Apr 24, 2017 (Mon)
We took the southern route to Virginia, passing through Orem, Price, Moab, Monticello, and Blanding. We decided to see Hovenweep National Monument, since we had never before seen it. We took back roads to get there (that's the only way to get there) passing by Hatch Trading Post.
|Back roads of Southeast Utah|
|Hatch Trading Post|
|Hovenweep National Monument|
|Ancient Pueblo Indian ruins|
|Trail into the canyon|
|And back out|
We continued on to Cortez, Colorado where we found a hotel and a small family restaurant (Jack and Janelle's) that served a good gluten-free dinner.
Apr 25, 2017 (Tue)
It was raining when we left Cortez at about 8:30am. It was a rainy day, but we could still enjoy the scenery of southwest Colorado.
|Butte outside of Cortez, CO|
|The Ship Rock through the rain|
|Old Town Albuquerque|
|Old Town gift shop|
|Old Town garden|
|Old timer in Old Town|
|Entering Cadillac Ranch|
|This is where the Texans raise Cadillacs|
|You can spray paint to your hearts delight|
We stayed the night in Amarillo, Texas
Apr 26, 2017 (Wed)
This morning was cold and windy when we left about 9am. We stopped in Elk City and went to the Route 66 museum. It was a very nice museum.
|Route 66 Museum|
|My Katina doll|
|Some of the museum buildings|
|Where's the fire? The GPS hasn't been invented yet|
|Let's stop at the trading post|
|Welcome to dinner|
|Old time tools|
We continued on through Oklahoma eating lunch in the car.
We got to Fort Smith, Arkansas and stopped at the Fort Smith National Historic Site. We arrived at 4:40pm, which gave us about 20 minutes to look around before it closed.
|Fort Smith NMS visitor center|
|Sleeping quarters awaiting trial|
|Judge Parker's courtroom|
|What is a fort without cannons|
|Where the rivers meet|
We then went on to North Little Rock, Arkansas to spend the night.
Apr 27, 2017 (Thu)
We found that the hotel where we stayed was very close to Pugh Mill. This is a picturesque mill that was used in the movie "Gone With The Wind." People were there planting flowers and cleaning the park. It's a pretty area.
|Bridge over the Old Mill Stream|
|What a grind!|
|Good luck in getting water out of this pump|
|Old Mill Park in North Little Rock, AR|
|Yes, we went through Tennessee|
We drove more than 600 miles today. It was a long day, but the weather was good and the green trees and rolling hills were beautiful. We stayed the night in Bristol, Virginia.
Apr 28, 2017 (Fri)This morning we left about 9am, heading toward Williamsburg, VA. We called Kyle Wheeler (Doug's son) from a rest stop and made arrangements to visit his family. We stopped for lunch in Lexington and then we went to Buena Vista where Kyle lives. We met Kyle's wife Mel and sons Dillon and James. Mel sang a couple of songs for us. She is a professional folk singer.
|Kyle & Mel's house|
|Serenaded by Mel|
|Kyle & Mel's family|
|Southern Virginia University|
|Main university building|
|Julie and Chris's home|
|Back yard and woods|
|Our apartment is on the top, righthand side of this building|
|The dining area and living area of the condo|