Tomorrow we go back to Jojoba Hills to end our journey for the summer of 2012.We have driven 8,015 miles, 6,777 of which was pulling the trailer. So our truck has done a lot of work. The radiator cleaning job just before we left really made a difference - it never overheated. It has a new set of tires and a recent lub job. Alice says it needs to be washed.
We saw Alice's brother Charles (in UT) and sister Margaret (in KS) as well as son David and his family (in IL) and his daughter Ashlae and her brood (in WA).
The weather started hot, with 104 of Las Vegas the first night on July 6. We got to higher country and survived. Then on 7/19 we headed into Nebraska and Kansas. Hot, hot, hot, and humid. We went through Memphis for a brief visit with the earthquake people then up to near St. Louis to visit JC. Hot, hot, hot, and humid. JC took on a short fishing trip up near Springfield, and I got a very bad sunburn on my leg, mostly because of the meds I was taking.
The first week in August we made it back into somewhat reasonable country from a temperature point of view. It was only Hot, hot. We visited Glacier National Park then went on into WA. From there we went to the coast of OR where we froze in 60 degree fog.
We made it down to the Sacramento area to visit with our daughters then came down to Palm Desert for brother-in-law michael's birthday party. Here it has been hot, hot, hot, but not humid. Tomorrow we go back up the hill and lose about 15 degrees.
It has been a good trip, but one that convinces me we want to stay this side of the Rockies. It will be good to get back to our base camp, though we will go over to Newport Dunes for grand-daughter Becca's wedding on 10/13. Then we start the next series of medical appointments and such.
We plan to do some traveling, but closer to base, this fall/winter. We will see.