Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Afterward we drove down to Crazy Horse Mountain where the memorial to the Souix indian Crazy Horse is being built. This project has been going on for many years and is many years away from completion. When finished this will be the largest mountain carving in the world. Much work has been done since we were here in 1992. The completed project will show Crazy Horse with his arm stretched out over the head of his horse with both Crazy Horse's hair and the horse's mane flying in the wind.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
After completing the drive through area we parked the car and strolled through their nursery area. They had several pens with some of the smaller animals. The main attraction in the nursery area is the bear cubs. There were several on display today and it was fun to watch them frolic and wrestle with each other.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
We drove from the Oklahoma City area north up I-35/I-135 to Salina, KS, and then west to Russel, KS, a little over 300 miles. Today we moved on west and north and stopped in Bridgeport, NE. We are about 200 miles from our destination of Rapid City, SD. The RV park here does not have cable but we can pick up three stations with the antennae, ABC, CBS and PBS. The main thing is they have WiFi so we're back on line tonight.
After getting into the RV Park here and getting set up we decided to unhook the car and do some sighseeing. This area of Nebraska is very pretty and has some very unusual rock formation. Out west of town is a place called Chimney Rock. This is a very unusual formation. Adjacent to the viewing was the Chimney Rock Cemetary where many of the pioneers that died on their trek west were buired.
Another formation was call Courthouse and Jail Rocks. The early pioneers coming through this area on their way west decided these rocks looked like a Courthouse and a Jail. The formations rise over 400 feet above the North Platte Valley.
We'll leave out of here first thing in the morning heading for Hart Ranch RV Resort in Rapid City for a visit with our good friends, Lew and Dottie Anderson.
Friday, July 13, 2007
As it has been doing in Oklahoma since early spring it was raining when we got up that morning. Not heavy but just enough to get you good and wet if you had to be out in it for very long. It had rained the previous day but had cleared off by noon and we had been able to get the coach loaded and ready to go. So, this Friday the Thirteenth morning we only had to get the coach out of the drive and on the road. This included unplugging it from the 30 amp hookup on the house, rolling up the cord and the extra 30 foot extension cord and putting them away, in the rain. Once we got the coach in the street we had to hook up the car to the tow bar, in the rain. Finally, around 9:00 am we were ready to roll, although I was now soaking wet.
As we drove away from the house and headed out of the neighborhood I turned on the windshield wipers. We then made it almost the two blocks to the main cross street when the driver's side windshield wiper fell off. (This has happened before and I've had it repaired twice, once at the Monaco America rally in Louisiana and last month at a local Monaco dealer.) Well, out I went into the rain again. Had to get my tools out because the wiper holder was now bent and had to be strightened. Took a good five to ten minutes to get this fixed, all the time we are parked at the stop sign at the end of our street blocking traffic from getting out of the neighborhood. Wiper was back on and we were on our way after a quick stop to fill the fuel tank at the Flying J station in Northeast Oklahoma City.
As we headed north, away from the Oklahoma City area, the rain lessened up and eventually stopped. The sun came out and we decided our bad luck was behind us. Wrong. Just after we crossed over the Kansas state line I noticed that the fuel gauge was showing less than 1/4 tank and the low fuel light was on. Since we had just driven a little over 100 miles this indicated a problem. With a 75 gallon fuel tank there was no way we had burned that much diesel. A few miles down the road was the first fuel station on the Kansas Turnpike so we pulled in there. After checking all around the coach we determined there was no fuel leak so the fuel gauge must not be working. To be on the safe side we pulled to the pumps and topped off. It only took enough diesel to replace what we normally should of burned in that 129 miles to the fuel station. Now, knowing we had a full tank we headed north again. I flipped the odometer over to the trip meter and used that to know when I need fuel since I'm aware of my fuel range. We can go at least 600 miles on a tank of fuel and still have a margin for error.
The fuel gauge kept us entertained all day. It would go all the way down to Empty and set there for awhile then move back up to 1/2 or all the way to Full. Each time it got below 1/4 the low fuel light came on. (Fortunately this coach is not equipped with a low fuel bell alarm.) Finally, around noon, the guage went all the way to full and stuck there, where it stayed for the rest of the day.
We stopped around 3:30 pm in Russel, Kansas, to spend the night. Jo fixed us a good dinner and the RV park had cable TV so things were okay. I'm not normally a superstitious person but never again will we start an adventure on a Friday the Thirteenth.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
They returned around 10:00 am this morning and finished up redoing the top coping and cutting in the skimmer and return port. It took them about two hours today to finish the job. After they left I started up the hoses again, one from the back of the house and one pulled around from the front. About 5:00 this evening the level was up to where it should be and it now looks like we have a new pool. Still have to put the steps back in and get the chemicals up to par. Later I'll have to figure a way to fill the strips that were cut out of the deck around three sides of the pool.
As I said at the beginning we were scheduled to leave day after tommorrow to head north. That won't happen now since I've got at least a couple of days work left to do. Oh well, we have rescheduled everything and will now leave on Friday, July 13. Oh, the perils of home ownership.