Blog Mission

Barbara and I are traveling out west to California this year visiting many of our nations great national parks and state parks all along the way. During our journey it is my goal to share our adventures with you so that you can aspire to do the same one day. I enjoy feed back so please feel free to comment from time to time as I love to hear from you. For your information links are highlighted in yellow and the maps are interactive revealing our route from stop to stop.

Doug Peterson

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Homolovi State Park, Winslow, Arizona

Homolovi State Park is located just outside Winslow on the high grasslands of northern Arizona next to The Little Colorado River. Homolovi is home to the 14 century ancestral Hope tribe and is full of artifacts from that time period. Pottery, artifacts and remnants of their homes are throughout the park as well as replicas of their ancestral homes. The visitor center is a museum featuring their culture spanning centuries with many great exhibits. We found the campgrounds to be quite nice with full hookups, clean restrooms and a view of high plains which seem be to limitless. 

Visitor Center

Replica of a 14th Century Hopi Home

Hopi Clay Pottery Artifacts

Bank of The Little Colorado River

Hopi artifacts display at the Visitors Center

 We also visited Winslow, AZ which is famous for the highway which goes through the center of town, old route 66. Winslow is also famous for the second verse written by Glen Fry and Jackson Brown for the song Take it Easy by the Eagles. The verse is " Well I'm standing on the corner in Winslow, AZA statue of Don Henley is in the middle of town honoring the 1972 bill board 100 hit and is a most place to take a portrait.

Homolovi State Park

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim & Best Friends Animal Sancturary, Kanab, Utah

We left Zion National Park and stopped by Best Friends in Kanab, Utah on our way to the Grand Canyon north rim. We toured Best Friends and saw some great kittens to adopt but alas we felt as if we had no capability to do so as our camper and car were full of our camping gear providing little space to accommodate such a task. On the way in to The Grand Canyon north rim we experienced rain which let up a bit for our set up at the north rim camp ground. The monsoon season is in full swing here making it difficult to experience the many views the park has to offer. We did our best between rain showers to explore Bright Angel point near the North Rim Lodge.  We have two days here and hopefully the weather will break and provide up with more exploring opportunities. North Rim Lodge is comfortable and a camp store near us provides us with a place to hang out, shower and do laundry. 

Best Friends Visitor Center

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab, Utah 

Campsite near North Rim

Barbara hiking near Bright Angel Lodge

Bright Angel Point Trail

View of the Grand Canyon from Bright Angel Point

View Point overlooking The Grand Canyon from Bright Angle Lodge

View Point overlooking The Grand Canyon from Bright Angel Lodge

Barbara and Doug at the same view point as the image above

On our second day at the North Rim of The Grand Canyon we rode out to Imperial Point but with little views as the weather was poor only giving us brief breaks to see limited views. Such is the timing of our experience as mother nature determines the conditions at any given moment making it natures choice.

Sun peaking out at Point Imperial

View into the Grand Canyon from the Bright Angel Trail

Lunch at North Rim Lodge

North Rim Lodge

After leaving at the North Rim of The Grand Canyon we traveled past the Vermilion Cliffs, to Marble Canyon where the Navajo Bridge crosses the Colorado River over Marble Canyon. We stopped at a Rock House before Marble Canyon where the Navajo Indians had a stand set up to sell native American jewelry. 

Vermilion Cliffs

Colorado River Gorge

Navajo Bridge over the Colorado River

Worker inspecting the Navajo Bridge far above the Colorado River

Not for the faint of heart

Rock House near Marble Canyon

Navajo Indians native art for sale

Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Zion National Park

Barbara and I are having a wonderful time at Zion National Park. Zion is one of our favorite national parks  with amazing scenery and convenient transportation to all the highlights of the park. We have electric which is a treat after almost three weeks dry camping. The sandstone formations created by the waters of the Virgin River are master pieces of mother nature. We walked the narrows marveling at the sheer canyon walls above us. From Zion we journey to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for three nights and two days where we will meet up with our dear friend Ron from Page, AZ.

Zion National Park

The Three Patriots

Beautiful and Majestic Zion National Park

The Virgin River

Barbara on the bank of the Virgin River Narrows

Hiking down the Narrows

Weeping Wall

The Great White Throne

Zion Visitor Center

The Great Arch

Weeping Wall

View of the Virgin River from the Emerald Pool Trail

Buck Deer near Angels Landing

Flower by the Narrows Trail

Emerald Pool Hike

Checkerboard Mesa

Zion mile long Tunnel leading to the Zion Valley

Canyon View Trail

Cool rest place on Canyon View Trail

Zion Valley from Canyon View Trail View Point

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