Monday, July 21, 2008

Loop Road

While visiting the town of Moab, we visited a winery - Castle Creek Winery on Route 128 that was suggested -- did a little wine tasting and bought a couple of bottles. We were told of a Loop Road that was a beautiful ride. And, what a ride it was -- up over mountains -- we weren't sure if the Saturn was going to make it. But it was beautiful, but were glad to be back on level ground -- somewhat.

Arches National Park

We spent a couple of days in Moab hiking between 5-6 miles each day in Arches National Park. As a little background as stated on their brochure, the park lies atop a underground salt bed that is basically responsible for the arches, spires, balanced rocks, sandstone fins and eroded monoliths. Thousands of feet thick in places, this salt bed was deposited across the Colorado Plateau 300 million years ago which a sea flowed into the region and eventually evaporated. Over millions of years, residue from floods, winds, and the oceans that came and went blanketed the salt bed. The debris was compressed as rock, at one time possibly a mile thick.

Salt under pressure is unstable, and the salt bed lying below Arches was no match for the weight of this thick cover of rock. The salt layer shifted, buckled, liquefied, and repositioned itself, thrusting the rock layers upward as domes, and whole sections fell into the cavities.

Faults deep in the Earth made the surface even more unstable. Fault-caused vertical cracks later contributed to the development of arches. As the salt's subsurface shifting shaped the Earth, surface erosion stripped off younger rocks layers. Except for isolated remnants, today's major formations are salmon-colored Entrada Sandstone, in which most arches form, and buff-colored Navajo Sandstone.

Over time warter seeped into superficial cracks, joints, and folds. Ice formed in the fissures, expanding and pressuring the rock, breaking off bits and pieces. Wind later cleaned out the loose particles, leaving a series of free-standing fins. Wind and water then attacked these finds until the cementing material in some gave way and chunks of rock tumbled out. Many of these damaged fins collapsed. Others, hard enough and balanced, survived despite missing sections. These became the famous arches. Porthole arches are formed by chemical weathering as water collects in natural depressions and then eventually cuts through to the layer below. This is the geologic story of Arches.
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Route 6, CO

We left Wendy & Troys on 7/16 to head for CA. Upon Wendy's recommendation to took a very picturesque Route 6 through the CO mountains. It surely was a beautiful ride. We're headed for Moab, UT and plan to visit Arches National Park.

Monday, July 14, 2008


We had a chance to go off road with Wendy and Troy and Murr dog, of course -- to the back roads of CO. Troy wanted to do some fishing at the resevoir, but boy what a route we took. The best part was the scenery -- what an enjoyable afternoon! Murr got a chance to put his paws in the water -- Troy didn't catch any fish, but the weather was perfect.

Beautiful CO countryside

Home in the back woods of CO

Grouse Resevoir

Murr Dog loves the water

Yikes that looks a little steep!

Murray & Kirstie

Kirstie and Murray are getting along, wanting to share food and bowls of water. Of course the other is better than their own. It didn't take long for them to respect each other, Kirstie giving a few hisses in the beggining and Murray keeping his distance. However, now they are friends.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


After a wonderful breakfast with the Reiters, we left Nebraska for Colorado to Wendy & Troy's. The countryside was beautiful, though there were some ominous looking storm clouds along the way. I took this picture just by sticking my hand out the side window while moving at 60/mph wanting to capture the cloud formations. What a surprise I got when I previewed the pic to find a farm in the picture -- it's one of my favorites.

Loup City Nebraska

We reached Loup City Nebraska today in time to have dinner with Larry and Elaine Reiter - Troy's Folks. Had a wonderful visit -- Elaine is such a good cook serving up Homemade Spaghetti Sauce with Homemade Noodles with a wonderful layered salad and Homemade Ice Cream. Can't get any better than that. Sunday morning we took a walking tour of the city. It's a small town, known as the Polish Capital of Nebraska with about 1200 residents. It's rather Mayberry RFD like -- quaint, charming, where everyone knows your name and a strong sense of Community. At 7:00 AM there was not much happening on the streets, but everyone you met said hello or waved from their cars. Here are some of the photos that we took on our walking tour.

Restoring Old Gas Pumps Only one grocery store in town.

Looking down Main Street

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Traveled about 12 hours yesterday spending the night at a Flying J’s in Brookville, PA. Had a good night’s rest and back on the road today. We’re in Ohio right after stopping for lunch at a rest stop about 50 miles south of Toledo – home of Max Klinger for you MASH fans. Went by the exit for Sandusky, Ohio which was the home of Doris Day in one of her movies. Traveling is good, I just finished my stint of driving – Kirstie is doing great – she’s relaxing on the sofa. Talked to Wendy and Troy a bit ago – she calls is RV Rock Stars – should have named the block that. Anyways, we’re having a great time – Rene and I haven’t killed each other yet!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Odyssey Begins

July 5, 2008
We left Rick & Donna’s home, 210 Tolend Road, Dover NH today at 7:40 for the first leg of our trip to Colorado under cloudy, foggy skies. We had spent almost 5 weeks there getting organized, taking care of setting up residence in FL and other banking business. While in Dover we had a chance to visit with family and friends before leaving NH. We had lunch with Cousin Linda and her husband Tom and with Ma Tante Syl and Peg last Thursday. What a wonderful afternoon we had visiting, laughing and especially hearing the story of the picture we had of Linda when she was about 12. In the picture her bangs were very short, which she had cut herself. Ma Tante Syl and Peg told me I had Memere Fortin’s eyes – how cool is that!
Before leaving we secured and stowed items on board – have to remember that things shift in travel and we’ve already hit some pretty rough spots on the bridges on 495. Rene hooked up the car, remembering to put the vehicle in neutral. When all was ready Donna took pictures of the rig and us, including Kirstie. We had a wonderful time at Rick & Donna’s. We walked St. Martin’s cemetery, almost daily, with Sue Bopp and her mom with Donna. We also got to see, almost daily, deer and even once her babies. There were also turkeys and a couple had chicks. What a nice spot they have. Thank you so much Rick and Donna for your hospitality. This also gave Donna and me a chance to spend time with each other, which was wonderful. She was very helpful in so many ways and Rene and I really appreciate being able to “camp” on their land.
Massachusetts roads are horrible – I’ll sign off for now.