Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 23, 2010

WE ARE HOME!! Here are some statistics for this trip:

Total miles driven: 17,493
Total days camping: 128
Total gasoline cost: $4,236.29
Average gasoline cost per gallon: $3.57
Average gasoline cost per day: $32.84
Average miles per gallon: 14.7
Total campground cost: $1,187
Average campground cost per day: $9.20
States visited: 11
Canadian provinces visited: 3
Breweries and brewpubs visited : 40
Pictures taken: 11,541
Nights camping at:
   County and city parks - 21
   Friends and family driveways and land- 20
   Bureau of Land Management campgrounds - 15
   RV parks - 13
   National Forest campgrounds - 11
   State parks - 8
   Canadian national parks - 8
   Canadian provincial parks - 7
   Passport America RV parks (half price) - 7
   Wal-Mart parking lots - 6
   Highway rest areas and pullouts - 5
   National parks - 3
   Fred Meyer parking lots - 2
   Army Corps of Engineers park - 1
   Alaskan Ferry parking lot - 1

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September 22, 2010

We got up at sunrise so we could get an early start on a long day of driving. We stopped in Segovia, Texas at Segovia Valley RV Park next to an Econo Lodge (you pay for RV parking at the lodge). We have stayed here before on the way through Texas. It is a minimal RV park but OK for sleeping -- the restrooms are pretty dirty so we didn't use them. There were two other RVs there.

September 21, 2010

We left Albuquerque and drove to El Paso, Texas. We stopped at Wal-Mart and had the oil changed in the Pathfinder. On the way to El Paso, we stopped in Los Lunas, New Mexico at Tractor Brewing. The brewer showed us around and let us taste beers in his tanks. Then we had a beer and lunch inside the restaurant. Jim put in his 100th fill up of gas today! We visited Chamizal National Monument in El Paso. This was another place where the border was in dispute like in the San Juan Islands. We got a site for the night at Mission RV Park in El Paso. We have stayed here before. It was 98 degrees in El Paso today.

September 20, 2010

We got up and Jim made pancakes with some of the blueberries from Alaska, then we drove the North Rim road and saw more canyon overlooks and cliff dwellings. We left and drove to Hubble Trading Post National Historic Site in Arizona. We got a campsite at Enchanted Trails RV Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have hookups tonight, it was 92 degrees today.

September 19, 2010

We left Hovenweep and drove to Four Corners. This is where the Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico states meet. We had a Navajo Fry Bread Taco for lunch. They are really good. The lady makes fry bread and then puts chili beans, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and picante on top. We got a site at Canyon de Chelly National Monument campground in Arizona. This campground is huge and it is totally free. There are no hookups and it was 93 degrees today but we had lots of shade in the campground. We drove the South Rim road in the afternoon to see the canyon floor and sheer cliffs. Some of the Navajo still live on the canyon floor without any amenities.

September 18, 2010

We left our camp and drove to Hovenweep National Monument. We got a space in the campground here and there was another Casita beside us. We hiked the two mile loop trail down into the canyon and around the rim to view all of the Indian ruins. This is a pretty neat place - the Indians here build their structures on top of the rocks instead of under cliff overhangs like in Mesa Verde and Canyon de Chelly. It is hot today, the fridge is having trouble keeping up. There are no hookups here. The temperature reached 92 degrees today. I cooked some of the apples and pears that we picked this week.

September 17, 2010

We left camp and drove back into Capital Reef National Park. This park has an historic old Mormon farm called Fruita and also the surrounding area of red cliffs. There are still fruit trees there and some of the descendants can fruit and bake bread and pies for sale. You can also pick fruit for $1.00 per pound to take home. We got some molasses wheat bread and an apple pie. We drove through Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and stopped at the very high overlook to Lake Powell. Then we continued on to Natural Bridges National Monument and drove the loop road through the park. We pulled out at several overlooks to see the natural bridges and Indian ruins. There was no room at the campground here either. They only have a few spaces and at 1 pm they were already full. The park rangers told us about a BLM camping area outside the park about five miles and we went there. We were all by ourselves in conifer trees. It is beginning to get hot now and it was 86 degrees today. The park ranger and his wife toured the Casita. They have been looking at them online.