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 [...]

That's a Big Hole in the Ground!

23 July 2021 | Saint George, Utah
Mary Yeomans | 100 degrees, scattered showers
That is what Bill said when we went to the overlook at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon today! We drove about 2.5 hours to get there, but it was worth every minute. On the way though, a rock kicked up off the road, hit the windshield and cracked it! That was pretty shocking, but we kept driving. Our phone clocks changed by an hour as we crossed the state line from Utah to Arizona.
To get to the Visitor's Center we took a narrow, winding road and didn't see many cars, but at the top there were quite a few there already. After taking in the views from a number of locations and checking out the Grand Canyon Lodge, we headed for the car, and thunder could be heard in the distance. The Grand Canyon is an amazing sight - it can't be captured in photos, it is so immense.
We decided to go to Point Imperial, which is the highest point in the park from which you can view the canyon, and on the way it started to rain. When we parked it wasn't raining, so quickly we got out and took photos from a number of spots - it was chilly - 57 degrees! The wind picked up and the rain started, so we grabbed the lunch we had packed and sat in the car to eat and wait out the rain. Then the hail started, little marbles of ice hitting the car roof along with the rain. I saw a bolt of lightning hit a rock about 50 yds away and smoke rise up right afterwards! It was quite a storm. Hail stopped, then hard rain started, then hail started, then rain. Lightning and thunder the whole time.
Finally, we decided to make our way very slowly down the mountain since we were probably "in" the storm at the height of 8,803 feet. As we drove down, the rain let up and eventually nothing was wet around us. The sun was shining like nothing had happened up there!
Back at the hotel we unpacked lunch stuff and then drove to the historic section of St. George. The Pioneer Museum I wanted to visit was closed, so instead we went to the Zion Brewery, located in an old firehouse, for a couple of delicious beers. Across the street, we ate at George's Corner, and then headed back to the hotel. It will be an early morning to go to Zion National Park tomorrow!
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