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Day 19 – last day of 2014

December 31, 2014

We woke up to 15 degree weather in a ice fog and drive 250 miles in 8 hours. Stopped twice and saw over a hundred wrecks, flipped cars, jack-knifed trucks and collisions. We averaged 25 miles an hour and finally ended up in Soyona TX. We have a suite that’s big enough to be an apartment since it was the last room.
On the way yesterday we saw this.

This is a very imaginative and impressive statue at a rest area just west of Las Cruces, New Mexico off I-10. It is made from junk metal and is about 20 to 25 feet tall.

• First things first, I’m a realist.
I Make resolutions and Inspire to have them come true.
• Second things second, I’m a hard worker.
Focus more on what I accomplish than the things I can’t.
• Third things third, I am human.
Focus on my mirror and keep true to myself.
• Fourth things fourth, I’m fun.
My fun might not be your fun, it’s okay.
• fifth things fifth, I talk too much.
I pray that I don’t say the wrong thing to hurt anyone.
• Sixth things sixth, I don’t know everything.
I resolve to learn more and share as much.
• seventh things seventh, I love to travel.
Let’s all plan trips to all over make 2015 memorable.
• Eighth things eighth, I am young at heart.
I play as hard as I work, come play with us.
• Ninety things last, I am an artist Type a/b personality.
Not everyone likes me and it’s okay. First things first, I am a realist.
LoL – I hope you enjoyed




Day 18 – “THE THING” what is it?

December 31, 2014

The billboards are not so numerous as they were forty years ago but there are still plenty of bright yellow boards as you approach Johnson off ramp, Exit off ramp, to urge the traveler to stop and see The Thing. Once inside the roadside gift shop the visitor can pay to see Mystery of the Desert and wander through rows of southwestern rugs, various figurines, agate bookends, belts, buckles and earrings or purchase a chicken basket meal, fresh hot coffee and ice cream at the Dairy Queen.

Visitors to proceed through doors and follow the big yellow footprints on a sidewalk through three buildings, each filled with artifacts of questionable provenance. The first shed houses various of transportation including a 1921 Graham Page, a Conestoga wagon, a 1937 Rolls Royce and a vehicle purporting to have belonged to Adolph Hitler. Over the years different vehicles have made this proclamation.

In the second shed there are several carvings and artifacts of yesteryear. In the third shed visitor come face to face with The Thing and her baby thing. And what a face it is. It rests in a coffin inside a glass topped concrete case. The Thing on first appearance looks like a mummy. The Thing has a couple
of ribs exposed. A sign above its resting place asks, “What is it?” Perhaps it is made of papier-mâché?

Phoenix Public Radio asked Shad Kvetko who claimed to know about The Thing and where it came from. He said that it was the creation of Homer Tate. Kvetko’s aunt was Tate’s granddaughter. Tate’s family came to Arizona in the 1890’s, and he worked as a miner and a farmer the 1940’s, when he discovered there was a market for his talent of creating quite curious objects. These objects included shrunken heads and mummies created from papier-mâché. He opened Tate’s Curiosity Shop in Phoenix. His flyer announced, “The world’s best manufactured shrunken heads–a wonderful window attraction to make your mother-in-law want to go home.”

About the time that Tate was making his papier-mâché mummies, Thomas B. Prince became bored with his law practice, In the 1950’s Prince, a graduate of the 1940 University of Arizona College of Law Class, opened a roadside curio stand near Barstow. The Thing was included as one of its attractions. When the Interstate displaced the Barstow attraction, Prince moved the enterprise to Arizona. In 1965, he opened his roadside museum of oddities at Johnson Road between Willcox and Benson. Prince died in 1969 and his widow, Janet Prince, ran the enterprise for a while before moving to Baltimore.

Over the years there has been speculation that The Thing had been part of a race of giants. There were stories that this curious object came from caves inside the Grand Canyon. Others say that the double mummies came from Egypt





Today we traveled thru New Mexico, border control and made it to Texas.


/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/7df/13255019/files/2014/12/img_1350.jpg. Weather is getting bad and the temperature is 25 outside.


Day 17 and sick in bed doing 2015 Resolutions

December 29, 2014

It’s no fun having a head cold, it’s even worse when your on vacation. I told Marc I must be sick cuz I had to use sick time for my last week of vacation. It’s karma. Well Karma can just go on its way.

These are things you shouldn’t have to buy in your vacation. We did get out to view some if the local sites.





We went back to the Ranch to brainstorm in bed a few things for 2015. Many things are going on but work for me is so busy and I need to slow it down a notch. We talked about hosting a few weekend workshops, starting a podcast with video, starting OTS Delivery company, and buying some land before summer to build a studio and small tiny houses to put the kids in.
Every year we make resolutions and try to do one or two but we pick five things to focus on and we think it’s good enough.


Day 16 in Tucson

December 29, 2014

We found Tucson so beautiful on our 16th day of Vacation that we decided to stay and enjoy it a few days. Phoenix was big as it is the 6th largest city in the US, but when we came in Tucson, we fell in love with the scenery. I found a resort Ranch with history and a great price for our budget.

Hacienda del Sol is a historic jewel. The story began in 1929, when John and Helen Murphey created Hacienda Del Sol; a desert retreat inspired by early Moorish architecture, with many personal touches crafted by the Murphey’s themselves. The property was originally a “home away from home” ranch school for the daughters of society’s elite families. The prestigious school’s roster boasted names such as Vanderbilt, Pillsbury, Maxwell, Westinghouse, and Campbell, to name a few.

In the late 1930’s, renowned architect Josias Joesler was commissioned to rebuild and redesign sections of the ranch, adding his notable signature to many architectural details.

In 1948, Hacienda Del Sol was converted into a guest ranch that immediately attracted the Silver Screen’s most popular stars. Legend has it that the Hacienda’s Casita Grande was a favorite romantic hideaway of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Leading men John Wayne and Clark Gable both signed their names to the hotel’s illustrious guestbook.

We checked out the local casino and the whole town was there. No empty seats, long lines and lots of smoke. Reminded us too much of vegas so we didn’t stay long.

We went to eat dinner and headed back to the Ranch. I leave you with a few Ranch photos.




Special comments goes to my family; I miss you kids and we will see you some time this week. To Pete that’s in the hospital – my prayers are that they get you back on your feet fast.


Day 6

December 19, 2014

Day six and its travel day. The weather channel shows the rain is leaving Cali and we woke to a snow blizzard. We waited for the traffic to die down and re-packed for our trip to Cali.

(Marc packing in the snow)

(Snow melting off the car)

We carefully left in the blizzard and before we knew it, it went from 30 degrees to 50 degrees and the snow was all gone. We went from having the heated seats on and then we had to put AC on while going thru the desert mountains.

(Leaving Flagstaff)

(Behind the snow plow)

(Forrest fire before entering desert)

(Desert cactus everywhere)





After hundreds of miles of no stops and no signs of life we made it.
3:00pm we made it to California. I’m like a kid in a candy store. We are hoping we planned this right as the kids get out of school tomorrow and we will be at Disneyland all day. We found a hotel outside the park and we will walk in and have an exciting day.

Here is us having fun at my company Christmas party. Thanks to Steven for sending it to me.


Calling it a night even thou its only 7:30 here and 9:30 at home. I probably won’t be able to sleep knowing what I want to do tomorrow.


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