Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a Navajo Tribal Park located in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.  The unique rock formations are famous.  There is a wall inside the Monument Valley store dedicated to John Wayne with movie posters illustrating this area.  I have seen photos of this place many times before, but never realized how enormous the monuments are.  In the photo … Continue reading

Antelope Canyon

This story begins many years ago.  We were going through an art gallery that was filled with extraordinary photography.  We were awed and inspired by the images.  Then we came to a photograph that had curves, lines, textures, and warm colors similar to the photo above but on a much larger scale.  We asked the man at the gallery where … Continue reading

Horseshoe Bend Overlook

  The road from Tuba City to Page, Arizona is surrounded by striped hills and changing landscapes.  Look at the colors in those hills! Shortly before you get to Page, AZ there is a green sign that says Horseshoe Bend Overlook.  We could easily have passed by with our destination in mind.  But before leaving the Grand Canyon, I talked … Continue reading

The Grand Canyon South Rim

When you first see the Grand Canyon, you are struck by the enormity of it.  It is quite breathtaking.  The layers, colors, and shapes.  You just cannot help but keep looking and looking. There is an extensive bus system that takes you to different view points along the south rim.  We were surprised how many visitors were there this time … Continue reading

Montezuma’s Castle and Montezuma’s Well

Montezuma’s Castle National Monument is located about two hours north of Phoenix.  Built by the Sinagua people over 800 years ago.  Isn’t it stunning! They used to let visitors inside the castle, but it was causing too much damage, so that was discontinued in 1951.  The name was given back in the mid 1800’s by explorers that discovered it.  They … Continue reading

Fun in Phoenix

One of the benefits of our Southwest travels has been visiting with friends and family along the way.  It was another beautiful sunny day in Arizona and our friends Darwyn and Gem knew of a community aquatic center.  What a refreshing way to spend an afternoon!  We played tag, swam in the lazy river, went down the water slide, and … Continue reading


  Written by Dave: Sunday we got to feel our first earthquake.  It was a bit unsettling.  I was sitting on the couch and it started rhythmically moving.  I thought Luie was kicking the couch and was about to tell him to stop, then realized he wasn’t near it, and it was moving too much.  Nancy was in the bed … Continue reading

Castle Dome Mine Ghost Town Museum

I find that history is getting more interesting the older I get.  And museums call to me in a way they never did when I was younger.  So I couldn’t resist an abandoned old west mining town.  From 1862 – 1979 the silver and lead mines at Castle Dome thrived. In 1979 when silver prices dropped to an all time … Continue reading