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
Recent Blog Posts
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 [...]

Old Trees and an Old Town

26 July 2021 | Albuquerque, NM
Mary Yeomans | Partly Cloudy, 84 degrees
We had a nice breakfast at the hotel and left for Albuquerque. We stopped at the Petrified Forest National Park and drove through it from the south to the north. The landscape on the way there was very nondescript - flat, scrubby, and boring, and this continued into the park. No trees at all - not like the other parks we have seen.
Once we entered the park we started seeing large sections of petrified trees just lying around on the ground. At the Visitor's Center we got out and walked a loop that went by many specimens of these petrified pieces of trees as they were found long ago. The photo shows Bill with one tree that was almost whole. These just "emerge" from the ground as the sand and soil around them is washed away by rain and wind. None of them were moved to their current locations.
Back in the car we continued the drive through the park, and came upon different topography. There were big hills that had "stripes" that marked layers of different minerals - these are part of what is called the Painted Desert since they look like they were painted with the colored bands.
Also, we learned that much of what we saw is called "badlands," and these are areas of eroding rocks that do not support the growth of vegetation. The area is barren, rocky, and often looks like old quarry sites.
After leaving the park we stopped for gas on historic Route 66 for $2.95/gal on our way to Albuquerque, NM and checked into our hotel which is also on Route 66. Much of this famous highway has been included in newer highways but there are sections that are still driveable. After settling in we walked to "Old Town Albuquerque" to check it out and were rather disappointed. Some buildings are original, but most are built to look old and all are now shops or restaurants except for a church located by the plaza. We thought we would learn about early times in this town, but that was not to be. And, today is Monday, so many of the vendors were closed!
Not one restaurant there was open, so we walked back to the hotel and had some wine time, then drove to El Patio de Albuquerque and had a delicious dinner, followed by amazing sopapillas with honey. This was located near the university, and there were many interesting restaurants in the area. Back to the hotel for bedtime with full bellies...
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