Catching up with U-Tube Creators, Derek and Hannah

Catching up with U-Tube Creators, Derek and Hannah

Some we like to have fires in the early evening, but more and more places will on longer allow wood fires, so I finally broke down and got a propane fire pit.  I’ll just have to carry a propane tank, even though nothing on the coach runs on Propane, but at least we can have an evening fire…   While we were in Benson, we got a chance to have dinner with some you tube folks we have followed.  Derek…

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Joshua Tree to Benson Arizona…

Joshua Tree to Benson Arizona…

After a long stay in Joshua Tree where we celebrated Mom’s 90th birthday, I got some work done on the house, we both got all of our medical and dental needs completed, and before you knew it, it was time to hit the road again.   Some of the work I was able to accomplish was to work on my sisters car…installed new headlights, replaced the automatic window regulators, and a little clean up of the plastic.  On the Jeep we…

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Nana’s 90th Birthday Cruise

Nana’s 90th Birthday Cruise

Since this was big year for Birthdays, Erin turned 30, I turned 60, Dawn turned 70, but my Mom hit 90!  So our family decided that instead of trying to find a place to celebrate at someone’s house, we would take a family cruise to celebrate.  My 3 sisters and 3 brothers were all in on the idea and we got a lot of the grandkids to jump onboard also.  In all we had like 25 people come to help…

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Jeeping around Silverton, CO

Jeeping around Silverton, CO

One of the reasons to go to Silverton besides old steam trains was to do some jeeping around the different mountains in the Silverton area.  Years ago we took a Hummer Trip that toured us around the area so I knew when I got a jeep I would be back!  We also meet Tom and Melody while we were staying in Benson Az.  They live in Silverton during the summer and head to warmer weather in the winter.  They used…

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Durango and Silverton, Colorado

Durango and Silverton, Colorado

Our next stops were in Durango and Silverton, both are end points for the Durango and Silverton Steam Railroad. Durango has a great downtown, nice restaurants, shops and wonderful architecture from the boom of the railroad that supported the gold and silver mines in the area.  Below is the Strater Hotel a local landmark and right near the Durango Train Station. The unfortunate thing was they had a huge fire north of town earlier in the year and that shut…

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

We stopped in Colorado Springs for a few days, staying at the Air Force Academy family Campground, really nice place under the pinion pine trees.  The AF Academy ground were really nice, the facility was a lot bigger than I thought.  They have a small airport to train the cadets in flying both small prop planes and gliders.  Here are some of the pictures we took on the Academy grounds. The most famous building is the chapel They have an…

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Colorado Railroad Museum

Colorado Railroad Museum

After Cheyenne, We headed into Colorado to a small town outside Golden, called Colorado City located in the heart of a bunch of gambling casinos.  Not sure why they are all concentrated in the valley, but it did bring in money to help revitalize these old mining towns of Idaho Springs and Blackhawk.  The real reason to stay here was to go to the Colorado Railroad Museum to get more of my burning coal, live steam railroad fix.  If you…

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

We headed south to a small town of Wall, SD so we could go see Badlands National Park and a few other items nearby.  Wall is famous for the huge drug store that grew back in the day by offering thirsty travelers free ice water from those traveling the dusty roads on the way to Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone.  After putting up signs along the highway, travelers starting stopping and buying drinks and ice cream from the drug store.  It…

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Mt Rushmore and More

Mt Rushmore and More

After a short stay in Sheridan, we headed to Rapid City, SD for a six night stay.  We are staying at Ellsworth Air Foce Base, another nice full hook up RV Park for the bargain price of $28 a night. Ellsworth is home to a bunch of B1B bombers and was a former base for Nuclear Ballistic Missles during the Cold War era.  It was a great launching pad to get to nearby attractions, such as Mount Rushmore, Crazy Hourse…

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Helena & Bozeman Montana

Helena & Bozeman Montana

We decided to cut our stay in Great Falls short to taken in a short stop in Montana ‘s Capital of Helena, then do a quick stop in Bozeman.  We like the new series “Yellowstone” on the Paramount Network that is about a ranch family set in the Bozeman area.  I found us places to stay without disrupting our schedule too much and off we went. First us was Helena, a surprisingly small town even though it is home to…

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