visited friends and took in the
sites in California, Oregon, Washington,
Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska,
Colorado and New Mexico!
Yosemite to Yellowstone and to
see Bub's Mom in Chadron, we searched
out old cars, hot springs, buffalo,
deer (we did miss the deer, but
only by inches!) and old railroad
also found we still liked each
is the travelogue:
We got out of town at about 4:30
on Sunday! We drove across I-8,
the turnoff south of Casa Grande
and headed west. We got to Yuma
about sunset and stopped to get
gas because it was about a quarter
cheaper in AZ! Pretty dry across
that stretch. We continues on
8 past some amazing sand dunes
outside of Yuma-just big rolling
dunes as far as the eye could
see in either direction. We turned
north at El Centro onto a lesser
highway that was still 4 lane
most of the way and then became
2 lane but still separated. We
made pretty good time and ended
up in Indio, right outside of
Palm Springs about 9:30. There
was a Holiday Inn Express that
seemed a good and economical choice
so we stayed there.
Had some great cinnamon rolls
as part of their breakfast spread
and then hit the road about 9:30.
I had a coaching client in the
morining before we left and then
did two more calls in the car
with Bub driving.
From Indio, we headed west towards
LA and you could see the smog
blowing out from the city. We
passed truck after truck loaded
We turned north again in San Bernadino
onto a lesser highway towards
Bakersfield, where we had lunch
at an In-N-Out Burger. Bub got
a T-shirt. We continued to head
north towards Visalia. The land
was pretty dry out there, but
there began to be a lot of fruit
and other crops and lots of cows.
We learned that the county around
Visalia is #1 in cattle, citrus
and cotton producers in the country.
We went through Visalia towards
the Sequoia Forest and found the
Wicky-Up Ranch Bed and Breakfast
that we had reservations for.
We got there about 4...
Monica and John were our hosts
and she welcomed us and gave us
some history of her family and
the house. They had a PT Cruiser
Wood they had just bought that
was silver! Her great uncle Fred
had comer out with his brother
in the early 1900"s and built
the house in 1902. The walls and
ceilings were cedar and just beautiful.
We stayed in a bedroom with a
lovely old bed and lots of comfy
pillows. We pickniced in the evening
under there tall old trees in
a really beautifulk garder. A
pair of oleanders was the entree
into the front garden. A couple
of fountains were running continuously
and it was very tranquil. The
front of the house had a screened
porch that ran the length of the
house and was a comfortable place
to read and hang out. Bub found
a couch with a reading light and
was right at home. I took a nice
hot bath in the old tub and then
we went to bed fairly early.
I had an early morning coaching
call (7)and then we enjoyed a
candlelit breakfast with our hosts.
Fresh orange juice, Blueberry
bread and sweet grapefruit began
the meal and then we had French
Toast that was nut encrusted with
a wonderful maple syrup and lots
of coffee. I had another coaching
call and then we packed and hit
the road at 10:30.
We drove east to the Sequoia National
Forest and spent the next 4 hours
winding through the Mountains
from an almost sea level elevation
up to over 5000 feet.
Most of the driving was slow mountainy,
curvy roads. We stopped at the
Sequoia Museum and at the General
Sherman Sequoia which is supposed
to be the biggest tree in the
world. Some of these trees are
2200 years old. The trees were
really really tall and wide and
driving through them was an awesome
site. We took a few pictures along
the way but mostly just enjoyed
we headed back west towards Fresno
and then up the road to Yosemite.
It was 4:30 by the time we made
it to Yosemite's south entrance
and we had about 35 miles to Yosemite
Village. Again we went from sea
level to about 5000 ft., slow,
windy roads through mountains
with views that stretched for
miles. There was an old hotel
we passed with the golf course,
which looked like it probably
got overrun with deer. As we progressed
through the Park, the granite
cliffs rose thousands of feet
up and we saw 2 waterfalls that
were incredibly big and beautiful.
One of these, Yosemite Falls is
the tallest Falls in the Northern
Hemisphere-over 2200 feet high!
We checked into the Awahnee Hotel
at about 5 PM. We missed high
tea but had a nice glass of wine
in the bar and walked around the
hotel. It was built in 1927 and
is beautiful. We got a little
cabin behind the hiotel set in
the woods and have been cautioned
to be careful of the bears but
haven't seen any yet.
We left Yosemite mid morning after
enjoying the sunrise and morning
fresh air. We drove the back roads
of California to Sacramento through
rolling hills, gold and wine country.
We got on Interstate 80 and then
to 5 for a bit and then took the
west road 20 through the mountains
to CA 101. For the rest of the
day, we saw giant Redwoods along
the 101 and the Pacific Ocean.
I wanted to stop to put my feet
in, but Bub wasn't game...so we
first days seemed to be all about
the trees....The Redwoods continued
in groves up through the Oregon
part of the drive.
We stopped at Holiday Inn Express,
north of Eureka for the night
and got a hot tub in the room!
It felt good after driving all
24-25 Portland Embassy
On the 24th, I did a couple of
coaching calls and then we hit
the road about 11. We traveled
up the Oregon 101 for several
hours, enjoying the ocean view
and the forests and rivers. Coos
Bay was a neat little town and
the Rogue River flowed into the
sea. We stopped and ought blueberries
and there were wildflowers in
bloom all along the sides of the
We headed inland at Florence to
Eugene, through hills and forests
and got on a faster road (Hwy
5) to get into Portland in time
for the opening reception.
The Hotel we staying in in Portland
was built in the 1920's and was
really cool. Now an Embassy Suites,
they gave us a HUGE suite with
a living and dining room (with
a table set for 8) and great views.
Bub walked around town and got
oysters while I went to the Reception.
On Friday, Bub drove out to see
Karen and play golf while I went
to meetings all day.
Lots of fun to connect with WCR
friends from all over the west...
On Friday night we took a cruise
up the River for a dinner. 140
Real estate agents made quite
a din! There were many opulent
homes on the Riverfront and dinner
for me of Salmon was yummy.
Saturday morning was more meetings
and connecting ending with a lunch
with the National President Brenda
Bub and I hit the road again to
get to Karen Freeburgs house in
took us along the Columbia River
from Portland toward majestic
26 With Karen Freeberg
Karen threw a party for us and
invited several friends over and
we drank wine and ate! Bub and
Karen went out the next morning
and played another 9 holes of
golf while I cruised the Antique
store and took a nice long walk
up the hills behind her house.
Wildflowers were everywhere and
cherries were in season.
27 Some where between
Spokane WA and Missoula MT
We hit the road about Noon and
headed up through Washington to
Spokane. One of Karen's friends
had said the Washing side of the
Columbia was the road less traveled
and much prettier and it was---so
we drove almost alone on the 2
lane road on the north side of
the mighty Columbia for a couple
of hours before heading north.
Lots of cows and rolling hills.
Mid-afternoon we got on I 90 for
the rest of the day until we hit
Missoula about 8 PM
The drive through Idaho at Coeur
de Lane was mountainous with a
very large lake and lots of boating.
Pretty area. Missoula had a downtown
with a mixture of old buildings
and new. We looked for an old
hotel to stay in but couldn't
find one, so settled for chocolate
chip cookies at the Doubletree.
It was right on the River.
We enjoyed a breakfast on the
deck watching the flyfisherman
below and watching the birds.
Bub was hunting for trout and
eggs, but we didn't find any but
I had a great breakfast of some
fancy Eggs Benedict with crab
and filet mignon with Hollandaise....
28 With Nancy Lee Brooks
outside of Bozeman
On the way, we stopped at a car
From Missoula, we drove east and
Bub saw a car museum advertised
in the town of ????
So we stopped and there were 120
beautifully restored cars.
was absolutely beautiful. Wide
valleys and high mountains and
We reached Nancy Lee's at about
4:30 and she waited for us at
the main road to take us back
to her house with was sited on
20 acres with a breathtaking view.
She has cows,geese and Jack Russels
and Australian Shepherds and 3
cats and a Spring.
This is her backyard shot and
here is Nancy and son Brandon...
a little better picture of Nancy.
We went out for a great dinner
in her little town. Her dogs are
trained and do an agility circuit
that is set up in her backyard.
She had scads of ribbons from
29 Chico Springs MT
We woke and had a nice breakfast.
Ted Turner's land is right over
the hill and there was a helicopter
coming from there.
Brandon came by to visit. He is
working at the golf course this
summer and is 18.
The we followed Nancy to Livingston
and spent a couple of hours shopping
and having lunch before bidding
adieu. Bub found a buffalo skull
in Livingston on the way out of
town in a store that now is on
the dining room wall!!! I thought
we should have put it on the front
of the car :>)
We drove another hour south to
Pray, MT to Chico Hot Springs...Wow!!!
What a cool place
We passed some longhorn bulls
on the way in (Bub explained they
were NOT cows!)
You can see the beautiful hills
in the background
The Hot Springs were built in
the early 1900's and had rooms
in the main lodge with bathrooms
in the hall. We opted instead
for the more modern addition with
a bathroom in our room. However
there were no phones or TVs- much
to my delight
Bub had the best Halibut since
Alaska and we continued to celebrate
his birthday with a key lime dessert
The pool had a very hot pool and
a bigger, tepid pool-both were
relaxing with a view of the mountains
We took a long walk after dinner
and checked out the teepee.
Good sleeping with the window
open and the cool mountain air!
Yellowstone Lake Hotel
A long dip in the Chico pool after
coffee and then packed up to hit
the road to Yellowstone.
Great drive through southern Montana
to the North Entrance at Gardiner.
We did a bit more shopping for
western stuff(like we needed any
more :>)Soon after we got into
the park, we saw a couple of buffalo
on the side of the road. This
was just a tiny bit of what was
to come...herds everywhere as
we drove through the park.
This buffalo was on the front
lawn of the Hotel after dinner.
There was a full moon over the
lake and it was awesome
The hotel was built in the late
1890's and has been restored beautifully.
Still no TV in the room, but we
did have a phone for Internet
Well, This changed....Bub woke
up on his birthday and decided
we should blast across Wyoming
and go see his Mom in Chadron
NE. So we called and warned her.
Then set off to Idaho Falls to
have lunch with friend Nancy Thorsen
and her husband. From there we
high tailed it all the way across
Nebraska under a gorgeous full
moon. On the two lane roads in
Nebraska outside of Harrison,
is where we missed the deer, but
it was close.
2 Glenwood Springs, Colorado
With our change of plans, this
night ended in Glenwood Springs
CO at the the Hot Springs Lodge.
3 Holbrook AZ
Glenwood Springs,to Carbondale.
Stopped to see Sarge Whelan. Then
drove over McClure's Pass into
Paonia and Delta, the south to
Ouray and Silverton and Durango.
Over 3 10,000+ high passes....Really
pretty. Drove through Cortez where
we had a great Mexican Dinner
to and then drove to Holbrook
AZ. Since it was getting dark
and I was tired, we got a hotel
room for the night (finally).
Back in Arizona, Bub wanted to
stop to see friend, Marcus, in
Pinetop, so we spent the morning
there and got home mid-afternoon.