September 1, 2007
This past Wednesday we took a drive to the "high country" and loved
every minute of it. Arizona is amazing with totally different scenery in
several parts of the state. Here in the Phoenix area we have been having
a hot summer with a record breaking number of days with a high temperatures
at or above 110 and lows in the 90s. Up in the northern part of the state
temperatures will be much lower because of elevation. In Sedona for example,
which is at about 4,000 feet, the high temperature has been about 95 degrees
and in Show Low which is at 6,000 feet the high temps have been about 80.
We wanted to see what it was like in Greer which is at an elevation of
8,500 feet. The high was 72 and the low 57. What a treat. And oh how beautiful
the mountains were with their tall pines.
Our round trip from our house to Show Low via the Salt River Canyon
then an over night stop in Greer which is on AZ 373 (the road to nowhere).
We continued our trip by going east on State Route 260 until a little past
Edgar where we took AZ 191 to Safford. From there we took AZ 70 to Globe
and headed west on U.S. 60. For a larger look at the pictures just click
We really enjoyed the whole trip. We included two 20 minute casino stops---one
in Show Low and one in Globe on the way home.
The left 2 pictures are of the rest area at the bottom of the Salt
River Canyon on U.S. 60. The right picture is of the Molly Butler lodge
in Greer where we ate a wonderful dinner during our short stay there. We
did not stay there but when we go again we would try to book reservations
there as it was nice and cheaper than the Greer
Lodge Resort where we stayed. The whole town of Greeris
one resort after another. There is no downtown or shopping area but there
is a gift shop, real estate office and a couple of restaurants/bars but
most are part of a lodge.
None of the rooms were air conditioned (no need) but most advertise
fireplaces like the one we had in our room. Almost all of the buildings
in Greer are made of logs like our motel like lodge.
On the left is the view from our front door. The ponds are called fly
fishing practice ponds and from what we read in the literature they have
a fly fishing teacher on hand. The picture on the right is of the Rendezvous
Diner which is a cute little place where we ate breakfast on the porch/patio.
It was a wonderful treat and the food was delicious.
The trip south on AZ 191 was twisty and windy and full of gorgeous,
tall pines. A sign posted right away as we turned south said that no vehicles
over 40 feet were allowed. It was nice that we didn't have to deal with
any trucks. It was slow going just by the nature of the road, but well
worth the trip. Ron thought the curves weren't so bad that we couldn't
have taken the Dream on that road, but sitting on the passenger side as
I was, I wouldn't have wanted to be a passenger in such a tall motorhome.
Looking straight down over the side was scary enough in the car.
Ponderosa trees are beautiful. Mostly they grow very straight. This
one that I took a picture of was an oddity in that it listed a bit. I love
the bark on these trees and took a close up so you could see the puzzle
like appearance too.
We saw a lot of birch trees
and wild flowers. Aren't those Susans in a great spot to see forever
out over a large valley below.
Most of the peaks were heavily forested but as we got closer to the
desert, this one peak was like a forecast of what was to come. Both of
the pictures above are of the same peak. I simply zoomed in on it for the
picture on the right. Notice the jagged part of that formation.
More vistas and flowers. We stopped to stroll around a campsite and
talked for hours how we should buy a tent and come up again. We both love
real camping---cooking over an open wood fire and all.
All of a sudden the scenery drastically changed as we came upon the
Mine. My pictures don't even begin to show the mine, but this web
site will give you an idea of what the largest copper mine in North America
is like. It went on for miles and miles but there was no place
to really stop to take good pictures.
Just south of Morenci is the sad, little town of Clifton. We can't
imagine what happened to it. The Morenci Mine is so large that you would
expect this town (where many of the workers live) to be alive. The following
pictures are of Clifton's main street.
October 20, 2007
I am finally getting around to updating this page. At this time of
the year here in southern Arizona, we all get spring fever. The door open
wide and often stay open 24/7. There are no air conditioners running and
people are outside walking, biking and planting flowers which is what we
did a little while ago. Here are some pictures.
You may be curious about the chicken wire around the plants. We have wild
animals here who love to knock over our pots and or dig up the flowers.
Our main problem are the javalinas.
But the rabbits love to get at the flowers also.
We attended a fun Halloween party last night with our Couple's Club
from church. I am including some of the pictures. The costumes and the
night were wonderful. We had appetizers, Chili, corn bread, veggies,
desserts and fun games. Life is good here.
November 13, 2007
The picture on the right is Ron and I with the angel and the grim reaper.
has been a while since I added an article to our Guest Pages but I just
had to add an article from a friend today. She and her husband and two
other couples have been full-timing together for the last 19 months and
they aren't through yet. We said it wouldn't work but they proved us wrong.
Read her article them perhaps you would like to check out their letters
from the road and photo albums. To read her article on our web site go
Three identical motorhomes checking in at once. The 6 pak on tour.
we are both very busy. I am directing three events and even recruited Ron
to be in a couple of them. Life is good.