Our Current Adventure
In Search Of The Mother Road
We are on a quest to rediscover Americana. Route 66, The Mother Road, connected Chicago (Joliet) Illinois with the West Coast of the U.S., Santa Monica, California. As super highways gained popularity, Route 66 has been slowly disappearing. Our plan is to spend the Summer of 2015, about 7 months, to travel as much of Route 66 as we can still find. With plentiful sidetrips we plan to go White Water Rafting, visit the Bonneville Salt Flats, Reno for “Hot August Nights”, the Grand Canyon, Explore Las Vegas, sidetrip up into Colorado and hopefully have some wonderful adventures.
As we chronicle our adventures, simply check this page and the latest blog posts will be added below. Feel free to post comments but please keep it clean, our grandkids read this. Thank You!
After a fun time in San Francisco we made plans to travel the Pacific Coast Highway down to Santa Monica where we would pick up Route 66 and head back to Albuquerque, where we detoured off Route 66 to head up to Colorado. We’ve heard mixed reviews on taking a 41 foot long motorhome pulling a car down the PCH so we’re going to go for it. We have a tendency to do our homework whenever we find ourselves getting conflicting information or directions. Different people have different comfort levels. We have a penchant for Googling...read more
Just outside San Francisco, in Vallejo California, we found an RV Park to use as our basecamp for the motorhome as we explored San Francisco by car. On our approach to the city, I was impacted with how “overdeveloped” San Francisco appeared to be. The San Francisco suburbs boast the highest rents in the U.S., topping even NYC and LA. We’ve seen this overcrowding in other countries but this is the first time in the U.S. The reason…jobs! San Francisco boasts 1.75 million jobs within a 10 mile radius and the farther...read more
After a casual morning of getting things travel ready, it was an easy and uneventful 5 – 6 hour drive to the “left coast”. We finally made it to California. Arriving in Half Moon Bay just before dusk, we found a large parking area with other RV’s set up and we pulled in. It looked just like a parking lot at Pillar Point Marina and to be back on the waterfront, after months of High Country Desert and that “dry heat”, it was perfect. One of the neighboring motorhomes was able to give us the heads up on...read more
Right next door to Reno is Lake Tahoe. Just yesterday we attended the Barrett Jackson Car Auction as part of Reno’s “Hot August Nights”. Today we are excited to head to Lake Tahoe for the Concours d’ Elegance which is an “in-water” classic wooden boat show hosted by the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation. This event is touted as the most prestigious wooden boat gathering in North America. Hosted at Obexer’s Boat Company on Lake Tahoe, we found easy parking at this well attended event. If you like...read more
It’s funny how sometimes we can have a quality experience through ample planning and then sometimes life just surprises us with something amazing that was never on our radar. We try to do our homework, check Google for attractions and events in given areas and plan our travels with these in mind. We look for festivals, concerts, cook-offs, and local attractions. Our next stop is a destination event that we found on Google in Reno, Nevada and didn’t know about it. Reno is directly on our way west and we’re right on time...read more
Surrounded by the Great Salt Lake is a 28,000 acre island called Antelope Island. The island stretches about 15 miles long and 5 miles wide. For the next few days we will call it… home! Never having been to the Great Salt Lake, we found this few days to be relaxing, enlightening and surprising. The park was almost completely empty when we arrived, so our lack of reservations were not a problem and the rates were very affordable at $15.00 per night. This was dry camping with no hookups, however, we had our pick of RV Sites and the...read more
It seems to always be a bit melancholy hitting the road when we are leaving friends. We will hopefully see them again, perhaps back in Florida this winter. And off we go putting Grand Junction in our rear view mirror. We’re headed to Salt Lake City to see the magnificent organ at the Morman Tabernacle. They have a daily recital and I was looking forward to the experience. The organ is an engineering masterpiece with 11,623 pipes, 147 voices and 206 ranks. While the large pipes are the most visible, many of the pipes are small and...read more
Amazingly, not too worse for wear after our whitewater rafting trip, today our friends were to show us some of what the greater Grand Junction, Colorado area had to offer in the brewing and distilling genre. We started off with a delightful lunch at a deli in town and discovered that they like their bicycles BIG in Colorado. As our day progressed we traveled just outside Grand Junction to Pallisades, Colorado and enjoyed a winery tour, 2 craft brewery tours and a distillery tour. I suppose the one that we found most interesting was the...read more
As the sun was rising on a new day, I stepped out of the motorhome with my cup of coffee and thought how different from Florida it was to experience the daily temperature swings here on the high desert of Colorado. We arrived in Grand Junction yesterday and planned to spend about a week with friends at their place. The temperature was 95 yesterday and last night dipped to the low 60’s. We slept with the motorhome windows open and listened to the coyotes singing and playing not too far away as we fell off to sleep. Our friends are...read more
Having enjoyed our stay at the Sky Ute Casino RV Resort and the adventures that the area offered, it was time to move on. Our next stop and basecamp would be Moab, Utah. From there we could venture out to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. We found a Passport America RV Park called OK RV Park in Moab for $19 per night. OK was just off the main street in Moab about 2 miles out of town. The drive from Ignacio was uneventful and relaxing. As we pulled into the RV Park we found that they were serious about speed in the park. Not being...read more