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Day 127 – Red Rock Country Part 3

Day 127 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Today Petey and I spent the morning geocaching in Dead Horse Ranch State Park.  We found five of six caches placed around the park.  Most of them were near the lagoons which was definitely the most picturesque part of the park.  The caches ranged in size from micros to medium sized containers.  We found a film canister, a magnetic key holder, two hard, plastic latchable containers the size of a pound of sugar, and a large vitamin bottle that was well camoed.  They were hidden under rocks, in trees, and attached to benches. Continue reading “Day 127 – Red Rock Country Part 3”

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Day 126 – Red Rock Country Part 2

Day 126 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Tuzigoot National Monument

Once we found the local Starbucks, tucked away in the Safeway, we drove four miles to Tuzigoot National Monument located just north of Cottonwood.  Tuzigoot, Apache for crooked water, is the remnant of a Southern Sinagua Village that was built in the 1100s.  The original pueblo of 77 ground floor rooms was two stories and sat upon a ridge above the Verde Valley.  The village was home to approximately 50 people for 100 years.  In the 1200s, the population doubled and then doubled again as farmers fled drought and settled here. Continue reading “Day 126 – Red Rock Country Part 2”

Day 125 – Call of the Canyon in Red Rock Country

Day 125 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Call of the Canyon Day Use Area

Today Petey and I started our Red Rock Country scenic drive toward Sedona.  We simply drove one mile south to Call of the Canyon Day Use Area and took a five mile hike on West Fork Trail.  Less than a quarter mile into Oak Creek Canyon are the ruins of the Mayhew Lodge constructed in the late 1800’s.  The oldest structure was built by “Bear” Howard, who earned his nickname by killing four bears armed with only a knife. Continue reading “Day 125 – Call of the Canyon in Red Rock Country”

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Day 124 – Grand Canyon Loop

 Day 124 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

The title of my daily adventure is probably a little misleading.  I didn’t go to the Grand Canyon today, but it is a stop on this Reader’s Digest Scenic Drive.  I plan to visit it at a later date to ensure good weather.  Hopefully that doesn’t end up being a mistake, because it was absolutely gorgeous today.  The portion of the loop drive that I conquered today was southeast of the Grand Canyon near Flagstaff. Continue reading “Day 124 – Grand Canyon Loop”

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Day 123 – Arizona Indian Country

Day 123 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Overall, while the weather was spectacular and my day-glo legs saw the sun for the first time in months, the day of sightseeing was somewhat disappointing to me.  After a pleasant surprise on the Navajo Indian Reservation, I was looking forward to exploring the First, Second, and Third Mesa located in the Hopi Indian Reservation.  We got an early start to the day to allow ample exploring time. Continue reading “Day 123 – Arizona Indian Country”

Day 122 – Arizona Indian Country

Day 122 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

I started the day out at Glenn’s, an “old fashioned bakery” on historic Route 66 before heading to Navajo Nation. It was definitely a popular, morning destination among the locals and passersby.  Cars surrounded the building and lined up in the drive through.  I was expecting to find muffins and other pastries.  While there were some, donuts filled most the counter space. Continue reading “Day 122 – Arizona Indian Country”

Day 112 – Arizona’s Coronado Trail

Day 112 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Sidelined from Roadtrip

I’m back to blogging, even if it is only for a few days right now while I’m on the Coronado Trail. I flew home a week ago Sunday upon receiving text from my sister saying my dad was in the ICU. He has Leukemia, as well as several related and unrelated complications.  As a result, he almost bled to death from his colon. Fortunately, the doctors were able to stop the bleeding through a catheter embolization as he was too weak to survive surgery. Continue reading “Day 112 – Arizona’s Coronado Trail”

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Day 111 – Arizona’s Apache Trail Part 2

Day 111 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

The Apache and Coronado Trails

Petey and I awoke this morning to sporadic sprinkles on the Apache Trail.  We hit the road early as the weather forecast called for rain all day near Phoenix and snow on Sunday on the Coronado Trail which was my next scenic drive.  The Coronado Trail is sometimes closed from Alpine to Morenci, thus given the weather, I sped up my travels a bit to visit at least half the trail today. Continue reading “Day 111 – Arizona’s Apache Trail Part 2”

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Day 109 – Exploring Tucson

Day 88 – Exploring Tucson

 

Sabino Canyon

I spent a relaxing day with my Aunt Diane around her home town of Tucson.  We started the morning in Sabino Canyon, a lovely place to hike.  Countless trails crisscrossed the mountains covered in cacti.  We walked up the road a few miles and then took a switchback path up the mountain to Telephone Line Trail.  The views of the cactus line (instead of the tree line) were unique as well as gorgeous.

As we ventured back down to the road, we met a couple that planned to walk the entire Telephone Line Trail and then take the tram back to the parking lot.

Diane asked, “Do you have a ticket for the tram?”

“No”, they replied.

“Well then, the tram won’t pick you up”, Diane warned.

I imagine they were thankful to know that because despite the clouds it was relatively hot and unusually humid for the desert.  They would have been facing at least an eight mile walk.

Petey

Petey wasn’t allowed on the trails so he stayed in VANilla parked in the shade of the only tree with the screened windows open, a fan blowing, and the shades drawn.  Cool digs and dog-proofed, or so I thought.  I left Petey with a chewy and I wedged my plastic bins  of dried food which were clipped shut and reinforced with a bungy cord under the bed.  My soft-topped cooler was zipped closed, and almost all my food was stored in the locked refrigerator.

Pesky Petey, however, not pleased with the arrangement, went to work.  Petey partially opened the storage area in the top to my cooler.  Then he chewed hole through the lower layer of the storage area large enough to retrieve a package of tortillas.  He ate every last one of them.  Really?!?  I wish I had a video camera mounted in VANilla.  Petey would be the winner of America’s Funniest Home videos, and I’d be $10,000 richer.  He showed me!

Quality Pottery

After our morning hike, we stopped by Uncle Mike’s pottery showroom in Tucson.  He sells a variety of pots, fountains, and figurines for indoor and outdoor gardens.  Mike imports factory direct thus he has a large selection available at affordable prices.

Airplane Graveyard

We passed by Tucson’s airplane graveyard as we headed home for a relaxing afternoon, before going out for dinner.  I noticed Mike’s selection of DVD’s and asked how he liked Avatar, and he said he loved it.  He’s seen it five or six times!  I watched it for my first time tonight.  I was pleasantly surprised…very good! ETB

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