Travels

Road trip to Nelson, NV

Janis and I went to Nelson, NV (by way of Searchlight, NV) today. We went to Searchlight which is about 45mi outside Henderson, NV, as we thought there was some good desert flower/cactus available. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything out there. I knew that Nelson, NV was on the way back from there, and I knew there was something there to see.

Nelson is 13 Mi off highway 165, and is a very nondescript place. Not a lot to see, or do. About 2 mi outside of town on the other side, is a mecca of old rusted out cars, trucks, and other items. A lot of cactus too, not in the flowering stage, but they were close, and we’ll come back in about 2 weeks and those should be be in full bloom.

The people that run the place also live on the property, A very unique place.

Here are some photos from today..

The Spanish Peaks

One of my favorite drives when I worked for Colorado POST was west on Highway 50 past the Spanish Peaks Mountains West of Walsenburg.. I always crank up my buddy Joh Chandler’s song of the same title while I’m driving past here. Jon and Pat have some land out here, and his ancestors are from this area. He wrote an awesome song and book about this area. The link is for the book on Amazon. com, I highly recommend it.

Jon Chandle'r’s THE SPANISH PEAKS at AMAZON

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Back from Cambria, Uncle Eliot

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Well we had a real nice time in Cambria visiting with Elliot and Rob.  We got to Cambria just in time too as Robbie called when we were turning on the street to the hospital saying Elliot was being released right then.  So we got there to basically take him out to the car and drive up to Elliots house in Cambria.   Our hotel rooms that we rented was in San Luis Obisbo near the hospital and the Madonna Inn, so we quickly cancelled that room and tried getting a hotel room covered with our 'points' near Cambria, but they didn't have any available.  It was spring break week up there so a hotel near the ocean was not going to be cheap.  Luckily Rob works as an auditor in one of the hotels so we were able to get the employee rate for 2 rooms (one was ocean front!)  so that was real nice. 

Saw lots of California poppies on the road driving up there, but not a lot of wildflowers yet.  Probably bout a month too early. With all the driving didn't get to play golf. 

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Janis took this when I slowed down on the side of the road - great shot Janis!

On the way home from Cambria we stopped at Casa De Carlos, where Janis' family has been eating for 40+ years.  It was Phil's birthday on Friday so for his birthday dinner we took him there after a 5 hour drive from Cambria.  The owner now (son of the original owners) was there which was a nice surprise as Larry usually works at the Chatsworth location instead of the the Woodland Hills location which was down the street from Janis' family house when they lived there.

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 By the time we got back from Woodland Hills and dinner which started @ 8:45pm, we got back to Solana Beach at 12:20 am!

California - Driving me crazy

We are in CA this week visiting Janis parents in San Diego.   Janis' uncle had 2 strokes so are driving her parents up to Cambria to see him.  Get to stay overnight on Madonna Inn Road  (not @ the Madonna Inn though) and then drive back home tomorrow, just to get in the car Saturday morning to drive to LA for the last Kings game of the season and then BACK down to San Diego to fly home on Sunday.

Did I mention I had a lot of driving to do? 303 miles up to Cambria and back = 606  and then SD to LA is 140x2 -280..  forget it my head is going to explode..

Hockey games!

Kings vs Sharks on Monday and vs Rangers on Wed.   Big storm coming in to So Cal on Monday..  But then again, we are getting snow Sunday and Monday here in Colorado when we fly out to So Cal.   Hopefully it will miss both places and we'll have nice weather for our hockey trip to watch the Kings. 

My sis and bro are coming out on the 19th for the holiday!! Should be a good time!

 Even though we moved to Colorado, we kept our Kings season seats that Janis has had since 1991. We go out to about 15 games a year (nice that airfare on Frontier airlines or Southwest is relatively cheap.

 

Leaving for Denver

Flying out today to go home and play with our cats : )  6 whole days in this beautiful 75/81 degree weather is making me long for home so bad.   I called this place home for 48 years but this ain't home to me no more.

Time for a little Rocky Mountain High!

I love my family and friends, and miss the ocean a lot, but sure is nice to not have to fight traffic every time you go someplace.

Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo!

Went to the "granddaddy of them all" the Cheyenne Frontier days rodeo yesterday.  My brother Jack is out here from Texas and he loves Trisha Yearwood so we took him for his birthday present.   We  had standing room only seats so were only about 15 people deep from the stage.    Our feet were so tired after standing for 4.5 hrs straight on the dirt infield of the track.

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more pictures @

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Prior to that we SAT (thank god!) in the stands and watched the rodeo for a bit.. I got some GREAT photos of that which was surprising since we were sitting so far away in the grandstands. 

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Cheyenne is about 85 Miles north of us.

Road trip!

It was such a nice day yesterday that we went for a drive up in the mtns to see some places we haven't seen in this great state.   We started off going to Loveland Pass, where I went last October and got this picture.  and here's one I took yesterday.   It was in the 90's in Denver and up here it was 57 degrees!

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so we went there yesterday in JUNE and it was 96 down in Denver, but up  @ 11,990 ft it still had ice in the lake!

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There was a real nice creek with a bunch of rafters in it, so we stopped to take some pictures of them

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Here is a nice one I took @ Lake Torquoise

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Arches National Park, wow what a lot of rock!

We drove from Bryce Canyon to Arches/Moab yesterday - about 280 miles, and about 140 of them was in a severe thunderstorm. It was SOOO bad - Most of the time we were the only ones on the road. Janis was laughing as I removed my watch and took my Sidekick phone from between my legs to the center console. It was so bad at one point that we went under an underpass and stayed there for about 10-15 min as the rain and lightning was so hard.

We went to Arches last nite after we got there, but it was really cloudy since there was still rain/lightning in the air. So we changed our hotel to stay over another night so we could see it in better weather as today was supposed to be sunny out. So we got there today and spent the day checking out all the arches.  In the garden of the Gods we saw two girls climbing Owl Rock. I took a lot of pictures of them which is posted here - It was real interesting watch them climb it with all the ropes and such. One girl was already on top and the other girl starting to climb it. I'd love to have seen how the first one got up w/o any of the ropes and stuff. I've never seen anyone climb in person before so it would have been interesting to see how they did it - I put a card in their car saying that I took some good pictures so if by chance they are reading this, you can contact me by the weekend as I'll be in Denver cause we're in the process of moving to our new house out there. The collage is just a sample of some of the pictures that I took of them. 

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Bryce and Zion

Today was Bryce canyon and Zion National Park.  I've never been to either, Janis has so she navigated for us.   Zion has much more to see than Bryce, I'd rather fly over Zion and hike over Bryce.

I took a cool infrared of Zion though, I didnt try to take any infrared of Bryce but will try to do that tomorrow.  We're here for 2 days.  I didnt realize that Arches the next destination (reservations on Monday)  is over 300 mi away from here, so we have 5 hr drive to get there on Monday morning.   Long drives!

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Here's a picture taken @ Bryce Canyon

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More Bryce Canyon infrared photos are here.

Dallas, TX

Went out to see Jack for the weekend. First time for Janis to visit, I’d been there early to watch a hockey game there.

We went to see the mothership, AKA Dallas Cowboys stadium. It’s about 10 miles from Jack’s house, and we can see the building from the backyard!

We also went to see Dealey Plaza, where JFK was assassinated, and did a tour of the Texas Schoolbook building. Being a history buff of the assassination, it was good to finally check this off the bucket list.