Tuesday, November 3, 2009


We’re HERE!!!

We left ParkCity at about 11am today, and said good-bye to those snow-capped mountains.

I, of course, helped Dad navigate.

Because otherwise he wouldn’t have know to point the wagon train toward Las Vegas.

And I alerted him to the Smokeys.

Good thing, too, because, there are definitely sections of the road where we can go 75mph with no problem. Yes. When you get to The Middle of Nowhere, Utah, the speed limit is 75mph. And it would be Really Embarrassing to get pulled over in the House With Wheels for speeding!

Middle Of Nowhere, Utah.

Actually, there were a few sections of the road where they were doing a “speed limit test”, and bumped it up to 80mph! 80!!!

Mom tried about 5 times to get pictures, as there were two big ‘test sections’ (and me without my #2 pencil…*sigh*) but Mom mostly managed to get pictures of the bug splatter on the windshield, instead.

I was a little worried about these 80mph sections, because the speedometer on The House With Wheels only goes to 85pmh!!!! What if they decided to test a 90mph speed limit some place?!?

For the record, The House With Wheels does go 80mph, but Mom didn’t get a picture. Probably because she was too busy trying to get pictures of the speed limit signs! Heehee! (Yeah, I know. You can’t get good help these days!)

At least Mom remembered to get a picture of The House With Wheels towing the Box On Wheels (aka the Jeep).

Oh, so for some of you, who get worried about 40,000lbs of screaming death going 80mph, we mostly drove around 75mph, because Dad had to be able to give me scratchies while he drove.

But I can see why they’d be testing out sections where you can go faster, because there is A Whole Lot of Nothing in central Utah.


We stopped at a couple of rest stops where we got to pretend that we were a truck. Note from Fi’s Mom: with the Jeep, we are longer than most single-trailer semis, and we're not exactly flies to the triple-trailer semis.

Lookitme!!! I’m a truck drivin’ dog!!!

TaiChi traveled really well, sleeping most of the time, and Bufus hung out in the back, and didn’t toss his cookies once. I think it’s because Mom took his cookies away from him…

And then. AND THEN! We were coming out of the high plains (like High Plains Drifter, but without Clint Eastwood shooting lots of bad guys and inciting people to paint the town red), and turned on the road that was to take us to where we were going.

And WOW! The bug-splatter picture doesn’t do it justice, but rest assured that Mom will get TONS more pictures while we are here. And she’s already trying to convince Dad that we should stay until the end of December! I think the fact that it is supposed to be 82 tomorrow might have something to do with it!

Mom managed to get a couple pictures of the RV park before the sun set.

I think I could be very happy here!

I can hardly wait for Mom to figure out where the good hiking trails are, because this is My Kind of Country! Dad has said that even he will start hiking!!!! I am SOOOO excited!!!! And even though Mom and Dad should have brought their mountain bikes down, too (long story as to why those bikes didn't get to come with us), Mom think they can find some good road biking.

BTW, Mom hasn’t had a chance to check on the links that you posted for the charity to get green papers, so there is still some time to name a charity, if you want, because we had great Road Karma!

*kissey face*

PeeEss: Given that it is supposed to be 82 tomorrow, I’m liking my haircut more and more!


Wild Dingo said...

WOW! your house with wheels ROCKS. and you're a pawsome co-pilot. crazy Fi... don't let 'em drive over 75 in that thing!

Sunny said...

Hi Fiona,
You sure are a cool navigator. I bet you will have a great time, be sure to tell us more!
Luv, Lucy (Woof!)

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

If woo go much faster will he be able to hold it together even if he's given her all he's got Khapt'N Fiona?

PeeEssWoo: Isn't the speedlimit already 75-80 ;=)?

Two Country Poodles said...

What furry fun trip! Glad to hear Bufus did toss any cookies.

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello fiona its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow that luks like a grate rode trip all rite!!! hay dada sez that wun time they wer in the mithical land of vermont and the speed limit their wuz also 80mph and he sed he cud git akross the hole stayt in like an owr he is sutch a liar!!! ok bye

bermudabluez said...

Ah yes indeed! Beautiful pics! And what a great park!! It looks very similar to the one we just came from...Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort in Spearfish, SD. It's amazing how alike they are! Looks like the road trip went well and you will enjoy that good weather I'm sure!! We are hoping to check out Utah on one of our next trips. At the moment...we aren't doing any travel...until my husband feels like he can safely drive again! Enjoy yourselves and we'll keep checking in!

Mango said...

Must be exciting zooming around so fast in the house on wheels. It sure is flat there.

82 degrees? That is HOT!


The Thundering Herd said...

Well, we love your road trip, but we think your temperature is mis-typed. You meant 28, right? Oh, you didn't? Bummer.

We are begging our humans to take us in our S-RV soon. it has been WEEKS since we went camping.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

It was a brisk 26 degrees over the Blue Ridge this morning - but we like it cool as long as the wind behaves.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Lilo, The Great Rock Eater said...

Hope you all have a great vacation!!! Make sure you check out any local treats. It's always fun to try new food stuffs!!!


Dory and the Mama said...

Happy Warming up!!!


The Army of Four said...

After seeing the road sign, Mom's got the song "Viva Las Vegas!" stuck in her head. Ha roo roo roo!
Play bows,

Nika + PARKER said...

You are sure good at your co-navigator job! enjoy!

YD, sometimes with Samantha and June said...

Fiona, you are one cool truck drivin' dog!
So your pawrents seem to have an addiction to speed! LOL!

Sam & June

Ginger Jasper said...

Wow this is looking like a fabulous trip.. I am enjoying following.. Mum and dad have long said that is on their to do list.. Looks fabulous... Hugs GJ x

Brownie said...

wooo! what great pictures and wow... 80mph - sometimes daddy wishes that were the speed limit everywhere! BOL!


Clive said...

Fiona, we can't believe some temps! We have rain, hailstones, wind and freezing cold temps at the minute. Enjoy every minute of it!

take care

1000 Goldens said...

"40,000 pounds of screaming death." You get an A+ in creative writing today :) Love it...

Lorenza said...

Hi, Fiona!
I am enjoying a lot your trip!
Sure your Dad appreciates your help!
Glad to know Bufus and TaiChi are doing well too!
Kisses and hugs