Life is good, even at 5am

65 degrees in Mesquite, NV @ 5am….Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk Latte…..Life is Good….Smile on my Face as I have Much to be Grateful & Thankful for….Life is Good!! No matter where you are, No matter who you are, No matter what you are going through I wish you ALL Happiness and may you ALL realize how truly blessed you are no matter what Life throws your way!!😊 Have a wonderful Friday followed by an Awesome Weekend!! 

It’s another roadtrip for me and my hubby. 1st time emptynesters, he has traveling to do for work and I am tagging along to see more of our great country alongside him (besides, I was already going nuts with a quiet house after all these years of kids and animals)! We were just home for a week and a half from a 27 day road trip and now we are looking at another 4-5 weeks. Montana, New Orleans and then Wisconsin once again!! Thanks for reading my thoughts……..Robin Robinson

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Road Trip 2016 Day 2…8/9/16

Day 2 – We left Grand Junction headed for Colorado Springs, CO via the scenic route that adds about an extra hour going through Aspen.Now we can say we’ve been to Apen. Narrow streets, tons of people everywhere even during the summer and there’s a lot of money in that town. Lots of private jets at the airport and even a Gucci store.

It is a nice and cute little town and probably fun to wander but we are on a mission to get to Colorado Springs and Aspen looks just like one of the “tourist traps” that’s a bit over priced for the average person. (Meant with no disrespect just not our thing.)

When you leave Aspen heading to Colorado Springs you get to see some beautiful mountain scenery, some streams and little waterfalls and maybe even a deer or two along the way. The pass is limited to vehicles under 35ft in length and it narrows greatly with speed limits varying but 35-40 most of it as there’s several switchbacks, turns and curves.

just a small stretch of the road

It is scenic and now we can say we’ve been through Aspen. After living in the Bitterroot Valley in Montana, and a couple years in British Columbia it was very comparable and just like back home. If you are NOT use to the Mountains, the back country…then by all means take the scenic route through Aspen as it is beautiful.

We decided it was time for lunch and found a nice place along our route. Definately recommend. Two patios one on the front off of the highway and one in the back. The Hamburgers were delicious, hand made and good quality meat not a fast food joint!! Buena Vista was the little town.

Travel and experience new things wether it’s just down the street in your hometown, neighboring towns or going cross country. There is beauty and adventures everywhere!! The world has so much to offer if we just look around and take the time to experience and see new things! Will write more in Part 2 of Day 2…..Thanks for reading my thoughts…….Robin Robinson

Road Trip 2016 Day 2…8/9/16

Day 2 – We left Grand Junction headed for Colorado Springs, CO via the scenic route that adds about an extra hour going through Aspen.Now we can say we’ve been to Apen. Narrow streets, tons of people everywhere even during the summer and there’s a lot of money in that town. Lots of private jets at the airport and even a Gucci store.

It is a nice and cute little town and probably fun to wander but we are on a mission to get to Colorado Springs and Aspen looks just like one of the “tourist traps” that’s a bit over priced for the average person. (Meant with no disrespect just not our thing.)

When you leave Aspen heading to Colorado Springs you get to see some beautiful mountain scenery, some streams and little waterfalls and maybe even a deer or two along the way. The pass is limited to vehicles under 35ft in length and it narrows greatly with speed limits varying but 35-40 most of it as there’s several switchbacks, turns and curves. 

just a small stretch of the road


It is scenic and now we can say we’ve been through Aspen. After living in the Bitterroot Valley in Montana, and a couple years in British Columbia it was very comparable and just like back home. If you are NOT use to the Mountains, the back country…then by all means take the scenic route through Aspen as it is beautiful.

We decided it was time for lunch and found a nice place along our route. Definately recommend. Two patios one on the front off of the highway and one in the back. The Hamburgers were delicious, hand made and good quality meat not a fast food joint!! Buena Vista was the little town.

Travel and experience new things wether it’s just down the street in your hometown, neighboring towns or going cross country. There is beauty and adventures everywhere!! The world has so much to offer if we just look around and take the time to experience and see new things! Will write more in Part 2 of Day 2…..Thanks for reading my thoughts…….Robin Robinson

Casa Blanca Resort…Mesquite, NV 10/11/15

Watching some football, sipping on a cocktail surrounded by noises fluttering all around!! 

 I can hear music from the overhead speakers, slot machines jingling, chips from poker tables clinking, the occasional cheering and claps of wins big or small, conversations of various topics everywhere, the iconic sound of “cocktails, do you need a cocktail” being blurted out in hopes to serve you any kind of beverage. 

I have people to my right, left and in front of me betting on the horse races and the nfl games, a few are just watching the nfl games like us without betting…… 

Behind me players are at various gambling tables and people beyond everywhere playing the slots. 

It is NOT a huge hustle and bustle here as it is in Vegas. Here at the Casa Blanca in Mesquite, NV it is just laid back and things seem to be at a much slower pace, a lot less people and more friendly faces. We splurged for brunch ….. Hebrew Nation all beef hotdogs for a whole .75 each!!! 

  

After the Bears & Seahawks games are over we are headed to lunch with the boys and I can hear the pool and sunshine calling out to me!! 

One last day to enjoy the beautiful warmth of the area before heading back home to Montana!! Life is good, remember that things aren’t always what they seem and are NOT always easy but everything always works out in the end!!! Thanks for reading my thoughts…..Robin Robinson

Marine Family Day Early Morning 10-8-15

Up before dawn in hopes to get a glimpse of our son, our Marine whom we get to hug and talk to in a few hours for the first time in 13 weeks!!

The excitement and anticipation are overwhelming!! We have now spotted him and his whole Platoon while they are practicing for Graduation tomorrow!! 

I have lots of pictures of them practicing this morning but most I cannot share unless I blur out the Marines except mine due to privacy issues.  So for now I will just share a few I took this morning with my phone of the beautiful sunrise. 

The excitement of all the parents, grandparents, siblings, girlfriends, etc is so overwhelming!! At times this morning while the Marines were practicing the parents would all flock like starving chickens and one little worm for 100 yard radius!!! LOL  

This is a very wonderful base with friendly Marines everywhere!! Thanks for reading my thoughts and more to come later…….Robin Robinson

 

Alien Fresh Jerky…Baker, CA

Our first stop in California!!  We stopped in Baker, CA for the Alien Fresh Jerky!! 😋  
  
Wyatt our youngest son (only one left living with us and finishing High School) really wanted to try some jerky……he bought the peppered jerky and it’s pretty good!  

Lots of funny BBQ Sauces, pops, candies, etc!!  
Gave us all a little chuckle so I thought I’d share some of it with you!! 😊 Sometimes one just needs to take a break and stop at random places along the way!!  You never know what you may find and there’s nothing wrong with a little laughter, smiles and taking a detour along the way!! Thanks for reading my thoughts……Robin Robinson 

  

Been on Vacation…..

Been staying in Polson, MT enjoying Flathead Lake immensely!!! Sorry I’ve been silent but either had tons of company, out on the water, out on the Motorcycle or too exhausted to think!!!! Also spotty reception in certain areas!!


Here’s a few pics for now!!  Hope everyone is doing wonderful!!!  On our way to paddle board some more and my husband is determined to stand and master it!!! 😉
             Thanks for reading my thoughts…..Robin Robinson