This is our answer to a travel log for our adventure throughout our great country. It is not a collection of sight seeing pictures, but rather it is an attempt to display to our visitors a sample of what you would see if you were to travel the same routes as we choose to travel.
The pictures displayed here are pictures that we have taken as we travel our great nation. All of them have been taken from or near the roadway as we travel and some are shot out the window while moving down the highways. There are even some that were shot through the windshield and that display flaws that are deceased bugs collected in our travels. Unfortunately, the log does not include all of our travels because we did not start this project until we had been on the road for a year.
We began our travels on July 5, 2000 by traveling to Kansas to take care of business affairs form my elderly mother. The trip to Wichita was across Oklahoma via I-35. If you have never passed this way the countryside of southern Ok. is very scenic with timbered hills and well kept farms. Once past Ok. City, the countryside flattens and becomes mostly wheat farms. From Wichita we traveled north and west to Colorado.
After two leisurely days travel we reached Denver where we met friends from Texas. Together, we moved up to Loveland, Co. where we spent about a week seeing the sites and visiting friends and relatives, after which we again headed north and west.
These are the only two pictures from the week we spent in Colorado that were taken from the highways as we traveled through the area. We next headed north and west, through Wyoming and Utah to Oregon. The third picture here was taken from the road at Bonneville Dam, in the Columbia River Gorge. If you have not been there it is something that you should see. We next traveled north into Washington to spend six weeks in the Escapee Park at Chimicum, WA.
While there we visited Olympic Natl. Park, Seattle, took a trip to watch Orca whales, and generally had a great time, as well as spending some time with our grandchildren in Sequim. After two week there, our friends returned to Texas.
On September first we pointed our motor home south down the Oregon coast. This is one of the most breathtaking stretches we have seen!
We traveled for one day and then would stop and explore for one or two days.
And then after about a week, we arrived at Toro Park, where we spent the next four months as park volunteers. Since this is a travel log, I won’t add any pictures from the park. While here we visited many sites around the area as well as visiting our grandchildren in Fresno.
On February 1, 2001 we again took to the road to travel back to Texas for our annual physicals and medical checks.
We traveled south on US101 to Paso Robles the first day (about two hours travel) and then to Barstow (about 3.5 hr.) for the second, from which we took a side trip to visit family. Then it was off to Las Vegas for a few days.
We planned to stay four or five days. We spent twelve days! And then it is off again. We traveled as far as Kingman, AZ. on the first day, where we again stopped for a couple of days. We wanted to visit the original route of Route 66.
We traveled the old highway and then visited the "ghost-town" of Oatman. Today it has become a major tourist attraction on weekends. Imagine traveling that road in a model T! Next it was south on US93 to Wickenburg.
While at Wickenburg we spent a day looking over the area, as February is a beautiful time on the desert. It is amazing how different it is from summer.
We then moved to Sun City, near Phoenix for a few days where we toured around that area for a few days. Next we traveled south on I-10 to Benson for a few days.
While in Benson, we traveled the area visiting Tombstone, Bisbee and Agua Prieta, Mexico, as well as the Chiricahua Nat. Monument.
Can you see the profile of Cochise, reclining in the mountains? Since we began our life as fulltimers in April of 2000, we count our years on the road from that time. We ended our first year as fulltimers back at our friends in north Texas, where our journey began.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 December 2007 18:00