North America

Final North America Route

Here was our final route for our North America Trip.   We left November from Boulder, in a blizzard, toward ...
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Let it Snow …let it snow…let it snow: Boulder, Co.

Let it snow…let it snow….let it snow…as Team Hibble is Home!  We made it just 24 hours before the snow ...
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Cool and Partly Cloudy, Moab UT

When we revised the schedule due to Snow warnings, we asked if there was anything anyone wanted to do before ...
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Slick Rock, Moab UT

After visiting “The hole in the wall” gas station, the boys new we were less than 6 hours away.  That’s ...
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High Gear: Canyon City, UT

We have family meetings often in Big Rig to make sure we are meeting each others’ needs, expectations and to ...
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Dribble Sand: Bryce Canyon, UT

Let’s just say after the 1400 climb of Angel’s Landing, the only one excited about hiking again is Geoff & ...
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15 minutes to the Top: Mt. Zion National Park, UT

Geoff fixed Big Rig enough to get to MT. Zion National Park.  The other mechanical problems had to wait until ...
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Park House Cafe, Mt. Zion National Park, Ut

Just before entering Mt. Zion National Park, we pulled over to a small, artsy cafe for some breakfast.    There ...
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Big Rig is tired, St. George NV

The ol’ girl is tired.  She has carried our family some 33,000 miles safely across this nation.  We have looked ...
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Update….

For those of you who follow and don’t get the “nudge” on FB, I’m trying to catch up on my ...
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Las Vegas, Nevada

I’m in a hhhheap of trouble in the future. We just pulled into Las Vegas and my oldest son said ...
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Often Times…

Often Times…… Often times I look at the map and wonder how in the world did I make this journey ...
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Captain Morgan, Jack Daniels & Captain Jack: San Diego, Cali

San Diego was a bit of a surprise for the boys as we had a couple things teed up that ...
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Lucky: Oceanside, Cali

How appropriate for me: My kids just booked Jason Mraz tickets in San Diego for the whole family to attend ...
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Stay Tuned: Laguna Beach, Cali

We are having a whirlwind of a trip in Venice, Hollywood & Laguna Beach. We are on our way to ...
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Yes Sir to the Big Sur: Big Sur, Cali

After Yosemite, we traveled back north to hop on HWY 1.  It was well worth the back track as the ...
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The Stink Eye: Yosemite National Park, Cali

As much as our boys love Stella they also love to taunt her too.  Yosemite is currently having a mouse ...
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Funny little words

There is a lot we have all learned on this trip.  We have all grown in so many different ways ...
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Marvin isn’t Starvn’ at all….

As we turned the corner on Market Street in San Francisco, I noticed a row of chess tables set up along ...
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The Golden Office: San Francisco, Cali

We left the scenic Napa Valley late last night and woke up just 15 minutes from the San Francisco Golden ...
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Collector: Napa Valley, California

Ever since Connor was about 10 years old, he wanted to start a Vineyard.  He started collecting our wine bottles ...
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Dirty Girl : Calistoga, Cali

We stayed one night in a charming little town called Calistoga.  Calistoga is located just North of Napa Valley.  For ...
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Nine Eleven

Hugging my children a little tighter today & counting my blessings.  Remembering those less fortunate in 911.  May they find ...
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Jammed: Sacramento, Cali

After Lake Tahoe, we were able to stop by my cousin Stacy’s house for a few nights.  Due to the ...
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Speechless

Burning Man- Yep the Hibbles went from “Fern to Burn” in a matter of just a couple days.  And I ...
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Black Rock City, Nevada

Returning from 4 nights in the desert. Burning Man is not for everybody, that’s for sure, BUT it’s definitely for ...
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Burning Man, Black Rock City Nevada

Big Rig is Burning Man Bound! I am very excited & curious to check out this massive, radical, “art festival” ...
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Ferndale, California

Ferndale was a quaint nostalgic town lined with a mercantile, blacksmith, old style pharmacy, bakery, cafe, pizzeria, saloon, local grocery, ...
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Kudos to Cameron!

A special thanks, by Geoff Hibble: I need to send out a special thanks to my mate, Cameron, for saving ...
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Date Night

Enjoying our time in Eureka, Ca.  We have a mechanic’s appointment on Mon. for a “tune-up.”  We went an hour ...
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Slicing Onions

I don’t have much to say here….other than ….Happy Birthday Dad! You are missed dearly. XXOOO! ...
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Boogie Man

Last night, after my “no-so-good-horrible day”, when all was quiet & I was laying there listening to “coffee” on sirrus ...
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Bold

I want to apologize right now, up-front, before writing Bold to my loyal followers [I just recently found out I ...
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Vancouver

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Allergies

We spent nearly a month in Alaska soaking up its sheer beauty and living that rugged Alaskan lifestyle.  This experience ...
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Going on a Bear Hunt

I woke up this morning feeling very brave….ready to go on a recommended bear hunt with Geoff!  Ethan was asleep ...
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Iron Chef Salmon Cook-off

It was Connor’s idea to have an “Iron Chef Salmon Cook-off between Chef: Geoff, Connor & Ethan.  He wanted to experiment with ...
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The Bear Facts. Russian River, Kenai Pennisula

We actually went to the Russian River for 2 nights.  Upon arriving, we noticed a lot of people have 45’s ...
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More Coffee Please

Typically, we listen to the sirrus station “Coffee house” on satellite radio to drown out “night noises” in Big Rig ...
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The Sockeye Run at Funny River State Park, Soldotna AK

We stuck with our great fishing spot on the Funny River as it was ssssswwwweeet…catching all the chrome (sea-fresh, sockeye salmon) ...
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What’s for Dinner tonight? Salmon! Kenai, Alaska

[nggtags gallery=’kenai fishing’] When we woke up today, all boys, both big & small, were very excited to go to ...
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What’s for dinner? Chicken! Kenai, Alaska

The salmon just entered the mouth of the Kenai…they swim 20~50 miles upstream daily…they should be where we are in ...
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Little Red Radio Flyer Bike…Very Quesionable…???

Why do I put my children first over myself……always…always…seriously??…ALLL the time!? Is that necessary?? Must we always be indestructible moms? I’m not ...
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Hibbles meet Savages in Anchorage

It was uncanny, but we were able to meet up in Anchorage with our great friends from Boulder, The Savage ...
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Fishing Trips! By Geoff Hibble

FISHING TRIPS! Fishing trips all take a little effort right? You know, you pack the night before, get up early, ...
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July 9…Sweet Stella’s Birthday

My little cupcake turns ‘Free’, today! She has been the best ‘bonus’ to our entire family (even the boys would ...
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Wayne’s World

I think we have officially spent just as much on repairs on Big Rig as we have in gas for ...
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Whitehorse, Canada

We just arrived to Whitehorse Canada- The biggest town on the Alaska Hwy. yet (approx.26,418 people.) I’m feeling a bit ...
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Dawson Creek, Canada (Yukon Territory)

Our first stop to begin the Alaskan Hwy. was at Bill’s News stand & Confectionary at Dawson Creek. It was ...
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A shot of Courage Please, Alaskan Hwy.

We have just under 40 hours until Alaska! We’ve been on the road for a total of 8 months…some days ...
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Lake Louise, Banff Canada

Just when I think I’ve seen every breath taking, beautiful, serene, tranquil view possible, we walk through the tree covered ...
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Photos

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Travel Day – Bighorn to Choteau

Camped last night creek side (Bighorn River).  The family was asleep when we arrived (tired from a long day) and ...
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Honey Hole: Big Horn Canyon, MT.

Miraculously, we actually found “the honey hole”!!! The map we had  was very sketchy!  A dodgy piece of yellow paper ...
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Fly Fishing the Big Horn River

Wow we!   What a fun day of fishing.  We arrived 9ish and unleashed on the fish.  The boys were ...
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Cabela’s Owns Us

We went in for a fly and came out with what feels like the whole store!  Flys, fly rods, wadders, ...
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The doc says those polk-a-dots are chicken pocs!

Yep, that’s right!  Nothing like having chicken pocs on our journey! Yes, I had Stella vaccinated, but learned vaccination works ...
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June 22, 2012, Boulder Co.

I woke up to the smell of breakfast wafting through the air, crisp morning, & my little girl sleeping by ...
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Eastern Loop 1 Complete

Cheers to everyone following our blog.  We still have lots of work to catch up on our many adventures and ...
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Chhh-Caaaa-Goooo, Illinois

CCCChhhh—cccca-GGGGoooo Bound! It was very exciting to everyone to be enroute to Boulder. I was very excited about our next ...
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Bay of Fundy, Canada

The Bay of Fundy The Bay of Fundy was a natural phenomenon. It is located around the Nova Scotia area ...
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Destination: Canada

Through the twists & the turns, pot holes & bumps in the road…never lose sight of your destination. We must, ...
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Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National park We managed to score a really nice KOA that backed up to the waters-edge overlooking Acadia National ...
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Tickity-Boo the Flu has moved

Tickity-Boo the flu has moved!  Tick…laundry all clean and there’s a state of order again in Big Rig! After a ...
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When Tummy Bugs Attack

WARNING: Flu virus contaminating 3 out of 5 family members in a moving 320sq ft home plus a pup can ...
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Vroom…Vrooom goes the Sports Car…Bam goes Big Rig!

We were in a Boston parking lot just poking along trying to find the next destination.  It was night time ...
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Canterbury

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Frivolous thought: TTTTTinnnn….. Rrrroooof…..rusted!

While I love to hear the rain drops fall on Big Rig’s tin roof at night to send me off ...
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Cape Cod National Seashore

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Martha’s Vineyard

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Newport, Rhode Island

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Groton ,CT

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Hamptons and Ferry to Connecticut

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Cousins by the dozens, Long Island NY

After the city, we went to Long Island to visit relatives, some we hadn’t seen in 18+ years.  We managed to ...
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New York, Newwwww Yorkkkkkk!

South Street Seaport Serendipity at its best!   Geoff, randomly, got a “linked In” invite from an old friend he ...
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Liberty and Justice for All

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Enterprise

As we were catching the ferry to Ellis Island, we were fortunate to witness the Boeing 747 fly by carrying ...
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Jersey Shore

Ocean City, NJ On the Boardwalk…we’ll be having some fun! We stopped off at Ocean City New Jersey.  As I walked ...
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Toms River, Family Visit

My mother’s side of the family is from the North, around the Long Island area.  She spent her summers up ...
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Amish Country, Lancaster Pennsylvania

Yes, Amish county!  Homemade breads, pies, jams, furniture, quilts & art.    This was pretty high on my list of ...
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Hershey Park, Hershey PA

Hershey, known to the locals as: “The sweetest place on earth.”  We went to Hershey Park for a tour and ...
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Gettysburg National Park

Having just remember my friend & Art Teacher from High School (Molly) had recently moved to Pennsylvania, I decided to ...
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Rain Drops and Puddles

It’s a great “rain droppy” day! We put on our slickers, caught rain drops on our tongues,  puddle jumped until ...
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Harpers Ferry, WVA National Park

It was raining when we left Boyce, so we just put on our slickers to tour Harpers Ferry.  I have ...
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Eye in the Sky for the Discovery

I have been asked to share these pictures (well lots actually) …  I am going to let Robin put her ...
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Hibbles make Headlines

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Northern Virginia: Skyline Drive

VVVVirginia I love your rolling hills, beautiful mom & pop country stores attached to their houses, roadside stands, railroad cafes, ...
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Frivolous thought 4/5/2012 (hilarious)

Dad:  “The dog has diarrhea. I suspect from the pound of turkey that went missing on the table. Does anyone want ...
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Hwy 12

Sad but true, we are almost finished with Hwy 12’s OBX . Such a fabulous, fabulous row of beaches. Today: ...
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Rise and shine at Kitty Hawk

The boys woke up this morning and the first thing they wanted to do was schoolwork….If you believe that one, ...
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OBX is Great

North Carolina Outer Banks is great! I can see why VA & NC friends find it their backyard a “playground” ...
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Frivolous thought: 4/1/2012

Walkabout (defined by Wiki) : “a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian aborigine as an ...
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Raleigh North Carolina

WWWWoooow! I just spent the last week stopping off visiting some family & friends in my “ol stompn’ grounds”~NC (mainly ...
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Family fun flying back to Colorado

Colorrr..aaa…dooooo…..You are so beautiful with your white cap mountains, gorgeous weather, hiking, biking, tennis, great food & best of friends ...
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Connor’s Surprise 16th Birthday

We had Connor’s surprise 16th Birthday party in Co.  I know Connor’s very close core group of friends very well, ...
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Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Smokie section

We survived the AT 3 day 2 night hike through the Smokies section, (Clingman’s Dome)! =) Yippee…feeling quite proud. Tick ...
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Frivolous thought: 3/10

Swweet Georgia you are sooo pretty with your beautiful flowers, trimmed gardens, & houses with history.  Donned with graceful southern ...
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Frivolous Thought

XXOO! This Valentine morning I spent with my hubby having a nice tea & breakfast.  In the evening, I’m having ...
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Frivolous Thought

We decided in order to meet everyone’s needs, we would divide and concur.  The boys would go to Colorado, Stella ...
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Frivolous Thought

You know your “home is a motorhome” when:  You brush your teeth with your two year old daughter and she ...
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Frivolous Thought

Spent the day at Kennedy Space Center.  Wonderful time learning all about space and the International Space Station.  It is ...
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Frivolous Thoughts…Updated 2/14

Feb. 14 XXOO! This Valentine morning I spent with my hubby having a nice tea & breakfast.  In the evening, ...
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Frivolous Thought

In Orlando now getting the generator serviced and fixed.  Spent two days in the nice cummings (company who makes generators ...
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Emotional Thermostat

I woke up this morning feeling a sense of warmth for my Bestie, Marnie, whose Birthday is today, followed by ...
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Frivolous Thought

Happy Birthday to my dear friend Marnie.  Thinking of where I was 30 days ago feeling very sad, yet I ...
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90 Miles to Cuba

After renting  a car and spending the day in Key West, we decided Key West deserved way more than just ...
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Frivolous Thought

One of the interesting things of Key West is that there are lots of roosters and chickens running around the ...
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Reel Lucky (Jan 26th)

After frequenting “The Wreck”, we meet a very nice guy from Iowa, Dale.  6′ 5″ Dale, comes to Key West ...
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Marathon Key Florida

Mary, the angel that got me off Marathon Key in a helicopter, approached Geoff with a very, very generous offer ...
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Geoff’s 40th hugger-mugger celebration with “Da Boys!”

Geoff departed Virginia and went to a “cloak-and-dagger” get together with “Da Boys!”  It was perfect timing considering what we ...
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Ohh…Where… Ohhh…where did my favorite people go?? Oh where Oh where could they be??

Ohh where…ohhh where have my favorite people gone??? Ohhh where, ohh where could they be? With my chin hanging low ...
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The New Normal…

I have yet to discover what the new normal is, but when I do…I’ll write about it.  😉 ...
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Thank you….

My friends have always told me “I’m a strong person”….after the ceremony, writing, and delivering the Eulogy… I now believe ...
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Angels amongst us…..

I knew it was going to happen someday…I accepted it long ago…I prepared for it over and over in my ...
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Henry Garnett Wiley, Jr….. “H.G” 8/23/1930 – 1/9/2012

Clarke County, my people, the small beautiful place on the map for which I still call home, we have lost ...
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The Day Geoff turns 40… by Geoff Hibble

Thanks for all of the Birthday wishes everyone. My first day of 40 was jammed packed to say the least ...
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Paper Trail

Remembering everything to do with Big Rig can prove to be challenging: button this; dump that; latch this; hook that; ...
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Ringing in the New Year on North Captiva Island

After leaving Clearwater, we picked up some family friends from the airport, the Bogetveit girls, their spouses and Uncle Paul ...
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Pressing the “Fwd” button…and then Rewind..

I’m hitting the “Forward Button” on our travels as I know I last blogged just before the Whistle Stop Cafe ...
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Merry Christmas to all of my family, friends, & followers!

Merry Christmas to all of my family, friends & followers and if you are all 3 of those then I ...
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Marvelous Marnie in Memphis

I was so stinkn’excited to get to Memphis to see Marnie that I almost couldn’t stand myself. For those of ...
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Hoity-Toity at Hot Springs, Arkansas

Geoff found a National Park named “Hot Springs National Park” located in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  We all thought it would ...
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Austin Texas…The BIG City with a small Town Feel!

We arrived in Austin with little time on our hands.  Geoff and I had been to Austin many years ago ...
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Departing Phoenix…sniff..sniff.

We stayed two weeks in Phoenix trying to catch up on all fronts.  Meanwhile, we also had the opportunity to ...
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A Glimpse of The Golden Years

It was great seeing my Aunt Emma Lee and Uncle Whiz.  I hadn’t seen them in 7 years, and they ...
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A Night on the Town

We went out on the town with The Winter’s and their cousins, Maureen & Norm.  A nice dinner on the ...
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The Big, Brown, Rolling Turd

Geoff enjoys driving across the country sitting so high up in the driver’s seat, escaping from the many obstacles he deals ...
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There’s no free ride!

At least not for me when it comes to BigRig.  I took the time to service the Generator today.  It ...
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Tick Tick Tick no more …

Back before we left Boulder I had both manifold exhaust gaskets on BigRig replaced.  It was suffering a Tick Tick ...
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16 years and counting…

Today is Robin and my wedding anniversary.  16 Years.  Wow and Yay! ...
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Equipment for everyone

Last night I lashed out and bought 3 new 13″ Mac Book Pros from the Scottsdale Apple Store. $$$ – ...
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Go John Trail

After our double Thanksgiving with The Winter’s family, we decided to find a trail that allowed dogs, and so we ...
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Brain Surgery

Take the good with the bad. The good news: we have switched to a better blog sight that allows you ...
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Petrified Forest National Park: The Best Day Yet …

We arrived at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.  Geoff offers me a day to bike with the boys ...
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Milky Ways, Star Bright, Star Light & Fires

We have not had internet for several days as we have been on BLM property (Burueau of Land Management).   It’s ...
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Monday.. Monday.. Why do you have to come so soon?

Monday’s are always tough for us Hibbles as we want to just continue to explore, see and do, but ….even ...
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Ethan’s Lucky Day!!!

As we were getting ready to set out for our hike to see the petroglyphs, we accidentally scared up a ...
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Voices from our Past

Petroglyphs, Albuquerque, NM It’s a sleepy Sunday.  We arrived in Albuquerque and realized Santa Fe spoiled us. Not quite a useless ...
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Farewell Santa Fe

We spent the day hiking in Bandlier National Park today to see the Indian ruins.  As Stella says…in her greatest ...
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Old Downtown Santa Fe, NM

We went to downtown Santa Fe tonight after the boys’ school and Geoff’s work.  This was our first trip to the ...
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Starbucks just got cheaper

Doh!  My own wife just informed me that you can get refills at Starbucks… so I checked with the staff ...
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A Diamond in the Rough

So, I hit the “Dump Button” the night before last, and today I feel much, much better.  It’s amazing what ...
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Ebb and Flow

I knew this trip would have it’s ups and downs for sure, but I didn’t feel like it would be ...
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Santa Fe has A Lot of Culture!

We parked at the Santa Fe Blue Skies RV park.  It’s a beautiful view with hills and the Spanish style ...
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Seven Days on the Road

This time last week, we were working our fingers to the bone trying to get on the road.  That seems ...
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Our Own Backyard is a Playground

Geoff and I have always worked a lot (hence, the crux as to why we started this journey with the kids.)  Prior ...
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Helping Hands: That warm, fuzzy, sparkly, feeling

Yoder Colorado was exactly like how Maria described.  It took us about 1.5 hours to get to Yoder in Big Rig.  It ...
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Sharing is caring …

We are still in sunny Colorado Springs.   The weather is wonderful, the view is great, the food is fabulous.   ...
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Colorado Springs

The Linster Family, Colorado Springs, Co. We are happily still in the Springs & the weather has cleared, the roads ...
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A New Beginning …

It’s November 1st, All Hibbles’ wake up with smiles on their faces as we know this day, for sure, we ...
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