TravelingMorgansBlog Working our way around the contiguous 48 states in our RV.

24. November 2014

Traveling Morgans November 2014

Filed under: 2014 — admin @ 02:04

Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

We made it to our winter home for this year in Wimberley TX. The trip was a little more interesting than we would like. We went from the Black Hills of South Dakota to Indianapolis to visit with family, including our only grand child.

From Indianapolis, we battled cold weather, illness, dog illness, a broken wheel, a blown tire, a gray water line leak, and having our “basement” underneath lining let go. We made it a “get there” trip and drop seeing the things we wanted to visit, but we made it! Hopefully our spring trip will be interesting for the things we see and not the problems we overcome.

Larry will now get busy looking for a job (preferably online) and we will work on finding healing for Phyllis and our Schnauzer Roscoe.

Larry will also try to get the amazing pictures and movies from the Black Hills onto the web site.

If you are in Texas and want to visit, get in touch!

We also want to hear what is going on with you.

18. October 2014

Traveling Morgans Leave the Black Hills

Filed under: 2014 — admin @ 09:45

Greetings from Sidney NE!

We have just left Crazy Horse and the Black Hills of SD. It was a busy summer, so busy Larry had little time to work on the web site or to write newsletters.
He will get it back on track over the winter. We visited a lot of fantastic places in the Black Hills and have some outstanding pictures.
We will alert you when the web site is updated with these pictures. Crazy Horse is a fantastic place to see and we have the pictures to prove it.

We want to thank everyone who had been making Amazon purchases through our web site to help pay the costs of the site.
The Amazon Affiliate tab will take you there quickly, or you can select our product reviews.
Larry will work on a still easier way.
We want travelingmorgans.com/amazon to take you straight to Amazon, but Larry is still working on it.

Larry is also working on a way for recommended businesses to be able to sponsor a page.

We are heading south to I-70, then east to Indianapolis to visit family, from there it is southwest to Texas.
We are planning to winter in Wimberly Texas, close to San Marcos, about half way between Austin and San Antonio.
Phyllis will not be working this winter, concentrating on getting her hip bursa to heal. Larry will look for online work or post secondary education.

Let us know if you would want to meet with us as we travel, in Indy, or near San Marcos Texas.

9. June 2014

Party with the Animals

Filed under: 2014 — admin @ 08:16

Phyllis and I have had more fun observing wild animals this spring in South Dakota.

We have several movies, but I cannot get them into a blog, so I will have to add a regular web page for them

In Badlands National Park, we found Mountain Sheep (Bighorn) right by the road.

 

Two Ewes in Badlands National Park

Two Ewes in Badlands National Park

What are EWE doing here?

What are EWE doing here?

Next was Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where they were out in force.

Bison Migrating

Bison Migrating

Bison Calves

Bison Calves

 

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

 

Begging Burros

Begging Burros

Begging Burros

Begging Burros

 

Pronghorns in Prairie Dog Town

Pronghorns in Prairie Dog Town

Pronghorn

Pronghorn

 

Pronghorn Juveniles

Pronghorn Juveniles

 

Woodchuck

Woodchuck

 

The bright Mountain Bluebird is found through the Black Hills.

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

 

Crazy Horse

On our way up to the arm of the Crazy Horse Monument, we caught this sight:

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Mtn Goat Billy

Mtn Goat Nanny

Mtn Goat Nanny

24. May 2014

Starting work at Crazy Horse

Filed under: 2014 — admin @ 07:03
Phyllis and I had our first day at on the job for the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation on Thursday, May 22. Unfortunately as soon as we reported for work, we learned of the death the night before of a great human being who taught everyone to follow their dream, and the dream she shared with her husband was certainly big. Ruth Ziolkowski was CEO of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation since  the death of her husband Kroczak in 1982.  She died of cancer at the age 87. Korczak   began construction of the Crazy Horse Memorial in 1948 when he was 40 years old. Design work had began earlier Korczak knew from the beginning he would not live to complete the work, but he and Ruth worked by faith in their dream. When completed, the Crazy Horse Memorial will be the largest mountain carving and largest memorial in the world. The head of Crazy Horse alone is larger than Mount Rushmore.
The Crazy Horse Foundation has turned down all government money and relies on contributions and admission fees to pay the mountain sized cost of this monumental project.
On the day we were trained, we were taken up to just in front of the face of Crazy Horse. Standing in from of a a stone face over 87 feet high is quite an experience.
The other picture is of the Crazy Horse Memorial from about a mile away in the fog.
I would encourage everyone to visit Crazy Horse in person. It is history in the making. Projects of large size take amounts of time that boggle the mind. This one is much larger.
If you cannot make it to South Dakota to see the monument in person. go to the web site and learn more: http://crazyhorsememorial.org/
You can also got to our web site page for Crazy Horse: http://travelingmorgans.com/SD/CrazyHorse.shtml
Phyllis and Larry on Crazy Horse Memorial

Phyllis and Larry on Crazy Horse Memorial

The face of Crazy Horse over 87 feet high.

The face of Crazy Horse over 87 feet high.

 

 

 

Crazy Horse Memorial in fog, about 1 mile away.

Crazy Horse Memorial in fog, about 1 mile away.

23. May 2014

Badlands May 2014

Filed under: 2014,National Parks — admin @ 18:49

Badlands National Park in May with Spring Rains offers many advantages. It  is not overly hot, and the recent rains bring out colors. The very best time to see Badlands National Park is when a Thunder Storm is approaching and just after a thunderstorm has passed when rainbows are out (after 4 PM or so or before 10 AM). Just after a good spring rain, like we did in early May, is the next best time. Our favorite parts are the Door Trail, where you go through a door into another world, and the Yellow Mounds (the picture with an RV, no it is not ours). There are many good surprises in the Badlands. http://www.travelingmorgans.com/SD/BadlandsNP.shtml, our Badlands Web Section, will soon be updated with these new pictures.

 

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Door into another World, Door Trail

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Another Word – Door Trail

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Another Word – Door Trail

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Another Word – Door Trail

 

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Yellow Mounds, often called Gold Hills

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Big Badlands Overlook

 

 

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Sage Creek Rim Road

 

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Big Butte Overlook

 

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Window on Old NE gravel road.

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Back in the West

Filed under: 2014 — admin @ 18:31
Missouri River splitting South Dakota into East River and West River.

Missouri River splitting South Dakota into East River and West River.

We crossed the Missouri River in South Dakota in early May. In South Dakota this is the boundary between East and West. South Dakota residents refer to the parts of the state as East River and West River It feels good to be back in the West.

1. May 2014

Traveling Morgans May 2014

Filed under: 2014 — Tags: — admin @ 05:07

We have had a couple of years of setbacks. We are attempting to get back to our preferred lifestyle. Most of the issues are medical and we think they have been addressed to a significant degree. We are going to workamp again and stay within what we can do.

Last winter was spent in Alabama and South Carolina. Next winter we hope to get back to Texas.

We will be at the Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota for the summer and we are on our way.

I am back to working on the website. Arizona has reached a solid preview stage and is ready to begin conversion to a regular web site section.

In the meantime go to http://www.travelingmorgans.com/AZ/az-preview.shtml and see the pictures of Arizona.

Please tell us how you are doing and what is important in your life and where you are.
We personally reply to every personal message we receive.
We love to visit with people we have met over the years if they want to meet with us.
The wonderful thing that has happened in the last two years is the birth of a grandchild.
You can see pictures of Aiden (and this letter) at http://blog.travelingmorgans.com
We will add more as opportunity permits.

Aiden at 15 months.

Aiden at 15 months.

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