Sunday, November 16, 2014


petrified logs
Scooting across Arizona we stop to check out the Petrified Forest National Park.  The scattered and fractured logs look like a wood lot with rounds ready to split.

Petroglyphs - Newspaper Rock
The OK RV Park in Holbrook, AZ is close to the Petrified Forest and is a good spot to hang for a couple of nights.

Next stop the Grand Canyon.  We get a spot at the Trailer Village. It’s crowded and noisy but we luck out with a space on the end where we can watch the elk strolling through the campground.  The weather is mild and we get in some hiking along the canyon rim.
Oasis in the desert

An overnight in Needles at Fender's River Road Resort  gets us back in California. It's a nice spot and someplace we may revisit. The final stop before we give our itchy feet a rest is Indio.  Our favorite park in the area is Indian Waters and we are fortunate to get a spot since the Canadian Snowbird migration is in full swing. 

One of our favorite hiking spot (well worth the price of admission) in the area is Palm Canyon.  This land is owned and maintained by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.  The trails are in excellent shape and wind through Palm filled canyons, rocky gorges, past streambeds and up and over desert mesas.  Before we start our hike, we catch a ranger tour and learn about the daily lives of the Cahuilla Indians before the European invasion of Palm Springs.

With the Holidays coming up it’s now time to head for the coast and hunker down for our long winter’s nap… maybe catch a surfing Santa… and definitely spend some time with the family…  catch you on the flip side…