April 21, 2020

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Since pussy willows have been out for a while, we knew it was only a matter of time before bears would be crawling out of their dens in search of this precious nutrition. Sure enough, last night, we heard knocking on our window. We looked outside but could not spot anything at first. The second time we heard the noise, we knew it had to be an animal and of course we spotted a two year old cub walking in our shrubberies.
But then, this morning, we wondered what he thought about the overnight snowfall.

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Was it excited like a child seeing snow for the first time? lol

Snow on this 30th day of Spring is not welcome. At least it was sunny:)

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Not sure whether I should be happy or sad. Did I plant too early??

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Sad turn of events

As we head home, earlier than expected, we are saddened by the fact that so many people have suffered in the early months of 2020. First the devastating tornados in Nashville, then the coronavirus.  We have been fortunate, travelling in our motorhome and not being as impacted. We can only hope that better days are coming soon..

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Branson MO, lively even in March.

Although we did not expect many attractions to be open this early in the season, the Musicland campsite has been open since the beginning of the month. Today is especially warm, 80 F. Of course, no problem ever visiting the auto and farm museum. It is housed in a huge building. Not hard to spend some time here…

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Imagine having to shovel coal in the containers to keep the engine running..

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Some of us are also entertained by numerous signs on the walls..

Tonight, we walk across the road to the Haygoods show. What a treat! 5 brothers and one sister, super talents!They each play multiple instruments and the harmony is incredible.

The Haygoods, Branson Missouri's Most Popular Show

Spring in Springfield, MO

The numerous birds chirping at the KOA, especially the robins remind us that spring is around the corner.

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The Fantastic Caverns are next on the agenda.

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What mineral formations!

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We do not have an electric vehicle, but the campsite does have a plug-in. It also recycles. Commendable!

 

No we did not…

Obviously. First, we read the rules. Then we realize that the time to beat is 20 minutes lol

No reservations at the steakhouse and therefore we enjoy the fun venue.

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The food is excellent and we are entertained.

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It certainly brings back memories for Roger and I.

The Route 66 blog always helps lol

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The Big Texan…

Yes, we are headed for the Big Texan RV Ranch, a mile away from the Big Texan Hotel and Steakhouse!

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But before dinner, we visit the one of a kind RV Museum. What a treat!IMG_8849 (2)

And it all started when in 1963, Jack Sisemore borrowed 2,400$ from his grandmother..

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Who has not enjoyed the movie RV! Such a great comedy and now we see the bus up close!

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Jack and Trent Sisemore found this next trailer in total disrepair at a filling station 15 years ago. They bought it from an 84 year old lady who was travelling across the country.  She said it was time for her to quit camping:)

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Roger says this bus makes you want to go back in time…

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So will one of us order the  FREE 72 oz steak at the Big Texan Steakhouse? To be continued…

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Texas

Flat and windy… Perfect for wind turbines, miles and miles of them 🙂

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These giants seem small from afar but each 24 meter rotor blade weighs 2 360 kg.

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In 2018, the wind energy installed in the United States was enough to power over 28 million homes. In Canada, wind powered 3.4 million homes in 2019.

Getting there 🙂

Of course, travelling through the state of Texas, we had to stop at Russell’s Truck Centre and auto museum.

Remember Route 66 pardners??

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Well, we are headed for Amarillo so I am sure you will remember our next stop…

 

 

 

Lazy Day

Today, the weather is perfect, no wind, beautiful sunshine.

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Well, Ryan won this card game but we have all had our turns:)

A 3 km walk around the lakes is in order.

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Wonder when our Canadian friends will head North??

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The Turquoise Trail

From Albuquerque, we take the Turquoise Trail (Hwy 14) that leads to Santa Fe. We have no doubt why it is a National Scenic Byway.

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In Madrid, it’s like going back in time : a small mining town turned tourist attraction with art galleries and museums and…no cell phone reception.

 

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Bed and Breakfast and café:)

The Hollar, a super cool restaurant has the best appetizers : bruschetta, green fried tomatoes, and sweet potato fries. But you need to check out their full menu 😊 Enjoyed the busy birds checking in on their nest above the speaker.

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Can a sky be more blue?

We have fun at Connie’s photo park.

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Once in Santa Fe, we roam the streets and enjoy.

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Amazing Rock formations

Travelling interstate 40 in Northen New Mexico is a treat.

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White peaks to the north, white peaks to the south…

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And then we arrive in Albuquerque, the city. Enough overpasses??

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Fortunately, Isleta Lakes and RV Park is south of the city and away from the hustle and bustle. It is great for walking or fishing rainbow trout or catfish. But non of us are true fishermen and so we walk and enjoy the area. 😊

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We met the Chihuahan raven.  Wish it lived in Northern Ontario instead of New Mexico. It resembles our crow but its plumage has a rich purple-blue gloss in good light. We would surely prefer to wake up to its pretty song 🙂

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