Archive for May, 2007

Views out our front window Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

This is a blog we did several days ago and had trouble uploading it.

These were our views out our 5th wheel windows while we were near Sacramento.


Tinka and I took advantage of the fishing in the private lake.  We saw someone catch an 8-pound bass, and toss it back.



These were our views visiting our friend.  This is near Barstow, CA.  Looks almost like Barstow, TX (near Pecos, TX) except without mountains.



Our friend has a better view than we did.


While driving through the Mojave Desert we spotted a new cactus.  Is it a tree or a cactus?  It is a Joshua Tree which is only found in several places in the world.  Below is a link to some information.


I thought this was interesting.

Mormon pioneers are said to have named this species “Joshua” Tree because it mimicked the Old Testament prophet Joshua waving them, with upraised arms, on toward the promised land. (Our specimen is a little fuller than most.  Most have only a couple of arms.)  This unique species grows abundantly at Joshua Tree National Park in California and Joshua Forest Parkway in Western Arizona.


We passed about 10 trucks full of garlic or onions.


Texas has wildflowers along some of their highways in the spring.  California has oleanders planted all along their highways.  Sometimes they are planted in the median, sometimes on the left side of the highway, sometimes on the right and sometimes in all three places.  The other day we drove from Sacaremento to Bakersfield which is about 270 miles and never ran out of the oleanders.  How many plants would that take, we wondered?



We are in Las Vegas now seeing how much money we can spend and lose.

We are taking a day trip to Hoover Dam tomorrow.

Having trouble blogging Tuesday May 29,2007

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

We have several days of blogs but we are having trouble uploading them and the pictures.  We will try to figure out what is wrong so bear with us.

We are in Las Vegas and will be here for about 5 more days.  After that we are heading to Tucson  for about a week and will visit some friends of ours who live there and are from the Dallas area.  Then it is back to Dallas for about a week to see family and friends. 

We hope to be blogging in a couple of days.

Sacramento State Capital Sunday May 27, 2007

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

It is amazing what you retain from your parents.When I (Tinka) was younger and traveling with my parents, if we went through any state capital city, we would always drive by the capital building. Since we are very close to Sacramento we had to drive by the capital building to see it.

 zxsacramento-state-capital.JPGI also wanted to see the governor’s mansion.  When Arnold Swarchenegger was elected Governor of CA he stated he would save the taxpayers some money and not live in the Governor’s Mansion opting for his own house.  I really thought that was odd.  Why would someone not want to live in the mansion?  As soon as I saw the house, I knew the answer.  It is very old, 3 stories tall and a basement and doesn’t even take up the city block.  It is very close to the street with only a short wrought iron fence around it.  It was built in 1877.  If you had Arnold’s money you wouldn’t live there either.  To take a look click here.





The different variety of flowers in CA are just beautiful, especially the roses.  There are roses everywhere.  We even saw fences along the farm roads with roses planted all along the entire length.  Well after being here we now know why the roses are gorgeous.  It is about 85 degrees during the daytime and about 50 degrees at night, the perfect temperature for flowers.


Barking Dogs or Quacking Ducks? Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Have you ever been awakened by barking dogs?  I am sure everyone has at one time or another.  But have you ever been woken up by quacking ducks?


These ducks are sitting in the shade under our slide out.  They started hanging around our rig.  They were very cute until they started quacking at the crack of dawn and waking us up. That’s when we started shooing them away.

The Last of the Pictures of San Francisco Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

We did not tour Alcatraz but here are a couple of pictures of the island.



This is the Palace of Fine Arts.


This part is outdoors. A lot of wedding pictures are taken here.

A view of the city from an observation tower.


Everywhere we went we saw bathroom signs in businesses saying only customers can use the facilities. So what do you do? Why you just use a public toilet that is located on the street.


 Rick was very impressed with how vibrant and alive downtown SF was. Tinka was impressed that SF hadn’t changed much in the last 25 years.

That is the end of our fun trip to San Francisco.