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We left Ely this morning in several feet of snow with frozen water pipes. We are now in Las Vegas at 60 degrees and no snow anywhere except on the tops of a few mountains. But now we have the air pollution back with hazy skies and Frank's nose plugging up, and eyes gummy. We made an appointment to get propane delivered and the trailer washed tomorrow. It really needs it along with the truck. Along our route we passed the same beautiful scenery as last week. We saw 4 military jets doing synchronized practice maneuvers near Nellis Air Force Base. The power company is upgrading a high tension power line along the route.
Tuesday, February 2
Wednesday, February 3
Thursday, February 4
Friday, February 5
|We've left Las Vegas today and headed south and east through the desert, through the fog and rain. Did I say desert? It's snowing back home in Virginia with about 24 inches on the ground as of this evening.|
Beautiful area but raining. We are surrounded by towering cliffs like in many of the southwestern parks we have visited. We hit some snow around Flagstaff and south. The Arizona Department of Highways website said the road south from Flagstaff that goes to Sedona had ice and snow, and a lane closure due to a cave-in, so we went further down I-17 and came into town from the south. Here are some webcam photos of the snow around Flagstaff. Tom wanted to watch the Super Bowl but the cable went out about half way through. Eventually it came back on but he missed about a half hour of the best plays.
Monday, February 8
Tuesday, February 9
We have moved south to Phoenix for this weekend's rodeo. We will stay here for the next 8 days. Frank found a 12 volt light fixture to use as a porch light on the trailer. If it works out will post a photo when it is installed.
Thursday, February 11
Friday, February 12
Saturday, February 13
Sunday, February 14
Monday, February 15
Tuesday, February 16
Wednesday, February 17
We left Phoenix this morning and headed south east to Tucson. When we got here the campground was full, but there was a reservation that hadn't showed up so after waiting a couple of hours they gave us the site. Frank ordered a GPS tracking device which should make daily log routing easier. We also scheduled an RV wash for tomorrow. The weather here is beautiful and warm, but there is some snow on some of the nearby mountains.
Friday, February 19
Saturday, February 20
Sunday, February 21
We moved east to Benson today through rain storms. Later in the afternoon we had heavy rains for short periods. In the evening it sleeted. Frank spent several hours developing a new feature on our travelogue where you can see all the campgrounds we stayed at during each year. (see top of page)
Tuesday, February 23
|We are in a small burg as a daily stopover. Keeping the daily trailer tow to under a couple of hundred miles makes the trip easer and we dont't get as tired. The last time we were here, April 1, 2009, there was a wind storm going on and Frank had to rebuild the pantry. Wind is calm this time around.|
We continue to move east. Very windy today but it was from the west and behind us, so wasn't much of a problem. Frank had ordered a GPS data logger which we had delivered to this campground a couple of days ago. He spent several hours working with it and did a test run while we did some errands. We will give it a first run on our next daily drive. As we were returning from the store the check engine light came on in the truck. The last time that happened we spent a weekend in Phoenix while the truck had its glow plug module replaced and checked. Tom called a local Ford dealer and set up an appointment for tomorrow morning. We installed a cable pass through under the bedroom closet to get a heater cord out of the way and eliminate the cord from going through the closet door.
Friday, February 26
We moved into Texas for a bit then north to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The new GPS data logger worked perfectly (see today's route). Extracting the data from the logger and inserting it into our log was very easy. Not counting the time Frank spent designing the format, the route process took about 2 mintues. Previously Frank had to spend as much as a half hour laboriously drawing our route on Google Earth using his mouse which tended to cause trouble with his fingers and hands. The route today took us near San Antonio but we bypassed the main part of the city. Most of our route today was over desert terrain and it appears they have had little of the rain that has hit so many of the desert areas we have been traveling through. It is very dry here. Tomorrow we will tour the caverns.
Sunday, February 28