Mountain Lying Down

Our first view of the Grand Canyon was from the South Rim near the El Tovar hotel.  I had the immediate and strange sensation that it wasn’t real, simply a very convincing three dimensional image.  It’s something everyone should see for themselves.  Words cannot describe the vastness, the colors, the light. Driving east along the South… Continue reading Mountain Lying Down

Treat Yo’ Self: Sedona Edition

The Sedona area was breathtakingly beautiful, starting with the scenic, foggy, rainy-day drive down Highway 89A from Flagstaff.  The old part of town is very pedestrian friendly with tons of shops and restaurants, so… we decided it was treat yo’ self day.  For Wayne, a new hat (Stetson, no less); for Pam, a pair of silver… Continue reading Treat Yo’ Self: Sedona Edition

Sometimes It Snows in April

The Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has splendid dispersed camping opportunities.  Some of the roads are ROUGH, but there’s something for everyone and every type of vehicle.  Again, Missy was the happiest pup ever, running free and smelling all the smells.  We climbed the little mountain, we played in the snow, we… Continue reading Sometimes It Snows in April

Petroglyphs, Petrified Wood, and Painted Desert

A one-night stopover in a seemingly unremarkable location, Lyman Lake State Park, yielded big surprises. Archaeologists date the bottom panel to the Basketmaker period (AD 300 to 700), and it’s one of the earliest panels in the park.  The zigzag elements supposedly represent water serpents, to whom the Hopi people would pray for water when there… Continue reading Petroglyphs, Petrified Wood, and Painted Desert

The Gila

Let’s get this straight right up front. There are no gila monsters in the Gila National Forest. Now we can all relax. After we drove around in a bunch of white sand, we headed west to Silver City, New Mexico. One thing we have found to be immensely helpful is to find the nearest ranger… Continue reading The Gila

Wild Camping

Real life, out in the wilderness camping. Some people call it “wild camping” or “boondocking.” The official US Forest Service term is “dispersed camping.” But it all means the same thing: camping no more than 300 feet from the side of the road in a National Forest or on BLM land. We headed to the… Continue reading Wild Camping