In July 2015, we visited Antelope Island State Park in the great salt lake. It was beautiful.
It is home to one of the largest free roaming herds of American bison.
Other animals at he park include bighorn sheep, mule deer and a wide variety of water foul , wading birds and small mammals and reptiles. The park, at an elevation of 5,308 feet was established in 1969 when the northern portions of the island were designated as a state park.
The Fielding Garr Ranch on the southern end of the island was added to the state park lands in 1981.
We are back in Casa Grande, Arizona. I am really behind posting on our blog, so now I will try to play catch up. We added a pergola, fence & flower boxes to our spot in Palm Creek.
In June 2015 we visited Arches National Park which was beyond anything I could have imagined. We camped at an RV park in Moab. We really enjoyed Moab, it is certainly a busy place. They have all the outdoor activities, hiking, biking, camping, river rafting & lots of off-road trails. Of course Pat is trying to talk me into a buying a ATV.
While in Twin Falls we stayed at a beautiful county campground called Rock Creek Rv Park. It was located below a rock quarry.
Pictures of the Snake river and the Perrine Memorial Bridge. This bridge may be the only man-made structure in the United States where Base jumping is allowed year-round without a permit. I was taking pictures when I heard someone say “look someone is standing on the bridge railing” then he jumped and parachuted down over the river.
The horse below was cooling off in the sprinklers.
While traveling around the surrounding area we saw some beautiful scenery and small towns.
We stayed at the Elk’s lodge in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho for several weeks in August.
We explored the area and it is truly beautiful. Unfortunately the smoke from the terrible wildfires have made it difficult to enjoy it to the fullest.
These are some pictures from the downtown area.
Pat found a great pub called Crafted.
There is a beautiful monument to our military. All branches are represented.
We took an all day drive around Coeur D’Alene lake. Wow the scenery was beautiful.
We visited several of the little towns along the way.
This is one of the little towns we passed through called Harrison.
We also visited Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park. The oldest standing building in all of Idaho is found here, in the Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park. The Mission of the Sacred Heart or Sacred Heart Mission was constructed between 1850 and 1853 by Catholic missionaries and members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.
The next town we visited was Wallace, ID. Here is a link to The history of Wallace.
It has some beautiful architecture and is just a fun town all around.
This is an old mine in the town of Osborne.
July 30, 2015
We left Utah yesterday and found a great RV campground called Countryside RV Park just outside of Dillon, Montana. Montana is beautiful and we now know why it is called Big Sky Country. I took these pictures right outside of our door.
The town of Dillon is very quaint. Everyone is very friendly. We were peeking in the window of Frecker’s Saddlery as it was closed, when the owner drove up and invited us in. He and his son do awesome work.
This place was quiet eclectic. I would have liked to have met the owner.
We are behind posting to our blog as we have internet problems, but mainly because we are enjoying all these beautiful places we are visiting. We have been taking lots of pictures so I’m going to go ahead and post them. These are not necessarily in the order we visited them. We visited Monument Valley on the Navajo reservation. We splurged and hired a guide to take us places that only the Navajos can go. It was a cloudy evening so it was great for photography. This is truly God’s spectacular creation.
Tuesday May 12, 2015
This morning we turned the rig over to Freightliner in Tolleson, AZ for its annual service appointment. Since this was the first time for us and we don’t have complete service records I have to admit I was concerned with what they might find. I am happy to say that the rig came out with no issues and only normal maintenance was required. The service facilities in Tolleson are 1st class, catering to the RV community and the service tech was very thorough. We could not be happier.
While the rig was being serviced, we headed out to explore Superstition Mountain. We have never seen the mountains before and the day was perfect with a slight overcast, which kept the temperature in the low 80°s. We began the adventure by visiting the Superstition Mountain Museum . The museum is a great place to visit and the volunteers are very friendly and informative. They have been working for years creating a facility that not only has the Superstition Mountain as a backdrop but also has its own “Boot Hill”
and many buildings that were used in western movies.
Be sure to check out the Elvis Chapel! We had a great time there.
As we continued down the road we came to the Lost Dutchman State Park and pulled in to explore. What we found are beautiful camp sites with views of the mountain that take your breath away. We scoped out sites and have selected a few that we would like to camp at next year. Kathleen is already checking the online reservation system for available dates for the sites we like.
After leaving the Lost Dutchman State Park, we continued down Apache Trail Road to the famous town “Tortilla Flats”, it is the last surviving stagecoach stop along the Apache Trail. We had a great lunch there and walked the old town. I understand that there are 6 full time residents so that should give you a good idea of the size of the town. The road turns to wash board dirt from here to Globe so we decided it was time to head back to Freightliner and our rig. We had a great day and will be back to explore further when we camp at the Lost Dutchman State Park.
My husband Patrick and I have lived most of our lives In New Mexico. We relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii in 2003 and have really enjoyed living and traveling the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Last last year we decided that it was time to start the next chapter in our lives. We packed up and sold our beautiful home & purchased a 40ft. Motor Home. We shipped our car to San Diego and traveled with our dog Noelani to Santa Fe, New Mexico to pick up our Motor Home (RV).
We spent time parked at Isleta Lakes RV park just outside of Albuquerque, NM
Looking across the lake at the park & the beautiful mountains.