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.

 
 





February 20, 2017

Finally!!!… we were beginning to think that the desert bighorn was just a myth! Cindy and I have been searching for these critters for years in the desert high country… we've developed permanent cricks in our necks from always looking up for them! We were camped in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. (one of our favorite places) Two days after a unusually heavy rain, down from the mountains they came, close to 50 of them!  These pictures were taken from the side of the main road thru the park.












 
These pics of these four guys were taken from our campsite!!                                                        
                                                                         

February 19, 2017

Left Bullhead City, Arizona on the 15th and after spending 3 rainy days and nights in a campground at Mead Lake, we were able to get into one of our favorite campgrounds, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.  Beautiful place to camp!

View from the entrance to the park.

 
Our view out the back window of the camper.                                                                                       
 
Beautiful scenery all around us!                                                                                                        


 
 
February 14, 2017
How we spent Valentines Day…
Cindy read of a mountain called Hualapia near Kingman Az. where the mule deer and elk have little fear of people.  Sounded like it would be a great place to hike and take pictures… so off we went. It was a beautiful and long drive up the mountain to around 7000 ft. We stopped at the ranger station to get a park map and we were told we should be able to see a few deer on a trail near the station, so armed with our camera, water and trail mix, away we went. The trail was beautiful… but no critters at all. We left the trail early and headed down to the road near the ranger station… what a great idea that turned out to be! We encountered a herd of about 10 elk! They basically ignored us as we approached.  We thought, wow, we will get some great shots with the telephoto lens.  As it turned out, we didn’t need it. One young elk began to approach us. We watched her ears and eyes and could tell she was just curious and would stop soon… nope! The pictures tell the rest of the story!!! (Getting elk snot off your camera lens is not easy) (In my best Gollum voice: "What has it got in its pocketses… my precious?")