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Santa Fe and Taos

Food and fun in Santa Fe and Taos

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From family we started on our way down I-40 west towards home, that is, we headed westward, with a side trip north to Taos.
We needed to go to Santa Fe and Taos for supplies: more fresh roasted green chili, fresh ristrias, fresh ground chili powder, and fresh food from our favorite restaurants.

We stopped at our favorite Santa Fe restaurant, Maria’s, for tamales, enchiladas and soul food. We had fun introducing Zaya to Sopapillas with honey, something she didn’t know about. Zaya, after trying one, then set her mind to finding the best sopapilla in New Mexico. However, she also decided that she wanted to live inside Maria’s, but unfortunately for her, we did not allow her to stay behind.
From Santa Fe. we drove onto Taos where we had an RV site for that evening. We’d planned to stay in Santa Fe but because of the balloon festival, there were no sites available. It was fine as we were happy to go directly to Taos.

We are in love with Taos, the chili sauce, Caribe style, out of this world!!! Dark red chili sauce with the smell of pure chili, made from red chili pods. And green chili sauce made from chopped roasted hatch green chili, sometimes with added sautéed onions and garlic.

We planned our days around the food, late breakfast at Taos Diner, Christmas style and dinner either La Cueva or Orlandos. Zaya commented that none of our favorite restaurants had a fancy entryway.
We spent part of 1 day back in Santa Fe, drinking hot chocolate chili elixir at Kakawas and eating chili spiced brownies, visiting the earliest house and of course, another dinner at Marias.
We heard that snow was forecast and decided to head out earlier than planned. We had more miles to go, some over passes and didn’t want to get caught in bad weather. Until next time our chilies will have to last.

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Memphis and Oklahoma For Food and Family

Memphis ribs and family in Oklahoma

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Every trip on I-40 that includes driving thru Memphis, must include a stop for ribs.

Back, probably 2004 I was working a windstorm there, living in the RV park across from Graceland. I was in a drugstore and started talking with someone. I’d mentioned that I wanted to eat at the Rendezvous, written up in Bon Appetit, I believe. Anyway, this little old lady comes up and said no, you must eat at this other restaurant. I did and believe that they have the best ribs ever.

I’ve stopped at this little restaurant every trip thru Memphis, and usually, take a rack of ribs home in the RV freezer. One friend left unnamed, wanted to lick the plate!

This trip was no different;
GPS said that we could get to Memphis in about 12.5 hours. 14 hours and with 45 minutes to spare before they would close, we parked and ran in. Sure enough, the ribs did not disappoint, we stuffed ourselves, not leaving a scrap of food. We did buy an extra rack of ribs for the freezer.
From Memphis, we had another drive, on to Oklahoma. We had to take a small detour to the south-east corner of the state, but we had to make this stop. I have cousins in the area and we stop to visit whenever we can.

On our way to Atoka, we had the expected happen, we were stopped for no license plate on the RV. Fortunately, we had our registration ready and got off with a warning.
We met my cousins Barbra and her daughter Mischelle for lunch in the little town of Atoka, where Zaya met these cousins for the first time. I gave Zaya the history assignment of interviewing Barbra, who grew up in that area under much different circumstances than my own mom. Zaya made up her own questions and had a nice conversation with Barbra.
After Atoka, we drove up past Oklahoma City and met another cousin, Royaline and her husband Jerry for dinner. For dinner, Royaline and Jerry took us to a restaurant full of collectibles. So many signs and things from old Coke machines to little items. It had an old-timey feel, fortunately, cousins are not OLD!

It was great to catch up with family.

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Kill Devil Hills and Jamestown All in A Day

A very long day of visiting our history

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The original plan had been to see Roanoke in the morning and Kill Devil Hills in the afternoon. The new plan was to see Kill Devil Hills in the morning and Jamestown in the afternoon.

We made sure to be at Kill Devil Hills as soon as the park opened. I didn’t know if Zaya would be really interested at first, but this stop was for me. I LOVE flying.

We went up to the memorial, getting some great exercise walking from the Visitor’s center to the top of the hill. When I was here before some restoration was going on so there wasn’t a clear view of the monument. Now that preparations are underway for the grand opening of the new Visitor’s center on the 20th everything was sparkling clean.
We made it back down the hill in time for the 10 a.m. ranger program that took place just outside of the rebuilt hanger and workshop of Orville and Wilbur Wright. The ranger took lots of time to explain the events in detail. We felt like we went back in time.

Of course, we had a Jr. Ranger badge to earn. This meant inspecting each boulder marker for time and distance information. Dale and Zaya sprinted between the takeoff point and 1st landing to see if they could break the time of the 1st flight. They did!

There is a new (at least to me) sculpture garden behind the monument. It is set up to be like the photo everyone sees, complete with photographer and onlookers. That put everything into perspective.
Again, we ended up spending several hours at Kill Devils forcing us to rush to Jamestown.

With 50 min to spare, we rushed into the Visitor’s center to collect the Jr. Ranger book. I selected the 4 pages that would be easiest to complete in the short amount of time. The ranger at the desk assured us that we would be fine.

We found the information needed from the Pocahontas sculpture, John Smith and everything else necessary. We rushed to the desk and the Ranger took her time, staying a few minutes over, to make Zaya a Jr. Ranger.


We then went back to the grounds (which stay open until dark) to visit the site. Zaya thought that it was great to recreate the wedding of Pocahontas in the ruins of the original church. She was surprised at the true story of Pocahontas, as it was different from the movie.
We’d wanted to take Zaya to eat at one of the historic restaurants in the old Williamsburg. This was a great idea until, trying to maneuver thru small streets, realized that the 1600’s town was not made for our truck pulling an RV. So much for that idea. We got back on the road, found a rest area and made our own dinner.

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Heading Home With Lots Of Stops

Heading east before heading west for home. Taking the long way.

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As I wrote, this storm was short lived. Because my claims were commercial, meaning businesses, I had lots of paperwork after inspections. I told my supervisor that we would be leaving the area on Sunday.

After finishing up our last inspection we met up with a cousin of a friend. We were introduced via Facebook but had never met in person. That was really fun to meet in person.
In the meantime, it became possible for our 9-year-old granddaughter, Zaya to join us. Our kids arranged a non-stop plane ride and we found ourselves a granddaughter at Raleigh-Durham Airport.


We drove away from our campsite on Sunday, ready for a long trip home. Dale and I had stops we wanted to make, but, since Zaya was joining us, we changed our itinerary a bit.

First stop, Roanoke, The Lost Colony. I was there when I worked in Virginia and brought a friend to travel home with me. The two of us had never heard of the place but someone told us we had to visit. It was most interesting to learn about how the British sent several groups of people and how the last group simply disappeared. https://www.firstcolonyfoundation.org/history/the-roanoke-colonies/

I thought that it would only take an hour or two for Zaya to get her Jr. Ranger badge and go thru the site. Nope! 4 hours later, after a complete examination of all exhibits, were we able to leave. But, all 3 of us had a great history lesson.
We found an RV park with a site available for 1 night, by the beach. We’d save Kill Devil Hill for another day.

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On The Road For Hurricane Florence

Chasing the storm

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It seems like we were not home for long until we got the call out to go to work the Hurricane, Hurricane Florence that is.

I had photos spread over the dining room table and Dale had wheels off the Ferrari. We had to put everything back together, pack, clean the RV and get out. This time we had a few more days to get ready so we didn’t have to throw everything together.

Driving to Atlanta, the site of the induction, took longer than we’d wanted to take. It didn’t help that we bought some bad fuel along the way and limped into the next repair shop. But as it turned out, they knew exactly the problem and we were on our way within an hour.
Inductions are always fun, we get to see everyone we haven’t seen since the last storm. We take the time to catch up with everyone. Some people keep contact even between storms, but it is fun to see them.

It was here in Atlanta where we realized that we realized we had a slight problem. On the road, a truck pulled up next to us and was pointing to the rear. We pulled over on the shoulder and I ran back. I didn’t see anything, and we went on down the road. Well, what the guy was likely pointing to was, the cap on the bumper fell off allowing the sewer hose to fly out. The sewer hose, while taking off to the wild blue yonder, hit the license plate holder so that went flying away as well. So, we had no sewer hose or license plate.

The hurricane hit land as a very weak storm, it was mostly a water event. I was put onto a flood team, but those claims turned out to be wind damage and the flood damages were likely mostly small claims, as few homeowners have flood insurance here.
I did get some claims for fast food chains and those will go on for a while. But for the most part, there wasn’t much work to go around and it was over before it started.
Our excitement consisted of a cat-rescue. I was working outside at our picnic table for a change from the RV. A couple in a motorhome pulled into the site next to ours. The man was very nice, talking when he was hooking up the electrical, water and dump. The woman leaned out the driver’s window to say hi.

Not long after the woman yells to me out of the window, “Please come quick, get your husband, come quick, we need help” I yelled to Dale to come quickly and we ran into the neighbors RV.

The neighbors had a huge cat that got stuck inside the bed frame. The cat was quite distressed. The man was trying to tear apart the bed frame when we got into the rear bedroom. Dale helped with trying to disassemble the bed but then they realized that the frame was welded together, and it would not come apart.
The man wanted to try cutting the frame but Dale in a very calm voice said to let him try. He worked with the cat to get it onto it’s back and slowly pulled the cat out, inch by inch. We all were holding our breath.

The woman said that they had no children and the cat was their fur baby. They were both crying and loving on their cat when we left their RV.
Hopefully, they plug the hole that the cat used to get under the bed. It probably was not a happy traveler. But we were happy that we could help someone with a pet so important to their lives.

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