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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Arizona and Utah

MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015 Sedona, AZ and Red Rock State Park We have always enjoyed going to Sedona and hiking in Red Rocks State Park, but Sedona is getting pretty crowded. Maybe spring time brings out the people. There has been lots of building going on there. We have always enjoyed the village of Oak Creek. There is a $5 parking fee to use the trails.
We hiked along the Yavapai Trail across the road from Bell Rock and was much less crowded once we reached the Hiline Trail. The views were wonderful with shade from the bushes. You can hike for many miles. There were a few mountain bikes along the way. The view of cathedral Rock was peaceful with a light breeze in the air. At this point we sat a while enjoying the sunshine before starting back.
We have not experienced the Vortex but just enjoy the sunshine and red rocks.  
Posted by Treking with the "B"s at 2:17 PM No comments: SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015 Tour of Glen Canyon Dam The tour of Glen Canyon Dam was well worth the $5 and time. Page became a town when a site for the dam was designated. Above are dinosaur footprint. The view from the dam and watching the rafts leave going towards Lee's Ferry. We decided to try out our new inflatable kayak. We had tried it out at home but didn't go quite as well under the warm sun. Lake Powell is a huge lake and fortunately the winds were After getting the kinks out, we had a nice tour around the marina. Posted by Treking with the "B"s at 4:13 PM No comments: Dead Horse Ranch State Park, AZ Good thing every bike comes with a hiker. We spent time in Dead Horse Ranch State Park and found Some great mountain biking right outside our doors. Some Of it a bit over my head but I can push it over obstacles. The Lime Kiln Trail goes to Sedona, AZ without much traffic. The next day we went over to the Bones Trail and Mike ended up leaving some skin on the trail. Good thing his bones are tough. His left hip is pretty bruised. But it was a good time. The campground has 3 nice fishing areas that people were putting out their canoes. The Verde River runs along side the park and many people ride tubes down it when it is running a bit higher than when we were there. Dead Horse Ranch was named that because when the owner was looking at areas to put a ranch the kids said they liked the land with the dead horse on it. Posted by Treking with the "B"s at 4:12 PM No comments: SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2015 We made it to Page AZ after driving thru some tough winds and cool mornings. It was short hike to the edge overlooking Horseshoe Bend. We enjoyed watching the boats and campers below. Met several nice Canadians from BC returning home after their winter in Arizona. We decided to take the Antelope Canyon Tour lead by Navajos and enjoyed the walk and talk. The guide was helpful adjusting our cameras to get the best photos. The only tour available was the 3:30 and thought we wouldn't get as good pictures since the light would have passed. We were glad we went. There are only a couple of campgrounds in Page and were happy with the Page Lake Powell Campground and glad we had reservations. Many people were turned away and ended up staying in the Walmart parking lot. It is quite a distance to the next town or RV park. Most of the land is Navajo so not a lot of dry camping. The tour company picked us up at the RV park and returned us. It was a breezy ride but fun. Posted by Treking with the "B"s at 3:08 PM No comments: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015 Moab, UT It had been quite sometime since we had last been to Moab and were pleased to find the paved bike paths leading out of town past Arches National Park and east towards Castle Valley. There are also so much singletrack near town for mountain biking of all levels. We are torn whether to ride our road bikes or mountain bikes. There are so many choices when it comes to hiking . We found that there are so many choices outside the parks. You don't have to hunt for parking and there are plenty of arches and streams to walk along. We chose an afternoon hike to Morning Glory Natural Bridge since there is more shade but still had to dunk our hats in the stream to cool us down. We will have to return since we couldn't do everything we wanted. This week is Jeep week and hundreds of 4x4s line up in the morning to head out on a "safari". Camping sites are very limited the week of Easter. We have seen many of southern Utah's Parks but missed the Canyonlands in the past. This time we made it and had some nice walks. We set out for Page, AZ in the morning so after our morning bike ride we are doing the laundry and getting some groceries. Since it is April 1st, I had to play an "April Fools" joke on Mike. After all of this time together, you think he would expect it. He takes them pretty well. Posted by Treking with the "B"s at 12:09 PM No comments: TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015 Mountain biking in Fruita Colorado
We have loved mountain biking and hiking. So we packed up the RV and headed to Fruita near Grand Junction for some spring riding. It is usually best in the spring or fall since it has desert like temps in the summer.
We camped at John Robb State Park outside of Colorado Monument, a must see if you are here. A great campground with full hookups and laundry. We were having record temps and glad to be able to use the air conditioning. There were a few Harvest Hosts in the area that we want to try out but John Robb was great with lots of room.
Some of the trail got a bit over my head but every bike comes with a hiker. Love this trail but will be leaving for Moab in the morning. Posted by Treking with the "B"s at 5:13 PM No comments: Home Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) Followers

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Biltmore and Traveler's Rest

Of course, we had to visit the Biltmore. My daughter, Krista was nice enough to get a gift certificate for my birthday so we could go. We waited until the rhododendrons were in bloom. There were so many colors and sizes. Listening to the audio tapes as we walked thru the house and hearingthe history was amazing.
The Bass Pond and Boat House. It takes a lot of people to keep this place going. We took another day to ride our bikes from Traveler's Rest SC to Greenville, SC on the Swamp Rabbit Trail.
Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail is a multi-use greenway system that runs along the Reedy River connecting Greenville County with schools, parks, and local businesses. I think it could get pretty buggy in the hot time of summer. But we really enjoyed the rail to trail. Of course we had to stop for lunch in Greenville after checking out the area. We think we could spend more time here.
Falls Park in Greenville, SC

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Chimney Rock and Lake Lure

Lake Lure was featured in "Dirty Dancing" and Hickory Nut Gorge in "The Last of the Mohicans".
Hickory Nut Gorge down below. It was a steep climb but the higher we got the less people there were.
There were a few little bats in the cave.
After our hike up the Rock, we stopped in town for a pretty good Reuben sandwich. Since it is only 25 miles from Asheville, it was a nice day outing. The roads are narrow and twisting but a different world than we are used to in Colorado.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Blue Ridge Parkway and Mt Pisgah

There are so many hiking trails along the Parkway. Mike has spent some time riding his bike on it but a bit much in the climbing department for me
Mt. Pisgah on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 407.6) can be seen from downtown Asheville on a clear day. It's easy to pick out since it has a large transmission tower on the top! The popular 1.5 mile (one way) strenuous hike to the 5,721-foot summit is a great place to stop along the Parkway to stretch your legs. It's just 26 miles southwest of downtown Asheville in the Pisgah National Forest.
Then we head back to Ashville to try some of the local beer and food. We walk across the river to the gas station that has some great BBQ on the side of the building.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spring skiing in Vail, Colorado

We got a few last days of spring skiing in before the ice and slush started. It doesn't matter how many days I ski in Colorado, it is the best day.
The views always are amazing and the cold air and sunshine can't be beat.
The number of people participating in snowboarding is dropping off so Burton provided a course and snowboards for the kids during the Snowboarders World Cup. I got to take the boys for a trial run while Krista and Luke were skiing and I was being Grandma. Tyler decided skiing was better since you don't fall so much. Kyle thought he would take a pass. We were glad to spend the time with them.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Marti Gras iin San Antonio, TX

Texas is one big state and since it takes a while to get through it, we thought we should see the Riverwalk.
After lots of walking, we stopped for lunch on the riverwalk to wait for the parade down the river.
We got lots of beads that we passé along to the kids so they wouldn't fall into the water.
The bands were playing and people dancing. Could be the cerveza.
We ended with seeing the Alamo. It seemed so small. But I guess everything is so big now and the work to build it puts it in better perspective. At the end of the day, We hopped back on the bus that took us back to the campground which was very nice. The next morning it was time to be on our way since I have to be in Asheville to start my new job for 3 months.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Myrtle Beach

The reason we decided to go for the contract in Ashville, NC not only for the location but for Mike to be able to spend time with his grandkids. They are growing up way to fast as the time moves so quickly. He took the trailer to Ocean Shores Campground for a few days. The campground is huge but very nice. People actually have their RVs in storage there and then the campground sets them in their space once the owners are on their way.
Peyton and Mia on the beach. I think Mike had so much fun but tired at the end of the day. Hiking up mountains takes less energy.
TJ and Bryceson growing so much but good hearted smart kids. Mike was glad he was able to spend time with them a few times before we had to be on our way.