Thursday, May 1, 2014

Rain, Snow, Hail, and Wind (Box Elder, SD)

Baaaad Weather!  Our trip took a little longer than we had planned.  We thought we could do the 800+ miles in two days, but the weather wasn't cooperating.  We spent three days traveling through snow, rain, hail, and heavy winds with gusts up to 60 mph.  
snow on Montana mountain pass
After 10 hours on the road for our first day, we stopped in Bozeman, MT.  We dry-camped in a Walmart parking lot and we woke to almost 4 inches of snow!
 One thing we are thankful for is the northern states are well prepared for unexpected snow falls.  The roads stayed clear of snow and ice for most of our journey.  There was one section of heavy snow fall and the snow was sticking to the road but it didn't last long...whew!  I can't imagine being on slick roads in our motorhome and towing our car in heavy winds...shudder!
We made an unexpected stop in Sheridan, WY when Dan decided that he was tired of battling the bad weather.  Plus, he did not sleep well at Walmart's (open 24 hrs) parking lot.  We knew we had some friends camp hosting in the area and decided to spend the night at their campground.  We had a great, but very short visit, with them.  Still, it was a sweet surprise for all of us to be able to visit and catch up.
Today, we celebrated Dan's birthday by going out to lunch in Rapid City.  Dan picked out a restaurant serving Nepalese food called The Everest Cuisine.  This was a first for both of us and it was very good!  Funny, since becoming vegans, I feel a little more adventurous in trying new cuisines.  I no longer worry how I'll feel the next day.  Often after eating out, I would wake up with headaches or just feel overall - miserable and overstuffed.  Not any more.  We had lentil soup, a mixed vegetable dish with curry, Basmati rice, flat bread, and a sweet dessert with wheat, nuts, raisins, and milk.  The dessert reminded me of a cinnamon rolls without the dough and Dan said it reminded him of bread pudding.  All of it was delicious!
On The Cutting Board
Okay, I promised some sneak peek photos of my latest Happy Campers.  I did not sew during our travels this time.  It was too dark, not to mention, a little unnerving to have the motorhome getting hit by gusts of winds all too often.  I spent most of my time reading.
Anyway, I only have two Happy Campers to show for now.  I had one person ask if I would add a black lab to one of the mug rugs.  I looked online for clipart that I could use with no luck.  I fell back on my collection of dogs and decided to use this cute puppy.  He is similar to the one I used in "Traveling with Emma".  His tongue isn't out and he has a more woeful look like he wants to be outside.
I'm almost done with the embroidery on the one above.  I have been wanting to make a quilt in sage and lavender colors.  Finding the right shades and time to make it....well, that is just getting off the subject...isn't it?  Anyway, I recently bought a yard of the sage green and I found that I had just enough of this purple to make a Happy Camper in this color combo.  I think I'll dig through my stash and look for some more shades of purple/lavender because I just love the way this one came out!
Okay, I'm ready to get back to work..or search.......
Happy Quilting!


  1. I think those road trips are not something one takes casually. Wind and weather and even a place to park would throw me for a loop. Do you need line drawings of different breeds of dogs? How big is the window? I am amazed at the variety you manage in those happy camper mug rugs.

  2. I can't believe all that snow! Happy birthday to Dan. I'm glad you found a good restaurant to celebrate after all that driving. Your colour choices for the mug rugs are wonderful.... love the sage and lavender. Take care. X


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