Lazydays RV Park Tucson AZ
Buckhorn Lake Resort Kerrville Texas. Here is our spot for the next week as we attend the rally here in the park and venture out early in the week.
Driving from Tucson to El Paso. This are pictures in eastern AZ and New Mexico
New Mexico roadside rest and picnic area
The next two signs are from New Mexico. I guess there can be some real dust storms
Sunrise as we were leaving El Paso Texas
Driving from El Paso Texas to Kerrville Texas. I was so tired of seeing the desert landscape.
Finely some green along the roadside
Friday a little thunderstorm in the area. Got a little rain, Lighting and some thunder. It cooled things down and seems the temps will be in the 80's while we are here
Some of the Crossroad trailers attending the rally. Our Paradise Pointe and a Curiser here.
Here is the new Crossroads line of up scale full time trailer Red Wood and a bumper pull Cruiser.
Cruiser and a Rushmore trailer. The Rushmore trailer is like the Paradise Poine that was discontinued a couple of years back
The front of the Admiral Nimitz and the National Museum of the Pacific. This is the hotel owned and operated by Chester Nimitz grandfather.
Ship propeller from an Essex class carrier.
George H. W. Bush served in the Navy during the war of the pacific.
Ronald Reagan served in the Army Air Force during the war of the pacific.
Richard Nixon served in the Navy during the war of the pacific.
John Kennedy served in the Navy during the war of the pacific.
Franklin D Roosevelt served as President from 1941 to 1945
Harry Truman served as President in 1945
Driving from Kerrville to Corpus Christi. this picture is still from Hill country area.
Heidi is sound asleep on the road. Debi says she does not sleep as she is so sleepy when we get someplace. However, I say she is out for the count
Corn fields just a few miles from the Corpus area.
We parked and set up for our stay.
The wind was blowing
You can see the wind is blowing ...wow look at the bend in the flag pool. Looking beyond the trailer is the Corpus Christi Bay
A walk along the pier to look at the bay. There were a few folks fishing and the birds caught the cameras eye.
Sunset wow what a sight
This is sunrise the next morning. It is a little cloudy but the sun comes up anyway. I hope to catch one without the clouds blocking the sun.
US Navy Blue Angle A4
Heidi and I in front of a ships anchor
Carrier propeller from the the essex class carrier. We have seen this size propeller back at the ADM Nimitz museum.
USS Lexington Museum
The blue ghost story
The USS Lexington on display in Corpus Christi Bay
On the way to Padre Island
Over the bridge we would be there
Over the Intracoastal Waterway between Corpus Christi and Padre Island
Welcome to the island
Padre Island reserve
Bob Hall pier
Beach on the Gulf of Mexico
They can drive up and down the beach. I noticed a lot of places to rinse off your car after driving on the beach
Sand blowing across the road as the wind was blowing thirty to forty miles per hour
These guys were on the beach like it was a great day to enjoy the sun
Statue of Hooks baseball player outside Whataburger Field
Entrance to the ball park
There we are watching the game
The protective netting will distract from the following pictures. Here is a look to the out field and across the bay. Notice the Lexington is in the background.
Here comes Sammy the seagull to interact with the fans
Here is Rusty to interact with the fans
Oh ya that is Rusty Hook
Lets play ball
Third inning we are winning 3 to 1
Entertainment between innings. Tricycle races
Here was one where a little fan ran the bases with Rusty.
Quick run to Sammy
This is the bridge to over the waterway and what was so neat was the lighting at night.
Our last sun rise over the water. We will see what sunsets we can catch in the desert of New Mexico and Utah
Our spot at Fort Sam Houston
Debi did all the laundry before we left. Clothes, bedding, and towels what a job.
Here we are at Natural Bridge Caverns. This is our guide before we head down 180 feet.
OK here we go spelunking
Good bye sunlight ... hope we see you again
Water mixed limestone or Calcite mixes with water droplets to make stalactites. ( They hold on tight to the ceiling) Stalagmite is were the water drops and start to build higher. (Might grow to the ceiling) and if they join it becomes a columns.
We are heading down 180 below the surface
Enjoy the rest of the pictures of the caverns
Here is a interesting point. They have a tour where you get dressed up and climb with equipment. This is the entrance.
Time to start climbing to the surface.
Texas wild flowers
Here is a chart of the cave. We entered from the left and exited the on the right side
Bat wind sign
Bats live in these hollow areas
Here is what we wanted to see
Early people are on the grass and some on the bridge
Local string band making a few bucks in tips and selling their CD
More people are showing up both on the grass and bridge
even the people are starting to show up below in the water
OK bats where in the heck are you
OK here is one!!!! A baby that fell to the ground and maybe learning to fly climbed up on a tree trunk.
Here is our parking spot at Oak Forest RV Park
Don't think I posted this picture but just had to get it in someplace
LB Johnson Presidential library. This is a ten story building but only two floors are used for exhibits. They are making major changes so only one floor was viewable.
Statue of LB Johnson
Each library has a exhibit of their oval office. This is a copy of the desk he used during his presidency.
This is the meeting part of the office. Notice the phone in the coffee table and the technology.
The Texas Capital in Austin Texas
This is from the back of the capital. Lots of trees and grass is this part of the capital area
Debi looking at one of the residents of the capital grounds. Almost looks like they are well fed and friendly.
Portrait of past governor GW Bush. His Lt. governor is still at the job today. Gov. Rick Perry
Center of the floor in the capital rotunda.
Here is a shot from the floor to the top of the dome.
This is a picture of the Texas State House
This is a picture of the Texas Senate
Door to the Governors reception room
Here is the desk used to sign bills into law.
Debi on the third floor
From the 4th floor looking down to the 1st floor. Yep there is Debi at the bottom looking up at me.
This is the set of stairs to the top of the dome
The Texas Star
Light show in Austin
Flash of lighting and then the power went out
Driving to College Station
We have seen lots of hay fields and they are rolled in bales
An old house along the way
This is our parking spot at Holiday RV Park in College Station
Messina Hof Winery.
Here is rack of red wines
Here is the white wines
Here are a couple of large bottles of wine. I think this one was $105,000
This one was a little more
I think it is out of my price range
This is the bed and breakfast . They had put out request from students at Texas A&M for planes. This was one of the two finalist.
Each room is named with a romance theam
Here is one of the rooms. I think this was 200 dollars a night
This is the wine makers table. It has been in the family for generations. When the father thinks the son is ready to assume the winemaker position he will quiz him at this table. Once appointed family winemaker you receive the table.
Hangs in the entry way
Debi in the vineyard.
Grapes and will be ready for picking in just a few months. This is a sweet grape used in sweeter wines. Red grapes are grown in a different location of Texas
You can see the red wines in the barrels in the back
these are two barrels one from American make, a little pepper tasting and European for a more smoky flavor. Some of the reds are single barrel for 12 months and the premium wines spend 12 months in each.
This is were the wine is bottled. They bottle over a million a yeat
Vats of white wine.. I was taking a sample at the time
OK time to sample
George Bush Library
In the display road to the white house this was the theme for the election
Debi poking her head out of the White House
Debi in the Ronald Reagan cut out
I was in Roosevelt
DEbi sitting at a desk
After the Navy and Yale the Bush's headed to TExas
Bush in the UN
Debi and her new man
Where is the teleprompter oh ya they did not use it back then
Dinner setting for a state dinner at the white house
In the oval office
This was a the office at camp david
Dog bone dispenser
Gifts received during his presidency.
Check out the gold
gold here too
Now the president has to pay the value and taxes to keep them.
Her the are gifts given by the Bush's
a piece of the Berlin Wall
Guitar given to Bush by BB King
Driving to Arlington
All the people around here love their Aggies (Texas A & M)
Hay rolled up in the fields
Corn fields along the road. We have seen corn and hay all the way through Texas.
Department of Engraving and Printing. This is the building guarded by two rows of fencing and lost of security.
This is the entry to the delivery and moving money too.
Lots of guards in here searching each commercial vehicle going in and out of the facility.
This was our entry point. We could not take any cameras after we left the car.
Here is the book building where JFK was shot in November 63
This is the sixth floor window were Aswald took those shots
View from were the motorcade was during the shooting
They soon put on the gas heading for the hospital
Here is the location when the shots went off
Tow X's are in the road for location during the shooting.
Reunion Tower in Dallas. It rotates while you eat and you can look out over the city.
This is our campsite at Treetops RV park in Arlington Texas.
Driving to Oklahoma City. You still see the round bales but we also noticed some square ones on some of the fields
Just as we were leaving Texas. Notice some small rolling hills but mostly flat.
Welcome to Oklahoma
Well the first big Indian casino as we crossed over the state line
We also noticed more horse ranches in the area of north Texas and Oklahoma.
Horses and a ranch house
OK we also noticed some cattle too
The day was nice just a few of these clouds in the sky
The Oklahoma City National Memorial
9:02 this day would change the lives forever
Here are some exhibits of the offices in the Murrah building
This was mounted on the Murrah building and notice the holes from the blast
License plat from the Ryder truck that exploded.
Here is the trucks rear end
Tire rim from the truck found some distance from the site
No Parking sign from the street
display of the inside of the building
Looking from the museum to the memorial area. The pond area was the street where the truck was parked and behind it chairs are memorials of the 168 men, women, and children killed from the blast.
This building was also damaged from the blast. You might be able to see holes in the walls from the blast. The upper right side you will see the fire escape has bent building.
Here is the fire escape notice the bent metal railing from the blast
Here is entrance through the 9:01 gate
View of the remembrance pond. This was the street where the truck was parked. The Murrah building was to the left.
Behind Debi is the 9:01 memorial
Behind me is the 9:03 memorial. Between those two gates is the memorial area 9:02 the time of the blast on April 19th 1995.
This is the Survivor Tree for the survivors and as in the same area is a number of trees for the rescuers to saved many lives.
Looking across the pond to the memorial chairs.
Notice that are 9 rows representing the 9 floors of the Murrah building. The chairs are located where they worked on that floor.
Notice on the second floor or the second row all the smaller chairs are were the children were killed in the daycare center
Here is the Oklahoma Capital Building.
OK it was time for us to leave and more rain. I sure hate packing things up in the rain.
Well it stopped but still everything was wet.
Time to get packing
The following are pictures driving from Oklahoma City to Amarillo. Just a little rain on the road.
Debi had taken lots of pictures in the past but they were all side views so this time I turned and looked at here for the picture.
Just before leaving Texas we noticed this small wind farm
Welcome back to Texas
Fields of grain
The leaning water tower
Cadillic Ranch just outside Amarillo. This was part of an art project built in 1974. There are 10 cadillics buried nose first in the ground and at the angle of the Great Pyrmids
So the thing to do is tag the cars.
Debi tagged the wheel with a "J"
Here I am making my art work
I think Johns name hit all the cars in one place or an other
This the RV Park in Amarillo Texas. It is nice a few trees and grass
Here is the limo that we took to and from the Big Texan.
Highway sign with the 72 oz its free add. I asked and was told they have two or three a night to try. If you do not eat it ... it is a 72 dollar dinner and you have take home
Big Texan restaurant in Amarillo Texas
Here is the 72 oz steak (4.5 pounds) that is free IF you can eat it, 3 shrimp, backed potato, and an salad.
Close up of the steak. (One guy ate it all in 9 minutes. He was a hotdog eating champ)
Debi and I at the table for dinner
On our way to Palo Duro Canyon
We are here and entering the park.
Heidi and I with the canyon in the background
Here are number of pictures of the park.
Once we got into the canyon the red clay really started to show. You will see here the erosion from the weather.
Heidi did not care much for the view
Heidi just took it easy on the drive.
It is 102 in the canyon today
On our way out of the park we spotted two deer. We stopped in the rad and watched them for a few minutes.
Well we had a great day in the park. Time to head back
Before we left Texas we spotted a holding pin for cattle ...
The sign said Quality Beef so I guess we might see this at the market some day
The rest of the road to New Mexico was flat and long
Welcome to New Mexico .... Nice sign
OK this is what we normally see on the side of the road as we enter a state but this was a first ..... nice touch NM
Although we were climbing in altitude the landscape was flat except for formations like this.
And this were the tops are flat
Still the road is long
Sunrise at the KOA in Bernalillo where we are staying.
Here is our campsite notice the rock and lack of trees. :(
I would much rater have one like next door ... The grass is fake but a tree helps in the afternoon. It also helps keep the dirt out of the trailer.
There is a fire burning out of control 150 miles south of us. The winds are blowing the smoke this way in the afternoon.
As the sun sets more the sky is still filled with smoke and the smokey smell is heavy in the air.
This is the International Balloon Museum
This was a painted ball in front of the museum
This is one of three pictures painted on the ball
Second picture on the ball.
This is the third on the ball.
This is a plate from the 1700 when ballooning started
Strato Lab. This would be lifted to 81,000 feet to discover cosmic rays, space suit development, and planet research.
George in the balloon simulator
After take off I need to find the landing spot and the wind to get there. The wind changes direction with altitude.
On the left I have the indicators needed to fly. Propane level, flight indicators, and map.
Looks like I got an A in take off, C in landing and navigation.
This is the Good Beer Blimp (Anheuser-Busch) that flew in 1979. When it was inflated it measured 175 by 58 feet with a diameter of 50 feet. It flew 20 mph at 1200 feet altitude for 35 minutes.
Here is the Good Beer Blimp flying.
Debi in a mock up gondola
These are some corporate balloon pins. The Navy had a recruiting balloon stationed here in Albuquerque.
The Nave balloon pin.
The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
Fat man that was dropped on Nagasaki in August 1945
In front Little Boy dropped on Hiroshima and Fat Man
A sign used for children in the 50's
This was in every shoe shop. Made in the 30's although I do not remember this in my time some might.
Here is the display
Boeing B-29 Superfortress that dropped the nuclear weapons in Japan. The two b-29's were the Enola Gay and Bockcar
Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber.
Rio Grande river passing through Albuquerque area. We passed over on our way to Cortez, CO
Rock formations along I 40 heading to Gallup
More rock formations along the way
It is great to see how weather elements have changed the shape of the formations.
Here you can see a little closer how the environment has effected the formations.
As we turned to the north from Gallup to Cortez the colors changed to more lighter color.
During this leg we drive through the Navajo reservation.
Bye bye New Mexico
This picture was in a small store and caught my interest. Geologist from around the world come here to investigate and talk about the history of the formations over the millions of years.
Looking down to the spot where the four states come together. A few years back it was just a small square of concrete was remodeled in to this. The four states and the tribe got together to fund the project. See in the background the small shops the Indian good are sold
The four triangles are together around the center mark. Here is Utah
Here is a picture of the four corners together
This is the spot where the four states meet.
Debi and standing on two of the four states. I am in Arizona and Debi is in Utah
Debi on all four states
Me too ... Who says you can't be in two states at once. I saw that on a tee shirt.
Four separate body parts in different states.
Entrance into Meas Verde National Park
On my way to the visitor center the road will climb to 8,000 feet and then back down to 7,000 feet in the park area.
Here is a panoramic view of the park
dead trees from the fire in 2002. Thee a couple of reasons not many new trees are not growing. First this type of pine needs fire to open the seeds in the pine cone, Then, lack of water to make the seed grow.
Beautiful canyons divide the mesas. In the canyon walls is the cliff dwellings were built
Here is just one of many dwellings hidden in the walls
wide angle of the canyon
Here I am at cliff Palace where I will take a ranger tour.
Here we go down to the Cliff Palace dwellings
down down we go
Then a little climb to the dwellings
The next few pictures of Cliff Palace. Notice the quality of the buildings.
Here I am once more
Inside here are some drawings from the 1200's
at the top hope you can see the drewings
After seeing the dwelling it is time to climb out
Finely after the third ladder I climbed back to the parking lot.
In about the 800's this was the first type of dwelling' These were built on the the mesas and were call pit house. These were a couple feet deep and had poles holding the roof above the ground.
Next was the Pit Room and these were deeper and the roof was not so high above the ground.
Before leaving I hiked down to the Spruce Tree house.
This warning was at all the dwellings that required a little hiking.
This is a view to the Spruce Tree house
Here I go again down the hill.
Here is the third type of dwelling called a Kiva. There are a number of them all over the cliffs. The holes you see are where the people would climb down in to the dwelling and also used for smoke exhaust.
then they would all on a number of rooms. Some could be accessed by the Kiva and others by ladders.
You can see here a kiva without the roof. See the tunnel to the other rooms above.
OK what goes down must come up to the museum above. Had a great time. I took tons of pictures but did not want to bore you with all of them.
Well I thought that we were half way through our trip it was time to get a good washing on the truck and trailer.
I normally do not wash the roof but what the heck they did not care and we parked in the shade so I went ahead.
A little rinse after a wash
Lets see if I can get all the bugs off the cap
Here is our campsite here in Cortez. The trailer and truck is nice and clean. On to Moab tomorrow and sure the red clay will make it dirty so it will need a washing when we get home
Driving to Moab UT we passed lots of farm land in this part of Colorado. They seem to have some cattle and horses. But, we also noticed fields of hay and beans we think pinto.
Here are some of the cattle
Welcome to Utah and good bye to Colorado.
As we started to drop into the desert area we noticed this formation.
Here is a closer look ... can not wait to see what Arches and Canyonlands have in store.
This is red and looks like sand
This was a neat formation also. I looked for the names but could not find any.
Here is a picture of a beautiful arch in the formation.
Looking this place up it seems to be a house that can be toured for a price.
Here is a view southwest of the campground. The sun was just coming over the mountains to the east.
Here is our campsite
Here is a view to the south. Notice the mountains in the background
Welcome to Arches National Park
This is Debi at the Devils Garden Trailhead. We did not make the hike but nice picture with the rocks in the background.
Here is the Devils Garden trail
Here is a picture of me on the trail. I did hike back about 1/4 mile to see what was behind these rocks.
I will return here on Wednesday to spend more time hiking around.
Behind the the last picture here are some tall rocks
This is a view of the Devils Garden
We hopped in the truck and headed to the next stop.
Sand Dune Arch
Another picture of the Fiery Furnace
Some formations south of the Fiery Furnace view point.
Me with the Fiery Furnace in the background.
The growth you see is named Cryptobiotic Crust. It is made up of Cyanobacteria, Mosses, Lichen, Fungi, and Algae. If you step on this can wipe out years of growth.
Here is a picture of Delicate Arch from the view point.
Here is the arch
Here is double arch
A zoom shot
Close-up of Balanced Rock
Here are some shot as we were driving out of the park
Today we visited Canyonlands National Park
Just as we were entering the park it was flat like this but it changed in just a few miles
Curvy roads on the way to our first stop.
We arrived at the parking lot at the upheaval Dome. I hiked up to the top of the hill to look down into the valley. I noticed these two black birds sitting above.
One picture would not give this justice so I took a few and put them together. You will see more of this on this trip.
Picture of me .. I tried to smile. Debi always says I look so serious when I take my picture
down the hill to the parking lot below.
Holeman Spring canyon,
We made a quick stop for this shot of Green River. We will see another view soon.
Heidi liked the view from my lap. It was unfair that she is not allowed on the paths.
View from the Green River Overlook
Grand View Point Overlook
Buck Canyon Overlook
Picture of me with Grand View Canyon in the background
The view was nice but now it is time to sleep zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
It was starting to get windy. Here is a dirt devil
View leaving the park
Monitor and the Merrimack formations. These are located just outside Canyonlands NP
More rock formations as we were driving back to the trailer.
Here are some petroglyphs, Ute indians, rock art from 1650 -1850
A closer view
Here are some more of the rock art.
A closer view.
Here I am with the rock art in the background.
This was the first hike to Delicate Arch (North side)
After hiking over a hill it was on to this sand stone up to the arch.
And going and going
Finely to the arch.
Me with the arch in the background
I climbed over some rocks and headed to the base of the arch
See I was here.
I took a few minutes to rest and eat a power bar. I also want to enjoy the view of the arch.
This is a close up of some of the crust I showed you a few days ago. This is hundreds of years of growth.
This is a view of Delicate Arch from the south. This trail headed to a view point.
This is the third of the four walks. This is the north window.
A view through the window. You see this was a popular hike as it was not to hard.
A different view through the arch.
wow who is this smiley face. I did this a lot today.
This is the South window.
Guess who at the south window.
This is Turret Arch
This was the forth hike to double arch.
here I am on the trail to double arch.
close up of the double arch
A view to the top from the base of the arch.
This evening we took a sunset jet boat ride on the Colorado River
We took a ride twenty-two miles down the river and back.
Here is Debi and I in the jet boat.
We stopped at "Wall Street" where people were climbing the rock face.
I do not think you would see me doing this.
Here is some more Petroglyphs. These were from the 1800's.
Here is another one that measures over three feet high.
A view through the front of the boat.
This is Andrew our guide for the ride.
This is Jug Arch. (Like the handle on a jug.)
Here is a heron along the river.
This is Long Canyon and is the favorite movie spot for the Grand Canyon.
The next few shot I took because the reflection in the river was just a thing of beauty.
This was the reflection in the water as you can see the water from the boat.
Reflection of the clouds.
The sun sets behind the mountains.
Leaving Moab this was the landscape until we passed through Price Utah. We started to climb into the mountains
Here we go into the mountains and we are seeing lots of green.
Small river running along the railroad tracks.
We have to go over and they put a tunnel for the trains. This is a nice picture.
Ranchers have fields of hay, cattle, and horses.
Just a spot of snow left.
After the summit we started to head down into the Salt Lake valley.
Here is a train heading east.
Here we are coming down into the Salt Lake valley. We did get lots of wind on travels in the mountains. Here are some electric generating wind mills.
Here we are at the KOA in Salt Lake City
It is nice to have lots of grass and it is much cooler here. Thanks goodness.