When it was close to the time for me to retire. I relized I could move anywhere I wanted to, for the last 20 years in the Navy I was always told where I would be living. But now I was free to move anywhere . I went through a bunch of stuff so I finally settled on Las Vegas because at the time my Mom, Sister and her family where there. So I packed up my car and had a dog and cat in lots of stuff in the car plus a car top carrier, my son and his girlfriend had their car packed plus a dog and a cat in it. They also had a car top carrier on top of their car and off we went like the Beverly Hillbillies off to settle in a new city and state. We were camping along the way so I decided to stay at least two days at every stopping point. I was not going to set up a tent for one night. We stopped in Cherokee NC for two days and then made it to Arkansas to the crystal mines. we stayed there for four days and mined crystals. When we were in Oklahoma I stopped at a light and all of a sudden something hit my car from behind. I got out of the car and it was the trunk that had been on the car topper of my sons car. So the whole trip the only accident was me getting hit by my sons truck. We made it to Las Vegas about 9 days after we left Maryland. It was a fun trip and I am so glad we did it and took our time driving.
One thing that happened in Arkansas was my son’s girlfriends dog was a collie mix and my dog was a chow and he was cross eyed so did run fast or straight. Well her dog took out after a skunk and well I am sure you know what happened. I was told tomatoe jucie help remove the ordor but the only thing I had with me was a case of v8 juice so we washed the dog in it. All her white fur turned pink and the smell well sort of went away. We were leaving the next day so I was glad the dog was in their car and not mine.