Tuesday, January 27, 2015

California, and the Beverly Hill Billys

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Our first cross country trip we had a Chevrolet car and a pop-up camper.  WE planned this trip with Colette and Sonny.  Colette was an Elvis Fan, so we had to stop in Memphis to see Graceland.  It was just beginning to be a tourist attraction.
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We took the camper on into Arkansas, cooked hamburgers for supper, talked awhile then turned in. It started raining we had a small battery powered B/W TV. the weather man on the 11PM news made the statement, I would hate to be out in this storm, then we felt the wind coming down the Mississippi.
At times the little camper wings moved up a few inches under the beds and we all would hear Colette say, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”. I still smile thinking of it, but she was scared. Sonny was holding her tight. Finally we gave up and sent the girls to the car.  Sonny and I shut the little trailer up and tied it down as best we could, then hooked it to the car. This was done in a down pour and winds of 30-50 mph. We were drenched and  jumped in the car. The girls had a couple towels for us to dry our hair and face with. WE were all laughing now, what a start, it had to get better.
We stopped in Muscogee OK to dry out and clean up. Of course we were singing Merle’s song.
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We made our way west stopping along the way. Here we are at the Petrified forest, in NE Arizona.
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We enjoyed many adventures, but the ladies could not wait to see that side walk in California with stars feet and hand prints.
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The Girls had their picture with Debbie’s prints. While Sonny and I opted for the more famous, TRIGGER and Roy Rogers of course.
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More on our first cross country trip later.
Thanks for coming this way.
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There were some places in mind, but it was mostly a trip to go where we felt the urge. The fun kind of thing.
This may be the former car with some sheet metal added. It looks like bike wheels.


betty said...

That was some road trip you took! I can't imagine that storm and trying to sleep in the camper during it! It looked like though the rest of the trip got a bit better :)


shirl72 said...

You all look very young..and
being young can help weather a
storm. Glad you had a good time and glad the weather got better. You certainly have had lots of good memories..

Paula said...

I never was a person to like to sleep anywhere but in my bed. Guess I'm called a Killjoy. I think it's probably because I didn't grow up going places and then married a man who didn't like to go so I'll blame it on that. Cute picture of Sherry and the other lady.

Mevely317 said...

I've always been intrigued by those pop-up campers and wanted one in the worst way.
Then again, the last time I went camping Nixon was in the White House and I said, 'never again!'

Sounds like y'all may have just missed a tornado that night in Arkansas. I'd have been right there, moaning along with Colette!


My daughter is a camper and has told me stories about being out in storms. You are lucky to have had the car to keep you dry. Look forward to hearing more of your adventures.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What a fun trip to take with your friends. We started our camping life with a pop up camper too. It slept 8 we had 9 of us but the children were small then so we all fit. Of course we rarely left Ohio with it. We visited a lot of State Parks. I always enjoy the travel pictures. Looking forward to seeing more. Sunny but cold here this morning. Hope you all have a Wonderful Wednesday !