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January 18, 2018

I always feel embarrassed facing my fears because I think of our daughter and how brave she was.  Anna faced so much and she never showed fear!  She accepted cancer and death with courage, grace and faith.  How do you do that at 20 years old?!?  I have watched my only...

January 18, 2018

Driving in to Guadalupe Mountains NP from the south is gorgeous!  Big sheer cliffs that are breath taking! 

Sorry about the dirty windshield!

After all the volcanic parks and monuments I saw on this trip, I thought maybe this was also keeping with that theme, but no...

January 18, 2018

This is a huge park, and it covers over 800,000 acres!  Big Bend gets it's name from the big bend in the Rio Grande river that flows through it's southern border shared with Mexico. Elevations as low as 1700' and as high as 8000' explain the great diversity in ecosyste...

January 16, 2018

Leaving Saguaro West (after 3.1 miles) and winding my way through the north side of Tucson I passed by the Tohono Chul Botanic Gardens.  It instantly took me back to an incident that happened there with Anna when she was 4 or 5.  This may explain the aversion Anna and...

January 16, 2018

I don't think a hotel room ever felt so wonderful as the one in Tucson that night after 3 National Monuments and 1 vicious dust storm!  Thank you Fred for finding the perfect place!

After cleaning up and being rejuvenated by a wonderful mattress I was ready to tackle bo...

January 16, 2018

The drive from Phoenix to Tucson was terrible, unless you are the rare bird who enjoys dust storms.  I had never driven through a real one before and it was slightly terrifying.  Did I mention, the air conditioner in the car decided not to work?  I now have a very pers...

January 15, 2018

22 miles from Tuzigoot National Monument near Camp Verde, AZ is Montezuma's Castle National Monument.  The Southern Sinagua people lived here from 1100 - 1400.  The "castle" is a 5 story, 20 room pueblo!  And we're back to building into the side of a cliff...but in a b...

January 15, 2018

After leaving the Grand Canyon (and the precious rock where Anna & I sat) I traveled to Cottonwood, AZ.  My plan was to go through Sedona, but the highway was closed and so it was the interstate for me.  Stayed overnight in my car and then it was off to Tuzigoot (Too-z...

January 11, 2018

OK, this is gonna be a big one...kinda like the Canyon herself.  I will apologize now if my memories crowd out the facts about the park.  But most of you probably already know many facts regarding the 7th wonder of the world.

If not, here are some fun facts about t...

January 11, 2018

I wasn't sure what to expect at this monument.  The road is starting to gain elevation just outside of Flagstaff, and then the annoying woman on Google maps says to exit.  Hmm... kinda looks like home with the forest and the warm pine smells.  Still nothing out of the...

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