Showing posts from March, 2017

23 March 2017 Little Rock, AR - Memphis, TN

The Clintons may have put Little Rock on the map, but this charming and historic capital city offers plenty of reasons to keep it there. The Central High Museum tells the painful, powerful story of the city's racial struggles. For those who love to shop, hours can be spent at the River Market wherein lies a collection of tasty eateries and eclectic stores.
     Arkansas’s capitol city provided us with a lovely visit and our RV park was right on the AR river making all of our destinations very accessible by bike, public transportation, or on foot. We were close enough to the river bank to throw a rock and hit it. There were bass tournaments, barge traffic, and practicing rowing teams for our entertainment. There is a pedestrian bridge beside the park that once was a train trestle lift bridge. The evolution to a pedestrian bridge was quite cleaver and beautified by planters filled with blooming annuals. We made many trips across that bridge both on foot and on our bikes. 


14 March 2017 Williams - Gallup - Albuquerque - Tucumcari, NM - Amarillo, TX

We had quite a picturesque drive as we drove from Williams to Gallup.      

       It is a little complex to attempt to paint a picture of Albuquerque because it’s both time-worn and also cutting-edge with equal parts quaint and cool. We enjoyed strolling Old Town then went ‘downtown’ and were somewhat underwhelmed. Quite a few homeless and too many empty store fronts. Very limited pedestrian activity—other than the homeless who were in the sleeping mode as opposed to looking like pedestrians. We were about the only two out roaming around. We had to step over several sidewalk slumberers which was pretty unsettling. The university campus is quite attractive with adobe pueblos surrounded by the desert landscape. Of the two, Old Town was our fave and we found it quite charming.
We took the Nine Mile Hill drive along Route 66 as it developed from the 1920’s through the 1960’s. The architecture and signs of several decades showcase the change and innovation that took place during th…

9 March 2017 Route 66 Williams, AZ

This morning we departed Grand Canyon National Park after 5 phenomenal days en route to Williams, AZ, on Route 66. We arrived here noonish and after a quick lunch, I asked Bill if he'd like to go to dinner at Wild West Junction tonight.  He absolutely cracks me up!!! He said he would enjoy that -"I'm all about WILD as long as it's before 8 o'clock" and off he shuffled to take an after lunch nap so he can make it till 8.

     Williams is the last town in America to hold out against the opening of I-40 that would by pass the famous Route 66. Doesn't this highway conjure up thoughts of a rich history of soda fountains, neon lights, and classic cars? Only here will you find a stretch of Route 66 which is an experience, a feeling, an appreciation, a taste of sight and sound, and a mystery that can only be resolved by driving the pavement itself.

     In 1926, Route 66 was thought to epitomize unparalleled freedom to travel across the American West. The orig…

8 March 2017 Our Grand Canyon Adventures

Vast, magnificent, and inarguably beautiful, is the Grand Canyon, and a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe. Stretching 277 miles from end to end, steep, rocky walls descend more than a mile to the canyon’s floor, where the wild Colorado River traces a swift course southwest.  The expanse brought to the fore, how insignificant we really are.
     It’s as if a paintbrush, dipped in golds and pinks and oranges and purples, swept over narrows and craggys in an area that’s an average of 10 miles wide (18 miles at its widest) and a mile deep with  layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. The unique combinations of color are the result of the earth’s physical structure and forms that have been caused by one of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world.. All of these factors to decorate this work of art. 

      We stepped to the edge and still couldn’t take it all in. The immense size of the Grand Canyon is overwhe…

5 March 2017 Sedona - Jerome - Clarkdale - Tuzigott - Cottondale - Sedona, AZ

Situated in a stunning setting, surrounded by red rock mountains and buttes lies the little village of Sedona where there are fabulous views from the main highway running through the town and almost every street corner. Sedona is known for its energy vortexes and many people consider it to be a highly spiritual place.

     Our first morning in Sedona we took two narrated trolley tours that were immensely educational and provided a great overview of the Sedona area. We became acquainted with our tour guide, Mark, who also gave us some tips of places to go and things to do during our visit there.

      Built into a Sedona Butte is the Chapel of the Holy Cross in a breath-taking location providing an exemplary view of the town by standing by the altar.  Built into a Sedona Butte is the Chapel of the Holy Cross in a breath-taking location providing an exemplary view of the town through the windows behind the altar. 

     Mr. Schnebly, one of the early settlers, petitioned for a post of…