We made it to our destination - Spokane, WA. I did not realize how much I missed seeing snow covered mountains until we crossed over into New Mexico's northeast corner near Raton. Seeing the mountains on the horizon made me feel like I have come home.
|Rest area - Trinidad, CO|
We are not the only ones happy to be settled in one spot for a couple of weeks. Four days into our cross-country travel, the cats started caterwauling their protest. Max started the protest. Soon Hitch would jump onto the back of my chair to howl in my ear while Dusty walked around my feet mewing his protest.
|Time for a nap - Squirrel|
With all the protesting, we stayed an extra night at Lathrop State Park with hope that this would settle the cats down. They went out for walks, soaked up the sun, and ate grass. According to Max, it was not long enough. So, the protests continued on down the road.
|Beautiful view from our site in Lathrop SP|
We stayed one night at Terry Bison Ranch in Wyoming. We ate dinner in their restaurant. We were worried about finding something to eat when we read that they would substitute any flavored hamburger sandwich with a veggie burger. I wish more restaurants offered this kind of substitute. It would give us more of a variety than just the vegan plate.
After a delicious dinner, we walked around the ranch. This ranch is setup to entertain the whole family with train rides, horseback riding, small carnival rides, and a variety of animals. Here's a few photos of the ranch's animals that I manage to get during our short walk before sunset.
|I say it looks like we have some visitors. Let me get a closer look...|
|Do you like my new hair style?|
|New colt giving Mama a kiss|
After we left the ranch, the weather started turning colder with precipitation. Rain turned to slush. Slush turned to snow and visibility became dangerously low for the highway. We decided to stop at a pull-off for lunch. According to AccuWeather, the cold front would blow through within a couple of hours. We had our fingers crossed since we really did not want to spend the night in the middle of nowhere. The snow did stop and we were able to get back on the road...for a short time....
|We go outside now?|
We did not get far when we reached the Sheriff's department and State Troopers blocking both lanes while clearing a rolled over truck from the highway. By the time we drove by, we could not tell if more than one car had been in the accident. We can only hope the travelers made it through the accident with minimum injuries.
We were south of Kaycee when the snow started again with a vengeance this time. We had planned to spend to night in Sheridan visiting with friends, but between the snow, side winds, and the accident, it was time to call it a day. The snow did not stick, but we found out later that the highway south of Buffalo was closed due to bad weather. We made the right choice to stop early
|Biiiig snowflakes! Kaycee, WY|
I wish I could say our trip was uneventful with a relaxing time despite the weather issues. The motorhome had quite a few problems. Two major ones were the exhaust brakes were not working and a hose burst to our air bags. Dan was able to fix the exhaust brake problem. The air bag leak was more major and we were very lucky it stopped working while we were parked at a truck stop. Dan called it our lucky breakdown because if it had happened on the mountain pass in the construction zone, we would have been blocking the pass for hours. When the air bags are deflated, the motorhome does not move. I'm not sure if we would have stopped suddenly or if the motorhome would have coasted to a stop. Not something I would want to experience that is for sure. Both were a very scary thought of what could have happened while we were on the mountain passes. Dan was able to get a mobile RV/Truck service to repair and replace the burst hose within a couple of hours.
I'm happy to say we made the rest of the trip without any major mechanical problems or cat protesters.
On The Cutting Board
|New design - Dreamcatcher|
|Southwest Vintage Trailer|