Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Left Sundance, WY a few days ago and headed for Billings, MT. We stayed at a park towards the east end or at least on the east side of downtown Billings.  The park was Village Trailer RV Park and was really nice with paved roads and level sites.  It was small but the sites were generous.

We visited with my long time friend Diane Emmons and her husband.  They had us over for burgers and salads and lots of "catching up" chat.  Dick, her husband is really into old cars that he builds and shows.  He's built a 1932 and a 1934 car but don't ask what kind.  One was black and one yellow.  Beautiful cars.  They still own a chevy convertible that they've had since they got married.  They're in their 60s, too, so they've had that car for a long long time and it has very few miles on it and is in pristine condition as all their cars are.  He's obsessed!  But was a great hobby.  They travel around showing their cars and have many tropheys.  We hope to meet up with them in AZ next winter.

Then we spent Sunday driving around our old stomping grounds and saw all the places we used to live.  Wow! that's 40 years ago we moved there!  There was a lot to see from the houses we rented and bought along with the churches where the kids were baptized.  Such good memories but scary to think it's been so long ago.

We spent the rest of the day getting ready to leave on Monday.  We heard the weather was changing for the worse in Red Lodge so we didn't take the RV up there.  Chuck drove up early Monday morning and got the new tabs for the RV and came right back so we could get on the road.  We wanted to get as many miles behind us as we could.  Now we'll be pulling into Covington a day early but I am happy about that since I need to drive down to Jen's on the 16th.

We spent last night, Monday night, at rest stop 242 in Washington on the west side of Spokane.  We wanted to get beyond Spokane to avoid the morning traffic.  We were on the road by 8:30 or so.  It was raining but it didn't rain hard or for long.  We're about 109 miles from Seattle right now so getting closer and closer to home all the time.

We'll be at Lake Sawyer RV Park till May 1st when we'll move  back to the River Park in Sumner, WA.  Funny feeling to be back where it all started.  We should be here through the summer and will make a decision then as to where we'll be going this fall and winter.  There's so much yet to see in California and we never got to Colorado or Utah.

We traveled through about 16 states and stayed at 23 different parks.   What a great winter we had.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Mountain View RV Park and Campground was wonderful!

We spent the night at this little park in Sundance, WY.  Guess I told you.  It was a chilly night but we just cranked up the heat and were snug as a bug in a rug.

We were on the road by 8:20 this morning and it has been uneventful so far.  Nice to travel through areas we've traveled through so many times over all the years we've lived in Montana and Washington.

We're just a few miles out of Buffalo, WY right now and went through a little squal......snow and blowing snow but poof, it's done gone.

Just had coffee and another Wall Drug donut!  Only one left!  Oh no!  

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Getting settled in in Sundance, WY at Mountain View RV park and campgrounds.  Awesome place!

We here and settled for the night.  A pizza is in the oven and we'll have a good night's sleep.  We opted for Sundance instead of Gillette because the wind kicked up and made it difficult to drive.  This is a really nice park and the owners are exceptionally kind and friendly.

This is much easier to keep posting this way then waiting a few days.  But then, I don't have any pictures, either.

We'll be leaving bright and early in the morning and heading for Billings.

Wall Drug, SD donuts ROCK!  Bought 1/2 dozen......2 chocolate, 1 vanilla, 1 maple and two plain!  Awesome!

Stopled for donuts. Back on the road and think we'll only get to Sundance, WY tonight.  We found a really nice RV park.  Can empty tanks, refill water, watch a little TV and relax for tomorrow trip.

Called my best friend in Billings so will get to see her Saturday.  Happy Birthday Diane!  Her 60th is tomorrow!

The only pass that looks bad today is LookOut pass but it'll be a few days before we get there.  Will keep you posted.

Al's Oasis buffalo burgers were the best!

We had our buffalo burgers, fries and onion rings.  On the road again heading for Wall Drug and a donut!

Weather is gorgeous!  Sunny and warm.  I took a couple pictures but didn't downloadd them.

Traveling along and almost home!

  I know I haven't done well with keeping you posted on our travels.  It's supposed to be a fun thing to do and it really became a drag so I quit! 
We are now going down I90 heading towards Wyoming for tonight.  If we make it that far, ok, if not, that's ok, too.  I must get a donut at Wall Drug (those carbs I don't mind consuming) and we would love to have a buffalo burger at Al's Oasis.  We'll see what happens.  If you've never had either of these, you must the next time you travel through SD.

To all that followed along, I say thank you so much.  I don't remember the last time I posted but it was probably sometime while we were in Texas.

Texas is a wonderful state and so much to see and do, we'll have to go back next year.  We saw a neat parade in Fulton, TX and attended an oyster festival.  We saw South Padre Island and the islands farther north.  We spent a day in the sun at the beach, spent time wondering through museums and even got back into Mexico, even though we found out we shouldn't have gone the day we did.

Our travels north were uneventful through TX, OK and KS and IA.  We had a glorious time in Mpls staying at the Mystic Lake Casino RV park.  We ate too much and did a lot of running around to see family but it was all worth it and the time went much too fast.  We spent a week in Chuck's home town of Westbrook, MN and again, had a wonderfully fun filled time with friends and family.

Today is our travel day as I mentioned and we should get to Billings, MT tomorrow sometime.  We have friends to visit there and will leave about Sunday heading to Red Lodge, MT to visit another friend. 

We hope the mountain passes are passable!  We keep an eye on the weather and highway cams.  It'll be good to be home but yet, it's just another stop along our way.  We'll be on the road a few times during the summer to see more of our own state of WA.

I'll keep posting and might even find it fun again to post a few photos.  Boy, you get lazy when you get older but maybe it's not laziness.  Maybe it's just knowing that you aren't obligated anymore.........you can do what you want when you want!  LOL

Check back in a few days...........

Kathy and Chuck