Monument Valley – A Magical Place

Early September, my travels will take me to a Magical Place.  Monument Valley.  The land of the Navajo Indian Code Talkers.  A place where many western movies were filmed by the late film director John Ford and actor John Wayne.  Located within the Navajo Nation on the Utah / Arizona border in one of the most remote locations in the United States, you have to make an effort to get to Monument Valley.  You have to seek.  You have to drive.  Forget cell phone and Internet coverage.  There isn’t any.  I will spend a week there.  To look.  To see.  It promises to be a location of unparalleled beauty and breathtaking scenery.

I share with you this HD Video of Monument Valley.

Heading For The Conejos River

This coming Friday, heading north 140 miles out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to the Conejos River in southern Colorado for 5 days of fly fishing.  Have a reserved campsite, as shown in the picture, that backs up to the Conejos River.  Beautiful country.  Will be great to be back in Colorado!

Santa Cruz Lake, NM – Fly Fishing School

Jeannie and I attended our fly fishing class at Santa Cruz Lake, NM last Saturday.  Overcast, rainy day, but we had a lot of fun.  Class is sponsored by the Santa Fe Community College in conjunction with The Reel Life fly shop in Santa Fe.  Tomorrow, we head for the great Rio Grande.  Should be fun!

B-25 Mitchell WW2 Bomber “Maid In The Shade”

On June 1, 2018, Santa Fe, New Mexico, I had the rare opportunity to “Hitch A Ride” on a B-25 Mitchell WW2 Bomber Maid In The Shade.”  The Arizona Commemorative Air Force (AZCAF) owns the aircraft and tours the United States and Canada offering rides to enthusiasts.  This aircraft was stationed in Corsica in 1944 and flew 15 missions over southern Italy in WW2.  After the war, the plane changed hands with many different owners.  When the AZCAF took ownership, the plane was in Minnesota.  The aircraft was in terrible condition.  They had to ferry the plane from Minnesota, stopping and landing every 100 miles to add oil to the engines, to Texas to house in a hangar for restoration.  With volunteers spending thousands of hours working on this plane, restoration was completed after 28 years!  What a piece of history to share with today’s generations!  If you ever get a chance to fly with the AZCAF in one of their restored WW2 aircraft, do it!  I assure you, it will be a lifetime event you will never forget.

Many thanks and credit to Jeannie for her assistance in shooting pictures and videos.  She helped to make the event special.

I would like to share this great event with you through videos and pictures we took.  We don’t pretend to be professional photographers.  Just a couple of people taking videos and pictures with their cell phones on an exciting day.

VIDEO LINK  Videos of “Maid In The Shade”

PICTURES LINK Pictures of “Maid In The Shade”

VIDEO CLIP Actual Documentary – Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 Raid over Tokyo

Double Take On A Road Sign

You can’t be too careful…………………even Road Signs can lead you to a place you don’t want to be!  I took this photo today, leaving Boulder City, northbound on Hwy 93 heading toward Las Vegas.  I didn’t take the “Next Right.”

Let’s Visit the Wall Drugstore!

7.21.17 Called my cousin Pam that lives in the Black Hills and agreed to meet at the Wall Drugstore in Wall, South Dakota.  Pam’s sister, Cousin Jo, was visiting from Florida and they met Jeannie and I at the Wall Drugstore for lunch.  It was an easy 40 minute, 45 mile drive for us east on Interstate 90.  We had a great time.  Walked through the Wall Drug pointing out all the historical photos.

Much has been written about the history of this drug store occupying today over 79,000 SF in rural Wall, South Dakota.  It is a fun place to visit.  Has been labeled as a tourist trap however, it is quite a retail establishment.  Really something to see if you are ever in this part of the country.

However, there is a back story in our family history with the Wall Drug that dates back to 1931.  My Mom’s family, the Overholts grew up in Wall South Dakota.  In 1931, my Mom, Ruth Overholt’, two older sisters Maryanne and Arlene were two of the original employees of the Wall Drug in 1931.20170721_134010.jpg

My Aunt Arlene Overholt is second from the left.  My Aunt Mary Ann is third from the left.

Jeannie was insistent that I take her picture astride a Jackalope at the Wall Drug.  Reluctantly, I snapped this picture.

20170721_141814.jpgJeannie and I say goodbye to my Cousins Pam and Cynthia Jo with a promise to catch up with them later.  It was time for Jeannie and I to head to Interior, South Dakota in the Badlands before we returned to campsite in Box Elder, South Dakota. Continue reading “Let’s Visit the Wall Drugstore!”

The First 2,700 Miles

Jeannie and I are now in New Meadows, Idaho having completed 2,700 miles of our journey thus far.  I left Boulder City, Nevada July 2, 2017 and together we left Santa Fe, New Mexico July 17, 2017.  Quite an experience thus far.  We had wanted to continue to the Columbia Gorge in Oregon and on to the Oregon coast.  Then continue south to California.  Extreme forest fires at the Columbia Gorge and Oregon has resulted in unsafe air quality levels due to smoke in much of the northwest and Oregon coast.  We may not continue to Oregon and reroute southeast to Zion and Bryce Canyon National parks in Utah.  We will keep you posted.

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