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North America » United States » Arizona » Eloy March 13th 2020

blog 03-13-20 Friday the 13th!!! It's moving day but I didn't have to be out of my site until noon so I got up early and went to another trail I hadn't hit before. This trail went all the way up to the top of the peak but I was just going as far as I felt able, I wanted to get as high a vantage point of the park and surrounding area as I could. Watson was a great trooper and stopped and held still so I could take a picture now and again. The trails are good but full of loose stones which makes going up not so bad but coming down a different story. I had my walking stick for extra support and I took my time and all was well. The sun ... read more
one of my favorites
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patch of poppies

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale March 12th 2020

There was a time when Spring Training was little more than players playing practice games, getting ready for the season, and signing autographs for the kids. Now, Spring Training is big business, ticket prices have shot up, hotels are gouging us, and any decent restaurant has a 3 hour wait. So, what happened? First, the weather, which has always been great, is conducive to coming out to the old ballpark. When I first started coming down here with my kids, we played golf in the morning, then headed to the ballpark. We followed that up with dinner at a famous place (now closed) like Don and Charlie's, hoping to get an up close glimpse at some of the stars of both today and yesterday. And BTW, I do miss a glimpse at some of the great ... read more
Big crowds now
Fun and Games

North America » United States » Arizona » Eloy March 12th 2020

blog 03-12-20 Enjoying Picacho Peak This morning I rose to a very strange sight, bright light. It wasn't quite sun up yet but it sure was clear. There were clouds hanging over the peak begging for pictures so I scrambled out of bed, threw on my sweatshirt and shoes, grabbed my camera and ran out the door. You have to look at the pictures, I can't describe it. The one shot looks like a waterfall coming over the "saddle". It was finally coffee time and I enjoyed my cup outside for the 2nd time since I've been here. The weather was glorious and the birds were so happy having had rain the night before and sun this morning they just sang their heads off. I snapped away excited about the new light and the different dementions ... read more
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this really looked like a waterfall
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North America » United States » Arizona » Eloy March 11th 2020

blog 03-11-20 Saguaro National Park Again after checking the weather it seemed that the best time to visit Saguaro Nat'l Park was this morning. I knew I'd be doing a lot of walking at the park and Watson was coming with me today. So we packed up water, camera and lenses and headed south to Tucson. I was in the park for some time before I came to the visitors center where we stopped and I got my passport book stamped. There was going to be a guided tour in a few minutes so we joined up and started to learn about the desert plants and animals when Watson suddenly barked and disturbed the peace so we left and did our own tour. I followed a 7 mile loop dirt road that wound around a section ... read more
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a new wildflower
across the valley

North America » United States » Arizona » Scottsdale March 10th 2020

I always thought Arizona was a little different. Let's see why. The first McDonald drive through opened back in 1975, revolutionizing fast food, eating on the road, and that awful smell in your car for weeks! The London Bridge is here, owned by the city of Lake Havasu City since 1968. You can thank Robert McCulloch for buying the antique bridge for $2.46 million. Why on earth would they film the movie, "Oklahoma!" here in Arizona? Filmmakers could not find enough undeveloped land in OK. Many great national parks and monuments along with the Grand Canyon. Make sure to visit Antelope Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Organ Pipe Cactus, Montezuma Castle, Vermilion Cliffs, and Walnut Canyon, among others. Oatman, AZ is famous for its burros, which are descendants of of animals used by miners, then abandoned. They ... read more
The famous Saguaro
The Wave

North America » United States » Arizona » Eloy March 10th 2020

blog 03-10-20 Casa Grande Ruins The weather continues to be a factor in my decision making for activities each day and when to do it. The morning today was beautiful with sun and blue skies with temps in the low 70s. I took some pictures around the campground and the birds were active so I could get some shots of them. Everything looks different in the sun so I was happy to get some sun shots. Pictures Rain was predicted for the afternoon so I walked Watson because I was leaving him home. He had a crowd around him again because of all the kids in the park. This week is spring break for most of AZ schools so everyone is out and about and enjoying the warm weather and beautiful scenery. I left the campground ... read more
berry bush
beautiful giant
Gila woodpecker

North America » United States » Arizona » Eloy March 9th 2020

Blog 03-09-20 Deming to Picacho Peak After having rained all day Sunday, Monday morning dawned bright and sunny. Sure was a good thing because I was heading to Arizona today and there was still some packing to do. It didn't take too long to get things in order and by 9:30 we were off. I took a back road to the next entrance ramp 17 miles down the road, fueled up, and headed west on rt 10. The sun was bright, the air fresh and the flowers were blooming and I was happy to be on the road again. I had been in Deming for 18 days and I needed to see new sights, and that I did. As so often the case in the west the terrain changes around every corner and the drive can ... read more
emergency signs
coming fog or dust
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North America » United States » Arizona February 29th 2020

February 17, 2020 we continued east to Tucson. This was our longest drive for quite awhile, 250 miles. It was pretty straight and flat though across I-8 to I-10. The landscape was a mix of mountains, cattle lands and desert. We passed through the Sonoran Desert National Monument and passed by a huge solar power plant. We have never seen panels like those. They were huge, concave and shiny, not flat and black. Once on I-10 we passed Picacho Peak State Park and seeing the peak so close to the highway was unique. We stayed on the east side of Tucson almost on the eastern edge of the city. We booked our site for 2 nights and then spent the first day exploring the area to check out other camping options. In the end we decided ... read more
View of Tucson
Old Court House
Mission San Zavier del Bac

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson February 10th 2020

SPIRITUALITY I’ll be boogered. The notion of spirituality has bedeviled me for pretty much all of my life. As a young child one of my greatest fears was being abducted by wild Indians, and later, but briefly, by Spanish Conquistadors who made me a slave. It was the influence, on my tender sensibilities, of TV westerns, and cowboy movies like The Searchers. One night, during my 15th year of life, I had a very vivid dream about being a mountain man chased by the Blackfeet across the wilds of Wyoming. During the chase I was forced to abandon my pack animals, what was left of my camp supplies, and two years of peltries I had been busily harvesting through perilous efforts. Some of the Blackfeet left the chase to gather in that bounty. As ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Monument Valley January 11th 2020

Well, with the last three days in Sedona, the Grand Canyon and now Monument Valley, the camera’s panorama and scenery functions have almost melted off. Our last day in Sedona started with a Pink Jeep tour of the Broken Arrow Trail. Apparently made famous by Western movies, it’s now the location for some serious off-roading, sometimes feeling like we were heading almost vertically, down, up and around places like the Devil’s Staircase and Chicken Rock. We got some interesting lessons in the history, geology and biology of the area and the girls got some excitement as we bumped over it all, all delivered at the hands of a very entertaining guide. A cowboy lunch in Sedona, enjoying some of the local delicacies - fried prickly pear chips dipped in the sauce of its fruit - followed ... read more
Wintery Grand Canyon
Scenery shot - you were warned!
Lots of scenery shots all stuck together




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