Thursday, November 14, 2019

Victory Junction – Adam’s Way

Victory Junction – Adam’s Way

#MyGivingStory @GivingTuesday 


#MyGivingStory is a social media storytelling contest created to foster a public conversation about giving and to inspire more people to give.

z & Paul Smith (Victory Junction – Indoor Sports Field)


Below is my entry: 

My devotion to the resilience of children stimulates me to give back. Every month, my husband and I donate to Victory Junction. We love how health challenged children entrusted to this camp gain a greater understanding of their own strengths and courage.

Victory Junction is a medically safe, yet exhilarating facility that challenges youngsters who have a serious medical condition to try things they never imagined possible. As they conquer activities like zip lining and archery or experience bowling, fishing or swimming, the children build confidence that will positively shape how they view the rest of their lives. You should see the “Adventure Tower” which stands fifty-five (55) feet tall and is covered in puzzling ways to get to the top!

We visited the Victory Junction a couple of years back and were thrilled to see how creativity and ingenuity came together to offer these kids the experience of their lives.

This transformative Camp has enriched over eight thousand young campers and thanks to generosity of donors, families never pay for their child to attend. How awesome it would be if we could donate that $10,000 prize to this charity.

“Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.” ― William Shakespeare, Macbeth. The camp began operation in 2004. It was the dream of Adam Petty, a fourth-generation race car driver from the famous Petty family. Adam died at the young age of nineteen in 2000 during a practice lap crash. It was his dream to help children and Adam’s family, fellow drivers, plus friends made it happen.

Victory Junction is part of SeriousFun Children’s Network (SFCN), an alliance of nine camps nationally and thirty camps worldwide that serve children dealing with serious medical condition and chronic illnesses. It is also an official charity of NASCAR.

If you are ever near Randleman, North Carolina, I highly recommend you arrange for a tour of the Victory Junction grounds. The insight you reap will enhance your life.

The twenty entries with the most votes will be sent to the Contest Judges. Voting is super easy. You just click on the entry link and then click on the green vote button on the top left of the screen. Bam you are done for the day.

You can vote once daily until December 10, 2019.

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to Vote for My Entry


What are the prizes?

There are several streams of prizes:
  1. From among the 20 finalists with the most votes, the judges' rankings will determine the winners of 1st Place ($10,000 for your chosen nonprofit organization), 2nd Place ($5,000 for your chosen nonprofit organization) and 3rd Place ($2,500 for your chosen nonprofit organization).
  2. The four nonprofit organizations that are nominated by the most story submitters will each receive $2,000 grants. (Note that this will not impact individual stories' eligibility to be a finalist or winner of one of the larger prizes.)
  3. The five stories submitted by people between the ages of 13 and 17 with the most votes will receive the #GivingTuesdayKids award and $1,000 for their chosen nonprofit organization.
  4. The five Spanish-language stories with the most votes will be reviewed by judges. The two finalists with the highest scores will receive the #Yo Donoy Porque award and $12,500 for their chosen nonprofit organization.
  5. Two stories that touch the GivingTuesday team will each receive an Honorable Mention and $1,000 for their chosen nonprofit organization.
  6. Eight times throughout the voting period (twice per week), an entry will be selected at random to receive a $500 grant for their chosen charity. (Note that this will not impact individual stories’ eligibility to be a finalist or winner of one of the larger prizes.)
  7. Every day during the submission period (November 1st to December 3rd), an entry will be selected at random to receive a custom GivingTuesday gift. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Why the Unlocator?

Why the Unlocator?

Unlocator is a Danish company that focuses on methods to help people get around internet restrictions, censorship, and geo-blocking. The company provides both Smart Domain Name System (Smart DNS) and a full-blown VPN service.

Smart DNS is a great way to access online services that are blocked, however in order to gain privacy it is necessary to use a VPN. The good news is that Unlocator provides access to both technologies to give subscribers everything they might need.

While VPN and Smart DNS might overlap in some cases they each shine in their own way. Let’s take a look at both of the products so you can better decide what is the right choice for you.

The Quick Comparison

VPN Pros

  • • Encrypts Data
  • • Adds Privacy
  • • Anonymous Browsing

VPN Cons

  • • Limited Device Support
  • • Need to turn on/off
  • • Adds Slight Overhead

Smart DNS Pros

  • • Made for Streaming
  • • Supports Most Devices
  • • No Software to Install

Smart DNS Cons

  • • Only Select Channels Supported
  • • No Additional Encryption
  • • Regular Privacy

Privacy on the Internet, or perhaps the lack of, is a much discussed subject. These days our every move online is monitored and tracked by governments, internet providers, ad networks etc. Profiling of individuals is happening on a larger scale than ever before.

Use VPN to Protect Your Privacy Online

Profiling happens via a range of mechanisms but the most important is your IP (Internet Protocol). Your IP is a number, which is assigned to you automatically when you go online. It’s much the same as a number plate on your car.

Every piece of data you send or receive when connected to the Internet is bound to your IP. By connecting to a VPN then your real IP address is hidden.

After connecting to a VPN then all the activities you perform online will be bound to the IP of the VPN server and not your real IP.

This is pretty much the online equivalent of that cool James Bond car where he can switch number plates at the push of a button.

How often have you come across a streaming service that did not work because you were not located in a supported country? The ability to use streaming service across borders is still a challenge. However, with Unlocator Smart DNS that is no longer the case.

How Smart DNS Works

No Tech Skills Required

The explanation below has been created to satisfy the knowledge hungry user. Unlocator Smart DNS is easy to use and no tech skills are required to set up your device. Create a free Unlocator trial and follow the setup guides and you will be ready in minutes. The explainer is not required reading.

DNS stands for Domain Name Resolution and it’s basically a phone book for every website on the Internet. A webserver has what is known as an IP address, which is a long number in the format xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx used for identification. However, since it’s easier for humans to write google.com in a browser instead of a server IP address then DNS handles the translation from domain name to IP address.

Whenever you try to use a streaming service then your location is revealed to the streaming service via your IP address. However, when you use Unlocator Smart DNS on your device then we make sure that all requests that, using a normal DNS server, would reveal your location are rerouted to our infrastructure in order to mask your real location.

Unlocator Smart DNS does this real time and on a pr. site basis. This means that unlike Unlocator VPN you will not get a new IP address or location when using Unlocator Smart DNS. This means that with Unlocator Smart DNS you can appear to be located in multiple countries at the same time. This will allow you to unblock a streaming service on your Apple TV from the UK while also unblocking a US streaming service on your laptop.

Unlocator Values Your Privacy

In order to provide you with the best experience Unlocator use cookies to optimize performance, preferences, usage & statistics, social media and marketing campaigns. For more information please see their cookie policy .

This Cookie Policy describes the way in which cookies are used on this website and how you can enable or disable cookies.

When you use the website unlocator.com, you also give your consent to them and their partners’ use of cookies in order to optimize your experience on the website and for marketing purposes. You can change your cookie preferences by referring to your browser’s documentation.

Find out more about the Smart DNS and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services of Unlocator by clicking here to go directly to the company's site.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (101)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (101)

08/20/2019 No Travel Day – Happy 65th Birthday


Start Location:
Start Time: N/A
Mileage:  58,802.0
Cost Per Night: $??? USD
Weather: 78 – 102 F Sunny & Muggy

Happy Birthday to me. I cannot believe that I am of the age to collect Social Security and be on Medicare!!!

Paul and Moses started their boat dock project at 7:00 this morning. After some paperwork, I was off for a day at the pool. Moses’ home is very conveniently located by the clubhouse. I parked in his driveway, walked across a small parking lot and was there.

It was a big water aerobics class – at least forty women and three gentlemen. They were all very nice and made me feel very welcome.

We lunched in the clubhouse; then the guys went back to work for a few hours.

For dinner, we all went to Miyako Sushi Bar - Japanese Restaurant for my Birthday. The sushi (California Roll and Eel) and hibachi New York Steak with Shrimp were perfectly prepared. Our chef was funny and efficient. Unfortunately, our waitress was badly in need of training; however, that did not dampen our celebratory spirit.

A visit to the Home Depot was next as the boys needed brackets and knee pads for their work in the morning. Zack called to wish me a happy birthday. He was on the way to our home to cut the pool cover as promised. He sent a photo and it look so inviting. I also received texts from my bro Charles. What a wonderful birthday on the road!

Wildlife Spotted: Squirrel; Paul saw ducks, turtles, and fish while working on the dock

Startled this Squirrel During My Walk to the Pool - DeCordova Bend, Texas
Startled this Squirrel During My Walk to the Pool

The Water Aerobics Class was very Friendly and Welcoming - DeCordova Bend, Texas
The Water Aerobics Class was very Friendly and Welcoming

Miyako Japanese Restaurant for my Birthday Dinner / Miyako Sushi Bar - Japanese Restaurant
Miyako Japanese Restaurant for my Birthday Dinner

Our Hibachi Chef was very Entertaining / Miyako Sushi Bar - Japanese Restaurant
Our Hibachi Chef was very Entertaining

My New York Steak and Shrimp / Miyako Sushi Bar - Japanese Restaurant
My New York Steak and Shrimp

Home Depot Shopping for Boat Dock Material
Home Depot Shopping for Boat Dock Material

My Home Pool Looks So Inviting (Home Sweet Home)
My Home Pool Looks So Inviting

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Monday, August 19, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (100)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (100)

08/19/2019 No Travel Day – Out on the New Boat


Start Location:
Start Time: N/A
Mileage:  58,802.0
Cost Per Night: $??? USD
Weather: 79 – 103 F Sunny & Muggy

Despite going to bed after 11:00 p.m., we were up pretty early. Moses had told us that we would be taking the boat out before the heat became unbearable. His shop takes Sundays and Mondays off.

First off, Paul ordered the material for their boat dock project. Then we spent the morning on Moses’ boat. I have never seen Wake Surfing. It was delightful. Lake Granbury is stunning, and Moses’ new  boat was so much fun.

After lunch in the RV, I gathered the paperwork to obtain a reimbursement for our AC Repair. The Viking RV Extended Warranty we purchased with the Beast has really paid off. They have been fair and helpful.

Paul and Moses went lumber shopping. They hope to get some of the boat dock modification done tomorrow. Paul received a call from Viking; they had already approved our repair and the reimbursement check was in the mail!

We ended the day with a nice family dinner at ‘Mi Familia.’ They made the guacamole at your table. The food was very good. My Spinach and Mushroom enchiladas seem to be freshly made. They were simple and enjoyable; just the right portions.

Wildlife Spotted: Ducks

View from Moses’ Home - DeCordova Bend, Texas
View from Moses’ Home

Launching Moses’ New Boat
Launching Moses’ New Boat

Homes Lining the Lake Granbury Shore
Homes Lining the Lake Granbury Shore

Beautiful Huge Home with Dock - Lake Granbury, Texas
Beautiful Huge Home with Dock

Moses Surfing the Wake
Moses Surfing the Wake


Lake Granbury, Texas Park Ducks
Lake Granbury Park Ducks

Fresh Guacamole Made at Your Table - ‘Mi Familia’
Fresh Guacamole Made at Your Table - ‘Mi Familia’

Spinach and Mushroom Enchilada Plate - Mi Familia
Spinach and Mushroom Enchilada Plate

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (99)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (99)

08/18/2019 No Travel Day – Texas Home & Garden Show


Start Location:
Start Time: N/A
Mileage:  58,802.0
Cost Per Night: $??? USD
Weather: 79 – 103 F Sunny & Muggy

Paul wanted me out of the RV while the Air Guy was working, so I went over to Moses’ Home and did Laundry. Moses helped to put the new AC Unit in.

For Lunch, Moses, Sitara, Paul and I went to Jason's Deli in Granbury; then off to the Texas Home & Garden Show. The Texas Home & Garden Show Series, which was held at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, gives local and national companies the ability to highlight their services and unique products.

Also, the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association created a big display of flowers and plants! I was amazed at how much succulents I have growing in my yard cost!!! ($50.00 for a small agave pup). I attended a demonstration and planted basil in a Mason Jar.

The four of us took a drive around Weatherford to look for land as we are hoping to move to Texas in the near future. When we got home, the RV was way too hot. Paul and I were both so disappointed. However, it turns out that only the fan was left running.

Paul and Moses took measurements for their boat dock modification. We ended the day late with a dinner at the Mesquite Pit. It is a noisy fun place with good food. I had the Mesquite Shrimp Plate.

Justin, the Air Conditioning guy came over at 10:00 p.m. to tape up the return air and supply air and of course, collect the rest of his money. It was a long day.

Wildlife Spotted: Pond Ducks

Beautiful Sunrise - DeCordova Bend, Texas
Beautiful Sunrise

Texas Autosports Formula Mazdas
Texas Autosports Formula Mazdas

Moses’ Office Cat Gets Comfy
Moses’ Office Cat Gets Comfy

Paul and Moses Check their Measurements
Paul and Moses Check their Measurements

View from Moses' Front Yard - DeCordova Bend
View from Moses' Front Yard - DeCordova Bend

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (98)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (98)

08/17/2019 No Travel Day – Detailed and Cooled


Start Location:
Start Time: N/A
Mileage:  58,802.0
Cost Per Night: $??? USD
Weather: 79 – 103 F Sunny& Muggy

We spent the morning getting the ‘Beast’ serviced. First Moses’ Detailer gave the RV exterior a thorough scrubbing. He also washed the truck (tow vehicle). He started at 6:30 a.m. to beat the heat, so we all got up early.

Then we had the Air-Conditioner guy look at the unit’s AC. He determined that it was not working properly. Since you cannot open the unit to work on it, we needed a new one. He contacted Viking, our extended warranty company – they would cover $1,100 of the repair!!! He would purchase the upgrade (13,500 to a 15,500) unit today and install tomorrow morning.

Paul modified the bicycle rack. Now it is off the back of the Motor-home instead of off the back of the tow vehicle.

Moses took us to the clubhouse for dinner. It was a task busy and fun relaxing day.

Wildlife Spotted: Pond Ducks

The Beast is Free of all the Dead Bugs and Grim
The Beast is Free of all the Dead Bugs and Grim

We Haven’t Seen the Truck this Clean in Awhile
We Haven’t Seen the Truck this Clean in Awhile

Paul’s Bike Rack Modification
Paul’s Bike Rack Modification

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Friday, August 16, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (97)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (97)

08/16/2019 Travel Day – Off to See Moses


Start Location:
Start Time: 8:50 a.m.
Mileage:  58,651.4

End Location:
End Time: 2:30 p.m.
Mileage:  58,802.0
Cost Per Night: $??? USD
Weather: 79 – 101 F Sunny

Route:
  • 287 South
  • Market Rd 167/Fall Creek Hwy
  • US-377 S

We reached Moses’ Shop (Texas Autosports FM) just in time for lunch. It was only a short two-hour, easy drive from Wichita Falls RV Park. After a tour of the facility, we all (Moses, Sitara, Paul and I) went to lunch. Moses took us to Paradise Bistro & Coffee Company.

This eatery is right across the street from the Hood County Courthouse. I had the best Cobb Salad – perfectly seasoned and portioned. Paul really enjoyed his “Veggie” which combined Lettuce, Cucumbers, Avocado, Tomato, Red Onion, Roasted Bell Peppers, Chipotle Mayonnaise, on Wheat Berry Toast. We loved this place.

After lunch, we parted company so Paul and I could set up our camp. Of course, in the triple digit weather, the RV was unbearably hot. It took the AC a while to make it livable.

We met up with Moses and Sitara again for dinner. This time Moses introduced us to Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza. This outlet offers build-your-own takeaway pizzas, to be cooked at home. The pizza was very convenient and very tasty.

After dinner, we braved the heat to take a short walk to Moses’ boat slip. He and Paul are working on a modification to make it possible for Moses’ to work on his boat.

Before we knew it, it was after 8:00 p.m. The motorhome had cooled down enough for a comfortable sleep.

Wildlife Spotted: Ducks

Goodbye Wichita Falls, Texas
Goodbye Wichita Falls, Texas

The Historic Hood County Courthouse Was Built in 1890-1891
The Historic Hood County Courthouse Was Built in 1890-1891

Road Signs in Historic Granbury Square
Road Signs in Historic Granbury Square

Moses’ House is a Street away from Lake Granbury
Moses’ House is a Street away from Lake Granbury

The Sun Actually Goes Down in Texas
The Sun Actually Goes Down in Texas

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (96)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (96)

08/15/2019 No Travel Day – Enjoying Peace at the Park


Start Location:
Start Time: N/A
Mileage:  58,651.4
Cost Per Night: $45.00 USD
Weather: 75 – 99 F Sunny

Paul got up on the roof of the RV right after breakfast to clean the coach air-conditioner. It really seemed to help. With the temperatures in the 100s, every bit helps.

We spent the rest of the day just getting caught up with our paperwork and stuff. The park here is great – very spacious with a river and pond! We love the big trees and birds. The best part is that there are relatively no mosquitoes. We took our walk early in hopes of beating the heat.

Wildlife Spotted: Just Park Birds

The Park Has Beautiful Mature Trees
The Park Has Beautiful Mature Trees

Wichita Falls RV Park’s Pond
Wichita Falls RV Park’s Pond

The Scenic River
The Scenic River

Spot 44 - Wichita Falls RV Park
Spot 44 - Wichita Falls RV Park

North Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas Stickers Added
North Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas Stickers Added

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (95)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (95)

08/14/2019 No Travel Day – Kiowa and Comanche Casinos


Start Location:
Start Time: N/A
Mileage:  58,651.4
Cost Per Night: $45.00 USD
Weather: 72 – 95 F Cloudy

It rained off and on last night. You would think the noise of raindrops bouncing on the RV roof would be annoying. I found it nice and the Thunder was also a thrill.

Before going to the casinos, I fixed a crock pot full of my vegetarian beans. We also took the time to take some of our cold weather gear out of the motorhome to make more room.

The casinos were fun, but the slots were very tight. Including our lunch, we dropped $125 between Kiowa and Comanche Red River Casino. Kiowa has more than 800 slot machines and nearly one dozen table games, three unique restaurants and very friendly service. We still lost though.

We had lunch at the Comanche Red River Casino’s Red River Grill. Paul had his usual Grilled Cheese – it was too light on the cheese. I ordered the special; Prime Rib for $8.00. I thought it was wonderful and plentiful. We ended up paying a little more than $20.00 with included the tip. The machines were just a tad better than Kiowa.

Wildlife Spotted: Park Birds

We Went to the Kiowa Casino First
We Went to the Kiowa Casino First

Paul won about $20.00 on this Machine
Paul won about $20.00 on this Machine

Comanche Red River is just a Mile away from Kiowa
Comanche Red River is just a Mile away from Kiowa

My Prime Rib was very Tasty
My Prime Rib was very Tasty

Our Homemade Crockpot Beans Were Great
Our Homemade Crockpot Beans Were Great

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (94)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (94)

08/13/2019 Travel Day – Wichita Falls, Texas


Start Location:
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Mileage:  58,481.4

End Location:
End Time: 1:55 p.m.
Mileage: 58,651.4
Cost Per Night: $45.00 USD
Weather: 72 – 97 F Cloudy
Route:
  • I40 BL
  • Old Route 66
  • 83 South
  • 287 South

Since we had a very short drive and get good internet, we lingered this morning. I was hoping to catch up a bit . . . . yeah right. Paul had washed the windshield last night, but it did not last. Bugs were bouncing off it immediately after we reached 83 South.

We had to drive through the town of Childress, Texas, where gasoline was priced at $2.11 per gallon. That is the lowest we have seen all trip!

After setting up camp, we got busy cooking. I made tacos for dinner and cut up everything I needed to put in the crockpot beans tomorrow.

The spaces here are huge. We do not have shade though and it got to 100 degrees. They have a nice pool if it gets unbearable. However, we have gotten pretty skilled at keeping the inside of the ‘Beast’ a reasonable temperature.

Wildlife Spotted: None (Lots of Livestock though)

A Lot Drier in Texas
A Lot Drier in Texas

Gas for Just $2.11 Per Gallon
Gas for Just $2.11 Per Gallon

Shamrock to Wichita Falls, TX
Shamrock to Wichita Falls, TX

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Monday, August 12, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (93)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (93)

08/12/2019 Travel Day – Shamrock, Texas


Start Location:
Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
Mileage:  58,231.0

End Location:
End Time: 12:55 p.m.
Mileage: 58,481.4
Cost Per Night: $20.00 USD
Weather: 69 – 103 F with Rain, Thunder, & Lightning
Route:
  • 83 South
  • Detour through Garden City Due to Road Closure
  • 83 South
  • 60 West
  • 83 South

Paul had to fix the bolt that keeps the spare tire from wiggling. It was just 8:00 a.m. and already so muggy he was sweaty when he finished.

We had to take a detour due to a road closure on the U-50. They were removing and reconstructing the concrete pavement. We notice that the Oklahoma roads were a lot rougher than the roads in Kansas.

After driving for 200 miles, we wanted to stop to give Paul a chance to stretch; however the only rest stop available was chaotic. It was very small and there was trash everywhere which, of course brought the nasty bugs.

Our host for the night were a husband and wife team. They bought the park a year prior and were in the process fixing it up. It is a huge area and we were one of three over-nighting. The hookups were great and the scenery awesome. This place will be tremendous once they are finished.

We did all our laundry despite the 103-degree temperature and threat of thunderstorms. Their laundry facility was clean and spacious. The bathrooms were closed due to repairs, but we are self-contained, so it did not matter.

Wildlife Spotted: Slow Rabbit; Not So Wild Animals: Donkey, Horses, Cattle

This Old Building is Dwarfed by the Majestic Sky
This Old Building is Dwarfed by the Majestic Sky

Thunderstorms A Coming  (Texas Route 66 RV Park)
Thunderstorms A Coming (Texas Route 66 RV Park)

 What an Ignominy – We did not Stop
What an Ignominy – We did not Stop

Our Spot at Texas Route 66 RV Park – No Number Yet
Our Spot at Texas Route 66 RV Park – No Number Yet

Texas Route 66 RV Park is Under New Management & Renovation
Texas Route 66 RV Park is Under New Management & Renovation

Scott City to Shamrock, Texas
Scott City to Shamrock, Texas

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

Sunday, August 11, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (92)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (92)

08/11/2019 Travel Day – Scott City, Kansas


Start Location:
Start Time: 8:50 a.m.
Mileage:  58,027

End Location:
End Time: 12:55 p.m.
Mileage:  58,231.0
Cost Per Night: $26.00 USD
Weather: 69 – 88 F Cloudy
Route:
  • 83 South 
  • 34 East
  • 83 South
  • 40 East
  • 83 South

Our camp host for the night was not returning from church until a bit after 1:00 p.m. Therefore, we did not leave until 8:50 a.m. today. About fifteen minutes into our drive, out in the pastures, our noses were overwhelmed with the smell of poop. It was so strong; I checked our bathroom to make sure it was not coming from us!

There were corn fields everywhere for miles and miles. The rolling hills speckled with trees and cattle were also breath taking. The marshes and ponds had all but disappeared.

Our campsite (spot 3) was nothing to brag about. But it had sewer, water, and electricity, so it was perfect for a quick affordable stop. There was nothing to do in the small town of Scott City on a Sunday – trust me we scoured the town looking for a sit-down café for lunch. Tates, which the gas station lady informed me was the best place in town, was closed; as was Daylight Donuts!

It was hotter than hell in the RV, especially in my office area (the passenger seat near the engine ‘dog house.’) This was unfortunate because I had hoped to catch up on some computer work – it was just too unbearably hot!

The internet was just fair, so we spent our evening trying to stay cool while watching number three and four of our Bruce Willis ‘Die Hard’ marathon.

Wildlife Spotted: Dead Doe on the Side of the Highway; Big Turkey; Doves everywhere in the Park Not So Wild Animals: Domesticated Buffalo, Donkeys, Horses, Cattle


Miles and Miles of Corn
Miles and Miles of Corn

Livestock Roamed the Hills Freely
Livestock Roamed the Hills Freely

We took a quick stop along the Blue Star Highway
We took a quick stop along the Blue Star Highway

Trains in McCook, Nebraska (pop 8,000)
Trains in McCook, Nebraska (pop 8,000)

We had to stop for a train as we went to town for gas
We had to stop for a train as we went to town for gas


Our Spot #3 - Scott City, KS
Our Spot #3

Church in Scott City, Kansas
Church in Scott City, Kansas


North Platte, NE to Scott City, KS
North Platte, NE to Scott City, KS

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal