Some things were as we had expected, others not so much…..
Our favorite state - Alaska. Not only the scenery, the fishing, the hunting, the hikes but the people. We met some great people up there who we hope to go up there and see again.
|Daisy overlooking the Salmon Glacier in Alaska|
|Kenai River Salmon!|
|The Jordan's are buying!|
|Beer and friends, does it get any better?|
|Good friends out for a beer at the Desert Bar in Parker, AZ|
With each of our kids on opposite sides of the U.S. it has been a little more challenging to see them as much as we would like but being able to spend weeks with them at a time is a definite bonus! We still have hopes that they will one day live closer together so we can see them more often!
|Forrest, Somer and Lily at Crater Lake NP|
|Jessica, Shane, Dylan and Kendall picking out their Christmas tree|
What’s in store for the next 5 years? We have absolutely no idea. We will undoubtedly travel less as we build the house but we also want to get back to Alaska, tour the far east of Canada including Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland and the upper east coast of the U.S. The past 5 years has just flown by and by all accounts the next 5 years will as well!
In the meantime we are enjoying our journey from Florida back to South Dakota. Our journey from Fort Myers to Junction Texas took 5 days with a 2 day layover in Gulf Shores. We had heard of the hurricane damage in northern Florida and the Alabama coast but you cannot really understand the damage and force of the hurricane until you see it first-hand. Mile after mile of downed trees, road signs and destroyed structures. For the most part the trees fell to the north, inland. Then a few miles down the road they fell to the south. You could follow the rotation of the storm as you went down I-10.
Arriving at Gulf Shores State Park we found our site and got tucked in. We had booked two nights here at a little over $100 with taxes and fees. Unfortunately it was either misting, raining, or foggy our entire time there but all was not lost. We managed to get out for a long walk on the boardwalk and took the dogs to the dog park.
But our real reason for the layover here was to see my old boss. We both left the company about the same time in 2013 and had not seen each other since. Brian and his wife Kaiva have a beautiful home in nearby Orange Beach. There are few things I miss from my working days but Brian is one of them. Brian picked us up at our rig and took us back to his place on Ono Island and then to dinner at Cobalt. Unfortunately Kaiva was out of town so she was not able to join us. After a great dinner (Thanks Brian!) he dropped us back off at our rig for some much needed rest before another long travel day.
|Barb, Brian and I on the beach|
The city park in Winnie allows RV’ers to stay for free (I think it was 3 days), no hook ups but a nice place to spend the night. The next day we traveled another 360 miles to Junction Texas. Junction also has a great city park that allows RV’ers to stay 3 days for free but we were staying at the Beer’s Ranch (or what Barb and I refer to as “Camp Cinchzasup”) about 30 minutes outside of town. This 100+ acre ranch is owned by the brother of one of the lifelong friends mentioned above Red and Pam. We had stayed here for a few days last year with Red and Pam, this year they were in Arizona but Red’s brother Greg was nice enough to let us stay with him for a few days.
|Our spot at Camp Cinchzasup|
|Whitetail season was not open but I saw some nice deer!|
|Two Axis and a Whitetail|
|Barb helped Greg build a bench like this while we were there|
|Not bad for free!|
So we are going to lay up in Palo Duro Canyon State Park for 6 days and wait for the cold front up north to blow through, there are certainly worse places we could be laid up!