Adventure in the Dragoons

This was an adventure that we recently discovered!

Our hope for destination, did not make it up the hill.

Our hope for destination, did not make it up the hill.

We managed to be passengers in a quest to find an old abandoned copper/gold mine and mining town, located in the Dragoon  Mountains.  The roads to this abandoned mine and  ghost town are rugged.  Jeeps are the best way to get there. There are many abandoned mines and after a some interesting roads, we reached the dead end of private property and could no go further. These are not considered “Off Road”  roads, but not all vehicles would find the roads passable.

Not to be let down, off we went into another direction and found another interesting spot to break for lunch.  We did not get to the other accessible mine, but we did find a vertical shaft that had been worked.

We found ourselves again in excitement to do something  new, fun, interesting and yet so foreign to us that it was not even listed on our “Bucket List”. This was a special day and we are grateful to our hosts Bruce and Susan for allowing us to tag along.

Time in Austin Texas at Lake Georgetown

We’ve been quiet a while. I guess that the winter weather has slowed us down a bit and we are still in that keeping warm mode. We spent a month from mid-January to mid-February in Austin visiting family. The three little grandchildren were a joy to be with and they were great little campout buddies.

They seemed to like to spend time in the rig at the lake and are very good s’mores cooks. We walked the woods, the lake fishing piers and the San Gabriel River walk in the city of Lake Georgetown. One is an avid photographer, another is as a talented actor for videos and another  is a remarkable ghost story-teller. We were  held close to the campfire with the scary tales!

We stayed at the Corps of Engineers managed Jim Hogg RV Park at Lake Georgetown, which just north of the city of Lake Georgetown. It was a busy place on week-ends but during the week it was quiet and serene. We took our strolls when the weather permitted. However, it was colder and rainier than we had expected.  We were surprise when a group of extreme “Dry Campers” took the spot next us on a cold winter week-end.

Jim Hogg Park is about 30 minutes from where our family lives, but Austin is limited on RV Parks much closer to our destination. We thought the park to be attractive enough to be worth the drive and with our senior pass the discount compensated for the commute.  It was a nice family time and it was hard to head westward toward our destination in Arizona.

Wrapping up 2014

I like to finish one project before I start another project. Before we can plan the future, we need to put away the past. As Phil and I start the New Year, we pause to look back over our time on the road since we left our “sticks and bricks” house to travel full-time. Continue reading

Sonora Arizona Desert Museum

DSC_0277We were surprised at the beauty displayed in the natural setting of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.  We were most impressed with the humming-bird section.  There were so many different birds in a flurry of activity.

The docent guided tour gave us more of an insight to the many different species of plants and the numerous roles of various animals that live in the desert.   Continue reading

The Trail of 100 Giants

Majestic trees and forest

Majestic trees and forest

The Trail of the 100 Giants is located high the mountains above the valleys below in the Sequoia National Forest.  The highway from Kernville  to the  area is a good road but full of curves and grades.  Phil negotiated it all well, despite my nervousness when looking out into the canyon.  It was  about an hour and fifteen minute drive for the fifty or so miles.

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The Grand Canyon Day Trip

A day trip to the Grand Canyon is just a sip of a delicious  drink  of spring water after a dusty hike. It tastes wonderful, but it makes you thirstier for more. We vow to return for a longer stay and to experience the Grand Canyon for more than just a day.  Words can do little to express the emotions we felt as we looked out over the expanse.  The crowds were in awe just as we were,  there was a reverence at each rim view.   I shall not try to enhance an already perfect place, but will share the photos that are worth many more words than I have for this wonderful place. Continue reading