Impulse Cruising Again

Vessel Name: Impulse
Vessel Make/Model: Catalina 350
Hailing Port: Langhorne PA
Crew: Bill & Mary
02 August 2021 | Punta Gorda, FL
31 July 2021 | Slidell, Louisiana
30 July 2021 | Eunice, Louisiana
29 July 2021 | San Antonio, TX
28 July 2021 | San Angelo, Texas
27 July 2021 | Santa Fe, New Mexico
26 July 2021 | Albuquerque, NM
25 July 2021 | Flagstaff, AZ
24 July 2021 | Tropic, Utah
23 July 2021 | Saint George, Utah
22 July 2021 | Saint George, Utah
21 July 2021 | Las Vegas, NV
19 July 2021 | Bakersfield, CA
17 July 2021 | Hermosa Beach, CA
16 July 2021 | San Diego, CA
15 July 2021 | San Diego, SA
14 July 2021 | La Quinta, California
13 July 2021 | La Quinta, California
12 July 2021 | La Quinta, California
11 July 2021 | Hermosa Beach, CA
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02 August 2021 | Punta Gorda, FL

Our Last Night on the Road!

Not much to report for yesterday - Bill drove and drove and drove. We left Slidell, Louisiana and stopped for the night in Lake City, FL. I had wanted to stop at Florida Caverns State Park but the tickets for the tour of the caverns are first come, first served and as we neared I called and we [...]

31 July 2021 | Slidell, Louisiana

It Was a Creole Soap Opera!

We left our room and headed out - it was not a good night's sleep. The AC went on and off all night and there was lots of noise from cars and voices, coming and going. We headed for the Laura Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana for a tour. First, a stop at King's Truck Stop for a good Southern [...]

30 July 2021 | Eunice, Louisiana

Adios Alamo

We woke up and packed up and put our things in the car in the parking garage, then walked to The Alamo. We hadn't made reservations so we would have to wait until later in the day to enter the building, but anyone can tour the grounds any time so we did that. It was much bigger than we thought! [...]

29 July 2021 | San Antonio, TX

Walking Around San Antonio!

We left San Angelo this morning and headed to San Antonio. Rolling green hills surrounded us most of the trip - farms, pastures, and trees. Very different than southern Texas we saw driving west!

28 July 2021 | San Angelo, Texas

Covering Some Miles!

Happy 90th Birthday, Mom! I'm sorry I'm not with her, but we did celebrate in June with the whole family. Fortunately, brother Carl and Nikki are with her to help her celebrate today with a lobster dinner! Her favorite.

27 July 2021 | Santa Fe, New Mexico

Learning About New Mexico

We left the hotel and stopped at McDonald's for breakfast and were on our way. Less than an hour later we were in Santa Fe, so we found our hotel and then headed to Jiffy Lube to get the oil changed - yes, it has been 5000 miles as of today! The oil change was jiffy, so we went to the Santa Fe [...]

Out of Touch for a few days!

19 July 2021 | Bakersfield, CA
Mary Yeomans | Sunny, hot
I could not get online for a few days so here is an update -

July 18 - Fresno, CA

We slept in today! Both of us woke up at about 8:30 - unheard of for us, but we were well-rested! John made another yummy breakfast and we packed, said goodbye again, and headed off to the north. Bill drove through some very heavy traffic and stop-and-go situations, more than we expected on a Sunday morning. We stopped in Bakersfield for lunch and finally ate at an In-N-Out Burger place. We had been told how good the food is at these places, so we had to try it before we left California. Well, the burgers were good, but not phenomenal for us, and the jury is still out on the fries. They are made of fresh potatoes, peeled and cut onsite, but are kind of flabby and not crispy. Anyway, overall it was a good lunch.
Back in the car I drove while Bill researched and made hotel reservations. Traffic was heavy but not like this morning. We were driving through the San Joaquin Valley and passed miles of vineyards, orchards, and some stockyards. Mountains were in the distance but the valley was very flat and quite warm - up to 92. Eventually we reached our hotel in Fresno, and Bill took a nap for a bit while I checked email and did research about our adventure tomorrow.
After some wine and nibbles we ventured out to check off another thing on the list - Dell Taco! We have never been to one but we have heard about them for a long time. Bill had a chicken burrito and small habanero taco and I had a fish taco. They were all delicious! But, Bill prefers the sauce from Taco Bell...
Back for an early bedtime - we have to get going in the morning to Sequoia National Park, which is a little over an hour from here. Looking forward to seeing the big trees there.

July 19, 2021
Bakersfield, CA

We left the hotel at 8:15 and drove through a McDonald's for breakfast. An hour later we were entering Kings Canyon National Park, which is connected to Sequoia National Park - it hard to tell where one stops and the other starts. There is no cell service in this area and it borders on real wilderness.
As we entered the park it started to rain, and when we spoke to someone at the park we learned it hasn't rained in over two months so I guess this was for our benefit! Umbrellas were helpful and we got done what was necessary and headed up to the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. Lots of twisty turns and great views later, we stopped at the Junction Overlook and turned around to go back down.Temperature there was 59!
The second half of our journey, heading south now, took us to the Sequoia National Park, and we stopped to have lunch ( bread, mayo, and turkey we bought at the Visitors Center Market) at an overlook. We got to the General Sherman Tree (the largest living organism on Earth) and after that I drove. This part of our trip was even more twisty and steep and Bill was sure he was having an aneurysm the whole time. We made it and headed into the San Joaquin Valley again, but this time we were in the midst of it. Orchards on all sides for a long way, and when we reached the end of the irrigation many oil rigs surrounded us. Temp was over 100.
We found our hotel, had some wine time , and then went for dinner at the New Vintage Grill. The food was good, and we headed back to the hotel full and ready for Night-night.
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