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2018 Quilt Away

Destination Las Vegas - Spring 2018

It just doesn't seem right planning to leave when we still have snow on the ground. There is a two foot ice/snow drift on the north side of my building that is going to take a couple of weeks to melt. Usually, I have my flower beds worked and my patio cleaned but not this year. It will all have to wait until the snow melts. I'm so sick of winter. I can hardly wait to hit the road.
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Saturday, April 28 - Calgary to Kalispell, Montana
Highways today were hwy 2 south to the border, US 89, Starr School Road and State 464 to Browning, then west on US 2, State 40 and south on US 93 to Kalispell. Google Map

Imagination Unlimited, Cardston, Alberta

I picked up my first fat quarter for my travel quilt - a bright blue almost the same colour as on the panel. I also bought some ruler stick-ons to put on my cruise buttons so I can feel them instead of taking my eyes off the road. They work great!

Lewis Range - Rocky Mountains

St. Mary, Montana - Car Trouble

There is still a lot of snow on the mountains and along the road. I had just passed St. Mary and pulled over to take this picture when I heard a terrible scraping sound. Some "cover thing" was dragging on the ground. It sounded like the whole bottom had fallen out. I had just rolled over 1,000 miles on my shiny new car!

Rather than continue, I turned around and went back to St Mary. The only store open was the food market. Since I couldn't connect to Horizon (the only service in the area), one of the ladies working at the market kindly let me use her cell phone. I managed to use up her battery with two calls to AMA and three calls to Ford Roadside Assistance.

AMA ordered a tow truck. My call to Ford did not go so well. The told me they would tow me to Cut Bank - a small town with no hotel so I could wait until Monday to get my car fixed. Duh! After arguing with them about leaving me stranded out in the middle of nowhere because they would only cover $75.00 for towing, they finally agreed to waive my "accommodation benefit" and tow me to Kalispell. After all, I already had a hotel booked. They put me on hold while they contacted the tow truck and promptly cut me off.

I was about to have a total melt down when a local mechanic came into the store and rescued me. She wired up the dragging cover.

I tried to call AMA and cancel the tow truck but was left on hold - lovely music. I tried to call Ford and got cut off again - twice. I followed the road to Browning looking for the tow truck and never saw him. I stopped at a service station in Browning and called the towing company but got a voice mail that said they were closed. I'm sure I'll find out at some point if there were a couple of tow trucks out there today looking for me.

By the time I got to East Glacier, the wire gave out and the cover was dragging again. I turned up the radio and ignored the racket. Fortunately, there was a Ford dealer open in Kalispell. The service department was closed but sales managed to secure it enough for me to keep going - or so they say. So now I have to make a decision - stay in Kalispell until Monday and get it fixed or continue on and hope for the best. I'll decide tomorrow.

One thing is for certain. On Monday I need to contact Maclin and find out how I activate the repair protection plan I paid for and where to call when I need help. I guess I should have got some instructions but I really didn't think it would start to fall to pieces at the 1,000 mile mark.

JoAnn Fabric, Kalispell, MT

At JoAnn I bought another fat quarter for my travel quilt - a orange one. I also managed to pick up 43 yards of flannel at $1.79 a yard and then used another $5.00 coupon for a grand total of $72.00 US.

There is some good news today. I'm comfortable at Homewood Suites in Kalispell and went to Hu Hot for a delicious dinner.

Sunday, April 29 - Kalispell to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Highways today were US 93 south, State 82 east, State 83 south. State 200 west to Missoula and finally I-90 to Coeur d'Alene. Google Map
I decided to kill Sunday travelling to Coeur d'Alene. At least I'm 300 miles further on rather than wasting the day in Kalispell. I'll take my car into the Ford dealer here tomorrow morning to get it fixed or at least checked by the mechanic to see if it can make the rest of my trip.

Quilt Gallery, Kalispell

I stopped the Quilt Gallery and bought two fat quarters - a green polka dot and pink flowers. I also bought some extra green to possibly use for the binding. This shop is under new ownership and seems to be doing quite well. I noticed that they carry Magnifico thread so in future I can plan to pick it up there. They were preparing for a trip to Sandy, Utah for a quilt show. Maybe I can get there before heading into Vegas.

Deer Country Quilts, Seeley Lake, Montana

I love this shop. I can barely get in the door and I'm trapped. I bought a panel and matching fabric including the back. For good measure, I got a fat quarter of the stripe because it matches my travel quilt. It is a new fabric by Sandy Gervais for Moda called "Well Said". It has eight 10" squares with four different sayings. I also bought a purple fat quarter for my travel quilt. Deer Country Quilts

Seeley Lake Flooding

Most of the day was driving in the rain and more is expected for tomorrow. The west side of the mountains is way ahead of us. Grass is green and there are leaves on the trees. There was a lot of flooding in the Seeley Lake area. There were several houses sitting in the middle of a field of water. The ditches were full but not flowing over the road. With more rain in the forecast, there is real concern in the area. Between the fires in the fall and now the flooding, Seeley Lake has been hit hard this year.

I arrived in Coeur d'Alene shortly after 5:00 pm, checked into the Holiday Inn and then went to the Outback for dinner.

Monday, April 30 - Coeur d'Alene to McCall, Idaho
Highways today were US 95 south to Lewiston, US 12 to Kooskia, State 13 to Grangeville, US 95 to New Meadows and State 55 to McCall, Idaho. The historical routes today included the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, Nez Perce National Historic Trail, Lewis and Clark Trail and the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway. There were a lot of historical markers indicating Battlefields, Mining, and Lewis and Clark points of interest. Google Map
It was a beautiful drive today with hardly any traffic. The grass is green. The trees are in leaf and some already have blossoms. Just south of Moscow, the clouds cleared and the sun came out. I ran into a bit of overcast and rain again at Grangeville but it quickly passed.
First stop today was to Parker Ford to deal with my car. They did not have the part in stock but they said that the repair done would be OK until I got home. So with peace of mind, I headed on my way. I have some other concerns about the working order of things so when I get home, there is going to be a list of things for them to fix.

JoAnn, Coeur d'Alene

I picked up flannel for 15 more quilts. They still had the sale on for $1.79 a yard. In addition I used another $5.00 coupon so today's grand total was $82.00. I also bought a red fat quarter for $1.00.

Bear Paw, Coeur d'Alene

Before leaving town I stopped at Bear Paw. This is one of my favourite shops but I must not have been in the mood today. All I bought was some fat quarters for my travel quilt. Nothing else in the shop caught my attention so I was back on the road in short order. Bear Paw Quilting

Stitches & Petals, Moscow, Idaho

We visited this shop last fall so it was easy to find. It is a combination flower and quilt shop. I only bought one fat quarter. I think today is not my day for fabric. I just cant seem to "like" anything.

Material Girls, Orofino, Idaho

This shop is right on highway 12. They had just returned from the quilt show in Moscow. A lot of their stock was still off the shelves, but I managed to find a fat quarter to go with my travel quilt.

Highway 12 Idaho

Us Route 12 twists and turns along side the Clearwater River. It extends 174 miles from the Washington state line in Lewiston east to the Montana state line at Lolo Pass, generally along the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Hwy 12 is now called the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway. It was previously known as the Lewis and Clark Highway. In October 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition descended the Clearwater River in dugout canoes, putting in at "Canoe Camp," five miles downstream from Orofino.

Slaterville Ghost Town

I stopped at a rest stop at the site of Slaterville Ghost Town. Slaterville served as the steamboat port for the Clearwater Gold Rush which followed mineral discoveries at Pierce in 1860. Founded May 6, 1861, Slaterville had a permanent population of 50, two stores, two houses, and a saloon. Slaterville was soon replaced by a new port in Lewiston.

Nez Perce National Historic Park

The Nez Perce National Historic Park is composed of 38 sites spread over four states. The sites are linked by the history of the Nez Perce people. Twenty-six of the sites are on or near the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Idaho.

Several of the sites are connected by the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, managed by the United States Forest Service. It preserves the route taken by Chief Joseph and his band when they tried to reach Canada in 1877.

Heart of the Monster - Kamiah, Idaho

Heart of the Monster is part of the Nez Perce National Historical Park. It is located on the Clearwater River near Kamiah, Idaho.

According to the Nez Perce creation story, Iceye’ye (Coyote) killed a large monster along the Clearwater River near present day Kamiah, Idaho, thus creating different tribes in the region, including the Nez Perce. A rock formation in the area is said to represent the heart of the monster described in the Nez Perce legend. It is sacred to the Nez Perce people. National Park Service

State Route 13

I left US 12 at Koostia and turned south on State 13. This road was a surprise. I'm not sure I've been on it before. It's 26 miles passes through beautiful rolling hills and a climb over the mountain to Grangeville.

I realized that I missed two shops today - one at Kamiah and one at Grangeville. I purposely avoided the shops in Lewiston so I didn't have to go into the City. I guess I was more into the scenery and history today than quilt shops.

I stopped in McCall tonight staying at the Best Western. It is a beautiful hotel. My suite even has a hot tub in it. This Best Western has to be in top 10 in the Country.

Tuesday, May 1 - McCall to Jackpot, Nevada
Highways today were State 55 south to Banks, County Road 17 to Garden Valley (Crouch) and back, State 55 and State 44 to Garden City then US 26, North Curtis Road, I-184, and I-84 to Twin Falls and finally US 93 south to Jackpot. I was thankful for GPS getting through the Boise area to I-84. Even with that I had to turn around a couple of times. Google Map
When I reached Boise, I had to make a decision - west or south. There is still so much snow in the mountains and temperatures are hovering around the 40° mark, I decided to head south where it might be warmer. Even at Jackpot, it was just 52°. I'm still in a jacket, long pants, socks and shoes!

Pancake House, McCall, Idaho

I had to kill some time waiting for the two quilt shops to open at 11:00 so I went to the Pancake House for breakfast. The huge lodge style building has five unique shops - The Pancake House, The Christmas House, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, Santa’s Attic (antiques), and Auggie’s Sheepskin. It wasn't hard to pass the time wandering through these unique shops. McCall Pancake House

Huckleberry Patches, McCall, Idaho

This shop is on the north end of town. It has a lot of wool, yarn, flannel and lodge type fabrics. I bought a chicken panel and matching fabric. Why? I don't have any idea. I also bought a red polka dot for my travel quilt - Sorbert Essentials from Quilting Treasures. Huckleberry Patches

Granny's Attic - McCall, Idaho

This shop is on the south end of town so was my last stop before heading down highway 55. I bought a fat quarter - appropriately named "Road Trip" by Riley Blake. I also bought an orange polka dot but didn't get the name of the fabric. Granny's Attic

Stitch n' Snip, Garden Valley (Crouch), Idaho

This shop is where my Vintage Trucks Block of the Month are coming from. I had three left so I picked them up to avoid having to pay shipping. I must be in a better mood because today, I'm buying happy fabric. The two fat quarters from this store are "Frolic" by Me & My Sister and a bright orange with whimsical airplanes on it. Stitch n' Snip

Quilt Expressions, Garden City, Idaho

This is a huge shop with just about every fabric line there is. In addition to fabric, It has six full size long arm machines and all essential long arm supplies. I bought two polka dot fat quarters - Candy Land by Windham and Essential Dots by Moda. Quilt Expressions

Hwy 55 Idaho - Payette River Scenic Byway

It was an incredibly beautiful drive today. The Payette River Scenic Byway is recognized for its outstanding scenic and historic attributes. It was designated an Idaho Scenic Byway in June 1977 and a National Scenic Byway in 2005.

The route offers views of mountains, forests, lakes, valleys, and the famous whitewater rapids visited by rafters, canoeists, and kayakers from around the world.

County Road 17 - Banks Lowman Road - Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway

Following the old miner’s supply route from Banks to Lowman alongside the churning waters of the South Fork of the Payette River, Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway goes through a canyon cut deep into the heart of the Idaho mountains. This route is considered some of the most powerful canyon scenery offered in the state.

South Fork - Payette River (looking left)

Staircase Rapids (looking right)

Jackpot, Nevada

I'm staying a Cactus Petes & Horseshu Resort Casino in Jackpot tonight. For a hotel that hasn't changed much in 20 years, they have managed to keep everything in good repair and have done major renovations and updates in the rooms making you feel like it is a new hotel. Just great.

Wednesday, May 2 - Jackpot to Tooele, Utah
Only three highways today - US 93 south, I-80 east and State 36 to Tooele. I didn't leave Jackpot until after 11:00 and arrived in Tooele at 3:00. No sightseeing or side trips along the way. I'm glad I'm not the interstate highways all that much. Google Map

Yard Sale & Gift, Tooele, Utah

I wasn't sure by the name what I was heading into. At first I thought it might be a second hand or antique store but it was a small quilt shop. She also had a long arm available for rent. I bought a funky yellow fat quarter.

JoAnn - Tooele, Utah

I dropped into the JoAnn store but there was no more flannel on sale. I'll keep checking to see if there are any other good coupons along the way. Since I was there I bought another fat quarter for a dollar.

Tooele, Utah

I'm staying at the Holiday Inn tonight and will head over to I-15 to Sandy, Utah tomorrow to the Quilt Show. I opted for Subway tonight and then back to the hotel to call it a day and get to bed early.

Thursday, May 3 - Tooele to Cedar City, Utah
Several highways today. State 36 north leaving Tooele, I-80 east, and I-15 south, State 209 and US 89 into Sandy, Utah. After visiting the quilt show I started down I-15 but it didn't take me long to decide to get off the interstate. At Nephi I headed west on State 132 and US 6 to Delta, then US 50 State 257, and State 21 to Beaver. The final stretch was on I-15 south to Cedar City. Google Map

Utah Quilting & Sewing Marketplace
Quilt Show - Sandy, Utah

First on the agenda today was the Quilt Show in Sandy, Utah. I arrived just before 11:00 and stayed for three hours. The exhibits were, of course, the main attraction. I found the van Gogh, National Parks and 70273 Project sections most interesting.

The show runs for 4 days. There are classes, fabric challenges, long arm, thread, and embroidery demonstrations. The Moda Fabric Challenge quilt will be auctioned at the end of the show on Saturday. Proceeds will go to Sew Much Hope - a charity that provides manually operated machines from the 1940's to the 1960's with hand cranks or treadles to needy individuals in poverty stricken areas throughout the world.

Superior Threads had a booth so I was able to buy some Magnifico Thread and long arm needles from them. I'm still going to stop at the shop in Saint George on my way into Vegas tomorrow. I was surprised to see that PM Quilting had a booth so I picked up some of their ruler business cards. I wanted to stop in Sunburst on my way home to pick up the rulers but when I phoned, I found out they had moved to Arizona. I didn't buy a lot of fabric but did pick up a fat quarter for my travel quilt. I also bought a wire stand that holds a 12 inch block and 5 totally useless little bows at 10 cents each.

Fiberworks - Laura Heine

The Laura Heine booth had all the patterns, kits, and samples on display. I was able to see "Doodle Doo" the rooster I made. It is the one in the picture on the pattern. I don't think I like his head any better than mine. It was quite a sight to see all the patterns done and on display in one place. Fiberworks

National Parks

This special exhibit displays a collection of quilts that were created to celebrate the 2016 Centennial Anniversary of the National Park Service. All of the artists who participated in this project enthusiastically share a passion for America's Best Idea: the National Parks.

As I wandered through this sections, I was able to recognize the parks. My favourites were the quilts depicting Grand Canyon, Capitol Reef and Zion National Parks.

Zion National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

70273 Project

Between January 1940 and August 1941 Nazis murdered 70,273 disabled people. Jeanne-Hewll-Chambers is gathering 70,273 quilt blocks from around the world to commemorate each one of those people. If the person was deemed “unfit” or an “economic burden on society”, the doctors placed a red X at the bottom of the form. Two red X's and the person was killed. 70273 Project

van Gogh

This was a "Cherrywood Challenge". Participants were inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh. The quilts are made entirely from hand dyed suede-look cotton from Cherrywood Fabrics.

It was at this exhibit that I ran into Linda from our long arm club - the club that would be meeting today at about the same time as we met.

Mom's Crafts and Fabrics, Delta, Utah

We visited this shop in 2015 so I was quite happy to get off I-15 and take a side trip to Delta. I barely got in the door that I found my fat quarter. I also bout 2 1/2 yards of the same fabric to use for a border. This fantastic store is owned by Peggy and her daughter Lyla. Peggy designs and sells her quilt patterns. Her patterns are quite unique. Mom's Crafts and Fabrics.

Cedar City, Utah

I'm staying at the Holiday Inn in Cedar City. After checking into the hotel, I went to Chilli's for dinner. It's been a while since I've been to Chilli's. It was a toss up between there and I-Hop! The weather is finally starting to warm up - a bit. The temperature was 61° in Cedar City when I arrived. I'm still in long pants, socks and shoes. I didn't need the jacket though.

Friday, May 4 - Cedar City to Las Vegas, Nevada
Highway today were pretty simple. I-15 south then State 9 in and out of Hurricane, I-15 to Superior Threads in Saint George and back on I-15 to Las Vegas. Google Map

Stitching It Up - Cedar City, Utah

This shop was up the street from my hotel. I stopped just long enough to pick up a fat quarter. This is a relatively small shop but they are packed full of wonderful fabrics to choose from. Stitching It Up

JoAnn - Cedar City, Utah

I passed a JoAnn on my way out of town so stopped to check it out. The store is set up different from what we are used to. The fabric was organized into categories - Halloween, Christmas, Patriotic, Flowers, etc. There were no flannel deals so I bought a $1.00 fat quarter and continued on.

Main Street Quilt Cottage - Hurricane, Utah

I drove the extra 10 miles into Hurricane. The shop was easy to find with street parking. I knew there must be something going on because all the spaced in front of the shop were taken while the rest of the street was empty. There were several ladies in the class room doing a catch up day. Sometimes you just want to jump in and join them. I found a fat quarter easily. They have lots of cute and colourful fabrics to choose from.

Mother Superior's Fab Fabrics &
Superior Threads - St. George, Utah

The upper floor is a large fabric shop and the downstairs is Superior Threads. I wandered around the shop for a while and bought some several fat quarters before heading down to Superior Threads.

There elevator opened and from then on I was blown away by the 25,000 square foot warehouse. There were rows and rows of every thread they make. There were three rows of Magnifico and Fantastico alone. Magnifico has 200 solid colours and Fantastico has over 150 variegated blends. In stock were the small spools, the cones and all the bobbins to match! Where do you begin?

Superior Threads started in 1998. Today, the staff and families were celebrating their 20th anniversary. Superior Threads

Project Neon - Las Vegas, Nevada

I arrived in Las Vegas about 3:00 pm. Everything went smoothly until I ran into a major traffic jam on I-15. The on/off ramps don't exist any more. The usual 5-6 lanes is crawling along on two. What a nightmare! Dubbed Project Neon, the 3.7-mile-long widening of Interstate 15 is Nevada’s largest and most expensive public works project. Project Neon

I checked into the Tahiti Village then headed to the Christmas Goose to find out what classes are being held this week. I signed up for a class on Thursday - Counting Stars.

I then went through a car wash, stopped for groceries and finally dragged myself back to the hotel. I ran a load of wash and relaxed on my balcony while it dried. I think tomorrow I want to sleep until noon!

Saturday, May 5 - 11, Las Vegas, Nevada

Saturday, May 5

Let the sewing and relaxing begin. I didn't sleep until noon - but just about. It is so quiet in my room that when I did finally wake up I had no idea if it was 6:00 or 10:30. Well, it wasn't 6:00.

I brought everything into my room and now have a pile of fabric, fat quarters and all the stuff I brought with me to sort through. The ironing board is set up with a new cover.

I dragged the dresser from the bedroom out to the living room to use as my cutting table. The chair in the bedroom sits higher so I brought it along too. The stools at the counter have been replaced with the ironing board. I put them along the empty wall in the living room - stacked high with my projects. The extra dining room chair is in the living room. OK I'm ready! I'm sure Tahiti Village would be horrified to see the furniture all re-arranged. It's a good thing they don't come in to clean during the week - only if requested and I'm certainly not going to do that.

I pretty well wasted the rest of the day. First I headed out to find a beauty salon so I could get a hair cut. I needed one before I left but thought I could last until I got home. I didn't last. It was 4:30 before I was finished.

Quiltique, Henderson, Nevada

Since I was half way there I headed to Quiltique. They close at 6:00 and I left just before closing armed with more fat quarters and some background fabric for the class on Thursday. Quiltique

I stopped at the Outback to pick up some bloomin' onion petals. It was 7:00 before I got back to the hotel. To complete my day, I decided to make a Spinning Star for my travel quilt. I managed to iron some fat quarters and cut the 5 1/2 inch shadow squares. Maybe I'll be more productive tomorrow.

Sunday, May 6

Today I finally got busy. I finished cutting 14 squares and sewed three together in the afternoon. I never left the resort but did go to Dennys for dinner. After supper I finished the fourth block then headed to the hot tub before settling in for the night. Tomorrow, I might work on the Vintage Trucks! I also need to go to the Christmas Goose to pick out the fabric for the Thursday class.

Monday, May 7

This morning I continued working on the stars then started cutting the piano keys and 3 1/2 inch squares with the left overs from the fat quarters. I now have enough to make a Victoria's Quilt.

Christmas Goose, Las Vegas

The Christmas Goose is my favourite shop in Vegas. After lunch I went there to pick out my fabric for the class on Thursday. They didn't have a jelly roll in what I wanted so I bought the fabric pieces. I booked myself into the "Projects on the Go" sessions from 6:00 - 8:00 tonight and did the cutting for my class. Christmas Goose

Sew Little Time, Las Vegas

I stopped into this shop this afternoon. I'd never been to it before so decided to check it out. It is a small shop and has a good selection of fabric and a lot of hand work and long arm supplies. Sew Little Time

Everyone in Vegas is pretty excited about the Golden Knights - even at the quilt shop. The Knights became the first team in NHL history to sweep their first playoff series in their inaugural season. The Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks and advanced to the Western Conference finals.
It was after 9:00 before I got back to the hotel. All I did today was cut cut cut. I only added one star to the wall. I had better get more productive tomorrow. Temperature topped 100° today and is expected to hit 103 by mid week. I watched Dancing with the Stars, then headed to bed.

Tuesday, May 8

Today was definitely more productive. In the morning I decided is needed to cleans house and do some laundry. It was my day for housekeeping so now I'm clean and ready to mess it all up again. If I find one more thing to cut, I think I'll throw it out! In the afternoon I went to Quiltique to get oil for my machine.

I continued with the stars and started sewing the piano keys together. I calculate I need 120 of them. Yikes! Not sure what I'm going to do about the corners yet but will decide that once the quilt is sewn together. Finally, the stars are done.

On the Wall
I booked my hotel at Williams, Arizona for Saturday night and Bluff, Utah for Sunday. After that, I don't know where I'll be or which roads I want to take going home. I plan to stop in at Oatman on my way to Williams on Saturday.

Wednesday, May 9

I spent most of the day sewing the threes together for the nine patches. I also had four extra centres from the panel so decided to cut four more stars to finish them too. Now there are 16 Stars on the wall! OK. I'm officially sick of doing stars!

Four More On the Wall

I went to the Outback for dinner. Tonight I had to pack up all my sewing gear for the class tomorrow. I even asked for a wake up call - no sleeping until 11:00 tomorrow! Now that's going to be a shock to my system.

Temperature today hit 105°. Before heading to bed, I started cutting the balance of the fat quarters into strips for a Detour quilt.

Thursday, May 10

Today I was jolted out of bed by the wake up call at 9:00 am! Time to get up and get to the Christmas Goose for my class. I had to leave by 9:30 to get there in time. Traffic has been heavy along the route (I assume because of the 1-15 closures) but I got there in good time.

Counting Stars Class - Christmas Goose

Counting Stars by Cozy Quilt Designs is a complex-looking block created by a simple block, with sashing and cornerstones. The combination makes a beautiful quilt with a stunning secondary design. It is a Cozy Strip Club Pattern designed for 2½" Strips. Counting Stars - Cozy Quilt

My fabric is from Kansas Troubles so the effect of the quilt will be quite different than the picture. There will be a distinct dark and light and it will lean towards primitive and earthy rather than modern. When I look at the pictures all I see is the white triangles rather than the stars.

It was nearly 5:00 by the time I got back to the hotel. I finished cutting the strips for the Detour quilt then went to Chilli's for supper.

I'm pretty tired tonight. It was a long day so I'm heading to bed early.

Friday, May 11

Not much sewing today. I finished sewing the balance of sixes for the nine patches. I don't have quite enough for a second quilt but maybe I can figure it out with some borders.

Christmas Goose - 25th Goosiversary

In the afternoon, I went to the 25th Anniversary celebrations at the Christmas Goose. They called it their "Goosiversary". The classroom was a quilter's playground. They had several "Make and Take" stations. I spent the whole afternoon in there. I made a pin cushion out of a wooden spool - absolutely adorable. I also painted a barn star - the Ohio Star.

I got back to the hotel about 5:30. I had to move all the furniture back where it belongs and then I started to pack things up for tomorrow morning. It's going to take some creative packing to get everything comfortably in the car. Fitting the flannel in without it blocking my view is the big thing.

It's hard to believe that my week is over. I asked for a wake up call for 9:00. I want to get on the road about 10:00 so I'm in Oatman around noon.

Saturday, May 12 - Las Vegas to Williams, Arizona
On The Road Again! Highways today were I-215, US 95, and Nevada State 163 to Laughlin then south on Arizona State 95, east on County 153 (Boundary Cone Road) and Oatman Highway 10 (Historic Route 66) to Kingman, then I-40 to Williams. I went into Seligman off I-40 to gas up and have dinner. Google Map

Roxy's Quilt and Sew, Fort Mohave, Arizona

I didn't plan on stopping at this shop but I recognized the strip mall as I drove by so turned in for a couple of minutes. I bought a red polka dot fat quarter. It is a really nice shop with a great variety of fabric. I see from the website that the shop now had a coffee shop. I should have checked it out. Roxy's

Oatman, Arizona

The town was really busy today. I had to park quite a distance from Brenda's Chuckwagon. I had a great visit with her catching up on all the "donkey news". She said the winter was busy but she managed to take a bit of time off. The donkeys are now up to 20 with a lot of young males that are fighting with each other. Duke still runs the herd though.

Brenda and Jackson (April's Son)

Brenda and April

Nikki (Peanut's Daughter)

Anabelle (Nikki's Daughter)

The Long Long Road

I saw this RV pass through Oatman. I commented to Brenda that the road map on it looked like a map of the roads Karen and I have travelled. I caught up to the RV at Sitgreaves Pass and decided to stay with it until it stopped. I figured they would stop at Cool Springs and they did. To my surprise "they" were Sara and her dog Herbie. Herbie gave me lots of kisses and Sara told me her story.

Sara is originally from England and now living in Florida. In 2016, in celebration of the United States National Parks 100th Anniversary, she visited 48 States, 42 National Parks and put on 48,132 miles. She called her adventure "48 in 366". Her website documents her trip.


Now she and Herbie are on a new adventure coined The Long Long Road. Her family are sign makers so her entire motor home is a road map - all the backroads. This year she is driving the National Old Trails Road. She is now heading east and plans to take in as much Route 66 as possible. Her website is still in the works. The Long Long Road

I just wanted to hop in with her and keep going!

Connie's Quilter's Hide-A-Way, Kingman, AZ

I stopped at Connie's Quilters Hide-A-Way in Kingman. This shop is right on Beale Street - the original main street of Kingman. I've been to Connies several times now so it was good to see it was still there. I quickly bought a black polka dot fat quarter and headed on my way. Connie's Quilter's Hide-A-Way

Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In, Seligman, Arizona

I slipped into Seligman to go to the Snow Cap for supper - a burger and a milk shake. It is always a fun place to visit. There is a neon sign that says "Sorry, we're open", and they always squirt you with a fake mustard stream.

Delgadillo's Snow Cap Drive-In is a historic eatery and roadside attraction located along former Route 66 in Seligman. The drive-in was built in 1953 by local resident Juan Delgadillo (May 17, 1916 - June 2, 2004). Delgadillo was working on an extremely limited budget, so he built the restaurant mostly from scrap lumber obtained from the nearby Santa Fe Railroad yard.

To bring attention to the restaurant, Delgadillo sliced the roof off of a 1936 Chevrolet hardtop, adorned the automobile with paint, horns and various automotive emblems and even an artificial Christmas tree in the rear of the car.

Since Juan Delgadillo's death in 2004, the Snow Cap has been run by his daughter Cecilia and son John, who work the counter in the same playful manner. The walls around the counter area itself are covered with business cards from all over the world. Snow Cap Drive-In - Wikipedia

Williams, Arizona

I had a reservation at the Best Western. I checked in then went for a drive to the downtown area and wandered through the gift shops. I bought my first dream catcher for my car. I was disappointed to see that Pancho McGillicuddy's is closed. It is now Historic Brewing Barrel & Bottle House. I will have to check it out.

I've left the hot weather behind. It's quite cool here and now the weather forecast northward is"winter storm warnings". In this area, they are forecasting rain and "flash flood warnings". Hopefully, I don't run into rain and maybe by the time I get to Idaho and Montana the storms will have passed. Yikes!

Sunday, May 13 - Williams to Bluff, Utah
Highways today were AZ 64 north through Grand Canyon National Park, US 89 and US 160 to Kayenta, and US 163 to Bluff. I did two side trips on State 316 UT and Hwy 261 UT. Google Map
Happy Mother's Day to all moms. Mother's Day always seems to happen while I'm on my spring trip. There is so much to remind me of my mom. I drove by Laughlin yesterday. Mom used to save her nickels to gamble when she and dad stopped there. Now with all the knitting in the shops I'm reminded she was a beautiful knitter. For years, I'd go to Kelowna on Mother's Day. Now, instead, I drive and think about her. I miss you mom.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Traffic was quite heavy though the park so I didn't stay too long. I stopped at a couple lookouts but had a very hard time going to the edge. I had to use zoom to get closer. It's so much easier when Karen is with me and takes the pictures! It totally amazed me that people were standing right at the edge - that went straight down. No rails or barriers. Some people were sitting with their legs swinging free over the edge. My knees just about gave out watching them.

The Grand Canyon, carved by the Colorado River, is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile. Nearly two billion years of Earth's geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River cut a channels through layer after layer of rock. Recent studies support the hypothesis that the Colorado River established its course through the area about 5 to 6 million years ago.

The Grand Canyon is a World Heritage Site, a National Park and is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

This scenic overlook is east of Grand Canyon Village between Yaki and Grandview Points along Desert View Drive on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Duck on a Rock

Duck on a Rock

The Duck on the Rock overlook was one of the first carriage stops for tours in the 1930s when traveling from Grand Canyon Village to Desert View.

This scenic overlook is east of Grand Canyon Village between Yaki and Grandview Points. Duck on a Rock is one of the more photographed geological features along the South Rim.

Interesting to note is that in 2011 a Canadian spray painted a red "Luci" on the rock then threw the paint can into the Canyon. When asked why, he said he wanted to leave his mark for his children to see in 20 years. He was charged with two criminal counts 1) damaging U.S. property in an amount in excess of $1,000, and 2) disposing of refuse in other than a refuse receptacle. National Parks Traveler

Well, he made his mark alright!

Monument Valley

No matter how many times I travel through this area, I'm always in awe. I stopped several times to take pictures but did not go into Goulding or the Tribal Park.

Monument Valley is characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 feet above the valley floor. The valley lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation.

US 163 Looking West

US 163

US 163 runs 64 miles from US 160 northward to US 191. The southernmost 44 miles of its length are within the Navajo Nation. The highway forms part of the Trail of the Ancients and cuts through the heart of Monument Valley.

The 480 mile Trail of the Ancients in Colorado and Utah highlights the archaeological and cultural history of southwestern Native American peoples.

Painted Desert

Driving east on hwy 163 to Bluff, the sun hit the painted desert just right. I stopped to get the pictures before it changed. It got better as I headed east but there was no other area to pull over.

The Painted Desert is a badlands running from Cameron-Tuba City near the east end of the Grand Canyon National Park, through the Navajo Nation, and southeast into the Petrified Forest National Park. It is about 120 miles long by about 60 miles wide.

The Painted Desert is known for its brilliant and varied colors with the most typical being the gray and red coloured band across the landform.

Goosenecks State Park

After driving past this State Park many times, I decided to go in today and check it out. It was a waste of time - and a waste of $5.00. Karen and I saw more from Muley Point - at 2,000 feet above looking down. This overlook was closer - but the high view was far more impressive. To make the side trip worth my while I drove up and down Hwy 261.

San Juan Goosenecks

Nevertheless, the Goosenecks themselves are interesting. Goosenecks State Park overlooks a deep meander of the San Juan River. The Goosenecks are one of the most impressive examples of an river meander on the North American continent. The San Juan River twists and turns through the meander, flowing a distance of over 6 miles while advancing on 1.5 miles.

Bluff, Utah

I booked into the Desert Rose Inn then went to Twin Peaks for dinner. They have done a lot of work on Fort Reconstruction. I walked through the site and checked out the new exhibits. The have a lot of information and a beautiful center section with information about each of the original Fort members.

Historic Bluff City was founded in 1880 by the famous “Hole in the Rock” expedition of 230 Mormon pioneers, whose mission was to establish a farming community on the San Juan River. The original Bluff Fort and historic village of log homes was laid out with a church, school, and co-op store in the center and was surrounded by agricultural fields and orchards. The town was named for the bluffs near the town site.

Today, Bluff is an active center for artists, crafts people and writers, as well as others involved in farming and ranching. Tourism has also become a strong component of the local economy. Bluff is in the center of the Grand Circle, an itinerary which links numerous iconic western National Parks, Tribal Parks, National Monuments and State Parks. Bluff, Utah

Desert Rose Inn

I'm staying a the Desert Rose Inn. This has been a favourite hotel of ours for many years, but it is starting to show some decline. They have updated the rooms with a modern feel and as a matter of preference only, I liked the "old rustic feel" complete with quilts on the beds. I also liked their "southwestern feel" when they adopted it.

While they have added a new building with more units, it seems that they are cutting corners on maintenance and upkeep in the main lodge. In my room the bathtub rail was broken, the knob on the heat light timer was broken off and the brad on one of the shower hooks was broken causing the shower curtain to sag. There was no table for the laptop and there was only one chair in the room. It just seems that when they got "bigger" including increased rates, they forget to pay attention to the "small things".

It was a bit disappointing but Desert Rose Inn is still one of my favourite hotels along this route. The really important things - a clean quiet room and a great bed still exist. I managed to sleep like a log.

Monday, May 14 - Bluff to Torrey, Utah
Highways today were west on US 191/163, through Valley of the Gods, north on Hwy 261, and west on State 95 to Hanksville. At Hanksville I went north on State 24, (Temple Mountain Road and Goblin Valley Road) into Goblin Valley State Park, and then back on State 24 west Torrey. Google Map

Valley of the Gods, Utah

The wonderful thing about Valley of the Gods is that it is not commercialized. There are no park fees, no services, no facilities, no shops or other vendors - and virtually no traffic. It is like landing on another planet - both physically and visually. Located on Navajo Nation Land, and managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Valley of the Gods is a pristine, unaltered, protected area. A 17-mile dirt and gravel road winds through the valley. It is sandy and bumpy, with sharp turns, steep sections, and crosses several ever-changing washes. You simply cannot be in a hurry.

Eroded by water, wind and ice over millions of years, the rock was carved into the unique buttes, monoliths, pinnacles and other geological features. Valley of the Gods is equally as impressive as it's neighbour Monument Valley. The formations have been given names such as Rooster Butte, Setting Hen Butte, and Balanced Rock/Lady in a Tub.

Hwy 261 Utah

The Valley of the Gods road exits unto Hwy 261. I never tire of this road. The adrenaline rush hits me every time I drive up or down it. Driving up is a bit harder because I feel like I'm dangling on the edge. Going down, the driver gets to hug the inside with the whole width of the car to the right. Either way, I still can't look.

Something is Missing

Many of the landmarks that existed when we first started driving this road are gone. The pull over where we used to sit on a rock and the huge bolder on the edge are completely gone. The rock disappeared a couple of years ago. Now the boulder is gone too. Not only are these rocks gone, but the pull out is too. It is now just a widening to look around the corner. Another wide area where several cars could park is only big enough now for two or three.

Doreen & Willie 2011 - Rock Now Gone

Karen 2011 - Huge Boulder Now Gone

Goblin Valley, Utah

Karen and I have seen the signs for Goblin Valley but have never gone in to explore it. I had a couple extra hours so I decided to check it out. It was a good thing I had the time, because going to the Goblin Valley was a waste of it - and a waste of $15.00.

The Goblin Valley in itself is quite interesting and the formations are incredible. The problem is it just takes about 10 minutes to see everything. So two hours and $15.00 later I was back at Hanksville heading west.

The Making of a Goblin

The unusual stone shapes in Goblin Valley result from the weathering of Entrada sandstone. The Entrada consists of debris eroded from former highlands and re-deposited on a former tidal flat of alternating layers of sandstone, siltstone, and shale. The rocks show evidence of being near the margins of an ancient sea with the ebb and flow of tides, tidal channels that directed currents back to the sea and coastal sand dunes.

Joint or fracture patterns within the Entrada sandstone beds created initial zones of weakness. The un-weathered joints intersected to form sharp edges and corners with greater surface-area-to-volume ratios than the faces. As a result, the edges weathered more quickly, producing the spherical-shaped 'goblins'.

The Entrada sandstone from which the hoodoos developed was deposited in the Jurassic period around 170 million years ago.

Jacob’s Chair, Fry Canyon Area

Jacob’s Chair is a 270-foot Wingate sandstone tower north of Highway 95. It was first ascended by George Hurley and Bill Forrest in November, 1976. The monolith is reached via five miles of old mining road.

Hite Overlook - Hite Ghost Town

Hite is a ghost town at the north end of Lake Powell along the Colorado River. Hite was named for Cass Hite, an early settler. In 1883, Navajo Chief Hoskininni led Cass Hite to the canyon. Hite found gold. He then opened a small store and post office. Miners provided much of the business in Hite City. Like so many mining booms, Hite went bust. In 1964 the rising water of Lake Powell swallowed up Hite.

Capital Reef National Park

I passed through Capital Reef National Park but didn't stop. I started to pick up a lot of traffic once I got to the Capital Reef National Park area. The parking lots were nearly full at the Petroglyphs, Fruita and Visitor's Center. I would have liked to go up the road to see the washes again, but the RVs were driving me crazy, so I didn't bother taking the time.

Torrey, Utah

I arrived at Torrey about 4:00 pm and booked into the Chuckwagon Motel. I went to the local burger joint for dinner then drove around the town before heading back to the hotel for the night.

Tuesday, May 15 - Torrey to Helena, Montana
Highways today were State 24 to Salina, US 50 to Scipio and I-15 to Helena. Google Map
Now that I'm in home mode, no sightseeing along the way. I was up early and on the road by 8:45 so putting on 700 miles was a snap, especially once I got to I-15 and 80 mph. It is always sad to quit sightseeing because that means the trip is over. Once I'm in home mode though, I want to get there - and fast.
I thought I was going to have another frustrating day when I left Torrey and within 2 miles caught up to five motor homes and three cars that were afraid to pass. They were doing about 35 mph. It took me about 3 minutes to get by them all and from there on I had the road to myself. I got through Salt Lake City without a hitch and arrived in Helena about 7:00 pm.

Helena, Montana

I'm staying at the Holiday Inn. I want to pick up Snoopy tomorrow afternoon so the six hours from Helena will work perfectly. I also have an appointment for my car on Thursday to deal with the cover that fell off so would like to make sure I can get there first thing Thursday morning.

Wednesday, May 16 - Helena to Calgary
I was on the road just after 9:00. Highways today were I-15, Hwy 4 from the border to Lethbridge, Hwy 3 west to Fort Mcleod and Hwy 2 north to Calgary. Google Map
There was no traffic at all on the roads and no delays at the border. I picked up Snoopy at 4:30 and we were home before 5:00.


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