Thursday, July 1, 2010

Kicks on Route 66. P & N Now in California.

Route 66 Postcard

"Life doesn't happen along the interstates. It's against the law."
-- William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways

While I was on RV-Dreams chat last night, the little Skype icon came up that Pamala and Nigel were wanting to talk to me.   They are my brother and sister-in-law visiting from England, on their way to Alaska and back.  This monitor doesn't have a microphone or webcam, so I have a Skype phone.  I didn't even take the time to plug it into the back of my computer, I was so anxious to hear from them.  So we just started typing.

These are excerpts from our conversation:

[6/30/2010 10:05:51 PM] Nigel & Pamala: "We have just crossed into California and parked at RV park at Needles.

[6/30/2010 10:06:45 PM] Nigel & Pamala: We are having a brilliant time and yes we are taking lots of pics - it's so good with the digital camera as we can delete what we don't want, who ever thought up that idea should receive a gold medal.

[6/30/2010 10:07:57 PM] Nigel & Pamala: We are downloading them onto the computer and then saving them on a usb stick just in case the something happens to the computer.

[6/30/2010 10:09:02 PM] Nigel & Pamala:  We had a glorious few days on a beautiful campsite at Kaw Lake, Ponca City cleaning it and enjoying putting things to right.  ***

[6/30/2010 10:10:06 PM] Nigel & Pamala:  Last two days we have camped in National Parks, so no electric.

[6/30/2010 10:17:19 PM] Nigel & Pamala: The camp site at Kaw Lake was Corp. Eng. and was $12.00 per night - national park ones range from $12 to $18.00 but no electric.   It's OK to go a couple of nights without electric but the cameras need charging - which we are just doing now and the computer just conked out because of low battery, but all OK now.

[6/30/2010 10:18:52 PM] Nigel & Pamala: The air conditioning is working perfectly.  We were surprised that the last two nights we have not needed the aircon.  When we were near and at G. Canyon the temp. during the day was around 85-90 and during the night it went down to 52-55 - so a pleasure, something we were not expecting.

[6/30/2010 10:20:36 PM] Nigel & Pamala: Our friends in California are going to Lake Tahoe as they have a cabin there, they wanted to know if we would be there with them, but a couple of days ago, we thought not as we didn't think we would get this far by now.  We still wanted to get to Monterey to check on mother's birth, but I think it will not be possible as it will probably be Sat. before we can get there, so you never know, we might make it up to Lake Tahoe.

[6/30/2010 10:21:42 PM] Penny: You are going to be stuck if you can't get somewhere by this w/e, the 4th. July!

[6/30/2010 10:23:21 PM] Nigel & Pamala: We camped at Desert View last night which is the furthest easterly point of the Canyon and sat outside for a lecture yesterday evening by one of the rangers giving us the history of the Canyon.   This morning up early and got to the more touristy bit and asked about a flight.  We were on the plane by 10.45 and other than having the children and getting married, I think that was one of the best things we have done in our lives, much, much better than walking to every viewpoint, especially for me.  It cost $191.00 each - we had given our selves a limit of $200.00 - we felt it was a once in a lifetime chance and went for it - no regrets.

[6/30/2010 10:27:10 PM] Nigel & Pamala: Santa Fe was not on our route.  When we hit Route 66, didn't realize it would be so difficult to find parts of it, but soon realized it would not be possible to do it all in the time we had...  It would take a year to do it!

[6/30/2010 10:28:50 PM] Nigel & Pamala: We have pulled off the I-40 to lots of towns mentioned in our books and seen a lot of the old Route 66 interesting bygones.

[6/30/2010 10:29:32 PM] Nigel & Pamala: We also visited the painted desert and the petrified forest - nearly didn't go all the way to the petrified forest, but glad we did now.

[6/30/2010 10:32:48 PM] Nigel & Pamala: We had just come over the border into Arizona and the Tourist Information office said the next RV park was at Holbrook about 70 miles away and it was getting late - so we asked someone in a gift shop and she mentioned one at Sanders which was only a little way down the road, it was brilliant.   As we spoke to some locals and found there was a diner left over from the Route 66 days and was still in operation, so we went and had breakfast in there the next day - they were really nice people and it was the type of thing we were looking for, so it was meant to be."

I guess if Pamala and Nigel won't blog, I guess I will!!

***  Howard and Linda stayed there:    Journal Site 46.

Dates: October 8, 2006 - October 15, 2006


Ray and I had to put some screws on the handle/armrest on the Aerostar passenger door.  The screws had fallen out while Jay and I were in the next town, yesterday.

One thing led to another, and we found that some screws had been 'mis-filed' in their little bins. So we sorted that out.

Then Ray removed some more of the contractor's caulk that was yellowy, and re-caulked around my ivory tub/shower in the master bathroom.  We had re-done the small bathroom years ago.  My area of the house is always the last part to be done!  While he was doing that, I was going through a pile of darned junk snail mail, tearing my name and address off, and shredding it.  And I am on the DO NOT SEND LIST!!

Cooler and overcast again.  We have had some rain, and our high here was 86.6 with 75% humidity, today.

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