Winslow, Az

10/10~

So we made the long drive from Camp Verde to Winslow, Az, it was an hour and a half. lol

If you grew up in the 70’s you might know about a Eagles song that goes something like this I think . “Standing on the corner, in Winslow, Arizonia what a fine sight to see, a girl, my Lord, in flat bed Ford pulling up to take a look at me. Take it easy, take it eeeeaaaasssssy”.

And Winslows’ corner became famous and a must see for traveling tourists. The statue is of Glen Fry the singer of the song.

And of course this is part of Old Route 66.

We had decided to take Route 66/40 back to Georgia from Arizonia, it’s only part of the iconic highway that starts in Chicago and goes all the way to California.

I heard the cashier, as we were paying for a postcard, explaining it to someone and then she said, and the town just added the other guy later, we don’t know who he is.

I thought that was really funny and I also realized, maybe not everyone knows about “Standing on the corner”

It’s no secret we like small towns best, and Winslow is small.

I can’t tell you how delighted Paul was to find out that the “Sipp Shoppe” had chocolate Malts!

10/11~ Another Route 66 stop was the Meteor Crater (more bucket list for Paul). He remembers seeing in magazines all about it and wanting as a child to see it. So, here we are.

I thought it was very nicely done, with a Discovery Center and Museum. They also had a 4D Movie Theater. And a 80-seat widescreen theater showing “IMPACT, The Mystery of the Meteor Crater” I won’t tell you what the mystery is incase you decide to check it out someday.

We were up high on the walkway looking down at the Crater.

Later during the movie we learned that what we were looking at was a whole large enough to hold 20 football games played simultaneously on its floor, while more than 2 million people watched from the side slopes. It just didn’t look that big to me, wow!

This guy greeted us as we came into the courtyard entrance. We were up pretty high, the above picture is a picture of a viewing window that looks out over the desert to the mountains. Don’t you think it looks like a framed picture?

10/12~ to be continued, there’s so much to see here!

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10/1-10/10~ Week 4, part 2

We went to Flagstaff for the day via the road into Sedona, I just love that drive, we’ve taken it 3 times now, highway 179, through the Village of Oak Creek. We’ve always taken the same route back to the campground.

But today we were going to Flagstaff…it didn’t make sense to go back to 17 and on up to Flagstaff like we will go with the MH when we leave this area, so…

The road north out of Sedona becomes 89A and if you have a fear of heights and squiggly roads this one is not for you, or me, EVER!

Holy Cow!

It’s times like these that I am reminded of this quote by John Wayne “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway”

Paul loves these kinds of roads, this was his day. The last curve brought us up into the sky, how much more gray can my hair get! Thank goodness there was a scenic pulloff, Paul was pointing and saying “look at that!” and I couldn’t even open my eyes!

These two pictures, taken from the scenic pulloff, are the view we saw from the road, we were so high up we couldn’t believe it!

That is a huge forest of pine trees across the ravine, they looked like tiny toy trees. The ravine was so deep we couldn’t see the bottom from the railings at the overlook.

We were on our way to the Lowell Observatory, one of Paul’s bucket lists.

It was a VERY informative 2 hour tour ending with us getting to use 4 different types of telescopes to look at the night sky. Each view was different but our favorite was Saturn, it seemed like we could reach out and touch it!

Flagstaff is a Dark Sky city, it made for an amazing view of the sky even without the telescopes!

Enlarge the photo above to read the information sign.

Of course we didn’t get pictures of what we saw through the telescopes, but above is a picture of the campus we walked and several displays.

It was a 2 mile walk to the different buildings. The sidewalks had special glow in the dark stones embedded in them, we tried for a picture but we couldn’t capture it, imagine a blue lit trail in the darkness, it was pretty cool!

This building from a distance looked like a cloud low in the trees but it was another building housing a telescope. The building was built before 1900 and inside we could see how the top dome of the building turns. There are tires that roll the top around on a circular track to allow the telescope to aim at different parts of the sky when a portion of the dome is opened. At the time it was built they used heavy metel wheels to move the dome around. As they aged they made a lot of noise and were difficult to move. When tires like we put on our vehicals today became available they replaced the metal wheels with rubber tires. I was so amazed by this structure.

Everyone has their own “bucket lists” this was a big one for Paul and he thought it was fantastic!

We went back to Cottonwood, Old town to be exact and walked around. Every Wednesday they have a Farmers Market, it wasn’t much of one but we enjoyed the live music as we walked around.

Here are some fun things we saw. We had lunch at Bings Burger Station, which was the gas station turned restaurant in the picture below. The food was great and so was the atmosphere!

We decided to take one more bike ride before we left the Verde Valley area. We went back to the Peavine trail and took the Iron King Trail spur. This was one of our longer rides but we took lots of breaks to look at all the unique rock formations and just enjoy the beautiful day.

It was such a beautiful day, there were a lot of people out walking and riding bikes on the trail.

We thought these old rusted railroad maintenance train cars added a bit of color and history to the trail.

What a special place…

It’s been fun Arizonia, we’ll see you again…on down the road.

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10/1-10/10~ 4th and last week at Krazy K campground — part 1

Finally we went for a bike ride! YES! We had to drive almost an hour to get there but we found one!

The Peavine Trail is a 11.9 mile out and back trail that was once a railroad route, in Prescott, AZ. The trail skirts Watson Lake and the Granite Dells. There’s a spur from this trail called Iron King Trail which is 14 miles out and back, we’ll save that one for another day.

If you look close at the train picture, you will see the above rock formation directly above the engine and cars, it doesn’t look like it has changed much in 100 years.

It was a great ride, a little narrow in places but with such amazing views! We stopped everytime we saw a bench for sitting, not because we were tired but because we just had to admire the view and take more pictures!

So many interesting rock formations, it was hard to watch the trail ahead so I didn’t fall on the mostly hard packed gravel. I wanted to see everything, everywhere and all at once, without falling off my bike! Gravel, packed or not, is not my friend!

Around each curve something new, that’s the best kind of ride!

We had the perfect day, the clouds kept things cool but there was still enough sun to keep us warm…

This is Watson Lake.

Or so we thought…

As we rode around the curve of the lake the views just kept getting better and better, all around us were granite dells. These formations were stunning in and of themselves.

What a great day for a ride! (and nobody fell) lol

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9/24/10/1~week 3, part 2

There are so many things to see and do here, I decided to break these last two weeks in Camp Verde into several parts.

Another great find came from our friend Deb, V Bar V Heritage Center. I love all these interesting stories we are running into.

V Bar V has the largest display of well preserved petroglyph’s in the Verde valley.

Most of these images were pecked, scratched or ground onto the sandstone walls 800 years ago, between AD 1150 and 1400.

Many years prior this was a working cattle ranch before it was aquired in 1994 by the US Forest Service in a land exchange deal in order to preserve the rock art panels.

This is all that’s left standing of the ranch, the brand “V Bar V” lives on at the University of Arizona’s agricultural department.

We walked about a mile to the rock wall, the area where all the glyphs were.

There was a lot of moss in areas on the rock wall, from a distance I thought it looked like white flowers in the tree.

Such an amazing place…

This rock wedge is actually part of a sundial, there was another piece of rock above it but it had fallen recently.

The area has been fenced in now for further preservation. The rocks were crumbling in areas and in some areas it looked like slices of the rock were falling away over time… taking with it some of the glyphs.

So glad we came, it was a great experience.

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9/24-10/1~week three, part 1

We were on our way to Airport Mesa, which is actually the Sedona airport but for $3 you can park across the street from the most expansive view we’ve seen yet.

But before we got there we stopped at Chapel on the Hill again to see if we could snag a parking space, and yes we did. A long winding ramp goes from the top of the parking lot to the Chapel. The parking lot is also a ramp of sorts, it winds around the lower part of the mountain. Once at the top the views just go on forever, it seems.

I found it interesting that someone had built this massive home right at the bottom of the hill the Chapel was on. Mountains and Chapel views, wow.

Airport Mesa is a scenic viewpoint, pictures really don’t due the view justice.

The city of Sedona below.

We enjoyed the drive and the view to Airport Mesa. Thanks Deb for telling us about it. 🙂

Tlaquepaque

Back in the 1970’s Sedona had one stoplight and most of the area was still open range, so hard to believe looking at the area now.

Abe Miller, a sucessful Nevada developer fell in love with Sedona and specifically the Girad creekside property, which had incredible sycamore trees. One of the agreements on buying the property from the Girad family was that he would leave the sycamores intact and built around them.

It was his desire to build-someday,somewhere-an enchanting arts village to refect the charm and mood of Old Mexico, which he loved.

A living arts community, a village where artisans create in full view of visitors and live on-site as well. It worked in Mexico he felt it could work here in Sedona.

He named his village Tlaquepaque a word from the Nahuatl Native Indian language, the ancient language of the Aztecs meaning “best of everything”.

The village was his labor of love, he worked right along side his contractors, literally designing and building as they went.

A plaque outside the Chapel reads “Some men only dream, others make dreams come true”. This was Abe.

That information was from a brochure of course, Abe’s vision can be seen everywhere in this village. To say I loved it was an understatement. Sadly his vision of artists living and working here didn’t last long if at all.

Vine covered archways lead to winding paths that lead to shops, restaurants and courtyards.

Water could be heard splashing in various fountains as we walked down pathways discovering more and more of this beautiful place. Although we saw no artists at work, we did see incredible works of art throughout.

The tranquility just washed over us as we walked around. It felt cooler in the village with all the trees and covered walkways. I didn’t want to leave…

After reading about the history of Tlaquepaque I understood that it was much more than it is today.

I wished that I was in the area in the 70’s and could have met Abe and heard about his vision, or perhaps I could have come early on and learned from the artists of the time. Maybe I could have lived in one of the very tiny rooms that now house boutiques…

As we walked around we realized that the shops and galleries just faded in our sight. We only had eyes for the beauty of the buildings and landscape and yes for a bit of quirky. …sadly it was time to leave.

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9/17-9/24~week two

We had taken the MH to the outskirts of Phoenix to a Ford dealership to get the oil changed.

We had to go through some mountain passes to get there. I normally I have my face in my laptop, I just can’t take the up and down and curves all at once.

I felt the MH jerk really hard and Paul actually said “WHOA!” We had taken a gust of wind on an outside curve as we decended quite a steep downward grade. Paul had both hands tightly on the wheel trying to keep our home on the ground.

Let me tell you that was scary! But we are fine, thanks to Pauls awareness we did not go flying off the mountain. lol

Before covid we would just take off to do things, shopping, sight seeing any day of the week. Now we think “how crowded will it be?” We stay home and get projects done on the weekend to avoid the crowds who have to go on the weekend because they work during the week.

Ahhh retirement, gives us so many options.

So, we stayed “home” Paul put a new facet on our tiny bathroom sink. I thought I had taken a picture of the old facet but I guess I didn’t. Here’s the new one, thanks Paul. Now we can actually get our hands under the facet. Life is not always glamorous when you’re RVing. ;p

It’s Monday and we feel like we could do some sight seeing and avoid crowds by going during the week.

Ha! We took the Scenic Drive into Sedona on 179, it was so cool how the landscape changed from hills covered in green to green and red as we came around a bend heading into Sedona and then all red. The Red Rocks are a real thing. Here are some pictures of the drive…

There are rock formations everywhere you look! I’m constantly saying “look at that!”

There are pulloffs along the road with small parking lots where you can park and take pictures, at most of them there’s a trailhead that leads to the rock formation.

At everyone we stopped at there were no parking spots open! So much for thinking we were avoiding the crowds!

So, Paul drove around the parking lot while I jumped out and tried to take pictures that didn’t have peoples heads in them. lol

The names of the rock formations are Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Rock, Little Horse, Chapel of the Holy Cross and Snoopy Rock. I will try and put pictures in order;

So, putting them in order was a joke. lol Honestly, I just lost track of which was which because they were just amazing! But I tried. 🙂

Going into the city of Sedona for the first time was stunning too, it looked like right in the middle of all the mountains someone decided to plop down a city.

We walked around the town a bit, it was pretty crowded too. It got hot quick, it was 95 at 3 pm, we decided to leave and come back again. Maybe the trailheads won’t be so packed and we will get to take a hike, the weather is supposed to cool off into the upper 80’s. ;p

On Wednesday we went to Tuzigoot (Apache for “crooked water”) what an interesting place.

I was drawn to the rock formations that were actually remnants of the Southern Sinagua village built between 1000 and 1400. It crowns the summit of a long ridge rising 120 feet above the Verde Valley.

The orginal pueblo was two stories high in places, with 87 ground-floor rooms. There were few exterior doors; entry was by ladders through roof openings.

Paul was trying to stay out of the shots but I thought he added a bit of perspective. Whole families lived in one of these small rooms.

This is one of the National Monuments in the National Park system here, free to us with the Access pass. We love our National treasures.

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9/10-9/17~Krazy K RV campground is a 55 plus campground.

It’s small only 48 sites and the majority of the people live here full time. But they made room for us and for that we are greatful. We have so much we want to do in the area and this will be a great home base.

Guess you can tell what priority #1 was. Of course with temperature’s like these who could blame us.

My days run together, sometimes I can’t remember what I did yesterday… that’s what a blog is good for. If nothing else I can use it as my “memory base” and maybe the bonus is that I can take my friends along with me.

Let’s get some coffee.

We were in Prescott by 9am after going down the wrong road that almost gave me a heart attack it was soooo narrow.

But our Frig WORKS now and that’s the most important thing. We bought a cooler that was supposed to keep ice for 7 days, later we realized that is 7 days if you never open it.

It worked well enough if you don’t mind wiping everything off every time you take something out because all the ice melted. Now we have a huge cooler we really don’t need. Sigh…

The place we took our frig to (well, in the RV) was called Little Dealer Little Prices, which is a really weird name but turned out to have super nice service people who took really good care of us.

The whole inside of the place was painted with murals, the covered wagon is actually the service desk. All the offices are little log cabins, it was an experience just to walk around and look at everything.

We decided to do a little early morning site seeing and went to Montezuma’s castle and the Well.

This picture shows the 5 floors of the castle, not what I expected. Native Americans would carve out of the side of the mountains different floors for different uses. They made wooden ladders to get to the different floors and then pulled them up at night for protection.

This picture shows a part of the castle that was reconstructed, the white area above and behind the reconstructed red area is original.

The most important thing for them was a water source. Below is a circular fresh water source they called The Well. You can see that there are more homes built into the mountain wall around it.

We enjoyed checking these areas out. We cheated and took the above picture from the other side, we could have walked down 105 steps to check it out but then we’d have to walk 105 back up. It was already 97 degrees, we were good, it was time to go home.

When we got back Camel Camel was enjoying a nap, we decided that was a good idea and took one too.

Today we took the MH to the Ford dealership in Phoenix for an oil change, you can’t take this thing just anywhere, it has a Ford 350hp engine, we are good to go for another 5000 miles!

The possiblities are endless…but Camel Camel wants to see the grandkids so Oct 10 we will start heading that way on Route 66, highway 40.

But until then we are off the clock and looking for fun! 😉

9/5-9/10 Grand Canyon Railway RV Park Williams, AZ

We are staying in Williams for 5 days. We love it when we can stay long enough to get to know the city we’re staying in.

After our last campground we are really glamping now! The Grand Canyon Railway RV Park is really nice. Paved roads and campsites, no need to worry about getting level, we just drove in and we were. Nice new hookups for water, electric and sewer. I guess it’s the newest and nicest campground we’ve stayed at so far. We even did our laundry in their sparkling clean laundry area this morning!

We had a nice surprise last night as we were able to sit at the end of our campsite driveway and watch fireworks in the sky. The fireworks for the 4th of July were canceled because of high fire potential, so they threw everything they had into the fireworks for Labor Day.

Thanks Williams. 🙂

We are across the street from the Grand Canyon Railway, which we will take into the Grand Canyon tomorrow morning, we are very excited! I’ve never ridden a real train and we’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, more bucket list check offs!

The city of Williams seems to be a unique and fun place. We decided that we would walk a block a day and eat at a really unique place each day on that block.

It’s not a big city, so we only get to do this for 3 days. lol

Here are pictures for day one of our “block a day dining”.

That was a fun evening, complete with a western show in the street.

The next day we went to the Grand Canyon on the Grand Canyon Railway. Having never been on a train I didn’t really know what to expect. It was a pleasant ride in air conditioned train cars, the seats were “mostly” comfortable. By the end of the day I was sure grateful for both!

We were serenaded and treated to entertainment most of the way. We had a few cowboys come through our car and we even had a couple of bandits on horses try to chase down the train. They came through the train car, we had previously been told that if we handed them our money things would go much better for us. 😉

See what looks like a telephone pole? It’s actually a telegraph line, most of the wires aren’t completely attached pole to pole anymore but there are still some of the glass insulators on them.

We were serenaded on the way back as well.

Riding the train was a fun experience and we sure enjoyed just sitting and resting on the way back.

But once we got off the train we walked up several flights of stairs to the edge of the Grand Canyon.

Now this is jaw dropping!

I took a hundred pictures I’m sure! Alot of them were with the sun at the wrong angle and so they are washed out even with my “fixing”.

We stayed at the Grand Canyon Railway RV park so that we could walk to the train station from our campground. By the time we got back home that night we had walked over 4 miles in 90 degree weather, it wasn’t easy, but hey, this was the Grand Canyon!

We stopped everytime there was spot of shade. The ledge around the south rim area was only knee high in most places, a couple places there was nothing between us and the depth of the Grand Canyon!

It was an amazing place, filled with the history of early adventurer’s like the Kobe brothers and Mary Colter. The brothers built the first “studio, house” on the side of the mountain. They filmed a movie and showed it and their art work in the house, over the years it had been added onto 4 times. Mary was one of the first female American architects and designers of her time, she designed many of the buildings on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Books have been written about these people, what they achieved was truly amazing for the time.

I didn’t get many pictures of the buildings, I was so awestruck by the canyon and a little overcome by the heat. But there’s lots of pictures and information on google about these early adventurer’s. I couldn’t get in any closer but you might be able to pinch these pictures out and see the building and landings, see the people on the left picture, amazing.

In this picture below can you see the tiny, thin lines? Those tiny lines are roads, whoa, kinda puts it all into prespective!

We were pretty amazed by the tunnel, there were many switch backs that led to and through the tunnel, it was part of the trail down into the canyon. We had desided not to take that hike, 3 miles down and 3 miles back up. Nope, just nope.

Orginally I had wanted to stay at the campgrounds here at the south rim but even though I made reservations almost 6 months ago, those parks were full.

I think we will be back, the Grand Canyon has not seen the last of us. 😉

Our second night of “block a day dining” was after we had spent the day at the Grand Canyon and we were tired and hungry (not quite hangry yet) lol

We went to the Pizza Factory and had a really great pizza. (and the chocolate chip cookie pizza wasn’t bad either) 😉 I was more amazed by the sun coming through the clouds and so only got the little sign, but it was a cute little sign.

Our final day in Williams we rode our bikes around for awhile.

We talked to a couple who where eating lunch at a table in the park, they had put over 300,000 miles on their car which they lived in full time, whoa! They were about our age and had a powered refrigerator and 12v tiny crock pot, they seemed to have it all figured out. (we didn’t ask them where they showered or went potty) ;0 lol

Here are some fun pictures of our day…

We chose this restaurant for our final “block a day dining”

The burgers and sweet potato fries were great and of course Paul had to have a chocolate malt. (now we have to go on a diet!) lol

Today we leave Williams, AZ. We have had a lot of fun exploring and crossing things off our bucket lists.

We are onto Camp Verde, Az. I tried to get us reservations from Flagstaff all the way to Phoenix. I should add in the price range we wanted to pay. (over $2000 for the month wasn’t it) But honestly there wasn’t anything available.

I kept reseaching campgrounds and finally found this one, it’s called Krazy K RV park. It’s a 55 plus park and we will be staying there for a month.

We have an appointment in Prescott to repair our frig which quit working and another appointment in Phoenix for an oil change. We hope to visit Sedona and all the surrounding areas on day trips in our car (and hopefully on our bikes) from our campground during this month, and to float in their pool alot since the temps will be in the high 90’s each day.

This is our “real life” right now, complete with tons of fun and sure, some challenages.

Change is one of the only constants in this life, it happens all the time. We don’t always handle change or challenages with grace but we try.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Williams with us, follow us on down the road to see where else we can explore. 🙂

9/4 Grand Canyon Caverns RV Park Peach Springs, AZ

Camel Camel suggested we take the road less traveled so we went down Historic Route 66 when we left Lake Meade, NV on our way to Williams, AZ.

There were only a couple of places open on this part of the iconic road, the gas station- soda fountain-grocery store turned tourist stop was one of them. Hackleberry General store had more stuff to look at than you could grasp without just standing there and scanning the small shop.

We had always wanted to drive the Route 66 road, we had an extra day that I had not planned or gotten a reservation for. (it was an accident) When I realized we needed another overnight before our reservations in Williams I tried to get another night at our up coming campground and anywhere in between.

Well, let me tell you there was not a spot open anywhere, it was Labor Day weekend, what did I expect?!

Following Route 66 we were going through Peach Springs, AZ and they had a campground called Grand Canyon Caverns RV Park, it was the only place for miles and miles.

We decided to stop for the night.

Life is an adventure, right. This place was an adventure for sure…

We went into the office, and found out that the RV park was also a motel and it had a pool, which we were allowed to use. Bonus! Then we were told to drive up the hill about a mile and pick any campsite we wanted. They all had electric and water.

It was our first time camping in the dirt since we went to Yuma last December. Most places we’ve stayed at since then have had asphalt roads and gravel to park in if not concrete and sometimes even a concrete patio.

We drove down the dusty road to our dusty campsite and along the way we found a few new friends…

To say this place was quirky was an understatement, and we do love quirky.

We enjoyed our overnight. But Camel Camel was ready to hit the road, so off we went.

9/2-9/4 Lake Meade, Nevada

One of Pauls’ “bucket lists” was to go to the Hoover Dam.

The west is in a critical drought situation. The Hoover Dam which provides water and electricity for Arizona, California and Nevada is heading towards rationing of these resources. The desert really needs some rain.

We stayed at Lake Meade RV park, it wasn’t one of my favorites but just a place to park to see the area. Honestly, it was just too hot to sit outside and enjoy the view of the lake.

However, we did walk this long pier to Harbor Lights Cafe for breakfast, then we were on our way to the Hoover Dam.

The Hoover Dam is a marvel for sure, half in Arizonia and half in Nevada.

The lower left hand picture shows what the water level was about 1937 since then it’s dropped about 150 ft.

It was an interesting little stop, they were not allowing tours of the lower observation deck and generator area but we walked across the top of the dam and then we drove across the bridge.

It was almost 100 degrees, we decided to call it a day.