In 2015 we made our 2016 reservations for the Balloon Fiesta held the last week in September and the first week in October, packed up the RV in August 2016. We made our way down the East Coast to Florida on I-95 and took a right turn (heading west) on I-10 through the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and into New Mexico.
Once the Fiesta was over we headed north through New Mexico to Colorado. From there we traveled through Nebraska to stop in Omaha, and then onward to Moscow, Iowa for Miss Winnie's appointment for jacks replacement. The trip took two months (August - October) and through eighteen states.
If you have photo traveled with me before, you know that we stop along the way. Maybe a week or two. Maybe a day or two depending on our timetable to get to the next destination.
This trip was more than getting to the Balloon Fiesta. We visited and helped my cousin's family recovering from the summer flood in the Baton Rouge LA area. We had back-to-back meals with friends in San Antonio TX.
We had RV trouble on the way to New Mexico--an unexpected stop for a diagnosis at the Camping World west of El Paso who referred us to a truck repair shop in Las Cruces NM where we sat for three days and got a chance to visit the historic La Mesilla.
And even after the Balloon Fiesta, we spent time with more friends in Colorado before turning eastward. The destination is the goal, but the fun lies in the journey.
Enjoy the photo travel
bought at beach store in Panama City Beach, Florida.
I LOVE this hat.
We hadn't seen my cousin and her family in seven years. So we made the call to say we were coming their way sometime before Labor Day with all our fishing rods.
The weekend before we left in mid August Hubby happened to be reading the news online and saw the article and video about the No Name Storm that stalled and flooded the Baton Rouge area in Louisiana. We let my cousin know we were still coming to help in any way we could. The family did have to evacuate, but they were able to rent a travel trailer and park in their driveway.
It's one thing to see disaster on TV and another to see it with your own eyes. We saw piles and mounds on streets and boulevards. We heard stories of how two feet of water disrupted and devastated lives. There were also stories of people helping people in the midst of their own troubles including my cousin's son doing his own rescue mission.
We shed the tears, mourn the loss, could not stay in grief and kept moving forward.
As of this writing (April 2018) the family is back in their home with 99.9% of the renovations and replacing furniture complete. God is so good.
San Antonio, Texas
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