Thursday, July 29, 2010

I'M SORT OF A HISTORY BUFF..........ARE YOU??????


In college I started out as a History Major.....I ended up going into Accounting and Marketing eventually.....but never lost my love of History.



Ah but I diverge from my story.....anyway......the above book is about Lewis and Clark's incredible journey during the founding of our country.  I read the book a few years ago and was absolutely dumbstruck by what they had to endure.  

The Lewis and Clark trail follows what is now HWY 93 thru Idaho and Montana.

The Salmon River area is where Sacajawea, their young Indian guide was born.  We visited the small museum that is a tribute to this brave woman and the men she led.  

I believe young people of today should read books like the one above....so they can truly understand what it took to make this great country of ours.

Without Lewis and Clark's expedition none of the pioneering of the West would have happened.




The above are some examples of the pioneer original abodes that are still standing in these wonderful states.  Almost every homestead has an original pioneer outbuilding on it .......they have truly stood the test of time.

Do you think we could do this today........I'm not to sure!!!!!

Blessings,

Jo

  

Monday, July 26, 2010

GOOD MORNING CAMPERS................!!!!!!!!

 


 

First of all......a big thank you to those of you are following me along this little trip of ours.

I again, apologize for not being able to visit each and every one of you as much as I might like.....but the WI-FI when traveling makes it almost impossible to visit as many blogs as I would like.


 Anyway.......we are now in IDAHO and this is how this part of the country looks  along Hwy 93.  It is breathtaking.....wouldn't you agree.



I'm a big city girl.....an I find it truly amazing that there is still so much BEAUTIFUL LAND throughout our country that is still in its natural form.


Most of you probably know that our highways often follow along the old trails.
This little spot above is a tribute to the Oregon Trail followed by many of the pioneers when settling our beautiful country.  Each vendor in town plants a little spot of this  memorial garden and tends to it lovingly.



Hwy 93 follows the Salmon River and that has been our route......we have passed by beautiful majestic mountains and the Craters of the Moon, which are huge fields of lava flows caused by a volcanic eruption many, many, many years ago.


We are currently camped here.....right beside the Salmon River....in Salmon, Idaho.
We will be staying at this beautiful spot for several days.

Next stop.....Missoula, Montana.

HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL SUMMER

HUGS,

JO



Sunday, July 25, 2010

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED.............

 

 
Traveling the country in a motor home is not for everyone.....but if you have one as lovely as the one above.........

 
What's not to love........Can you imagine snuggling down in this......


Can you just imagine taking a nice long bubble bath here??


Or making your morning cup of coffee in this beautiful spot.....

This beautiful made over Airstream Trailer belongs to the very creative couple behind Magnolia Pearl.......you know,  the lady who makes all those incredibly  beautiful tops, bloomers, dresses, vests, and bags out of carpet bags and lace.

I would just like to park this baby in my back yard as my little get away. I would never take her on the road.

Wouldn't you??

Till the next stop dear friends.......

JO

Friday, July 23, 2010

I LEFT MY HEART IN PARK CITY, UTAH...................


                                                              
THIS IS A CITY WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR...........We spent 4 days in Park City.....and I fell in love with it.


I'll show you a few of the pics I took of the Main Street and the surrounding residential area.  All of the buildings are of this feel.......as well as ALL of the housing.   





THE  HOUSES ARE PAINTED EVERY COLOR OF THE RAINBOW.........
AND A LOT OF THEM ARE RESTORED OLD MINERS COTTAGES.

THE ONES ABOVE ARE LOCATED RIGHT ABOVE MAIN STREET......YOU MUST UNDERSTAND....THIS IS AN OLD MINING TOWN AND IS BUILT RIGHT INTO THE MOUNTAINS AS MANY MINING TOWNS ARE.



YOU CAN SEE HOW GREEN THE SURROUNDING AREA IS AND OF COURSE THE MAGNIFICENT SKI SLOPES FOR WINTER SKIERS.

ON THE WAY INTO TOWN IS THIS LITTLE BEAUTY........


NOW CAN YOU UNDERSTAND WHY YOU COULD LEAVE YOUR HEART HERE........

I THINK THIS LITTLE TOWN HAS THIS PHILOSOPHY........

FILL WHAT'S EMPTY......EMPTY WHAT'S FULL........
AND SCRATCH WHERE IT ITCHES.

~~Alice Roosevelt Longworth~~

Pretty simple.....huh.......?

Have a blessed day dear friends.

Jo
                                                P.S.  Sorry I cannot visit as much as
                                                                                 normal.....but when we travel the
                                                                                  WI-FI is more difficult than
                                                                                    it is at home.  

Thursday, July 22, 2010

OH LAUNDRY DAY...................

 




I'm taking a little break from posting about my little cross country adventure and joining  My French Country Home  to post about a fabulous give-away she is having.  We are supposed to come up with a little story about the laundry on the line in order to be entered.............so here goes.

My name is Collette......I am a laundress and I spend all of the lovely days of my life working here.........................


Oh.....I know it looks lovely......but do not be deceived.  My petite hands are in suds and hot....hot.....water from morning to night.  The little atelier I work in is most inhospitable.

After hanging the mademoiselles sheets and chemises on the line.........and putting up with all the whistles and remarks from the nearby ouvriers I am completely undone!!!

 

Anyway....I diverge with my story..........Today, after all the laundry was dry......I went outside to retrieve my days work.  Taking down one piece at a time and neatly folding it into mademoiselles basket........Each piece was carefully creased and folded so mademoiselle could view her initials when retrieving her garments from the bureau.  

Mon dieu........when I reached the end of the line.....I realized madames bloomers were missing.   HER BLOOMERS!!!!!!  Now I will have to see the agent and file a report......
                                             MISSING BLOOMERS!!!!

                                             Sacre' blu ........... what is the world coming to!!!!

                                                             adieu............
                                 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A SWEET HELLO FROM "THE HONEYMOONER'S"..............


 


FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THE TV SHOW......"THE HONEYMOONER'S WITH RALPH AND ALICE CRAMDEN....THIS POST IS FOR YOU.....

OUR WONDERFUL FRIENDS IN AZ OFTEN TEASE SWEET HUBBY AND ME ABOUT TOURING THE COUNTRY IN OUR LITTLE BUS......SO IN HONOR OF THAT THEY PRESENTED US WITH THESE MUGS FOR A 60th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.

I WILL HAVE TO ADMIT....THAT SOMETIME HE DOES FEEL LIKE A BUS DRIVER AND I FEEL LIKE THE BUS CONDUCTOR!  (O:(O:

ANYWAY......today I will share some pics driving across the Indian Reservation up by Page and Lake Powell in Northern Arizona.  




THESE PICS WERE TAKEN FROM THE BUS AS WE WERE DRIVING THRU...

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH OUR AREA....LAKE POWELL IS A HUGH MAN-MADE LAKE CREATED BY THE GLEN CANYON DAM.


THE LAKE IS TOTALLY SURROUNDED BY ROCKS OF THIS MAGNIFICENT COLOR AND WONDERFUL SHAPES.


Ah.......the WONDER of GOD's PAINTBRUSH.

NOTHING.......CAN COMPARE.

Thanks to all of you who are following along on our little journey.

Hopefully, I'll be able to visit each and every one of you soon.....but when we travel it can become a little more difficult.  

Blessings to All,

Jo
 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A LITTLE FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD..............



A STEP BACK IN TIME..
WITH A SIMPLER PACE....





A SMALL ONE-HORSE TOWN...
WITH A SMILE ON ITS'S FACE.....

A STOOL AT THE DINER.....
WITH BURGERS AND FRIES....



A FRIENDLY HELLO........
WITH A LIGHT IN THE EYES......


THIS IS WILLIAMS, ARIZONA
ENJOY YOUR STAY!!

P.S. For those of you who don't know......there is a train to and fromWilliams...that is on the route to the Grand Canyon.  It is a must do if you are ever in our great state.

I'll be checking in soon.

Hugs,

Jo

Monday, July 19, 2010

SUMMER BEAUTY ALONG THE WAY................




As we travel along in our little summer adventure.....

I often take a few pictures of the local flowers and scenery.......

HERE ARE A FEW TO SHARE.......

 






It seems as though the whole world is in bloom.......

please take time to smell the 
flowers.

Many hugs,


Jo

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