Blogs from Arizona, United States, North America


North America » United States » Arizona » Ehrenberg May 30th 2023

Should I be disappointed that the miles per day are dropping off and today I did not cross a state border? Nah, it's what has happened along the way and how you feel at the end of the day that counts. The day started brilliantly with fresh squeezed orange juice and avocado toast. You gotta love Flagstaff. Poking around the hotel before I left I discovered that Michael Stripe had stayed there. He was the lead singer songwriter with REM and the voice behind Everybody Hurts, possibly my all time favorite song. I could not ask for more, until, recall yesterday I met Beth and Mel. Beth told me she was a big time AirBnB host. Today my buddy Rob, who is following the blog from where he lives in Tucson, texted me that he and ... read more
Ouch. Boo Get Off There

North America » United States » Arizona » Flagstaff May 29th 2023

Today was the scariest ride I have ever had. Leaving Monticello I headed down route 95. I stopped at the tourist office in Blanding where a jovial and knowledgeable fellow was there to help. As soon as I speak folks ask me where I am from, when I say Virginia they look at me strangely which leads me to make an around the globe explanation. After I was done with that the jovial fellow said, “why bother with this, you have seen everything.” Nice guy. He set me off on a path I will not forget in a hurry. At first I was disappointed as I headed along 95 and down 261. If you were just plonked there you would go wow, but when you have been exposed to days and days of amazing scenery its ... read more
Boo Enjoying Monument Valley

North America » United States » Arizona May 27th 2023

Day 4 - In the lead up to Memorial Day holiday, the traffic in the freeways is chaotic at best. An early start from Blythe to beat the heat & traffic, to no avail as we found later. A quick cruise around Blythe then onto I10 to Quartzsite, the home town of a guy I follow on You Tube, Russ from RVerTV. Just a sleep little gem mining town, so no stops and back onto I10 heading for Phoenix. I had the GPS set to Buddy Stubbs HD, which I thought was the store we visited in 2016. Arrived at destination and that was not where we had been, the dealership was closed, so a quick lunch then set the GPS again and was taken to a satellite store further north on the way to Flagstaff, ... read more
Tombstone Motel
Off to the Shootout
Main Street Tombstone

North America » United States » Arizona » Grand Canyon May 15th 2023

A few of years ago I started running on trails, thanks to my exposure to an iFIT trainer named Tommy Rivers Puzey via a NordicTrack treadmill my wife bought. I would run on the treadmill primarily through the winter, and hit the Metroparks trails in the warmer weather. One of the programs presented by this trainer was the 6 part Rim to River run in the Grand Canyon. I started to think, “hey, I could do this” and it wasn’t too long before I started training specifically for the Grand Canyon and eventually settled on the loop via south Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail and back to the south rim. So this Friday I head to Arizona and, around 5 Am on Saturday, I’ll start running down South Kaibab. I’ll blog my progress with pics and ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona April 17th 2023

All of you who received my previous blogs can ignore this one. There were some whose e-mails were missed and this blog will catch them up so they can read all my previous blogs.... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Bisbee April 10th 2023

We visited the historic town of Bisbee, AZ. This city in the Mule Mountains of southeast Arizona grew after copper was discovered in 1877. Today you can take an underground tour of the vast Queen Mine, look down into the Lavender Pit mine, or stroll the decorated streets of this artist's community. We enjoyed meandering the side streets adorned with art, visiting the Copper Hotel, the Historical Museum, eating lunch at Le Cornucopia Cafe, and checking out vintage Lowell.... read more
Copper Queen Hotel
Copper Queen Hotel

North America » United States » Arizona » Benson April 9th 2023

After 3 1/2 months in Quartzsite, we began our trek East on April 8th. Our first stop was an West Pinal Park, south of Phoenix. It is not far off the highway and the sites were private and included a covered picnic table and grill. We enjoyed a walk around the park loop and beautiful sunset and sunrise. From there we headed to Benson, AZ. We spent 3 nights at Kartchner Caverns State Park. It was our homebase to explore Bisbee, Lowell, and the caverns. The park is a Dark Sky Park and the star gazing was the best we have seen so far. We took a cave tour, but unfortunately photography is not allowed. You will have to take our word that the tour was worthwhile. The cave tour does not have any stairs, so ... read more
West Pinal Park
Park loop
Easter sunrise

North America » United States » Arizona April 5th 2023

We took a day to drive to Oatman, AZ to explore this old mining town. It began as a small mining camp when 2 prospectors struck a $10 million gold find in the Black Mountains. The town now survives as a nostalgic stop on Route 66 with a western vibe and burros that roam the area.... read more
Route 66
Oatman, Arizona
Durlin Hotel

North America » United States » Arizona » Quartzsite April 1st 2023

Those that camp on the BLM land in Quartzsite often add artwork to their sites using the desert rocks. Here are photos of some of these beautiful creations.... read more
Peace Symbol
Compass Rose

North America » United States » Arizona » Sedona March 28th 2023

Off we go again today. This time to Sedona with full intention of hiking in Boynton Canyon within which is Subway Cave and a powerful vortex. I do believe that Sedona is the tourist destination of North American! Approaching the city is a wondrous site to behold - they don’t call it Red Rocks Country for no reason. The mountains and cliffs here are the most intense red I have seen thus far. Large buttes and sharp pinnacles jut into the clear azure sky. There are odd shapes and sizes at every turn. I found the turn for Dry Creek Road which leads out to Boynton Canyon. But so did everyone else in the country! There is not a parking spot to be found within miles but I am seeing shuttles going back and forth. So ... read more

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