Friday, February 22, 2019

STUCK IN BENSON

WE HAD OUR EYE ON THE WEATHER AND HAD MADE THE DECISION TO TRAVEL BACK TO MOHAVE VALLEY ON THE SOUTHERN ROUTE (I-10) TO AVOID THE SNOW STORMS OF NORTHERN ARIZONA.  GOOD DECISION. THE I-40 WAS CLOSED AND FLAGSTAFF GOT THREE FOOT OF SNOW.

AFTER TWO TWELVE HOUR DAYS OF DRIVING ON THE I-10 WE DECIDED TO STOP IN BENSON AND NOT GET TANGLED UP IN THE TUCSON RUSH HOUR. BAD DECISION. JUST 50 MORE MILES YESTERDAY AND WE WOULD HAVE MISSED THE SNOW.




WTF, WE’RE RETIRED, LET’S TAKE A SNOW DAY.





THE SNOW IS GOOD FOR ONE THING…….







“SNOW & 33”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI

MARY AND I ARE WRAPPING UP OUR WEEK ON THE GULF COAST IN BILOXI, MS.  YESTERDAY WE MET UP WITH AN OLD PONDEROSA BUDDY AND HIS WIFE, BOB & CORRINE, FROM HAMMOND, LA. WE ENJOYED COCKTAILS AT THE 305 BAR IN THE HARD ROCK CASINO, FOLLOWED BY DINNER AT THE HARD ROCK CAFE.



THE WEATHER FOR THE WEEK SUCKED, LIKE THE REST OF THE NATION, BUT WE DID HAVE THREE DAYS THAT WE WERE IN SHORTS AND T-SHIRTS.  WE WALKED THE WHITE SAND BEACH AND BOARDWALK, LOST OUR MONEY GAMING IN THE MANY CASINOS, AND NOW WE ARE FORCED TO DRIVE HOME ON THE SOUTHERN ROUTE (INTERSTATE 10) TO AVOID THE SNOWS OF NORTHERN ARIZONA.





Sunday, February 17, 2019

KILN, MS

IF YOU'RE A TRUE CHEESEHEAD AT HEART A TRIP TO BILOXI AND THE GULF COAST INCLUDES A ROADTRIP TO KILN, MS, THE HOMETOWN OF BRETT FAVRE.

MARY AND I WERE HERE 18 YEARS AGO AND THE ONLY CHANGE WE SAW WAS A NEW FAST FOOD RESTAURANT OWNED BY SCOTT FAVRE, BRETT'S OLDER BROTHER. HERE IS MARY WEARING A T-SHIRT FROM THE OLD FARVE FAMILY RESTAURANT WHICH WAS DESTROYED 14 YEARS AGO IN HURRICANE KATRINA.  



THE T-SHIRT GOT A BIG SMILE OUT OF SCOTT WHEN SHE WALKED IN !!!

THE CONVENIENCE STORE AT THE 4-WAY STOP.



AND OF COURSE A MANDATORY STOP AT THE BROKE SPOKE BAR, WHERE NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE BRETT BECAME A PACKER.





I REMEMBER THIS STOLEN SIGN ON THE WALL FROM YEARS AGO, AND THE CURRENT POPULATION OF GREEN BAY IS LISTED AT 105,106.



TODD & DI, PRAIRIE DU CHEIN, WISCONSIN.  TODD IS MARY'S NEPHEW AND OUR FINANCIAL GUY.  THANKS FOR YOUR BILOXI HOSPITALITY !!!!



"CLOUDY & 72"

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Beauvoir

We toured Beauvoir today.  It was the last home of the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis.








This statue is in front of the Presidential Library.  It is in a newly constructed building.  The former building was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  





This is the front of the house.  The house itself was still standing after Hurricane Katrina, but the porches were all gone and the water was up to a foot inside.  Millions have been spent restoring it and other buildings on the grounds.







Don't see these two flags flown side by side very often.










This beautiful flower grows on a tree.  The plant name is Japanese Camellia.  Absolutely gorgeous!

It was a nice tour and pretty typical of other homes of the same era.  The sun was shining and the grounds were a really pretty place to get our steps.



Sunday, February 10, 2019

THE BUSH LIBRARY

TODAY WE VISITED THE BUSH 41 LIBRARY IN COLLEGE STATION, TX JUST NORTH OF HOUSTON.



ALTHOUGH GEORGE BUSH WAS JUST BURIED HERE LAST NOVEMBER, THE PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY HAS BEEN HERE AND OPEN FOR 20 YEARS.

HERE'S MARY DISCUSSING DESERT STORM WITH THE PRESIDENT.



AND REX TAKING OVER THE OVAL OFFICE, NOTE MY PACKER HAT ON THE DESK.



IT WAS A COLD AND GLOOMY DAY, BUT WE HIKED AROUND THE PRESIDENTIAL POND AND OUT TO THE GRAVE SITE.



TOMORROW IS A STOP AT THE ISLE OF CAPRI IN LAKE CHARLES, AND THEN ON TO BILOXI.