Wyoming and the Eclipse - August 2017

How often do you get a chance to be in the middle of a full Solar Eclipse?

We had originally planned to head to Canada, after our Family Reunion in Montana.  We had several weeks to spend before volunteering for the Tour of Alberta pro bicycle race held over Labor Day.  We would travel in Alberta and British Columbia before checking in for the race.

Then we started looking at the eclipse.  Some of the Smith family were headed to the Cole Creek Sheep Company, and Shelly and Kem's home, which sits directly in the path of "totality".  The large ranch is located just outside of Casper, Wyoming.

We had recently travelled through Casper on our way to Glacier National Park.  Looking at the map, I mentioned to My Bride that we would be "backtracking".  She reminded me that we don't backtrack....we travel.  As always, wise words.

We planned our trip to Casper and took the opportunity to visit another cousin and his family, who live on a ranch south of Flathead Lake …

Robolites - Palm Springs, California

When we checked into Horizon Village and RV Park, Dee told us two "must see" events in Palm Springs.  The first was the downtown Villagefest, held every Thursday night.  The next was Robolites.

Horizon Village is a most eclectic park.  It is mostly a mobile home park, with many full time
residents, many of them older.  They are some of the nicest people that we have met since being on the road.  Just after we set up here, neighbor TJ brought us homemade Bean Soup and Cornbread for supper, and to welcome us to the neighborhood.  On the other side of the park, Mary insisted that I pick fresh lemons from her tree.

The park has about 30 "temporary" spaces for people like us.  The park was recommended by good friends, and some time travel companions Tracie and Alan who stayed here earlier this year.  Many of the full time homes are decorated in a wonderful style which reflects the character of Palm Springs.

Villagefest is a BLOCKS long street fair complete with music, f…