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CAPTAIN’S LOG STARDATE -308547.76433282584 (15 JUN 2014)

June 15, 2014

REENTRY

The meetings in Houston were productive, and now we had to get home to Wyoming.  That would be another three days of hard driving.  Most of the time we had the wind at our backs no matter which direction we were driving.  A tail wind could add 10 miles per hour so we often hit 70 to 75 miles per hour.  We never reached the west Texas limit of 80 miles per hour though!

Houston was the worst city for evil highway designs.  Four right lanes are all forced to exit at one point.  Then my exit was on the left, another four lanes over.  This is a real adventure with a trailer!

We did finally hit a head wind and uphill climbing on our way through Colorado.  That nailed our gas mileage, but there were many gas stations available along this strip.  We were limited to 30-40 miles per hour on some grades though.  We have learned that the money saved by not having the trailer is usually lost on motels.  So I can be patient when I can have food and drinks in my own kitchen and break area.  This also saves a lot on snacks at rest stops.

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DOG KNOWS HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT IN HOUSTON

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WICHITA FALLS TEXAS OFFERED COOLER WEATHER…

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AND HIKING TRAILS

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NEAR OUR LAST CAMP IN RATON NM THE WEATHER CHANGED

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IT CHANGED A LOT!

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AND AN EXTINCT VOLCANO ADDED DRAMA

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THE RAIN POUNDED US HARD FOR A WHILE

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UNTIL WE REACHED RATON NM

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WHERE DOG INVESTIGATED PILES OF HAIL ON THE TRAIL

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SUGARITE CANYON STATE PARK NEAR RATON NM

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OUR FAVORITE CAMPSITE IN THE STATE PARK

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GAVE US ANOTHER GOOD MORNING HIKE

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AND THE RATON PASS TOOK US QUICKLY INTO COLORADO (note snow on side!)

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AND NORTH PAST DENVER TOWARDS WYOMING.

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TO SQUEEZE THE TRAILER BACK IN THE DRIVE TO UNLOAD.

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SO DOG CAN RECUPERATE!

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AFTER UNLOADING THE TRAILER IS MOVED TO THE BACK YARD.

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WHERE I CAN RELAX…

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AND WATCH NORTHERN EXPOSURE CDS

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WHILE AZALEA RECUPERATES SOME MORE!

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