Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona…

On Saturday, we traveled just a few miles east of Flagstaff to the Walnut Canyon National Monument. When visiting Walnut Canyon, be sure to check the nps.gov site for directions FIRST, not your GPS! Backing a 40′ 5th wheel up for 3/4 of a mile is not fun (it FELT like about 5 miles!!!). You […]

Wupatki National Monument, northern Arizona…

I had planned to post last night, but found that the laptop the pics were on was dead – since we weren’t plugged in, the post didn’t happen. ┬áI used to blog mostly while we were driving (and the laptop was plugged into the inverter in the van). I could watch the scenery, take pictures, […]

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, AZ…

Today was a 2 star day! well, actually a 2 badge day… (but I’m only going to tell you about one tonight Our first destination today was Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. It was a beautiful drive; just a bit north of Flagstaff, and right off the highway (89). The visitor’s center was our first […]

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Which, if you are not ‘in the know’, means the Arizona Renaissance Festival (or Faire). We were initiated to the Faire last year – AND LOVED IT!!! So much so that this year dressed up a wee bit for the festival… While Savanna, Molly, and I stayed home, the rest of the fam braved the […]

Tonto National Forest…

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Tuesday we took a drive thru the Tonto National Forest. We followed Vaughn’s cousin (actually his cousin’s son and his family) over the twisty road, and got to see some really neat country. Though I still have a hard time not laughing every time I see a National Forest sign out here – to us […]

Casa Grande National Monument and Ruins…

Yesterday morning we headed over to the Casa Grande National Monument Located in Coolidge, AZ. They have the only Jr. Ranger program, for hundreds of miles, that we have not done yet, so we HAD to earn those badges while we are in the area. Being parked for the summer must have put me all […]

Hiking Picacho Peak in central Arizona…

Yesterday it rained lightly all day, and then it rained some more last night. This morning we woke to the most beautiful fog… It doesn’t seem to happen here often, and when it does, it is limited to a small area. The plants and rocks were covered with moisture, and the water droplets on the […]

hiking in Picacho Peak State Park in Arizona

This afternoon, Eli and Jake decided that they would like to hike the saddle. The fog had burned off, and the day had turned warm and sunny. The guys had Hannah drive them to the front base of the mountain, and they were off. the little boys didn’t make it quite this high -though, don’t […]

rving in Quartzsite, Arizona…

Thursday we left Lake Havasu, and drove south to Quartzsite. Quartzsite is one of those things that you just have to try if you are an RVer (or so we were told). We came and spent a few days last Feb. to check it out, and it wasn’t really our thing. This year, since we […]

Lake Havasu State Park, AZ

We spent the last 3 nights at the Lake Havasu State Park, located on the western edge of Arizona about half way down the state. The Colorado River comes into northern Arizona (out of Utah), runs through the Grand Canyon, then feeds into Lake Mead on the edge of Nevada. After traveling south through the […]