Stephen Wolner


Stephen Wolner

Sandy & Steve going on a National Park & Forest adventure out west - Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches and places in between.

North America » United States » Minnesota » Cottage Grove October 15th 2012

We made out way to MN for a nephew's wedding which was beautiful, but very chilly. It was 78 the day before we got there and then 48 the next day. We saw most of Steve's brothers and sisters, and nephews & nieces at the wedding which was a great reunion. Stayed at my sis's and celebrated our birthday's together with their son & wife - delicious filet's grilled by Greg and we got Chateneauf de Pape to celebrate all of our trips to France. Then to Steve's brother Gary for golf, great food and visiting in Southern MN. Off to CO to my cousin Lionel & Jan in Colorado Springs. We got the trailer ready to head to AZ. Only had one "how does this work" putting on the hitch, but headed to Albuquerque and ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Cottonwood November 21st 2011

Hi All - Ernie found a new friend at PetSmart - the girl showed him "Chase" and he took his friend in mouth and ran out the door - Steve had to buy him, but it was for a charity cause so that was great. Ernie is sacked out on the couch with him after his day of hiking. More beautiful scenery on our Baldwin Hike looking out to Cathedral Rock. Beautiful sunsets into our camping site looking out to Sedona and then Happy Hour before dark - Ernie has his own spot!... read more
Ernie and Chase

North America » United States » Arizona » Jerome November 18th 2011

We've been to different terrain around Cottonwood for some interesting hikes w/o red dirt and rocks! Up to the town of Jerome which is built on the side of Mingus Mtn - a funky little hippie town with cute shops and local characters. Then we drove up 12 miles on a winding road to a trail on Mingus Mtn. with views of Verde Valley and Sedona - beautiful. Next day to Oak Creek Canyon for a hike which was part of 145 miles of Hopi trail used for 1200 years from Camp Verde to the Hopi reservation. Then it became a wagon train route - up 1000 ft. in a mile and lots of loose rocks - Ernie loves any hike! ... read more
Trail above Jerome

North America » United States » Arizona » Sedona November 16th 2011

A beautiful hike to Fay Canyon and a neat arch. we hiked along the dry creek in Fay Canyon. Then took a side path up to an arch. The hiking book says Aunt Maude probably couldn't do the hike to the arch - lots of loose rocks, but Ernie just bounds up them dragging Steve along. The next day we headed to the Wilson's favorite restaurant - Elote. What a treat. I had a red beet margarita - different but very good! We had elote - roasted corn in a sauce with yummy spices, totilla crusted snapper and smokey lamb shank. Everything was delicious. I think I have a surprise cookbook for Christmas which Steve is going to use to make me many delicious dinners!... read more
Fay Canyon

North America » United States » Arizona » Verde Valley November 14th 2011

We enjoyed our Walk in Old Cottonwood last Sat. and then church on Sunday at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church. It was the Praise Service, but it didn't compare to the music we make at Nativity! Had a nice Happy Hour with the pickelball players Sunday night - about 18 that brought great appetizers. Lots of interesting people that love to travel! It was just like our Thursday golf scramble! Just went on a sunset hike at the campground and fall is happening in AZ - the cottonwoods change to yellow by the rivers. It's a nice hike up behind one of the campgrounds in the RV park - they have 3 areas. It's a beautiful campground.... read more
View from campgound
View of campground

North America » United States » Arizona » Cottonwood November 10th 2011

We've enjoyed going to Sedona to take Ernie on several hikes - Broken Arrow was an all time favorite of Steve Wilson's and we loved it. Beautiful views and scenery during the entire hike. Then to Javelina Cantina for margaritas and $1 tacos! Yes, we do find the great happy hours. Another hike yesterday in Boynton Canyon and vista - what bright blue skies. Playing pickelball everyday and it's great fun. More later... read more
Broken Arrow Trail
Boynton Canyon Trail

North America » United States » Arizona » Sedona November 7th 2011

Hi everyone - We had a wonderful 1st Friday art walk in Sedona with beautiful art work, wine and appetizers. Then to the Barking Frog for a prickly pear margarita, cactus salsa and chirozo con quesa. We woke up the next morning to see snow up in Sedona. Went up for a hike on the Sunrise Trail with Ernie and took some pictures of red rock with snow. Then out to another hike by Oak Creek under huge cottonwoods with the creek turning red from the red mud! On to a wine tasting in Page Springs - the Oak Creek Winery. AZ is becoming a wine area and the wines are quite good. Will visit more in the next weeks. Off to take Ernie on a hike - Sandy... read more
Oak creek

North America » United States » Arizona » Cottonwood October 31st 2011

We made it to Verde Valley RV Park - a beautiful park with trees and grass south of Sedona about 18 miles. It was warm and sunny and the pool felt great. Ernie loves it here and likes to hike. We have a great spot with grass next to the camper for Ernie to run in circles. Learned to play pickleball with some friends we met at the hot tub. It's half court tennis with smaller paddles. Lots of fun. Check out our site!... read more

Spring in CO brought snow to Breckenridge and our property in Fairplay - 35 degrees - now I know why we didn't move there! We ended out trip in Colorado with visits to my cousin, Lionel & his wife, Jan in Colorado Springs and my nephew, Eric & his wife, Kamrin Boulder, CO. We had great visits, delicious food and wine, but cool weather! Snowed on the way to Rocky Mtn. Park, so we turned around and found a fruit stand and bought a cherry pie to share with everyone for dessert instead! Found a great brewpub - Southern Sun Brewery close to Eric's for great happy hour -- beer and homecut fries - a heaping basket for $1.75! Had delicious salmon and chicken done on the green egg with a great salad (something we missed ... read more
Ernie & Daniel sitting still!
Back Home to Flowers

We drove the back road 128 from Moab - up about 20 miles of beautiful canyon along the Colorado River - then out to the open range where we had to wait for a couple cattle to cross the road! That night was spent in Colorado River Park in Palisade and of course Ernie had to get some rocks out of the Colorado River. He also picked up lots of sand! Nice fire and a bright moon, warm weather in the morning. Then on to Breckenridge from the nice warm weather to 9600 ft. Went to see our land in Fairplay and we found out why we built in NH - it was 33 and snowing! Did have a great meal at Silverheels - the first place we dined when we stayed out here 11 yrs ... read more

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