San Antonio-Lubbock-Trinidad-Rawlins - Yellowstone

Trip Start Mar 29, 2009
Trip End Aug 29, 2010

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Thursday 8th July. San Antonio - Lubbock. 778ks.
Alaska, we're on our way ....
Driving through Texas on the most fantastic roads, averaging speeds of over 110kph is like a dream come true. Our highlight of the day was supermarket shopping - we had almost forgotten what a supermarket looked like. Shelves full of recognisable goods, I could have gone absolutely mad! Cafes and restaurants galore, a real food fest for us. Roadside picnic spots often covered and complete with a bbq - perfect for our 'perc' stops.
A grey day, 26*, much more bearable for us as we drifted west. The Texan countryside
started off being tree covered flat plains (very picturesque) and gave way to market gardening and vast areas of spud fields. Oil drilling too. Texas looks to be a very wealthy state.
We pulled into Lubbock RV Park, thrilled and excited to begin camping again. To the hum of motorway traffic, an airport across the road and very dark clouds threatening rain. How we laughed, our little Truck looked positively ridiculous parked amongst the ginormous American camper homes! And rain it did, just as we settled down to sleep. Our trusty awning didn't let us down despite water pooling underneath the ground sheet. Did we sleep like babies? Don't even think about asking!

Friday 9th July. Lubbock - Trinidad. 570ks
Hi-de-hi, camping is such fun!  It's amazing how much bigger the houses and buildings are over here. We would have stopped to take a pic of the Walmart Distribution Centre but it was far too big to fit into the camera frame. Wind turbines are a popular source of energy.
The drive further north towards Trinidad was very scenic. Wide open undivided pasture. Home to cattle.
Another easy drive today on mostly dual carriageway to our camping destination. Trinidad Lake State Park, a great spot by the lake with super amenities. A lovely peaceful pozzy amongst the trees for us to nestle.

Saturday 10th July. Trinidad - Rawlins. 717ks
Despite our great camping site we had a slightly fitful sleep as we were advised to be bear aware. The black bear (a breed of bear that can be brown, black or cinnamon in colour) has recently visited the camping site in search of food -  rummaging through the rubbish bins. Having heard from the ranger that their noses are 500 times more sensitive than ours these big beasts have been known to rip car doors off so we could only imagine how easily one could rip our awning down. Naturally we didn't hesitate to store our food bins outside. Luckily for us Goldilocks was proved wrong, the bears didn't eat our porridge.
Beaut day 28* and as we pass through Colorado Springs we catch our first glimpse of the snow capped Rockies. As per the last few days the scenery is lovely.
What an amazing city Denver is - huge, modern, clean and tidy. Civic pride rules here, right down to the manicured lawns and gardens that line the motorway.
Oil wells and wind turbines dot the Colorado landscape.
We arrived at our campsite late afternoon in a blustery storm that (thank God) soon abated then we met a lovely couple from California. After Walter and Helen had kindly showed us through their lovely big cosy caravan, Dave was left wondering why I had turned a certain shade of green!

Sunday 11th July. Rawlins - Yellowstone National Park. 530ks.
We are becoming quite proficient in the packing up department at RV parks and today we were on the road by 7am heading into the sandy scrubby terrain at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming. Passing through a designated Indian Reservation gasping for a coffee we took the opportunity to stop for a 'perc' - mindful that we may not be entirely welcome.
Hunting must be rife in this neck of the woods as there is a proliferation of taxidermists in each small town. The snow capped Rockies looked stunning when we caught our first glimpse of them as we climbed into Yellowstone National Park. It's school holiday time over here so we weren't too hopeful of finding a vacancy at a camping ground within the Park. Our guardian angel was looking after us and found us a lovely spot amongst the pine trees.
Monday 12th July. Yellowstone - Corwin Springs. 205ks.
We're up at approx 2500m so it was little wonder we awoke to a chilly 5* this morning and once we had thawed out we were anxious to explore this beautiful park. What a wonderful time we had driving around, taking in the thermal sights wild life and vistas. A lovely hot sunny day it was too. Alpine forests of fir and pine, meadows of sagebrush and rolling hills. We followed the meandering Yellowstone River across a fertile valley that was once, many moons ago, a lake-bed and is now home to roaming animals. Summer wildflowers of yellow, pink and purple. Bear spotting was a little tricky. Two grizzlies resembling inert lumps of rock way over yonder but towards the end of the day we saw a young grizzly cub strolling roadside posing for photographers. There is still plenty of evidence of the wildfires that ravaged Yellowstone in 1988 and amazing to see Mother Nature at work naturally regenerating the forest.

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Karen on

Hi guys , your current destinations seem alot more like me !! ( haha) Lovely to keep track of your adventure. Us all Ok . Off to Taupo to meet Mum & dad for a long weekend for mum's birthday . Cant wait for a break out of Auckland & lots of food & wine. Look forward to catching up sometime XXX

Bill (and Ben, Hannah, and Adam on

It was so nice to meet you and share stories. We will be sure to follow your blog and hope that the rest of your trip is as fun as all you have experienced so far.

Prue Innes on

Hi Suse & Dave, I feel relieved you're in Texas with great roads and great food again very interesting love the photos beautiful scenery I would enjoy that part of the world..nice experience...healthy Di from Australia is here MonaVie Di you'll hear all about it..when are you home...Pruse xxx

mo. ainge on

Thought a little humour might not go amiss and being kiwis you would understand and the aussies are laid back sort of people who enjoy a joke. this was sent to us by an Aussie!
Still enjoying the blog keep safe.

Friendly Rivalry

The Australians and the New Zealanders - or Kiwis - have long had a friendly rivalry, a rivalry that makes it into their humor. In today's installment, I share a joke told from the Kiwi perspective.
A Kiwi ventriloquist visiting Australia walks into a small village and sees a local sitting on his veranda patting his dog.

He figures he'll have a little fun, so he says to the local, "G'day, mind if I talk to your dog?"

Villager: "The dog doesn't talk, you stupid Kiwi."

Ventriloquist: "Hello dog, how's it going, mate?"

Dog: "Yeah, doin' all right."

Aussie (look of extreme shock)

Ventriloquist: "Is this villager your owner?" (pointing at the villager)

Dog: "Yep."

Ventriloquist: "How does he treat you?"

Dog: "Yeah, real good. He walks me twice a day, feeds me great food, and takes me to the lake now and again to play."

Aussie: (look of utter disbelief)

Ventriloquist: "Mind if I talk to your horse?"

Aussie: "Uh, the horse doesn't talk either... I think."

Ventriloquist: "Hey horse, how's it going?"

Horse: "Cool."

Aussie: (absolutely dumbfounded)

Ventriloquist: "Is this your owner?" (Pointing at the villager)

Horse: "Yep."

Ventriloquist: "How does he treat you?"

Horse: "Pretty good, thanks for asking. He rides me regularly, brushes me down often, and keeps me in the shed to protect me from the elements."

Aussie: (total look of amazement)

Ventriloquist: "Mind if I talk to your sheep?"

Aussie (in a panic): "The sheep's a compulsive liar."

barbara-aaron on

Hi Susie & Dave! What a fantastic blog & I am soooo impressed with how gorgeous America is!! Wowee the photos are beautiful & who is that gorgeous gal by the lake?? I just melted in my seat when I saw the wee squirrel photo!! I hope he is a stow away!! Keep having a faaaaabulous time-sending you lots of love & hugs Barbara & Aaron xxxxxxxxxxx

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