09/27/2014 Betsy

OKLAHOMA TO ARKANSAS OZARK MOUNTAINS   Texas panhandle and western Oklahoma was flat, flat, flat.  If there was anything interesting to look at, it was way off in the distance.  However, once we cleared Oklahoma City the land started to roll and the scenery was green.  We passed towns with too many consonants to pronounce quickly.   Kickapoo Road,   Shawnee, Okemah,  Checotah,  Econtuchk, Tahlequah across the Seminole Reservation and Cherokee reminding me that this is where the tribes from the southeastern part of the US were relocated under the Indian Removal Act of 1830 …Trail of Tears. TRAIL OF TEARS  …

09/23/2014 Betsy

THROUGH NEW MEXICO TO TEXAS   NEW MEXICO FLAGSTAFF TO ALBUQUERQUE WAS AN INTERESTING ARRAY OF LANDSCAPE.  GOT PRETTY FLAT, PRETTY FAST.  OUR RV NEIGHBOR IN FLAGSTAFF TOLD ME YOU’LL BE TIRED FROM BOREDOM BEFORE YOU’RE TIRED FROM DRIVING!       STORMS CAME RIPPING THROUGH WITH THE TV FLASHING WARNINGS OF FLASH FLOODS FROM LAS CRUCES TO CARLSBAD UP TO ALBUQUERQUE.  PECOS RIVER AND OTHERS WERE REACHING THEIR TOPS.    WINDS WERE WHIPPING ACROSS THE LAND AND SEVERAL STORMS CAME BLOWING THROUGH.  SEPTEMBER 23, 2014  – CONTINUING ON THROUGH NEW MEXICO TO TEXAS   WE…

09/22/2014 Betsy

THIS LAND HAS TALES TO TELL ANCIENT VOLCANOS ANCIENT PUEBLOS   PAINTED DESERT   THIS DESERT OF BADLANDS LOCATED IN THE FOUR CORNERS AREA FROM THE GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK INTO THE PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK IS BEAUTIFUL AND CAN BARELY BE SEEN IN THE HORIZON FROM SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT.  MUCH OF THE PAINTED DESERT REGION IS WITHIN THE NAVAJO NATION. THE ANCIENT PUEBLO RUINS SIT IN THE HEART OF THIS DRY, DESERT LANE JUST NORTH OF FLAGSTAFF.  THE COLORS ARE AMAZING.   SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT WE DROVE TWENTY MILES NORTH OF FLAGSTAFF TO VISIT THE…

09/22/2014 Betsy

BEAUTIFUL RED ROCK SEDONA   FOR YEARS, SEDONA HAS BEEN ON MY “BUCKET LIST” TO SEE.  I’VE LOOKED AT PHOTOS OF THE AREA AND KNEW THIS WAS THE ONE PLACE I WANTED TO GO TO.   SO…….. IT’S ON OUR WAY HOME!   HOW CONVENIENT! FOLLOWING ROUTE 66 THROUGH FLAGSTAFF WE TURNED ONTO US89A THROUGH THE COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST AND THE OAK CREEK CANYON.   OAK CREEK CANYON OAK CREEK CANYON IS A RIVER GORGE AND SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS A “SMALLER COUSIN” TO THE GRAND CANYON FOR IT’S BEAUTY,   ROUTE 89A ENTERS THE CANYON VIA A…

09/20/2014 Betsy

ON TO ARIZONA GRAND CANYON NORTH RIM Miles just keep ticking away!   WE LEFT MOUNT CARMEL SOUTH ON US 89 TO KANAB AZ THEN TURNED SOUTH ON US 89A TO THE NORTH RIM OF THE GRAND CANYON.  IT’S 42 MILES TO KANAB AND ANOTHER 40 SOME MILES OUT TO THE RIM BUT WORTH THE TRIP. THE SCENERY DRIVING DOWN TO ARIZONA WAS BEAUTIFUL, DESERTY, DRY BUT LOTS OF SCRUB BUSHES SO NOT TOTALLY BROWN.  ALL I SAW WERE SNAKES!  NOT REALLY … IT WAS VERY, VERY BEAUTIFUL. WE DECIDED NOT TO SETTLE INTO A CAMPGROUND BUT RATHER TO DRIVE…

09/19/2014 Betsy

BRYCE TO ZION September 18, 2014 A word about Ruby’s RUBY’S INN AND RV PARK IN BRYCE CANYON CITY, UTAH IS QUITE AN ESTABLISHMENT.  IT IS ABOUT FIVE MINUTES FROM THE ENTRANCE TO BRYCE CANYON SO YOU CANNOT BEAT THE LOCATION.  THE RV PARK WAS GREAT, WE HAD A 60’ SHADEY PULL-THROUGH SO WE NEVER HAD TO UNHOOK THE TOW DOLLY.  THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF FACILITIES, A COUPLE OF RESTAURANTS, ATV RENTALS, HORSEBACK RIDING, AND A WESTERN REVUE.  THEY ALSO HAVE A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE CENTER, RV REPAIR AND CAR AND RV WASHES. THE SHUTTLE STOP WAS RIGHT OUTSIDE THE…

09/18/2014 Betsy

UTAH 12 – THE ALL AMERICAN HIGHWAY     HIGHWAY 12 IS A SEMICIRCLE CONNECTING US 89 WITH UTAH 24.  WE DROVE FROM BRYCE THROUGH THE ESCALANTE AND DIDN’T GO AS FAR AS CAPITOL REEF.   WE DESCENDED THROUGH BRYCE VALLEY AND THE TOWN OF TROPIC WHERE THE BRYCE FAMILY SETTLED TO BUILD A MORMON COMMUNITY.     WHERE THERE WAS IRRIGATION THE LAND WAS A VERDENT GREEN; THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD WAS ROCKY BROWN DESSERT SAND.    THE TOWN IS NOT OVER-DEVELOPED BY ANY MEANS, SITTING IN THE SHADOWS OF THE RED ROCKS OF BRYCE CANYON.  THERE IS A…

09/18/2014 Betsy

HANGING WITH THE HOODOOS BRYCE CANYON QUEEN’S GARDEN TRAIL   AMPHITHEATER PAIUTE INDIAN LEGEND on HOODOOS  Before there were any Indians, the Legend People, To-when-an-ung-wa, lived in that place.  There were many of them.  They were of many kinds – birds, animals, lizards and such things – but they looked like people.  For some reason the Legend People in that place were bad. Because they were bad, Coyote turned them all into rocks.  You can see them in that place now, all turned into rocks; some standing in rows, some sitting down, some holding on to…

09/18/2014 Betsy

SLIP SLIDING AWAY Mosey Cave Trail   THIS TRAIL THROUGH LOVELY HOODOOS AND UP TO A WATERFALL IS LISTED AS “ONE OF THE EASIEST HIKES IN THE PARK”!  DESPITE THAT CLAIM, I MANAGED TO SLIP……NOT ONCE … BUT TWICE. MOSEY CAVE THE FIRST SPILL HAPPENED FIVE STEPS FROM THE CAR!  i STEPPED OVER A CURB AND SLID ON LOOSE ROCK SCRAPING UP MY SHIN, CALF, RIGHT ELBOW, SHOULDER AND HAND.  I WAS UP…..THEN I WAS DOWN!  DAVE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I FELL … HE WAS STILL GETTING OUT OF THE CAR!   THE VIEW OF THE…

09/17/2014 Betsy

VIEWS FROM 9000 FEET BRYCE CANYON SUNRISE POINT Being at the top of a canyon is a marvelous experience.    We drove from 7894’ to 9115’ from the entrance of Bryce Canyon to the top at Rainbow Point.  The vistas were enormous looking across at the hoodoos at the cliffs in the distance. HOW DID THE PARK GET ITS NAME??? EBENEZER & MARY BRYCE   Scottish born Ebenezer Bryce apprenticed as a shipwright in 1850 and, at 18, converted to Mormonism, moved to Utah and married Mary Ann Park.  The church officials asked Bryces to become serial…