Heading East

We left The Winnebago GNR Monday afternoon July 21st and headed east to Patterson, NY. We didn’t travel far that first night because we got such a late start. We got as far as Des Moines, IA and stayed at The Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona.

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It was the only time Eileen and I ever went into a casino and just had dinner and left. We had no cash. The ATM charged 10% for the transaction plus a $3 service charge. If that wasn’t bad enough the ATM said if you don’t take your money fast enough the ATM will pull it back and you would have to contact the provider to get a refund! We said no thanks and left.

It took us a little over four days to drive the 1226 miles from Forest City, IA to Patterson NY. There we had dinner at Eileen’s brother Bill’s house.

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Guess who’s driving?  Scary huh!  Only drove for an hour.  Too much construction on the road.

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Steak dinner with Bill, Eileen, Kelly, Eileen and Sara.

The following day we had them all over for a barbecue at our house. There were ten of us including two children. We had hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages with grilled onions and peppers and pasta salad with lots of desserts.

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Max is waiting for his next command.

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Max made lots of friends that weekend and played fetch for hours!

Monday July 28th

We drove to Auburn MA and spent the night at an Elk’s Club parking lot with their permission of course.

Tuesday we drove to Northwood, NH to see Robin and Scott and our three grand dogs. We stayed at Saddleback campground.

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Wednesday we got in the car and went up to the White Mountains Forest. To see the Flume Gorge. The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty. It’s like walking through a crack in the earth.

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Beginning of trail.

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Who needs a stairmaster!  The climb took us about an hour and 15 min. to do.  Breathtaking views plus bear and wolf dens.

 

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Had a little extra time, so I carved this heart shaped trunk for Eileen.

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Through out the walk you will find orange ribbons tied to a plant describing what the plant is.

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Rain shelter (or hide to rest shelter).  It was pretty humid there.

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View of the White Mountains from the Kancamagus Scenic Byway.

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Dinner with Robin at Susty’s on Thursday night.

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Dinner was good!

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Robin and Scott cooked us dinner last night and then we went out to Johnson”s for desert.

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6 thoughts on “Heading East

  1. Absolutely breath taking pictures. I just love the fact that you are trucking around touring the country. What a wonderful way to make life long memories.

  2. Oy! I am trying sooo hard not to be jealous, but I’m losing the battle. The pictures were wonderful and I had a moment of deja vu looking at the sign describing the Flume. 1974 was a very good year!

  3. The pictures are terrific. That was QUITE a trail! Looks like a beautiful and challenging place to walk. I look forward to receiving more updates and seeing you next month. We’re already talking about where to eat! Nice weekend. Ariel

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