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Published: December 24th 2009
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE BACK THERE IN MICHIGAN!!!
We arrived at Buckskin State Park near Parker, AZ on the 15th. Now we are only 2 hours different from Michigan time! This park is also on the Colorado River like that last one, but here our campsite is right along the river. We have the perfect campsite, #11 if you are ever over this way. There is a grassy park right at our door and then the river. Right across the river is California. We have watched an osprey, a cooper's hawk , a coyote and a roadrunner from our lawn chairs. Ron has flown his glider from one state to another in a matter of seconds by flying over the river.
One day we took a drive on Cienega Springs Road - through BLM (Bureau of land management) land to find 3 geocaches. One of the caches was at the entrance to an abandoned copper mine. Ron had to investigate, of course; I stood outside ready to call 911 if there was a cave in. He had to admit it was kinda spooky in there.
Four miles down the
Buckskin State Park
This was on the trail through the park area.
The Colorado river is below and California is across the river
same road is the Desert Bar, a place only open Saturday and Sunday from noon to dusk and still draws a very large crowd. They have live music and serve only drinks, hamburgers and hotdogs. Take a look at their website, www.thedesertbar.com This is a place you would love Gary! You just need a 4x4 to get to it.
Yesterday we took another BLM road to look for the ghost town called Swansea. It is an old mining town from the early 1900's. This time it was 30 miles of dirt and rock road, but well worth the bumpy ride. We were the only ones there, and when I mentioned this to Kristin, she reminded us that was the reason they called it a ghost town! There are remains of adobe walled homes and parts of the equipment used in the smelting of copper. There are also huge slag piles. This is where the residue of the smelting process was poured out in molten form and looks just like a lava flow. Very interesting place. Ron decided to take a short-cut back to camp - always an adventure - we drove through dry washes
Ron is going in -I'm staying out!
and between rock walls and came to dead ends and eventually ended up back at the campground. Turned out to be NOT so much shorter, but pretty exciting.
Our Christmas present arrived yesterday - a metal detector. One of our campground neighbors had one and he convinced us we really needed one too. So we put it together and headed down to the sandy area by the river and found 97 cents in coins, 1 pull-tab, 1 bottle cap and 1 tent stake. All of that and we hadn't even watched the instructional video yet. We figure that by next year we will have found everyone something for Christmas.
That’s all the news from here. Hope everyone has a safe and jolly holiday. Let us know what ya got for Christmas.
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