"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Go,or not Go!! Therein lies the question.

Most of the places we've spent a night, or more, in the Casita. Excluding Canada and Alaska.
Way back last Fall, before anyone had even dreamed of a pandemic, demonstrations, riots, etc; which make up all the news today, we planned a trip.  Friends were picking up their new Escape trailer in British Columbia and we were going to meet them in Montana.  Reservations were first made in Yellowstone, then Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Black Canyon, Ouray, Durango, and Pagosa Springs.  This was the first time we were to travel with a schedule, but our friends like knowing in advance where they're going to be and we were fine with that.  We were going to spend part of our long hot Summer in the Rockies.  What a treat.

Now we are faced with the reality of today.  The virus appears to have the Country in major turmoil.  One doesn't know what, or whom, to believe.  Stay home, don't travel; but send the kids to school so they can bring it home to mom and dad, or worse Grandma and Gramps?   Way too complicated for me to figure out.  Wanda and I believe we are in good health for our age.  No major medical issues to speak of, but we sure don't want the virus.

That brings me to the question(s) that keeps popping up in my head.  Glacier has already been cancelled due to most of the park still closed down, especially the East side.  Reservations for a week in Yellowstone, and all the rest, are still valid as of today.  Should we go?  What if we get within a hundred miles of the park and they shut it down.  What about Colorado, where we plan to spend most of August?  What's their plan? 

I retired in 2008, and this is the longest period of time since then that we've been home.  I'm itching to get on the road again.

Should we go? That's the question.....jc

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy 4th.

 Seems I only get around to posting on holidays.  The problem is that there isn't much interesting to blog about while sitting at home.

We've made a couple of trips over to our daughters "camp" in Louisiana.  Take a 1950's era "mobile Home", add a couple of additional rooms, and a deck.  Turns out to be a perfect weekend getaway for them, and a weekdays escape for us.


 Wanda and I do a little Crappie fishing in the mornings and late afternoons.  We never caught a limit but plenty to fry up for supper.

 We've been having lots of rain. 

 But rain brings lots of produce from the garden I planted this year.  We have harvested sweet corn, squash, peas, beans, and of course, tomatoes.  What's Summer in the South without a fresh tomato sandwich?

We celebrated the Solstice with the shirts we purchased in Fairbanks two years ago.  Lots of memories there.

             Wanda's still doing puzzles.  This one had her stumbling for a few days but she got it.

 A dear friend painted me a picture.  She knew of my love for craft bears, and surprised me with this.

 One of our neighbors had a celebration of the fourth, today.  Everyone nearby was invited for food, drink, and fellowship.  Wanda decorated the golf cart for the occasion.

 That's about all the excitement from our neighborhood.  Hopefully, you will hear from us again around Labor Day.  Hopefully, by then we should be wrapping up a trip to Yellowstone, the Teton's, Rocky Mountain NP, and a few more.  If only the Corona would go away......jc