Thursday, October 25, 2012

Walking is Good for the Soul

Last night before we went to "snoozerland", we talked about going to run (literally) some errands in the morning. We are still waiting on the torsion bar to come in, so we would be walking, which is totally fine because we were both up for some good ole' exercise. We headed out after some a.m. brekkie, about 11:00 a.m. We headed down the gravel road parallel to town.

When Wayne showed us where the Post Office was the other day, he pinpointed a transmission tower to give us a good visual landmark to get us back to that that's what we started walking toward. We walked the gravel road until almost hitting the tower and then started cutting across the desert to cut some time and steps out. As we walked through the desert, we stirred up some critters. Savannah saw her first Jack Rabbit! At first, J' & I thought she got bit by something because she was screaming bloody murder, then we saw the scared lil' thing hopping away.... too fast for me to be camera-ready! Almost right after that, we scared a ground owl out of his nest... he sat still long enough for me to get one picture of him! Score!

[caption id="attachment_1880" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cute lil' critter[/caption]

We finally hit pavement and headed toward the Post Office. We passed a cute little RV park with the greenest grass I've seen all summer...along with one of my favorite little pods, a Casita.

 We were going to leave Savannah at the Post Office but she told on us! haha

[caption id="attachment_1882" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Be good, so someone will take you home...haha[/caption]

 We found, as we walked down to the main road, that the car wash and laundromat are right next to each other, so that was a major plus. The only downside to the laundromat here is that it's $2.00 per wash and .50 cent for 7 minutes of a dry. It will be a few more dollars but it's a super nice facility, it almost looks like it was built yesterday.

Inside, there are sinks and paper towel racks, very clean folding tables, the floors are spotless and the machines are all brand new. Needless to say...I'm stoked to go do some laundry! Again, it's the little things people! Once we got to the main road (Hwy 160), we decided to go look at a cute little RV that's for sale in a parking lot instead of going straight to Wal-mart. J' had seen it the other day and wanted to show it to me and I have to was right up our alley!

[caption id="attachment_1885" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cute lil fella[/caption]

It was a 1991 Itasca, the perfect length...22 feet, only had 5,500 miles on it with brand new tires & a new battery for only $7,500. We wish we could see the inside a little better but who are we kidding, we are all about the Joon Van right now...she serves us well, so we kept walking. We hit up an Auto Zone to look at some shackles for the back of the van, Savannah and I hung outside and just chilled to some Bob Marley (I brought our little Rock Out speaker & Ipod)!

[caption id="attachment_1886" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Pretty Flowers![/caption]

We finally started on our way to Wal-mart, first stopping at Mickey D's for a potty stop, then O'Reily's for another price look (& a buy of shackles). While J' was in O'Reily's I tried to stuff Savannah into my backpack so I could go into Wally with J', but I think she's grown since the last time we did that...her big butt wouldn't stay in the bag, it kept unzipping. I ended up staying outside with the Bug and just read our mail...mostly boring farming magazines, but it kept me busy for the few minutes he was inside!

[caption id="attachment_1890" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Waiting patiently for Daddy[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1891" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Ello![/caption]

Surprisingly, J' was in the store for only 15-20 minutes so we didn't have to wait long at all. When he came back, I ran back inside to get some things that I needed and a Subway sandwich to fill our bellies for the stroll home. After one of the biggest OCD experiences (from someone else) I've ever experienced, we chowed down on our Subway Club and got back on the road. When we crossed the road, we walked right up on the cutest little candy store...and who doesn't need some 'zert (dessert) for a long trek home!?

[caption id="attachment_1892" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Hey Sugar![/caption]

The Sugar Shack had lots of old fashioned candy alongside candy I've never seen before among some candy you would see in a 'regular' store. After a long-hard decision, I finally chose a big chunk of dark chocolate that looked homemade. At the check-out counter, the man offered me some chocolate covered espresso beans...for next time. Oh.My.Goodness.... those things were the shit! They were so yummy, I high-tailed it out of there before I got stuck buying him out of the damn things!

[caption id="attachment_1893" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Dark, Chunky & Scrumptious![/caption]

We were on the road back to the desert...almost home! I think this is where we both started feeling the long trek, on our back and muscles. The road home is slightly uphill and even though most of it's paved, we've still been out since 11 and it was just after 3:00 p.m.... that's a lot of walking!

As soon as we could, we cut across the desert. We could finally see Joon Van in all of her glory! She looked waaay out there, all alone in the barren desert...don't worry Joon, you'll be mobile in a couple of days hopefully!

[caption id="attachment_1895" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Can you spot Joon?[/caption]

 As we got closer, we let Savannah run off of her leash. Like Bob says, "A tired dog is a good dog." And she was just that! She stayed close to us, going off and hunting but always staying within eyes reach and always going straight toward the van...she's no dummy! I was really surprised she was still going at about 95% after all of that walking. It was a great day! All three of us got some much needed exercise and had some fun and interesting experiences. You see a lot more on foot than in a vehicle, that's for sure! All in all we did about 9 miles and we are hoping for an awesome nights sleep and not too much pain on the joints and bones tomorrow! haha

[caption id="attachment_1896" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Hooray for the van![/caption]



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