Takin the Slow Road travel blog


Hi each of you who is reading our blog, especially the 5th graders at Castle Hayne. I am so glad you won $1,000 in the Garden Grant. Mike says to tell you the next post will come from the Canyon of the Ancients in Hovenweep, just in case you want to look ahead. I know school is almost over but maybe you can use it in a class project.

We will try to up load this tomorrow. Mike still doesn’t have his hot-spot working. On his last try, he was using free Wi-Fi at Burger King talking with an Apple tech. After explaining from the beginning, yet again, the techie told him to press a whole bunch of keys then told him to wait 10 hours while it reset. I am sure you can imagine Mike’s reaction.

We are leaving this campground and will stop someplace with free Wi-Fi and conduct all of our net transactions.

The Navajo State Campground started out great. We rode bikes, walked along the San Juan River, and hiked a trail that went through rocks and ended at a small Pueblo Hut that stood on top of a single rock that was 20 feet high. Those are the pictures from today. Mike can only upload pictures from his phone. It is estimated to have been built in the 1700’s. We did not try to climb the rock to go into the hut. But like most other Indian dwellings we have seen, the door faced east.

Today we woke up to 44 degrees and rain. It has stayed pretty much the same all day. Thank God for the camper big enough for us to spend a day in. Shannon M. I know you can relate to that.

We have not listened to the radio, turned on the TV or read a newspaper since we left Leland. What news we have received has been through our periodic phone calls. Speaking of phone calls, the service here is terrible. We can receive but not call out. I would like to make a commercial for dropped calls because we have not said goodbye on one call from here. I tell everyone to forget formalities and talk fast.

Tomorrow it is on to another campground; Hovenweep NP. It is there that we hope to meet up with the Knopfs. It is also primitive and will probably have bad phone service and no Internet. None of these inconveniences are enough to make us go to a KOA yet.

I have not written anything about the people we have met. Campers are wonderful people. If you want to talk to someone, all you have to do is sit outside. I would like to write a book on the stories we have been told. One couple gave away all of their possessions after selling their house and have been on the road for 8 years. They have determined that the answer to everything is peace and a good diet. They were also from CA. Sorry sister Judy. I think they grew up in the 60’s. Another couple has been on several mission trips to Ecuador. That may not seem so different but the initiator of the trips is a teacher in their town. She visited Ecuador and was so overcome by the poverty that she went back to her hometown in CO and inspired those who lived there to join her in the mission. I just love the stories we hear.

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