Time for a little catch up and a day trip to Durango.

Well dang, I think we will do something that we don’t like to do to fix something else we don’t like to do, does that make sense? Sort of that Rob Peter to pay Paul thing I guess.

What are we talking about, well, we don’t like to be behind on the blog so I think we will keep this update short text wise and let the pictures and links do the talking so we can start getting caught up.

Because it was only 50 miles to Durango from our campground and because we like Durango so much we had to make a day trip.

We walked to downtown streets and popped in and out of a few shop’s, something that we really have been avoiding since the COVID thing kicked in gear but ALL of the downtown Durango shops REQUIRED masks to even entre the store so we felt pretty good about that and indulged ourselves.

We even treated ourselves to a sit down lunch, something we had not done since all of this craziness started. But to be honest it wasn’t all that great. We both had the Green Chili Chicken Burritos but at one point I had to ask Diane if she tasted chicken. The meat and chili was basically pureed and I couldn’t really swear just WHAT we were eating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After lunch we both saw a frozen yogurt stand and decided that might be a good thing to get the taste of lunch out of our mouth LOL!! Of course we would have thought a stop here was a good idea regardless.

We also found our way to a small vegetable stand we knew of and picked up a few things and while we were walking to the car we both stopped, lifted our ears to the sky and said almost simultaneously, PICKLEBALL!!

Yup, we knew that the Pickleball play in Durango and been moved from one of the smaller schools in town to a new location but had no real idea where but as luck would have it, it was right across the street from the vegetable stand.

So of course we had to walk over to check it out and wouldn’t you know it, we knew a couple people at the courts so we had to chat it up a bit before moving on.

And we had to head down to the walkway by the river. We actually like walking it for a few miles but during this visit we just had time to chill and watch a few rafters and tubers float by before we needed to head towards home.

It was a good day and we knew that once we hit our next destination that we would make another trip back over to spend a day so we didn’t feel the need to squeeze any more in.

You know, I have decided to break our quick get caught up update into 2 parts because I know the second part is going to have a bunch of pictures so that it for now. Be sure to stop back in.

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Travel day to Farmington New Mexico

I guess we have summed up our stay in the Winslow Arizona area at the Meteor Crater RV Park and the time came that it was time to move on.

Tuesday (6/30) we lifted our jacks and headed east on I-40 about 147 miles until we reached Gallup New Mexico where we jumped on HWY 491 and headed North. We stayed on 491 until we reached Shiprock and then heard east on HWY 64 until we reached the western most edge of Farmington and turned north on HWY 170. We drove HWY 170 about 6 miles until we reached RD-1788, turned right and almost immediate reached our destination at the B & L RV Park after a 265 mile travel day which is a pretty darn long day for us.

As we were getting closer to the RV Park I started thinking, hmm, did I make a mistake on this one? Even as we made our turn on RD-1788 and reached the entrance I thought, dang, oh well it’s only a week.

As I parked next to an old barn and got out of the truck and Diane rolled up behind me and got out of the car we looked at each other, shrugged our shoulders and wondered what our next step would be with no obvious office to be seen.

At about the very moment here came an ATV with a good ol boy named Leo on board. As he rolled up he said, you must be Dave, I said yup that’s me, he said it looks like you brought the small rig today “with a smile” FOLLOW ME and away we went.

As we followed him around a couple corners and into the actual RV Park area things started looking up and as we pulled into our nice long pull-through site we couldn’t have been happier.

After Leo guided me into just the right location and after making sure I didn’t need any help getting set up I asked him where I should pay to which he answered, there is plenty of time for that, I will roll by late and we can square up. Awwww, a refreshing take on life and doing business.

About 30 minutes later Leo rolled back up in his truck, I figured it was time to square up on our space rent but instead the words that came out of his mouth was “Hey, I’m headed to Home Depot, do ya need anything?”

Time to trim up the plants.

Well we didn’t need anything but it was nice of him to ask but we did take advantage of him stopping buy and squared up for our site and continued with our day.

View out our rear window.

Rear window view

We had a nice site on the end with no neighbors on either side of us, we had plenty of parking space and we had a nice block patio that even had a wind break or privacy screen depending on how you want to look at it.

We had no one to our rear either and had a nice view of a pasture with a few cows and one single donkey which caught Diane’s attention and provided a little entertainment.

Coaxing with carrots

She has almost earned it’s trust.

We had nothing really planned for our stay in the Farmington area other than hunkering down and to kill a week before moving on to our next stop and this park fit the bill perfectly sitting about 6 miles outside of town. BUT, we did do a couple fun things so we will at least have to think back on about our stay. But YOU will need to come back to see what those things were LOL!!!

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Our second time to Walnut Canyon

On one of our last days in the Winslow area we decided to re-visit a spot we had been before, Walnut Canyon.

We are going to play lazy in this update and share a few pictures from this visit and then provide a link to the update we did on our previous visit because it was much better. Unfortunately because of the Coronavirus the best part of Walnut Canyon was shut down due to the narrow trail system and the concern of being able to social distance on them.

See the dwellings over there?

During our last visit we were able to walk along the dwellings you see below.

To be honest if they would have just required face coverings it probably would have been do-able but because they didn’t it was even a little un-nerving walking the wider trails at the top of the canyon at times.

It’s funny, in doing this blog we always try to not talk religion or politics and now we almost feel the need to not talk masks LOL!!! BS, wear the damn mask when you are in public places we say LOL!!! There, I said it.

The good thing about the day other than waking up on the right side of the grass is that it was sunny and warm, the skies were blue AND because part of the park was shut down there was no entry fees. Other than that it was a pretty windy day and sort of a let down from what we were expecting, but that’s life sometimes.

Diane had to hold her hat on in the strong winds we had that day. We were on a observation deck with a couple other people so we did the right thing and wore our masks.

Ok, that’s us being lazy, here is a link to the update on our last visit which we think you will find interesting so feel free to take a peak https://wp.me/p2Dund-1HG.

Oh, don’t forget to hit the like button if you feel so inclined and leave a comment, we love hearing what you think.

Stay safe!!

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A surprising stop at “Two Gun’s” Arizona

Another fun thing we happened across and are happy we took the chance to jump off to see at the last minute was a bunch of old run down and falling apart buildings we just saw from the road.

As we were touring it we had no idea what the story was behind all of these buildings, all we knew is that we like run down stuff like this and I LOVE a chance to have fun with old windows and doors and taking pictures through them out at what someone from so many years gone by might have looked at. So be forewarned, there are a few pictures LOL!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What REALLY makes this a good stop is what I was able to dig up about this spot AFTER we had toured it.

As it turns out this sprawling piece of land with ruins of countless stone buildings was “or is” called Two Guns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Guns, Arizona is yet another Route 66 ghost town in Coconino County located about 30 miles east of Flagstaff that sits on the east rim of Canyon Diablo that once prospered as a tourist stop for many years before it was bypassed by Interstate 40. But the better story goes much farther back in history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Long before the settlement of Two Guns began, this area had long been inhabited by Native Americans, as evidenced by artifacts found at the site that date back to between 1050 and 1600 A.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first American settlers to arrive in the area were traders and mountain men who established a trading post called the Canyon Lodge. The traders had a good relationship with the Navajo, however, things changed when the U.S. Cavalry began to round up the members of the Navajo tribe in 1864 in order to place them on a reservation at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. After being imprisoned for four years they were released to return to their homeland in Arizona in 1868. Many of them returned to Canyon Diablo.

At some point the area was the site of a major confrontation between the bitter enemies of the Navajo and the Apache. The battles between the two tribes continues for years until in 1878 a group of Apache warriors attacked a Navajo camp and murdered everyone with the exception of three Navajo girls who were taken as prisoners. Afterward, they raided and looted the area. In response, Navajo warriors from another camp sent their men after the Apache. They finally found them hidden in a cave and the Navajo lit sagebrush fires at the cave’s exit and shot any warrior who tried to escape. In the end, 42 Apache men died and were stripped of their valuables. The murder site is referred to as the “Death Cave.”

We had no clue this was called “The Death Cave” when we stood there looking at it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had no idea when we stood at the entrance to the cave that it was a “Death Cave”, there are absolutely no marking or any information posted about the place anywhere as you walk around.

It’s said that during the winter of 1879-80, Billy the Kid and his outlaw gang hid in the ruins of a stone house and corral on the west rim of Canyon Diablo, across from Two Guns.

By 1912, various homesteaders were staking claims in the area and the National Old Trails Road was established. Two years later, a potential bridge across Canyon Diablo was surveyed and three years later a concrete bridge with reinforcing steel was built and the road was opened to traffic.

In 1914, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel B. Oldfield, settled by the side of the new road and built a square stone house that they operated as a trading post for travelers, prospectors, cowboys, sheepherders, and Indians. This site later grew into a gas station and eatery, which became known as the Canyon Lodge.

In the 1920s, Earle and Louise Cundiff purchased 320 acres of the land and constructed a large stone building on the west side of the canyon which also served as a trading post. By 1922, the Cundiff’s also established a restaurant and gasoline pumps.

In 1925, Henry “Two Gun” Miller, who claimed to be full-blooded Apache, leased some land from the Cundiffs. A reported eccentric hermit who lived in the area, he was said to be wild and violent and hostile to visitors. He advertised himself as “Chief Crazy Thunder,” and wore his long hair braided. He and his wife, with the help of area Hopi Indians, began to build pens for a zoo to house mountain lions and other desert animals. They also built a long stone structure that served as an entrance into the zoo, which also contained a small store and living quarters. Miller sold the skeletal remains of the Apache who had been killed years earlier to tourists. Afterward, the town became known as “Two Guns”.

The next year, the National Old Trails Road became a part of Route 66, but Miller wouldn’t be around long to appreciate the profits of the increased traffic. On March 3, 1926, Miller got into a dispute with Earle Cundiff over his lease and then shot and killed Cundiff. Amazingly, despite that fact that Cundiff was unarmed, Miller was acquitted of murder. Afterward, he returned to Two Guns and was mauled by two mountain lions, bitten by a poisonous Gila dragon, and became ill. He left Two Guns with a considerable amount of silver, turquoise jewelry, and merchandise.

In the fall of 1929, the Miller’s store was burned and Mrs. Cundiff put in a large frame building from which she continued to conduct a trading post and tourist stop. However, Miller soon returned and said the land was rightly his, which resulted in a series of court actions that cost her $15,000 before she finally cleared the title. In 1934, Mrs. Cundiff opened a Texaco service station along a new alignment of Route 66.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afterward, additional small buildings were also constructed in which a restaurant and an Indian curio shop were established that were operated by others, including Hopi Chief Joe Secakuku. Hopi Indians hired off the reservation, then built a pueblo type house on the side canyon rim directly over the cave. At this time, for a nominal charge, tours were conducted through the Hopi house where Indian products and other items were sold.

Two Guns became one of many tourist stops along Route 66 with a gas station, overnight accommodations, a cafe, and a souvenir shop. Later the “zoo” was reopened which included mountain lions, panthers, and bobcats. Their “cages” were huge kiln-like structures of brick, mortar and chicken wire, built along the rim and north wall of the canyon.

And then as we stated at the beginning after I-40 bypassed Two Guns, it like so many other popular Route 66 stops, died a quick death. Although numerous resuscitations have been attempted for Two Guns, it still sits lonely and abandoned.

Ok, that’s it for this update, I think we have one more to do for this area and then we will only be two stop behind on the blog LOL!!! Been pretty busy and active so falling behind is the results.

Everyone stay safe!!

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Standin On The Corner

Well, I’m a-standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me.

Did we give away where our next road trip took us? Yup, Winslow Arizona.

Winslow was named for either Edward F. Winslow, president of St. Louis and San Francisco Rail Road, which owned half of the old Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, or Tom Winslow, a prospector who lived in the area. It seems no one really knows for sure.

Until the 1960s Winslow was a thriving town in northern Arizona just off Route 66 but like so many other small towns along Route 66 the construction of the freeway bypass around the town that began soon after 1977 took its toll.

 

 

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When I-40 bypassed Winslow many local businesses disappeared, the tourism sector being among the hardest hit. While some local jobs remained (as Winslow is the base of operation for one thousand railroad workers), the local downtown was badly hurt by the influx of national chains (such as Walmart and McDonald’s) along the new interstate highway to the north of the town. And now that all this time has gone by they seem to still be stuck in a rut from what we could tell.

Winslow however thankfully achieved national fame in 1972 in the Eagles / Jackson Browne song “Take It Easy” which has the line “standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.”

Winslow opened the “Standin’ on the Corner Park” in 1999, commemorating the song “Take It Easy” which from what we could tell is really the highlight of the entire town at this point.

Hey dude, her eye’s are up a little higher!!

The park contains a two-story trompe-l’œil mural by John Pugh, and a bronze statue by Ron Adamson of a life-sized man who is standing on a corner with a guitar by his side.

The park is surrounded by a wall of bricks, with windows to peer into; each brick has a donor’s name on it, and a story by each of the donors describing their fondness for Winslow Arizona.

There were a couple spots we could have popped into for a bite to eat and to be honest I was getting pretty at one point but we just couldn’t convince ourselves to go into a restraint just yet with all the stuff going on. So we retreated to the car and had a protein bar, something we always have on hand in the glovebox, I know one thing, this virus crap is keeping our “eating out” budget in check LOL!!!

After walking around town a bit and taking our obligatory picture of ourselves Standin On The Corner and doing a short driving tour around town we decided to head towards home, but we found another stop along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An exit or two before the exit to our campground was a couple huge Tee-Pee looking structures and a big dome building standing in the middle of nothing in a pretty much run down state so of course we had to check it out.

As it turned out Meteor City was the first of three historic Route 66 inspired trading post located on historic Route 66 within few miles of each other in this area and was first opened in 1938 and was operated as the Sharber Service Station, under the Texaco brand, by Arizona resident Joe Sharber.

In 1941, an expansion of the property by a new owner, Iowan Jack Newsum, nicknamed “Lonesome Jack,” included the addition of a trading post where visitors could buy gas, groceries and curios. At one time the sign upon entering the area once read, “Population: 1” and later “Population 2” when the service station’s proprietor Joseph Sharber married Gloria.

A geodesic dome complete with a bright yellow faux Mohawk was built in 1979 after the original building burnt down in the 1960’s to house the curio shop which was stocked with a variety of items, including moccasins, postcards and Baja shirts.

We read that in March of 2017, Mike and Joann Brown purchased Meteor City and are currently working to restore the dome, as well as the surrounding buildings and property and we DID see that some dirt and been disturbed and a temporary chain link fence had been put in place but it was hard to say that anything was really being done from what we could tell. But the info we read said they plan for a soft opening in the fall of 2020, they better get busy LOL!!

Here is a link that talks about Meteor City and some about he other Roadside Attractions in case you care to take a look. https://doney.net/aroundaz/route66/meteorcity.htm.

Ok, that’s it for this update, be sure to come back because we have a few more adventures to talk about from our stay in the Winslow area.

OH, and keep those comments coming and hit the “like” button please LOL!!

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A Day Trip To Sedona

First things first, we want to thank those of you that took the time to leave a comment and those of you that hit the like button. You would be surprised how much a little thing like that means to someone that works on a blog.

You know, I have been doing this blog for almost 8 years and I would have to go back and look but I think we got more “Likes” on our last update than any other update we have done since the beginning. Heck, I think we got more likes on the last update than we sometimes get in a 2 or 3 month period of updates, it made me smile. Ok, on to other things.

On another day during our stay in the Winslow area we decided to take a little road trip to Sedona which was a 65 mile drive from our campground.

We got a pretty early start to the day, and by design, in hope that we would get there and have most of our walking around in town finished before the crowds came out. And that part worked because we really had the streets to ourselves for the most part.

I don’t think we even went into one store to look around, first off we really don’t need anything and secondly wearing a face covering takes some of the enjoyment away and we wear them religiously when in stores. But just walking the streets and taking in the mountain views surrounding town was enjoyable enough.

We have visited Sedona a couple times over the years so we didn’t really feel deprived.

Now the down side of the day, we had hoped to catch a couple trails while in the area but holy cow, every trail head we checked out was packed with cars and people to the point that cars were lined up along the roads.

Well that turned us off on the idea of trails so we decided to just chalk the day up to mainly a nice drive. But all was not lost, just outside of Sedona we stopped at the Oak Creek Vista and took in some nice views.

 

 

 

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And then just up the road a little further we stopped at the Griffiths Spring Roadside Park that had a nice shaded, peaceful and well-groomed looped trail that leads through a Ponderosa pine forest. Oh look, Diane is sniffing tree’s again LOL!!! I suppose every time we get around Ponderosa Pine tree’s I will find her sniffing them now.

 

 

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The trail was named after James Griffith who was a Civil War veteran that came west to homestead in the late 1800’s. The spring was part of the homestead which consisted of over 160 acres of the countryside and makes for some pretty greenery along the trail.

Once we finished at Griffith’s Springs we were off again, this time we thought maybe we could find a good spot in Flagstaff to stop and grab a bite to eat that had an outdoor seating area where we could safely have a late lunch / early dinner, well that turned out to be a bust.

We drove around the historic downtown area thinking that would be a nice quaint area to find a spot but once again everything was packed and we were just not at that stage of comfort to eat inside a somewhat bust restaurant yet with the way things are. So, we went through a drive through and  grabbed a fast food sandwich, something we don’t do very often and after scarfing it down said we wouldn’t need to do that again or a while LOL!!!

That pretty much wrap’s up our day trip to Sedona, not exactly the day we had planned but with a little improvising it turned out pretty well.

I have to tell a story. A number of years ago, way back in my working days Diane and I flew down to Tempe Arizona for a birthday party weekend (hey, Tempe is a college town with a very active nightlife scene AND we were younger LOL).

Without getting to deep into the entire weekend story we rented a car and did a drive to Sedona. As were got close to Sedona Diane said, I could live here,. It pretty much went in one ear and out the other but before long she said again, Oh I could live here. Again I just gave her a look and we drove on.

Well she made that comment enough times that I said ok, we will eventually be looking for a spot to retire so I pulled into a realtor’s office and we went in. Well before long we were headed back out the door and we were both saying, WE CAN NOT LIVE HERE!!! LOL!!! That was one of those moments that we realized that we were just poor folk LOL!!!

With that said Sedona sure is a very pretty part of the country.

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A visit to the Homolovi Ruins State Park

On one of the days during our visit to the Winslow area we decided to take a 20 mile drive from our campground and visit the Homolovi State Park.

From 1986 to its 2011 reopening the name of the park was Homolovi Ruins State Park. The Hopi tribe lobbied the Arizona parks board to remove “Ruins” from the name, as the Hopi tribe considers them spiritually alive. During a meeting in Winslow on March 17, 2011, the board unanimously voted to change the name and to add the tagline “ancestral Hopi villages” to the park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first thing we did was take a short tour of the visitor center which we were surprised was even open, face coverings required of course and we were the only people in the place other than the lady working the counter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Visitor Center we took a short 1.2 mile walk on the Sunset Trail across the high prairie grasslands to a small Mormon cemetery.

Sunset, Arizona was one of a series of farming communities along the Little Colorado River in the late 1870s and was established by Lot Smith and his Mormon followers. Frequent floods forced the settlers to abandon Sunset in the early 1880s, and the community was eventually washed away. The cemetery, located on a small hill overlooking the river survived. Three of Lot Smith’s children are among the cemetery population.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we headed to the ½ mile loop trail called Tsu’vö trail. The name means “Path of the Rattlesnake” in Hopi.

It’s short but a pretty good nature and archaeological trail where you can see milling stone areas and petroglyphs. AND we saw a HUGE nest up against the mountain side.

See that nest up there?

Then we were off to the Homolovi II Trail, another ½ mile trail that is paved that leads to the parks largest archaeological sites that contains an estimated 1,200 to 2,000 rooms that was occupied between 1330 and 1400 AD.

 

 

 

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It is believed that these pueblos were once home to ancestors of the present-day Hopi people. Much of the activity took place during the fourteenth century.

 

 

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Then we headed off to one last trail and for the life of me I can’t remember what it was called but it took us to another set of room that mainly all still underground but we could still make out where the walls were.

Hmmm, what’s this?

I don’t think this little guy was here way back then LOL!!

Lots of pottery shards to be seen along this trail.

Lots of pottery shards to be seen along this trail.

 

 

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By the way, there is a year-round campground in the park that looked pretty darn good.

The roads and sites were all paved, there was electrical and water and there are restrooms with showers and an RV dump station.

The sites are spaced out and angled very nice.

We don’t really know why we would ever need to visit this area again ourselves but if we did for some reason we would certainly hang out here, it’s much closer to Winslow than were we camped at Meteor Crater. But Meteor Crater did put us closer to a couple other day trip areas that we will talk about in the next couple updates.

Some wild donkeys we came across during our drive.

With that said, that’s it for this update, everyone stay safe and please, feel free to hit the like button AND use the comment section. That comment section seems to be very quiet and us bloggers do like to hear what you have to say and think. Otherwise it’s sort of like locking yourself in a room and just talking to yourself LOL!!

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Time to head towards Meteor Crater and surrounding areas.

Monday (6/22) our stay had come to an end in the Show Low area so we lifted our jacks and head north. We drove west through town and headed north on HWY 77 about 50 miles until we reached Holbrook and then headed west on I-40 about 18 miles until we reached our destination at the Meteor Crater RV Park that sit’s pretty much in the middle of nothing.

Actually a nice site for being out in the middle of nothing. I wish more parks would think this way.

No neighbors on our drivers side, we had a end site.

Hmm, see the blue tape by out electrical cord door? One of the things that needs to be taken care of during or warrantee visit at New Horizon next month.

We had actually stayed at Meteor Crater RV Park back in May of 2012 for 2 days just so we could check out the crater so we will give you a link to that update here https://wp.me/p2Dund-R4

Because we have done a update about the Meteor Crater we won’t go as much into detail about it this time, AND our last visit was much better anyway because the wind was blowing so hard during this visit that they were not doing guided tours. I wish we would have read our own blog before visiting this time because we actually made mention that for the price of $30 for the two of us we would have felt short changed had we not been able to take the guided tour. We would have turned around a left as soon as the guy at the ticket booth told us no tours today. Oh Well.

It was so windy that day it was crazy.

We actually re-visited the crater on our last day in the area but I got on a roll in this post but that’s ok.

We walked through the inside displays but to be honest at times it wasn’t that enjoyable, one particular time was when a good sized family came through and obviously wasn’t paying attention to the directional arrows on the floor, wasn’t worried about wearing masks and didn’t have any control over the screaming kids, good grief.

We actually vacated the entire building they were in and did a quick tour through the gift shop until they had left, then went back and finished our tour.

We did go in to watch the short video and was happy to see that many of the seats had signs taped on them stating that they could not be occupied. We actually grabbed the 2 seats way in the back that were all alone and they were even spaced about 6ft apart. There were only about 6 people in the room for the video while we were there so that worked for us.

Social distancing put in place at the theater.

And of course we walked what we could of the observation decks before jumping in the car and heading home.

Ok, that’s it for this update. Be sure to stop back in because we had a day trip to Winslow, a day trip to the Homolovi State Park, a run to Sedona, a stop at Walnut Canyon and a couple other pretty neat things we will share in the next couple updates.

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Finishing up in Show Low Arizona

Dang, I guess we had better get caught up on the log, I got a little lazy over the winter months by being in a routine and really not having a bunch to talk about. And now that we are on the move I already find myself behind.

One day during our stay in Show Low we decided to have a down day so to at least have some activity we walked across the road from our campground and hopped on a trail that took us to the Show Low City Park, about a 1.5 mile walk one way and then walked the 1.1 mile loop around the park as well as criss crossed through it to check out some points of interest before walking the 1.5 back to the campground.

The park was pretty nice and seemed geared toward softball with a couple really nice fields but there was also a not so well used tennis area, a nice dog park, a couple indoor handball courts, a pretty nice pavilion for gatherings and a playground area for the streetchers, I mean kids.

Diane is peaking i on a handball court

One dad doing tennis drills with his boy

 

 

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Once we got home I decided because we had been at the park a few days and I had not hooked up to septic I had better get that done. Well normally that’s not a blog worthy event but this time I had a surprise, I guess having that darn sewer hose out all winter took its toll because when I stretched it out there must have been 10 huge hole appear!! Holy cow I guess we were very lucky that it’s didn’t disintegrate during one of our last dumps.

If you scratch the bark of a Ponderosa Pine and sniff it you will get a hint of butterscotch.

Well luckily we still had plenty of room in the tanks so it wasn’t what I would call an emergency but because we had used our spare hose some time back I figured I better head out to find a new one so I headed off to Walmart. Normally I would order one from Amazon but we were due to head out in two days so with the way they have been shipping lately “even as Prime members” I didn’t want to take a chance.

Luckily Walmart had one box of sewer hose left so I snagged it. It’s not what I would normally buy because it was a box with two shorter 10’ sections where I would normally but a 20’ hose and then we carry a separate 10’ piece for those hard to get to situations (which by the way was not going to reach the sewer connection at our current site).

Anyway it all worked out and LESSON LEARNED, you can bet that this coming winter while sitting at our winter spot for so long I will be using the 2 sections of PVC gutter that we carry with us on top of our sewer hose to protect it from the UV rays LOL!!

Oh, remember the update of when we first got here to Show Low and the site we were first issued and how we were re-issued a site that was sort of a bugger to get into? Well all week we watched a site that was right next to the site we were originally issued that had a nice full concrete pad and no obstacles to deal with and would have allowed me to just pull forward a bit to readjust and then back right in that was empty when we got there.

Well ya know what, it stayed empty the entire time right up to the time we pulled out!! Times like that you wonder what and the world RV parks are thinking. OK, to give them the benefit of the doubt I guess whoever was coming in COULD have cancelled.

Ok, here is a topic that I vacillated back and forth over on whether or not to put in the blog because we make it a rule to not talk about politics or religion for obvious reason. But I can’t help myself because it made me laugh every time we drove through town so it was part of our experience and you know what, it’s our dang blog so here is the story LOL!!!

**** BUT FIRST, let me say that this in NO WAY IS A POLITICAL STATEMENT, I personally am not into politics and don’t give a crap about our government, in fact I have never and have no intention to ever vote in a Presidential election so I don’t have a horse in this race. Hey, not voting is a right also so stop right there.**

Ok, with that said, on our very first driving tour the very first night in town we drove by a political headquarters that happened to have the huge blow up figure of Donald Trump and I couldn’t help from starting to laugh having the jokester and mischievous mind that I do.  In fact every single time we drove by that stupid blow up figure I would start laughing and Diane just knew I was up to no good.

You see we have family and friends that hate Trump SO much that they couldn’t give him a lick of credit if he himself solely found the cure for cancer or if he himself did in fact create a cure for COVID19. So I just HAD to do something to see what type of reaction I could get LOL!!

The only thing I could come up with was to stop and get a picture of myself standing with the blow up figure and post it on my Facebook page with no comment at all, just the picture, to see what type of comments it would get.

When we pulled into the parking lot we almost couldn’t find a parking spot it was so busy!!! I had never pulled into a political headquarters so had no idea what to expect but this place was chocked full of cars and people. In fact I had full intentions of going into the building to see if I could find something else to get a picture by to help my little plan along but it was so full of people buying shirts and banners and whatever else was in there that I just stayed out of there and stuck with the picture outside.

Boy if that’s any indication of what the election has in store. WAIT WAIT that last comment was just me stirring the pot again, I WAS JUST JOKING LOL!!!

Once I got the picture and posted it on Facebook I just waited, and waited, and waited. I got a couple “thumbs up” from people I fully expected to show their approval but no bantering started at all. I guess that was out of respect just in case I was a true Trump supporter LOL!!

Anyway, I let that post stand for I think 2 days and then let the cat out of the bag on why I did that and then some of the banter opened up and some fun was had. After about two more days I deleted the post altogether so I didn’t have anything real political like on my page LOL!!! So it didn’t have the effect I thought and hoped I might get but I still got a laugh out of it numerous time even if I was the only one that was amused LOL!!!

Ok, that pretty much ends it for our Show Low stay. At the time of this posting we have already moved on to a location a few miles outside of Winslow Arizona and have at least two, maybe three updates to do for that area AND we left there and headed to Farmington New Mexico where we are now spending 4 day so we need to buckle down and get caught up.

We hope everyone has a Happy and safe 4th of July!!

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Road trip to Holbrook Arizona

Friday (6/19) we decided to take a little road trip to Holbrook Arizona, roughly 50 miles north from our campground, to have a look see.

Holbrook sits at an elevation of 5082’ and has a population of around 5093 as of 2018 but was first inhabited by the Anasazi, then Puebloans, then the Navajo and Apache.

Holbrook was founded in 1881 or 1882 when the railroad was built and named to honor the first chief engineer of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, Henry Randolph Holbrook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holbrook at one time was known as “the town too tough for women and churches” and in 1914 was said to be the only county seat in the U.S. that didn’t have a church.

President Roosevelt named the Petrified Forest (including part of the Painted Desert) a National Monument in 1906 and Holbrook was incorporated in 1917. Most of the Beale Wagon Road became Route 66 in 1926 and passed through both the Petrified Forest and Holbrook and tourism started taking over the economy.

But like so many towns along old Route 66 the I-40 Freeway was developed on the area in the 1960’s and the economy started to suffer.

 

 

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Driving around it was easy to find bits and pieces of the past even though most things were just locked up behind fences and mostly in disarray but to be honest the town was sort of depressing to us and we didn’t put forth a whole lot of effort searching out everything it might have had to offer. In fact we probably spent more time walking around the old Wigwam Village than anything else during our visit but then when I see old iron I am easily distracted.

Frank Redford was the architect for the design and the Chester E Lewis of Holbrook constructed the motel and opened it for business in May of 1950 and the Lewis family has owned and operated it to this very day.

 

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The layout of the 15 hotel room is designed to give the image of the teepees of the Plains Indians. They decided that that the name “Wigwam Village” was more pleasing than “Teepee Village” and it has been called Wigwam Village ever since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once we finished in Holbrook we headed back home and pretty much chilled the remainder of the day.

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