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Av EvaLena Hallgren - Söndag 11 juli 14:31

Again Mom has been too busy to help me out here, as a matter of fact, she actually left me for an entire day but now I'm getting ahead of myself. 

The surprise ...............I couldn't believe it. we pulled up in front of this house 


and there was my best buddy from home? Curtis was in the garage and I greeted him with as many kisses as I could

and then ran in to see Marlene and kiss her all over, mostly her tasty ears

Here we are at a restaurant waiting to have chicken and dumplings. Mom said she would never order that again but I thought they were good


The following day their daughter Jennifer drove us around to do some sightseeing. I really like her a lot and she let me ride in her lap, which is a no no according to Mom 


There's a lot of old gorgeous houses in Dover, not that I care but Mom likes it a lot


Jennifer introduced us to Miles the Monster at the Dover International Speedway. The track was constructed in 1969 and has hosted NASCAR, USAC, and IndyCar races. From 2007 through 2009 the speedway received an upgrade   during the makeover, a 46-foot fiberglass creature was built outside the racetrack and named Miles the Monster. 

In 2012, Miles the Monster launched a failed run for President of the United States with the campaign slogan “Concrete Change in 2012.” He ran without the backing of a political party


Mom spotted a shop in town that displayed the flag from her puppy country but she's NOT doing any shopping on this trip .................


Jennifer also showed us a great house which is owned by a friend of hers and here I had to stay in the car with Curtis

because there were several chickens running around all over.


after this stop, she took us to Delaware bay where we walked up to a tower for a great view.


Look at these giant tracks, I do not wish to meet the animal that left them. I believe it was a monster, maybe Miles has been here?

whoever left those prints scared  some human so badly he ran away from his shoes

In the evening we were invited to Jen and Shelbys home for an amazing supper. Mom loved it but there was a giant there with a terrifying voice so I spent most of the evening in Curtis's lap. This is the rear end of him.

As the evening progressed Mom overheard something about fishing and she immediately asked if she could come along and was told ok if she can get up at 3AM.....................sure but for what I heard I weren't included? 

What's up with that? huh? 

I did feel pretty sorry for myself when Mom left but settled quickly in Curtis's lap.

Here's a picture of the beginning of the fishing trip

They weren't really fishing they were crabbing and when I saw the pictures of those evil crabs' sharp claws I'm glad I stayed home.

They had a long line where they attached clams in little bags as bait and the guys were taking turns scoping them up as someone driving the boat between the buoys          

Mom also got to try and she did catch one crab, but also undid the line so the captain of the boat had to start over from the beginning. 


she said it was heavy so the rest of the trip she just measured and packed the crabs in bushels. At the end they had 1,5 bushels full.


In the evening we were all invited to Melvin and Brenda's house for a feast. The house and the garden made Mom green of jealousy 


Here I met this lady Amber that couldn't stop kissing me and I certainly didn't mind at all. It turned out she was the owner of that big house where the chicken was running around.


Melvin had cooked those crabs and also made the most amazing french fries. I didn't get to taste any of those ugly things but the fries were great as Mom said.


Look at the table manners of these people? what a mess? and they're hammering and sucking and OMG it was almost embarrassing but it seemed normal for the humans?


I'm finally caught up on my story and tomorrow we'll be leaving all these wonderful people to continue our trip

not sure where to yet, and from experience I know it's no use to ask because Mom keeps changing it all the time.

All is good 

Av EvaLena Hallgren - Fredag 9 juli 11:54

continuing from yesterday.

I think Mom made a mistake yesterday because we were still in North Carolina when we headed towards the ocean and a place called Outer Banks. 


we passed a lot of small villages and fishing seems to be the biggest past time


driving north on this narrow string of land there was wall to wall T-shirt shops, souvenir shops, and restaurants. I started to wonder why we are here? Mom doesn't like this kind of place, and we have plenty of beaches where we live?

Soon I found out why

In a town  called Kitty Hawk it was time for me to start working


some very interesting history took place here that Mom really wanted to visit, and since it's too hot for me to stay in the car, I have to wear this vest and watch Mom every step so she doesn't fall down

On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made four brief flights at Kitty Hawk with their first powered aircraft. They had invented the first successful airplane.



Wilbur and Orville set to work trying to figure out how to design wings for flight. They observed that birds angled their wings for balance and control, and tried to emulate this, developing a concept called “wing warping.” When they added a moveable rudder, the Wright brothers found they had the magic formula-on December 17, 1903, they succeeded in flying the first free, controlled flight of a power-driven, heavier than airplane. Wilbur flew their plane for 59 seconds, over a distance of 852 feet, an extraordinary achievement


this cute little girl wanted to pose for a picture so why not?




The monument was located on top of the hill where they launched their plane and despite the heat, we decided we just had to get up there if for nothing else but a photo opportunity.



Obviously, this monument was erected to honor me..............ha in your dreams Mom says




after this stop, we continued north and got off the reef and I'm still waiting for my surprise when Mom all of a sudden makes a U-turn I sat up and looked excitingly maybe it's coming now? A diner??? am I getting my own chef?

Nope, the place was closed but according to Mom, this is a nostalgic big time. OK I take her word for it


Yet another U-turn( how come all the interesting stuff is on the other side of the road?

Nostalgy again I ask? 

Yes Mom saw this Grave Digger monster truck in action many years ago in New York


I had to admit they were pretty cool looking but neither Mom nor I do understand much about all this stuff inside 


If you wanted to you can ride in a bus monster, but we didn't bother but I was happy to try a smaller version


there were     some strange animals there too

Was this my surprise? nope not yet..............

finally, something that caught Mom's eye on the "right" side of the road. I stayed in the car for this one.

why is a rusty shrimp and troll interesting?  art says Mom....


The next stop is Norfolk but I will tell you all about that place tomorrow because I have to get out and take a leak.

I have already gotten my surprise and it was AWESOME I'll tell you tomorrow




Av EvaLena Hallgren - Torsdag 8 juli 13:22

So here we are again, this is day four of our trip and Mom has not helped me tell my story until now but to her defense, she has been driving a lot. We left on Monday and the first day we drove 506miles (ca800km) because she said we had already seen everything and wanted to get away from the upcoming bad storm 


state road 95 is pretty boring but it is the fastest way to go. First state after Florida is Georgia 


next is South Carolina where we made a quick rest stop at the welcome center

On the border to North Carolina is a tourist trap called South of the border, and Mom thought it'll be a good place to camp out the first night. Unfortunately, the campsite only allowed big RVs and no tent or little SUVs.......... What's up with that?


Mom remembers stopping here the first time she drove to Florida in the eighties and that time there were so many activities shops and lots of people. The only way to describe this place now is by saying dump dump dump


we walked around and took a few pictures before we went back on 95 continuing a few more miles until we found a good place to sleep which ended up being at a hotel parking lot. Not ideal but it was getting late and Mom hates driving in the dark.


24-hour Hot Tamales ??? Mom thought it was a place with light-dressed ladies dancing but that was wrong. It's a Mexican dish made from corn..........haha


we woke up early and continued North on 95 through the next state which is Virginia


somewhere in the middle of the state, Mom decided she had enough of 95 and got off an exit to head towards the Atlantic ocean. I asked if she had any particular place in mind, but I think she just wanted a change of pace.

The second night we slept at a church parking and there was a big field for me to run but was cut short when Mom saw a deer family gracing. It's super cozy in our little home

we are a little further on the road than this, but this is all for now. Mom said there's a great surprise for me in a day or two??? I can't wait 


Av EvaLena Hallgren - 9 augusti 2020 19:52

we have been home for NINE DAYS!!!!! and I, have told Mom several times that I wanted to finish my story but she's been busy cleaning, gardening and stuff that SHE thinks important, so what can I do other than wait patiently like I always do.

Still in Lousiana and once again Mom looked for something neat to visit but couldn't find anything before New Orleans and even though Mom has been there before that's where we ended up. We stayed in the exact same hotel as Mom stayed last time with Buttons. I feel I'm filling his paws just fine so far and Mom totally agrees.................it was newly renovated and so modern Mom had a hard time figure out the faucets..........but the bed !!!!!!!!! HEAVENLY !!!!!!!!!!!

Founded in 1718 by French colonists, New Orleans was once the territorial capital of French Louisiana before being traded to the United States in 1803. In return for fifteen million dollars, or approximately eighteen dollars per square mile, the United States nominally acquired a total of 828,000 sq mi (2,140,000 km2; 530,000,000 acres) New Orleans in 1840 was the third-most populous city in the United States.

New Orleans is world-renowned for its music, Creole food, and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The historic heart of the city is the French Quarter known for its French SpanishCreole architecture and vibrant nightlife along Bourbon Street which was the street we went to as soon as Mom got out of the shower. The city has been described as the "most unique" in the United States.




 The city has historically been very vulnerable to flooding due to such factors as high rainfall, low lying elevation, poor natural drainage, and location next to multiple bodies of water. New Orleans was severely affected by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, which flooded more than 80% of the city and killed or displaced thousands of residents, causing a population decline of over 50%. Since Katrina, major redevelopment efforts have led to a rebound in the city's population.

We had supper on a balcony overlooking the street which was unusually quiet,


 HEY !!! I looked at the menu and this is NOT what I wanted......................I think Mom should know what I like by now?

she says she does and this wasn't for me she planned to eat without sharing? what nerve 


As it turned out her heart softened and I got a few tastes of some sliver of meat in one of those bean dishes. Mom said it was really tasty but no way she could finish it all.............Put it here I'll finish it don't let food go to waste ...........Mom said it was too spicy for my tummy.................Why can't I be the judge of that?I say

All of a sudden all hell broke loose, loud drumming people cheering and throwing money down the street..................it was a party..................we never found out what was celebrated but who cares we joined in.............(mom did, isn't my taste) 

Before World War II, the French Quarter was emerging as a major asset to the city's economy. While there was an interest in historic districts at the time, developers pressured to modernize the city. Simultaneously, with the wartime influx of people, property owners opened adult-centered nightclubs to capitalize on the city's risqué image. Wartime Bourbon Street was memorably depicted in Erle Stanley Gardner’s detective novel “Owls Don’t Blink”. After the war, Bourbon Street became the new Storyville in terms of reputation. By the 1940s and 1950s, nightclubs lined Bourbon Street. Over 50 different burlesque shows, striptease acts, and exotic dancers could be found.

All the bars and many stores were closed due to the virus...........not too many people out yet. I bet the town explodes at midnight.

This is a very interesting place to people watch



A Mother daughter bonding 



Street musicians everywhere some better some not so good 



Fortune tellers set up their tables on the street corners...........This guy/girl? was very suspicious about us?



Thes two guys asked Mom if they may pet me, and she said it was my choice, so I took an air whiff, they had many interesting scents ad the guy with the beard had lots of snacks in it (I got a wet rubdown when we got back to the hotel ??)




Mom gave them $5 so they walked away discussing what to get for it .............I bet on a slice of pizza and a beer each.



Here's another street band.................and because of the atmosphere, it sounded ok........... I think it could have been considered noise in another part of the world 



Trying to figure out when an outfit like this would be considered appropriate?




Plenty of stores selling trinkets to tourists, I was especially interested in these toothy things, but nope didn't get one

but I did get in a quick lick 


This guy is a ghost finder you pay him to look in his Ipad to get to know the ghost closer,.............there's a black hanky that dances around a little once in a while ..........You can sell anything in this town it seems


This sure is a very special city but we didn't feel like staying out when the party starts (if it does) so we went back to the hotel early.


Back at the hotel, we watched TV and sprawled out on a kingsize bed until morning .....There's a great park only a block away so that's where I made my morning business.


Then we sat and had a great breakfast outside a cafe.................moms standard order spinach omelet.


There's more to New Orleans than the French Quarters and some very modern buildings and some old and gorgeous


Every town need these 


We went for a very early walk to the riverwalk but there are so many constructions it was difficult to find ways passed everything..............looks like someone got scalped last night???? good thing we went home early



And of course, here's  Harrah's a casino. The casino is the brainchild of Christopher Hemmeter, a hotel developer in the Hawaiian Islands who returned to the mainland in 1991 when he began to develop casino gaming projects. His biggest project was a proposed $1 billion casino in New Orleans. Billed at the time as "the world's largest casino".The original design resembled Monte Carlo's 1861 casino, intending to evoke the New Orleans 1885 Cotton Exposition and Chicago's 1893 World Columbia Exposition. The developers estimated the casino would attract one million additional visitors to the city and would generate annual revenues of as much as $780 million, estimates that were based in part on the proven success of dockside gaming in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area

The contrasts between old and new 


We are now 683 miles from home and its Friday and a hurricane warning for Sat. night so Mom decided we'll drive straight home, and arrived at the house around 10pm.......Initially, Lilly wasn't happy to see us??? but she got over it after a while.


It was a great trip 7502 miles (1 2073km) we have seen a lot and had a great time.........

And Mom said I have been the best travel companion anybody can wish for ...............mmhmm I overheard something about school for me?? because why?  it's a school for both of us Mom says ..........ok I know I'll ace it, not so sure about her though? 

All is back to normal see ya in the hood








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




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