Posted on October 24, 2015
Well, Dee Dee and I (and Charlie and Marshall Dylan) have pretty much got the RV packed up and we are ready to head on down the road again for our next adventure. We are departing on Sunday, November 1; our eventual goal for this trip will, once again, be New Orleans, LA. But with lots of stops along the way, which include Blackfoot (ID), Death Valley, Las Vegas, Dead Horse Ranch (AZ), Apache Junction (AZ), Benson (AZ), all the way across Texas to Louisiana and finally to The Big Easy. Most of the way we will be travelling with our long-time friends Gary and Debbie (and their African Gray parrot, Pepper). Should be a hoot.
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Posted on April 12, 2015
The Final Chapter…
I bet you all have been wondering just what the hell happened to us? Were we swallowed by a haunted bayou someplace in the wilds of Louisiana? Or eaten by a pack of ravenous ‘gators? Kidnapped by Crazy Canadians? Or did we just turn around and head back to Key West, to lay on the beach, drink margaritas and chill until all of our credit cards were maxed out or we ran out of Land Shark beer?
Well, none of the above, actually. You can attribute this prolonged lack of our communication to just sloth and pure laziness on my part. (The reality is that it take me about 12-16 hours to prepare each chapter of this blog and I simply just could not bring myself to sit down and get to it.)
We made it home pretty much in one piece (well, some pieces got left and other pieces got added, but you are going to have to keep reading to figure out exactly what that means.) We have been back home in Silver Lake, WA, since Sunday, March 22. But, let’s go back several weeks to where we left off, near Lafayette, Louisiana…
We stayed a couple of nights at the Frog City RV Park, in Duson. We had intended on going back to Prejean’s Cajun Restaurant in Lafayette one more time but decided to try this other place, near Duson (just down the road from Lafayette) on the advice of some locals. Big mistake. BIG mistake. Deep fried everything. And pretty bland. And over cooked. And mediocre service. But, at least the beer was cold. Oh well…we can always head back to Prejean’s on the next trip.
On the road once again, we passed through Lake Charles and then exited Louisiana on Interstate 10 and entered Texas…dismayed, but not surprised to note that the first mile marker we saw indicated ‘899.’ Gads! (By comparison, from San Ysidro, near Tijuana, to the Oregon border – taking The 5 all the way – is only 796 miles…so that gives you a sense of scale.) It’s a l-o-n-g way across Texas on The 10 – it took us over 4 days of pretty steady driving.
After passing through Beaumont, the first major city we came to was Houston – and it’s one huge city. We were on the beltway going around the major metropolitan area and were cruising along in fairly light traffic until we encountered this incredible traffic jam that went on for miles and miles. Turns out there was some major bridge construction going on that caused a ‘funneling’ from 6 lanes down to ONE lane. That delayed us by about 2 hours. Oh well…
First overnight stop in Texas was at Columbus, where we stayed in a funky, but functional, RV park. We had dinner at a pretty good Tex/Mex place nearby (Los Cabos) that evening.
Next day, back again on The 10 headed west. We skirted San Antonio on the Beltway without encountering much traffic, and are now headed into the wilds of West Texas. There just ain’t much out there.
At all. Hardly anything.
Including RV parks. Even Google Maps gets confounded when you do a search for them. We ended up in Ozona, where we stopped at one of the few-and-far-between spots we could find. This place did not even have a name, unless you call the giant sign by the freeway that said, in ten-foot-tall letters, ‘RV Park,’ a name. Actually, it should have been called ‘Shit-Hole RV Park.’ It was raining and we were tired, so we pulled into the place and discovered that we had to walk a 2 blocks block back across the highway to a motel (a Super 8 – another dump) to check in. Got a ride from some guy who dropped me off out front. Went inside, no one there. Waited 20 minutes. Finally walked over to an adjacent restaurant and asked them where the guy was who runs the motel. They called him and he showed up 10 minutes later, with no apology. So I tell him we want to check into the ‘RV Park’ across the highway. “Forty dolla,” says he, in his middle-eastern accent. “Did you say ’20 dollars?’,” says I. “No, 40 dolla, cash, no discounts,” snarls he. “Not even Good Sam, AARP, AAA, anything?” says I. “No.” says he. “And cash.” says he. So, I paid it, with a mental protest, plotting someway to get even (and I did…) I walked back across the street to find a spot (“Stay anywhere you can find,” said he.) The place was a total Shit Hole, like I said above. A third world country. Dirty. Garbage everywhere. And dog crap (That’s how Charlie and I got even.) It looked like most of the spots were occupied by (fracking) oil workers (there is a major oil boom going on in Texas.) We pulled into a spot, leveled the RV and retreated inside until morning. Took the Glock with us, just in case.
The next morning, we could not get out of there fast enough.
OK, on the road again. Still in Texas and still heading west on The 10. Next stop was Van Horn, a dying West Texas town (somewhat reminiscent of the town in the movie, “The Last Picture Show”) but with a remarkably nice RV Park – clean, friendly and big spaces. And a nice dog run for the dog. We headed out to get diesel for the truck and find a place to eat. Found fuel, but no restaurant.
A day later, STILL in Texas, but FINALLY getting to El Paso and then crossing back into New Mexico. Wahoo! We passed through Las Cruces and stopped in Lordsburg. Now, we usually avoid KOA’s like the plague (they are usually over-priced and under-aesthic’ed), but RV parks in Lordsburg were on the sparse side so we had to opt for this place. I have to admit we were pleasantly surprised. Reasonable rate. Nice size space. Friendly. Clean. OK, we’re happy. Nearby was Kranberries Family Restaurant (when you see ‘Family’ in the name of a restaurant, it also means ‘no beer.’) Dinner was pretty blah, with probably the weirdest nacho’s we have ever had: 50 chips-out-of-a-bag and smothered in at least a gallon of genuine Velveeta. Oh, and 10 pepper slices on top, too. Dee Dee told me to quit bitching about them and lighten up…it’s probably just a local custom, some sort of Tex/Mex thing. But, the employees were, as in the custom almost everywhere in Texas, very friendly.
Back on The 10, headed out of New Mexico, into Arizona. Passed through Benson (where we stayed with our friends Gary and Debbie a couple of months before, on the way East.) On to Tucson, were we first headed to an RV park we found on the Inner-Net (and the Inner-Net never lies – never ever.) Pulled in, drove around, and headed right back out. It was ghetto. Found another place near Old Tucson – Desert Trails RV Park. The owner’s first name was Pericles and he was one terrific guy. They had ONE spot available (it’s still high-season in the desert) and we got it. This was a great place – outside of town in the midst of the Sonoran Desert and very peaceful. Incredible landscapes and scenery. We loved it. While there we had a delightful visit with an old Modesto friend, Carol Lancaster-Mingus, who taught Television classes and was a stellar member of the faculty. Such a great, gracious, lady who showed us around her home town and treated us to an absolutely delightful dinner in a restaurant where we watched the sun set on the Catalina Mountains. Wonderful evening!
After departing the Tucson area, we were on to Mesa, where we checked into a very high-class RV park, called Mesa Spirit, where we stayed for FREE, courtesy of LaMesa RV, in Mesa. Here is the ‘Reader’s Digest’ version of the next part of the story:
We had been talking on-and-off for over a year about possibly trading in our 5th-wheel for a Class A motor home. While on this trip, we started doing lots of research on what we wanted, and once that was done, finding a dealer with the right price. We talked to several in Washington and Oregon, but could not come to terms on either the trade-in value and/or the purchase price. So, we finally settled on LaMesa RV (in Mesa) who gave us a fair deal and treated us well. Plus, it was the end of the RV season for them, so they were unloading inventory. So, on Saturday, March 7, (after closing the deal and spending the night in the LaMesa RV parking lot) we moved from one unit to the other; this was a long, stressful day that almost did us in, as it got very warm in the afternoon. Plus, we had A LOT of stuff.
Our new rig is a Class A 2015 Winnebago Adventurer. We opted for gas instead of diesel. Yes, there are many pro’s and con’s regarding this choice, but we just could not justify the huge additional expense of a diesel pusher. And, as it turns out, we have been very pleased with our choice. It’s a great coach.
After moving all our ‘stuff’ across from the 5th wheel to the Winnie, we drove back to the Mesa Spirit RV Park and stayed another 3 days, once again compliments of LaMesa RV. While we were based here, we headed down to Gilbert to have lunch with an old friend from my ASU graduate school days, Neil Miller, and his wife, Marilyn. They have a great place and we really had a great time…especially seeing all of Neil’s ‘stuff.’ What a collector he is.
I spent the next 2 days about as close to death (and hell) as I ever want to come. Somehow I either got a massive dose of food poisoning, or some kind of really virulent flu. Whatever it was, it really tore me up for 36 hours. Not at all pleasant.
As the ‘disease’ was beginning to wane, we limped back out to Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction. We had stayed there several months before, at the beginning of our trip and enjoyed it so much that we booked in for another 5 days. Here we once again met up with our Prescott buddies, Debbie and Gary. We took in a Mariners/Rockies spring training game out in Peoria (it takes 75 minutes, driving 60 miles an hour on the freeways, to get from Mesa to Peoria…the Phoenix area is huge.) Seattle lost 4-1, but we still had a great time. The Peoria stadium facility is very nice venue (heck, beer is only $7 for a 16 oz. can) and we chatted with lots of folks who come down here mainly to watch the pre-season games. Everybody was having a good time.
Well, just as our last stay (in December) at Lost Dutchman was disrupted by a chronic truck problem, this one was no different. The day after the game, Dee Dee and I were out getting diesel for the pickup (we did not trade this in on new RV) and we got a text message from Gary telling us he was in the hospital. What the heck is this??!! Turns out that about 11 PM the night before he started experiencing some chest pain, so he called the paramedics and they came out to get him. The weird thing is that they were staying right across the road from us and we did not hear a thing! And there was both an ambulance AND a fire truck! So, we head right over to the hospital to see him. He looks good, and is in fine spirits, but they want to do an angiogram to take a look at his heart, so he has to hang out for another day.
The day he was discharged was the same day we had to depart Lost Dutchman State Park and continue heading back home. So, we worked with the Park to get his stay extended for a few hours to allow him time to get ready to leave. We got his RV squared away and left. Turns out that he felt well enough (even after the angiogram) to drive back to Prescott. Debbie followed in their car. (We talked with him the next day and he said he was really tired and pretty sore – felt rode hard and put away dirty.)
Whew. Well, we have not given up on Lost Dutchman…as they say, 3rd time’s a charm…
So, we continue west, stopping at this totally cool RV park right on the river in Needles – Fender’s River Road Resort. We had this HUGE spot with a great view. Once again, we lucked out and got their last spot, due to a recent cancellation. This is on our list of good places to stay if we make a return trip in this direction.
By this time, the ‘free’ 1/2 tank of gas that La Mesa RV had given us was pretty much gone, so we headed out in the truck to find a place to re-fuel. We had heard that gas prices in California were out of line with other states, but imagine our surprise when every gas station in Needles was over $4 per gallon! We mentioned our dismay to our waitress at dinner (Wagon Wheel Restaurant, great place) and she told us to head back across the river into Arizona where it was about $1/gallon less. What a difference a mile can make. Turns out that Needles gas stations (greedy bastards) were an anomaly; the remainder of our gas stops in California were not that far out of line.
Next destination, Bakersfield, at a regular stopping place, the Orange Grove RV Park. We stayed there for a couple of days to cool our jets (we had an absolutely ‘delightful’ meal at Sizzler…don’t ask why we stopped there…just dumb, I guess.)
On to Lodi for 2 more days, where we stayed at this fairly nice, but W-A-Y overpriced place, Flag City RV Park, located near the intersection of Highway 12 and The 5. I guess you could say the best thing about it was the 5 acre fenced dog run; Charlie was in Dog Heaven. Here Bob met up with 2 really old and good friends and golfing buddies from Modesto Daze, Bill Woodard and Juan Alvarez. What a great time we all had playing a round at the Spanos Reserve course. Hard, but fair. Re-kindled many great memories. We also had a great dinner with an old water-skiing-and-drinking buddy, Daryl Verkerk, and his new girl friend, a delightful lady and lots of fun. That was a nostalgic evening of reminiscing about days gone by.
We left Lodi on March 20th and now the ‘end’ is really in sight. Next stop was Yreka at another funky place that we managed to squeeze into (also on our list of places to skip next time…). Then on to Albany, Oregon, for a stay at the Blue Ox RV park, a bit hard to find, and sorta cramped spaces, but adequate…except for no dog run at all.
And then, down the home stretch to Silver Lake, where we finally arrived HOME at noon on Sunday, March 22, after a short 3-hour drive. We made it down the driveway with no problems (I drove the RV all the way back from Mesa, with Dee Dee following in the truck.) We pulled in and let ‘The Boys’ out to finally be able to run free after being pretty much confined for over 4 months. They were pretty pleased about that. The house looked great – just like we had left it. Thanks to our neighbor, Karson, for checking it a couple of times a week and texting us that things looked good, and to our nephew Stacey and his wife, Lynne, who came down once a month to start the vehicles, water the plants and look things over.
So there you have it, folks. The end of our 4-month, 12,000+ mile journey all the way to Key West and back. We stayed at 50 different locations. What a wonderful, memorable time we had. We enjoyed sharing our adventures (and mis-adventures) with all of you and hope you had a good – vicarious – experience. This installment to the blog, Chapter 12, is the last for this trip…but stay tuned. There will be other travel experiences in our not-too-distant future that we will be sharing with you. We have already started the preliminary plans for our next trip, which will probably begin around next November 1. We might even head back to Florida…one never knows…
Following are the ‘Top 46’ most favorite pictures of our journey, since this post was somewhat devoid of visuals (too busy travelling…)
All the best to each of you,
Bob, Dee Dee, Charlie and Marshall Dylan
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Posted on January 23, 2015
The Big Easy
The Crescent City
The Mardi Gras City
They are all New Orleans, Louisiana. An incredible, fun, amazing, delightful, friendly, historical city. Visiting here for the first time and trying to see the sights is akin to trying to drink out of a fire hydrant. And if you have ever been here, you know exactly what we mean.
When we last left you, we had just arrived and checked into the Pontchartrain Landing RV Park, located on a canal, near Lake Pontchartrain, that connects the Lake to the Mississippi River. It’s a nice place, fairly high class (meaning pricey), with lots of nice amenities, such a restaurant (of sorts) a huge dog park (so Charlie is happy), a pretty good bar and garbage pick-up at your site. We scored a great space on the canal, in front of a dock where lots of boats are berthed. Nice atmosphere. It’s a little weird getting into this place: you drive through a light industrial area (mainly boat building and repair), over some really nasty roads – fairly typical of most of the streets and highways we encountered in the NOLA area.
One of the nice services of this RV Park is a shuttle bus they operate that, for $6, will drop you off (and pick you up) near the corner of Toulouse and Decatur Streets in the French Quarter. We had the same shuttle driver all three days. Now those of you who know me will agree that I am a world-class bullshitter. Well, our driver was the consummate PROFESSIONAL – he made me feel like a total amateur. Although he was not a native of New Orleans, he did seem to know a fair amount stuff, and what he did not know, he just made up. And, you could truly believe about 30% of what he said.
We spent the better part of 3 glorious, sunny, warm days in New Orleans. We had an absolutely delightful time eating, drinking, walking, eating, meeting interesting and friendly people, eating, walking, walking, walking and drinking. And eating, too. And walking.
The food here is incredible! Several people we met asked us to recommend good restaurants – well, they are ALL good. And, we got good advice from others on good places to eat. I am sure we both gained at least 10 pounds, dining on a variety of meals, such as muffuletta sandwiches, for instance. A traditional style muffuletta sandwich consists of a muffuletta loaf split horizontally and covered with layers of marinated olive salad, mortadella, salami, mozzarella, ham, and provolone. The sandwich is heated to soften the provolone. Totally delicious! (We had these at the Napoleon House.) We also started each day with sumptuous coffee and beignets at the famous Café du Monde , located near the French Market. Let’s not leave out delicious stuffed mushrooms and baked oysters (we had these at the Royal Restaurant) and Po’ Boy sandwiches (at the Remoulade Resturant), too. Everything was soooo good! As far as drinks go, you definitely got a full-plus pour of whatever you ordered.
The first day we were in the French Quarter, we went to a bar called ‘The Blacksmith,’ that was recommended by some folk we met. It is one of the oldest bars in the United States and has been serving libations for over 250 years. We had a Bloody Mary at about 10:30 AM and that pretty much destroyed the day…or made it better, depending on one’s perspective. We had a few Hurricanes, a local drink composed of several varieties of rum; they will definitely kick your butt. Let’s not leave out the local beer, either…lots of really great brews.
Almost everywhere you go there is great jazz and zydeco music…much of it right on the street. The action starts everyday about noon and continues on into the evening. And it’s really, really good stuff.
Although I am not much of ‘bus tour’ person, we did spend a few hours one day on a Grayline Tour bus, doing a ‘City-Wide’ tour that covered a majority of NOLA and the surrounding neighborhoods. I have to admit it was worth the time, and we learned a lot about the history and culture of New Orleans. We probably should have done it the first day we got there (we went the 4th day), as it really helped to put things into perspective. And we had a great local guide who gave it an excellent personal touch.
All in all, we must get back to New Orleans again – very soon. So far, it has been the very, very, VERY best place we have visited on this trip. We saw a lot, but there is so much more to do. Six days just did not give us enough time.
We were due to head out of The Big Easy on Friday, January 23, and head for Pensacola, Florida, but had to delay for a day due to some heavy rains and winds that have blanketed southern Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi and part of the Florida Panhandle, for the last 36 hours. So, we are off tomorrow, Saturday, instead. Stay tuned for the next exciting episode…
Category: Uncategorized Tagged: Big Easy, Blacksmith Bar, bloody Mary, Bourbon Street, Café Du Monde, canal, Charles de Gaulle, City Park, Decatur Street, food, French Market, French Quarter, Gauvreau, Grayline, hurricane, jazz, Joan of Arc, Lake Ponchartrain, Landscape, Mardi Gras City, Mississippi River, muffuletto, music, New Orleans, NOLA, oysters, Photographs, Photography, Po' Boy, Remoulade Resturant, Royal Resturant, sculpture, The Cresent City, Toulouse Street, zydeco
Posted on January 18, 2015
Sunday, January, 18, 2015
Good day to y’all from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Our last installment ended as we were departing Galveston, Texas, headed for Lafayette, Louisiana. As we were leaving, the weather seemed to be breaking – we had actually seen the sun peek through on occasion. Not much, but it gave us some degree of hope…
Almost all of the roads we travelled in Texas were pretty good. (Certainly better than the I-5 through California, Oregon and Washington, which, in many places, is in dire need of maintenance.) However, once you cross over into Louisiana, the freeways, at least the I-10, deteriorated somewhat. It seemed that truck traffic, for whatever reason, increased markedly, and the lanes and shoulders were narrower. You have to be on your toes all the time when driving. Also, the pavement was generally poured concrete slabs, so you got this constant ‘wumpa-wumpa-wumpa’ feeling. When you get off the freeway, the roads really turn to crap. Skinny, with lots of potholes and uneven pavement…and almost no shoulders.
But, we survived and ended up at this place called ‘Bayou Wilderness RV Park,’ about 10 miles or so off the freeway, and it really was in bayou country. When we checked in we asked about alligators. They said there were none there (at least that they knew of), except for one, about 4 feet long, that mysteriously appeared in the swamp there several years previously…but he has since departed. Anyhow, this place was OK; a bit pricey for what you got, and it looked a little tired and worn out. But, it was quiet and the folks there were friendly. So, no real complaints.
We ended up in Lafayette on the advice of our primary care doc back home in Toledo, Washington, who was from there (Lafayette). She told us that if we wanted some of the best Cajun food in Louisiana, then Lafayette is the place to go. And she was spot on! It seems the whole area is nothing by eateries, with the main fare being boudin (pronounced ‘bo-deen’) and cracklins – fried pork rinds. Boudin comes in two forms: primary is a pork and rice sausage. In Southeast Louisiana, folks take boudin, remove it from its casing, and form it into balls that are then breaded and deep-fried. Both are excellent, but are an acquired taste.
We ate at a couple of places that were highly recommended by the locals: Prejeans (pronounced ‘prey-johns’) and Don’s (pronounced ‘don’s’) Meats. Twice we had fried green tomatoes smothered in a shrimp sauce, also fried catfish (the best I have ever had!), also covered in the same shrimp sauce, boudin balls, and shrimp wraps. Gads…the food was soooo good. And, if you ate out a couple of times a week, for a week, you most likely would suffer from cardiac arrest: everything seemed to be fried and covered with some sort of shrimp sauce. Oh well, you only live once…and then that’s it for y’all.
We stopped in at Cajun Harley Davidson in Scott, not too far from Lafayette. Bought some over-price clothing and also talked with a really cool biker salesman, Sean, who turned us on to the best eateries in the area. We also talked a lot about Harley Trikes. This is the largest Harley Dealership we have ever been in…they must have had 100+ new bikes on the floor, and who knows how many more were in their warehouse. “Get’n stocked for tax season,’ Sean told us.
On a whim, we took off down to Avery Island (about 25 miles south of Lafayette) and visited the Tobasco manufacturing facility. They do a pretty good tour: you learn the history of Avery Island (which sits atop a mountain of 97.5% pure salt that is purportedly as deep as Mt. Everest is tall.) The Tobasco brand is wholly owned by the McIlhenny family; the creation and manufacturing facility is huge, and still uses several of the original buildings. Anyhow, once you finish the tour (they give you several mini-bottles of their sauce), you can visit their on-site store which features lots and lots of free samples. Basically, you take a pretzel stick and dip it into your sauce of choice (no ‘double-dipping’…remember George in a Seinfeld episode?) and take a taste. The first one I tried was called ‘Family Reserve’; it was being re-released in limited quantities. I put ONE drop (ONE!) on the end of the pretzel. Two seconds later they had to call the paramedics and sew up the whole it burned in my tongue. (OK, I exaggerate slightly, but not much.) It was incredibly HOT. Dee Dee was most attracted to the tobacsco/cherry and jalapeño ice creams.
Our last day in the Lafayette area we partook of more of the local cuisine and then sought out a place to have the tires on the truck rotated. The first place we checked wanted $15 PER TIRE. We passed on him and found this commercial tire place that told us (over the phone) that they charged $20 for the whole job (pretty much a normal price.) We headed on over and, yes, it was really a commercial tire place. I think the smallest tire we saw in their yard was about 5 feet tall (see attached picture of Dee Dee to illustrate this.) They got us right in; the guy in the office turned us over to a couple of good ol’ boys out in the shop who really know their stuff, and also how to have a good time. As they were removing and moving the tires around, one of them found this GIANT thorn we had picked up (probably in Corpus Christi, Texas) on the edge of a sidewall. He told us that technically it was right on the edge of (legally) being repaired, and he was not supposed to fix it (it had poked all the way through), but he went ahead and did it anyway. These guys were so good and so happy. I slipped him a ten spot for his courtesy. When I went back into the office to pay, the manager told me not to worry about it and just be on my way. So, our already high opinion of the friendly people in the South was elevated another notch or two! And it was not just these folks…EVERYONE met and talked with was so polite and gracious.
On our way back to the park where we were staying, I managed to miss the last turn, about a mile away from our destination. ‘No problem,’ says I. ‘We can keep going strait and still get there.’ (Dee Dee jast sat there and shook here head…she had ‘been here’ before with me.) Wahl….about 30 minutes later we were still not there, actually about 25 miles away (go figure)…and it took us another 40 minutes to find our way back (using the GPS Guy.) It was not a totally wasted trip, however, as we got to see a lot of the bayou country surrounding us. It seems as if most of the newer houses we saw were built of brick. We surmised that brick houses are harder to blow down in hurricanes and that brick must be cheap in this part of the country.
We departed Lafayette on Saturday morning (January 17) and headed off to New Orleans, where we are now. The roads continue to suck, and once you hit New Orleans they REALLY, REALLY suck. Most of the drive here from Lafayette was on causeways through more bayou country swamps. Despite the roads, it was beautiful drive.
So here we are, in exciting and historic New Orleans, Louisiana. Oh, and one more little thing…THE SEAHAWKS ARE GOING TO THE SUPERBOWL!!
Stay tuned for the next installment – NEW ORLEANS.
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