We got home on Sunday, June 15th after exactly nine weeks on the road. We stayed in seventeen different campgrounds and drove 5,224 miles.
Monahans Sandhills State Park – Texas
Carlsbad Caverns – White City, NM
Botomless Lake State Park – Roswell, NM
Oliver Lee State Park – Alamogordo, NM
Rose Valley Ranch RV Park – Silver City, NM
Catalina State Park – Tucson, AZ
Buckskin Mountain State Park – Parker, AZ
Flagstaff KOA – Flagstaff, AZ
Grand Canyon National Park
Munds Park RV Village – Munds Park, AZ
Holbrook KOA – Holbrook, AZ (near Petrified Forest)
Grants/Cibola Sands KOA – Grants, NM
Navajo Lake State Park – Aztec, NM
Heron Lake State Park – Los Ojos, NM
Santa Fe Skies RV Park – Santa Fe, NM
American RV Park – Albuquerque, NM
Caprock Canyons State Park – Quitaque, TX
We did have a few mishaps – a flat tire, broken microwave, and a stripped jack on the trailer. All in all, nothing serious. I read through the “journal” I kept and there were a couple of recurring themes – most of the campgrounds were nice but more importantly we had a really great time! It was a terrific trip all around! I would definitely do it again and even for longer.
We picked up our mail on Friday and this is what Alan had to spend two hours sorting:
Now, we have to get settled back into a home routine. I have plenty of quilts to be working on and I’m looking forward to getting back to my Bee’s. Check back here again to find out “Where in the World are Alan and Reen!”
As we were dealing with our final dump at Caprock Canyon State Park, I spotted this on the side of our camper:
I didn’t want to leave him on the side of the rig as we drove off, so I helped him off (with a stick of course!)
During the storm our last night in Caprock Canyon State Park, Alan spotted this full rainbow out the window of the Airstream. If I had a literary bone in my body, I would write something about following the rainbow home, but that isn’t going to happen (or it would just sound too corny.) Come to think of it, a lot of my posts are a bit corny anyway!
We spent our last five nights on the road at Caprock Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle. It is a nice park South of Amarillo and not too far from Palo Duro, where we’ve stayed before. Caprock is the home of the Texas Bison Herd and we got some pictures, even though you can’t get too close. The big Bison standing alone at the trough was donated by Ted Turner. According to the Ranger, he donated three Bison to help out the diversity of the Texas Herd.
These were the Bison that we spotted when we first arrived at the Park.
From a distance, the actually looked real. But, this is what they really were:
Caprock Canyon is just outside of Quitaque (pronounced kitty-kway). It was a nice small down with around 500 residents (and a drive-in theatre.) We took one day to go on a bike ride along the local rail-trail route. We were going to ride about 20 miles round trip to check out Clarity Tunnel. It was the last operating railroad tunnel in Texas and 742 feet long. We were looking forward to seeing it, but we never made it that far! We had three flats by the time we had gone less than four miles. It turns out there were thorns all along the trail. We weren’t sure exactly what they were coming from, but they did a lot of damage. Alan ended up patching dozens of holes.
Here are the last of our “vacation” photos. You can just barely see one of the Bison by my right hand and Alan is standing next to a sculpture that was installed at the Visitor Center while we were there. It was a really nice Park and the Visitor Center was practically brand new.
Alan spent two days fishing at the nice pond in the Park. He caught a couple of bass. It was the only time he got to fish on our whole trip!
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to sew. It was a little windy, but I did some cutting inside and I had things pretty well organized to use my machine outside.
We made it back home today and were grateful to find that everything was fine with the house. Our neighbors did a great job keeping an eye on everything. We spent the last week at Caprock Canyon State Park (in Texas). I have a few things to get done and then I’ll post pictures from our last week.
Thanks to Alan being such a trooper and being willing to drive me and sit in the car, I’ve had the opportunity to visit dozens of Quilt Shops while we were on this trip. I started with a plan to buy one fat quarter from each each shop for my Sunny Southwest quilt. Of course, I found other things that were worth buying. I’m done now. I thought I would take a little inventory of what I’ve bought and get things organized.
This is one of the earlier things I bought (obviously when we were in Tucson.) The pattern had a cool short cut for making the blocks that made the whole thing go together quick. I may just bring this on Retreat, if I can find a decent background fabric in my stash.
This is a photo of the border fabric I bought here in Albuquerque along with all of the fat quarters. It is going to take a bit of work to turn this into a decent quilt, but I have a patter that I think will work – you just sash each of the fat quarter fabrics with one of a few repeating solids to tie everything together.
Alan thought this pattern was the ugliest thing he had ever seen:) I think it is really great and will make a nice wall hanging for my foyer.
I bought these silk screened squares and the fabric to make a Table Runner or maybe a Wall Hanging. I thought the colors went well with my house and they had a pretty sample in the Quilt Shop.
I’ve loaded a bunch of photos into Photobucket as a test to see if I can get them linked here. It looks a little crude, but just try clicking on “View All Images” and see what you get. Let me know if it doesn’t work!
We’ve booked our last campground stay at Caprock State Park in Texas starting on Tuesday. We’ll stay there for five nights and then make the drive home on Friday. It will mean two long days of driving (from Albuquerque and from Caprock.) Since our first day out, I don’t think we’ve driven more than three or four hours on any one day.
I can’t say that I’m really ready to head home, but we had planned on being out for two months and this will get us home at exactly nine weeks. I am looking forward to seeing my friends and getting back into my sewing room. I have plenty of projects backed up now!