Copper Canyon Trip – Phoenix to San Carlos

DAY 2, Wednesday April 5th – Cross the Border into Mexico, San Carlos

Mission San Xavier del Bac

It was a very early morning. Alarm broke the silence at 5:20, breakfast at 6:00 and on the road by 7:00. I’m normally still sawing logs at this time of the day but we had a very LONG bus ride ahead of us.

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Copper Canyon Here We Come!

Tuesday, April 4th – On our way to Phoenix and Copper Canyon

I first heard about the Copper Canyon in Mexico way back in the early 1970’s when I worked for Western Airlines. A couple of fellow employees had just returned from a trip there and raved about the natural beauty. My interest was stirred, and I have had a desire to see this place for myself ever since.  Continue reading

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Short visit to the Pacific Northwest ~ Deception Pass State Park

March 14-21st ~ Whidbey Island, Washington

Flying over Northern California

We just returned from a short visit to see my little sister and brother-in-law on Whidbey Island which is in the north-west part of Washington State, not far from the Canadian Border. On the flight north, we noticed the higher than normal snow fall this year. It is a welcome relief and we remain optimistic that our current drought will be eased this spring with the melt off.  Continue reading

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park – Part 2 including The Slot

March 9th ~ Borrego Springs, CA

Coyote Canyon

We had two goals today, explore Coyote Canyon and hike down into The Slot.  Continue reading

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park – Part 1 with Fonts Point

March 8th ~ Borrego Springs, CA

Fonts Point Lookout

Our plans got thrown for a loop in two ways.  Continue reading

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Traveling – What we’ve got (tentatively) planned for 2017

February 15 ~ Southern California

Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!

We are hoping that this year will be primarily about exploring in our compact RV (Ellie Mae Camp-it), seeing more bits and pieces of the USA and Canada, including our desire to start checking a few more National Parks off of our every expanding wish list.  Continue reading

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A bookended week at three beaches in Southern California

February 12th ~ Back at our shop in Canoga Park, CA

Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach

Just came back from lunch at California Pizza Kitchen where I overheard a young boy and his mother having a serious conversation:

Mom: “Do you still have your crayons in the box”

Little Boy: “Yes”

Mom: “All of then”

Little Boy: “Well, not the white one. I threw it out. It does not work”

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Bisbee, Arizona ~ Queen of the Copper Camps

January 18th ~ Bisbee, Arizona

Downtown Bisbee

Downtown Bisbee

Bisbee, another rough and tumble mining town is just a short drive from Tombstone. Instead of the silver that put Tombstone on the map, it is COPPER that created the surge here.

In 1877, cavalrymen were doing reconnaissance in the Mule Mountains looking for renegade Apaches. Instead of Indians, Lieutenant Rucker found signs of copper. Shortly thereafter, claims were staked and prospectors came in droves, hoping to find their fortune.  Continue reading

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Tombstone, Arizona ~ The wild west comes to life for us

Monday, January 16th (Martin Luther King Day) ~ Tombstone, Arizona

Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, Arizona

Boothill Grave Yard, Tombstone, Arizona

A bit of a combination of tourist attraction and living museum, Tombstone certainly fills you up with facts and fiction about the wild, wild west. The town was inhabited with miners, cattlemen, gamblers, heavy drinkers, gunslingers, cattle thieves, a few lawmen, four churches, 110 saloons, and 2500-4000 prostitutes.  Continue reading

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Biosphere 2 ~ Oracle, Arizona

January 14th ~ Oracle, Arizona

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2

As is often the case, our travel plans are fluid. While driving toward Tucson, I spotted a billboard touting Biosphere 2. I remember reading a small blurb about it years ago and was curious to check it out. So, after a short stop to recalibrate our GPS destination, off we went in that direction.  Continue reading

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