Bruce and Cindy's Travels

Bruce and Cindy's Travels
Follow us as we travel around the county in our 5th wheel

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Next stop, Vegas Baby!!!  February 18, checked into Aria for 4 nights.  As usual, left Vegas with less money that we arrived with, but as usual, had a great time!! 
While at the campground in Bullhead City, this roadrunner decided he wanted to come around and see what treats he could get from us.  We don't see these birds often so this was a real treat for us!!
Out next stop, one of our favorites, Bullhead City, Arizona where we always make a trip up to Oatman to see the burros.
This little one was tired :)
Also at this stop in Tucson, we decided to check out Old Tucson Studios.  This is an old west movie studio opened in 1939 that has seen the likes of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve Martin and many more.   Had to check out the can-can show while we were there :)

Old Tucson Studios is home to a locomotive legend, the Reno. By the time Metro-Goldwyn Mayer purchased the Reno in 1945, she had already starred in two films: Courage of the West and Cecil B. Demille's Union Pacific. Old Tucson Studios purchased the Reno in 1970 and her filmography now totals more than 100 films including How the West Was Won and the 1997 film Wild Wild West. 

Our next stop was in Tucson, we stayed at Gilbert Ray Campground just down the road from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum where we visited the Raptor Free Flight Show again this year!  It was as awesome as last year!!  The opportunity for up close photos is amazing!!

On our way back to camp from seeing the cranes, we had to stop in Tombstone and visit Boothill Cemetery.  Bit of old west history for Bruce!

While camped at Kartchner Caverns, we took a drive south to Whitewater Draw Wildlife Refuge.  This is the primary wintering area for thousands of Sandhill Cranes in Arizona!  It was a pretty amazing sight!

Picture of the camper at our next stop we were lucky enough to get into Kartchner Caverns State Park, about an hour east of Tucson.  There are two different cavern tours here, however, you are not allowed to take any pictures in the caves!  In fact, while entering the caves, you even walk thru misters to help keep the humidity stable in the caves!  So, no pics, but here's a link:

Our next stop was in Deming, NM.  We couldn't get into City of Rocks State Park, but we did take a drive thru it.  This is also the drive we spotted the Pronghorn Antelope.  Really neat state park amongst these huge boulders.  We will try to plan ahead the next time and make reservations!

After leaving Biloxi area, where we spent Christmas, we ended up spending 9 nights at casino campground in Kinder, Louisiana being sick!  Once we started feeling better, we beat feet across Texas and stopped at one of our favorite places, Las Cruces, NM.  We visited the old town square in Mesilla every time we come thru here.  This year, finally feeling better, we drove up to Organ Mountain National Rec Area and did a little walking and picture taking.  It felt good to get outside!

Time to catch up on our posts and blog, finally!  After leaving Michigan, we headed south.  Made a quick stop where I lived for several years, Union City, Tn.  From there we headed into Mississippi, made stops heading south at three Army Corp of Engineer camps.  Picture of our camper at the last one on Okatibbee Lake near Meridian.  Beautiful and peaceful place.

Monday, April 10, 2017

March 30, 2017

Just a quick update. We were finally able to leave Albuquerque on Monday, March 27.  Some awful windy days kept us there for longer than we planned. Monday night in a campground in Tucumcari, NM. Terrible winds & rain predicted on Tuesday and an intermittent trailer brake problem, so only drove as far as Amarillo Tx. Rain and wind and cold until today. Bruce worked on the wiring today, fingers crossed problem is fixed now!! Now, off to the RV museum (it's at an rv dealership so you know we have to look at new 5th wheels too

This trip to the rv museum was a fun afternoon!  Lot of old restored campers, some cars and motorcycles too!  They have the camper used in Robin William's movie, RV!  We didn't take the camera, but here's a link:
March 21, 2017

Checked in to the Route 66 Casino RV Resort in Albuquerque, NM.  Nice brand new park close to town.  Visited old town again and took time to do some errands and chores and plan our next outing.

March 24, 2017

Sandia Peak Ski & Tramway!!  Finally in this area when the tram wasn't closed for spring maintenance!  The tram ride takes you 2.7 miles from start to finish with a vertical rise of 3,800 feet and at 13.6 mph ending at an altitude of 10,378 feet.  It was an absolutely beautiful ride with awesome views from the top, although it was a little windy!

Getting ready for the ride!

Employees get the BEST spots!!!  I kind of want to work there!
March 18, 2017

After out day on the mountain, beautiful sunset back at camp!

March 18, 2017
After leaving Page Arizona and making a 1 night stop in Winslow, we arrived at Sky City Casino campground on March 16.  What we did we do on St. Patrick's Day?…  I am not allowed to drink at the elevation we are camped at, so we might as well throw snowballs into a volcano! So off we went to visit the summit of Bandera Volcano and ice caves near Grant NM. After about a 45 min drive from camp and an hour hike to the summit at 8036 ft. we had a snow ball fight in 70+ degree weather!  We saw the ice cave, it stays at a constant 31 degrees all year round! Also saw what is believed to be the oldest tree in NM, an estimated 700+ years old. Cinder and spatter cone formations and many sink holes that are created when lava tubes collapse were also seen on our hike to the ice cave and volcano.

An overhead image from google.

Almost there!

Ice cave.