Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gulf Shores 2014, another day in paradise!


Landed in Gulf Shores, January 11th.  Snow chased us all the way down, but sunshine and milder temps greeted us.  Our campsite at Gulf State Park right on the inland lake, beautiful!


Moon rising and reflecting on the lake, very pretty!

 
This is on the roof....?



On our way to Biloxi with Dave and Marcia.  They took us to The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS.   Great food and character.  You could spend an hour or two in this place and not see everything.


Spent the night at casino in Biloxi.  Another great overnight trip with Dave and Marcia.


The dog pushed Bruce out of his seat looking for leftovers...


Dave and Marcia take us to all the finest places!  Great burgers and company!!



Bruce bbq'd a tri-tip for dinner one night, delicious!  The very next night, this is what the grill and table looked like.  Crazy!!!!






Gulf State Park now has zip line, so naturally, we had to try it!!  The last line is from a 90-foot tall platform.  It is a dual zip line of 1,228 feet allowing you to zip side-by-side over the lake to the finish platform in Lake Shelby.  Bruce said he could see the curvature of the earth from this tower!  I believe they told us you get to a speed of about 45 miles an hour!  It really was awesome!!
Another wonderful dinner with wonderful company, Dave, Marcia, their daughter Amy and grandson Lucas.  One of our last nights in Gulf Shores. 
We spent 2 months here this year.  Didn't have the weather we were expecting, but then again, did anybody?










Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sedona, Meteor Crater, Painted Desert and Petrified Forest (from 2013)

Well, Bruce said we have to finish last years trip before we can start blogging 2014's trip, so....
Our next stop was in Sedona, Arizona, beautiful!!!  Below are some pictures taken in town and one of the surrounding red hills.






We visited several Indian ruins which are National Monument sites.  So much history!  Below are pictures of Montezuma Well. Montezuma Well's outflow has been used for irrigation since the 8th century. Part of a prehistoric canal is preserved at the picnic ground, and portions of the original Sinagua canal are still in use today.




Next we visited Montezuma Castle.  These cliff dwellings were built by the Southern Sinagua culture between 1100 and 1425 CE. The structure is five stories and took about five centuries to complete.  It is amazing that parts of the dwellings are still intact!  Here is the link to the National Parks webpage:   http://www.nps.gov/moca/index.htm







Picture of a huge bee hive Bruce spotted in the cliff wall!


Next we visited Tuzigoot National Monument, which was also built by Sinagua people around 1000 AD.  This one was built on top of a hill and you could walk thru the ruins!





Sedona is definitely on our list of places to visit again, but, it was time to move on towards home.  Our next stop on the way home was Meteor Crater in Arizona.  It really is just to big to describe!  In the second picture below, you can see people on a platform PART of the way down into the crater!!





Couldn't leave Arizona without a drive thru the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. 






It is hard to believe that this was at one time a tree!