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 [...]

Who knew? - Hoo Doos!

25 July 2021 | Flagstaff, AZ
Mary Yeomans | 75 degrees, partly cloudy
We tried breakfast at a place across the street from our little cabin, but it was just okay...our bellies were full though so off we went towards Bryce Canyon National Park which was only 20 minutes away.
Parking at the Shuttle Station and taking the bus into the park was a breeze - and all day we didn't have to wait more than a couple of minutes. Visitors are encouraged to leave cars outside of the park to help relieve traffic and congestion, so we did.
The rainstorm the day before had wreaked havoc on many of the park trails so hikers were limited to two paths today. (We watched the news later and they only had 2.5 inches and it caused flooding all over Arizona!) We got off at the furthest stop on the loop and WOW!! The view was absolutely amazing and the colors and rock formations were incredible. Hoodoos are vertical spires of rock that result from erosion caused by rain and ice fracture and we saw hundreds of them - see the photo. Bryce Canyon has more hoodoos than anywhere else in the world, even though they are found in many other places.
We got off at all of the shuttle stops to see the formations from many viewpoints, and each was as amazing as the last. At one point we saw workers at the bottom of a very deep chasm shoveling mud off of a trail. Tough work for sure!
We finally left and ate the lunch we packed this morning at the Shuttle Station before getting in the car and heading for Flagstaff. Route 89 proved to be a bumpy, lumpy uncomfortable road and it took us through canyons, plateaus, desert, a time change (Arizona doesn't observe Daylight Savings Time), a forest, and a wicked rainstorm as we neared Flagstaff. We beat the storm into the hotel, had some wine time, and then had dinner at a nearby pizza place. It was so-so, but again we weren't hungry. Early bedtime. Changes in time tire us out!
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