• Joe Campos

Black Skye on The Road

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We started with a bang right after Laura Not so surprising retirement party.

On 09/11/2021, we went to a Donut Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee. We had delicious coffee, mimosas, and bite size donuts.

On 09/11/2021, Jose and I enjoyed the day time and nightlife of Nashville, Tennessee . To our surprise it is the bachelorette capital of the world.

On 09/12/2021, Jose and I visited the Birmingham's historic Kelly Ingram Park, site of civil rights rallies, demonstrations, and confrontations in the 1960's (Birmingham, AL).

The Oklahoma City National Memorial honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. On 09/15/2021 we visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial which is a sobering experience. No where in the memorial will you find the name of the bomber.

On 09/18/2021 we visited the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. We walked a trail into the Painted Desert badlands and petrified wood at Blue Mesa which is an amazing peaceful walk. We then walked through the Giant Logs section of the park to see some of the largest petrified logs.

09/23/2021-09/26/2021, we attended the Overland Expo West in Flagstaff Arizona. What an amazing time we had.

From 09/27/2021 until 09/30/2021 we stayed at Mathers Campground in the Grand Canyon. Unbeknown to us we had accidently booked a horse site which was amazingly quiet and lavished with wildlife. Each morning the female elks would come to the horse corrals looking for a free meal of horse hay most likely.

10/02/2021, we visited the Hoover Dam on the border between Nevada and Arizona. The Hoover Dam tours were closed due to COVID however we got to walk the bridge and drove Black Skye on the roadway that takes you through the top of the dam.

On 10/02/2021, we took Black Skye for a little ride on a dirt road. Jose was a little nervous because Laura was driving.

On 10/03/2021, we stopped at the ugo rondinone: seven magic mountains. Seven Magic Mountains is an artwork of thresholds and crossings of balanced marvels and excessive colors, of casting and gathering and the contrary air between the desert and the city lights-Ugo Rondinone.

From 10/03/2021 until 10/06/2021 we stayed at Joshua Tree National Park. What a beautiful and peaceful place to camp. There are a variety of activities to enjoy suck as hiking, rock climbing, bouldering, camping, watching wildlife, etc.

On 10/07/2021, we got the opportunity to visit Slab City, also called The Slabs which is an off-the-grid squatter community in California. It took its name from concrete slabs that remained after the World War II Marine Corps Camp Dunlap training camp was torn down. The people that we met there were very welcoming and amazing to met.

We also visited the Salton Sea near the Town of Bombay Beach. The Salton Sea is a shallow, landlocked, highly saline body of water at the southern end of California. There is very little wildlife there. As you walk along the sanded areas you could hear the crunching of the hardened layers of salt beneath your feet.

On 10/08/2021, we went to La Jolla, CA and got to watch some amazing wildlife. Laura was in heaven and could have stayed there all day to watch the seals in the Children's Pool.

On 10/11/2021 we visited Laguna Beach, CA. This is the area where we spend the night right next to Heisler Park.

On 10/13/2021 we saw the Queen Mary.

On 10/13/2021, we drove by the Long Beach Shipping Terminal in California. It was backlogged for miles and the shipping barges are waiting to get into the port for miles to.

We were in Mission Bay in San Diego, CA for a few days. We took out the paddle boards and the underwater camera to see the Sea Lions on the floating dock. Unfortunately something went wrong with the underwater camera and it is now not working, however we were able to recover a few photographs that we took from the memory card.

On 10/13/2021, we went to the Santa Monica Pier. This is the end of US 66.

After visiting Santa Monica Pier we took a walk to Venice Beach. We saw an abundance of homeless people, art work, Venice Beach Recreation Center were there are public outdoor gyms.

On 10/17/2021 we had the opportunity to visit Yosemite National Park. Apparently there is a drought and the waterfall was almost non-existent so Laura took the opportunity to climb the rocks where the waterfall should have been.

On 10/17/2021, we stopped in Bridgeport, CA for the night. Here are some photographs of this little Towns Court House. Notice the ghost of Laura's past on two of the photos lol.

On 10/18/2021, we after a very loud windy night in the van we woke up to Jose's broken promise to Laura of never seeing snow again.

On 10/18/2021, we spend the day in Old Sacramento, CA. We had a great time walking around the town and had some amazingly tasty lunch there too.

On 10/18/2021, we went to our first Harvest Host location at Julietta Winery. Laura had an amazing time stalking the humming birds that were feasting on the beautiful flower garden in the winery.

Jose found this little booshie coffee shop in California were you have to pay to rent a private room in order to use an electrical outlet to charge your computer or any other devices.

On 10/19/2021, we drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and spent the night between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Laura finally broke out her tele zoom lens for her camera and found that it wasn't that hard.

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