Sightseeing the Southwest ( Feeling HOT! HOT! HOT!)

  KARE Project update – Sightseeing the Southwest Chapter


Well, we’ve been traveling through the southwest for over 6 weeks now and have done a lot of sightseeing and visiting with friends/family along the way.  This may be my longest post yet for we have been on the go most of the time.  On my last KARE Update – Westward Ho we had made it to Albuquerque, NM where we stayed for almost two weeks sightseeing, visiting with friends and having some work done on “Homey”.  We left Albuquerque and headed south through Las Cruzes, NM where we just did an overnight even though we patronized one of the local Micro Breweries and had dinner.  Next day we headed to Tucson, AZ but the wind was so strong we only traveled for a 1/2 day  overnighting in the booming metropolis of Lordsburg, NM.  Next day we arrived in Tucson and made home at one of the local KOAs for the Memorial Day weekend.  While in Tucson we visited Old Tucson Studios which is a movie studio  and small theme park  just west of Tucson and  adjacent to the Tucson Mountains and close to the western portion of Saguaro National Park.  It has been used for the filming of several movies and television westerns such as Gunfight at the OK Corral, Bonanza, High Chaparral, Little House on the Prairie and many more.  Unfortunately, my camera died while we were there so most of my pictures didn’t turn out but here are a couple that did and a few I found online . . . .


Don’t know the guy in the pic.

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We also went to the Sonora Desert and visited the Sonora Desert Museum  . . .

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Here is one of the many desert residents having a bit of lunch . . .


We found a nesting White-winged Dove sitting on it’s nest . . .


Did you know that the Saguaro cactus ( I call it the King of Cacti) only grows naturally in the Sonora Desert in Arizona and Mexico and lives to be about 250 years old . . . and they don’t grow any “arms” until they are at least 75 years old.  They were blooming when we were there . . . you can’t really see the flowers in the pics but if you look close you can see the small blooms on the ends. IMAG0904IMAG0908

BTW . . . . One should NEVER hug a cactus 🙂



We also took a short drive to Tombstone, AZ to see the O.K. Corral and low and behold it was Wyatt Earp Days so we didn’t have to pay to see the recreation of the gunfight because they were acting it out in the street every hour or so.


The Infamous “Bird Cage Saloon” . . .

The O.K. Corral . . .


The Gun Fight . . .


OK, so much for fake dead guys on the street. 

After Memorial Day we headed to Phoenix, AZ.  We only spent 3 nights there and didn’t explore too much.  We did though get to connect with a former colleague of mine from Nestle and his wife . . . Bruce and Lynne E.  They came over to the RV park we were staying at and we had a very enjoyable evening with them catching up on what we have all been doing since we had last seen each other.  It was fun talking about the “old times” at Nestle and filling them in on everyone there.  We said “Hi” to Bruce from y’all at Nestle and he says “Hi” back to y’all!  Bruce said we arrived in Phoenix at the right time . . . . just in time for the first heat wave of the summer . . . . it was 105 to 108 each day we were there . . . Feeling HOT!  Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of our little get together that evening so you can rest easy Bruce . . . won’t be publishing your pic on the internet :).  We had a real good time visiting with them and look forward to our next visit to Phoenix . . . . in cooler weather!

Next we headed to the Flagstaff area.  Stayed a long weekend in Williams, AZ  just west of Flagstaff.  While there we visited the Grand Canyon a few times (see Lisa’s Blog . . . Our First Visit to the Grand Canyon  ).  Her post was our first visit there when we didn’t bring the “Kids” – Tessy and Fudge.  Here’s a couple of pics of them at the Canyon.


 Tessy . . . looking out over the canyon . . .IMAG1232

Mr. Fudge . . .

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While staying in Williams the temps were pretty nice . . . . 80-85.  Up at the Grand Canyon it was in the 90s.

We also took a day trip to Sedona, AZ with the “Kids”.  That is a very beautiful area . . . the canyons and buttes are so cool!  Lisa had never been there and I hadn’t been there in many . . . many . . . . and many years.IMAG1166 IMAG1177 IMAG1179 IMAG1180 IMAG1192 IMAG1194

 From Williams we continued heading west to Las Vegas, NV through Kingman, AZ.  It was a work day for Lisa the day we left so we stayed on Interstate 40 so she would have a good internet signal but alas, we were traveling through some mountains and the signal kept dropping . . . not acceptable for a productive day so we stopped in Needles, CA until the weekend came to move on.  Needles is just across the Colorado River into California.  Not a lot to see or do in Needles . . . not much of anything actually . . . wasn’t even a grocery store.  We made the best of it for the 4 days we were there.  It was a nice park we stayed at with very private sites and a nice pool which we used every afternoon after Lisa was finished with work . . . temps were over 100 each day so I would do my workouts and walks early before it got to warm . . . Feeling HOT! HOT!  I walked along old Historic Route 66.  Some  interesting memorials  people had constructed along the road . . .

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Here’s a couple of pics of a walking companion I had . . .  gotta look close . . . Meep Meep !!


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Feeling “Not” so HOT! HOT!IMAG1334

Well, Saturday finally came so off we headed to Las Vegas (Lost Wages as Lisa calls it).  We’ve been here going on 2 weeks now and have visited with my brother and his family a few times. . . had a few BBQs with them.  Also, drove up to Mt. Charleston and had breakfast at the Mt. Charleston Lodge with them. 

“Homey” in Las Vegas. . . IMAG1447IMAG1512

Took a day trip to Hoover Dam and took the “Dam” tour . . . that was very cool . . . I mean cool inside the dam for it was 108 outside . . . but it was an awesome sight to see.IMAG1423 IMAG1347IMAG1400 IMAG1397 IMAG1394

Inside the Dam . . . The green tube is one of the Colorado River divergent tunnels . . . 52 ft in diameter and the pic with the flag are some of the power generators.IMAG1352 IMAG1358

I view looking over the edge to the river below and the power plants.IMAG1428 IMAG1430

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The Mike O’ Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.  The bridge was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States] and it incorporates the widest concrete arch in the western hemisphere.  At 840 feet (260 m) above the Colorado River, it is the second-highest bridge in the United States following the Royal Gorge Bridge. It is also the world’s highest concrete arch bridge (that’s a motor home going over the bridge . . . not ours though) .IMAG1427

And last but not least we hit the Vegas Strip a few times, both Day and Night.  Some friends of ours from MN, Ann & Matt and their family were visiting Vegas for vacation and we got to meet up with them a few times . . . it was great seeing them.IMAG1480 IMAG1482 IMAG1493 IMAG1492 IMAG1485 IMAG1491 IMAG1490IMAG1502 IMAG1503 IMAG1508

Check out this floor inside the Venetian . . .IMAG1562

Here is a statue inside Harrahs . . .IMAG1495

Then we ran into the real life ones . . .IMAG1558

Also did the Fremont St. Experience . . .IMAG1531IMAG1528 IMAG1526

Oh, and can’t forget this guy !!!IMAG1554

When we were on Fremont Street we came across a painter who was painting pictures using spray paint . . . we had him do a custom painting for us for in Homey (we have been looking to replace a stock picture that came with Homey with something specifically for us).IMAG1535IMAG1536IMAG1537IMAG1548IMAG1549

Well, I told ya this would be a long post . . . we had covered a lot of ground since the last post and just wanted to share it with y’all . . . before we move on and have more to share.  We’ll be here in Vegas until the end of the week.  It’s been 108-110 most of the time we’ve been here . . . Feeling HOT! HOT! HOT!  Yesterday and today we’ve had a “cold spell” only 90 today :).  Saturday we’ll be moving north and looking forward to some somewhat cooler temps. Up through Salt Lake City, Utah then east through Wyoming were we hope to get a chance to hook up with my other brother before we make our way to MN for the duration of the summer. . .  y’all up there . . . see ya soon!!

9 Replies to “Sightseeing the Southwest ( Feeling HOT! HOT! HOT!)”

  1. Awesome comments and pictures. Thanks. Hey as you come through Nebraska try to catch Alliance zip 69301 for the “Carhenge”. Might be a fun stop for you. Enjoy your journey.

  2. Love hearing about your adventures and seeing the pictures along the way. You do a great job of finding interesting places to visit along your routes. Take care of each other and keep the blogs coming.

  3. Awesome pictures! You two are having the pleasure of seeing this beautiful country and I thank you both for shaing it with me. Safe travels as you continue on and I look forward to seeing you in MN soon. Thanks for letting us come along for the ride.

  4. It’s always fun to read your adventures! Love the pics. Did you drive across that bridge?

    1. Thanks Lydia ! Had originally planned on coming that way but ended up going a bit further west in California and came into Vegas from the south.

  5. Hi Bruce & Lisa! Felt like going down “memory lane” with some of the stops you kids made. Bob and I were pretty impressed with Hoover Dam when we toured it a few years ago and we really liked Fremont Street – had a lot of good luck there! We have not yet been to the Grand Canyon but that is on our bucket list. The Phoenix Botannical Garden rivals the Sonora Desert Museum so you should try to get there if you ever pass that way again.Bruce: you look very healthy & young! If that’s what happens when you retire – I am ready!! Happy Travels!

  6. Now that’s a real “Travelogue” there! Great set of pics and narrative. I’ve seen Tombstone and Tucson, both incredible historic towns. And I envy your seeing the cactus blooms. 😉

    Keep the shiny side up, and the stories coming!


  7. What a beautiful country! Breathtaking at every turn! Thanks for exploring and sharing your impressions with us “office rats” 😉 What a blessed landscape.

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