Moto-blogger Meet-up

We interrupt the long silence in reporting our Southwest trip to report a really fun meeting with another Moto Blogger that happened after only a week’s notice!

Let me back up. I’ve been blogging for nearly four years (really?) and have virtually met so many lovely people, both Moto bloggers, and regular people 😊, but have only met two of them IRL (In Real Life).  I was fortunate to meet NancyTex who blogs at My Year of Sweat a few years ago when she took a job with a company with HQ in Atlanta. Then in 2015 at a BMW Motorcycle rally, I was pleased to meet Kelly, a fellow moto-blogger at Mindful Wandering, and bonus, she and here hub are also motorcycling RVers, a club we had just joined as well! Both relationships expanded to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, but still virtual due to large geographic differences.

And then there are the times we’ve intended to meet, but it didn’t work out, like with Kathy at Toadmama. Despite having very similar likes, riding styles, and love of travel, we have just not yet been able to sync schedules to meet and ride together…YET!

Anyway, when we were planning this SW trip back in February, Toadmama hosted a month long blog challenge, and in the comments on various posts, several moto-bloggers discussed meeting at the BMW National Motorcycle rally in Salt Lake City in July, including Richard from Richard’s PageRy at Two Wheels to There, and others. However, in researching SLC in July we discovered it would be really HOT 😈 and since we wanted to visit many National Parks and monuments, and hike, we decided to do our SW trip earlier, so that nixed the BMW rally idea. Hmmm.

Fast forward to about a week ago. We were in Torrey, visiting Capitol Reef NP and riding fabulous UT Hwy 12. Our Utah travels were only going to take us as far north as Moab, but I thought “what the heck”, I will reach out to Ry who lives in Salt Lake City, and see if a meeting would be feasible. And lo and behold, he planned a long weekend motorcycle trip including a lunch visit with us in Moab!!! 😎 Yay!

At the appointed day and time, the hubs and I pulled up to the Moab Brewery to find Ry waiting, and with a parking spot large enough for three bikes!

Once seated, the conversation flowed as smoothly as the fine Utah brews. Oh, for safety’s sake, we only had one…each, lol, we were riding, after all. We discussed bikes, of course, trips, Utah history, backgrounds, and a bit of philosophy!

It was truly a pleasure, and a nicer guy you will not meet! So thoughtful, Ry left us with a care package of Utah treats including a bottle of Utah brew, a pack of great Historic SLC postcards, Saltwater Taffy, a handwritten card welcoming us to his home state, and the piece de resistance, these hilarious additions to our sticker collection! Left center in the photo below, making us honorary visitors to his fine city! 🤣

You can tell we enjoy our stickers. 😊

I keep saying that the people we meet are the cherry on the top of the joy of travel, and meeting Ry confirmed that! We know we will meet again, so it was “so long for now” as we went off on our next adventures. Safe travels, my friend!

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Dataversary fun

If you’ve visited this blog more than once or twice, you may be aware that the Hubs and I like to celebrate anniversaries. We have enjoyed our “dating anniversaries” for many years, a number of times in San Antonio, where we met, and this year was no different! Except this time I’ve coined a new corny term!

Late April is the 10-day party in San Antonio known as Fiesta, so of course we chose it as the kickoff to our RV trip this spring. It’s not a coincidence that our relationship started during Fiesta 22 years ago, so we decided to bring it full circle, back to “Night In Old San Antonio” or NIOSA, to mark the beginning of our lives together!

A quick look back; I lived in San Antonio for 11 years, beginning in 1984, and met Jerry through a mutual friend, in 1994. He was working at his company’s HQ for a two year period, before returning to Atlanta. We actually double dated once with our (then) respective others then lost touch.

April of 1995 found us both at NIOSA, which is a celebration of all the cultures, foods, and music that make up San Antonio’s special magic. We ran into each other at the German pavilion, affectionately known as Sauer Kraut Bend, and we’ve been together ever since. ❤

This year, we decided we had to brave the last, and craziest, night at NIOSA on our dating anniversary, Friday, April 28th!

On arrival, with no crowds yet, we were able to buy our cascarones and beers with ease. The Fiesta tradition of cascarones is a big part of the fun! They are colorful egg shells filled with confetti and sealed again with thin paper, and then cracked over the heads of friends and loved ones. Always amusing to find it all over your floor the next morning!

Not our floor, but you get the idea!

We went straight to Sauer Kraut Bend to commemorate our special date before dark and found some cheerful partiers who were more than happy to snap a couple photos for us.

The Kiss – by popular demand

Following our sentimental photo op 💕 we headed for our favorite NIOSA treat. But before we get to that, let me share another Fiesta tradition, incredible HATS!

And the wearers are happy to pose!

Some are a mystery 😉

And others state their purpose 🎈

But all are really fun! 🎉

Anyway, back to our favorite NIOSA food. Even on a less busy night, the lines are epic, so we steeled ourselves for a wait…fortunately there are beer booths very close by!

Picture, if you will, 8 to 10 lines across, with 30 or more people in each line, constantly moving and jockeying for position. All in good fun of course!

The line behind us, about midway to the prize

The purple wall that says “Mr Chicken” is the goal

And…Success! Mr Chicken sells fried chicken breast on a stick, with a giant jalapeno to complement the flavor! You simply have to try it! 🌶

So, having sated our chicken craving, we wound our way through several cultural “regions” with fun names like Froggy Bottoms, Irish Flats, and South of the Border, back to (you guessed it) Sauer Kraut Bend!

Inside the German pavilion is a riot of music, food, beer and dancing, from cloggers to the chicken dance.

The Oompah band

Impressive clogging!

There is a rumor that someone in our party was chicken dancing, but internet is poor so video will have to wait. 😁

A wonderful time was had, anniversary was celebrated, and this is our “after” pic!

Only a little worse for wear!

I will leave you with a photo that really shows the Fiesta spirit in San Antonio, the Tower Life building in colorful splendor.

Viva Fiesta! 🎉🎉🎉

BBBC Challenge accepted! Day 1

I know this is crazy, since I haven’t posted since last August, but I have accepted the Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) issued by my moto-blog friend Kathy, aka Toadmama! It involves a post each day in the generally moto-bare month of February, based on a list of prompts she provided. I am starting off strong with my first post, on the actual first day of February! 🙂 Continue reading

About last summer, Part 6-Glacier and Waterton National Parks

I must offer a big THANK YOU to the hearty folks who have followed along as I ever so slowly chronicled our first big RV adventure! If you are just joining us, and would like to go back to the beginning of this series, you can start here, and follow the links at the bottom of each post to read about the whole adventure. I have struggled with this series because there is so much more fun and adventure to share, but alas, I think I need to give the magnificent Glacier National Park  and its Canadian sister-park Waterton Lakes National Park their due coverage in this post, and then move on to more recent adventures. I hope you’ll understand.

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