Summer Roadtrip 2022: Part Six – Wisconsin

On this part of our summer roadtrip 2022, we begin scouting out Wisconsin and then the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for our next Leisure Travel Van (LTV) Caravan Tour slated for 2023. We led a tour of southern Arizona in 2021 and we just ended a tour of Idaho in June of 2022. Now we’re planing to lead a caravan tour of 12 LTVs through the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan in August 2023.

Swamp lands on the Mississippi River.

The UP caravan tour, like the Arizona and Idaho tours, will be advertised by the Southwest Roadrunners LTV Travel Club, We are currently in the process of finalizing the itinerary for the UP tour.

The bridge crossing over the Mississippi River into Wisconsin from Minnesota .

We arrived on the banks of the Mississippi River, near Fountain City, Wisconsin and decided to spend the night at a Wisconsin state park called Merrick State Park. We thought the Wisconsin state parks would be cheaper than staying at a private park, but because of an $11 non-state residence fee per night, we actually paid the same amount as we would have at a private RV park. Plus Wisconsin state parks don’t have water or sewer hookups at the campsites, they only have electric at the campsites.

At this point in our summer roadtrip we only have 3 states to visit to complete our goal of seeing every state in the Union with our LTV.

Pics from the Road to Merrick State Park, Wisconsin

Mississippi River
Mississippi River
The entrance to Merrick State Park
Our campsite for the night.

Can’t see them in this picture, but this state park is swarming with mosquitoes! We had to spend a good part of our stay here sequestered inside our tiny house. Between the mosquitoes, gnats and biting flies we were completely out number and over whelmed!

Electric only campsites at Merrick and all Wisconsin state parks.
Merrick State Park is situated on he banks of the Mississippi River and has a convenient boat ramp should anyone like to go boating or fishing.
The campsites are spacious here at Merrick.
We arrived at Merrick State Park during the Painted turtle egg laying season.
These Painted turtles were everywhere laying eggs. Some eggs had already hatched and very tiny baby turtles where out exploring the campground.

During our night at Merrick State Park we decided to change our plans to go to Duluth, Minnesota. We saw on the map an interesting area in northern Wisconsin called, “Apostle Islands” on the shoreline of Lake Superior that looked interesting and it’s part of the National Lakeshore. Duluth will just have to wait for another trip at another time.

Pics from the Road to the Apostle Islands, Wisconsin

Lake Superior
Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.
Entrance to our first campground in the Apostle Islands area.
In all the campgrounds and RV parks we have ever camped in, including Alaska and Canada, this was the first time we had to pay extra for our traveling pups. $3 per dog in order to stay here. They only had space available for one night so we had to move to another campground the next day.
Madeline Island, one of 22 islands that make up the Apostle Islands, Wisconsin on Lake Supereior.
We stopped here to get our national parks passport stamped.
Our second campground in the Apostle Islands area.
Our campsite in Bayfield, Wisconsin. We were camped right on the shores of Lake Superior across form one of the twenty-two Apostle Islands.
Front view of our campsite.

Views from our campsite on the shores of Lake Superior, Apostle Islands

MaryAnn and the Traveling Pups at our campsite.
It looks closer than it really is, I was using a zoom lens.
See, the island and boat are much further away.
Zoom lens again.
On our first full day in the Apostle Islands we rode our ebikes to a local ferry and explored nearby Madeline Island, part of the National Lakeshore. We wear the orange vests to alert drivers of our presence on the roads while we are riding our bikes.
MaryAnn (front center) with our ebikes on the ferry to Madeline Island.
Pics from the ferry to one of the Apostle Islands, Madeline Island that’s part of the National Lakeshore.
A point of interest at Big Bay State Park, Madeline Island.
Barrier Beach., Big Bay State Park
Big Bay Point, Big Bay State Park
Big Bay Point at Big Bay State Park.
MaryAnn at Big Bay Point.
Big Bay State Park.
Returning to the mainland of Wisconsin.
Sunset on Lake Superior.
Sunset on Lake Superior.
Our tiny house on Lake Superior at sunset.
Our cruise ship tour of the 22 Apostle Islands day trip from Bayfield.
We started in short sleeve shirts but not very far out on Lake Superior we put on our jackets. The water was only 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pics from Our Cruise Tour of the Apostle Islands

Light house on Devil’s Island, one of the 22 Islands of the Apostle Islands Archipelago.
Second Lighthouse in the Apostle Islands.
Eagle’s nest with chick and Mother Eagle just above it, Devil’s Island.
Devil’s Island gets its name from the weird sound the wind and waves make as they move through these sea caves.
Kayakers at Devil’s Island.
Short video usurp from our cruise tour.
Sea caves on Devil’s Island.
Devil’s Island.
Devil’s Island.
Devil’s Island.
Fishing is the big attraction here in the Apostle Islands.
There are 22 Islands in the Apostle Islands Archipelago.
Many Kayakers in the Apostle Islands.
Bayfield, Wisconsin from the cruise ship.
Bayfield.
Wearing jackets because the water temperature in Lake Superior is 40 degrees and the air temperature isn’t much higher than that, especially when the wind is blowing, which happens a lot.

We decided there’s so much to see and do here in the Apostle Islands that this place will be our rendezvous for the beginning of our UP Michigan Tour in 2023.

In the Next post we continue our exploration for next years UP tour in Copper Harbor, Michigan…

Summer Road Trip 2022: Part Five – South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa

From left: MaryAnn, Paula, Paulette, Danny; Back row from left: Me, Nathan.

Before we left Devil’s Tower, we took a group picture of our mini caravan travelers. Then we continued our summer roadtrip to South Dakota and Mount Rushmore.

Nothing like the open road.

Pics from the Road

Entrance to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota.

Gutzon Borglum is the artist who carved the images of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln on Mount Rushmore. But do you know the history of one of the other carvings Gutzon Borglum has done?

Here’s a usurp from one of my earlier post, “I’ve Got Georgia on My Mind, Part Five – Stone Mountain” – “It was the bust of Lincoln that prompted Helen Plane, President of United Daughters of the Confederacy, to contact Gutzon Borglum (the same man who would later carve the images of Mount Rushmore) about the Possibility of doing a head of Robert E. lee on the side of Stone Mountain in Georgia. He agreed to visit the site in 1915 but upon seeing the size of the place he said, “Ladies, the head of Lee on the side of that mountain would look like a postage stamp on a barn door!” Having thus crushed their dream, he proceeded to give them a new one –a large group featuring Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis on horseback followed by a column of soldiers. Because of World War I, work at Stone Mountain did not begin until 1923. Carving was limited to jackhammers and chisels until a visiting Belgian engineer taught Borglum the use of dynamite for precise work. The head of Lee was unveiled in 1924. Soldiers in the audience who served with the Confederate leader were moved to tears by the likeness.

However, trouble had been brewing between Borglum and the businessmen directing the project, and Borglum was abruptly dismissed. He destroyed his models in order to protect his design and this so angered the directors that a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was forced to flee Georgia. Augustus Lukeman is hired to replace Borglum and Borglum’s head of Lee was removed. In fact, none of Borglum’s work survived when the carving was finally finished in 1970.”

Just an interesting back story of the man who carved Mount Rushmore.

The flags of all the states of the Union line the walk way to Mount Rushmore.
We live in Arizona!
I grew up in Ohio!
Another group photo, this time at Mount Rushmore. By now you should know who everybody is in our group. Don’t know who that is standing behind us.
One last photo at Mount Rushmore.

Pics from the Road

Who called this meeting anyway?
Looks like a good place for my monument.
A moose on the side of the road!
This dear has a tracking caller on it.
Entrance to Wind Cave National Park.
Prairie Dog at Wind Cave.

After leaving Mount Rushmore we stopped for the night at Wind Cave National Park. Situated just south of Mount Rushmore, the park is a must for every explorer. We have yet to see the cave do to lack of time and the fact that there are a lot of steps leading down into the cave and of course a lot of steps coming back up out of the cave. Because of health challenges we decided to continue down the road.

Camping at Wind Cave Campground. Very large sites so that we could park together.
Our tiny house at Wind Cave National Park.

More Pics from the Road

Mitchell, South Dakota. Bette’s RV Park. Our last night together.

Our mini caravan tour ended just west of Sioux Falls, South Dakota in the town of Mitchell. From here Nathan and Paula will go to Sioux Falls to visit a friend for a few days and then they will head out on their own to Wisconsin and parts of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and then on to Indiana to attend a wedding.

Danny and Paulette head east on a fast track to Massachusetts to attend a funeral. While we will continue on to Iowa then Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.

We parted with a word of prayer and then continued our summer roadtrip alone for the first time since we left home in Arizona almost two months ago. It was strange to be on our own again and seemed kind of scary with no one talking to us on the radio and no one to share our adventures. But, we did continue texting each other as our roads got further and further apart.

Pics from the Road

Wow! This guy has been out here for a long time!
Remember it’s a dry heat!

Visiting Minnesota and Iowa means we now only have Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio in order to fulfill our goal of visiting every state of the Union, except Hawaii of course, with our Leisure Travel Van! It’s taken us about 4 and a half years and over 80,000 miles to do it!

We didn’t spend a lot of time in Minnesota. Once we discovered Minnesota has a state law that all gas stations must sell bio-diesel. Also, no one could tell us exactly how much the percentage of bio-diesel was at the pumps, the sign says, “5-20% bio-diesel.” Our Mercedes engine can only handle 5%, any more than that is not good for our engine and we would need to change the oil as soon as possible after using 20% bio-diesel since it will thin out the oil. So we left Minnesota as soon as possible.

The entrance to our campground in Iowa.
The view from our campsite at Spirit Lake.
Our campsite at Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Luna, one of the Traveling Pups and in the back ground, our e-bikes.
Part of Spirit Lake from one of the bike trails.
The bike trails at Spirit Lake were awesome!
One of the docks onto Spirit Lake from the bike trail.
We road our bikes for twenty miles on the bike trails here at Spirit Lake.

The bike trails were great here at Spirit Lake. The trails made it easy to explore the area and visit the nearby communities. We road our bikes every day for about twenty miles a day. E-bikes of course.

The road of life continues on…

The road of life continues on through ups and downs, twists and turns. We don’t know what is waiting for us over the next ridge and there’s no way to be prepared for every possibility, good or bad the road never stops and there is no way we can prevent what happens next.

Fortunately there is someone ready to carry us over the mountains and through the valleys that the road of life may bring us. That someone is Jesus Christ. Only call upon His name in both the good, bad and terrible and Jesus will lift us up and carry us.

Next time the road takes us to Wisconsin. Where we battle mosquitoes along the banks of the Mississippi River and camp on the shores of Lake Superior. Until next time may the peace of Jesus Christ that passes all understanding be with you….

Summer Road Trip 2022: Part Four – Cody, Wyoming and Devil’s Tower

Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

We decided to leave Yellowstone behind and continue our caravan tour driving east from the Gallatin National Forest in western Montana. Our next stop would be Cody, Wyoming. What is there to do in Cody? Plenty! Everything from river rafting to museum exploring along with dinner, a concert and the longest running rodeo in the world.

We parked our Leisure Travel Vans (LTV) at Ponderosa RV Park in Cody. The rv park is conveniently located within walking distance of the best museum I have ever explored and I have explored a lot of museums.

Ponderosa RV Park, Cody, Wyoming From left: Nathan and Paula’s Leisure Travel Van (LTV) Unity Murphy Bed (MB), Our LTV Unity FLEX (FX), and Danny and Paulette’s LTV Unity FX.
Buffalo Bill and Museum of the West, Cody, Wyoming.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a must see the next time your in Wyoming. It’s actually five museums in one and in order to see everything there allow at least one to two days, perhaps three, especially if you like to read and see everything.

MaryAnn, me and Buffalo Bill Cody.

Cody, named after Buffalo Bill Cody a historical icon of the Wild West, has a lot to offer anyone interested in learning more about how the West was won and tamed.

Dinner, Country Music concert and Rodeo in Cody, Wyoming. From Left: Danny, Paulette, MaryAnn and me.

The Cody Cattle Company offers a great deal on dinner (Old West Style), a country music concert and a rodeo all together on the same night. A van came to the rv park to pick us up and transport us to all the festivities. First up is an all-you-can-eat country western style dinner and concert. After the concert the van then transported us to the longest running rodeo in the world. After the rodeo the van takes people back to the rv park. A great night of entertainment. If you don’t like rodeos there’s a ticket that doesn’t include the rodeo and the van will bring you back to the rv park after the dinner/concert.

After a great weekend in Cody we continued driving east. Our next stop will be Devil’s Tower National Monument in eastern Wyoming. About 20 miles south of Devil’s Tower the skies started to blacken and look very ominous and foreboding. Then weather alerts sounded on all our cell phones that a tornado had been sighted in our area and we should find shelter immediately.

A tornado was seen on the ground approaching our location.
We became storm chasers that day. Or was the storm chasing us! We could actually see the clouds spinning in the sky!
We decided to turn around a drive south out of the danger zone.
But it seemed as though the tornado was following us.
We headed for the small town of Moorcroft, Wyoming where we parked our LTVs behind a school and took shelter in a breezeway of the school for protection from the storm.

Sirens were sounding the alarm and loudspeakers were giving the town of Moorcroft instructions to seek shelter immediately. The voice over the loudspeaker said a confirmed tornado had been sighted on the ground just northwest of town.

We were praying for protection from the storm and the Lord Jesus was faithful in keeping us safe. There aren’t any atheist in foxholes when the bombs are falling all around.

It was a scary experience, but in the end the tornado missed us and eventually the danger passed so that we could drive further east and stop for the night in Sundance, Wyoming.

Video escaping the Tornado.
RV park in Sundance, Wyoming where we spent the night after the tornado passed. We saw a lot of hail damage to cars in the area. Broken windshields and huge dents from baseball size hail.
The next day the skies still looked threatening.
The road to Devil’s Tower.

Devil’s Tower National Monument

We were determined to get to Devil’s Tower so the next day we drove north from Sundance to Devil’s Tower. As we approached the tower from the south the tower became visible from a long distance away.

Devil’s Tower is the site of the movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” 1977. Actually, the film crew for the movie only spent a few minutes filming here for the movie and they were never at the top of the tower as indicated in the movie.

Devil’s Tower dominates the landscape.
Getting closer.
Getting closer to the tower.
Getting closer.
Devil’s Tower National Monument, Wyoming.
MaryAnn and Paulette hiking around the base of the tower.

Nathan, Paula, MaryAnn and Paulette hiked around the base of the tower. Danny and me sat on a bench at the visitors center and waited for their return.

The rocks around the base of the tower are huge! MaryAnn at the base of the tower.
MaryAnn looks tiny next to the boulders around the tower.
The top of the tower as seen from the base.
As seen from the base.
Can you see the people climbing the tower? They’er about a third of the way up the side of Devil’s Tower. A permit must be obtained from the park to climb the tower.
The views base of the tower of the surrounding area.

In our next post we continue our summer road trip 2022 driving east to South Dakota, Mount Rushmore and beyond. Come along as our road trip adventure continues…

Summer Road Trip 2022: Part Three – Grand Teton National Park & Yellowstone

The three amigos! Leisure Travel Vans, Unity.

Immediately following the Leisure Travel Van (LTV) Caravan Tour of Idaho 2022 we started part three of our summer road trip with two other LTV couples. On this part of our summer adventure we head for the Grand Teton National Park and then on to Yellowstone. Along the way we have the privilege of seeing more wildlife then I think we saw on our entire caravan through the Maritimes in 2019, a 7 month journey from our home in southern Arizona.

Center: MaryAnn; From left: Paulette, me, Danny; Second row from left: Nathan and Paula.

A much smaller caravan this time with plans to explore as many of the national parks as we can on our way to scout out the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for our next caravan tour in 2023.

Since we purchased our LTV in September 2017 we set a goal for ourselves to visit every state in the Union with our LTV. In 4 1/2 years of ownership (soon to be 5) and over 80,000 miles, we have only 7 states left to visit: Hawaii (of course), Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. We intend to fulfill this goal on this trip through the mid-west. Obviously we won’t be taking our LTV to Hawaii – we had to get on a plane in order to check it off the list.

Pics from the Road – American Falls, Idaho to The Grand Teton National Park

We stopped to stretch our legs in route to Grand Teton National Park. From left: Paula, Nathan, and MaryAnn.
Saw this juvenile moose running across a farm field in eastern Idaho. He looked confused and was definitely out of place.

Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Teton National Park is one of our favorite of the national parks. We were here last year and back again this year, looking at these majestic giants never gets old for us.

Moose along the road in the Grand Teton National Park.
Our campsite here at one of the many campgrounds either in or just outside the park.

If you plan to camp inside the park I recommend getting reservations 6 months to a year in advance. Last year we managed to get 2 nights inside the park. This year we were just outside the main gate about a mile at Gros Ventre Campground.

We managed to get campsites very close to each other.

Grand Teton Mountain Range

Grand Teton Mountains
Grand Teton Mountains
Grand Teton Mountains
Grand Teton Mountains
Waiting in line to enter Grand Teton National Park. It wasn’t long.
Hidden Falls Trail near Jenny Lake.
Hidden Falls. From left: Paulette, MaryAnn, Paula.
Hidden Falls. MaryAnn and me.
Video of Hidden Falls.
Hidden Falls.
Jenny Lake, Grand Tetons.
Boat ride across Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls trail. Front row, from left: Nathan, Paula, Danny; back row from left: MaryAnn, me, Paulette.
Video of crossing Jenny Lake.
The view from our campsite in the Grand Tetons.
View from Gros Ventre Campground.
Square at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. MaryAnn and me. Every year the Elk shed their antlers.

Pics from the road between Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

This lake still had ice on it in June.
Elk.
Buffalo or Bison.
Snow along the sides of the road was prevalent.

Yellowstone

This Grizzly Bear and her three cubs were right next to the road. I took this picture from about 20 yards away.
Traffic jams occur often in Yellowstone when the bison are on the move.
People started getting to close.
The park rangers had to step in to control the crowd when some of the bison became obviously agitated.
Geysers!!!

Pics from the Road in Yellowstone

Mountain goats in Yellowstone
The Yellowstone western entrance from Montana.
We spent the night at a national forest campground in Montana, not far from Gardiner. Cost $8.
Our campsite in the national forest.
Views from our campsite in the national forest.

We didn’t spend a lot of time in Yellowstone this year. We did stop to watch Old Faithful again. Next post we continue east from the national forest in Montana to Cody, Wyoming and then on to Devil’s Tower.

Summer Road Trip 2022: Part Two – Leisure Travel Van Caravan Tour of Idaho

The road to Idaho.

Immediately after the Southwest Roadrunner’s Leisure Travel Van (LTV) rally in Reno, Nevada we started our LTV caravan tour of Idaho. Our itinerary for this years caravan tour started in Reno with a 4 hour drive to Wells, Nevada. This years caravan had 12 Leisure Travel Vans, including ours.

Rest stop just west of Wells, Nevada. From left: Frank, Tai (back to us) and Towney.

Our itinerary for the tour of Idaho was planned to be a 17 night/18 day adventure. We will visit Hagerman/Twin Falls; Glenns Ferry/Three Islands State Park; Boise; Cascade; McCall; Lewiston/Hells Gate State Park; Lake Coeur d’Alene/Heyburn State Park; Hamilton, Montana; Stanley/Sawtooth Mountains; Arco/Craters of the Moon National Monument; and American Falls, Idaho.

Wells, Nevada

Wells, Nevada RV park.
Wells, Nevada RV park.
From the road in southeastern Idaho.
From the road in southeastern Idaho.

Twin Falls, Idaho

Our first stop in southern Idaho was at the Shoshone Falls near Twin Falls and Hagerman, Idaho. The water was low for this time of year, (May) but still beautiful.

Shoshone Falls.
Snake River.
Shoshone Falls video.
Shoshone Falls.
Looking at the Shoshone Falls LTV owners from left: MaryAnn, Jane, Tai, Debra and Tom with their dog, Kelsea.
Video at the Twin Falls visitor center.
Marmots at the edge of the cliffs around Snake River.

Hagerman, Idaho

Hagerman, Idaho.
Hagerman RV Park.

Pics from the Road in Idaho

From the road in southern Idaho.
From the road in Idaho
Video at Malad Gorge
Malad Gorge
From the road in Idaho.
Glenns Ferry, Idaho

Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho
Almost every night we gathered together to talk about our day of exploring the area and to discuss what the itinerary will be for the next day. (Photo by Peter Coad)
MaryAnn and me. (Photo by Peter Coad)
The card game called, Skip-Bo became a regular activity after our meetings. (Photo by Peter Coad)
Skip-Bo can become addictive. (Photo by Peter Coad)

Cascade, Idaho

Cascade, Idaho

We lost the latch in the door to our LTV while we were in Reno just before we left for this trip. Not a show stopper, the deadbolt still worked so we continued on with our caravan tour of Idaho as planned.

Waters Edge RV Park in Cascade

However, on the highway between Twin Falls and Hagerman, Idaho the house door started rattling and shaking as we were going down the road to the point that I thought we might lose the door. So I strapped the door in place with a strong tie down strap that Tai, another LTV owner on the tour had given me. After talking to Leisure Travel Vans in Canada and calling around to local RV dealers in the area as we were traveling, I found out that the entire door lock would have to be replaced and no one had one available.

Our door latch fell out of the lock onto the ground in Reno, Nevada.

I finally found the lock I needed on Amazon and made arrangements for it to be shipped to McCall. Idaho to the RV park we were going to be staying at a few days later. But in Boise after texting a picture to various repair shops, I found a dealer about 10 miles from the High Valley RV Park where we were staying that had the lock assembly in stock. On our way to our next stop in Cascade we stopped and bought the lock assembly and cancelled the Amazon order, thinking “a bird in hand is better than two in the bush.”

The latch from our house door.
The new lock we picked up at a RV service shop in Boise.
Our Leisure Travel Van at Waters Edge in Cascade, Idaho. This is where we replaced the door lock with the help of Towney, one of the LTV owners traveling with us on the caravan tour.

One of the benefits of traveling with other LTV owners is that when things don’t go as planned there are people who can help solve the many challenges that can occur while we are on the road.

On our Alaska caravan in 2018, one of our solar panels on the roof caught on fire. There were ten LTV owners also in our caravan who came running to help us with this problem.

Waters Edge RV Park, Cascade, Idaho.

McCall, Idaho

Our LTV at McCall RV Park, McCall, Idaho
McCall, Idaho
Skip-Bo at McCall at the lodge in the RV park. What else is there to do when it’s raining for almost the entire time we were at McCall. (Photo by Peter Coad)
From left: me (in Desert Storm hat), Paulette (blue jacket), Tom (green jacket), Judy (brown shirt), Jane (grey jacket), Tai (orange shirt), MaryAnn (grey jacket next to me). Photo by Peter Coad)
On one of our nights in McCall we had a fellowship dinner to celebrate and commemorate Memorial Day. (Photo by Peter Coad)
At the end of the Memorial Day dinner we took a group picture of our LTV Caravan Idaho Tour 2022. Front: MaryAnn and me; Second row from left: Wendy, Towney, Debra. Tom, Mary and Jon; Third row from left: Pete, Judy, Doug, Jim, Linda, Byrnece, Frank, Jenifer and Dave; Last row from left: Kerry, Maureen, Tai, Jane, Paulette and Danny. (Photo by Peter Coad)

Of the 12 couples that joined us on this years caravan tour, 6 couples were with us on last years tour of southern Arizona. The southern Arizona tour lasted 12 nights and covered all of southern Arizona south of Tucson.

Rained a lot at McCall. Fortunately the Traveling Pups were ready for the rain in their new raincoats.
Don’t Luna look excited about their new raincoats!
Peeta looks so thrilled about his coat!
The neighbors stopped by for a visit at our campsite at McCall.

Hells Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho

Entrance to Hells Gate State Park.
Wild Turkeys near our campsite at Hells Gate State Park.
Lewiston, Idaho
Our campsite at Hells Gate State Park.
Video from the road to Lewiston, Idaho.

Heyburn State Park, Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Campfire gathering at Heyburn State Park. (Photo by Peter Coad)
Our gatherings at the end of the day was always a highlight. (Photo by Peter Coad)
Video of e-bike ride at Heyburn State Park near Lake Coeur d’Alene
Eagle next to the bike trail in Heyburn State Park
Tai and Jane pausing for a selfie during our bike ride in Heyburn.
Going fishing near Lake Coeur d’Alene
Heyburn State Park
Lake Coeur d’Alene
Lake Coeur d’Alene

Hamilton, Montana

Anglers Roost RV park in Montana. We had to stop in Montana on our way to the Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.

In order to travel to the Sawtooth Mountains from the Lake Coeur d’Alene area we had to take interstate 90 east through Montana. There were mountains in our way that we had to go around since our LTVs don’t have wings.

After the rain in Hamilton, Montana. (Photo by Wendy Uncles)
Angler’s Roost RV Park, Hamilton, Montana. (Photo by Wendy Uncles)
Angler’s Roost was all about fishing.

Custer City, Idaho – Ghost Town.

The road to Custer City Ghost Town.

We took a side trip to see a ghost town called Custer City. It’s the ruins of an abandoned mining town from the 1800’s. There are volunteers there dressed in the clothing worn by the long gone residence of the town who will answer any questions about the people who once lived here.

Views from the road to Custer City.
Road to Custer City.
Views from the road to Custer City.
One of the buildings still standing in Custer City.
Views from the road to Custer City.
Custer City.

If you ever find yourself driving through the Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley, I highly recommend stopping here at Custer City. It requires driving on a dirt road for a few miles, but definitely worth it. There’s a lot of sad stories here at Custer, stories of how the people lived in this harsh environment and also how they died. Most died from the extreme harsh winters, the town was completely isolated and cut off from the outside world for several months each year. Its amazing what people are willing to do, especially in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries for the hope of sticking it rich.

When driving the road to Custer, it will also take you back in time in an area that still bears the scars from over 200 years ago when the miners used large water cannons to blast away the sides of the mountains looking for gold. You can see large piles of gravel on each side of the road from these water cannons.

Stanley, Idaho – Sawtooth Mountains

For me one of the highlights of the tour of Idaho are the Sawtooth Mountains. I must to see in person.
Sawtooth Mountains.
Salmon River – Sawtooth Mountains.
Sawtooth Mountains.
Sawtooth Mountains.
Sawtooth Mountains.
Salmon River – Sawtooth Mountains.
Sawtooth
Our group went out to dinner at the Mountain Village Restaurant in Stanley. Great place!
Video of upper level at the Stanley RV Park, Sawtooth Mountains.
Salmon River in the Sawtooth Mountains.
Sawtooth Mountains.

Arco, Idaho – Craters of the Moon National Monument

On our way to Arco, Idaho we stopped at Craters of the Moon National Monument. Craters of the Moon is all about the volcano activity here in Idaho. Interesting place that reminded me a lot of Big Island, Hawaii.

Evidence of volcanos are everywhere here.
Craters of the Moon.
Craters of the Moon.
Lava flow at Craters of the Moon.
Craters of the Moon.
The road to Arco. Idaho.
The parking lot of the first nuclear power plant in the world. Arco.
The museum at the nuclear power plant also shows how it was built and how the whole process works. From left: Danny, MaryAnn and Paulette.
The road to Arco, Idaho.
Parking lot at the Idaho Potato Museum, Blackfoot, Idaho.
Me and MaryAnn at the Potato Museum. At the end of the tour you can order a giant baked potato for lunch. Then go across the street to a great homemade ice cream shop, called Candy Jar.

Pics from the Road in Idaho

American Falls, Idaho.

Our last fellowship gathering to end our tour of Idaho. The next day everyone went their separate ways.
MaryAnn and the Traveling Pups on one of her many walks during the trip. Almost every morning she would meet up with some of the other LTV travelers to walk in the area where we were camped.
American Falls, Idaho
Our grand finally gathering at our campsite in American Falls.

After our 18 day trip through Idaho ended, the next day MaryAnn and I continued traveling with two other LTV owners to the Grand Teton National Park and beyond. Stay tuned to see what happens in our next post as we continue our Summer Road trip 2022…

Summer Road Trip 2022: Part One – Road to Reno and Lake Tahoe

White Tank Mountains, May 2022.

Listen… Can you hear them… Can you hear the little voices calling? It’s the road calling, and we must obey…

All systems go! We had to do some work on the Tiny House to get ready for our summer road trip.

We replaced our refrigerator which took an entire day to do since we chose to go with the NorCold refrigerator instead of the original Dometic refrigerator. The NorCold was less expensive, about $600 less than the Dometic and slightly smaller. We also replaced the sealant on the roof, reattached the bathroom cabinet to the wall and replaced the pee-trap under the bathroom sink. Our house door latch and locks needed to be replaced, however that turned out to be more complicated than we had expected since the lock on the house door is connected to the door FOB for the cab doors. We did replaced the latch for the screen door, but left the outside door lock alone since we would lose the use of the FOB if we replaced it.

White Tank Mountains west of Phoenix.
When we are in the Phoenix area we prefer to camp in the White Tank Mountain County Park.
Selfie at 70 mph! On the road from Phoenix to Las Vegas.
On the road to Las Vegas.
I do enjoy a good straight road.

After spending the night at a friends house in Las Vegas, we continued our trip to Reno. A long the way we stoped at a state park called Fort Churchill. This park is a day use only park that contains ruins of a fort from back in the 1800”s and a museum. Allow about an hour and a half if you plan to stop here. The park is located on State Route 95 west of Las Vegas.

MaryAnn, the traveling pups and our friend and fellow Leisure Travel Van traveler, Tai at Fort Churchill.
Ruins at Fort Churchill.
Keep an eye out for these guys, they could ruin your day.
Tai at the museum in Fort Churchill.
Tai’s better half, Jane at the museum.
Our Leisure Travel Van with Tai and Jane’s. The silver one is Tai and Jane’s.
State Route 95 from Las Vegas to Reno, Nevada.

Pics from the road to Reno, Nevada.

Not as barren as you would think.
We stopped at this RV park to sleep for the night before continuing our road trip to Reno.
Not sure how this RV park got 4 stars out of 5 rating, but it worked as an overnight stop.

More Pics from the Road

We spent a week in the Reno area participating in a Southwest Roadrunners Leisure Travel Van Rally.
Gold Ranch sits on the border of California and Nevada so if you’re interested you could play the California Lotto while you’re here. We did not.

Pics from Lake Tahoe

We took a day trip to Lake Tahoe while we were at the rally in Reno. Never been to Lake Tahoe before so I got to check it off my list.
Lake Tahoe is surrounded by mountains.
We took a boat tour of the lake.
The water was as smooth as glass that day.

Stay tuned. Next time we will continue our road trip adventure of 2022 as we lead a group of Leisure Travel Van (LTV) travelers (12 LTVs counting ours) on a 17 day †our of Idaho.

The Las Vegas Leisure Travel Van Rally 2022

We traveled to Las Vegas in early February to attend the annual winter rally of the Leisure Travel Van Southwest Roadrunners Travel Club. This year around 80 Leisure Travel Vans (LTV) and their owners were in attendance.

It’s always an exciting experience to see so many LTV’s in the same place and to meet up with fellow owners. MaryAnn and I love traveling in our LTV, but even more than that, we love to fellowship with our LTV friends.

Picture from our campsite at Burro Creek on Arizona route 93.
Our campsite at one of our favorite campgrounds, Burro Creek on Arizona route 93 just south of the Hoover Dam.
The Arizona – Nevada border at the Hoover Dam.

I didn’t take a lot of pictures on this trip for two reasons: one, I was driving for a change and two, we have traveled this road to Las Vegas many times and have many pictures of this route in other posts.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
The entrance to Lake Mead.
This picture reminds me of our trip to Alaska in 2018. This is the back of our friends, Dick & Shirley’s LTV. We followed them a lot in Alaska.
Some of the LTV’s at the Oasis RV park at the Las Vegas Southwest Roadrunners rally.
Around 80 LTV’s in attendance at the rally.
Just a glimpse
MaryAnn just before going into the operating room for surgery to repair her dislocated shoulder and broken arm. The surgeon put seven screws in her arm!

Unfortunately while ridding our electric bikes on a mountain trail at Lake Mead, MaryAnn hit some lose gravel causing the bike to go in one direction while she flew off in another direction. When she landed in the gravel, just missing several very large boulders by inches, the impact with the ground caused her left humerus to be jammed up into her shoulder.

MaryAnn also hit her head, but fortunately she was wearing a helmet and sustained no injuries to her head. However, she dislocated he shoulder and broke her humerus in six places.

Since we were out in the middle of nowhere on a trail in the national park, I called the park visitor center for help. Thankfully my cell phone had enough service available for me to make the call.

It took over an hour for the park rangers to find us since the trail we were on was so long. In fact the search party had to use the GPS coordinates from my phone to finally pin point our location. Fortunately we were not alone, our friends, Dick and Shirley who had been ridding with us were there helping and praying for MaryAnn while we waited for the park rangers to find us.

When the search party arrived in four SUV’s, there were four park rangers all packing firearms and wearing bulletproof vests. The rangers tried to reset MaryAnn’s dislocated shoulder unsuccessfully, not knowing her arm was also broken. They had called for an ambulance, however the ambulance was having trouble getting to us due to our remote location. By the time MaryAnn was placed in the ambulance the rangers had to administer Fentanyl for pain and it was now after dark.

I had to ride my bike back to our RV (about six miles) where one of the rangers met me with MaryAnn’s bike. After packing up the bikes in the RV, I followed our friends, Dick and Shirley 30 miles to the hospital.

After several hours in the emergency room she was released. The surgeon there in Las Vegas told us the arm was broken, but surgery wasn’t necessary. However, when we arrived home in Arizona a few days later and went to an orthopedic surgeon, we discovered surgery was an absolute must, since the arm was not only broken in six places and twisted, facing the wrong direction.

MaryAnn has a long road to recovery. But we hope to be ready for our summer road trip at the end of May. Please keep her in your prayers.

Our campsite at Oasis RV Park in Las Vegas.
While we were in Las Vegas we had an opportunity to meet up with my cousin Greg and his with Ann. This was the night before MaryAnn’s accident.
On our way home to southern Arizona we stopped for the night at one of our other favorite campgrounds in the White Tank Mountains just west of Phoenix.

Some of our friends and family think we should sell our electric bikes because they seem to be a little dangerous. Right now MaryAnn intends on getting back on her bike as soon as she heals up. MaryAnn says she wants to keep ridding as long as she can and enjoy life to the utmost! Let the adventures continue! See you on the road for as long as we can afford it…

News From The Homefront 2022

Since we came home after our Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho tour last summer. We have been busy building a garage for our Leisure Travel Van. The Arizona sun and summer monsoon storms have done a lot of damage to our van in the last 4 and half years. So we decided it was time to do something about that to protect our investment.

It took us six months just to get a building permit. Apparently Santa Cruz County here in southern Arizona dosen’t like giving building permits for RV garages. Living down here on the boarder with Mexico, some people will build an RV garage and use it to smuggle undocumented immigrants into the U.S.

We requested a building permit in July 2021 and it didn’t get approved until January 2022. While we waited for the permit, our contractor started fixing the drainage/erosion problems we had on our property in preparation for the eventual garage.

Our Leisure Travel Van will have a new home that’s 25 feet wide, 40 feet deep and a door with a 12 foot clearance. Come along and watch the progression of our garage project.

Our Tiny House at Burro Creek campground south of the Hoover Dam on Arizona state route 93.
When we started this project all we had was a cracking slab of cement that was constantly flooded every time it rained.
While we were waiting for the building permit the contractor started repairing the drainage problems on the property.
The first thing was to tear up the old cement and install drainage pipes underneath.
The pipes will run under ground in front of the new garage and our house.
The location of the underground drainage pipes.
On top of the drainage pipes, is a concave drainage ditch that runs through the front of the property.
The drainage pipes underneath the concave drainage ditch.
Our RV garage will have its own septic system so we can dump our holding tanks when we return home from our road trips. Above picture is of the location of the new septic system.
Before installing the septic system trees needed to be trimmed back.
The location of the septic tank.
Video of the septic tank placement.
The septic tank has a 1,000 gallon capacity. The tank, seen above, is made of plastic.
The septic tank is placed over 7 feet under ground.
A trench continues out from the tank to serve as the leach field.
A pipe from the tank runs to the leach field.
The leach field is filled with gravel. Water will flow from the septic tank into the leach field. Solids will remain in the tank where they will dissolve over time.
Hurrah! The building permit finally arrived!
The trenching for the footers begins!
The old cement slab is torn out to make room for a stronger better quality cement floor.
Video of old cement slab being removed.
Old cement slab removed.
Ground is prepared for the pouring of the new concrete.
The new concrete has arrived!
Rebar for the concrete floor.
Video of the pouring of concrete floor.
Now we wait for the concrete floor to dry.
It took several days for the new concrete to dry.
Framing begins!
First the walls start going up!
Little by little, piece by piece the walls start going up!
Then the trusses arrive!
The trusses are allowed to drop off the trailer on to the ground.
Then one by one the workers carry them over to the job site.
It’s starting to take shape!
The garage will be taller than the house!
The huge been that will hold the 12 foot high overhead door!
The roofing begins to go on.
The sheets of plywood were brought up and placed by just two men.
The sheeting for the outside walls started going up next.
A door between the house and the new garage has been installed.
The doorway to the new garage.
The new steel door.
MaryAnn and I placed our names on the inside of one of the walls.
The opening for the door looking in from the new garage.
Next the cutouts for the windows.
The garage from the north pasture.
From the back of the house where the leach field is located. The large water tank between the house and the new garage is a rain harvesting system that will eventually be moved to another location. That area will then become storage space.
It will be another two months to complete this project, we should already be back on the road by then.
Our Tiny House is patiently waiting for its new home to be finished.

We are currently planing another road trip this summer. We will be leading a tour of twelve other Leisure Travel Vans and their owners through Idaho. After that we plan to continue our summer adventures in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Hope you will join us as we continue the next chapter of our lives…

I’ve Got Georgia on My Mind: Part Five – Stone Mountain

MaryAnn & I on top of Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain is situated near Atlanta, Georgia and has been visited by Native Americans and European settlers for hundreds, even thousands of years. At the base of the mountain is a 1.3 mile trail that leads to the top of the mountain that has been used to get to the summit since the 1820’s and even earlier by Native Americans.

In 1821 the Creek Indians signed the Treaty of Indian Springs opening up a large part of eastern Georgia for settlement by Europeans. This area included “Rock Mountain” as it was then called. By 1828 hundreds of people began visiting then Rock Mountain as stagecoach service became widely used in the area.

A rock quarry was established in the 1820’s that supplied high quality granite to many buildings throughout America including the Capital building in Washington DC. The rock quarry provided employment for thousands of people in the local area.

The name, “Rock Mountain” was changed to “Stone Mountain” in the late 1830’s. During the Civil War the community surrounding the mountain was destroyed by Union soldiers in the siege of Atlanta in 1864.

Atlanta from the top of Stone Mountain.

Unfortunately, the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist organization began having meetings at Stone Mountain in 1915 with the permission of the rock quarry owner, Samuel Venable, who was also a member. These meetings continued at the mountain for over 40 years and caused Stone Mountain to be associated with the Klans supremacist ideas.

However, the State of Georgia acquired the mountain and the surrounding area in 1958 and by 1960 the official link between the Klan and Stone Mountain had been severed. 

More views from the top.

MaryAnn at the top of Stone Mountain.

The carvings on the rock face of Stone Mountain depicts Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

It was the bust of Lincoln that prompted Helen Plane, President of United Daughters of the Confederacy, to contact Gutzon Borglum (the same man who would later carve the images of Mount Rushmore) about the Possibility of doing a head of Robert E. lee on the side of Stone Mountain in Georgia. He agreed to visit the site in 1915 but upon seeing the size of the place he said, “Ladies, the head of Lee on the side of that mountain would look like a postage stamp on a barn door!” Having thus crushed their dream, he proceeded to give them a new one –a large group featuring Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis on horseback followed by a column of soldiers.

Because of World War I, work at Stone Mountain did not begin until 1923. Carving was limited to jackhammers and chisels until a visiting Belgian engineer taught Borglum the use of dynamite for precise work. The head of Lee was unveiled in 1924. Soldiers in the audience who served with the Confederate leader were moved to tears by the likeness.

However, trouble had been brewing between Borglum and the businessmen directing the project, and Borglum was abruptly dismissed. He destroyed his models in order to protect his design and this so angered the directors that a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was forced to flee Georgia. Augustus Lukeman is hired to replace Borglum and Borglum’s head of Lee was removed. In fact, none of Borglum’s work survived when the carving was finally finished in 1970.

A lift was installed for people not wanting or not able to hike the 1.3 mile trail to the top of the mountain.

Gum tree. This tree was given the dubious honor of becoming the place where hickers deposited their used gum while climbing Stone Mountain.

MaryAnn climbing to the top of Stone Mountain. It took us about two hours to climb to the top.

The top of the mountain.

In a few places along the trail some guard rails were installed to help us get to the top.

The view on the way up the mountain.

Starting out at the bottom of the mountain, the trail is wide and easy, but that quickly changes as the trail continues upward.

The another view from the top.

We made it to the top! Not bad for someone with four heart attacks!

Going back down the mountain was easier. However, our feet were sliding up into the toes of our shoes!

Our Tiny House on wheels! About two hundred fifty square feet of luxury!

MaryAnn & our Tiny House. On this trip we were on the road 7 months!

I know that today Stone Mountain is a very controversial subject. However, it still holds a significant place in the history of America that should be preserved for future generations to help them understand where we have come from and how we got where we are today. The old saying, “If we don’t learn from history, we repeat it.” Holds true especially for the parts of our history we are not particularly proud of.

This is the last installment in our series on Georgia. We barely scratched the surface of this beautiful state. The history and beauty of Georgia is a place calling us back here for another look in the near future. If you’ve never been to Georgia plan a trip soon before the fuel prices get so high no one will be able to afford to travel.

I’ve Got Georgia on My Mind: Part four – Ocmulgee National Monument/Historical Park

The Georgia state line.

We visited the state of Georgia in May of 2019 while on our way to Quebec, Canada. Quebec was just the beginning of a trip throughout the Maritimes and eastern seaboard. We were on the road seven months!

Later in 2019 the monument was changed to a national historical park.

Ocmulgee Mounds is located on the east bank of the Ocmulgee River in Macon, Georgia. The mounds preserve traces of human habitation for over seventeen thousand years. (Wikipedia) These mounds are not just burial mounds; they also include the Great Temple Mound, other smaller ceremonial mounds as well as defensive trenches and a trading post.

In 1806 Fort Benjamin Hawkins was built to support trading with the Native Americans. The town of Macon, Georgia began to be developed around the Ocmulgee Mound area soon after the fort was established.

During the Civil War (1860-65) the Confederate Army built trenches through the mounds in defense of the oncoming Union Army led by General William T. Sherman.

MaryAnn and the Traveling Pups at the entrance to the mounds.
MaryAnn is getting tired of me taking her picture.
The bridge over railroad tracks that were originally constructed in the late 1800’s destroying much of the mounds and erasing human history.
In 1843 and 1873 train tracks were laid through the middle of the Ocmulgee Mounds destroying large areas of its history.
Part of the train tracks through Ocmulgee Historical Park.
Looking from the bridge at the remaining Ocmulgee Mounds.
The entrance into one of the smaller mounds reveals a ceremonial meeting place and the highly skilled engineering techniques of these ancient peoples of North America.
The room inside one of the mounds. The room is incased in glass to preserve the area.
The ceremonial room incased in glass.
Returning back up the tunnel to the outside world and back into the daylight.
There’s a lot of walking and stair climbing involved in exploring Ocmulgee.
Ocmulgee area has a deep connection to the history of European American colonies and the Civil War era.
Did I mention there’s a lot of walking?
The Great Temple Mound is one of the highlights of the area. Picture taken from 300 yards away.
The Great Temple Mound.
Steps leading to the top of the Great Temple Mound.
Yes, that’s MaryAnn at the top of the temple mound. I did not accept the challenge! Besides, someone needed to stay with the pups, I volunteered.
MaryAnn doesn’t like to take pictures, but I was able to talk her into one.
It’s a long way up to the top! Better wear sensible shoes when visiting here.
MaryAnn’s finally on her way back down.
It was a hot day. The Traveling Pups needed a break in the shade.
Picture taken from the top of one of the smaller mounds.
MaryAnn and the Traveling Pups are heading back across the bridge to end our adventure at Ocmulgee Mounds.
The Traveling Pups didn’t quite make it across the bridge. They started to protest against walking the rest of the way.
MaryAnn got those tired pups back on their feet and back on the road to our next adventure in Georgia!

There are still more adventures to come here in beautiful Georgia so stay tuned as we continue our exploration next time.

I’ve Got Georgia on My Mind, Part Three: Fort Pulaski.

Pic taken from outside the wall of the fort across the surrounding mote.

We visited Civil War Fort Pulaski near Savannah, Georgia in May 2019. It took 18 years to build the fort and only 30 hours for the northern Union armies to capture it. The main reason for this was that the fort wasn’t built to defend against the more technological advances of weapons in the Civil War. In fact, the large number of casualties during the Civil War was due to the use of outdated tactics against the technological advancements of weaponry during the Civil War as well.

The entrance of Fort Pulaski.
The cannon balls are still lodged in the outside walls of the fort.
Over 5,000 Union Army cannon balls were fired upon the fort in just 30 hours.
A mote completely surrounds the fort.
Amazing story of the battle for Fort Pulaski.
MaryAnn entering Fort Pulaski.
Behind the walls of the fort.
One of the many large cannons defending the fort.
The mote surrounding the fort. Picture taken from the bridge crossing the mote at the entrance.
My favorite picture of Fort Pulaski.
We camped at Warner Robins Air Force Base near Macon, Georgia.
Our campsite at Warner Robins AFB. $20 per night.
MaryAnn and the Traveling Pups visited a small lake near the campground, named after Luna (blonde ears). Peeta (dark ears) is enjoying the grass.
Leaving Warner Robins AFB, a bird of prey flew across our windshield.
Hawk greeted us as we departed Warner Robins AFB.
Quite a large wingspan!

Join us next time when we explore the Native American mounds at Ocmulgee National Monument, Georgia.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood, Arizona: Leisure Travel Van Rally, October 2021

We were on the road last week. Leisure Travel Vans, Rocky Mountain LTVERS and the Southwest Roadrunners travel clubs had a joint rally at Dead Horse Ranch State Park near Cottonwood, Arizona.

The rally was sponsored by the Rocky Mountain LTVERS club. Between the two clubs 51 Leisure Travel Vans and over 100 owners were in attendance. The rally was well organized and planned out by the club leaders and we had a great time meeting up with our fellow Leisure Travel Van (LTV) owners.

The rally lasted 6 days, Tuesday through Sunday and included a pizza party, the Verde Valley Train tour, bike riding, hiking, talks on the geology/mining history of the area, tours of the historic mining town of Jerome and the Tuzigoot National Monument, birdwatching, a tech talk about the operation of our Leisure Travel Vans, and much more. Of course gathering every night at our rigs for some good conversations was definitely a highlight, catching up with old friends and meeting new friends as well.

Come along as we travel to north-central Arizona for one of the largest LTV rallies we have ever attended…

Pics from the road to Cottonwood, Arizona

Views from the road.
Saguaro cactus seen from the road.
Views from the road.
Stormy weather on our way north to Cottonwood.
Interstate 17 north.
Interstate 17 north.
Interstate 17.
Interstate 17.
Cottonwood was founded in 1879.

Our campsite at Dead Horse Ranch State Park

We were greeted by a huge thunderstorm when we arrived at Dead Horse Ranch.
Sunset the first night.
The sun peaked out just as we officially started the rally with a pizza party.
Part of the the campground at Dead Horse Ranch.

Tuzigoot National Monument, The ruins of a Native American Village

The ruins are situated on top of a hill near Cottonwood. Originally thought to be a burial mound until excavation began.
Views from the Tuzigoot National Monument.
MaryAnn (on left) with our LTV friends, Maggie and Tony at Tuzigoot.
An LTV from the top of Tuzigoot National Monument.
The entrance to the highest building at Tuzigoot.
Maggie and Tony climbing the stars to the top of Tuzigoot.
The sign says, “mask required”. But then we discovered no one was wearing masks, not even the park ranger. This is MaryAnn.
More views from the top of Tuzigoot.
The Verde River runs along side Tuzigoot.
Verde River.
More views from the Tuzigoot National Monument.