Saturday, April 29, 2017

What a Wonderful World: Our Second Anni-RVersary

This week we made a mad dash north. 1550 miles in seven days is quite a bit faster and further than we typically travel, but we were trying to stay ahead of the rain and ... dare I say ... snow! But, there was no avoiding the cold ... bring out the down jackets!

Day 1 - no stopping in Salt Lake City ...
got to get over that mountain pass!

The Wildebeest seemed to appreciate her recent tune-up and made it up the climbs without breaking a sweat! 365 miles later we rested for the night in "semi row" at the Walmart in Evanston, Wyoming.

A church ... a brewery ... everything within walking distance
from the Walmart in the small town of Evanston, Wyoming

Cheyenne, Wyoming ... 360 miles down the Interstate ... was our next stop. Sierra Trading Post offered quiet overnight parking as well as great outlet shopping.

Doug found a new pair of hiking boots ... as well as a "pour your own beer" bar at Accomplice Beer Company,

... and I checked another state capitol off my list!

Doug decided to go for his world record on day three ... 439 miles down the road to Lincoln, Nebraska. A strong west wind also gave the Wildebeest a world record for gas mileage ... 8.2 MPG! We pulled into Camp-A-Way RV Park for a two night recovery period. A walk around downtown revealed a lot of red ...

... as well as another State Capitol building! Like how I tried to fit into the Nebraska scene with my red shirt??!!

We were doing well at staying ahead of the rain and snow, and also making record travel time to Rochester ... well ahead of when we could get into the campground there, so we enjoyed a three day stay at Clear Lake State Park in Iowa that included ...

trees budding along the lake,
a brisk walk into town,
and a field trip to the Wildebeest's birthplace
at Winnebago Industries in Forest City, Iowa! 

Our journey this past week has been amazing as we went from magnificent mountains rising up in the desert

 ... to vibrant colors of spring rising up from its long winter's nap.

This week also marks our second Anni-RVersary!

I love how the "Sold" sign matched the Wildebeest

It's been two years since we sold our "sticks and bricks" house and moved into the Wildebeest. 

I can make just as good food
and just as big messes
in my RV kitchen!

During this second year, we got out of our comfort zone and explored a new part of the country ... the southwest. We experienced new climates and cultures. We made new friends and reconnected with dear old friends. We saw mountains rise above the plains. We discovered deserts bursting forth with flowers.

We realized what a wonderful world we live in!

We see trees of green

Red blossoms too,

We see them bloom for me and you

And we think to ourselves what a wonderful world!

We see skies of blue and clouds of white

A bright blessed day

A dark sacred night

And we think to ourselves what a wonderful world!

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky

And also on the faces of the people going by

We see friends shaking hands saying how do you do

They're really saying I love you

We hear babies crying, we watch them grow

They'll learn much more than we'll ever know

And we think to ourselves what a wonderful world

Yes, we think to ourselves what a wonderful world!

We will soon complete our journey north and settle into Rochester for a month. I will be going back to work for a while. Doug will keep busy with his "RV repairs" list. And most importantly, we will be able to spend time with the family and friends who truly make this a wonderful world for us!

Sing it for us, Louis!

Until next time ... embrace the wonderful world around you ... and enjoy the adventures in your life!
Print this post

No comments:

Post a Comment