September 12, 2018

April, mostly Zion!

April was a good month!  A great month actually!

We LOVED Wahweap Campground, outside of Page, Arizona...particularly at the time of year we were there.  It was quiet, not overly crowded, the site was generously sized and the weather was beautiful...and with Lake Powell a stone's throw away, it was paradise for paddling and kayaking.  We hiked a ton while we were there...Waterhole Canyon, Wirepass and Buckskin Gulch, Antelope Canyon and then we moved up and over to Zion where we hiked the Subway and the Narrows!  We had friends come and visit too, which was a ton of fun!  

After that area we moved quickly over to the coast of California, to Pismo Beach, for a week of exploring.  And then quickly up to Fairfield, CA to drop Gracie Lou off for some tweaking while we jetted up to Idaho to visit our daughter's family for a few days, just in time for Spring tee ball!  

Paddleboarding Antelope Canyon was one of my favorite days!

Hiking Waterhole Canyon was amazing!

And challenging!

Oh, hi friend!

A baby rattler...didn't see mama, thank goodness!

Horseshoe Bend overlook...next year we would like to see it from the bottom up!

Mat and Becca, our visitors from Vegas!




Rented tandem kayaks to go into Antelope Canyon again.

Peaceful start...the afternoon winds coming out were not as peaceful!

This time, at the end of Antelope Canyon, we hiked/trudged!



Took a guided trip through Lower Antelope Canyon.



It was a photographers paradise, except for the crowds and the quick pace...!

Spent a whole day doing this...so much fun!



A starry night!  Oh, with lots of bats too!

The entrance to the Subway, in Zion...it's a permit required hike...so difficult, but so amazing!

Other worldly!



This was our pre-hike photo!  I was kind of wrecked post-hike!


This was in the Narrows.


Tripod, long exposure...


It was so cool!  A must-do in Zion!  (Rent the boots and socks, and rent or have dry pants!)


Zion Canyon Campground and RV Park was a great spot! 

Bumped into our friends Lyle and Sue here in Barstow!

THE BEACH!

Took a tour of Hearst Castle, outside of Cambria...it is insanely opulent!



Morro Bay!

Happy mom!

He's cute!

Pismo Dunes

Pacific Dunes RV Park in Oceano...not much in the way of amenities, but...location, location, location!

New Airstream friends, Tom and BJ!

Fairfield, CA Airstream

Tee baller!

She's a great little athlete!

The highlights...Antelope Canyon was pretty awesome.  I'd love to go back with a photography group...walk it a little slower, look for that amazing light.  And, overall, Zion!  It's beautiful!  The Subway hike was really hard for me; steep and long and lots of climbing up and over big rocks and such...but it was incredible!  Such a cool payoff!  And, the Narrows...we went up a couple of miles and it is such a unique thing to do that I'd put it on a must-do list for sure!  Next time, Angels Landing!  

March, mostly in pictures


Suffice it to say, my desire to keep up with this blog has lacked this summer, for good reason...we are having far too much fun to bother with it most days!  But, I do take photos everywhere we go and I do like to review them periodically...and keep track of where we've been and what we've been up to, mostly for our own purpose, but also for those who might be interested/curious about Airstream living and/or a full-time travel lifestyle!

We are loving it, for the record!  If you are interested in more up to date info, find us on Instagram and say hello!

We started the month of March off in Picacho Peak, south of Phoenix...and we liked this spot more than we anticipated, so we moved campsites a couple of times, in order to accomodate the reservations they had coming in and out, and we stayed 9 nights!  It was quiet, lots of great options for hiking and biking, close to Phoenix and Tucson; for baseball games, art fairs and general meandering...and, close to the Scottsdale Airstream dealership...for what takes place later in the month!


We miss the trees...but man oh man the weather is gorgeous...
And the sunsets are amazing!


Casa Grande Ruins

Tucson street art
This mission is a work of art itself.





Mission San Xavier del Bac





Love a good Airstream window reflection!

Go Cubbies!
There is not much better in life, especially for this guy.



If you recognize this arrow you've probably been to IKEA a time or two...!
Yep...we bought a new Airstream!  


Across from ASU in Tempe, we rented some bikes for a meander along the river!
A student took this photo and offered it to us as we walked by!


A sunset sky (edited) in Mesa...we parked at Mesa Spirit RV, where we purchased a Thousand Trails pass...

And...we were getting ready for a MOVE!

Gracie and Gracie Lou!

We traded Gracie in...

And had a huge mess to figure out!  So much for living simply...where did all of this stuff come from?!

Oh my gosh, this was the saddest thing ever... Bye Gracie!  We love you!

Still 4000 Rivets!  Now in a 30' RB International!  (See our page introducing her!)

One day and hours and hours of rearranging...and we have made Gracie Lou feel like home!





Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

Sedona! Devils Bridge

Chapel of the Holy Cross


Watson Lake

On the way to Page!

Wahweap Campground!

We spent the entire month in central Arizona!  We had thought we'd go explore in New Mexico...and it's definitely on our list (White Sands, Santa Fe, Albequerque, Bosque del Apache, etc...next time!) but the upgrade in our Airstream kind of took over our schedule this go around!  And, we are loving the new digs!

The highlights...we enjoyed Picacho quite a bit, close enough to the city(s) to have plenty to do...and quiet enough to enjoy doing nothing!  (Mike hiked to the peak on the Hunter trail...a winding, challenging hike that offers 360 degrees views of the desert valley floor.)  We only spent a day in Tucson but that was a really fun day, love the artsy funky vibe there (and the Sonoran Hot Dogs!)!  We met up with new friends, the Kenney's, in Casa Grande for a day...we had corresponded with them over the past year, about their experiences/solar, etc...but we had a great chance to actually meet them! Sedona was really cool, but also super crowded...we preferred Prescott and the Watson Lake area.

We'll be back!

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