Moab, a 4×4 adventure, Part 1

Moab, a 4×4 adventure, Part 1

We settled into Moab, Utah for a nice two week stay at one of the nicest resorts yet, Portal RV Resort.  The back section is privately owned and gets rented out when the owners are not using it.  It has a separate pool, hot tub, dog park from the normal campground side, it landscaped and nice huge cement pads for the RV and any toys you bring, which we saw a lot of.  We scored a great spot, right across…

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Back Door Into Canyonlands National Park

Back Door Into Canyonlands National Park

The nice thing about the Jeep is it allows you to travel the road less traveled.  In this case, we took the back door 4×4 road into the park, starting in the valley floor with the Colorado River running through it and them climbing thousands of feet to the rim.  I had been wanting to meet up with Erik from www.rvwanderlust.com, he is a retired Coast Guard Chief and is full timing with his wife Brittney and their 17 month…

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Monument Valley, Home of John Wayne….

Monument Valley, Home of John Wayne….

Well, not really, but he loved Monument Valley and it was where five of his western films were made, starting with Stagecoach in 1939 and with the pictures below you can see why. Many more movies were filed in Monument Valley… Anyway, if you want to know more about the movies filmed here…Google it or go to Wikipedia….Back to all about us…. We stayed in the RV park which is really nothing more than gravel pads with picnic tables, no…

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Quick Stop in Page, Az

Quick Stop in Page, Az

After our wonderful visit to Bryce Canyon, we stopped by Page, Az for a few days.  Page is near Lake Powell and is near the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area which surrounds the Lake and connects to the Grand Canyon National Park.  The Lake is more like a huge reservoir along the Colorado River up into Utah.  The Lake is like 120 miles long from Page.  The only other access point by paved road is in Bullfrog/Halls Crossing which is…

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Bryce Canyon…Most Scenic Hike To Date

Bryce Canyon…Most Scenic Hike To Date

After the fantastic scenery of Zion, I was wondering how Bryce Canyon would be.  A better comparison would be the Grand Canyon, since Bryce Canyon has the sightseeing from the rim and your hikes take you down into the canyon and then you return back up to the rim.  WE stayed just a mile outside the Park at Ruby’s Inn and RV Park, which was established by a family who settled in the area in the early 1900’s, was showed…

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Is Zion more scenic than Yosemite National Park?

Is Zion more scenic than Yosemite National Park?

Interesting question I started asking myself after just a few days being near Zion National Park.  Both are surrounded by vertical cliffs, both have been built in the Valley with hikes taking in the sights. Zion is much more contained, the Valley is a fraction of the size of Yosemite.  The difference comes down to the colors.  The Granite of Yosemite is mostly a grey hue, with different colors around that color palate.   Zion being in Utah, has the red…

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

This is a hard post, how do you pick which pictures are worth posting, and how can pictures even come close to telling the story of a place where your eyes imprint in your brain pictures almost impossible to comprehend?  I’ll give it a try and let’s start at the beginning.  We are staying in the Grand Canyon at the Trailer Village.  The Grand Canyon has a great bus system to drive you around the visitor center, into the village…

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Old Ghost town of Jerome

Old Ghost town of Jerome

Another day trip was to see Jerome, Az, a mining town that once had 15,000 residents and in the late 1950’s had dwindled down to about 100 residents who touted it as a Ghost Town and protected the historic buildings.  It now has about 500 residents, a ton of shops and restaurants, and can be quite busy during the weekends.  It still has 80 miles of closed off tunnels under it and overlooks the Verde valley below.  The ride in…

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Sedona Off roading

Sedona Off roading

We are currently staying in Prescott Valley, Arizona for a week.  I have another Navy Shipmate from my Washington DC days who used to work for me.  He now works at the VA center here in Prescott.  We are also just a hour from Sedona, one of the most beautiful spots in Az.  Another blogger I follow, Eric from RV Wanderlust is a Jeep enthusiast who runs a Jeep blog, Jeepsies, had a recent post about earning trail badges from…

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Arizona State Parks

Arizona State Parks

We spent the past three weeks in Arizona.  Our first stop was Benson, right outside of Tucson, but it is close to some other towns in Arizona we wanted to check out.  We stayed in a real nice RV resort where folks get away from the cold north and come spend the winter months.  We were able to take a few day trips, one was to the famous Tombstone, the site of the gunfight at the OK Corral.  Beyond the…

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