Day 49 Trailer Fan

Today we added a new  trailer fan at Agrirama. Clint is a young man working at the park and was a ABAC student. He is a Art major and has always been into agriculture.
Clint: good luck in the future and we wish you all the best.

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Day 49 New Friends at Agrirama in Tifton Georgia

The young lady that greeted us at the museum was a wonderful lady full of stories. Her name is Feral and she is turning 96 in October.
Feral has been in Cotton Farming for her entire life and has worked the the Park since it opened in 1978.  We several other nice ladies that work in the park too and all had wonderful stories to tell and it was a great history lesson too.
We wish Feral a happy birthday and we look forward to visiting her at the park on her 100th birthday.

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Day 49 Tifton Georgia and into Florida

Today we went to the the Georgia Agriculture Museum ( Agrirama) in Tifton. The Park was a great place where they have moved old building and old farm equipment to more that 30 years ago. It is very similar to heritage Village in Largo Florida. We spent about 5 hours taking photos and learning all kinds of interesting facts. After the park we headed south and tried to do some rock hounding but could not find the locations we were looking for so we headed South to Florida to begin the end of our journey. We stopped the night just South of Jacksonville Florida.
We took a lot of great photos today

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Day 48 Georgia

Today we drove around Georgia looking for rocks, minerals and photo ops. We stopped at a few parks and only took a handful of photos today. Cheryl found a few more rocks to add to her collection. I think we are bringing home 100 pounds of rocks, joy to the world.
We found Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon. The monument is all about the Native Americans that had occupied the land from 11,000 years ago until about 1,000 years ago. It was very unique and  educational too. Time is running out on our fun and we are making the best of everyday.

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Day 47 South Carolina to Georgia

Today we said goodbye to Robin in South Carolina and headed for Georgia to visit our friend Ryan Sutherland who started Emory University in August.
We were checking up on him and found he is adjusted to College life and is going to be an awesome student with a double major in Music and Science. he was already an awesome student and we know he will excel at Emory. We wish him fantastic Freshman year.
Love Cheryl and Jim

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Day 46 Monday in Greenville area South Carolina

Today we went into Greenville to visit Robin’s workplace and to take some photos downtown at the Reedy River Falls. We had lunch and went for a drive to see the only covered bridge in Northern South Carolina. We are spending the night catching up on the blog and photos. In the last week we have been to two hotels without internet and the others have just been to late to work on stuff. We went to the only Italian restaurant in town and had a good dinner and the best Cheese cake in South Carolina. We also had lunch at a place the serves the Best Burger in South Carolina according to a newspaper poll. It was an awesome day with perfect weather and great company and good food. Tomorrow we are heading South as our trip will soon be coming to an end.
See you soon
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A Weekend with Robin in Travelers Rest South Carolina

We are spending the weekend with Cheryl’s sister in Travelers Rest and she is showing us all around town and we had a great time. We saw lots of waterfalls, flowers and a covered bridge. Robin was a great host.

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Day 45 Sunday in Travelers Rest South Carolina

In between the service and the picnic Cheryl’s sister Robin picked us up and we went to see a few waterfalls and some of the parks in the area we also got a chance to see Robin’s campsite.

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Day 45 Calvary Chapel in Travelers Rest South Carolina

Today we found another Calvary Chapel on our journey and went to church. It turns out that the Pastor’s son is one of the worship leaders at the Church we went to last week .in the DC metro area. Pastor Greg had a encouraging  message on faith from Judges and Hebrews. His wife Kathy led the worship time. At the service it was mentioned that they were having a picnic Sunday night at a park near by and we were invited to attend.  It was an awesome day capped off by kathy inviting us to their house after the picnice where Cheryl and kathy played some guitar and I had a wonderful chat with the pastor. They are a growing church and I can see the Lord’s hand in the growth of the church. The next time we come to visit Robin we are sure the congregation will be much larger.
The photo on the bottom includes the Pastor Greg, Kathy and some of their kids.
Thank you Pastor Greg and Kathy for your wonderful hospitality, It was an awesome day.

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Day 44 Saturday the 22nd on the Blue Ridge

We made it back to the Blue Ridge and Cheryl wanted to go Spruce Pines Mines to do some mining for gems and I went to the Crabtree Falls in North Carolina. It was a long hike on a Rocky path about 1.7 miles each way.  After we had some fun on the parkway we headed for her sister in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. We made it there for dinner with Robin and had Chinese. It was late and we found both hotels were booked and we had to go toward Greenville to find a hotel. Found one late at night called the University Inn and stayed the night but it was scented with something that gave us both headaches. So we only stayed the night.
It was great to see Robin again as we haven’t seen her in while. She is doing good and working at a Bike shop in Greenville.

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Day 43 Trailer Fans on the Blue Ridge

We ran into many new fans of our trailer along the way  among them were Nancy and Mack Blackwell and Gail and Lee Bergamini. We met them at the Music Museum along the parkway.

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Day 43 Friday Still on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Got up to a beautiful morning overlooking the lake and headed south along the parkway. We stopped at the Mabry Mill.
On the way we met Mary and Harry Frisbie  at one of the pull offs and ran into them several other times on our Journey too.
That night we stayed at Holiday Inn Express and  met Donna, Kristin and Linda and they were  helpful and friendly and helped us find a place for an oil change the next day.

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Day 42 Thursday Going down the Blue Ridge Parkway

Today we left Great Falls and headed for The Blue Ridge Parkway. We started at mile marker 0 on the parkway and drove to a lodge at the Peaks of Otter. We met Calvin Rice who has worked there since 1958 and has worked with three different owners. It was a nice lodge but had no TV, internet or phone. We did see some deer and watched the sunset. It was a beautiful drive and we stopped at Crabtree falls just off the parkway by a few miiles on a twisty turny slow going road.  The drive was wonderful but the photo ops were sparse. Cheryl did rescue a butterfly that landed on our car and when Cheryl got close it jumped into her hand, she fed him gatorade and banana.

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Day 41 Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown

We did the Triangle today and did not have any rain, just clouds. We started the day at Yorktown Battlefield and the town and then went to historic Jamestown and finally ended up again in Williamsburg for sunset.
We saw Deer, Weasel and Eagle along with plenty of historical markers. it was an educational day.
So far on our journey we have been to a town from the 1600’s, 1700’s and 1800’s. It has been a cool journey so far. We are heading into North Carolina Tomorrow.

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Day 40 Rainy Day Tuesday Williamsburg VA

Today we left Great Falls and headed for Colonial Williamsburg. It was a coudy day to start and it poured by mid day. We got wet once again and had to board a bus in the pouring rain,no fun.
We found a America’s Best Value Inn and thought it would be ok. Little did we know that once we turned on the ac there was a burning smell so off it went. We turned on the fan in the bathroom only to find the faint smell of marijuana in the room we got a free high with our room. We did not have a good night in a hotel last night.

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Day 39 in Great Falls Virginia

Today was a cloudy  Day in VA and we went to the  Beautiful Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna. We found a few flowers in good shape and a new Korean Harmony Garden since the last time we were there.
After the garden we went to Great Falls National Park to see if we could get better photos than the last time we were in the area. This time I climbed down into the falls to try and get a better shot, no luck. The photos from Great Falls are soso

The Cat in the last photo is Holly the resident princess.
Tomorrow we  are leaving to head to Colonial Williamsburg on our journey south.

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Day 38 Family Portrait time

Today we had a family get together with my nephew, his wife and son and it was time for a family portrait. Had another great day and dinner was perfect as my brother and his wife are great cooks. Hi Linda ( Granny) enjoy the family portraits.
another lovely day on a trip of a lifetime

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Day 38 Went to Calvary Chapel in Falls Church, VA

We spent the morning at Calvary Chapel Metro DC area with Pastor Scott. They meet in a middle school Auditorium. It was a great service and lots of nice people. There were far to many people coming in after service started and I felt is was a little disrespectful, almost 60% came late. The church has about 300 coming to service each week. They were having a barbeque after service but we didn’t stay to get back to family. They did add a nice touch during music by putting  the bible verse that the song came from on the screen first. May you all have a blessed day today as you spend it with family.

 

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Day 37 Art Festival in Leesburg Virginia

On Saturday we went to an art festival in Leesburg and ran into one of our club members. John Hartung has a booth and travels around the country during the summer and sells his photography.
John, Good luck this weekend.

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Day 37 Dinner with friends

Tonight we went to dinner with Club member Sharon Diner’s daughter, Lauren and her friend Emery. We had a great time and celebrated Murray’s Birthday without him or Sharon but we still had a great time. Afterward Lauren showed us her new condo in Vienna along with her puppy dog and  her Chinchilla’s too . They are now both new fans of our trailer too.

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Day 37 in Great Falls Virginia

Today we went to Manassas  National Battlefield Park with by my brother and his wife and had a great day took a few photos but had more fun spending time with my brother.
After the park we went to Leesburg, Va to go to a fine art festival. While looking at the artists we noticed some familiar art in one of the booths and it happened to be one of our Photographic Art Society members, John Hartung, his are is all about making you smile and for the club members you will remember his work with the rubber Ducky and the flip flops.
Tonight we are going to dinner with Society members Murray and Sharon Diner’s daughter Lauren who lives in the DC area. it has been a great day.
Enjoy just s few photos today.

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Day 36 Traveling in West Virginia to Harpers Ferry

Last night we stayed at a cute motel in Romney, WV called the Koolwink Motel. the owners have been there since the 50’s Our room was huge and the furniture was all 60’s original funiture. It was up on a hill and off the road. Peace and Quiet finally.
Did you know that West Virginia is all mountains? I think they don’t believe in straight roads because we didn’t find any. It was a beautiful ride through the state>

We arrived at Harpers Ferry in the am and toured the area but did not find much to photograph. had a brief scare as one of my lenses fell out of my vest( 16-35 not cheap).It was turned into the visitors center so I was able to breath again.
We left Harpers Ferry and headed for Great Falls to spend the weekend with my brother and his wife. We are looking forward to spending some time with them. We are also going to meet by Nephews son this weekend so that will be great fun too.
Not a lot of good photos but still a good day.

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Day 35 in West Virginia

Last night was another bad night in a hotel because of 5 kids staying the room next to us. The parents were in another room across the hall. Doors banging all kids screaming, you get the idea. The hotel was nice enough after I said something to give us an additional discount on the room.
We headed East along route 50 on a long and windy road hoping to see a few cool things along the way and we stopped at Seneca Rock and the came to a State park with a great waterfall. I waited forever for the sun to go away as the clouds were building to get  a decent shot of the falls. We stopped at a interesting shop were the man sells everything and has been doing it for 50 plus years, another cool find on our journey>

It was getting dark and driving on a twisty turny road in the dark is no fun so we found a neat old hotel called Koolwinks and spend the night.

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Day 34 Traveling from Mammoth Cave in Kentucky to West Virginia

Got up this morning to a beautiful view outside our room at the Mammoth Cave Hotel in Kentucky.  Saw a few deer in the field and traveled inside the park for the morning before heading into West Virginia.
Traveled the rest East getting into Charleston and dusk and wanted to find a place to stay outside the city. We found a Country Inn and Suites and got a room for the night.

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Day 33 Beautiful Receptionist at Mammoth Cave

We were greeted by Carol at the desk of Mammoth Cave hotel. We told her that she should be a model. She has lived in Cave City all her life and was a perfect person for the Hotel.

Carol, we thank you for all your kindness during our stay.

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Day 33 Traveled to Mammath Cave in Kentucky

Today we drove into Kentucky and headed for Mammoth Cave  to see the Worlds largest Cave since earlier in our trip we went to jewel Cave ( the second largest) so we had to go to the largest. We were able to go on the last tour of the caves and got a few photos.
We decided to stay in the park for the night so we checked into the lodge and had dinner and went out to do some photos at sunset.
There was a group of deer that were close by and they looked  very skinny so we only took only a few photos before Cheryl spotted a male and we took more photos. The male was at . some distance when I tried to get his attention by crinkling leaves together then he started to walk up to me, It was very cool to see. The male got to within 12 feet before he left  the area. Had an early night but was too tired to post anything.

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Hotel woes

for the past three nights the hotels we spent the night at have been pretty bad
Motel 6 on Friday night we were opposite a hwy and the noise was terrible and the drunks upstairs even worse.
Saturday more drunks upstairs and about 10 workers in the room above us
Sunday night Super 8 No ice machine, broken lamp, washer not working and water problems. In the am the free breakfast was 2 month old bread and rolls from who knows when and bad cereal too
hopefully Monday night at Super 8 will be better

 

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Day 32 Travel Iowa, Missouri and Illinois

Today we left the hotel in Iowa and traveled through Missouri and saw the arch in St Lois before stopping in Akawala Illinois.
Traveling through St Lois was the worst part as people have no respect for another driver. I was cut off 3 times. Not a fun drive. Tonight we are spending the night at a super 8

No Photos today

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Calvary Chapel Sioux Falls SD Day 31

We spent the morning at Calvary Chapel in Sioux Falls and had time to talk with the pastor after the service. The church is much bigger than the other churches so far on our journey and they are still growing. It is great to see how the Lord is working with so many people throughout our journey. Pastor Tom had a great message today and we met some wonderful people after the service.

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New friend at Corn Palace Day 31

We met Troy at the Corn Palace Sunday morning and he thought our Trailer was pretty cool. Troy has been working at the palace for 27 years and enjoys his job. listening to him talk about the palace it is no wonder he loves being a guide.
when we left the palace there was a van passing by that also liked the trailer and as he went by I noticed his trailer was the back half of a Cadilac. His trailer was cooler than ours. It was time to be jealous of another trailer.

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Day 31 Travel day from South Dakota, Minnasota to Iowa

Not much photography today. More driving than photos.

We started the day at the Corn Palace in Mitchell South Dakota. It is an arena for sports and concerts and the corn murals are changes every year. It was hard to imagine that all the murals inside and out are made of corn.
After the palace we went to Sioux Falls SD. to go to Calvary Chapel. It was another good service and a time to thank the Lord for all our blessing on our journey.
After Church we drove to Pipestone National Monument to see where the Native Americans would use red stone to carve pipes and other tools plus make building blocks. This type of rock is only found in the area of Minnasota.
It was then time to start driving South  so we started heading toward Iowa where we are spending the night after dinner at Penny’s Diner.

Not much photography today but lots of fun except the dead skunks on the roadside, stinky.

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Day 30 Travels in South Dakota

We started our journey at Badlands National Park with interesting colors in the rocks and at one point over 100 bikers past by on a ride through the park. It was a cool place to visit but not to live in.
After the park we passed a place that had a lot of Prairie Dogs and had fun feeding them. The family that owns the store has been there for more than 40 years and it has been a favorite stop of many tour buses. They were cute and well fed.
After the store we saw a place called 1880’s town it looked kinda cool so off we went and ended up spending 6 hours there. It has a collection of props from Dances with Wolves movie and quiet a large collection of rodeo memorabilia. Cheryl and I got some great photos even though it was extremely windy (40 mph +) The people that work in the park said it is always windy. We should rename the state the windy state and sell windmills to generate power.
I got my first senior discount today and I didn’t even have to prove my age. My beard is looking grey isn’t it?
Lots of road work so driving to our next location in the dark was not fun.

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Day 29 Travels in South Dakota

We started the day at Jewel Cave, great place to visit but not for photos. Jewel cave is the worlds 2nd largest cave. The cave was awesome to see.
Second we went to Mount Rushmore and took a few shots to share. The day was turning out great until a few to many clouds came in.
We spent the afternoon rock hounding in Custer South Dakota and found a few good rocks. It was a fun day and we got to see some cool things around the area.

Overall our travels through both Montana and South Dakota was interesting on the highway. you could smell a dead skunk about every 5 minutes on the highway, that’s a lot of skunks over 300plus miles. Very stinking three days

Greeting to all from Cheryl and Jim in South Dakota

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Day 28 on the road in Montana

We left our hotel and headed east with from Dillon. We stopped in a small town where the tires were for a few shots
The Wheels you see are very tall, the fence is a 6 ft fence so they are very big. The tires are also huge as the door on the left is a 5 ft door.
It was another grey day today with fires in the distance. The shot of the forest on fire has been burning for 3 weeks.
Cheryl and I went to a gem mine this morning outside Yellowstone and mined for Saphire’s. Cheryl and I found 6kt of saphires, we had fun again this morning mining for gems.
After the mine we headed for South Dakota to go to Mt Rushmore in the am. Hopefully we will have better weather tomorrow>

Enjoying the Journey is all part of the fun. Photography is not great but the views are worth the drive since we are used to flat country in Florida.

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Day 27 Staying at a Motel Six

After a long day of looking for opals, driving, and seeing the country  side we stopped at a Motel 6 in Dillon, Montana and the young lady at the counter, Abbey, was there with a smile and a warm greeting. If ever are going on us hwy 15 and pass Dillon stop at the Motel 6.
Abbey is going to college at Northwestern to become an elementary teacher, we wish her all the success and a great future as a teacher. The world needs more people like you becoming a teacher.
Abbey please don’t grade my blog. I am not good at writing.

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Day 27 Finding the opal and traveling through the state

Today we drove out of West Yellowstone to go to Spencer Idaho and on the way stopped at Virginia City and Nevada City in Montana. Got a few good photos along the way but the smoke is getting stronger so we may need to start heading east in the am.
We went to Spencer’s Opal Farm and did some digging for stones today and we will come home with a few gems. Cheryl wanted to give it a try so we had some fun together digging through a rock pile.
We are spending the night at a Motel 6 in Dillon Montana and the young lady at Check-in was very nice. It will be an early night again. We will see you next time

Happy Trails to all

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Day 26 Yellowstone Park

Today we got up real early again and headed for the Lower Falls in Yellowstone Canyon and got a few good photos in before the Smoke started taking over. Drove around the park and stopped at a few places to get our National Park Passport stamped and got a few more fans of our trailer, A bus load of people from Canada wanted to take a photo of our trailer and a few more along the way.
The smoke was getting too much for us so we headed back to the hotel to catch up on photos and the blog. Tomorrow we head North for more fun. Not sure where yet but we will let you know. Stay tuned for more

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Day 25 Yellowstone National Park

We once again got up real early and headed for the park, this time we took the south Loop and started at Old Faithful, we hiked up a mountain for a good view not knowing how high, so it was tough on Cheryl about 1.5 miles round trip. got a few good shots but no great ones. We turned to the south road  again and stopped at all the turnouts to get the whole picture of Yellowstone, the weather was improving so it was a good day. getting close to one of the meadows we found ourselves in a traffic jam with 50 bison and 100 cars, I could have stuck my hand out the window and touched the bison, very cool.
We had to stop at a Sinclair gas station to get a nail pulled out of the tire and met Jim and we were lucky enough to not need a tire repair as it was very short, Phew.
We stopped at the Yellowstone Canyon Lodge for dinner and had a wonderful anniversary dinner in Yellowstone. Got back to the hotel at 9:30 and we were  very tired.
Another Awesome Day

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Day 24 Travel To Yellowstone

Today is Sunday and I started the day at the Mormon Barn at 6 to see if I could get any better shots than the day before and Cheryl stayed at the Hotel in Jackson and got some extra sleep.
Getting up early is not my idea of fun but I did it anyway. It was a cold and foggy morning in the Tetons so getting a great shot was out. So I worked on fog photos. I think they turned out soso, (not good and not bad). I did meet a man from New Hampshire who was taking photos with a Hasselblad Digital camera and I got to taking to him about photography, he is teaching a class next week and has a lot of his work in galleries in the west.
After returning from the morning shoot we decided to move on to Yellowstone as the weather was not improving.
We  decided to find a Calvary Chapel in the area and go to Church to thank the Lord for his many blessing and keeping us safe on our journey. There was a Calvary Chapel in the Teton Valley about an hour away so off we went. We had no idea that getting there would mean going over a mountain on a road at a 10% grade so our van was not happy.
At Church we met the associate pastor and his wife Jim and  Lea afterword we continued North

We found the cheapest hotel in West Yellowstone, the Yellowstone Country Inn, got settled and headed for the park. We saw a pair of bald eagles, a bull elk and a bison and the weather was not bad. We drove up to Mammoth Hot Springs and were greeted by a group of Elk in the center of town, kinda cool. On the way home we saw a shooting star  and that was a great way to end our day.
Enjoy

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Day 24 Calvary Chapel Friends

We went to Calvary Chapel in Driggs Idaho ( Teton Valley) todayt, they have a small church but are growing each week. There was also a couple from Orlando attending but we did not get to meet them. The associate pastor was Jim Hardee and his sweet wife was Lea. It was a very nice service and thank you for your hospitality after the service. Our Prayers are with you and your family.

Pastor Jim and his wife with Cheryl and I

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Day 23 Rainy Day in the Tetons

It was a rainy day in the Tetons today for a good portion of our time. We did take a boat trip around Jenny lake and went for a 2 mile hike to the hidden waterfall where we were stuck in a  thunder storm.
The day turned out ok but we did not get any clear shots of the mountain range. It is getting cold here around 38 when we get up in the morning. We went to the Mormon barn again this am at 6 a.m. and the light was not so great but we did the best we could.
So far on our journey I have not gotten any great photos but we are having a great time seeing all the National Parks and meeting some great people along the way

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Day 23 New Friends along the trail

As we were hiking up the trail to Hidden Falls in the Grand Tetons we met this nice couple Al and Gwen they are celebrating their 57th anniversary. Congratulations and we hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation. It was nice meeting you. Cheryl and JIm

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Day 23 New Friends in the Tetons

First thing this am we were taking photos of the Mormon barn in the Grand Tetons Park and met Micheal and Jim from Fort Myers Florida. We hope you guys have a wonderful time fishing this week. Happy Birthday Michael

 

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Day 22 On the Way to the Tetons

We got up to clouds in the sky so we took our time getting to the Tetons and found a park with a spring that supplies the water for the town. On the way in I spotted a brown bear but could not get the camera out fast enough before he ran off. We spent most of the day in the park before heading to Jackson. The cool Antler shot was done in Afton and it stretches across the road, it is supposed to be the worlds largest span of antlers.. We made it to the Mormon Barn with showers looming all around.  We hope that the sunrise will workout and that we have a good day in the Tetons tomorrow.

Enjoy

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Day 21 Travel Day

We spent the night at Adventure Inn in Moab, it was great. This morning was cloudy so we did not go to Arches. We got up late and got ready for the long drive North. After yesterday’s long hike we needed the rest.
We drove up Utah and past through Salt Lake City and went up 89 heading toward Yellowstone. We found a few good spots for photos and stayed at the Clover Creek Inn in Montpelier Idaho, It is a nice hotel with lots of workers staying there. It is the cheapest hotel in town.
Only a few photos today as we traveled and enjoyed the scenery with clouds most of the day.

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Day 20 Arches National Park – Hiking- Hiking- Hiking- Hiking

Today was an early day as we did some astro-photography at 4 am, after the moon set. We thought we would give it a try. The iamges came out ok and we hope to try again weather permitting.
We hiked to Landscape Arch for sunrise and then went all around the park. We are both tuckered out. At 6 we went to Delicate Arch and found it to be a 3 mile hike round trip. I made it and Cheryl gave it her best. Delicate arch was one of the longest hikes up hill that I have done and it totally wore me out, almost as bad as the Wave. it was 100 degrees at 6 tonight. It was a hot day and it is time to call it quits

Tomorrow we move on to a new location for more fun after sunrise photos in Arches again.

Enjoy

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Day 20 New Trailer Fans

We met  the Reverend and Mrs Farmer this morning while viewing Delicate arch from below   , he is a semi retired pastor from South Carolina and liked our signs on the trailer.  They are ending there 4 week vacation then it is back to his position as interim pastor. We pray you have a safe journey home.

Cheryl and Jim

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Day 20 new photographer friend

Today at sunrise we met Tom from Colorado as we were both photographing Landscape Arch in Arches National Park. We hope you got some great shots and it was great talking with you this morning.

Happy Shooting

 

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Day 19 Moab Utah

Day 19 started with an Oil Change in Greenriver Utah  as we have gone 5000 miles on our journey so far. We headed into Canyonlands National Park for the morning, on a cloudy day, then went to Moab to find a hotel, we found the cheapest in town and it has a large room.
After resting very little we went into Arches National Park for some photography.
The day was cloudy for most of it then hazy the rest. Got off a few good shots of Window arch before calling it a night. We are going to get up real early and try some astro-photography in the park.

Enjoy

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Day 18 Rock Shop Friend

Today we stopped at the Escalante Rock Shop  and met Scott Nelson, He has been collecting rocks a long time. We found a few cool pieces and cabachons for Cheryl to create some new art pieces from. Check out his website and see all the cool stuff.
While Cheryl was looking at rocks I was taking photos.
Scott is a really cool gentlemen and we had a great conversation about being creative and being an artist.
A wonderful day and a wonderful journey to a new land

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Day 18 Kodachrome Basin and Beyond

We got up several times throughout the night to check the stars without success. The Cabin was a great place to stay in the mean time. After a short nights sleep we went out for some Sunrise photos in Kodachrome Basin.

Kodachrome Basin is a perfect place for us to stay because it was named that by a National Geographic Research team back in 1940’s. We got a few good shots before the clouds settled in again.

On our Journey today we went through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, It is huge and took all day. We went through all kinds of geological changes over 100 miles, It was awesome.

We stopped at a Rock shop near a state park and met Scott, his shop is kinda neat and we had a great time and made a new friend.

One of the great things about our trip is all the awesome people we meet along the way

Have a Blessed day and we hope you are all doing well

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Day 17 Bryce Canyon and Kodachrome Basin

Today we got sunrise photos at Bryce Point in Bryce Canyon (6 a.m.) and spent the morning walking some of the trails and going to each vista point. Met nice gentlemen from Italy taking photos while his wife and kids were sleeping. The Ranger at Bryce Canyon gave us some suggestions on where to go next so we set off about 1 p.m.
We stopped at a BLM vistor center to get more info and the Man there told us about The Kodachrome Basin not to far away so off we went. It was a cool place to shoot and rest so we spent the night in the state park, hoping to get star photos but there was to many clouds. We still got off some nice photos at sunset.
We hope you enjoy

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Day 16 Zion National Park

Got up before sunrise again today and headed for Zion and stopped at the visitors center to ride the shuttle bus to the upper canyon. We went to the furthest point and went for a 2 mile hike round trip and stopped at the Narrows but decided not go up the narrows because it was more than knee deep and lots of people were going up the trail which would not give any good shots. We stopped at all the bus stops and took wonderful photos many areas look better in person than could be conveyed by a photo.
After the bus tour we went to several rock shops and found some awesome stone cabochons for upcoming projects.
We headed back East through the canyon and took photos as we left Zion on our way to Bryce Canyon.

We found a nice hotel in Hatch Utah that had a nice diner it is called the Mountain Harvest.
In the restaurant there was a very large deer on the wall and the chef said it was a 1200 pound deer shot by a 12 year old girl in town ( Sorry Uncle Jim) using a bow and arrow.
We are looking forward to tomorrow as we go to Bryce Canyon.

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Day 15 Slot Canyons and Horseshoe Bend

We went first to Horsehoe Bend and Cheryl was still tired from the long walk the day before so she did not make the 1/2 mile each way to see the bend. I think I am wearing her out.  We went to the check in point for the slot canyon tours and met with everyone. it was a good thing we went with  this company instead of one of the others because the others use open seating jeeps and our company used Saburbans, a much better ride for Cheryl.
Our first stop was at Rattle Snake Canyon and we were the only ones in the canyon so it was great to see new angles and not have people in the way. When we went to the second canyon there was already more than a dozen other tour groups in the canyon. Not fun for Cheryl or the other couple that was much older. Our guide said that they have 1500 people a day visit the canyon ( Very Crowded)

I had been to the slot canyons 25 years ago and wanted to visit them again on this trip but it was a huge difference. 25 years ago I went to the canyon at 7 am and left a 3 and I was the only person there all day, It was awesome. Today I could not get a good shot with all the people.
After the Slot Canyons we went across the state to Zion National Park and drove threw the park and took a few photos. For dinner and a hotel  we went to St. George, it was a nice town.
Another great day in our journey

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Day 15 Slot Canyons in Page Arizona

Stetson was our guide into two slot canyons, We went to upper Antelop Canyon and Rattle Snake Canyon. We went with two other couples one from Phoenix and the other from Italy whose  names were Sara Manrico. We had a great time with them our tour guide was very nice. He helped me get shots and  he know where the best angles were and moved people out of the way. Great Job and Great Fun was had by all.

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Day 14 Our 10th Anniversary

Our journey started today at 6 am when we left for the North Coyote Buttes -Wave, near the Utah Border. We met with our new friends just off the highway and continued with a 4wd to the starting point of our 7.5 +mile hike to one of the top 10 Landscape destinations in the world. It was a grueling walk through sand, washes, over rocks (big,small, smooth, rough,sharp) and everything you can think of. we went  up and down steep hill valleys and steep inclines. It was hot  and dry until the storms started to approach, then after some time to photograph the rock formations we headed back for a long hike all over again. It was brutal. The Lord protected us from the storms so we never got wet, Amen.
Our feet are sore and it is only 8:30 and we are going to bed. It was a awesome experience we will never forget. What a fantastic way to celebrate our anniversary. Love to all and thanks for joining us on our journey through the National Parks.

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Day 14 The people we surfed with today

Our Journey today took us to the Wave with our new friends. Megan helped to orchestrate everything for our journey to the wave, Our travel guide was Kurt with his 4wd Truck from Dreamland Tours, Our fellow lottery winners were Dennis, Viola and Leona. We had an awesome time with our new friends today and we hope you all enjoy your continued vacation and travel safely

This is Megan from Dreamland Tours

Viola, Dennis and Leona

Kurt, Jim Cheryl,Viola, Dennis and Leona

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Day 13 in Kanab Utah

At the BLM office we met with Jennifer, Terri and Ranger Ron Kay. They were very friendly and showed us some cool places to explore. We went back to say thanks and Jennifer went home sick.

We hope you feel better soon. We had an awesome day because of your help.

Thanks Cheryl and Jim

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Day 13 in Kanab Utah

We got up at the right time for Utah and headed for the BLM office again for our second opportunity for the drawing to go to the wave. They only give out 10 permits a day and our number in the draw was 7 and they drew us first. So on Thursday we are going to the wave which is a unique geological area only found in one place in the world. After making arrangements for the long hike we spent the afternoon viewing  Johnson Canyon Road and taking photos of the old Gun Smoke TV show set and all the cool geological stuff in the area. A bit of rain today but we still had fun and we went to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes in the rain to see it and we might go back another day.

Time to rest before our big hike in the am. 5 am is coming real soon

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Day 12 lst night at RV park

A big thank you to Cherl and Don  from Kaibab Campe RVillage for their hospitality. It was a great place to stay and was quite until a family did laundry and all 5 kids where there.

If you need a place for your RV at the North Rim this is the place

www.kaibabcampervillage.com

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Day 12 on The North Rim and Kanab

Day 12 started with difficulties, we left Arizona in one time zone and went to Utah for a chance to see the Wave and we were too late for the lottery drawing. Then we had to get the battery replaced so there went the morning. Saw the Kaibab Squirrel and some deer.

We headed back to the North Rim and took photos along the way and stopped at a rock shop for unique rocks. took care of business and called it a day.

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Day 11 Friends

We meet this nice family at Sunset at Cape Royal and enjoyed the sunset together and wonderful conversation. They stayed to make sure our car was running when we were leaving.

Thanks to the Laura, Rich, Ian, Ryan We hope you enjoy your journey and have lots of fun.

Thanks for hanging out with us

 

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Day 11 To North Rim

We left  Tuba City at 4:30 am local time and headed for the Grand Canyon. Along the way we added a new friend, Kent from Colorado, on his Bike at the rock house on 89a  from there we went to the North Rim and found  an RV park named Kaibab  Campe RVillage. The RV park was a great place to stay and Cheryl and Don where our hosts. We liked it so much we stayed two nights to take in the sites. We walked along the trails on the North Rim, including Uncle Jims Trail, all day and went to Cape Royal Point to watch the Sunset. where we met another nice family from Richmond Virginia, The Watsons.

After the Sunset we ate dinner at the North Rim Lodge in a really old and large dinning room.

Our car was having a small problem today so when we went to Cape Royal to watch the sunset we left the car running and went to the point to watch the sunset. The Watsons where so nice to walk back with us to make sure our car was still running. Driving back to the RV park in the dark was not fun and I was starting to get dizzy from looking at the white line on one side and the yellow on the other

This was one of our favorite days so far. Lots of awesome photos.

 

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Day 11 at the House Rock

We met Kent from Colorado at the Rock House near the Vermillion Cliffs, he liked  our trailer and what our signs said. He reads the Word everyday for about an hour and was happy to know we were sharing Gods love as we go .  We took a shot of him on his bike next to the trailer to share with the world .  He was also on his way to the North Rim.

We did see him again at The Jacob Lake Lodge having a snack.

Kent we hope you enjoy the rest of your journey.

Safe Travels

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Day 10 The Grand Canyon

We spent the day at the South Rim until the rain came in again. It seems we are getting rain everyday now. We got up real early and saw the sunrise in the park. Cheryl got several stamps for the National Parks Passport.  We only have a few photos  to share.

Enjoy

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Day 9 Canyon De Chelly

The Canyon is located in Chinle Arizona, it is a National Monument. We had a good time and were disappointed that the tours were so expensive and trash littered the highway all around the streets surrounding the park. Every Pullover had local Indian Artists and Crafters selling there good that were not necessarily hand made as they said. The Canyon is very lovely and we toured the upper rims on both the North side and South.As we were traveling and Cheryl was napping in the back I witnessed by first wind storm that looked like a tornado. We then drove to the Hubbell Trading Post and Cheryl got our book stamped  and we walked around and look at lots of old equipment at the post. Heading West we ran into more rain. It seems everyday we are getting a free car wash.

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Day 8 Petrified Forest

We spent the whole day at the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert in Arizona.Cheryl said the park was awesome. The car had fun too. Cheryl wanted to take all the rocks home with her, Since we couldn’t we went to Jims Rock Shop down the road in Holbrook. We ate at a Diner on Route 66. There were lots of Dinosaurs in the town. They were every where. Here is a sampling or some of our images for the day.

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Tuba City, Arizona Day 10

We are staying at the Dine Inn Motel in Tuba City and we met new fans of our trailer. They are visiting from Norway and traveling across country for  4 weeks and having a great time. They went to the North Rim and the Grand Canyon today and are going to the South Rim Tomorrow. They have stopped at some of the parks we are going to and gave us some good tips. Their names are Vilde Ingskog, Ragnuald Stokken, Tor Vegard Akshes and Hakon Aksdal. We hope you all enjoy your visit to the US and come to Florida on your next trip and come a see us. Happy trails

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The Ladies at Walnut Canyon

Luaine from the Book store and Ranger Doraine from Walnut Canyon were a great help in giving us guidance  on our next travel because when we got to Walnut Canyon it was raining and the trail was closed. Thanks for all your help and we hope to get to the park on our next trip.

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The Ranger Floy at Sunset Crater

A happy smile on a rainy day came from Floy at Sunset Crater National Monument. Thanks for being a bright spot on a rainy day. We had fun in the park despite the rain.

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Trailer fans from Washington DC

We met this family in Petrified Forest on August 17th.  They are Liz,Ben, Mathew and Brooke they are from Washington DC and they have been traveling across the country. They are one of our new trailer fans. We hope you have a safe journey across the country and it was nice meeting you. Have fun Chery and Jim

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Here are our new friends from Taiwan

We met these 3 nice ladies at Montezuma’s Castle on August 15th , they are from Taiwan.  Their names are Li Sitao, Li Cindy, Hsu Yao-Yun .They have gone to some of the places we are going and will be going to some that we haven’t gone to yet. We hope to run into them again on our journey. Cheryl and I hope you are having a safe journey in the US and safe trip home to Taiwan..

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Day 7 photos

Well it rained today so we did not get a whole lot of photography in. We went to Sunset Crater , Wapatki  Ruins, and Walnut Canyon. We are heading over to the Petrified Forest on Friday. We met Ranger Dominique, Ranger Floy, Ranger Lorraine and  had a great time talking with them about their parks. We spoke to Trisha at the hotel and learned how to get around in Holbrook. Lots of fun today except the rain.

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We have gone to an Alien World

These are infrared images and they look like they are from another planet. I will add more images as we go. Enjoy

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Photos from Day 6

These are images from Wednesday. We went to Oak Creek Canyon, Montezuma’s Castle, and a few other spots for cool photos.
I shot my first series of images from the top of the trailer.
The rangers were very nice at Montezuma’s Castle.
Still very hot.

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Day 6 Arizona

Spent the night in Black Canyon Arizona and then went to Tuzigoot and met a nice ranger  named  David took a few photos and then went to Montezuma’s Castle Met Ranger Gregg. It was then off to Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona and got more great photos. During our journey Cheryl met 3 ladies from Taiwan and she now has three more pen pals. WE are having a great time meeting new people and taking great photos along the way.

Cheryl and I are doing several photo challenges and Each day we pick a topic and have to come up with a photo. At the end our Club members will judge who got the best images. We have 50 topics and can’t repeat any of them. We will be posting those soon and as we go.

Cheryl has been a real trooper getting up at 5 every day and she has been on the hunt for a Gila Monster every day.

Thank for tuning in and we will post more images soon

Love to all Cheryl and Jim

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Photos from our first few days

Here is a gallery of our first few days. Starting at the Rest stops and the calvary Chapel we went to in Las Cruses New Mexico.  Photos are from White Sands National Park, Saguaro National Park,Sonoran and the Desert Museum.

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Day 5 Things Are Heating Up

We spent the morning at the Sanoran Desert Museum, It was 111 most of the day. Got some real nice images of Cactus and plants. We then spent time at Saguaro National Park before leaving to go North. We are spending the night in Black Canyon Arizona. Hopefully I will work on images soon so I can post some of our  creative endeavors. Have a cool day

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Day 4 of our Journey

We spent the morning in White Sands, New Mexico and then spent the afternoon driving to Tuscon. Stopped at a cool place called Triple J Ranch to photograph some rocks and found out that lots of movies had been filmed at the facility and they were filming a tv show tonight. Did some painting with light shots of some rocks at a rest stop and made it to Tuscon by 9 local time. Another great day in Paradise. We will be posting photos as soon as we catch our breath.
White Sands New Mexico was really a neat place but the clouds did not cooperate so the shots are nice but not perfect. Will take lots of post production to make them work. Tomorrow we go to Saguaro National Park and the Sonoran Desert Museum.

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Day 3 Things Are really heating up

Started the day by thanking the Lord for our journey by going to a Calvary Chapel in Las Cruses New Mexico. Then thing really started to heat up as the temperature got to 107 when we went to White Sands and took some photos. The clouds weren’t perfect so no photos worth showing yet, maybe on Monday when we go back. The heat really wore Cheryl out but we were able to get a few good shots of a different kind of landscape than we have seen.

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Day 2 Texas

It took all day but we made it through Texas. Spent the night in Las Cruses NM. Interstate 10 had construction in all the major cities and it was closed for a section in El Paso and at 11 pm on a Saturday there was way to many cars on the road. Not a fun drive at the end. These poeple don’t go to sleep to early do they?.It was 105 at 6 pm and 96 at 11 pm.. They should title, Texas, the Long Drive State. At the hotel the check in person said that Texas is the Orange Cone state and that is their state flower.
We saw 1 state trooper in 900 miles. The speed limit was 80 and for the first time I could not drive fast enough.
The Sunset was very nice over the desert

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1st day journey

We made it to Texas on our firt day. We tried sleeping in the car but it was very hot and the bugs were overwhelming .It will take all day today to get through Texas. so off we go.

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Getting ready for the journey

Checking everything over on our new trailer. We took her for a test drive on July 30th

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Ohio Fall photos

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Starting the Jim Swallow Photo Blog

My new blog will be featuring new images created by Jim Swallow and Cheryl Anne. We are going on a journey to many National Parks and will be posting them in our blog

 

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Black and White with a touch of color

Here is  a collection of images primarily in black and white with just a touch of color

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Old Stuff Collection

Here is a body of work with a theme of old stuff. The images were taken in the course of a single year.

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Infrared Images created recenty

This is a collection of images that were created in June and July using an infrared converted camera.
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