Let's Do this!! Our home/ICU on wheels. Yes it has a wheelchair lift and roll in shower right from the manufacture :) for Danny
Right off the bat we called an audible and decided to head south first as the weather at Mount Rushmore was cold. VEGAS here we COME!! We had good weather on the way there and it was pretty uneventful raveling. We were SO excited to see the mountains in Colorado and once we got to the top we decided to hang out for the night in a rest area up there (we normally stop at rest areas or truck stops for the night when we travel, it's Dan's favorite thing to do) .....until we figured out Danny and most of us had issues breathing up there. So after making some mac n cheese and filling our belly's, back down the mountain we went until we got to a better elevation. We were up to 10,000 ft elevation when we stopped and then came down to around 6,000 before we started to feel better and stopped for some shut eye.
We were pretty amazed at the amount unused and uninhabited land after Denver....just lots n LOTS of dirt n rock after dirt and rocks. No trees, livestock, houses.....NOTHING.
Once we got to Vegas the girls were just awed by the sites and people right off the bat. We stayed in an RV park just off of downtown Fremont street, how perfect is that? When we were settled in our "camping" spot we all walked over to the buffet at the Main Street Station Casino & Brewery then over to Fremont street for the sites. By the giggles and looks on girls faces I'm going to say they had never seen anything close to that before. They did find the BIG Slotzilla where they do zip and zoom lining and they had their minds made up they were going to do it. The next day we did some site seeing and went to "Counts Kustom Cars" (on History channel) and to "Tanked" (on Animal Planet). Both places were exceptionally kind and accommodating for us.
Zoomlining down Fremont St. They were lucky enough to have done it while the light/music show was going on too :) Under the word Slotzilla is where the zipline came out of....now go UP from there and you'll see the wall drop down and my monkeys zoom out from there supermaning it all the way down. Av is the 3rd one from the left, due to her light weight she was trailing behind ~ LOL
Here is a better video of how far down they zoomed.
Counts Kustoms Cars ~
Horny Mikes vehicle
How we travel in the mini van....
We walked to Bellagio to watch the water fountain show and then we went inside.
We stayed the week at Newport Beach Dunes Resort.
We rented a cute Lil cabin for the girls to hang out in for the week.
View from the park from above the hill
We fit in some Game Time
There was many things to keep the girls occupied
We headed up to Ponoma to see the NHRA museum. Before we got there we stopped at a restaurant that "Guy" from triple D (Diners, Drive in, and Dives) had stopped at, Momma Cozza's. The food was amazing and the people we exceptionally kind. We had lots of left overs!!
The Museum wasn't what we had anticipated it to be, but we are glad we went. We were definitely surprised at the state of the Ponoma Race track, surprising it's owned by NHRA. Unfortunately on our way out of the parking lot, I set the leftover out of the van to load Danny up and then forgot them so Dan ran them over. OOOOoooops!!
One evening we went to a Dinner Show with Pirates ~
We were that close to San Diego so we had to go to the ZOO. But on the way we stopped at a fabulous BBQ. A small place but again wonderfully accommodating people and the food was FABULOUS!
Ms Emma had issues with ALL the stares from the others in the zoo so she decided to make the same face right back at them. LOL ~ she's a hoot! We LOVE her
We became aware of how lucky we are to have such a fabulous zoo in Milwaukee just 1.5hrs away from us as we've always heard you HAVE to go to the San Diego Zoo. Even though it was a great zoo I have to say ours is very comparable :)
Lets Parasail ~ Av has wanted to do this forever and what a great place to do it. We were 800ft in the air
We all are in swim suits and the locals are in sweatshirts with coats on....can you say tourist!!
Watching the girls
Girls getting dipped as they came in
Then it was Ms Emma and my turn ~
Dan and Danny stayed on the pier and chilled out there while we were out.
We ate at Joe's Crab Shack on the Beach....
HAPPY EASTER ~ From The Osero's
Yes the Easter Bunny found us in Cali so the girls are finding their basket
It was definitely sad to leave Newport ... what a beautiful place. But reality is calling so we packed up the RV and started to head back to Wisconsin. BUT............... Not without a few stops along the way.
We detoured our trip for one night and drove down to Lake Havasu AZ to visit our good friend and former neighbor Patti. What a beautiful place....a gorgeous lake right in the middle of a desert.
Above you see Av walking around in a tshirt and wading in the water......a few short hours later and still in AZ we went up to The Grand Canyon where it was a balmy 36 degrees with high winds and snow at times. Brrrrrrrrr!! Seriously, Mother Nature?!? We didn't stay long as it was VERY cold with a feels like 17 degree, but we were able to snap some photos and say we were there.
Are you sure we are in Arizona? It's cold!!!
After a quick visit to the Grand Canyon it was back in the RV and complete the uneventful stretch back home.....
Or so we thought!
While in OK having some lunch at Jason's Deli (YUM) I received a phone call that our credit card had been compromised and someone had been doing some fun internet shopping on our card. SPECTACULAR!!! Thankfully it was caught early and that Dan brought our business card along with or it might have been a tight ride home trying to fill up the RV with gas with just the cash we had leftover from our trip. Now to deal with the inconvenience of changing everything to a new card. BLAH!!
We went a few extra miles with another detour to a suburb west of Chicago to pick up something VERY special. On our way into Illinois we hit some EXTREME HIGH WINDS that was throwing us around the interstate like a cardboard box. Unfortunately before we could get off the interstate the wind grabbed a hold of one of our awnings and tore it completely off ~ fabric, pole, brackets and all. Thankfully it didn't hit a car, injury are kill someone...so very grateful for that.
Check out this wind...Dan says I sound like someone on Twister. The long awning you see on the RV in this video is the one that was sheared off. GEEZ!!
No awning anymore....
I'd like to introduce to you the newest member of our family
She is a 8mth old dalmatian mix. She comes from a High Kill Shelter in Texas and was rescued by Rescue Warriors in IL. We have been looking for a dalmatian for some time and came across her profile while browsing the internet coming home on vacation. Everything came together and we were able to pick her up on our ride home.
Indy has been a wonderful addition to our family. I have to say she is the most shy, loving, kissy, smart dog we've every had. She is VERY laid back and the 2 boys Gunner and Sully have taken her into their wing with no issues.
Back to reality now that we are home. Av has been practicing very hard with Dive as she has a meet in Chicago this weekend and she hasn't practiced in over 2 weeks with us being on our trip. Dan is getting the race car ready for the start of the season and starting the build for the second space in our retail building for Little Caesars. He is finalizing the paperwork for the 3rd space soon and that is going to be a Thai restaurant.
I hope you enjoyed our trip! Thanks for stopping by and checking in on us. Hoping Spring finds us soon as it is snowing here once again. Where's this global warming ?!?