but they came off as I pulled them in the boat. Darned barbless hooks!
What the heck... Nobody told us there as a Bass Pro Shop on the water a few miles down stream!
Bass Pro about to head off shopping...
But first... a tasty lunch break
my kind of decor
Brian took this picture while i was off to the mens room
Ahh... I get one in the boat finally
Fished hard. Now it's time for the run back to the dock. We've got a show to see!
Approaching the dock on return
5 keepers on the string
Dixie Stampede Show, Branson MO
After the show... two chiefs trying to make one fire
Jenny @ Laura Ingalls Wilder museum
Laura and Almanso Wilder's gravesite
Day 6: Smoker for the trout. Worked great!
Brian reads Kindle Version 1
Jenny reads Kindle Version 2
Jenny, wishing I hadn't brought the camera
Brian never minds posing
Go-karts await us at Tracks in Branson, MO
Broad view of the “Woodie” wooden elevated track.
Jenny & Brian strap in
Almost the whole fam damily. Brian grabbed the last car, so I had to go to the front of the next row.
I'm so ronery!
Brian's hat blew off, so the track workers gave it to Paula.
The rules few people followed
Eyes on the road girl! What's next racing and texing?
Brian looks determined
Lighter Jenny soon takes commanding lead...
Jenny bumps some loser with a John Deere hat out of the way. Bumpkin!
Jenny is very competetive. See the determination!
Agony of defeat?
Brian leaves a hole, Jenny slides right in.
Dannika - watch out!
Stick to shooting buddy....
Paula does Tokoyo Drift. Naturally she picks a GT.
With a Kindle, who cares if the fish bite?
Hey kids... pose for a picture!
Okay... now just Jenny
and now, just Brian
Heron flies across us.
3 fish, plus 2 books read. Nice afternoon
Brian fools around after cleaning the fish.
Bass Pro Shops, Springfield, MO
Not so grand during construction. But many deer gave their lives for the decor.
Mom wished the bear was alive....
Gateway Arch, St. Louis, MO
Gateway Arch Capsule Ticket to Ride!
Capsule Door 5
I was tempted to say “bon voyage” and wait at the bottom....
Cardinals vs Rockies as seen from the Gateway Arch
View from Arch
Jenny peers out Gateway Arch viewport
Fancy shot of arch
Brian... pleased to be off the Arch
Dry camping “boondocking” in Wal-Mart parking lot. Mt. Vernon, IL
Day 8: Traveling in style!
Visitor Center sign, Mammoth Cave Park
Brian waits for bus at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
Loading up to head to cave entrance.
Jenny & Brian have a staring contest on bus ride to New Entrance of Mammoth Cave
Door to cave at “New Entrance” Mammoth Cave National Park. Maxwell Smart anybody?
Descent into Mammoth Cave
Long way down. Mammoth Cave, KY
Frozen Niagra @ Mammoth Cave, KY
“Cave crickets” - aka scary things when you are deep underground!
Safe at last! Mammoth Cave, KY
Jenny goes round and round the exit door
The Jeep faithfully follows.
Parthenon @ Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
Paulanon @ Parthenon, Centennial Park, Nasvhille, TN
Jennicus, the goddess of Father Torment helps holdup the Parthenon, Nasville, TN
Front view, Parthenon @ Centennia Park, Nashville, TN
Jenny sits in front of Parthenon @ Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
Picture of original Parthenon in Greece. On the wall of the entrance to the gift shop.
Really big statue of Athena holding Nike inside Parthenon @ Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
Worlds largest bronze doors. They were really big. Parthenon @ Centennial Park, Nashville, TN
The O'Sullivans play at Ribby's in Music Row, Nasvile, TN. They were pretty good.
Signs on Broadway, Nasville, TN (Music Row)
Unepected encounters with paparazzi. 4th & Broadway. Lucie Silvas, upcoming UK country star and band. She's the blond.
Gruhn Guitars, 4th & Broadway, Nashville, TN
Angels sing! The view from the door of Gruhn Guitars, Nasville, TN.
Nice bike parked outside stage entrance to the Nasville Opera.
Storm blew over tree on to popup trailer 2 stalls over. It fell on sleeping compartment, but nobody was hurt (lucky! Jellystone RV Park, Nasville, TN
Always make time for quick stops....
Typical RV hookup. 50 amp power, water (180 PSI out the tube, so a 40 PSI regulator is on), sewage line on a slinky ramp.
Grand Ol' Opry - next tiem I'll demand a guitar prop with all 6 strings!
RV at Twin Rivers RV Park, Sevierville, TN
French Broad River, Sevierville, TN
Browneyed Susans - on the banks of the French Broad River, Sevierville, TN
Sunset over the French Broad River. The view from chairs outside our RV. Sevierville, TN
1“ to spare on the slideout... whew!
Jenny heads for the boat while Brian rigs up a fishing pole. Paradise Lake Campsite, Concord, VA
Paradise Lake RV Park, Concord, VA
Jenny waves by as they head out for some paddling and fishing
This rocking chair is where Dad watched the fun
Brian rarely looks at a camera. Not sure what that means.
Paradise Lake. Small but big enough to be fun.
After the bow line binds the paddle, they resort to pulling rope and hand paddling to get back to the dock.
Jenny switches to a rowboat
Brian doesn't like being rowed around.
Chasing frogs on the other shore
Brian takes over for the return to dock.
Reenactor at Appomatax lectures on the end of the Civil War and aftermath
McLean house where Lee & Grant surrendered
Room where surrender was signed. Lee sat on left. Grant on the table at right.
Gravesite of Thomas Jefferson
Happy family @ Monticello
Front of Monticello
Brian & Jenny overlooking rear of Monticello
Day 13: Williamsburg Colonial Village. Brian helps rip lumber at the working farm.
Jenny helps rip lumber at the working farm, Colonial Williamsburg
Jenny & Brian in the stock at Williamsburg
Bonnets at Williamsburg open air shop
Battleship Wisconsin, Norfolk, VA
Wisconsin strikes in the 1st Persian Gulf war.
Obligatory in front of the 16“ guns on the USS Wisconsin
Brian in front of USS Wisconsin, Norfolk, VA
Victory Rover, Norfolk, VA - gives a nice tour of the Norfolk Navy Base shipyard.
Coast Guard boat on patrol
Oiler used to fuel the fleet - http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4400&tid=600&ct=4 , Norfolk, VA
Huge cranes unload and load container ships, Norfolk, VA
Two big cranes, Norfolk, VA
The US Navy base @ Norfolk, VA
USS Mesa Verde - http://www.defencetalk.com/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=36273
USS Nicholas - http://www.nicholas.navy.mil/default.aspx
USS Theodore Roosevelt, Nimitz Class Nuclear Carrier http://www.tr.surfor.navy.mil/welcomeaboard.html
USS Theodore Roosevelt
Brian in Norfolk, VA
Tugboat , Norfolk, VA
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC. - The view from our hotel lobby.
Where the kids stayed
DC Metro - Dupont Circle station.
DUKW truck (1942) used for Duck boat tour of Washington, D.C.
Interrior view of Duckboat tour
Paula - wet from rain waiting for Duckboat Tour
Capitol as seen from Duckboat Tour
White House as viewed from DuckBoat Tour
White House from Duck boat tour
Washington Monument from GW Parkway across Potomac from D.C.
Duck Boat enters the water
Jenny, wet but enjoying rainy Duck Boat tour
View of Pentagon from Potomac River (via Duck Boat tour of D.C.)
Metro yellow line crosses Potomac (as seen by DC Duck Boat Tour)
727 in final approach to D.C. Reagan National airpot. I was surprised at how close we could get to the airport.
Plane landing at DC Reagan National Airport. As seen from rivr on Duck Boat tour.
Sign warning to STAY OUT! at DC Reagan National Airport.
Wet Jenny uses Duck squaker they give everybody on the Duck Boat Tour
Brian discovers the benefits of using Starbucks as an office as he writes an essay needed for entry into a summer shooting camp.
Brian on steps of U.S. Capitol
Brian, lobbying for the IDPA on the Capitol steps.
Entrance to the new U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
Emancipation Hall, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. This is where you group up for tours.
Rotunda, US Capitol Building. Wish I'd brought my wide angle lense!
Top of Rotunda, U.S. Capitol Building
Flowers in front of U.S. Capitol Building
U.S. Capitol, Viewed from Canadian Embassy
Day 19: Biking around D.C. - White House from Lafeyette Park. To the right side you can see small glimpse of where news anchors setup.
Washington Monument - viewed Ellipse in front of White House
Oval Office of White House as seen from Ellipse
The original Smithsonian building - now the HQ not a museum (except for the lobby)
U.S. Capitol seen from Grants Memorial on the end of the Mall.
Me, my Trek Fuel mountain bike, and the U.S. Capitol
Jefferson Memorial from the Tidal Basin
Bike/Running path along Potomac to Georgetown
Sculler excercises in Potomac across from High Rises of Rosslyn in Arlington, VA
Cafe La Ruche - great desserts in Georgetown, D.C.
C&O Canal in Georgetown, D.C.
C&O Canal, Georgetown D.C.
Rockcreek Park, Georgetown, D.C.
Brian throws down clam chowder in a bread bowl @ Au Bon Pan on M street D.C.
Eritrean protest marches down Conneticut Street in D.C.
Oxymoron alert: SEIU never keeps faith with the Constitution.
Jenny waits for the Old Town Trolley in front of the Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.
USMC National Museum, Quantico, VA
Brian in front of USMC National Museum
Brian shoots at the laser training facility at the USMC Marine Corp Museum
The window of a pizza by the slice shop @ Herald Square, NY, NY (roughly 43rd and Broadway)
Brian & Jenny in times Square, NY, NY
NYC Subway Entrance
Brian & Jenny take a seat in Times Square. The area is now a pedestrian area and they put seats in it in June.
Naked Cowbow works the crowd in Times Square. He earns money by people paying to have their pictures taken with him. Apparently 6 figures a year.
Enough ads? Times Square, NY, NY
Typical NYC subway station entrance.
Trackside in 40th Street & Broadway subway station (NYC)
Jenny in front of a triceratops @ the Museum of Natural History, NY, NY
View over Central Park from Astor Turret (3rd floor) Museum of Natural History, NY, NY
Jenny and more dinosaur bones...
Lion diarama in Museum of Natural History, NY, NY
Jenny & Brian in front of Museum of Natural History, NY, NY
Museum of Natural History, NY, NY
The Lake in Central Park, NY, NY
Boaters get sprinkled on. Central Park, NY, NY
Brooklyn Diner, Uptown Manhattan (57th and 7th roughly), NY,NY
Ferry to NYC awaits.
The ferry at Liberty Harbor, NJ. NY beckons across the Hudson. The ferry goes very fast for a boat that big.
Liberty Harbor RV Park - our home while in New York.
Nicely named yacht. Liberty Harbor, NJ (across Hudson from NYC)
Ellis Island (2nd building) with Statue of Liberty behind
Brooklyn Bridge, NY, NY
Ellis Island, NY Harbor. Brian took this shot, you can tell becaue it isn't level.
New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street, NY, NY.
Departments that served in 9/11 rescue and recovery. Trinity Church, NY, NY
Chinatown, NY, NY
McDonalds, Chinatown, NY, NY
Oysters @ fish stand Chinatown, NY, NY
Fresh fish, fish stand Chinatown, NY, NY
Frogs in a bucket, fish stand, Chinatown, NY, NY
Paula shed a tear over what they did to this Mustang...
John's Pizza - best pizza in NY since 1929!
Til Last Leave Falls (O. Henry) . The wall where the leaf was painted. Next to O. Henry's House in NY's Lower East Side.
Perhaps the coolest name for a pub I've encountered. Lower East Side, NY, NY
A better use for bones than burial. Lower East Side, NY
Blake Griffin, certain #1 draft pick in the 2009 NBA draft, hits the public courts at Columbus Park, Lower East Side, NY, NY
Players Theater: Where Bob Zimmerman (Dylan) played his first gig. Greenwich Village, NY, NY
Flags @ Rockefeller Center, NY, NY
St Patrick's Cathedral, NY, NY
Candles, St. Patrick's Cathedral, NY, NY
Stained Glass Windows, St. Patrick's Cathedral, NY, NY
The doors you exit when you are “FIRED”. Trump Tower, NY, NY
View of high rise towers from “The Pond” in Central Park, NY, NY
Stone bridge and high rise apartments from “The Pond” Central Park, NY, NY
Flowers, “The Pond”, High rise apartments, Central Park, NY, NY
Sam (our excellent tour guide), Paula, Jenny and Brian at conclusion of our 6 hour tour.
The entrance to the Dakota Apartment Building where John Lennon was shot and killed.
Dinner @ the Utopia Diner, 8th Avenue Upper West Side, NY, NY
Jenny in front of the Gershwin Theater where we will see “Wicked”
“Wicked” merchandise at Gershwin Theater, NY, NY
The audience awaits start of Wicked @ Gershwin Theater, NY, NY.
Jenny eagerly awaits start of Wicked.
NY City Lights - Broadway looking down towards Times Square.
Radio City Music Hall, NY, NY
Majestic Diner, NY, NY. We didn't eat, just walked by and thought it was a good shot.
Jenny still has energy at the end of a long day in NYC. We subway home late at night.
The RV and Jeep at the Liberty Harbor RV Park, Jersey City, NJ
U.S.S. Intrepid (CVS-11) in Hudson River, New York, NY
Brian in front of the U.S.S. Intrepid (CVS-11). Not a green screen - just darn fine photography!
Not our RV toilet. But close! Toilet on U.S.S. Growler submarine.
View of NY from flag bridge of U.S.S. Intrepid
Brian sits in the skippers chair. U.S.S. Intrepid (CVS-11)
I sit in navigators chair. U.S.S. Intrepid, NY, NY
Brian operates a dual Bofors gun.
Brian operates twin Bofors gun, U.S.S. Intrepid, NY, NY
Brian as seen through sights of twin Bofors gun, U.S.S. Intrepid, NY, NY
Brian makes a call on a rotary phone. U.S.S Intrepid, NY, NY
F-16 atop USS Intrepid. NY skyline behind.
Brian & Dad on U.S.S. Intrepid (CVS-11) with NYC in background.
Statue of Liberty with statues of global commerce behind.
One Staten Island Ferry leaves while the other arrives. Manhattan, NY, NY
Panorama of Manhattan, NY, NY as seen from Liberty Harbor Ferry
Liberty Harbor Marina and RV Office, Jersey City, NJ
Day 25: Brian with Manhattan behind him
Jenny with Manhattan behind her (on Liberty Harbor ferry)
Jenny on ferry to Manhattan
Panorama of Brooklyn Bridge taken from Liberty Harbor Ferry (made from 6 photographs)
Wall Street Breakfast and Lunch Cart - very tasty and good value
Jenny & Brian & some unknown guy with bad posture at NYSE, NY, NY
Brian and friendly NYPD officer.
Typical NYC subway signage
Empire State Building
View above frosted windows in waiting area on 80th floor of Empire State Building
Happy Family on 86th floor of Empire State Building
Jenny peers over big drop at Empier State Building
Jenny & Brian on 86th floor observatory at Empire State Building
Worker on scaffolding on 86th floor of Empire State Building
Worker on 86th floor of Empire State Building
Brian & Dad overlook NYC
Paula & Jenny far above NYC @ Empire State Building
Brian & Me on “The Beast” high speed boat tour of NYC
“The Beast” high speed boat tour takes off!
Statue of Liberty
Brian, Lady Liberty & Me
Clipper tour ship in NY Harbor
MTA #50 bus runs us cross town
Tad's Steaks - good steak, fast and inexpensive.
Panorama of Lower Manhattan from Empire State Building (Panorama from 8 photographs, hand held)
Practice field on Marin Drive, Jersey City, NJ
Some sort of martial arts excercise in Herald Square, NY, NY
Albanian dancer NYC
Albanian Pride parade, NYC
Krud - Kaufman's is closed til noon!
Brian and Dad on Staten Island Ferry
Panaroma of NYC Harbor - from Staten Island Ferry
Crowd pours off Staten Island Ferry
Street Dancers work hard for tips at Whitehall Ferry Landing, NYC
Brian in Grand Central Station, NY, NY
Muldoon's on 3rd Avenue in NYC
Ground Zero and Construction site for Freedom Tower, NYC
Manhattan at Sunset from Exchange Square in Jersey City, NJ
Manhattan at night from Exchange Square, Jersey City, NJ
Niagara River looking over falls into Canada
Niagara Falls from American Side
Jenny & Paula look at Niagara Falls
Jenny and paid binoculars with Niagara Falls behind
Maid of the Mist takes you right up to the falling water
Rainbow Bridge leads to Canada
Jenny & Brian with Niagra Falls behind them
Maid of Mist powers up to the falls
Panorama of Niagra Falls
Jenny's snow cone @ Niagara Falls
Jenny at Niagara Falls Obeservation Tower
Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center. The falls lie behind and to the viewers left. A storm was brewing, but we didn't care - we had slickers on ready for the Maid of the Mist.
Niagara River at full flow 50 yards back from falls edge. Canada in the back of the picture.
Paula, Jenny & Brian stand above Bridal Falls - part of the Niagra Falls
Paula, Jenny & Brian stand at Bridal Falls, Niagara Falls, NY
Jenny violates my “Feet on the ground at all times rule”
Jenny at Bridal Falls, Niagara Falls, NY
Walkways to the “Cave of Winds”. The walkway actually goes under the falls a bit so you can get really wet. We didn't get down there.
Jenny, Paula, Brian at Niagara falls, NY
Whole Family @ Niagara Falls, NY
Whole Family II @ Niagara Falls, NY
Panorama of Bridal Falls and Niagara Falls from Elevator to Cave of the Winds
Rainbow Bridge to Canada
Whole family @ the Maid of the Mist
Paula gets really wet on the Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls, NY
Brian, Jenny, Me get wet on the Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls, NY
Making camp at Roberds Lake, Wells, MN
Dock at Roberds Lake, Wells, MN
Sunset at Roberds Lake
Dock @ Roberds Lake RV Resort, Wells, MN
Brian enjoying the ride out to unproductive fishing on Roberds Lake, Wells, MN
A bunch of lures and tips from Cabelas' produced nil.
Skipper Jenny pilots the boat around Roberds Lake
Skipper J takes us on a tour
Heron faces down two owls, Roberds Lake, Wells, MN
Heron takes flight, Roberds Lake, MN
Brian chills on pontoon boat, Roberds Lake, MN
Paula enjoys boat ride, Roberds Lake, MN
Roberds Lake Panorama, Roberds Lake, MN
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Wilder Homestead - white building on left is more modern garage. De Smet, South Dakota
Mama Kitty on Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite - De Smet, South Dakota
Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite - De Smet, South Dakota
Kittens at Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead, De Smet, South Dakota
Kittens @ Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead, De Smet, SD
Kitten - De Smet, SD
Rooster - Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite, De Smet, SD
Jenny does laundry the old fashioned way - Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite, De Smet, SD
Jenny uses washboard - Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite, De Smet, SD
Jenny squeezes laundry - Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite, De Smet, SD
Barn @ Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite, De Smet, SD
Roping calf - De Smet, SD
Jenny ropes practice roping calf - De Smet, SD
Windmill, De Smet, SD
Shetland pony and mother - Laura Ingalls Wilder Homesite, De Smet, SD
Barn cat and windmill - De Smet, SD
Wheat field and ominous skies - De Smet, SD
Jenny & Brian make corn cob dolls - Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite, De Smet, SD
Corn Cob dolls - Laura Ingalls Wilder homesite, De Smet, SD
Jenny & Brian - De Smet, SD
Civil War veteran grave - De Smet, SD
Sunset & train - US 14, East of Pierre, SD
Sunset Train panorama, US 14 East of Pierre, SD
Extremely odd house near Wapit, WY (south of Jackson)
Lake in Yellowstone Park
Jenny, Brian & Paula - Yellowstone National Park
Calm Yellowstone Lake Panorama with steam vent on lower right.
Marsh with steam vents near Yellowstone Lake
Jenny, Brian, Paula & Ken at Continental Divide, Yellowstone National Park
Jenny on Dramamine - alas how she saw much of the country.
Old Faithful in 10 minutes from eruption - Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful erupts on schedule (panorama) - Yellowstone National Park
Jenny & Brian with Old Faithful eruption behind them
Daisies frame the Grand Tetons @ Jenny Lake
Jenny, Brian, Paula, Ken & Grand Teton National Park