Monday, July 4, 2011

Last Days

We are cutting across Nevada in one day to get to Reno. There is plenty of snow left in the Sierras. Awesome cloud formation also. We will rest for the night and get home tomorrow. We are staying at the El Dorado, one of our favorites in Reno.

It was still cold in California when we got back. There was snow on the ground near the turnoff for Lassen Park close to Redding.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Long Trucks

I love seeing the bigger trucks and longer loads after you are out of California (not legal here), They do take a bit longer to pass though, as some are more than one hundred feet in length.

Although with special permits we can have longer and larger loads hauled with CHP escorts. When they build the wind farm on Hatchet Mountain there were loads 185 foot long each day for a few weeks.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Heading for home...

We left Laramie early and wanted to get back home. Stopped in Rock Springs for coffee and took off again. We saw "Little America", haven't been there for about 40 years and it still looked the same. The Little America Hotel located in Little America, Wyoming has been an oasis for travelers for over 60 years

Entered Utah about around noon and stopped at the rest area. Beautiful scenery here.
Lovely smell from the cattle trucks, too.

Got Salt?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Heading for home...

We went to breakfast, got packed and got on the road. We stopped in North Platte for a coffee break and then hit the worst weather of the trip. We had a tremendous rainstorm and wind for the next few hours or so. Got to the Wyoming border and took a break at the visitor's center. There was snow on the ground and the temperature was about 40 degrees. The lady at the counter said we were at 8,000 feet here. Beautiful rock formations along the roads also.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thank God the tornado missed us

We stayed in Columbia, Missouri last night and the motel had a tornado warning. There was a huge tornado in Joplin, Missouri that wiped out half the town. Today we are back on the road heading towards Nebraska. Saw a Pony Express statue near the Harrahs close to Kansas City but around Kansas City to avoid the traffic and saw the KC Royals field and the Chiefs practice field.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Heading for home...

We left Kentucky today and will need to come back here again as there is so much we did not get to see.  We crossed into Indiana and then Illinois and will end up in Missouri tonight. We had to stop and see the town called Santa Claus, Indiana, and it was real but that's it. Enjoyed lunch at a new place for us, "Steak and Shake" in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Plenty of rivers through out the Midwest and that makes for a lot of interesting bridges.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Kentucky - the Bluegrass State

We crossed over the border into Kentucky and it is another beautiful state. We have friends to visit today in the Bluegrass State.

We stopped in Bowling Green in south Kentucky to see the Corvette Museum and factory. The factory was closed today but we did see the museum. A lot of awesome and classic vehicles are on display here.

We drove North to Elizabethtown to one of our favorite restaurants on this trip. The Cracker Barrel is a great homestyle restaurant and serves generous portions of food at reasonable prices. We had lunch with author, writer Nancye Sims and Focus on Jerusalem website owner Darrell Young

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Nashville "Cats"

Wow, Tennessee is so much fun. We started the day at The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home. Then had some lunch and went back to Nashville to see the Country Western Hall of Fame and the Ryman Auditorium which is the "Grand Ole Opry"

Saturday, June 25, 2011

On to Tennessee

Left Macon, Georgia this morning heading to Franklin, Tennessee. Stopped at the Carter House in Franklin. Built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, the Carter House was caught in the middle of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War on November 30, 1864.

 Got to Franklin at the same time the 13 or 17 year cicadas were hatching. They were so loud it was hard to hear one talk a few feet away.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Georgia Peaches and Pecan pie

We left Florida and headed north to Georgia. We saw several instances of tornado destruction along the highway but no place to stop for pictures. Lots of signs for fresh peaches and pecan pies.

The National Peanut Museum is located in Tifton and has peanut displays located around a gift shop area. It also includes peanut planting and harvesting equipment placed throughout the building's two levels.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Holy Land Experience

On our last day in Florida we decided to go to the Holy Land Experience which is a themed exhibit and a museum located in Orlando, Florida that is meant to replicate the architecture and themes of 1st century Israel. The attraction is targeted at Christians and the Gospel message is presented several times throughout the day at different events.