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redietz
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March 29th, 2021 at 11:30:26 AM permalink
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The REAL adventures of terapined

Retired last summer
Decided to sell just about everything I owned and go on a permanent road trip
My east coast base will remain Tampa due to a storage locker
But will still use Vegas as a 2nd warm weather base because my MGM credit card is attached to Vegas
I use my MGM card for everything and pay it off every month so I get a nice reward every time I have visited Vegas
My travel strategy to see EVERYTHING in the country
I drive 2 or 3 hours, stop for a week checking out everything in the area
Pack up my 23 foot man cave and tow it to the next stop for a week
Exceptions are winter because I'm limited in the places I can visit so Vegas was a 5 week stay
So far started in Tampa last summer
Cedar Key FL
Tallahassee FL
Pensacola FL (need to go back, naval air museum closed due to virus)
Montgomery AL (had a reservation in New Orleans but canceled due to hurricane)
Birmingham AL (learned all about Bombingham and why it got that nickname)
Meridian MS (Jimmy Rodgers museum closed due to virus. I'm a huge fan)
Vicksburg MS (Battlefield a disappointment, they let a forest grow)
Hot Springs AR (yes I took a bath in a historic bath house managed by the Park Service)
Memphis TN (did the Graceland tour. talked myself into the Sun studio control room which tourists are never allowed)
Tulsa OK (Will Rodgers museum. It was fantastic. I had no idea. Rock star of his time)
OKC OK (the bombing memorial is quite powerful)
Amarillo TX (yea I visited Cadillac ranch )
Santa Fe NM (canyon rd is better then art museums)
ABQ NM (I ate at Breaking Bad Los Pollos Hermanos. Its a real restaurant. Twisters. )
El Paso TX (was literally one step away from crossing the border. Had to see how far I could push the envelope)
Silver City NM
Tombstone AZ (there is a wall right in the middle of the exact spot of the shootout. I made a video)
Tucson AZ
Yuma AZ (checked out the old territory prison. not much left)
Laughlin NV
Vegas
Phoenix
Quartzite AZ (of course checked out the yacht club which is in the middle of a desert)
El Centro CA (near the most unusual place I visited, Slab City, last free city in the country)
San Diego
Palm Springs (Joshua trees blew me away. How come no pic on the album)
LA (rode my bike from Santa Monica to Venice beach.)
Bakersfield CA
Fresno CA
Sacramento (camped here currently)

What a long strange trip its been
Sometimes you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right




This is a great list of places. I have gone cross-country by train four or five times in my life, and each time the train has passed Tombstone, and I have always meant to get off, spend two days, and check it out but never have. So kudos to staying there. I was surprised that Boot Hill wasn't much elevated when you see it from the train -- it's not what I expected. I'm watching an old TV show from the 50's right now called Tombstone Territory -- some of its stories take their plots from stories from the Tombstone newspaper -- The Epitaph -- from the 1880's.

I visited the Oklahoma City site a few months after the bombing -- it was affecting.

If you venture north, I'd suggest Gettysburg, of course, and that Pennsylvania town abandoned due to a raging mine fire under it, Centralia, which is in my old high school district. And if you're passing by Gallup, NM, consider lunch at the El Rancho Hotel, which was built by the brother of D.W. Griffith, the filmmaker. Centralia and the El Rancho each have a real sense-of-history about them.
"You can't breathe dead hippo waking, sleeping, and eating, and at the same time keep your precarious grip on existence."
Mosca
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March 29th, 2021 at 11:48:52 AM permalink
You're far away right now. If you ever make it to NE PA, message me, we'll share some good times if you care to.
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March 29th, 2021 at 11:53:06 AM permalink
Slab City is really not that safe. I know a few people who stayed there for a bit and they had problems with theft. One lost his solar panel and the other lost a bike that was chained to the back of his rv. Also dogs run loose and you have to keep your dog inside when not around. Lots of stoned and drunk people but also some nice and interesting ones as well. Not my thing.
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terapined
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March 29th, 2021 at 1:47:22 PM permalink
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You're far away right now. If you ever make it to NE PA, message me, we'll share some good times if you care to.


Thanks
Will keep it in mind
Still trying to get over MD loss yesterday. I thought this team would go farther.
"Everybody's bragging and drinking that wine, I can tell the Queen of Diamonds by the way she shines, Come to Daddy on an inside straight, I got no chance of losing this time" -Grateful Dead- "Loser"
terapined
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March 29th, 2021 at 2:02:23 PM permalink
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This is a great list of places. I have gone cross-country by train four or five times in my life, and each time the train has passed Tombstone, and I have always meant to get off, spend two days, and check it out but never have. So kudos to staying there. I was surprised that Boot Hill wasn't much elevated when you see it from the train -- it's not what I expected. I'm watching an old TV show from the 50's right now called Tombstone Territory -- some of its stories take their plots from stories from the Tombstone newspaper -- The Epitaph -- from the 1880's.

I visited the Oklahoma City site a few months after the bombing -- it was affecting.

If you venture north, I'd suggest Gettysburg, of course, and that Pennsylvania town abandoned due to a raging mine fire under it, Centralia, which is in my old high school district. And if you're passing by Gallup, NM, consider lunch at the El Rancho Hotel, which was built by the brother of D.W. Griffith, the filmmaker. Centralia and the El Rancho each have a real sense-of-history about them.


The REAL adventures of terapined
Thanks
I found boot hill fascinating
Most of the graves are marked and they give you a pamphlet about how each person died if known. I stopped at every single grave. Of course the cowboys graves from the shootout is prominently displayed.
Marshall Fred White who was killed by Curly Bill had quite a bit of money left on the grave for respect.
The whole shootout fascinates me.
The road the Earps and Doc walked down to confront the cowboys is public. Where the exact shooting took place, there is a wall splitting the historic shootout.
It was a local incident at the time.
2 newspapers
The Epitath and the Nugget taking opposing sides
Kind of like today's times.
Republican vs Dems. They used those party terms
Each side with their own newspapers
Country cowboy conservatives vs the town liberals
The shootout did not become famous till many years later when a Wyatt biography came out. It's actually hard to determine exactly what happened because the newspapers reported the trial from different angles depending on their readers, cowboys or townies
"Everybody's bragging and drinking that wine, I can tell the Queen of Diamonds by the way she shines, Come to Daddy on an inside straight, I got no chance of losing this time" -Grateful Dead- "Loser"
redietz
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March 29th, 2021 at 2:16:28 PM permalink
Boy, I did not know any of that. I need to stop and see the place. I have a boatload of Amtrak points, so I will eventually get there. Once you leave the train, it's 48 hours until the next one. Kind of an adventure. Like a stage coach.

There are a couple of places along that route where I wouldn't mind staying two days. Glenwood Springs (and I will go in those outdoor springs) is on the way.

One of my favorite scenes in any movie is in Tombstone where Doc Holliday meets Ringo, and they speak some Latin to each other. I realize it's all fiction, but still, it's a great scene, dripping with tension.
"You can't breathe dead hippo waking, sleeping, and eating, and at the same time keep your precarious grip on existence."
terapined
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March 29th, 2021 at 3:33:42 PM permalink
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Slab City is really not that safe. I know a few people who stayed there for a bit and they had problems with theft. One lost his solar panel and the other lost a bike that was chained to the back of his rv. Also dogs run loose and you have to keep your dog inside when not around. Lots of stoned and drunk people but also some nice and interesting ones as well. Not my thing.


The REAL adventures of terapined

I agree it's not that safe
I made sure I went during the day
If I explored on foot, I made sure my truck was not far away.
What I really enjoyed was nearby Salvation mountain
It's a site to behold.
A technicolor mountain in a way
Pretty incredible site as a guy spent his life forming the Mt with Adobe and painting it in wild colors honoring god.
Certain slab city suburbs can be safe such as East Jesus but those residents let it be known they have guns and will use if necessary
"Everybody's bragging and drinking that wine, I can tell the Queen of Diamonds by the way she shines, Come to Daddy on an inside straight, I got no chance of losing this time" -Grateful Dead- "Loser"
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March 29th, 2021 at 4:23:07 PM permalink
Heading North to see the redwoods next?
Johnzimbo
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March 29th, 2021 at 4:23:07 PM permalink
Heading North to see the redwoods next?
terapined
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March 29th, 2021 at 4:34:11 PM permalink
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Heading North to see the redwoods next?


The REAL adventures of terapined

Everybody in the RV parks tell me the Utah National parks are magnificent
So a couple weeks travelling through northern NV then 4 weeks in Utah bouncing around the State seeing all there is to see.
I like to take my time
Is there anything to see in Northern NV?
1st stop
Reno
I've always wanted to check out Reno
I'm sure I can find a lot to see and do
Maybe a little Bac. Lol. No way
People that play bac donate to the casino
"Everybody's bragging and drinking that wine, I can tell the Queen of Diamonds by the way she shines, Come to Daddy on an inside straight, I got no chance of losing this time" -Grateful Dead- "Loser"

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