Sunday, July 26, 2020

Bouncing Between the National Forests Near Flagstaff

According to Forest Service rules, you can only stay in National Forests for 14 days. But fortunately, there are 2 National Forests around Flagstaff. So after 14 days, I moved from Coconino NF to Kaibab NR. This is a much quieter spot!

I haven't been doing much, but did go into Flagstaff again to walk around and see more of the murals.

This one was on a round building at a restaurant.

And this one was incredibly detailed!

I joined in on this one.

I've been keeping myself busy by doing lots of ukulele, trying to learn Spanish on Duolingo, and looking at pictures of my past vacations - including

The cruise of the South Pacific in 2011 -

The Ecuador and Galapagos trip in 2016 -

The Copenhagen, Norwegian Fjords, and Paris trip in 2017 -

And the London trip in 2019, among others.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

It's Been a Month Since I Last Posted!

But there hasn't been much to write about...

One day Shar and I went to downtown Flagstaff to see some of the murals.

Since Flagstaff is right on Route 66, a lot of the murals are about Route 66.

It's also called the "Road of Flight," because it was the best way to get to California during the Great Depression.

This was the most beautiful mural I saw.

Unfortunately, a bird flew in front of David right when I was taking the picture...

My sister, Barbara, was staying where I was, and we went on a couple of hikes in the area. They were mostly "through the woods" hikes, but occasionally there was a view.

The one hike ended at a little lake, where Ron picked us up.

This guy showed us the way.

Back at camp, there were a lot of these caterpillar nests in the Oak trees sprinkled among the Pinyon Pines.

I saw a butterfly I had never seen before - a California Sister.

And I have never seen as many hummingbirds at my feeder as here! And they could even share!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Quarantining Near Flagstaff

When I left off, I had moved up the hill to the forest near Flagstaff. The weather is perfect here!

One day I went on a road trip to check out part of Route 66. The first stop was the cute little town of Seligman.

There are murals all over town, representing Route 66, that goes from Chicago to Santa Monica.

This showed the distance to various points along the way.

This hotel had murals all along the front. Just gorgeous!

There was lots of old memorabilia all over town. I thought it was funny that this restaurant served "dead chicken."

I then went back towards Williams on the old Route 66. There were lots of Burma Shave signs along the way.

Williams also has some cute stuff in town.

I even got to meet Elvis!

Back at camp, we had Happy Hour each day, keeping our social distancing.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Time to Move Farther Up the Hill

Before I left Prescott Valley, I took a trip to one more lake, Lynx Lake.

You can walk all the way around the lake, even going over the dam.

Back at the Elks Lodge, where I was parked, more of the cactus were starting to bloom.

A few Gambel's Quail came by to visit my campsite -

And we often could hear coyotes down in the valley behind my rig. This poor guy was all alone though...

When it got too hot, I moved up the hill towards Flagstaff, to meet up with some friends.

And lots of cows...

Meanwhile my youngest granddaughter had her 6th birthday on Facetime. I'll bet she won't forget this! She's such a happy kid that she just loved it. I played "Happy Birthday" for her on my ukulele.

I hope everyone's doing well, and I sure hope this is over soon!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Lots To Do Around Prescott Valley

There are tons of hiking trails around Prescott and Prescott Valley, but one of my favorites is along the shore of Watson Lake.

I went there several times, but once with my travel buddy, Rosemary, who was passing through the area.

It's a beautiful hike, although it involves a lot of rock scrambling. But the trail is very well marked with white dots.

The manzanita bushes were in full bloom.

Once again, some little guy tried to sell me insurance...

Back at my camping spot at the Prescott Elks Lodge, the Prickly Pear Cactus were starting to bloom.

And this Roadrunner came by a couple of times to say Hello.

Anyone know what this is?

I've been having weekly Zoom Happy Hour meetings with my WIN friends. I'm afraid that it makes me just feel more lonely, though...

Good night! The gorgeous view from my parking spot, overlooking Fain Lake.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Moving Up the Hill

After my stay in Apache Junction, I headed up the hill to Prescott Valley when the temperatures got too high. I stayed at the Elks Lodge, and this was my gorgeous view of Fain Park below me.

It's a great park to walk around. There are trails around the lake and off into the brush.

It's a small lake, and the dam that forms it is an easy walk.

There were some cute little critters on the other end of the dam.

There's a beautiful waterfall on the other side of the lake.

I wondered where the water comes from, but I found out when I walked up behind it.

There's also some cool "rusty stuff," mining equipment from a long time ago.

Back on the trail around the lake, I made new friend, a Great Blue Heron. We kept our social distancing...

One day, my long-time friend, Sally, who lives nearby, came over to the park for lunch and talking. She invited me too, and I had a great time. It's nice to see people for a change...

Back at camp, this 5-foot long snake came slithering through under our RVs one evening. He wasn't poisonous, and was amazing to watch. He moved pretty fast!

It's hard to come up with things to write about in these trying times, but this is my best effort...