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:  http://www.rvmuseum.net/
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.










Monday, March 13, 2017

March 11, 2017
We got to Lake Powell on Thursday.  We've camped here before, but love it.  We've done the dam tour, the boat tour on the lake and the slot canyon tour before, so we were looking for something else to do.  We saw Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center and Lee's Ferry on the map so we decided to check it out Saturday.
So glad we did!
The Navajo Bridge is actually 2 bridges.  Original bridge was completed in 1929 and was used for 66 years.  As cars became bigger, the bridge became too small and so a new bridge was built and completed in 1995.  The old bridge remains and serves as a pedestrian bridge with an awesome view of the Colorado River 467 feet below!
Here's a link for more info on the bridge:  https://www.nps.gov/glca/learn/historyculture/navajobridge.htm




We then took a drive up the canyon to Lee's Ferry, which transported people across the Colorado before the bridge was built.  Remains of a couple of buildings are still there and the drive was beautiful!!

Cathedral Rock


Balanced Rocks
 



Remains of the buildings at Lee's Ferry

 

 Pictures taken at Lee's Ferry



Pictures taken on the drive out

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

February 25, 2017

Time for Vegas!!!  Staying at a KOA campground at Sam's Town Casino.  Getting ready for 4 nights at Aria!  Love the hotel and it will feel nice to have a break from the camper spending time at a luxury hotel.  One of my favorite places, not sure I can say the same for Bruce :)  We'll be here until March 6, then it's time to start heading east.
February 22, 2017

While at Valley of Fire, we took a short hike to "Mouse's Tank".  It is named ‘Mouse’s Tank’ because an alleged Southern Paiute Indian renegade named ‘Little Mouse’ hid out there in the 1890’s and there is a natural basin in the rock where water collects after each rainfall.  Many prehistoric petroglyphs can be seen on the trail along with beautiful rock formations! 

Mouse's Tank, and after the recent rains, there was water in it.