Pictures of the fifth leg of the journey to Alaska

December 5, 2009

The Thursday broadcast of our journey on Channel 11 was seen by Kenneth. We live by the generosity of the American people, taking everyday another step of faith. Kenneth once more proved our statement that we live in a great country, where taking risks and chances are at the foundation of its founding. Differences lead to growth.

Our stop for today. The Channel 11 news station in Lubbock.

On the hunt for prairie dogs.

What to do with three little girls? A lesson in make up is always fun and colorful too.

December 6, 2009

A pecan grove.

A train in the Texas country side.

Our shade is making a clear impression.

December 8, 2009

Ice on a branch results in a dramatic beauty.

Here comes 'mommy' with nutritious milk.

Feeding time for the mature cows.

The milking process.

Sunset on the dairy.

December 9, 2009

Out of the weather at the Foodjet in Sudan.

Kendel pushes the girls around in a wheel chair. They have a blast.

December 10, 2009

We've been following the train tracks since before Slaton. We enjoy looking at the trains passing by. In the back ground is the Maseca processing plant.

Tribute to the mules that have helped build this country.

The story of the mule.

George of the Muleshoe Rotary is making sure that we have a good place to spend the night tonight at the motel. Thanks Rotary of Muleshoe!

December 11, 2009

We are in New Mexico!

A Me D's restaurant.

Josh and Robin are having game time.

And the games continue with Josh and Jasmine.

December 12, 2009

New Meeeeeexicoooooooooo!

December 13, 2009

New Mexico country side.

This is a New Mexico road sign.

December 14, 2009

We've arrived in the "ghost" town of Taiban.

December 15, 2009

Long horns in the field.


What a spread.

Bill and Robin.

A couple of walls and an old car are all that remain of this old farm in Yeso.

Out of order... Home and cistern.

Yeso, New Mexico.

We're loaded up to go to the
Salado Canyon Guest Ranch.

Bill is building the fire pit under the binocular supervision of Cheyenne.

Jasmine and Lucy. Puppy love.

December 16, 2009

Jon is showing us around Santa Rosa. We're here at the Blue Hole. A spring that is 81 feet deep and stays at a constant temperature of 60 degrees.

The Blue Hole.

Jasmine helps with feeding the horses.

December 17, 2009

"I think it is time for my nap, Dad."

Going out to fetch the horses.

Robin works her way steadily down the hill.

Hole in the rock. It's filled up with ice cold water.

Hiking in Salado Canyon. Every turn is a new sight.

December 18, 2009

We've made it already through one quarter of New Mexico. So far so good!

A new mesa on the horizon.

We find the remainder of last weeks snow when we arrive in Vaughn.

December 19, 2009

Lunch has something for every one. We've emptied the panniers and the trailer. Wnat milk, chocolate or white? Sprite perhaps. How about carrots, apples, tangerines. Sandwich with bologna or cheese? Both maybe? Or just plain jelly, peanut butter or pasta choca. Marshmellow, muffin or cake to tip it off?

Cheyenne's creation. Brother Adam on the left, Jesse on the right.

Jasmine's creation. A girl with a polka dot dress and fluffy hair.

December 20, 2009

Marker at the salt flats.

December 21, 2009

Decorating the Christmas tree.

Filling up the tree.

December 27, 2009

The southern part of the Manzano mountains.

Bill and Cheyenne are exploring the ruins.

Amarins and the girls are going by car. Kevin is in Amarins' spot.

The final crest before heading into the Rio Grande valley.

The knoll on the left has petroglyphs on it.

Reflecting on the mountains behind us.

It is as cold as it looks.

With the help of these bikers we've made it to Bernardo. Thanks everyone. It made the day possible!

December 28, 2009

Bill is testing a hypothermia blanket. It works very well. Amazing how a thin sheet of reflecting plastic can work so well.

The Socorro exit, as well as the exit to the Magdalena mountains. Due to the cold weather, we'll not go there anymore.

December 29, 2009

We're heading for the golf course to go sledding.

Yeah. Playing in the snow.

Fun sledding.

Jasmine made a foot tall snowman.

Pile-o-bike. We've taken drastic measures. We're heading into the sun. By car...

Playing with Uncle Wâtte.

Everything just so fits. We'll see the bike back when we get to Tucson, Arizona.

We're passing mile after mile of mountains.

December 30, 2009

At Saguaro national park, east of Tucson, Arizona.

Jasmine is admiring the giant saguaro cactus.

This cactus looks like a bird nest.

Roaming the desert.

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