Grand Canyon Trip

Wonderful Failure

Well, we failed! Our goal was to make it to The Grand Canyon and we only made it as far as Santa Fe, NM. We were just having too much fun and spending too much time at the fun stops along the way. Plus, our journey started in Central Florida so, we had to drive quite a distance just to reach Route 66 in Oklahoma City.

We didn’t have a travel schedule for a reason. I sure didn’t want to be gone for 15 days and return absolutely exhausted and feeling like we all we did was drive.

Mission accomplished! We meandered off and on Route 66, saw some fun sites, ate amazing food, and had an overall fun and relaxing trip. We will cover Arizona and Colorado on the next trip. 

We are currently making our way back east to Alabama. Since I don’t have fun vacation pics to show on our trip back, I figured I would share the goofy Daisy Mae. She sure is a good traveler and she absolutely loves the Motorhome.

Oh, and we are headed to our next “first” adventure in Alabama. More on that next week…

-Jodi

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Santa Fe, NM


Santa Fe is absolutely beautiful! The purple mountains, pink sky, and colorful wild flowers, all frame the beautiful Adobe buildings and red soil.

But the food…HOLY COW! If you could bottle the smell of roasted green chilis you would be a millionaire! Maybe I could just roast a few each week… Never mind!

We now have a full sack of roasted green Chilis and 100 Tamales from Posas to put in our freezer. That may last about 6 months. 

These roasters were awesome and they have 10 of them set up in a Big Lots parking lot. That’s our batch of Hatch roasting right there!!

Here are some more fun pics of our visit

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The sights of Route 66

Next stop: Santa Fe, NMThe last two days have been filled with all of the strange and entertaining roadside “must sees” of Route 66. 

It seems that the goal was to display “the biggest” or “the tallest” or… There was clearly no concern as to what the biggest or tallest novelty was. Cowboy, Ox, Shoe, Tower…

Speaking of towers, check out this gem. All 4 legs are the same length but the center water pipe it too tall. It was too costly to fix so they just left it that way.

This cross stands 190 ft tall and is believed to be the largest in the Western Hemisphere. It includes beautiful night time lighting and all of the stations of the cross below.

The closer we get to New Mexico, the more creative the “art”.

-Jodi

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It’s gettin’ all Southwest…

Greetings from Calumet, OK!

We finally made it to Route 66…kind of. We are traveling on 40 which parallels and joins Route 66 on and off. The problem is that parts of the old 66 just aren’t fit to travel in a vehicle, let alone a giant RV pulling a Jeep.

This is our breakfast/gas/shopping stop for the morning. We are eating a Southwest breakfast with tortillas and stuffed jalapeños. Yummy!!


Off to the next stop…

-Jodi

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We’re getting closer!

We’re headed to Stockyards City to play this afternoon. We’ll be staying at an RV park on a Buffalo ranch. The doggies are so excited because they will be getting some fresh femur slices for the freezer.

-Jodi

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Never a dull moment…

Today we are at Graceland. I will be posting those pictures later. What you see here is the waiting area on the curb to go into Graceland. We were standing right here moments ago. Several limbs fell from a tree onto one of the groups following us. 

It appears that none of the injuries are too serious based on the speed of the paramedics. We pray that all are okay.

We are ready to be further away from these scary events but greatful to have avoided harm…again.

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Today was much better!

We are out of Florida and headed west toward the Grand Canyon. I’m sure you’ve heard that Harry Potter’s girlfriend is hitting the Florida cost right now. Well, we weren’t sticking around to meet her.

We seem to be right in front of the big storms but the storm clouds have been beautiful!!

The trauma of last night’s lock-out has passed and all is well.

-Jodi

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