We’re almost legal! We have a new license plate and inspection sticker. Now we’re waiting for Penn DOT to give us the official thumbs up and send us the little sticker that goes on our license plate. It also looks like we’ve solved all of the major motorhome problems. Everything is working properly , no new problems and just a week or so left of little stuff to fix. It will take us longer than that , though , because it’s much more fun to visit everyone! More pictures here –http://cid-4ce32117b0082fb8.photos.live.com/browse.aspx/Visiting%20Back%20East
Hot Springs , Arkansas – This is the men’s dressing room in the spa that the National Park Service restored as a museum. The hot springs that feed the spas are unique because the water isn’t heated by volcanic action but by the water percolating down far enough to be heated by the rocks which are hot from gravitational compression. The water is very pure , odorless and good tasting.
The hot springs had been known and used first by Indians and early settlers but the area wasn’t developed as a commercial spa until the early 1800s. The federal government , fearing that many people would lose access to the springs , set up a reserve so that they would have some control over the development and use of the springs. The spas were used as therapy for many different diseases and conditions. During the 1920’s elaborate buildings with stain glass , marble and colored tiles were built. This was also the era of probation and Hot Springs became a gambling mecca and vacation spot for many of the bootleggers.
As medicine was developed for many diseases , the spas lost their popularity and some were abandoned. The National Park Service stepped in to restore the Fordyce Bathhouse as a museum. More pictures herehttp://cid-4ce32117b0082fb8.photos.live.com/browse.aspx/Meandering%20Our%20Way%20North–
We stopped for a couple weeks in San Antonio , Texas for a long over due visit with family.
Dinner out with the ladies , my Mom and her friends , Shirley and Minnie.
Many thanks to Chris and Dan , sister-in–law and brother, for the good company and good smoked barbecue and home cooking!
We made good use of Dan and Chris’s front yard to get some more sealing finished. Red Letter Day! – May 17 – huge rainfall and no leaks!
It was great visiting but Texas is getting way too hot – back on the road and heading north!
Early spring was pretty wet this year so Texas hill country is bursting with wild flowers.
Spanish missions dot the countryside in New Mexico just as they do in other southwestern states which were once part of Mexico. Some of them are still in use today. Others , like this one , are in various degrees of ruin. The Indians here left because of a drought and raids by hungry Apache Indians. Other missions were destroyed after the Indians grew tired of forced labor and suppression of their traditional religions and rebelled in 1680, killing some of the Franciscan friars and settlers and forcing all of the others to flee to El Paso , Texas. The Spanish reconquered New Mexico in 1692. More pictures –http://cid-4ce32117b0082fb8.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/New%20Mexico
This place is really cool. The length ,diameter and number of logs scattered over such a large area makes it a unique treasure. Until 1906, when President Roosevelt set aside some of the land as a national monument , people were carting off so many rocks that it was in danger of disappearing. Now all the rock in the park is protected and some people think that there’s a curse on it! Every week the rangers receive a few packages in the mail with returned rocks and sometimes letters apologizing and explaining that nothing had gone right since the rock had been taken! We didn’t take any – ;). More pictures-http://cid-4ce32117b0082fb8.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Petrified%20Forest
After we left Vegas we stopped at the Grand Canyon for a few days to spend some time with my sister and her family. Every year for the kids’ spring break they go on a trip and sometimes we are able to join them – a lot of fun! As you can see in the picture above , snow was still on the ground. Fortunately we had a couple of beautiful days but with snow back in the forecast , we decided to get off the mountain. Next stop-Petrified Forest! More pictures here: http://cid-4ce32117b0082fb8.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Grand%20Canyon
We had very fast trip south through the high deserts of Oregon and Nevada and are settled in dry , sunny , warm Las Vegas for a few weeks of caulking and sealing.
Along the way we took a tour through Goldfield. We can’t resist ghost towns. It’s strange to see all of these big buildings deserted and crumbling.The town is right off the main highway and is not a complete ghost town but the houses are falling apart too so most of the residents live in trailers. With the price of gold today it looks like the population is growing. More pictures here: http://cid-4ce32117b0082fb8.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Goldfield%20%5EJ%20Nevada