Where have you been??

That is what some of you may have been wondering. I have missed visiting your blogs on a regular basis. Maybe some pictures will make up for my absence.

We pulled out of our spot in Florida early on Sunday morning, November 10. We had planned to go as far as Chattahoochee, FL that night.

We are pretty long while in tow, approximately 55 feet (just short of 17 meters). We did make it to Chattahoochee, FL where we discovered a lovely little restaurant called Northside Seafood. If you ever pass through there, give their potato salad a try!!

Chattahoochee, FL

The next day we made it further than expected and got as far as Duson, LA. During this leg of the journey, we crossed the mighty Mississippi! That is always something special for me. The Mississippi is known around the world and I always love seeing it – despite that it is largely industrial in this area.

Crossing the Mississippi

That was the night the Arctic Blast hit the middle of the US. It was about 70 degrees F (21C) when we got there. The wind came up at about midnight and by the next morning it was 28 degrees F (-2C) Ouch!

Duson, LA

On the next day, our planned stop was to be San Antonio, but again making good time, we decided to push through the city so that we did not need to navigate it the next morning. We found a spot that worked for us in Boerne, TX. I don’t have a pic from here – waaay to chilly for this girl.

The roads in Texas were definitely not in the best shape and I wondered how my plates and glasses would fare as I had not padded them prior to pulling out. But although they had moved in the cabinets, nothing was broken. But the wide open countryside was such a balm for the soul! I love the wide, open spaces of the west.

Somewhere in Texas

Our next stop was in Van Horn, TX. We are very familiar with Van Horn, as it has been a stop for us previously while driving along I-10. The temps where still cold and I had to rub the ice off the windshields the next morning. But, we had decided that we could make it all the way to Tucson that day and that was exciting – so we were up just before the sun. Obviously the constant time changes also helped with early morning get ups in the cold.

A chilly Van Horn, TX

New Mexico is also a land of wide open spaces and the scenery is beautiful.

New Mexico

Finally we saw the welcome sign we had been waiting for!

Arizona state line

We headed along the last leg of our journey. We found our spot and finally the truck could get unhitched and we could put our legs down for a while. We will be here for an extended stay.


Cacti in various shapes

So now that I am settled and the immediate organizational arrangements are made, I will be back to visiting your blogs and entering challenges.

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9 thoughts on “Where have you been??”

  1. Monica, I just love hearing your travel journey and seeing the photos and all the places, I've never been to.

    I have a cousin living in Chandler AZ which I've yet to visit, maybe someday.

    I'm in the North and watching the big snow flakes fall once again after surviving this last ice/snow storm. Your photo is very sunny and fun looking, thank you for sharing. Hugs, Lori m

  2. Wonderful travel story, Monica! Sorry you got hit with the super cold temperatures but at least your travel wasn't affected too much. Delightful photos. Thanks so much for sharing them with the rest of us who are cooped up at home. 😀

  3. Fascinating account of your journey, Monica. Are you in arizona now There is probably a fairly warm climate there …? If there are such cacti, it must be warm. We have just fallen snow in Poland and it is terrible.

  4. Oh my goodness! Look at the length of your truck and van! Monica, do you drive and tow? Your journey westwards looks like a great adventure and your destination is amazing with the giant cacti! Have fun and enjoy the climate. xx

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