Saturday, July 11, 2020

My Wife is a Cow

This could very well be last ever blogs post. If I were you, It's been a good run and I have enjoyed my 57 years on this earth but it is time to move on. I would watch the news to see if there is a segment about a woman who killed her husband over the title of a blog post. I, on the other hand, will never see the segment as I will sadly….well, I’ll be dead. Then there will be a long televised trial where Barb will get a sympathetic jury who return a verdict in favor of her saying that a husband calling his wife a cow in a blog title is certainly a justifiable homicide. So remember me fondly,….. So, why is she a cow? More on that in a bit.

When we had last left you we were heading north along the Oregon coast and made a right turn on highway 20 starting our 3,365 mile journey towards Boston.
This is our first time on 20, a recommendation from our friends Jim and Diana who had worked at a light house in the area last year and had traveled the same route. We were not disappointed. 20 starts out in Newport Oregon and winds along the Yaquina River towards Corvallis. We did not get a lot of pictures but take our word for it, it is breathtaking. We spent a hot night in the Fred Meyer parking lot in Corvallis Oregon.
That next day we drove about 6 hours before stopping at a remote Yellow Pine Boise National Forest Campground. It was about 2:00pm and were ready to be done for the day. We found a nice quiet spot nestled amongst the pines. We set up camp and were ready to relax! We also broke out the hammock that our daughter Jessica had given us for Christmas.

Barb and the dogs went for a walk while I relaxed in the hammock and read a book. She was gone for about an hour and when she returned we sat there talking about the rest of our journey to Boston when Barb said “Let's carry on to Boise and stay in the Cabela’s parking lot.”
So off we went! Although the Cabela’s parking lot was not as nice as Yellow Pine we were a couple hours further down the road. The next night made up for it as we stayed in a great boondocking spot outside of Jackson Wyoming with a great view of the Tetons!
The drive outside Jackson east on 20 towards Dubois again provided amazing views as we reached elevations over 9,000 feet.
Still on 20, we drove across the flat lands of Wyoming. As we were driving along Barb was staring at the phone laughing. I figured she was on Facebook and found something funny but what she showed me was this….
You see, one of the things that she and Lily did was play with the filters on Snapchat and now she plays with it once in a while to see what new filters have arrived. Here are a few of her recent favorites.




While Barb was amusing herself laughing at the phone I continued to drive on Highway 20 through Casper, Douglas and eventually Lusk Wyoming. In Lusk we were about ½ way to Boston when we took a hard left and in a little over an hour later we were pulling into our driveway! We had enough of the travel chaos and canceled plans for a while and it is time to stop, regroup and see how the next few weeks play out before we decide where our next adventure will take us.

I could not let Barb have all the fun so I took a few pictures of myself as well. 

OMG, that is just wrong!

Our first few days back at home were filled with getting caught up with the friends we missed. First up was Jim and Brenda who, even though we are neighbors, we had not seen them in almost a year! The first order of business with Jim and Brenda was to have a beer tasting with them. Each of us had been collecting beers on our travels for just this occasion. Of course since everyone likes dark beers except me they had about ½ dozen dark beers to try while I had just one. 
As much as we were looking forward to seeing them for the beer tasting, there was one other reason we were happy to meet up with them. Since they were in Florida last winter they have been dragging around a case of Tony’s Clam Chowder for us! This case has been from Florida, west to Arizona, north to Washington and then east back to South Dakota where we finally crossed paths.
Next up was Dan and Bonnie who we met for burger night down at the Pringle Bar. It was great to see them and catch up. We have seen them several times since then including a night where we went to their house and had an awesome meal of ribs, corn on the cob, shrimp and sausage. It was so good we just kept eating and were uncomfortably stuffed when we left there. We took these lovely pictures of them when we were there.

Speaking of ribs, Chris and Holly traveled south from The Farm in North Dakota to take in the sights of the Black Hills for a few days with their new 43' fifth wheel.
They stayed one day with us where we had another fantastic rib dinner. We spent the day visiting, riding the 4 wheelers and Barb got her fill of kid time with Gavin, Chase and Calvin. Those three can keep you running and by the end of the day she was exhausted!
We did not get a lot of pictures of their visit so I stole this one from Holly’s Facebook page.
We did not spend a lot of time working on the house this past week. Instead we opted to work on fencing in our new property. Drilling holes, setting posts, running wire and pounding T posts. We got all the H posts set some of the lines run but still have about ¼ mile run on the west side to run wire and pound T posts.
Last but not least we had a visit from Fulltime RV friends Don and Ginny. They have been on the road for... I guess I don't know but it has been a long time and have no plans to stop. They are the ultimate volunteers spending their time volunteering from one place to another. 
The days have been hot, we have only been able to work 4-5 hours a day before it gets too hot outside. The nights, luckily, have been very cool with some rain storms mixed in. One day we got almost 2" of rain which willed in our pond which was totally dry just the day before. 
With a little over a week under our belt back here and we are now ready to start working on the house again. I think we are going to start with some T&G on the south wall as we really want to get that wall done so hopefully our next post will show the progress on that wall.

So, why am I risking life and limb by calling my wife a cow? Well, you can blame Snapchat. As soon as she showed me this Snapchat of her as our favorite breed, the Highlander, I just knew I had to use it!
But if she were to name the title for this post I sure she would have used:
 "My Husband is an a$$!" (She actually wrote that line)

31 comments:

  1. Love it. Thanks.That Donkey gets around. I think from Oatman, Az......
    Thanks for the laugh.

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    1. We have yet to make it to Oatman but are told it is worth the stop!

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  2. Those snapchat pictures are hilarious. Thanks for the laugh of the day. I think Barb makes a very nice COW!! May you rest in peace Jim!!!

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  3. Looks like you stayed at some nice spots on your way to Boston. Did you see any Antelope on your trip? I stay away from Snapchat. If I run for President, I don't want those pictures to haunt me.

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    1. Who knows, those pictures might get you more votes! We saw lots of antelope only the way. Way too many to count!

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  4. That Snapchat is hilarious...you look good in drag Jim! 🤣 Probably best to get off the road in these uncertain times and play it safe at the homestead and get a few things done. 😊 Stay safe and healthy!

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    1. It seemed like every time we turned a corner there was another place that we wanted to go to that was closed. Make RV'ing very challenging right now. We will do some adventuring and exploring around here and make the most of it!

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  5. Just checking, are you still with us Jim??

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    1. She said something about "slow and painful" so I don't expect it to be anything too quick.

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  6. You had us laughing from the title! Shame that so many things are closed but you do have a lovely place to go home to and spend a little time. Nice that you have had so many friends visit since you've been home! The little family is too cute, nice to have little ones around for a bit. Those filter pics are just too funny!

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    1. It is fun to watch them has a family, the trials, tribulations and the love. It was great to see everyone and catch up, we are truly blessed.

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  7. Too bad about this summers travel plans, but I'm sure you will get a lot accomplished on your house. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Stay safe and healthy.

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    1. No one is looking more forward to seeing the completed project than us! We started the big south wall yesterday so hopefully we can post some great progress by the end of the week.

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  8. Hahahahaha! Cute post! We’ll see where you end up next time!

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    1. There is still plenty of summer left to stay here for a few weeks then get out and do some more adventuring but for now South Dakota will suit us just fine.

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  9. Too funny! Saw the title and told my wife and she immediately said, "He is still living?" I said, "And his wife KNOWS how to use a gun too!" That highway 20 looks like a nice way to go...but I don't think I would go past the Dakotas either...can't stand the 'smell' beyond that (politically at least).

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    1. Your wife has pretty good intuition, yes so far I am still alive but I have her giggling to herself while she was in the kitchen making dinner. Not sure what that means!

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  10. Man, you jumped off US-20 too early. You missed Celia’s Gifts and Antiques in Eleroy, Illinois! Oh, well...maybe some other time.

    We saw a lot of Highlander cows in Scotland last fall...or hairy coos, as they call them. Didn’t see any a$$es though...

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    1. That will be a journey for another time. We are hoping to get a couple of highlanders some time in the next year or so. As soon as we can find someone to watch then when we are gone.

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  11. Loved your title!! Makes one curious as to how you managed to dig yourself another hole. Smart plan to head back to SD with all the recent changes in the virus statis. Take care!

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    1. You know me, I am a slow learner and I am such a curious type that I will jump right in a hole to see what will happen!

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  12. You two are certainly having fun and not shy in creating your own online adventures. Nice that you ended up back home for now. You did make a great decision on not entering Canada. So many now are on the lookout for US plates and calling them in.

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    1. I have heard of a few cases where people are in Canada sneaking around and have been hit with some huge fines.

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  13. Saw that title and figured oh wow this is going to be good! Then I got to the pictures and wondered if weed is legal in S.D. now too?! You looked a little like Axel Rose in one of them Jim. Got a good laugh out of them. Good to see your home safe and sound and back to your projects. Stay safe and keep mooooving.

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    1. No, no, it is not legal but we are only a few hours from Colorado and remember we just got back from Oregon!

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  14. Love the Snapchat photos... they are too funny. So far, we have been able to stay ahead of the closures, but I have a feeling things are about to ramp up again and we may be scrambling as the summer turns to fall. Ugh, not fun. Definitely a good time to get some work done on your property.

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    1. Even though we are seeing a lot of tourists things are pretty calm here. Almost all restaurants are open to dine in seating.

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  15. All I can say is you are one brave man.

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  16. I liked the picture of the deer mounts already up on the wall. It looks like they jumped right thu so the question is whether or not their butts are on the outside.

    Made it to the Medora musical without getting rained out again. Stopped on the drive back to see if a young gal who hit a moose was Ok. She was just shook up - moose not so much.

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