Page 12 of tonywilsonslo Travel Blog Posts



Today we actually made it out very early, drove 5 hours round trip through the Navajo nation to Four Corners (where we spent 30 minutes), took some fun pictures, browsed some native crafts, and Tony took a nice nap on the way back (and the way there). The scenery in the Navajo reservation is fantastic. There is a giant lava mountain in the middle of a big valley that is 2500 feet tall (basically, the throat of an extinct volcano, eroded around)... called Shiprock since it kind of looks like an old clipper ship if you squint right. After a quick trailer hookup and packing (during which time Michelle played and ran around), we headed off towards Albuquerque. We stopped at the Continental Divide, then took a neat drive on Route 66 for a short while. ... read more
2 States
TWISTER
Shiprock

North America » United States » New Mexico » Gallup July 2nd 2012

We woke up at 6am, with a goal to depart by 8am. We even ate breakfast at the KOA kitchen (very good btw, and inexpensive). Alas, we didn't get out until 8:30 (which I still count as pretty good). We did NOT have to mess with the bike rack today other than to re-attach the rope that we had to remove for the tent end. Bike rack held up all day... that sound is Tony breathing a big sigh of relief. Our first stop was Meteor Crater. Already by the time we got there at about 10 it was 95 degrees. We went outside on the rim trails to get pictures and view the crater. Really neat stuff. Then we went in and enjoyed the museum (including a 20 minute not so great quality informational video). ... read more
Bridge
Zoo
Standing on a corner

North America » United States » Arizona » Flagstaff July 1st 2012

Today we stayed in the same place in Flagstaff. This KOA is really nice.... crowded, but nice. We intended on leaving for our day's adventures at 9am, but didn't get out until 10:30. Anne drove about 50 minutes south (giving Tony a break) to Camp Verde where we explored the African wild animal park "Out of Africa". It was very cool... actually, very hot, but we liked it a lot. First we went on a safari tour to an area where they have giraffes, water buffalo, zebras, and all sorts of other African safari animals. Then we took the tram up to the snack shop in the middle of the reserve where you can walk freely around the outside of lots of habitats. We saw grizzly bears, lions, tigers, panthers, prarie dogs and lots of other ... read more
Work
Giraffe
Giraffe

North America » United States » Arizona » Flagstaff June 30th 2012

We started out a little earlier today (6:40) and so did the heat. It was over 90 degrees by the time we left the Needles KOA at 9:15. Tony repaired the bike rack again.. this time with 2 types of tape (one of them duct), locktite and a rope that the host was kind enough to give to us. It held up pretty well.. only a little vertical movement after a reasonably rough day of driving. On our way out of Needles, we stopped by the PGE plant near the I-40 bridge over the Colorado river. My uncle Paul is doing some work there to clean up the soil. We saw the old Route 66 bridge transformed as a pipe transport with all sorts of things hanging off of it. We also found a BIG ASS ... read more
Strong
ARIZONA
Route 66

North America » United States » California » Needles June 30th 2012

At 2:30 in the morning, we discovered how they kept the grass so nice and clean as the KOA sprinklers gave Da Bean a bath! For Breakfast, we met up with Great (in so many ways) Aunt Terri at the local airport cafe Norms Hanger Coffee Shop. Good food, nice views, good company... I am led to understand that pilots actually fly in just to eat at Norms. The name is misleading.. they are way more than a coffee shop. Before we left Pamona KOA, Michelle went swimming and Tony "fixed" the bike rack. His previous fix to keep it from wobbling involved shoving some plastic wrap in as a shim. LA traffic thwarted that fix, so this time, Tony experimented with Duct tape... see below for results. Given yesterday's experience with LA traffic and lack ... read more
Michelle
Victorville
With Flowers in You Hair

North America » United States » California » Pomona June 29th 2012

We planned on getting ready and leaving by 9.. 10 at the latest. We got out just before 11am. After a Rather uneventful drive down 101 to Oxnard, then along the coast on Hwy 1 (oh... right... it's called "The 1" south of SLO). We arrived in Santa Monica. We knew, but hadn't fully internalized, that there would be no parking available for our car and our trailer near the actual end of Route 66 (Santa Monica Blvd and Ocean St)... but we found a Tour Bus drop-off zone 1/2 block down, and jumped out to take pictures. We ACTUALLY started on Route 66 (turning off Ocean onto Santa Monica Blvd) at 4:50PM. For those of you who know the area, we were headed down the main drag in Santa Monica towards the 405 (a main ... read more
Anne
Michelle
Santa Monica

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 1st 2011

What we need is MORE SCIENCE! There were many choices for our day in Vancouver. It was B.C. day so everything was running on holiday hours. Michelle decided she wanted to go to Science World so we found our way across town to South Vancouver after breakfast. Science World is another great hands on science museum. The thing that set it apart from others (especially for Michelle) was the hourly shows and demonstrations. She saw five shows including one on bubbles where she was picked to help out on stage. She also saw the fire show, an illusion show, a dinosaur game show and one called Surprise Science. Yes folks, we spent over 5 hours in that museum. I won't feel guilty about saying no to the children's museum for some time to come. :) Tonight ... read more
Sign, Signs, everywhere a sign

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver July 31st 2011

Vancouver Pride Parade 2011 It seems like every group participated in the parade today. From banks and grocery stores to public officials and city groups, everybody wanted to be a part of the 2.5 hour long parade. There were some interesting floats, lots of underwear, and a few strategically placed band-aids. Michelle enjoyed herself and didn't ask too many questions. The rest of the day was very low key as we all caught up on some rest. Tomorrow is our last day in Vancouver before we head out on the cruise. Michelle is getting pretty excited and spent a good part of the evening looking at the Disney cruise web site. She'll have the whole layout memorized before we ever set foot on the ship.... read more
Prime Viewing
Vancouver Pride
Spread you wings

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver July 30th 2011

On the Train Again.... We were up and out early this morning to say goodbye to Seattle and catch a 7:40 train to Vancouver, BC. The trip did not take too long and was nice and relaxing. We did find out about the Vancouver Festival of Lights starting that evening with a giant fireworks display put together by a group from China. After lunch, some laundry and dinner we headed out into the city to find a place to watch the fireworks. The main grandstand was at English Bay Beach but fireworks being and aerial deal we could see them from many places along the bay. We found a good spot not too far from our hotel and settled in to wait for the show to start. There were a ton of people and hundreds of ... read more
Fire in the sky

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle July 29th 2011

West Coast Trip 2011 - Day 6 Did we miss anything? Our last day in seattle and Tony got a chance to see some of the sights. Michelle and Anne went looking for a replacement windbreaker downtown. They did not find one but at one point they ended up in Nordstroms and found a great outfit and headband for Michelle instead. After lunch everyone went to the Expirence Music Project and Sci-Fi Museum at Seattle Center. There was a great exhibit on the science and design behind the movie Avatar. Anne even got to play around with the motion tracking software and act in a scene from the movie. Michelle created her own plant for Pandora. The rest of the museum was pretty cool. They had some hands on music booths where you could try out ... read more
Gone Quackers!
Duck Kisses!
The Melting Pot




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