John and Sandy's RV Adventure Journal

Tag Archive: Hiking

Paraje NM

        We were out by 9am to explore. The area here is so vast there is a lot of mileage between things to see. So we headed first for the El Malpais Natl Monument Visitors Center. We talked to a ranger for a while and she gave us a lot of good info on the park and also El Morrow NM. We watched a couple movies on the area and then started our drive. It was a 20 mile drive to the visitors center and now about 45 miles from here to El Morrow.
      On the way we drive through El Malpais. At El Morrow there is a 1 mile hike along the bottom and we got to see hundreds of petroglyths. John took the additional 2 mile hike up to the top of the rock to see the native dwellings. I hung out at the visitors center and listened to a ranger talk on the history of the area and why it is a Natl Monument.
      When John got back we had a picnic and started our drive back. It was later in the afternoon with overcast skies and some rain showers. Along the way we saw a big herd of female Elks with their babies.


Holbrook AZ

        Today we headed up to the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Parks. Even though they have different names, the parks are combined. We started on the North side at the visitors center and watched a movie on the parks.
        The drive through the parks is about 30 miles. Along the way there are various overlooks and places to do short hikes. We stopped to see the refurbished Painted Desert Inn. This was also a Harvey House Hotel in the 50’s. Another stop was the old Studebaker where old RT 66 was. Looking at it you wouldn’t have known there was ever a road there. We also stopped to walk along some old pueblo dwellings and see hundreds of petroglyphs.

Winslow, AZ

       This morning we sat outside enjoying coffee along Rt 66 with 66 degrees. Nice morning. Later this morning we headed down the road to Meteor Crater Natl Landmark. The Meteor that hit 50,000 years ago was half the size of a football field but left a hole a mile in circumference and 700 feet deep. We watched a short movie about the meteor and then took a ranger guided ½ mile hike along the rim.
Now we headed about 30 miles to Walnut Canyon Natl Monument. About 900 years ago people built dwellings in the side of the cliffs. We watched a short movie about the area and then took a mile hike. It was only a mile, but we had 240 steps down and then the hike and then 240 steps up. We took our time and it was a little overcast which was nice. The hike took us around a rock formation called the island. Along this path were all different dwellings. As we looked across the canyon cliffs, we saw a lot of dwellings all over.
With our hike done, we headed to Twin Arrows Casino which was on the way back. First we took a break at the bar and I had a couple lemon drop martini’s. We played some video poker, slots and blackjack. Had a couple more cocktails and then headed home.

Cedar City, UT

       John is finishing up the truck and I’m working on my journal, pictures and website. In the afternoon we headed up to Kolob Canyons area of Zion National Park. We took the 5 mile scenic drive up to the Timber Creek Overlook Trail. Along the way there were pullouts for overlooks. This area is just beautiful. Pictures and words don’t do it justice. We took the Timber Creek trail which is a 1 mile round trip with some elevation change. It brought us to an area where we overlooked a valley, parts of lower Zion NP and awesome rock formations.
       After our hike, we headed home, had dinner and regrouped. Now we went to Mike’s Tavern for a couple cocktails. They have free video games and pool today. So John and I played some pool and some Ms. Pacman. Candy and Traci joined us and then we all went back to our campsite. We listened to music, had some cocktails and hung-out.