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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our Journey. Don retired October 2011 so hopefully the travelling part will increase! When we are not vacationing check in for updates about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

No We Didn't Leave Blogger

I feel this need to write all the time about exciting adventures from places we've been and new places.  Coming home I wonder who wants to read about our daily lives.  I love my home life and my away life but would anyone else?  So I pull back from blogging, then I try to binge write.  LOL
Does any other blogger feel this way?
So to "catch up" I am going to share May, June and now July (ugh) in pictures, with very little commentary.

The blanks can be filled with work, because yes we do that too, and doing things with the grandkids, watching them at activities, babysitting sometimes and getting in hugs whenever!

May 5 - Blake's 10th birthday!  This little man introduced us to the best gift in life - being grandparents.  We joined the Cameron family at a school fundraiser for the evening, and on Sunday for a family BBQ.  We also made an appearance at his birthday party the following Saturday!

May 6 - Emerson performed at the annual Veeteretz Year End Recital with her Ukrainian Dance group.

May 18 - The annual May Long camping trip at Cross Lake.  Fabulous as always.

May 27 - Lindsay's Birthday.  Love her to the moon and back

May 27 - Trip to North Battleford for my mom's memorial service.  we actually ended up staying 2 nights and visiting with cousins and aunts that I don't make enough effort to stay connected with.

May 31 - Happy 37th Anniversary Don

June 4 - Fantastic fishing day

June 10 - Sleepover with Connor and Mason

June 13 - 18- Amazing fishing trip to Meadow Lake Provincial Park

June 21 - Rees's piano recital

June 24 - Cameron kids sleepover

June 27 - Attended Connor's year end celebrations at school

July 2 - Fabulous lake day with the Camerons

July 4 - 6 - I went on a girl's trip!!

July 7 - 10 - Camerons are at our house while their mom and dad have a getaway, and Cal competed in the Sinister 7

July 16 - 21 - We went to Coeur d"alene with the Camerons and discovered Silverwood

And so ends July

Friday, April 28, 2017

Salt Lake City

Well it is never hard for me to decide what city I like to spend the last part of vacation in.  I’m not sure what first attracted me to Salt Lake City, Don will probably tell you the shopping.  We’ve gotten so that this is a last stop on our way home in the spring.  Typically have stayed at Provo Lake State Park, on the far south side.  This year we decided for the purpose of our mad dash out the morning of departure that we would try a place on the far north end.  Every time we drive the I15 and see the signs for Willard Bay State Park we are curious, so this time we made a stop.  There are 2 areas to camp in, the South Marina and the North.  Although we stayed at the North, we would recommend the South.  They both have full services (North $30 and South $25 per night), but the biggest difference is the proximity to the highway.  The South Marina Campground is quite a distance out, and far quieter and secluded.  However we didn't explore the South until we were set up, and after boondocking for so long, the noise was going to be noise no matter where we settled!
We spent our time here trying to mentally transition into the trip home, and the weather cooperated by being downright ugly.  The fireplace went non stop to ward off not just the cool temperatures but also the damp form rain and SNOW!
We did make a tourist drive to Antelope Island State Park.  It honestly didn't seem like a place we would camp in but the scenery was lovely.  We did spot an antelope wandering but predominantly the wildlife were buffalo.

Well this blog ends our vacation.  We are ready to head home at least for awhile.  I don't think our summer is going to be as busy as last year, but never say never right?
I will try to keep you updated, but you know I am not too great at that.
Thanks for coming along with us again.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jeep Week is Over!

And that means it was time to move to Moab.  We really are creatures of habit, as once we find a spot to camp at we like, it is hard to change.  We stayed at Ken’s Lake which is a BLM site.  I won’t say there isn’t any boondocking near Moab, but none that fit our needs.  Some were too adventurous of a drive considering our habit of not being able to sit still, some were already packed full, and some were just not us.
Ken’s Lake is on the south side of Moab and only about 5 minutes from town.  A perfect location for exploring Arches National Park and surrounding areas, as well as evening wifi entertainment at McDonalds and a few stops at the Moab Brewery.
I guess I just summarized our stay here, but let me tell you about the hikes…
On a drive along the Colorado River one day we happened upon a road that said Fisher Towers, and a campground sign.  That was enough intrigue to lead us down the road.  While the campground was not for us, the road too bad and the sites too small, the trail called us.   It was absolutely phenomenal!  There is nothing like seeing these rocks and towers, and although I’m sure there are thousands of hikers who have viewed them, nothing is visible form the roads.  Wandering through the gentle red rocks, trailing around tower formations, climbing up crevice ladders, and ending at the perfect picnic site is beyond words.
The mightiest tower, the Titan, is a midway point.  This is a popular spot for climbers, and we observed some hearty souls that reached the summit and posed for photos.  On our way back to the trailhead Don spotted a couple whom he had taken some photos of.  He called out to them to show the photos and between their broken English and our total lack of German, we exchanged emails, and later sent the photos to them.  They were so grateful and excited, as they explained never did they expect to have a couples photo taken while climbing!
Although marked as moderate, this trail was pretty challenging for us, especially me.  Don may admit he is not the most comfortable with heights, but I am not the most comfortable with heights, climbing, walking on ledges and edges and sweating!  LOL  So it feels especially good to challenge ourselves and finish the hike.

Our last hike of this holiday was the Negro Bill Trail northeast of Moab.  This is a popular trail in the heat, as it winds along a creek bed and has fabulous tree coverage for shade.  It is rated moderate but is an easy moderate.  The gift at the end is the Moring Glory Natural Bridge.   The bridge has a 75 foot span, and provides a cool covered area to rest, or have lunch.  Natural bridges are so awe inspiring and this one a bit ore than orhers.  Hopefully the photos help you “get” that!

The rest of our time in Moab was spent driving exploring and laundry.  Yup that still needs to be done.
We are moving north to Salt Lake City today, and I will try to catch up before we leave for home.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Moving Onward

Sometimes upward, sometimes downward, but always onward!
We decided to return to Sand Island Recreation Campground.  It’s on the San Juan River by Blanding Utah.  This is a dry camping area, but they have potable water.  It’s such a great location for discovering all the areas around, the only downfall is there is no close place to get wifi that is dependable or consistent.  Oh well.
We stayed here for 5 nights.  As seems normal in this area at this time, the days are hot and the nights are cool.  Which is the perfect conditions for boondocking.
We entertained ourselves by sightseeing and hiking.  For some reason when we are here we tend to take a day drive to Cortez Colorado.  Probably because it has a Super Walmart.  lol
We also took the opportunity to find a new hike.
There are many Mule Canyon hikes if you google them.  As we hiked on and on it became apparent we were not on the short House on Fire ruins walk.  We took the path less followed and travelled the South Fork Mule Canyon Hike.  It was a 9.2 mile hike with the final gift a breathtaking view of the Last Ruins.  Along the way were many other clusters of ruins, all accessible to visit and take some close ups of.  I really enjoyed this hike because the ruins were in a totally natural state.  Because no restoration had been attempted you could truly appreciate the craftsmanship and design.  Standing there it was easy to transport back in time and have a small feel for where the ancient people lived.  The canyon started with walls of about 80 feet, then grew taller the deeper you travelled.  It was one of best hikes this year.

Two years ago while staying here we hiked all the Natural Bridges in the Natural Bridges National Monuments Park.  It was one of our greatest accomplishments!  While we weren’t going to do them again, we still wanted to have a look from the top of the bridges, so we spent a day driving though and playing normal tourist – stopping at the bridges and taking the easy viewing paths to each one.

Again Bluff and Blanding served us well, and another place we will be back to.  There must be at least 4 more Mule Canyon hikes to visit!