Alla inlägg under juli 2020

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 30 juli 2020 12:43

We slept quite well at Clines corner and had a great breakfast before continuing on to Texas


Both I and my Mom have come to the conclusion Texas has nothing to offer us. I can't stand the grass because every time I walk on it some very sharp prickly things get stuck on my pads and it hurt so much. They hurt Mom's fingers too when she pulls them off. Mom gets in a bad mood when she sees this which she doesn't think is funny or cute, it's just boorish and rude. 


Their ribs were really good though and I got a lot of it this time because that portion was huge, like a lot of things here.


Mom has driven this route once before and decided that this time we should stop at the Cadillac Ranch which Standing along Route 66 west of Amarillo,  It was built by a group of art-hippies imported from San Francisco. They called themselves The Ant Farm, and their silent partner was Amarillo billionaire Stanley Marsh 3. He wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals, and the hippies came up with a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin. Ten Caddies were driven into one of Stanley Marsh 3's fields, then half-buried, nose-down, in the dirt (supposedly at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza). They faced west in a line, from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, their tail fins held high for all to see on the empty Texas panhandle.

This is how it looked original (picture was stolen from the web)


From the beginning, you could recognize the cars and the year they represented.

That was in 1974. People would stop along the highway, walk out to view the cars -- then deface them or rip off pieces as souvenirs. 

This is how it looks now



I guess you can say it's a different kind of art, Art that represents this era? We both hated it, the stench of spraypaint and the litter everywhere. Parents with toddlers letting them sniff the layers of wet paint? don't they know it's poison?

We didn't stay long, Mom got her pictures and we quickly left the muddy field that smelled rotten. Why cant people at least pick up their garbage? We saw diapers tossed and lots of other gross things that I wanted to investigate but Mom stopped me short. There was a dumpster at the road which also was covered with paint...........we think this vendor found the perfect place for his shirts

I pooped here, and Mom picked it up out off habit..............I'm not going to tell you where she tossed the bag ;-) ;-)



Little further down the road was this muffler man turned into National  Rifle Association spokesman symbolizes the golden age of roadside attractions. The purpose of this mega attraction is to of course spread a message, but is more or less there for curious travels to have a photo op. 

Besides the large cowboy proclaiming his right to arm bears, three Cadillacs are jacked up in a visual reference to the nearby Cadillac Ranch, with mannequins resembling Elvis, John Wayne, and Willie Nelson at the wheel.


Slug Bug Ranch -- also known as Bug Ranch, Bug Farm, and Buggy Farm -- was created in 2002. The five wrecked Volkswagen Beetles, buried hood-down in the ground, were the idea of the Crutchfield family, who owned the Longhorn Trading Post and Rattlesnake Ranch next door.

It began when a huge corporate Travel Plaza was built on the opposite side of the Crutchfield's interstate exit. They figured they could stay in business if they could siphon away traffic with something eye-catching and engaging. Slug Bug Ranch seemed a natural choice: a parody of the popular Cadillac ranch 35 miles west. At the time, the Beetle wrecks were painted a pristine bright yellow, and a sign next to them encouraged, "Sign a Bug.


The Crutchfield's were right about one thing: Slug Bug Ranch has proved popular as an attraction. Unfortunately, it flopped as a business plan, and the Trading Post closed only a year after it was built. Its advanced state of decay is a testament to the vigorous love it has endured from Route 66 travelers, who have felt free to modify the abandoned artwork with spray paint and whatever crowbars, hammers, blowtorches, etc. they apparently carry in their vehicles.


We found most of what is left of the famous glorified route 66 is in a state of decay


this was one of the stores still open but no customers, no tourists except us, and the lady inside wasn't very cheery either.


Mom kept looking and looking to find something that WE may find interesting on our way, and she saw a picture of Wichita falls that looked really nice for a stroll, but when we got there again my paws filled up with those sharp prickly things and the water was reddish-brown and smelled funky. This place wasn't even worth taking pictures off.

Did I tell you that I got a job at our last National park stop .............Mom wish it was a paying job so I could have chipped in on that cord.......(here we go again Get OVER it Mom)

Anyway, I'm very proud of it it makes me special ...................


All thru Texas they call their rest stops for Picknick stop and yes there's tables and places to BBQ but NO restrooms? What do they expect people to do? like me? Mom has a trick but if I tell you I'll get back on her Sh&%list

We are in Louisiana now parked at a beautiful rest stop with clean bathrooms and vending machines and maps and ......well everything you need while on the road. 

We slept here although it's a little bit too warm  80F and the noise from the road was annoying.

Good Bye Texas do not think we'll be seeing you anytime soon.

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 28 juli 2020 15:28

Good Morning from Clines Corner where we spent the night. It has been raining all night and from what I can see it looks like it will continue all day too. I don't mind the rain at night it's kind of soothing to listen to, but it sure puts a damper on the daytime activities.

Clines Corners is an unincorporated community that was established in 1934 by Roy E. Cline, who built a rest stop at what was then the intersection of U.S Route 66 and US 28.

When Mom looked at the map she thought it was a city, but when we got here it was nothing but a huge gas station and nick knack shop. She even said so to the owner and his wife, I think he got a tad offended and said: "This is a town, we have a zip code and a postoffice, population 8"..........Mom didn't believe him so she googled and found out there's 8 people per square mile and 212 people live here.

Roy E. Cline had an idea, give road-weary travelers a place to stop, shop and eat, and you better believe it's needed after 60 miles 10(mil)of this 


we started yesterday morning continuing on the Santa Fe trail

I suppose this is how a flat tire looked back then  


This was a very nice rest stop with lots of plants and birds to look at


Next, we visited the Pecos National park

Portions of the historic Santa Fe Trail run through all units of the park. This rutted wagon trail was one of the major routes by which the American Southwest grew in the 19th century.


The main unit of the park preserves the ruins of Pecos Pueblo, also known historically as Cicuye. The first Pecos pueblo was one of two dozen rock-and-mud villages built in the valley around AD 1100 

The Pecos people enjoyed a rich culture with inventive architecture and beautiful crafts. They also possessed an elaborate religious life, evidenced by many ceremonial kivas. Farming was the main part of their diet and staple crops included the usual beans, corn, and squash. Their location, power, and ability to supply goods made the Pecos a major trade center in the eastern part of the Puebloan territory, connecting the Pueblos to the Plains cultures such as the Comanche.


We walked the 2km trail and at first, I couldn't understand why Mom thought of the importance to stay on the trail and why she didn't let me sniff all the interesting holes everywhere............maybe this sign has something to do about it?


I did get a good whiff of this bug and happened to flip him over on his back I didn't mean to so I asked Mom to flip him back, which she did carefully


The goal today was to visit Santa Fe, a place that Mom has visited once before, and she told me about a cafe where we were going to have lunch. Unfortunately, it was closed,( as so many other places) but at least I got to sit in the same chair as my predecessor Buttons was sitting at

It is considered one of the world's great art cities, due to its many art galleries and installations, and is recognized by UNESCO's Creative Cities Network.

Canyon street has so many artists and galleries and it's Moms' favorite place, (or it used to be) This time it seemed gray and dusty, not as colorful and cheery as she remembered. Of course, this pesky virus has something to do with it, 


We walked the entire street and admired the many sculptures and art.


This is a very dog-friendly town (except the Tea House only eatery open) and almost every gallery had water bowls on the steps but this???? free cookies for dogs??? What's the catch?


Whatever it was good and I asked for seconds but .....................Mom said noooo


I think this was Moms favorite 


The streets are very narrow so it's lucky it's a oneway and very little traffic 


there MUST be a story about this ?? but the gallery was closed so we have no idea what the artist was thinking. Mom said we can make up our own story..........sooo ok..........scratch my back and I scratch yours?


I like this colorful and dragonfly


This leather store was open selling cowboy stuff...........the man wanted to say hello so I went to him 


I took one quick whiff and NO I didn't like him............Mom wanted to know why, but I can't explain ............it just IS



I think the windows and doors are very pretty.I think Mom is taking all these pictures to inspire her doodling when we get home.


This bear looks like he's inviting us to his den, but I couldn't find the opening.


so like I said we didn't stay here long it wasn't all that exciting since most places was closed. We continued to where we are now and it must be a  S. Lynn Smithbig "hub" because cars and trucks stopped here all night long. It didn't bother us much because the parking lot is huge and we parked far away from the hustle-bustle ...........we slept very well.

In 1939 Cline sold his property to  S. Lynn Smith ("Smitty") who worked the place with his wife. The Smiths prospered and expanded their business. After Smitty's death in 1961 his wife Helen sold Clines Corners. Over the years, Clines Corners Retail Center has had 5 owners.

Looks like the sky is clearing up after all...............we will now continue our drive on route 66 ........another second for Mom but my first. Hope to find something interesting to look at.

Wet kisses to everyone hENRY

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 27 juli 2020 12:27

Before heading to New Mexico Mom decide we had visit "The Garden of Gods" in Colorado Springs.....so I wondered is it time for repentance Mom? she responded that if anyone should repent it was me for chewing her cord............ooops we're still on that? I said I was sorry ok?

Just as we entered the park it started to rain heavily..........Mom, I think the Gods is trying to tell you something...........shut up she says afraid of slippery steep wet roads

Colorado Springs, at an elevation of 6,035 ft., is a city in Colorado at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains. It lies near glacier-carved Pikes Peak,  with hiking trails and a cog railway leading to its 14,114-ft. summit. Mom has already been to the peak and do not want to repeat that drive

The city's Garden of the Gods park features iconic red-sand red rock formations that were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago. Archaeological evidence shows that prehistoric people visited here about 1330 BC.


At about 250 BC, Native American people camped in the park; they are believed to have been attracted to wildlife and plant life in the area and used overhangs created by the rocks for shelter. Many native peoples have reported a connection to Garden of the Gods, including Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, Lakota, Pawnee, Shoshone, and Ute people

The Park is popular for hiking, technical rock climbing, road and mountain biking, and horseback riding. It attracts more than two million visitors a year, making it the city's most visited park. 

Here's a dad trying to explain for his daughters how to climb, both seemed little interested in his lesson


It stopped raining while we drove around so finally we managed to get a parking spot and took a long walk on parts of the 21 miles trails


As usual, I do get a lot of attention and this little girl was hugging and tickling me so I couldn't stop laughing


I tickled her back with my whiskers and made her laugh too


Balanced Rock presents a popular photo opportunity but since this seemed to be the highlight of the park it was very crowded so Mom took pictures from the car as we drove through some pretty tight spots.


After this visit, we continued south towards New Mexico as planned. We drove on a highway route that roughly follows the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, which is now a National Scenic Byway.


We decided to stop in Pueblo which is one of the largest steel-producing cities in the United States, for which reason Pueblo is referred to as the "Steel City".

Mom located a dogpark where we spent a few hours meeting with other dogs, but as usual, I'm more interested in chasing the ball Mom throws,

There was a huge parking lot next to the park where Mom decided we could spend the night, and I agreed it was nice and quiet and lots of green grass.

At midnight we woke up by someone banging on the car so I barked my head off trying to chase it away, and Mom called out "just a minute" it took her a second to find the remote to open the hatch and there was this security guy with a sharp flashlight telling us to move. Ok ok Mom said but the prick wouldn't stop shining the light in her face, and I continued barking at him..........he was a prick, but no point in arguing so we moved to the good all Walmart parking lot which wasn't as nice but good enough for the rest of the night

Early morning we went to the Riverwalk, which was originally home to Native Americans, trappers, adventurers, and, eventually, a thriving business district, deteriorated after the devastating flood of 1921 and the subsequent relocation of the river farther south. The Pueblo Conservancy District, which was formed after the flood to oversee the realignment of the river and the management of it, led the way to reclaim the original river channel and revive, as well as beautify, the historic tract


There are 54 pieces of recognized art along the Riverwalk with plans to add more in the future.


and here's a beam from the World Trade Center. beams from this tragedy can neither be bought nor sold.The steel beams used as memorials are historically protected and were donated to various groups which agreed to construct appropriate memorials


We were here so early we were almost alone except these geese who left their poop everywhere, and when I tried to say hello they hissed at me


There's a boat ride along the path, which we both thought of as silly since it leads nowhere. You can launch your own canoe here though.


The swallows were showing off their expert flying skills and are so fast Mom couldn't get a picture in flight, but here's one at  his/her home under the bridge


Bullriders professional building had a cool statue 


Unfortunately, as we're driving around this was the only nice part of town, (besides the dog park) The rest of the town seemed very rundown and after a google search, I found out it was ranked the most dangerous city in CO 2018. 

The art changed dramatically and this is one of the nicest.


Leaving town continuing south Mom came across a place she has been to before.....she ate here and remember it mostly because the several toilets were sitting next to each other without walls    

But that time she didn't know about Florissant fossil close by, were beneath a grassy mountain valley lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric time


No dogs allowed on these trails and since Mom isn't super interested in this kind of stuff we got back on the trail going south.

Looks like there are a lot of interesting artists around here.........Mom liked this display of old bikes used as a fence




All of a sudden we get a warning about a severe thunderstorm over the radio and sure enough........it was thundering and lightning hard, so we pulled over at a rest stop and took a nap dry and comfortable in the back of the car, and Mom came to think of the struggle pioneers faced along the Santa Fe Trail. The trail was a challenging 900 miles (1,400 km) of dangerous plains, hot deserts, and steep and rocky mountains. The natural weather was and is continental: very hot and dry summers, coupled with long and bitterly cold winters. Freshwater was scarce, and the high steppe-like plains are nearly treeless. Also on this trail, there was a serious danger of Indian attacks, for neither the Comanches nor the Apaches of the southern high plains tolerated trespassers. In 1825, Congress voted for federal protection for the Santa Fe Trail, even though much of it lay in the Mexican territory. Lack of food and water also made the trail very risky. Weather conditions, like huge lightning storms, gave the travelers even more difficulty. If a storm developed, there was often no place to take shelter and the livestock could get spooked. Rattlesnakes often posed a threat, and many people died due to snakebites.

After the nap, or was it before??? doesn't matter .................we left the trail and drove along the Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway to Bishop Castle which took us over 9,200 feet above sea level .


I thought it was another church type thing because of the name, but it turned out the builder's name was Bishop
and he bought the land for the site for $450 when he was 15, and construction on what was originally intended to be a family project to build a cottage started in 1969. After Bishop surrounded the cottage with rocks, several neighbors noted that the structure looked something like a castle. Bishop took this into consideration and soon began building his castle.


Mom was put off by the many signs around


 Most of the 40 years he has worked on the castle "Bishop was engaged in a running battle with Washington bureaucrats over the rocks that he used," which came from the National Forest surrounding his property. "Bishop felt that they were his for the taking, the government wanted to charge him per truckload." That dispute has been settled. In 1996, he was challenged by the local and state government over unsanctioned road signs that pointed to the site.


The site has become a tourist attraction, and RoadsideAmerica.com devoted a chapter to the castle and rated it "major fun" and describing it as, "one man's massive-obsessive labor of medieval fantasy construction". But it also issued a "parent's alert," warning potential visitors that Jim Bishop is "a tough-talking man with strong, extreme beliefs, and sometimes he expresses them bluntly and loudly. If you and your children want to avoid potentially offensive rants (involving politics and race), you may want to steer clear.

We didn't climb on anything it didn't look safe and it was very dirty and dusty...............don't understand how they perform weddings here in all this mud


We drove back to route 50 and again south to Trinidad where we planned to stay the night, but the man at the lodge told Mom to take her mask off it's not needed it's a hoax because it's an election year. she turned around at the door because if that's the way they feel here it may not be safe ..................besides Colorado made it mandatory  


after a quick stop at the Coalminers memorial for photos, we went on to Raton 


Trinidad was first explored by Spanish and Mexican traders, who liked its proximity to the Santa Fe Trail. It was founded in 1862 soon after coal was discovered in the region. This led to an influx of immigrants eager to capitalize on this natural resource. By the late 1860s, the town had about 1,200 resident

The Coal Miner's Canary" honors the otherwise thankless profession of mine safety canaries; this chirpster is shown alive, not yet dropping off the perch from carbon monoxide poisoning. The Southern Coal Miners Memorial is a bronze sculpture by local art teacher Ben A. Johnson; the base lists the names of hundreds of miners.




Trinidad was dubbed the "Sex Change Capital of the World", because a local doctor had an international reputation for performing sex reassignment surgery. In the 1960s, Stanley Biber, a veteran surgeon returning from Korea, decided to move to Trinidad because he had heard that the town needed a surgeon. In 1969 a local social worker asked him to perform the surgery for her, which he learned by consulting diagrams and a New York surgeon. Biber attained a reputation as a good surgeon at a time when very few doctors were performing sex-change operations. At his peak, he averaged four sex-change operations a day, and the term "taking a trip to Trinidad" became a euphemism for some seeking the procedures he offered.


 Not sure where we land next, but it'll be south I'm sure


  Time to get going .............






Av EvaLena Hallgren - 25 juli 2020 15:46

so in order to catch up to where we are now, I got Mom to keep on writing after her coffee and my whizz 

This is why I'm on the shitlist for awhile .............................hmmm I thought mom was over it already? 

I've been chewing on the straw to her water bottle too ..................at least she got over that 


we are now ready to leave this mountain motel where we stayed 2 nights, very reasonable and VERY clean which is super important to my Mom. I even got a bath here ...............she claimed I was dirty too??


it still a little cloudy over the mountain area but Mom says we'll be ok, we can't stay here forever and we really need to get down to sea level


To continue where I left off............

We left Ouray on the way to Salida a nonstop drive: 166 miles  (267 km) which means driving time: 3 hours, 18 minutes

 but of course, it took us much longer because Mom drives slow and stops a lot to take pictures


I thought it was no more switchback roads said Mom, but boy was she wrong .............


We are at Monarch pass which is widely considered one of the most scenic in Colorado, offering a panoramic view of the southern end of the Sawatch Range from the summit. During the summer, a tram from the parking lot at the summit carries visitors to the top of Monarch Ridge above the pass (at approximately 12,000 feet (3,700 m) above sea level),(it was closed due to the virus) allowing a wider view of the surrounding peaks. (Mom said the view is fine from here) 




they got some heavy-duty machines to get around in the winter here................



Mom was going to open her hood too but changed her mind when the guys in the jeeps just glared at her............ha



The bikers up here seem a little bit different compare to the ones we met before?




No matter how scary it has been (don't think it's over quite yet) for Mom to drive on these roads she says she's glad we did it because the views are so totally amazing, so we often park (Mom can't look while driving) just to take it all in (and for me to relieve myself


We're now ready to leave Salida and continue south ............unless Mom changes her mind, which is something you have to get used to traveling with her. That's why I'm the best travel companion because I go along with whatever, although I do wish she would find me more parks with GRASS.............everything here is covered in gravel and sticky little green stuff here and there..... I do not like it

behind that fence looks good to me................but again noooooo no no 








here's a story about how these little towns came about..............lots of mining then and mostly tourists now


SO off we go and hopefully, I'll be writing from New Mexico tomorrow


wet kisses to y'all




Av EvaLena Hallgren - 25 juli 2020 12:37

Yesterday was a really bad day...........(for Mom), Mom used up all the power in her PC and when she plugged it in it went poof? and why? somebody had chewed the cord? Oh well, I'm sorry I didn't know it was a big thing? 

Mom thought it still could be fixable in Salida where she found a PC doctor on Thursday. When we got there they were closed because the wifi was gone?

We stayed in a Mountain motel hoping for help first thing Friday morning. We were at the store at 9 AM and Mom was still hopeful it was fixable, but Nooooooo, it was caput. Only shop that sells PCs here was Walmart and the pickings were very slim because of Corona they got no deliveries and homeschooling meant more Pcs sold.

Anyway, she bought what they had and went back to the store hoping pictures could be saved which they did.

While we waited Mom took me to the dog park so I can play ball which was fun for a short time, but the altitude is tiring me quickly and I feel Mom is not in the best of mood, so we found a spot in the shade and took a nap.

After we picked up the new PC Mom spent a lot of time trying to get back everything like it was in the old one, and she wasn't happy because some of the features she was used to didn't exist on this one............oh well I know she'll get over it eventually. By the time she was ready to continue the drive it started to rain and looking at the clouds over the mountains she checked the weather forecast and it said thundershowers. Under no circumstances did we want to get caught driving these roads in this weather so we went back to the motel and got our old room back. Shortly after we got our things in the room all hell broke loose ...........lightning and lots of rain ..........and wifi has gone

Now is five AM and all is well now I think, but it's time for both of us to get down to sea level because this altitude we're on now 7083 ft is exhausting.

So, back to our story...........

We woke up in Silverton and were now ready to drive over the mountain to Ouray and it is only 25 miles in length but takes about 42 minutes. Mom asked natives if it was very scary and they were smiling and said yes it is but the good thing is you'll be driving on the mountainside which sounded good.....so off we go




It was very scary says Mom, I wasn't worried I napped

We finally arrived in Ouray and what a cute little town, Mom got out of the car on shaky knees ready for a walk in a seemingly empty town ( I tried to tell Mom it's empty because most people do not get up with the sun)The city population was 1,000 as of the 2010 census.


I met a giant dog and Mom thought he was very cute, I didn't agree at all and didn't even want to say hello


All the streets are steep and Mom is out of breath the entire time...............she needs this


we parked by the opera house one of the many gorgeous buildings in town


Then we ran into the police, and Mom I do know I was wrong chewing on the cable, but please let me go I will not do it again........................promise, Actually, the officer was a very nice guy and he told Mom she's getting 30%less oxygen into her lungs breathing here and that's why she's so tired


these little mini Libraries is a great idea Mom thinks but she does not need any books at the moment


we're not sure what this place is all about? the decor is a little strange? there was nobody home and it's too early for a beer anyway


This guy was having breakfast all by himself, so I decided to join him...........too bad he only had donuts, but I made him share anyway.


this is the Colorado flag


We have now driven Silverton and Ouray, to Ridgway, the highway that did deliver jaw-dropping vista after vista. It was cut from the side of the mountain and became known as the "Million Dollar Highway". It's one of the most scenic drives in the USA. The road climbs up to 3 very high mountain passes. Coal Bank Pass (10,640 ft /3,240 m); Molas Pass (10,970 ft /3,340 m) and Red Mountain Pass (11,018 ft /3,358 m). Mom googled stories about this road AFTER the drive, which is a good thing because of some gruesome stories she may have changed her mind 


houses here are so gorgeous and we found one for sale, but no we do not want to live here. After a couple of hours walking around, we decided to conquer another stretch of mountain roads before we call it a night...............but now I have to go out and take a leak. 

Will continue my story shortly

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 23 juli 2020 02:47

What a day with so much adventure, we stayed inside Mesa Verde national park which was absolutely amazing, and in the morning we had company. We also had an opportunity to eat unlimited pancakes at 7 AM. and I could join..... I didn't care much for the pancakes but the bacon was yummy 


I'm not sure why Mom keeps insisting driving these roads since she's so darn scared, but I suppose she's doing her darnest to overcome it because of interesting places to see.


Mesa Verde National Park is in southwest Colorado. It's known for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, notably the huge Cliff Palace. Mesa Top Loop Road winds past archaeological sites and overlooks, including Sun Point Overlook with panoramic canyon views and it was very windy, so again I choose to stay in the car


In the late 19th century, there were no laws against treasure-hunting or selling artifacts in Colorado in addition to the ever-present threat of vandalism and looting, scholars and tourists alike had the habit of taking valuable items from Mesa Verde as trophies. A Swedish explorer Nordenskiöld loaded Mesa Verde artifacts into Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad boxcars and headed for Europe, with most of the items eventually ending up at the National Museum of Finland.

Angry locals charged Nordenskiöld with "devastating the ruins" and had him arrested at midnight at the Strater Hotel even though there were no laws at the time supporting such a charge. In addition to the issue of removing artifacts, xenophobia may have played a role in Nordenskiöld's arrest. 

When Nordenskiöld was arrested on 17 September 1891 he sent this telegram to his father: "much troublesome expense no danger"


In 1893 published one of the first books about Mesa Verde, The Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde, Southwestern Colorado: Their Pottery and Implements, a monumental report of his excavations, describing in detail the buildings, pottery, skeletal remains, and tools found at the sites


Nordenskiöld's collections from Mesa Verde were bought by a Finnish collector who eventually donated them to the University of Helsinki. They are now held by the National Museum of Finland and were on display at the Museum of Cultures in the Tennispalatsi building in central Helsinki. The natives are very angry and want it back, and we were told it was in the making ......100 years later


Recommended book to learn more for  anyone interested is"Shadow of the century"

Driving backroads (Mom get too sleepy on the highways) she spotted a sign on a shack that reminded her of her puppyland, so she made an Uturn

Mom knocked but no answer so we stepped in and there was no one there? but behind was a lady that was soooo happy to see us and yes My husband is Swedish and she fetched him

His name was Bruce Bjöklund and he told Mom he was born on the ship coming to America.


Now Mom should have asked for his age but that's not polite so we can only guess 

He had a huge dog that was super nice, and head was as big as all of me and he wasn't into playing either


We continued on early morning made a stop in Durango and then went on to yet another horrifying road and now were in Silverton. elevation 9 318ft.....population 637a cowboy town. I'll tell you all about that tomorrow because it's time to snooze. 

Mom says these heights are making her very sleepy.....................

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 21 juli 2020 14:43

We are in Moab which is a city in eastern Utah. It’s a gateway to massive red rock formations in Arches National Park.  Canyonlands National Park features mesas and buttes carved by the Green and Colorado rivers, plus Native American rock art. Dinosaur tracks can be found at sites like Bull Canyon Overlook and Copper Ridge. In the city, collections at the Museum of Moab include dinosaur bones and archaeological artifacts


The park consists of 76,679 acres (119.811 sq mi; 31,031 ha; 310.31 km2) of high desert located on the Colorado plateau The highest elevation in the park is 5,653 feet (1,723 m) at Elephant Butte, and the lowest elevation is 4,085 feet (1,245 m) at the visitor center. The park receives an average of fewer than 10 inches (250 mm) of rain annually.

 The area was originally named a national monument on April 12, 1929, and was redesignated as a national park on November 12, 1971. The park received more than 1.6 million visitors in 2018


Mom said this looks like the three vise men.................hmmm here we go again



it was 104F (42C) so we waited to drive here as late as possible but making sure we got out of the park before dark.

It would have been terrifying to drive here in the dark.

I only went out once it was more comfortable in the car with ACon.


Again we can not imagine how the pioneers walked across this barren land? 


A brave little tree is trying to survive



Mom didn't feel like walking on any of the trails either so most pictures are from the car........but some brave people hiked to the arch


Balancing rock


Is this a doghouse or ?


Utah will celebrate Pioneer Day on Friday with parades and fireworks...............if it wasn't for the virus it would have been fun to participate says Mom...............truly I'm glad we don't stay,too much noise for me

We will continue East today ....................I think???

Mom say we need to get upNorth to avoid this scorching heat.....................we'll see what she come up with

wet kisses to ya'll 

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 21 juli 2020 05:18

Final day in Yellowstone we went to see the famous Old Faithful.......we got there at 8.30 and she wasn't ready to erupt until 9.45 so we walked around a bit before I had to sit in the car since, again no dogs allowed on the walkways. 

Oh Well, it wasn't too hot so I got a good nap while Mom stood outside to film


Discovered in 1870 by the Washburn Expedition, Old Faithful geyser was named for its frequent and somewhat predictable eruptions, which number more than a million since Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872. 


The mathematical average between eruptions of Old Faithful is currently 74 minutes, but it doesn't like to act average! Intervals can range from 60-110 minutes.

I could see most of it from the car it was cool


She erupts on an average 20 times a day


Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too........I don't think Mom has a clue what state we are in at the time,,,,


we are currently in Utah

After Yellowstone, we continued south towards the Grand Teton National Park which is an almost pristine ecosystem and the same species of flora and fauna that have existed since prehistoric times can still be found there. More than 1,000 species of plants, dozens of species of mammals, 300 species of birds, more than a dozen fish species, and a few species of reptiles and amphibians inhabit the park. Due to various changes in the ecosystem, some of them human-induced, efforts have been made to provide enhanced protection to some species of native fish.


Mom claims she sees a St, Bernard on this mountain? She always "sees" imaginary things but this one I see too



I wasn' totally sure what to do about this little girl that didn't seem interested in me at all? She was showing her teeth? is that a threat? That was a first for me so I sat down and waited for her move.........nothing?? and then her Mom took her away


The human history of the Grand Teton region dates back at least 11,000  years, when the first nomadic hunters and  Paleo Indian began migrating into the region during warmer months pursuing food and supplies. In the early 19th century, the first white explorers encountered the eastern Shoshone natives. Between 1810 and 1840, the region attracted fur trading companies that vied for control of the lucrative beaver pelt trade. U.S Government expeditions to the region commenced in the mid-19th century as an offshoot of exploration in Yellowstone, with the first permanent white settlers in Jackson Hole arriving in the 1880 

Jackson was packed with people so we continued on, but from what we saw driving through it's a place to visit at another time.



there was lots of these big Bisons on the road again.


This town with the name Afton which means afternoon in Moms puppylanguage? town is empty? but found a way to biggest on earth for something........ almost no people, but Mom spotted a bakery with an open sign and ran in hoping to buy some rolls, but nope ...........only sweets


Next was a furniturestore with bears all over............Not sure what the connection is, but it was cute.........


At this lookout there was a "coplike"guy sitting watching traffic and he had a huge watertank on tow ...............Nosy Mom ofcourse has to ask why

It turned out that ALL  boats should be checked for  invasive speices upon entry to the park. Recreationists transporting any watercraft, including non-motorized vessels such as canoes and kayaks, are required by law to stop every time they pass an open inspection station. Watercraft that are dirty or have standing water will require a more in-depth inspection and potentially decontamination. 

How about that? they are serious about keeping the enviroment un harmed ............So cool of this guy so I decided to give him a real big schmoosh



Unfortunately we see a lot of this in different stages of decomposing on the roads..........we need to slow down........Mom read a sign that sad "70 is plenty, the pioneers walked" 




Mom have done some killing too



we followed Greys River and this caboose caught Moms eye and it looked like a cool place to stay for the night.  

We pulled in and met the owner who wanted $10 for one night...........and we got a spot in the shade because it was 93F (33C).........The owner was from Jacksonville? I did not like him at all,but I didn't growl, still something fishy about him.


We spent the the night and it was freezing for Mom, not me I was ok,,,,,,,,,,,,,48 F(10C)........?? How can it go from 90 to 40 in 8 hours?


It's my birthday so I get brushed to look cute and I got an extra treat. Mom again met a lady with same interests. Her name was Renee ......it was a lot of bla bla ........when I get a chanse I;m going to lick that Love2Quilt sticker from the car.

Now wer're heading to Spanish Fork because there was something Mom wanted to see there........But there was a rodeo thing in town so we kept going and all of a sudden we spotted this building?


The Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple was built to meet the needs of the Hindu community in Utah County. The temple hosts seasonal festivals, weddings, receptions, and other weekly services for prayer and meditation.

We walked around the park and admired the ornate building..........almost empty place



another little town we went through had this memorial for coalminers that died 




This another one of out reststops I like green grass a lot, but it's not much of it around here, most everything is covered with dust,,,,,,,,,,



anyone have a clue what this is used for?


we spent the night at a rest stop somewhere in Utah and this night Mom slept very good after she had stopped at a Walmart to buy another comforter.

Early morning coffee, and off we go to .............



Today the temperature was 104F (42C) so we're staying at a motel with AC now



We are in Moab, and we have been to yet another National park, guess ............. 


But I'll tell you about that in the morning


slobber all over ya face