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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sky Watch Friday/Parking not always the best

Leaving the Salt Flats. The sky was very clear, it was starting to get late so we decided that we better start looking for a place to camp for the night..We thought we saw a sign for RV parking. Well if you have ever been in a rv and towing a car you know that you can't back up if you screw up, well we found ourselves in that predicament, so this is the church that we tried to turn around in but didn't have enough room, so you have to unhook the car, Of course you all have to know i told hubby not to pull in there, and even when he did i told him he can drive around in the back of the church, but oh no he wouldn't listen, well you know these men they always know more than we do......

So by the time we got unhitched and hooked back up again we left there in hopes of finding a out of the way parking area, but that was too be another hour or so away, and when we did find it we thought it was a great spot, not too far off the road which was nice as it was a two lane road, figuring not too much traffic at night,but about an hour after we got all settled in, the train comes by, and every hour or so after that all night long we would wake back up to the sounds of the train and the whistle. So much for a good nights sleep and cheap parking.....But then i have to say we have also paid for RV Parks and the darn train is right there as well. Over the yrs we always try to avoid those places, but sometimes its hard to do
So here is a close up of the graffiti that was on the tall grain stack.....
Leaving there i took many photos of the country side but this one i wanted to share, look at those fences that are up there, now tell me who in the world wants to spend that kind of money to put a fence up... Do you also see those huge rocks sort of scattered around? makes me wonder were they came from since the rock hill looks pretty smooth.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Watery Wednesday/Utah

One of the things we didn't remember about going to Utah was the high elevations that we had to go up and down, don't remember it being so steep and windy. This poor trucker was broke down, not a good thing on a curvy and windy road. I guess when we came to Utah before we took a different route and we didn't have a tow vehicle. Could really feel it with a tow behind us. But the motor home did great.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

This is My World/ Salt Anyone?

If you would like information of the races being held here, check out there website here

The salt flats' potential for racing was first recognized in 1896 by W.D. Rishel who was scouting a bicycle race course from New York to San Francisco. Rishel returned and convinced daredevil Teddy Tezlaff to attempt an automobile speed record on the flats. Tezlaff drove a Blitzen Benz 141.73 m.p.h. to set an unofficial record in 1914.

The salt flats drew international attention in the 1930's when Utah driver Ab Jenkins lured British racer Sir Malcolm Campbell to compete for speed records on the salt surface.

By 1949, the raceway on the Bonneville Salt Flats was the standard course for world land speed records. On this natural straightaway the 300, 400, 500, and 600 mile per hour land speed barriers were broken.

In the 1960's, jet powered vehicles and names like Craig Breedlove (600.6 mph) and Art Arfons (576.55 mph) captured the imagination of millions. In 1970, Gary Gabolich's rocket car, "Blue Flame", attained a spectacular 622.4 miles per hour.

Since the first speed record attempts in 1914, hundreds of records have been set and broken in a variety of automotive and motorcycle classes.

We walked to the top of the lookout and we could see for miles and miles, that is our rig sitting down there.
The wind was blowing so hard, can you see Princess's hair ? she got her hair all messed up from the wind. But she sure did like it.
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That is a lot of salt

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday/Elko Nevada

Day 3 Elko Nevada
Not much to see on the way to Elko but did find these tunnels interesting.
I was surprised how this one turned out going through it, I like it.

I found this sort of weird as i think it was a barn at one time and i think they turned it into a house. Doesn't the background of the land look stark?

I liked the sign of this Casino with that huge bear.
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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Today's Flower/Diamond Crater

It always amazes me when i see Lava Formations, and you see beautiful flowers like these. I don't know what they are called but they are pretty.Makes you wonder what these plants live on as there is not much dirt or water.

You can see a lot of sage brush in the canyons of this lava flow
Beautiful yellow flowers again i have no idea what they are called but seem to do very well in those craters.

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Camera Critters is posted below this.

Camera Critters/Road Congestion?

Day 2 Diamond Craters
As we left the round barn we stopped to see the Diamond Craters, Alice was much better today and riding like a trooper also had a few things to say about being able to ride on my lap instead of the dreaded cage.

Nevada standing on top of one of the Craters looking down, i had thongs on and so the walking on that lava was not all that appealing.Please go to the link above and read about this crater.
So in the distance we saw what looked like smoke but as we got closer it was a roundup, the lazy mans way of rounding up cattle. I think it would of been much funner to use a horse to round the cattle up.
So for 3 or 4 miles we had to drive behind these critters while they made there way to better pasture.
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sky Watch Friday

Day 2 of our trip to Utah

Helicopter in the distance he was carrying the water for the fire

Here is Alice on the Dashboard of the motor home, she is now a good RV traveler, i think she is thinking about those clouds in the sky.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday Miss Princess Cocoa

Happy Birthday to my special friend and companion
Its hard to believe that you are 3 yrs old Love you sweetie.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Watery Wednesday/Zion National Park

Here are some watery photos from our trip to Zion National Park.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Snow Storm Oct 4,2009

While we were on vacation my son called and said it is snowing out, i don't remember it ever snowing this early since we have lived in Bend have seen it snow by the end of Oct but not this early..... Anyway since we just got home he gave me these photos to share here . I guess it was a very heavy snow and since the leaves have not fallen off the tree as yet, there was a lot of damage to the tree.
This is the small tree out by my kitchen window
Here is one of the limbs that broke off, well the tree needed to be trimmed but don't think it was suppose to be like this.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Sky Watch Friday/I'm back

Well it has been a long time since i have participated in Sky Watch Friday and have missed doing so. I hope to be back in the blogging world.
We are also back from our month long vacation to Utah so thought i would start out with this photo i took our first night on the road. This was taken at the Round Barn out towards Burns Or. More to come on that.
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