2013-28

We have been near Show Low, AZ for the last five days and have enjoyed seeing old friends.  There are quite a few singles who have property near here and they have a nice pavilion set up for gatherings.  Paul led some of us to the White Mountains for mushroom hunting.  While everyone else hunted ‘shrooms’, I just walked in the woods and took pictures.

Paul explains the finer points to Sandra

Paul explains the finer points to Sandra

Paul, Helene, Trish and Sandra prepare to hunt.

Paul, Helene, Trish and Sandra prepare to hunt.

The area is every bit as pretty as much of Northern New Mexico.  The elevation has made for a few mornings that were a little bit nippy.   I’ve had my first ‘summer vacation’, so I’m about ready to head home to Yuma.  I look forward to seeing all my friends there.

Wooded area on White Mtn

Wooded area on White Mtn

I definitely have the travel bug again and won’t be sitting in Yuma as much as I had thought.  I’ll probably go to Quartzsite in January and may leave Yuma in February for the next adventure.  It’s been a great summer!  Many thanks to my traveling companions, John, Sandra, Nancy, Barry, Joyce, Lee, Clairmont and Paul.  It wouldn’t have been near as much fun without all of you.

Getting above the tree line.

Getting above the tree line.

Anything I blog this winter will pale in comparison to this summer, but I may find a few interesting things to share.

2013-27

Our few days in the National Forest Campground were nice, but we did have some rain. Although we cut and gathered wood for a campfire, everything was pretty wet.  Sandra used an old Indian trick to get it started. (She poured gasoline on it)

Nancy's turn to saw wood

Nancy’s turn to saw wood

Sandra just posed for the picture, she didn't do much sawing

Sandra just posed for the picture, she didn’t do much sawing

I really did most of the wood cutting but I also took the pictures so I just had the gals ‘pose’ for me.  If you want a different story, you’ll have to ask them.   The fields of wildflowers were beautiful, lots of lavender and yellow color.  It was nice to get to Show Low and see lots of friends.  I plan to stay here until it cools off in Yuma.  At least til it gets under triple digits.

 

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

View of the meadow from our campsite in the trees

View of the meadow from our campsite in the trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from our campsite

View from our campsite

 

 

2013-26

I am spending my last week in New Mexico in the northwest corner of the state.  That is the area getting the least amount of rain.  We have seen plenty of it so I can imagine what the rest of the state is getting.  We have made a new friend.  Nancy McKenna is a single gal out here RVing and we have enjoyed getting to know her.  She took a little jaunt with us to the La Ventana Arch area south of Grants and we also met up at Bluewater State Park.   We will be headed toward Gallup and plan to spend a few days in a National Forest Campground south of there before heading on to Show Low, AZ to visit some of our single friends.

La Ventana Arch

La Ventana Arch

South of Grants on Hwy 117

South of Grants on Hwy 117

Tiny gecko crawling across a quarter

Tiny gecko crawling across a quarter

Bright orange critter. (maybe a toad or lizard)

Bright orange critter. (maybe a toad or lizard)

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2013-25

Earlier this year, I explained how an ‘adventure’ is a romantic way of saying you were in trouble and got through it.  Sandra and I had a real adventure yesterday.  We were told we could drive up to the top of Mt Taylor.   Not so……..  Part of the way was easy enough but the paved road became gravel and the gravel road became dirt and the dirt road became a narrow winding dirt path that wasn’t wide enough for 2 vehicles to pass each other.   Just shy of the top, I felt like I should not go any further and found a slightly wide spot to turn around.  (I was quite sure I could not back down that path)  After I stopped, I found I couldn’t move forward, no traction.  I attempted to ease backward, with my foot pressing hard on the brakes, I was still sliding backward toward a severe drop off.  I can honestly say I have NEVER in my life felt such fear.  I had a white-knuckle grip on the wheel and the brake pedal to the floor.  After putting the car in 4-wheel Hi, I was able to inch forward and back a number of times and get the car headed back down the path.  Sandra missed the whole show since she sat with her head down and eyes closed the entire time.  John told her she should have offered to get out of the car and guide me so in case I went off the edge she could tell the rangers where to locate the body.  When I got turned around, I had to get out and take a couple pictures.

Looking east from Mt Taylor

Looking east from Mt Taylor

Looking west from Mt Taylor

Looking west from Mt Taylor

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We also stopped at the sandstone bluffs overlook above the El Malpais Lava field.  When the lava flowed from the volcano, it created tubes underground.  Some of the tubes have collapsed creating caves. Very impressive!!

Sandstone Bluffs overlooking lava field

Sandstone Bluffs overlooking lava field

Sandra walkin above lava tube opening

Sandra walking above lava tube opening

Lava tube opening

Lava tube opening

2013-24

We have left Bluewater Park for a night at Walmart before we go to a BLM campground south of Grants, NM.  All of the rain in this area has sure made the wildflowers bloom.    The park really filled up for the Labor Day weekend but the rain put a damper on it.  We will be checking out the lava tubes this week and Mt Taylor.

Four O'clocks in bloom

Four O’clocks in bloom

Indian Paintbrush (Wyoming State Flower) blooms in New Mexico

Indian Paintbrush (Wyoming State Flower) blooms in New Mexico

My photography doesn't do them justice

My photography doesn’t do them justice