Arches National Park – Utah

We stayed at Portal RV Park in Moab and the Arches was just a 5 minute drive down the road. Wow….I really liked the Arches National Park. There is so much to see. We went on two different days and there were still many places to go. It was really “HOT” over 100 degrees  but we still hiked to Delicate Arch. It is considered a strenuous trail for a 3 mile hike…up hill….in the sun. We made it no problem. When you get to the top and you stand under the arch in the shade with the breeze blowing and you watch the clouds go by….I thought it was breathtaking and worth the hike. Even though there were numerous people there….it was still peaceful….to look around and think about the energy and force of nature to create the landscape.

Delicate Arch

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Driving in the park

Driving in the park

Driving in the park

Driving in the park

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Our second day in the park we took easy hikes. We hiked to Skyline Arch  which was only .4 miles round trip and then to Broken Arch which was 1.3 roundtrip. Those hikes are considered easy trails. On the Broken Arch trail there was a bonus side trip to Tapestry Arch, which of course we took the trail. If you have Verizon, you have cell reception….as we were exploring Tapestry Arch, my phone rings…….I was shocked….so I thought it was kinda funny to be what seems so far away and yet so close. We continued on and made the loop to Broken Arch. It was a quiet trail, we only met a few on the trail. After we finished that trail we headed over to the Windows section of the park to do those hikes. It was so crowded there was no parking so photos of Turret Arch and the Windows are all from our truck. I look forward to returning and seeing more beautiful arches.

Skyline, Tapestry, Broken Arch – Windows Section

 

Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch

Tapestry Arch

Tapestry Arch

I love cool looking trees - I think it is a Juniper Tree

I love cool looking trees – I think it is a Juniper Tree

Broken Arch

Broken Arch

Broken Arch

Broken Arch

Broken Arch

Broken Arch

on the trail loop

on the trail loop

All of the below photos where taken from the truck because there was no parking available to do the hikes…maybe next trip back.

Turret Arch

Turret Arch

Double Arches

Double Arches

North Window

North Window

Double Arch and Cove of Caves

Double Arch and Cove of Caves

 

Natural Bridges and Canyonlands – National Parks – Utah

We where staying in Moab, Utah and decided to drive to Natural Bridges. It was 119 miles one way……it was worth the drive. We took the girls with us because we knew we would be gone to long to leave them home. Since we had the girls with us we couldn’t hike the trails to the bridges but we could see them from the overlook areas where dogs could go. They do have a beautiful primitive campground in the park. We stopped and had a nice snack in the campgrounds before leaving. While sitting there having a snack, I could image all the stars you would see if you camped there…..you never know…maybe on another trip There are three bridges in the park and it is just beautiful.

Natural Bridges

Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument

Sipapu Bridge

Sipapu Bridge

Horse Collar Ruin Overlook

Horse Collar Ruin Overlook

Love the texture and color of these canyon walls. If you took the hiking trail you would find Puebloan ruins.

Kachina Bridge

Kachina Bridge

This bridge is difficult to see in the photo…it is in the shadows, but is back behind the trees in the canyon.

The girls - We are trying to get them to sit...but people are coming up the trail

The girls – We are trying to get them to sit…but people are coming up the trail

Owachomo Bridge

Owachomo Bridge

How Bridges and Arches differ – Natural bridges are formed by the erosive action of moving water. Arches are formed by frost action and seeping moisture, which also enlarge natural bridges once stream erosion forms them.

So on our way out of the park there is this house on a corner…you just have to love the slide from the second story deck…had to take a photo…

Unique way to get down from the second story.

Unique way to get down from the second story.

Canyonlands National Park

We stopped at Canyonlands National Park on the way back to Moab. Canyonlands is divided into several sections and we visited “The Needles” area. Our next trip back to Moab, we will visit the “Island in the Sky” and hopefully “The Maze”. There is so much to see here. As you are traveling into the Canyonlands, you can stop and read the news at the Newspaper Rock Archaeological Site….it is really cool to see all the petroglyphs on the wall.

Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock

It is amazing to think how long the drawings have been on the wall….totally cool.

Canyonlands

Canyonlands

The Needles

The Needles

There are hiking trails and campgrounds in this park too….this was all in a single long drive day. The girls and Kelly were ready to get back to camp. I think we drove over 350 miles in one day. We saw a lot of magnificent rocks and canyons and valleys. I never grow tired of looking at the natural beauty that surrounds us.

 

 

 

Hovenweep National Park – Colorado

We enjoyed visiting Hovenweep National Park. We were able to take the dogs with us on the two mile hike through the ruins. The girls were very well behaved. It was very tranquil and peaceful while visiting there. You are able to walk really close to the ruins. It has been over 700 years since the Pueblo Indian tribes have lived there. You can take your time and pause and imagine what life was like during that time…wow. Enjoy the photos.

Hovenweep National Park

Hovenweep National Park

One of the dwellings in the canyon

One of the dwellings in the canyon

Two Towers

Two Towers

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Square Tower

Square Tower

Hovenweep Castle

Hovenweep Castle

Hovenweep House

Hovenweep House

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Canyons of the Ancients

Canyons of the Ancients

 

 

Four Corners – Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona

We visited the Four Corners. There really wasn’t much out there….We have flown over Four Corners, so it was fun to go stand on the actual marker. We can now check it off the bucket list.

Four Corners

Four Corners

Four Corners

Welcome

Welcome

Kelly...I forgot which State he was standing in...oh well

Kelly..in Arizona

The actual marker...cool

The actual marker…cool

Colorado

Colorado

New Mexico

New Mexico

Arizona

Arizona

Utah

Utah

 

 

 

Mesa Verde – Cortez, Colorado

We really enjoyed staying at Cortez, Colorado. It is a beautiful area. The weather was perfect. We visited Mesa Verde National Park. We took a tour of the Cliff Palace. It was amazing to see what the Ancestral Pueblo people built over 700 years ago. The Cliff Palace is the largest dwelling in North America. The Cliff Palace includes about 150 rooms, 75 constructed open areas and 21 Kivas. I’m afraid our ranger who conducted the tour wasn’t that great, but being able to walk thru the open areas was amazing. This is only one place in the park, there was so much more to explore….maybe next time.

Mesa Verde – Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace - Mesa Verde

Cliff Palace – Mesa Verde

Cliff Palace

Cliff Palace

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Climbing to the Palace

Climbing to the Palace

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Kivas

Kivas

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Leaving Mesa Verde

Leaving Mesa Verde

Leaving Mesa Verde

Leaving Mesa Verde

 

 

 

Bernalillo – Alburquerque

We left Texas and are working our way to Utah, then Idaho, Oregon and back to California. We spent a few nights at the KOA in Bernalillo which is just North of Albuquerque. We really didn’t have a lot of time to go visit a lot of places. One of the really fun things in this campground was the local brewery right next door. It was a great place to visit….they had great wild game sausage and the beer was good too! We were allowed to bring the dogs and stay on the outdoor patio. Here are some of the fun photos from the brewery.

Kaktus Brewery - Bernalillo, NM

Kaktus Brewery – Bernalillo, NM

The door from the campground to the brewery.

Beer door

Beer door

They do have an interesting yard surrounding the brewery, which makes it all the more fun!

Blue Chair Tree

Blue Chair Tree

Another view of the chair tree

Another view of the chair tree

I called this the Ladder Garden…

Ladder Garden

Ladder Garden

Aunt Jemima just hanging around.

Aunt Jemima just hanging around.

Fun chairs on the outdoor patio….you can purchase them if you want one….

People chairs

People chairs

Well...Hello Dolly

Well…Hello Dolly

We couldn’t get Sarah to sit in the chair…oh well

Dolly, Abby and Kelly

Dolly, Abby and Kelly

We went to the Petroglyph National Monument. It was a short 1.5 mile loop to see some of the Petroglyph’s and the cool thing was dogs were allowed on this trail. We only made it a quarter of a mile, before Abby decided it was to hot and she wasn’t going to walk any further, she laid down and wouldn’t move forward. We turned around and headed back to the car and she was fine, so I have no photos of any petroglyphs…only the sign at the visitor center. Oh, well, it happens.

Petroglyph National Momument

Petroglyph National Momument

We took a day trip to Santa Fe with the girls…they did very well with all the people and dogs. One of the good things when you go with dogs, it keeps you out of stores, so you don’t spend a lot of money…I did go into a church and there was a service going on, so no photos inside there either…it happens. It was still a great day walking around. One of the hot dog carts gave each of the girls a free hotdog…that was really nice.

Cathedral Basilica

Cathedral Basilica

Cathedral Basilica

Cathedral Basilica

Patiently waiting

Patiently waiting

Santa Fe Art Gallery

Santa Fe Art Gallery

We did enjoy walking around Santa Fe….we will be back…..Next stop, Cortez, Colorado.

 

 

Lake Whitney – Whitney, Texas

We spent a week at Lake Whitney at our Thousand Trails campground. The campground was very nice and had a lot of hiking trails. Kelly was happy because there was a golf course right next door. We didn’t find a lot of activities to do in the town of Whitney, so the girls and I took a lot of hikes in the park. They had very nice trails. The only negative to the hiking trails was, the girls came home with at least one tick a day. The good news, none of the ticks stayed on the dogs, they always got off and I would find them before they found me. Here are few photos from around the campground. It was just a nice relaxing week.

This was the view of the lake while on a hiking trail.

Lake Whitney

Lake Whitney

Our welcome sign at our site. We did find a live scorpion behind the sign when we took it down. Yuck….

Our Welcome sign

Our Welcome sign

Our campsite - tucked in the trees.

Our campsite – tucked in the trees.

Loved the flowers that were around our campground.

Wildflower

Wildflower

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Love the look.

Love the look.

The flower would open when it was in the sun.

The flower would open when it was in the sun.

Things along the trail.

Great swing to enjoy

Great swing to enjoy

Fun trail markers

Fun trail markers

Open outhouse??? the things you see when hiking.

Open outhouse??? the things you see when hiking.

From here to Bridgeport Lake….another quiet week to enjoy.