S: Mike's Retirement Trip 2012
FC: Mike's Retirement Trip 2012 | " Adventures..."
1: As soon as Mike decided that he was really going to retire we started planning this trip. Mickey made fun of me for using a "paper" map. Like all plans they tend to change along the way. Getting on the wrong road or breakdowns or simply not following the plan.Either way it was a fantastic trip that we will remember always | 2012 | Roscoe, TX Trinidad, CO Salido, CO Durango, CO Tuba City, AZ Flagstaff, AZ Winslow, AZ Alpine, AZ Fort Davis, TX Del Rio, TX | 3800 miles
2: Turkey Texas | Turkey is the home of Bob Wills. Every Year they have thousands of people show up for the Bob Wills Festival. Maybe we'll go back soon and stay in this hotel!
3: We spent the first night with Jerry & Terecia in Roscoe, Tx., Windmill Capital of the World | The Old Settlement of Clairmont, Tx.
4: The scenery around Palo Duro Canyon is fantastic. Great colors! Opposite are pictures of the black lava rock near Capulin, New Mexico
6: This is when he really wished he had a gun and an out of state license! | Mike was thrilled when we finally started seeing all the wildlife. | Mike wanted to shoot him. So I shot him with my camera! | Wild turkeys!
7: Ravens are huge! | Deer, prairie chickens, ravens, Elk and Chipmunks But no Bears! | Don't know if this is a ground squirrel or a chipmunk. But he's cute!
8: This turned into a fantastic mistake! Started out heading to the Highway of Legends. Instead of going around the mountain we went over! Way Over!! | Baca House Trinidad, Co
11: This was such a treat! The higher we went the more snow on the ground! We got on this road by mistake but it was a mistake that we were glad we made. The views were incredible!
12: Heights are not my thing! I handed Mike the camera and let him walk out to the middle of the bridge to take pictures!
15: When we left the Royal Gorge we headed further West following the Arkansas River towards Salido, Co. | It seemed as if the terrain changed from mile to mile | Lots of road but never dull!
17: The road to Durango... About 17 miles out of town we stopped to take pictures and found out the truck was making an awful racket. We turned around and limped back to Salido where we got a room and found out the best place to fix the truck was right next door! Of course it was nearly closing time. Mike got up early the next morning and got the truck in. They said they would try to have us out by noon. Naturally check out time for our room was eleven. But the clerk said don't worry, stay as long as we needed and he would not charge us for an extra night. Truck fixed and back on the road by ten!. There are still nice people in the world!
18: Wolf Creek Pass takes you up over The Great Divide.There were so many dead trees and still it was gorgeous!
19: Mike was standing on copper strip of the Continental Divide
21: When we got into Durango, we hurried to the train station to get our tickets for the next morning to ride the train up to Silverton!At the hotel we found that Wanda Ashley, a friend from high school was staying two doors down! It's a small world!
23: I wish I were not so scared of heights. I would have enjoyed this so much more. People kept getting up to see the scenery and I kept leaning the opposite way to keep the train from falling off the track! I wanted to yell "Get Back in Your Seat!"
24: Rainbows over High Bridge | Good place for trout fishing
25: Sunshine & Rainbows | Steam over the water created these rainbows!
27: More train scenery.....
28: Next stop was Hovensweep National Monument between Cortez, Co. and Blanding, Utah. There were goats, cows and horses wandering across the roads. | W
30: These are taken in the area around Hovensweep
32: Four Corners | This was the first place Mike mentioned when we started planning this trip. There is not a lot there but well worth going to see. We bought some jewelry from a very nice Ute Indian woman. She was nice enough to pose for a picture!
34: We were so impressed with the scenery in Utah. It is so rugged and beautiful. I would love to go back and see more of the state.. We planned on spending the night but this was another plan change.. We covered a lot of territory on one day.
35: We planned on taking this road but when the park ranger showed me the picture I said "Oh, HELL No!"
38: Natural Bridge Monument near Blanding, Utah
41: Valley of the Gods near Mexican Hat, Utah. See if you can find the setting hen, Warriors, Castle Rock, or the Battleship.
42: WOW These pictures do not do justice to the beauty of this park! Wish we were younger so we could do some hiking in this area. There is also camping places available
44: Monument Valley, Colorado It was too dark to see much when we came through here. Guess we'll have to go back! We were going to try to get a room in Kayenta, Co. but there were no vacancies anywhere in town. The clerk at one hotel told us there was a place about 10 miles down that was not "as nice". We pulled in and booked a room for $95. Turned out "not as nice" was an old trailer house that had been divided into two rooms! Got our money back and headed on down the road. Made it to Tuba City by 9:30 pm. | In Winslow, Az Mike hit the bar, had two drinks and then found the hot tub. He said it was the best nights sleep he had so far!
49: Grand Canyon, Arizona
50: Beautiful | Amazing
51: Grand Canyon | pictures can't do it justice
54: Petrified Forest
56: Petroglyphs and ruins
57: We took way too many pictures of the Petrified Forest. But there were petrified trees everywhere! There is one area that has hundreds of petroglyphs but you really needed to hike down into the valley to see all of them. We're too out of shape to do that much hiking!
58: Painted Desert
61: This is the area where the old Route 66 went through.. Sure wish we could have traveled it way back when. Maybe in a convertible!
62: Alpine, Az. We loved this cabin. We stayed two nights. | We chased down this truck to get this picture of an elk rack
63: We could hear the Elk bugling from the porch at night | Mike eating ice cream in Show Low
64: While staying in Alpine we took a scenic route around the area. We made a big loop around through Show Low, Springerville, Fort Apache and back to Alpine for another night in the cabin.
67: Snow fences!
68: This was Fort Apache, Arizona. There are still some of the officers quarters that have been preserved. And there is a school in the park still being used.
69: I jokingly told Mike that I saw no mention of John Wayne anywhere. After all, he did star in the movie!
70: ...that's Dad :)
71: driving through El Paso
75: The Pecos River in West Texas | Some of the scenery around Sanderson, Tx | Almost to Jerry's...
76: Rounded out the trip with a visit to Jerry, Haley & kids.
77: Jerry was in process of building a rock duck pond. Kids loved it!