Saturday, January 30, 2010

Safe in Dallas

Hello from the Walmart parking lot in Dallas, near our friends Shelley and Jay. Thank you all for your good wishes and thoughts today. The beginning of the trip was a bit hairy, but overall it really wasn't too bad. We made it to safe, dry roads and got to Dallas in time for dinner with our friends.

We went to The Blue Fish and had a wonderful meal. We had a great waitress and only a short wait for a table. We are back at the RV and I am managing to get a signal from a nearby restaurant/coffee shop. It's not strong, but it's enough to let me post and let you all know we are safe. What more could you ask for?

Tomorrow we'll be heading east and then eventually we'll turn north and hope for the best. As long as we are home in time for the Superbowl - everything will be good. We missed my cousin's 8th birthday party today and that makes me sad, but we'll plan a trip to see him soon.

I hope this post finds you safe and warm and happy on this Saturday night. It's actually my half birthday - so happy unbirthday to me!

~ Kass

Keep good thoughts...

...say a prayer - whatever it is you do - please.

We need all the good vibes we can get right now.

We are trying our luck at getting out of Amarillo this morning.

I'll post as soon as I can from the other side of this weather.

Happy Trails,
~ Kassidee

Friday, January 29, 2010

Leaving Amarillo - again

Hello from the frozen wasteland that is currently Amarillo. We can't dump the tanks - they are frozen. We can't get more propane - the road to the tank at the RV Park isn't plowed. We can't watch TV - the cable snapped when Ken tried to see if he could disconnect it. (I guess the answer is yes - but only if he didn't want to use it again).

I am going to keep this short because the connection is so tenuous that I never know when it will just disappear. I have not been able to get on all day after a brief time on early this morning.

Ken spent the day outside the RV in frigid temperatures with a hair dryer and an ice scraper. The sheets of ice that were on the sides of the slides and on the tops have been melted and chipped away. We can now close the slides in the morning. We have decided to head south and then east to get out of here. Interstate 40 is finally open here again but we decided we didn't want to follow the path of the storm across three states. Apparently the roads are being plowed but not salted - so the layer of ice is still there to contend with. It is still better than yesterday and this morning when all roads leading in any direction from Amarillo were shut down. They were showing footage on the local news this afternoon of all the trucks, lined up and waiting for the highway to re-open.

We have been catching up on lots of movies and eating some fine jambalaya that Ken made with the Andouille sausage we had in the freezer from our trip through Louisiana.

Please keep good thoughts for our safe departure out of here in the morning. As soon as I have access again, I'll let you know how we fared.

Stay warm!
~ Kassidee

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Stuck in Amarillo with the Memphis Blues again

Hello from an ice storm in Amarillo. We listened to the ice hitting the RV since about 4 o'clock this morning. Around 11 A.M. it turned to snow. We are staying put until it is safe to drive again. We'll see what tomorrow brings. We are back at Overnight RV Park and I am off to the office to see what movies I can watch today.

If the internet holds up (and that is questionable) I will try to back track a bit and fill you in on the details of our trip.

See you later!
~ (an iced-in) Kass

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Life is Grants

We stopped in Grants, N.M. for the night. Ken had spotted a sign for a 15 dollar a night RV Park when we were headed west. Now that we were headed east, he made good use of it. How can you go wrong for 15 dollars? We pulled in late last night after having a (very) late lunch in Flagstaff, Arizona. We are at the Bar S RV Park.

Yesterday was a travel day. We got up early, pulled up stakes, and hit the road. We drove until about 4:30 and had ‘lunch’ (my only meal of the day) in Flagstaff at Mama Luisa’s. It was a nice little place, with a friendly waitress but the food was the most bland, unseasoned, boring food I think I ever ate. Scratch that off the list of places to eat again.

We were back on the road – until we hit Grants. I read my book club book all the way here - Olive Kitteridge. Now I can go the meeting when I get home having read the book. As soon as I hit 'send' we are off to Santa Fe for my hamburger and a one stop shopping trip. Luckily, the store is in the same building as the restaurant.

Ken is waiting for me to get off the computer so he can pull in the slide and we can hit the road. Santa Fe – here I come.

~ Kassidee

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Leaving Las Vegas

We are packed up and heading out. It looks like we may spend the night in Santa Fe. I wanted to buy something there that Ken talked me out of and I want to go back and get it. Also - when we were there he had that awesome burger at The Sleeping Dog and I really want one!

I guess we won't really be starting the big push east until tomorrow - but we are officially on the road heading home.

I promise to fill you in. We were having too much fun to stop and type. It really was a wonderful week in Nevada.

More when I can,
~ Kassidee

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saturday night and the rain has stopped

I know I have a lot of catching up to do - and I will do it...but not tonight. I just wanted to check in and say hello. The internet access has been pretty bad and we have been pretty busy. Not a good combination for blogging but a fine time in general. I can't wait to tell you all about it. I'll try to do that tomorrow.

Happy Weekend!
~ Kass