Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The end of an amazing journey!

Well our adventure ends today :o(  Wally tried to get us to stay another night but we figured we better get back to our furry babies!  We both are not looking forward to returning back to the real world of work, school, etc…but we do miss our puppies to pieces!  

You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can never take Texas out of the girl!
I see you...
Mile 4,804: Texas State Line!
Back in the mighty state!

On our way home we stopped by the Cadillac Ranch and then went grab some grub at the Big Texan!  Brandon was up for the 72oz steak challenge - but I told him I did not want to be stuck with him in an enclosed moving vehicle for 3 hours after that!

 I thought this was funny!

 This man was taking on the 72oz challenge!
Maw & Paw Hawkins
Mile 4,943: Big Texas in Amarillo
Getting our steak on!
Mile 5,000: The Milestone Mile
Brandon driving us home - Jess in her cave!

What an amazing trip this has been!  Although we are both worn out from being on the go – we both had the best time and had the opportunity to travel and see so many amazing things!  In our 13 days on the road we…. 
  • Traveled through 10 states
  • Clocked in a total of 5,181 miles
  • Filled up the truck with 274.8 gallons of gas
  • Collected 32 stickers for the beer fridge outside
  • Came home with a truck covered in bug guts, a nice big rock ding in the windshield and a ton of good memories!

A lot of bugs lost their lives during this journey...
All of our stickers!
Beer Fridge BEFORE
Beer Fridge AFTER!

Day 13: Creede, CO to Midland, TX
Weather: Cool and then hot (boiling) as we got closer to Midland!

Jess’ Jibberish & Bran’s Babbles – some observations:  
  • As you travel up the west coast of the country they are very environmentally conscious!  It is so great! They recycle everything – maybe some areas should take some notes - like TEXAS!
  • Bathroom cleanliness also gets better as you travel the coast, but becomes not so good once you get into Colorado and start traveling back south.  
  • On the coast all bathrooms have toilet protectors and are very clean!
  • Dyson hand dryers in the bathroom are amazing – that thing can dry your hands in 2 seconds flat!  We only saw these along the west coast!
  • Wyoming came out on top with the cheapest gas!
  • Washington above all was our favorite state - I forgot I even had EPP!  But was very quickly reminded of it once we got back into Texas and got out at the Cadillac Ranch :o(
  • Worst state to drive in...NEW MEXICO!  Safety corridors..really!?!?!
Just a few pics that didn't make the blog HERE

Monday, July 4, 2011


Happy Independence Day!  We are so thankful for the men and women who fight to keep this country free!  Make sure you thank and hug a veteran today!  We were lucky enough to spend this 4th of July with the great people of Creede (along with 10,000 other visitors!)  We started the day with the 4th of July parade – it was great!  Best parade I have seen and it was actually a really big parade for a town whose population is 500!  
Everyone lining the streets of Creede for the parade!
These were some ornery old men!  I was just praying they wouldn't break anything!

This was a fun one!

Brandon's favorite one!
These boys looked fun!
At the parade with Wally!

After the parade we strolled the streets of Creede to check out the stores before we were to meet Wally at Kip’s Grill. What a crazy fun place!  We had the best time at Kip’s!  Drank some good margaritas, ate some elk burgers, listened to a great live band from Alabama, and made lots of new friends!  We were at Kip’s all day celebrating and didn’t leave until after the fireworks show at dark thirty!  The great thing about Creede is you can walk everywhere to get to where you are going…the Post house is just a few steps from Kip’s – which is handy dandy!  
Best margaritas - hands down!
Our new friends from Alamosa!
Jammin' to the band!

Mile 4524: Creede!
Our clan with Kip!  He's one crazy fun guy!

I will end this post with the words of our new friend Kip……FREEEEEEEDOM!  

Day 12: Creede, CO
Weather: Warm – mid 70’s

Jess’ Jibberish & Bran’s Babbles:  
  • I’m not a playa I just crush a lot!
  • If this causes a divorce…..
  • I think we had too much fun...

Fun times were had in Creede!  Check out the rest of the pictures from our visit by clicking HERE

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Puttering into Colorado.....

We are pooped today!  Our tuck is getting pretty full of stuff and we have one more adventure to Creede, Colorado!  The Post's were nice enough to let us stay at their house while in Creede. We will travel across the entire state of Wyoming today before we enter into Colorado.  We got into Creede pretty late due to the never-ending construction in Wyoming with travel speeds of 45-50 miles per hour! 
Look Betsy!  You have your own store in Jackson Hole!
Mile 4000: The Snow Fence!
These my friends are what are known as "snow fences." You see them all along the highway in Wyoming and Colorado.  There purpose in life is to help block and keep the butt-load of snow this area gets off the highways!

This snow fence is a biggin'!

Mile 4175: Welcome to Colorado!
Watch out Colorado!  The Hawkins have arrived!

Day 11: Jackson, WY to Creede, CO
Weather: Pleasant – in the 60’s

Jess’ Jibberish & Bran’s Babbles:  
  • The only radio stations that come in clearly and perfect are tejano stations – why is this?  What this means...Brandon got to listen to me sing for a long time on this leg of the trip! 
  • Cell phone service or internet does not exist in the Creede, Colorado area!