Archive for March, 2014

March 9 – The Cave

Friday, March 14th, 2014

A trip to a local watering hole, in a cave!

The entrance to The Cave. Dining is pleasant on the protected patio also.

The entrance to The Cave. Dining is pleasant on the protected patio also.

Truitt’s Cave was found and developed by Mr. John “Dad” Truitt in the 1920’s. It opened as a restaurant in the 1940’s. The most recent owners have returned the dining room to it’s glory and added a herd of goats to the hill on the right of the entrance. The extensive cave itself still needs work to be opened for tours in the future.

The fireplace mantel is decorated with crystals and conch shells. The chimney is a natural fissure in the rock overhead.

The fireplace mantel is decorated with crystals and conch shells. The chimney is a natural fissure in the rock overhead.

The one week old triplets were just too cute!

The one week old triplets were just too cute!

Nanny goat was a very protective mother!

Nanny goat was a very protective mother!

March 7 – Ooops!

Friday, March 14th, 2014
Nobody moves, nobody gets hurt, no permanent damage!

Nobody moves, nobody gets hurt, no permanent damage!

March 6 – Oklahoma is OK

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Because it’s NOT Texas! We made it through the panhandle of Texas and two thirds of Oklahoma before coming to rest at Okmulgee State Park for the night.

One of the CCC or WPA structures built in the Park during the Depression of the 1930's.

One of the CCC or WPA structures built in the Park during the Depression of the 1930’s.

March 5 -New Mexico

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Today, Wednesday, we drove almost the complete widths of the states of Arizona and New Mexico! In between driving stints and naps I awoke to the beautiful rock formations behind the bright, bold advertisements near a rest area.

The rest area.

The rest area.

The animal statues strategically situated on the rock.

The animal statues strategically situated on the rock.

The tourist attraction (not so attractive!).

The tourist attraction (not so attractive!).

March 4 – Las Vegas

Friday, March 14th, 2014

We started our trip east on Monday, March 3 in rain and snow flurries. We made it to Walker Lake, NV after dark to camp for the night. The next morning was bright and sunny as we drove the length of the state of Nevada.

As we descended the Spring Mountains into the Las Vegas Valley we got glimpses of the tower, the Statosphere, in the distance.

As we descended the Spring Mountains into the Las Vegas Valley we got glimpses of the tower, the Statosphere, in the distance.

Leaving Las Vegas we took the new bridge over the Colorado River past Hoover Dam. You get a nice view of a cement barricade and barren mountains in the distance!

Leaving Las Vegas we took the new bridge over the Colorado River past Hoover Dam. You get a nice view of a cement barricade and barren mountains in the distance!

March 1- Halfway Home

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

On Feb. 26 we arrived in Bend after a loooooong 2 day drive from Borrego Springs, CA. We will embark on the second part of our winter journey soon, without the appendage trailer behind us. We are dropping off the trailer with the Jeepster so we can more efficiently travel to the east to visit friends and relatives. Meanwhile we are experiencing just a tiny bit of winter here!

An overnight snowfall of only an inch or two dusted the camper.

An overnight snowfall of only an inch or two dusted the camper.

Mirror Pond in downtown Bend was very picturesque.

Mirror Pond in downtown Bend was very picturesque.

Feb. 25 – Going Uptown

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Some friends met up with us out in the desert and we all went into town, Borrego Springs, to experience the nightlife ‘uptown’. We went to the old Hoberg Resort , now The Palms Hotel, for cocktails and had a grand time! They have a cute little gallery off the lobby and I experimented with my camera.

A gourd sculpture without flash.

A gourd sculpture without flash.

The same with the flash.

The same with the flash.

Another gourd art piece without flash.

Another gourd art piece without flash.

The blue color really pops with the flash!

The blue color really pops with the flash!