“Beer Colder Than Your Ex’s Heart!”

August 12, 2019
Writing is inspired by the ideas of stories-stories of people, places, nature, life, love, laughter, passion and celebration. Stories are all around us.
I will be 67 years old soon, and this is one of the best birthday gifts I could have ever received…..to spend quality time with Mi Corazon is my high, the locations, the places of course were nice and an added treat. My greatest pleasure comes from spending time with Mi Corazon, Augie Hug. People refer to their life partners as soulmates, Augie is my elixir.
Someone affectionately referred to Augie as “Where in the World is Waldo,” and I as “Dora the Explorer.”
This is God’s Country
States We Traveled:
First night in Big Texas RV, Amarillo, Texas
1. New Mexico- we stayed one night in New American RV, Albaquerque and two nights in Santa Fe Skies RV in Santa Fe, New Mexico
2. Colorado-two nights in Bayfield Riverside RV Park in Colorado. Three nights in Ouray, Colorado
3. Utah-one night in Helper, Utah
4. Idaho-two nights in Meridain
5. Oregon
6. Washington-4 nights in Walla-Walla
Idaho-one night in Blue Anchor RV Park in Osborn, Idaho
7. Montana-one night in Livingston
8. Wyoming
9. South Dakota-two nights in Spearfish and three nights in Custer, South Dakota
10. Nebraska
11. Oklahoma
The Concrete Jungle
Being and communing with nature is so primal and integral for my health it’s a salve to

my soul. The beauty that surrounds me is breathtaking.

Please remember I went to Humboldt State University at 18 years old, and my soul has always known the benefits of being in nature; to walk barefoot, to draw in long breaths of God’s air, to smell and pick flowers and herbs. I feel so blessed that my Heavenly Father taught me at a very young age of the benefits of being outdoors with Mother Nature.

I have the overwhelming desire not to shave as I lived when I was 17 to 19, to bathe outside, to pick berries like Euell Gibbons, to be one with the birds as I enjoy the flora and fauna of Mother Earth, to ignore my cell phone, and to be without tv.
Waking up this morning after a downpour last night and during our morning walk smelling the wet earth, the artemisia, sage and yarrow was exhilarating for the senses.
Really digging this lifestyle, I may not wish to return to the concrete jungle.
All through this recent travel adventure we did not have any previous reservations. Heck we knew one day before that Augie’s rig would be down for awhile.
Our Lord has opened doors and our path only two places have denied us one due to no space and the second one said we were too big (40 foot 5th wheeler). This most current adventure has made me realize I just love the RV life, I don’t wish to live in my RV for a prolonged period of time. But, I do love the traveling, being outdoors and meeting new people.
Typically, when Mi Corazón and I travel even in Europe, we stay in one location 3 days and from their disperse to day trips in different locations. Then move on to another location, it works for us. During this trip we’ve stayed just one night to three nights in one location.
As we pass the rivers and creeks sometimes
the sun’s reflection causes the water to appear as if it was dancing. Another thing I absolutely adore is the shading from the sun on the mountain ranges.
July 25-26
On our seven state journey we have seen so much beauty. And even saw a cannabis truck stop outside of Pasco, Washington.
Beautiful rivers, creeks, open land, ranches, farms, mountains, hills, horses, cattle and even rainbows. The Lord is so good.
And, there is so much more to explore.
I enjoy and see beauty in the dry fields and the sagebrush bushes that appear as a slideshow of
August 1, 2019
Day 21
3400 miles
84 hours
As we travel we have seen many crosses as monumental tributes to loved ones who have died along the roads and freeways.
New Mexico had an inordinate amount of road deaths as we found ourselves saying Dios te tenga en Paz (RIP) constantly. A little something Mi Corazon and I have always done as a form of respect for the deceased.
Montana  had metal crosses and South Dakota had signs with “Think” and other side “Why Die,” with the deceased persons name. So sad.
August 2, 2019
Day 22
Buffalo Rocks
I use the term of Buffalo Rocks, because I prayed to see tatanka. And, nothing, to the point that I started envisioning the big rocks as tatankas. Finally toward end we were blessed with two large herds of tatankas.
Passed Little Bighorn Battlefield and Wyoming today as we entered South Dakota.
I reflect of when the buffalo roamed this land.
Modern Day Cowboys
I hear the rolling rumble of Harley’s all around us. Sturgis is going on now, many bikers on the road. Makes me miss our Harley!
Just when you think you’ve seen it all……you haven’t.
There are hogs and then there are hogs! I saw a woman pushing a real life hog into her trailer by using a ramp.
Also saw a Sikh biker group, that’s a new one for me.
Billboards with slogans of “Beer Colder than Your Ex’s Heart!”
We have been asked twice during the course of this trip what we have liked the most?  For me it’s more a question of not what I have liked more……. I have liked it all. I interpret that question as what I have learned from this trip of a lifetime and what I have learned is: traveling
teaches you to be adaptable, tolerant, to make do with what you have, to tune into Mother Nature, it teaches you about your country’s  history and heritage and to be appreciative. I have developed an attitude of gratitude. I am more excited and thankful about life than I ever was.
I often make it a point to interact with people, and that makes my travel experience even more rewarding. I enjoy hearing and learning from their stories and travels.
I have found love in the early morning sunrises.
August 3, 2019
Day 23
I half-heartedly asked Mi Corazon, “if you can overdose on too much beauty?”
The beauty these eyes have seen from the skies.
I so desperately wanted to see Tatankas and had not seen any, the big rocks were beginning to look like Tatankas.

After encountering two large herds of tatanka s on our drive today to Needles Highway Custer State Park SD.

We kept driving along only to find a lone male
tatanka. I asked Mi Corazon (Augie Hug) why would this tatanka be alone, was he looking for his mate?
After some thought I told Mi Corazon, I think he had separated himself from the herd to go of on his own to die.
We pass roads with names of Song Dog, Beaver Rim, Gobbler Ridge and Coyote Run, covering a menagerie of the animal kingdom.
August 5, 2019
Day 25
As we depart from Buffalo Ridge in Custer, South Dakota at 7:08 a.m.
4,100 miles
336 gallons of fuel
104 hours
Once we crossed into Nebraska.
Miles and miles of blanketed fields of greeness.

Encountered another lone tatanka as we pulled out. Wild turkeys and amazing rock formations that call to me.

Entered Nebraska with mesmerizing blankets of open plains and an old log cabin of by-gone days built in 1935, which sits in Dalton. I know my soul would be very content in that old log cabin.
Day 25
8 hours 45 minutes Mi Corazon drove.
I have an insatiable desire to return to rolling plains, the buffalo, a log cabin home that makes me and others  long for the olden days of yesterday’s nectar. How can it end so soon.
August 6, 2019
Day 26- Left Colorado
Good Morning Oklahoma, 11th State.
Crossed Idaho and Colorado twice to total 13 states.
Arrived home to Texas late this afternoon; tired but happy.
Total Travel:
5,041 miles
432 gallons of fuel
121 hours Total
I am filled with gratitude to my Lord for this opportunity.
Abrazos y Besos
Thank You, Father

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I am perpetually creative, and my eyes “feel” art everywhere. Who am I, I am an open book. I believe that sharing “from the heart” with one another is what connects us, heals us, and inspires us! My love for my Lord, family, friends, cooking, crafting, gardening/nature, vintage, sewing and different cultures; these passions and too many more to list, have moved my hand to paper, thus, Abrazos y Besos. In addition to a nudge by my baby sister, Dudies. My last name is Hug which means Abrazo in Spanish, hence the name of my blog: “Abrazos y Besos” translating to “Hugs & Kisses.” I will focus on our personal life journey with Mi Corazon (Augie Hug) sprinkled with love, spice and fun. Please tune in. Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV) 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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