Monthly Archives: August 2013

Antelope Valley Fair 2013

We headed off to the yearly Antelope Valley Fair that is one of the reasons that it is fun to live in the Valley.  We ate, we watched Bailey and Olivia do the rides, and itching the pig’s and goat’s ears.

When we arrived at the fair at 6 p.m., it was 100 with 90% humidity as a “monsoon” storm had just roared through with rain and hail.  When we left at 9 p.m., it was 84 with 15% humidity and great cool breeze.  Cool for desert dogs like us. 

Great fun. 

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Posted by on August 20, 2013 in California



Minnesota 2013, Day 16, Saturday

We were up at 530 a.m. and were out of the Vegas Hilton Hotel by 6 a.m..  Stopped at State Line-Prim McDonald’s.  What a pig-sty!  The place had not been cleaned for God knows how long.  The service was horrible and staffing was not even close to handling the demand.  Don’t stop there.  Terrible place

With that off my chest, our drive home was fast and we made it by 11 a.m.  Great trip.

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Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Arizona, California



Minnesota 2013, Day 15, Friday

2013-08-08 05.00.46Last full day on the road.  565 miles…Rifle, Colorado to Las Vegas, NV.  For some reason a very easy relaxing drive.  Not much traffic on Hiway 70 unlike Hiway  215.2013-08-09 13.25.05 

The picture is from our window in the motel in Rifle.  Sun coming up over the Rockies at 6 a.m..

We really had a great drive today.  Puffy clouds most of the day and Hiway 70 goes through some of the most beautiful country in the world in Utah.  Mesa’s, colorful rock formations, pine covered mountains.  Every time I drive it I thank God for giving me a chance to see it again. 

Stopped in Beaver, UT again to get a couple of rounds of Gouda cheese.  Here is a milk truck from a local dairy unloading the milk for the cheese.  Best Gouda we have ever tasted. 

Resting now in Vegas and home tomorrow. 

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Posted by on August 10, 2013 in Arizona, colorado, Driving, Nevada, utah



Minnesota 2013, Day 14, Thursday

Left Grand Island around 7 a.m. this morning.  A very fast road to a gas stop just before Colorado and a change in time.  A total of 575 miles today and the we arrived in Rifle, Colorado.  Gas mileage? 41.6 mpg.  Good grief.  Rain showers on and off all day.  Heavy highway repair.  Tiring driving.  Tired. 

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Posted by on August 9, 2013 in colorado, Nebraska



Minnesota 2013, Day 13, Wednesday

On the way home.  We left Perham, MN at 615 a.m. and arrived in Grand Island, Neb. at 2013-08-07 09.26.47545 p.m..  545 miles about 300 on back roads.  Great weather and great trip. 

We stopped for breakfast in a town called Sisseton, ND and at at Billey’s Café.  All locals and nearly all retired, good food.

2013-08-07 13.00.14Back roads continued and then we stopped for sandwiches we made in a park in Irene, North Dakota. Libby’s sister will laugh.  360 people.

The temperature went up to 87 on the trip…much warmer than northern Minnesota. 

Arrived in Grand Island and ordered a pizza and hit the shower.  Now watching the Dodgers who lead St. Louis by 6 runs.  Great day.



Minnesota 2013, Day 12, Tuesday

Our last day in Minnesota.  Time just flies too fast.  We are running around in Perham this morning and then to the lake.  I am about ready to fry some bacon and eggs. 

2013-08-06 16.15.06We spent the day on Dead Lake with the folks and enjoyed ourselves…except when there was a warning about a tornado heading our way. It missed us.

It was hard to say good-bye to the family especially Dad and Mom.

Slept well till 530 am.

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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Minnesota



Minnesota 2013, Day 10, Monday

No question that we brought the wrong clothes on this trip.  It was in the low 70’s during the day and low 50’s at night.  We basically packed shorts and T-Shirts so we have frozen at times.  Great food cooked by Sister Connie and Sister in Law Debbie has kept us warm.

Took off with Tisha and her family to Phelps Mill and caught 27 sun fish.  Great fun.  Had ice crème and enjoyed the afternoon.  We visited after dinner and enjoyed the company.  Then back to the hotel. 

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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Minnesota