Carlsbad Caverns National Park

We had a day off yesterday so we decided to check out Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  It was amazing! From the stunning views on the access road to the dramatic cavern 700 feet below the surface … everywhere we looked inspired a sense of awe and whimsy.

I’ll let the images speak for themselves. 🙂

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So glad we got a chance to experience one of our national treasures together!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

~Cheers ~

 

Extra! Extra! This Just in …

It seems the Android Gods have smiled down upon me this morning!  For no reason I can come up with, my ability to read and actually “like” and “comment” on blogs from my phone has returned.

I’m still without a laptop of my own. Sad but true. Sharing with hubby sucks, but I’ve looked at so many and I just can’t get used to the low profile keyboards they all have now. 🙁 I think I may have found a solution with the “All in One” units. (Monitor, TV ready, Internet ready) That way I can get a wireless keyboard with real  “clicky” keys. What can I say … I have issues. LoL

Anyhoooo, back to my phone –

Woooo hoooo!

I’m so excited! I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have filled in a heartfelt or just humorous comment on my favorite blogs only to get an error message. Soooo frustrating! 

I’m not sure what changed. I did go through an update a while back. But I’ve never been asked to re-establish my sign in credentials or anything. Hmmm, now I’m wondering if this is a good thing afterall. LoL Oh heck, I’m going with it! It feels wonderful to be among the land of the living (on my phone anyway) again!

I’ll try not to inundate you all with comments over the next few days. I feel like a kid in a candy store! 🙂

Happy Saturday!

~Cheers~

The Bridges of Madison County and John Wayne

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Whenever anyone asks me about my favorite books, without fail, “The Bridges of Madison County” pops up in the list. There’s just something about the illicit affair that gave Francesca and Robert a brief taste of true love and then only lifetime of longing that tugs at my heartstrings. Plus, I’ve always had a little crush on Clint Eastwood. (Sigh…)

So imagine my delight when we had time to take a little day tour of The Real Bridges of Madison County! Add some superb weather and voila – a perfect day!

Hogback Bridge was the first one we stopped to see. Yes, I was all giddy and we hadn’t even gotten to Roseman Bridge… the one I really wanted to see. 😉

Hogsback Bridge, Madison County, Iowa

Hogback Bridge, Madison County, Iowa

Here’s a glimpse of the Cutler-Donahue Bridge. I think I like them covered in red better.

Cutler-Donahue Bridge, Madison County - 1870

Cutler-Donahue Bridge, Madison County – 1870

The Holliwell Bridge. There was a little confusion about this bridge. I was thinking this was the bridge Francesca gave Robert directions to but as it turns out that was the Roseman Bridge; the same place she left the note.

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The Holliwell Bridge

The view from inside the Holliwell Bridge…

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Okay, one more before the star attraction. This is the Imes Bridge. Another white one but quaint in its own way. 🙂

The Imes Bridge

The Imes Bridge

And finally, without further ado, the Roseman Bridge …

The Roseman Bridge, Madison County Iowa

The Roseman Bridge, Madison County Iowa

Can’t you just picture Francesca walking around in the shadows of the bridge while Robert is down on the bank taking his pictures?

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Yes, I had to get at least one pic with the truck in there… lol

I believe this is the way Francesca drove to the bridge to leave the note inviting Robert to the house for dinner.

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Roseman Bridge, Madison County, Iowa

Roseman Bridge, Madison County, Iowa

Roseman Bridge, Madison County, Iowa

To be honest, I got butterflies just thinking about how she must have felt leaving that note. Yes, really!. I know, I know, it’s just a movie. But still, it got to me. This is a little ironic because for years (and years and years…lol) when I worked at Mystic Pizza I was always a little cynical about the tourists who would pile in by the thousands every year just to see the pizza place that helped make Julia Roberts a household name. I’m pretty sure I even scoffed and rolled my eyes a little  lot. True story.

Just in case that isn’t enough Hollywood stuff for you, here’s a little more. Winterset, Iowa also happens to be the birthplace of Marion Robert Morrison. Better known as John Wayne, The Duke. He was my mother’s crush for as long as I can remember so naturally I had to take look.

Birthplace of John Wayne. Winterset, Iowa

Birthplace of John Wayne. Winterset, Iowa

Saddle up partner… err I mean hop in the van… ? LoL

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It was a great day and I’m not ashamed to admit I was a starry-eyed groupie for a couple of hours as I wondered around and imagined the set and scenes as they played out nearly twenty years ago. (Sigh…) 😉

 

If you’re interested in reading the book you can pick it at the image below …

Or if you prefer the movie you can get that too …

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

~Cheers~

Pass the Corn Please … Pics from Iowa

We’ve been spending the past month or so with the children … parents … pets … of the corn.

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Yes, we’re in the great state of Iowa where you just can’t help but  pass the corn! 😀

This is the first time we’ve spent any real time here and with the exception of the severe weather a few times, it’s been a great stay! I think there must be some law on the books that says homeowners must maintain their lawns with tweezers. No lie. I’ve never seen so many meticulously landscaped lawns. Nice to see, but also reminds us of how nice it is not to have to maintain a lawn anymore! LoL

Iowa cornfields

Iowa cornfields

Iowa is probably one of the prettiest states where we’ve spent a decent amount of time. From rural farms to county lakes we are really enjoying our time here. I thought I’d share a few pic from the past month or so. I do have two RV park reviews to post here shortly. Hopefully once we get to a better internet service area. But until then, here are a few random pics of the Hawkeye State …

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20140819_17123720140824_20052220140821_13350120140908_14013720140908_140713Well, I guess that’s about all for now. We should be moving to a new site this weekend. Hopefully our Verizon reception will be better! 🙂

20140831_180155 ~Cheers~

Don’t Like Your Neighbors? Move!

I’m pretty sure you’ve all heard the old saying “If you don’t like your neighbors, move!” especially in the world of the full-time RVer’s out here. But I can honestly say that in the past two and a half years that had never happened to us … until recently.

Now, I know this sounds like it’s going to be a rant, but stick with me here. It’s really an RV park review in disguise. 😉

Let me set the scene if you will. The Boss and I pulled into a very cute little hide-away in South Carolina called Keowee-Toxaway State Park.  The park is nestled into the very northwestern part of the state and is a beautiful spot to take in the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Jocassee Gorges.

Site #7 at Keowee-Toxaway State Park, SC

Site #7 at Keowee-Toxaway State Park, SC

After a little bit of masterful maneuvering, (we were right about at the max length for this particular site) we got the H.O.W. into a spot with water and electric. We marveled at the solitude… nobody to the left of us … nobody to the right. 🙂

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We were so happy to find this quiet little gem, we got our earthy, crunchy vibe on and decided to get our couch potato butts out of the rig and down onto one the great hiking trails (by great I mean fairly easy for us out of shape Zen seekers). The trail we took winded its way down to a nice boat launch with a private sandy beach.

Sweet! I think we should stay an extra day and get out float on tomorrow!

Sweet! I think we should stay an extra day and get our float on tomorrow!

. .Too bad we didn’t grab the kayak when we left Connecticut … darn!

Boat ramp Keowee-Toxaway State Park, S.C.

Small launch – Keowee-Toxaway State Park, S.C.

We also stopped to take a look at the cabin the park has available for rent. It was occupied at the time so we didn’t get to peek inside. But it was plain to see from the outside in was in an awesome spot and had some nice amenities, like a private dock and nice outdoor living space. 🙂

As is my usual habit I stopped to take some pics of the bathroom facilities and dump station set up. We didn’t use either one, but they seemed to be about average for state parks.

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They did have an unusual garbage policy. The park has a pack it in/pack it out policy for any trash that isn’t recyclable. I think this is the first time we’d been to a pay for use park without dumpsters. Thankfully, visitors seem to be taking this rule to heart and there wasn’t any left behind trash scattered about.

The park has 11 RV sites including a pull-thru or two and 14 tent sites. The tents sites are nicely arranged with a raised pad for your tent and communal water spigots.

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All in all it’s a really nice little state park. We liked it so much we decided to stay that extra night after all. We were fairly sure the day was going to clear up so we could check out the Blue Ridge Trail and mountains tomorrow. Yay!

Good news – site was available!

Bad news – as soon as I got back a tribe of 8 chain-smoking, foul-mouthed, noisy people with a fetish for lighter fluid moved into the empty site next door. 3 of them may not have been chain smokers just yet, as they are of the 2-legged little screecher variety.  If that wasn’t bad enough (and trust me it was) the entire time I gawked and spied on them through the window (Call me Gladys Kravitz if you must)  they never once picked up after their 2 dogs that seemed to poop non-stop. Uggg!

How the hell do they even get that many people and two dogs in there?!?

How the hell do they even get that many people and two dogs in there?!?

Thankfully our house has wheels. So after watching the show we decided to pack up and hit the road. It was probably the quickest pack up and go we’ve done! LoL I have to admit I felt a little snobbish or rude just up and leaving the way we did. But we would have been miserable listening to the neighbors from hell all night and our R&R time is way too precious for that nonsense!

So we hit the road shook it off and before we knew it we were happy campers once again! 🙂

Happy Campers!

Happy Campers!!

Even though we cut our stay short we still recommend Keowee-Toxaway State Park, (108 Residence Drive, Sunset, SC 29685 Phone: 864-868-2605) if you’re in the area. Really… we do. 😉

How about you? Do you have any nightmare stories about neighbors from hell?

~Cheers~

P.S. For those of you too young to get the Gladys Kravitz reference, no it’s not Lenny’s granny. Think Bewitched! 😀

 

Thanks Google Images!

Thanks Google Images!