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

Washed Out Road and a Closed Campground

We thought we were pretty smart. I-10 was closed at the Louisiana/Texas line because of flooding, but we weren’t going that way anyway since we were in Central Louisiana. We crossed into Texas on US Highway 190. Feeling quite accomplished and proud of ourselves, we proceeded to what was to be our next campground, in… Continue reading Washed Out Road and a Closed Campground