Day 7-8 Yosemite

Hello to all! After a long day of driving we made it to OAKHURST. Another cute little town outside of Yosemite. The drive here some up and down valleys. A bit more traffic. It also must be harvest time as we saw many fruit stands with cherries, blueberries and strawberries. We also saw vineyards that were green and just past blossoms I think. We also saw trees, some orange trees and others must be some kind of nut trees. These trees were from mature to seedlings. Of course everything seems to be irrigated. OAKHURST is at about 4,000 ft. We checked out a few resale shops, a quilt shop and other little shops to get a little walking in.

This morning we got up early and headed to Yosemite around 730. We had a few cars but a lot of curved roads. We traveled about 1 1/2 hrs when we got to Glacier Point. It looks directly at the half dome and some beautiful mountains still with a bit of snow. We saw several waterfalls from the snow melt. It was around 50 degrees at the top. Elevation around 8,000 ft. We did a little walking but the altitude really plays with your tolerance and are small colds just coming to an end I hope. We were able to see the popular Valley and had decided not to drive more that we had seen a lot. Also as we drove back down we stopped at several turn offs to take in the views. Then there was a steady stream of cars going up. We went past several areas affected by forest fires. It looks like they are able to salvage some timbers for logging.

Well enjoy the pictures, we enjoyed the views, the sounds of birds and water from waterfalls or streams.

Tomorrow is another longer drive to Eureka and viewing the Redwoods.

Posting a day later due to slow internet at last hotel.

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Day 6 Lake Mead

Today is our second day in Boulder City. We both commented that this seems like a honeymoon trip with all the different things we are seeing and probably covering more ground. Our honeymoon was to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. We are also getting good use of our senior national pass.

This morning I found a neat place to hike. It was the old railroad that brought supplies to the Hoover Dam while being built. This is a little bit how it looked.

Historic Railroad trail

Another sunny warm day but hike was fairly flat and I made it to 4 of the tunnels. Dan went on to the last. I sure was hot coming back and more people were just starting out. We went to the visitor station and they had a nice movie and display about the area. I so much enjoyed the air conditioned room.

We had tickets to ride the Lake Mead Cruise during lunch and the cruise takes you to the Black Canyon and the one side of the Hoover Dam. Very nice ride and found out that the boat came from LaCrosse several years ago. We had the Prime Rib sandwiches which were excellent along with a few drinks.

We both had some ice cream after the ride and settled down at our hotel the rest of the day.

Tomorrow a longer drive to Yosemite area. Will be staying just outside the park in OAKHURST CA. We topped off our tank with gas costing $3.35. I know we will be seeing $4-4.50 in CA. So glad we have a Prius. Also looking forward to a bit of a cool down. We are planning to drive to Glacier Point in Yosemite with a hike at the top.

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Day 5…travels to Hoover Dam-Boulder City

We set off to the Hoover Dam, something I have wanted to see and view this engineering marvel. As we travel gas prices heading up. $2.95 as we left Lake Havasu. Nevada is easily $3.15.

We arrived and drove over the Pat Tillman bridge. You cannot see the Hoover Dam from driving but had to take the turn off and park in lot and then you can walk on the bridge and take in the view of the dam. Another warm day easily in 90’s.

After seeing the Dam we headed to Boulder City, decided on an early lunch and yet another brewery….Boulder Dam Brewery. Pretty cool place with good food and beer.

Then we headed to a neat interactive Hoover Dam Museum. We had access passes as during the time the Dam was being built you had to have passes or permits to stay in the area.

So ends today’s adventure and we look forward to boat ride on Lake Meade.

Happy Quilting.

Day 4 return Western swing

Lake Havasu is a very pretty City especially near London Bridge. This is the original London Bridge that was in London, taken apart and reassembled here in Lake Havasu. It even has some bullet holes from World War II. There is a quite British village surrounding the east side of bridge.

We were hoping to get on a tour to see the Top Gorge which is a little north of the lake and is said to be just like a mini Grand Canyon but they were sold out. So our second plan was to kayak the lake. We have a tandem kayak but this one was with pedals and it worked so much better. Unfortunately a bigger wave came and somehow dislodged my pedals and I was unable to pedal. But Dan was able to do so without issue. It was quite refreshing with cool breeze off the water. I think it was close 100 degrees. We kayaked for about 2 hrs. They have several replicas of lighthouses around the island and we saw several of them.

Afterwards we decided to try shrimp in a bucket that was quite tasty especially at the outdoor cafe near the bridge.

Then we spotted a brewery across the way so we walked the bridge to check this place out and turns out the Brewers were playing the Diamondbacks so caught some of the game.

Relaxed day today. Tomorrow off the Boulder City and the Hoover Dam.

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Day 2-3 on return trip

We continue to be on eastern time zone, waking up early but it is ok as it allows for good start. We drove up to the eastern side entrance to the southern rim of the canyon. I think we were there by 1030 am so we headed to Desert View Watchtower. I had read a lot about it in how it was constructed to blend in with the Canyon and also the architect was a women that worked with the Hopi peoples in the various designs painted inside the watchtower. The vistas were absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking. It was a fairly short walk but with the elevation it was a little difficult along with our head colds that did not help. We drank a lot of water as well. As the day went on the crowds grew. It was plenty for me, cannot imagine what it is like during summer months.

We continue Jed to the south Kaibab trailhead. We parked off on the side road and walked about 1/4 mile to the trailhead and walked down just a bit just to say we did it. I cannot imagine going all they way down and back. No thanks!

We decided to check into our lodge Yavapai but room was not ready. So we had a quick picnic lunch of sandwiches I made and then hoped on one of the shuttles to the visitor center. The shuttle service was great, moving so many people about the park and not having to deal with cars everywhere. They were pretty efficient and on time. We watched the visitor movie which was informative and described the over growth of trees and the incidence of high fire dangers and how they are clearing and doing controlled burns to prevent issues. We then took another hike Mather point to Yavapai point. Very cool hike with great views. Even picked out spot to observe the sunset over the canyon.

We headed back to check in and have a supper prior to returning to our evening spot. Well 2 German guys found it but there was room for us. Pretty cool to watch the shadows of the canyon.

Today

Again we woke up early. Outdoors smelled like camping with the scent of the ponderosa pines. We headed via shuttles to the western section of the south rim. We stopped at Hopi point and hiked to Mohave Point. This was a cool hike right on the edge and we could hear the Colorado river rapids. Hopped on the shuttle to Pima Point another great stop and then headed back to our car. So many views but to experience the canyon is so hard to describe or see in pictures. So glad we got to see it. Great weather as well!

We continued to a place that feathered Bedford Rock from the Flintstones. I remember watching it and my husband was excited to see it. Well it was cool to remember them, unfortunately it was not kept up. No very popular but would have been fun when we were kids. We saw several couples are age going down memory lane. And coffee was 5 cents a cup.

My next stop was in Silegman at the Roadkill Cafe on Route 66. Another great place and we had Buffalo and Elk burgers. Both very good. Speaking of Elk there were several warnings about Elk. I guess one guy the other day got too close to one in the park and it charged him and he got knocked out and had to go to hospital.

We made it to Lake Havasu and our hotel. We are spending two days here. London Bridge and some kayaking on Lake Havasu is planned. We wanted to see the Top gorge but I guess they pull their boats out a few days ago. Maybe another time. So we will have a restful evening.

Marine daughter has made it to San Diego for her combat training which should start middle of June. Jet lagged and waiting around to get processed. She had a great time with family and friends during her liberty. Now to the next phase…

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Homeward bound….but first a west state tour

Well we packed up the house for the summer. Today is to be another warm windy day in Arizona. Yes everything fit in the Prius with creative packing and filling some of those open spots with fabric :). We headed north to Sedona. We have heard wonderful things and since it was on the way we stuck it in last minute. Some say it is prettier than the Grand Canyon and even my husband said so. The red rock and vistas are beautiful, quiet and peaceful.

We stopped first at the Red Rock Visitor and Ranger Station. Great spot with lots of information inside and overview of the several rock formations in the distance.

Next stop was the Bell Rock pathway, but it was completely filled so we drove on to the next vista point Courthouse vista. Again pretty full but we found a spot. We walked on some of the trails headed up the north side of the Bell rock. Lots of people were on the trail. Such a beautiful vista and some actually were going to the top. We went up a way and Dan went a bit farther. We did not have our hiking stuff on but was a great short hike and enough to enjoy the beautiful views.

We drove to the Chapel of the Holy Cross and this place was packed with little parking, so it was a drive up and down. We headed to Sedona which is an active little town with great shops and eateries. The buildings all blend in with the rock colors. There was an art fair going on as we drove thru. Pretty busy place.

We decided to take Red Rock Lower loop and I did not have a good map so we did not know where we were going, but no traffic and beautiful rocks and houses the expensive kind. So cool! We pulled off on the side and had a picnic lunch. So quiet and peaceful. Dan said that possibly this is prettier than the Grand Canyon!

We headed to Cottonwood where our hotel is and we were early so decided to check out National Monument Tuzigoot. We drove thru old Cottonwood and this was a cool little town with neat shops and eateries. It was hopping! Walking these shops is not what Dan likes to do, but would be a girl thing definitely.

  • Tuzigoot (Apache for “crooked water”) is the remnant of a Southern Sinagua village built between 1000 and 1400. It crowns the summit of a long ridge rising 150 feet above the Verde Valley. The original Pueblo was two stories high in places, with 87 ground-floor rooms. There were few exterior doors; entry was by ladders through roof openings. The village began as a small cluster of rooms inhabited by some 50 persons for 100 years. In the 1200’s the population doubled and then doubled again.
  • Farmers grew corn, beans, squash and cotton using techniques like canal irrigation. They also made their distinct red-on-buff pottery and built ball-courts. One-room pit houses perched on terraces overload their crop fields in the bottom lands.

So ended the day of travel. Called my mom to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day! My girls messaged me.

I hope you all enjoyed your day.

Vacation from quilting. Still nursing a cold, but it is not too bad.

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Marine Gradation

It turns out that we are spending our last week here in AZ with triple digit temperatures! It is just plain hot. Just had air on for an hour here and there, the ceiling fans work great. Today the winds crank up leading to red flag warnings. It is very dry as the last rain was back in February and that was not much. House is cleaned and most things are packed. Spouse cannot believe we are coming back with so much. Well a girl has to take some quilting stuff back you know :). Anyway I always find some cracks as he packs where something can fit.

Graduation

So cool to be on the island early and the other recruits are already training. You can hear the cadences and the rifle shooting in the distance. We found our parking spot by 0530 and yes people were lining up for a good seat for graduation. We ran into friends that came down for Abi and they said they would save us spots and we decided to go to raising of colors. Every military base throughout the world has this special event Friday morning at the same time 0745. Well we were quite early for this so we took a walk past 4th Battalion quarter and saw the female recruits working hard. Some doing drill and some doing ammo can lifts. We walked down to one of the rivers near by than run into the ocean. By the time we got back some people were sitting down. It was a beautiful ceremony with the Marine Band playing several selections. The commander of the base was there and gave a very personal speech. Quite the funny guy. I guess he will be leaving in June for reassignment. We then walked back to the parade deck where all the celebrations were held.

Such pageantry and tradition. Was a great program about an hour. My daughter said they could not look around so did not see anything. I guess that is why they encourage you to purchase the DVD.

Abi and my spouse not eating to take pictures and she wanted to get off the island quickly. Actually it went fast. Graduation over around 10 and we returned to our town house by 1030. The she changed, repacked some of her things, threw out some things and activated her cell phone. It was so funny that if felt so foreign to her. Even going out for lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings all the TV’s overwhelmed her. No TV or music for 13 weeks. A real culture shock. Then she was eyeing everyone’s uniform and what they were doing. She of course changed into civilian clothes. We also saw how much and how quickly she ate her food. She held open the doors for people behind her. We saw a lot of little details that were engrained into her.

She has a few more days prior to leaving for Camp Pendleton for her non-infantry training that will begin early in June. She has touched based with a lot of her friends. She has probably eaten things she missed but also has worked out. We came back to AZ. We both picked up a cold and hoping it will leave us prior to our west trip.

Happy nurses week to one of my daughters and Happy Teachers week to the other.

Welcome to new gals following my blog!

I am very close to finishing the hand quilting on my mom’s quilt. May start the borders on our trip.

Our first stop is Sedona on Sunday. Happy Mother’s Day to all!