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#1 Texas Deere and Horse OFFLINE  

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Posted March 16, 2014 - 11:18 PM

My oldest Daughter is in the HS Marching Band and they were invited to preform at Walt Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. The band couldn't afford to use their semi rig to haul all the band instruments out there and they couldn't get them all under the charter buses that all the kids were riding on, so I pulled the school goose neck equipment trailer with my truck for them out there. The Band Boosters did pay for my fuel on the trip. We left out on Thursday March 7th around 4 PM and and did a little site seeing on the way out and back. First stop was the Grand Canyon, South Rim, after spending the night in Vaughn, NM. Had a great time seeing the GC with our younger Daughter, then on to Needle, CA for the next night stop. Saturday morning we headed on to LA and Hollywood to meet up with the Band Kids as they left out Friday about 2PM for a straight thru ride (24hrs) on the bus only stopping to eat and fuel up.Both the band buses and us arrived at the same time., We spent Most of Saturday evening in Hollywood seeing the sights like Grauman's Chinese Theatre,the walk of Star's,  Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the Hollywood Sign on the hill and the Kodak Theater. Sunday was Walt Disney day and the Band did fantastic marching down Main Street. Monday we did Universal Studio's Hollywood, wow have they got some great rides!! Monday evening we left ahead of the band and went down to Mission Bay Beach in San Diego, stayed right on the beach, walk out our patio door and into the sand. Tuesday, we played around the beach renting bikes and sight seeing before meeting up with the band at the San Diego Zoo. Tuesday evening we started back home leaving the band in S D for another day. Stopped just outside of Tucson, AZ that night and got up Wednesday morning heading for the AZ Bio Dome  II. If you have never seen that place, you really own it to yourself to go there if your in the are, very COOL what they did and are doing there. Left Bio Dome around 2PM giving us just enough time to make it to Tombstone, AZ and see the OK CORRAL and sights there. Drove late into the night and made it back to W. TX to stop in Van Horn for the night. Got up Thursday morning and hit the road about an hour behind the Band buses, but they had one more food/fuel stop to make and could only go 70MPH, I was running 80MPH, legal speed limit in W TX , so we caught them and was able to beat them back to town by about an hour. long enough to stop by the house and upload our luggage, and get on the school to have almost everything out of the trailer for the kids to put up so everyone could go home. It was a GREAT trip for us and I was glad to be able to help out the band, and get to go to California. Total mileage was 3,379 including the 200 extra miles we added by going to the Grand Canyon.

 

Grand Canyon, South Rim

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Tommy Lee Jones star

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Roy Rogers Foot Print

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Magic Castle, Disneyland

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Universal Studios

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"Transformers" Off Road Vehicle

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Mission Bay Beach, Pacific Ocean

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Bailey at Bio Dome 2

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Actual OK Corral Location

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The Rig

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Posted March 16, 2014 - 11:38 PM

Brian I got tired just reading about it!! LOL!

 

What a great time that must have been.It all looked great, and I have seen things about the Bio dome just never saw it in person.

 

I love the Gttalk hat photo bombing all those pics too  :thumbs: 

 

And a quick question, do you stay in one spot longer than 5 minutes?? :D It is amazing how much driving (with trailers no less) you do!

 

Also glad to hear and see you all made it back safe and sound, thanks for sharing your adventure with us.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 04:12 AM

Sounds like you had a really good time.

I have seen the Grand Canyon and a few of the others you mentioned. My trip was a once in a life-time trip.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 04:44 AM

   All that with your daughters high school band? Amazing, what a trip. Someday!?!?!?!? I will do that.  You must be terribly proud of your daughter and the band to get that kind of an invite, congrats.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 04:48 AM

Glad you folks had a great trip and are back home. Got to DisneyLand & the Grand Canyon years back (early '80's). Was a fun trip. Good to see the hat hanging about too. Congrats to the band, bet they had fun too!


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 05:51 AM

Sounds like a trip life time memories were made for you and the family! Glad to hear it all went well!
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Posted March 17, 2014 - 05:55 AM

Thanks for the tour.

I can't imagine dragging that trailer around in LA traffic.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 06:08 AM

Sounds like a great trip, covered a lot of ground and got to see and do a lot.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 06:56 AM

Time with the kid, PRICELESS! Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 07:13 AM

Wow, what a trip!  You guys sure packed a lot of sights/fun into one week!  I'd need a week off to rest from all that! 


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 07:25 AM

Brian, you're a fella right up my alley with a picture near Roy Roger's mark on concrete history. 

 

Looks like a great trip.  :thumbs:

 

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Posted March 17, 2014 - 07:47 AM

sounds like it was an awesome trip.  thanks for sharing


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 10:25 AM

Sounds like a great trip. That's a nice looking trailer and it's big. I'm surprised you could make 80mph dragging that behind you loaded. I suppose band instruments aren't a heavy load but it still looks like a heavy haul.  


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 10:34 AM

Looks like you all had a great time and boy did you all do a lot in just a week.  Glad you were able to go and have a good time and make it home safe and sound.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 10:36 AM

  I'm surprised you could make 80mph dragging that behind you loaded.  

 

Remember, he's driving a Ford....that's no load!   :thumbs:  (Just waiting on Willie now)


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