Monday, November 11, 2013

Friends and High Points!

One of the great things about traveling around the US is running into friends along the way!  Phyllis Frey Cheatham moved to Lake Jackson (south of Houston) 6 years ago when she married Mike Cheatham.  We had lost touch but she recently tracked me down to visit in PA (she was going home to visit in Oct. while we were in Texas - too funny!).  Since PA didn't work we made sure a visit in TX would work so we met in Houston for a great time of catching up and getting to know Mike.
Phyllis and Mike - great to see you!

We also had a great time catching up with RV friends we met out west last year.  The "10-pac" was traveling east-to-west while we're going west-to-east and our schedules allowed us to meet up in Texas. The time together was way too short but it was great to see everyone!  Have a fun Thanksgiving in Verde Valley!  We'll miss everyone!
Trudy and Alan

Taco salad dinner with everyone - yummy!

and even ice cream cones for dessert!
Ann, Jean, Ed and Judy
We felt the urge to tackle a few more high points so we took advantage of the time while our Jeep was having warranty work completed (and a free rental car didn't hurt!) and we hit the road for 2 days. Day 1 - we drove over 450 miles (9+ hours due to lots of back roads - very beautiful though) to Mount Magazine State Park in Arkansas to make our long (ha ha) trek of .4 mile and 153 ft. elevation gain to the top of Mount Magazine at 2,753ft.  #16 in the books!

After leaving Mount Magazine we drove 2.5 hours to Arkadelphia, AR to spend the night before Day 2 - another 3.5 hour drive to Louisiana's high point at 535 ft. - Driskill Mountain (the 3rd lowest high point in the US with FL the lowest and DE next).  This one was an .8 mile hike with a little elevation gain (maybe 100+ feet).  There is a lot of oxygen at this elevation (which we're not used to!).  After bagging #17 we drove another 5 hours back to the RV in Willis, TX (Lake Conroe).  Long days but fun as we're checking off our high points one by one!

Tomorrow we leave TX and head to New Orleans until Sunday.  Then we'll spend Sunday/Monday traveling to Clermont, FL where we will stay until December 16.  It will be strange to be in one place for 4 weeks as we have not "settled down" for several months.  It has been a great summer!

Til next time...Happy Trails!

1 comment:

  1. all I could think about is............all that driving!!!......and of course, I don't think I could ever climb like you all do!...great pics! someday we will get together!!!.....till then.......gene and I say "have fun and be safe"!