For you HAZ folk who've already read parts of the following, I just copied and pasted the text of the e-mail to all my none HAZ friends and relatives. Too lazy after all the uploading of photos to write anything new!
Photos from recent trip are ready for viewing! After you've clicked on the thumnail to view the photo, you can click on the photo again to get the high resolution version; takes some extra time to download, but well worth viewing!
I left home on June 6 and, after a night at an RV park in Holbrook, AZ my first stop was Canyon De Chelly National Monument in No. Arizona, site of many Anasazi ruins, most dating between 1000AD and 1300AD.
Ruins in some photos are obvious, but some aren't; look closely at Photos 005, 006, 007, 031, 034, 038, 039, 041, 044, 047, and 060 and you'll see the ruins and get a sense of how immense this canyon is! Just discovered I uploaded some photos out of numerical order; you'll find two photos of the Painted Desert taken while I was in Holbrook thrown in for extra credit!
Left Canyon De Chelly (BTW, that's pronounced Canyon d'shay) on June 9th and headed for Bryce Canyon National Park. Two hikes down into the canyon on the 10th and a longer, single hike into the canyon on the 12th. Lots of color and lots of Hoodoos....that's what the many spires are called, Hoodoos.
Left Bryce on the 13th and made a quick stop at Zion National Park, then on to an RV Park outside Provo Utah for one night, followed by one night in Jackson Hole Wyoming before hitting Yellowstone on the 15th with a couple of photos of the Grand Tetons thrown in!
Many people don't realize how big Yellowstone is; it has its own Grand Canyon with two huge waterfalls and Yellowstone Lake is the largest alpine lake in the US. Of course, Yellowstone is home to Bison, Mountain Lion, Elk, Moose (Photos 19 shows a moose swimming across the Yellowstone River near the river's mouth)
black bear and, of course, Grizzly. Someone, when I was walking Bo, asked if Bo was my "Bear Bait". I said, "Hell No! Bo can run a lot faster than I can; that makes ME the Bear Bait!" As dry as Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado are, Northern Wyoming has no shortage of water; it rained most of the day on the 18th and there was still a lot of snow on the ground from a storm just three weeks earlier! Altitude at Fishing Bridge, which has an RV park with full hookups, is nearly 8,000 feet! Didn't bother driving to Old Faithful; saw it the last time I was there and, to be honest, kinda boring! Especially when you may have to sit and wait over an hour for its less than five minute show! Lots of hot sulpher cauldrons like the one in photo 19, and hot springs flowing like in photos 26 & 27.
Left Yellowstone on the 20th and spent that night in Douglas, WY enjoying a great thunderstorm, then on to Taos, New Mexico for two days with thunder, lightening, and fairly heavy rain the evening of the 21st.
All in all, a great trip.
Spent this morning washing the Jeep and the cab portion of the motorhome before it got too hot; will finish the rest of the motorhome tomorrow a.m. BTW, if you know any entomologists I think they're gonna be looking for new careers 'cause every damn bug in the world committed suicide on the front of the Jeep and motorhome; and if there are any still living I figure I'll get them when I take off again next Monday for a week visiting relatives in the mountains northeast of Bakersfield, CA!