Carlsbad, New Mexico

Brantley Lake State Park Campground

DSC_6848 DSC_6830 DSC_6828 DSC_6827 DSC_6826 DSC_6824While in Carlsbad we stayed at a New Mexico state park called Brantley Lake (has a nice ring to it, don’t you think 🙂 . Anyway, it’s on a reservoir and the view was finally great, no more parking lot!

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

DSC_6836DSC_6845 DSC_6841 DSC_6840 DSC_6839 DSC_6838 DSC_6837 DSC_6835 DSC_6833 DSC_6832 DSC_6831We went here for a day to explore the caverns; unfortunately their elevator (which goes down 750 feet!) was out so the only way in was to walk 1 1/4 miles down the 750 foot drop and then back out the same way! My back was acting up and Jan didn’t think her knee would do that so we opted to watch the movie instead and take in the visitors center. All was very interesting and informative!

RosWELl, new mexico UFO Museum and RESEARCH library

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Benson, Arizona

Entrance to Kartchner Caverns
Entrance to Kartchner Caverns

We visited Kartchner Caverns because of a tip from our good friends, Kevin and Wendy Gallagher; it should be on everyones Bucket List! It was AMAZING! Unfortunately, I was not allowed to bring anything into the caverns; that included cameras, phones, NOTHING! They are “live” caves meaning the formations are still growing ever so slowly; 1 inch every 100 to 1000 years! To see photos and read the incredible history of their discovery and introduction to the public as a state park Google “Kartchner Caves” or go to the state park website here: www.azstateparks.com and look for Kartchner caverns. There’s a video tour as well as still pictures.

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We(I) chose NOT to do the claustrophobic mine tour down into the bowels of the earth where we would be most certainly be buried alive!

 

 

 

Our Day Trip to Tubac, Az. with Ken and Joy Turner

IMG_0553 IMG_0552 IMG_0551 IMG_0549 IMG_0548Some beautiful Mesquite wood furniture and a vase, some with inlaid turquoise! Stunning (and pricey!)

IMG_0555 IMG_0554 DSC_6622 DSC_6621 IMG_0564 IMG_0565 IMG_0567 IMG_0572 IMG_0571 IMG_0570 IMG_0568 IMG_0573There was some great sculptures and moving art pieces throughout the outdoor areas too.

IMG_0560 IMG_0559 IMG_0558 IMG_0557We went with our new good friends Ken and Joy. While the girls looked at jewelry and such, Ken and I found this refuge:-). Notice the caricature picture: Castro, Dave Letterman, Marilyn Monroe and Arnold Schwarzenegger!

IMG_0562After exhausting shopping we all had drinks at Tubac Jack’s, including this interestingly delicious Smoked Jalapeño Margarita!

Tucson Saguaro National Park (East)

DSC_6212 DSC_6231 DSC_6286 DSC_6300We visited both the Tucson Saguaro National Park East and West but learned unless there are some clouds the sunsets are not “picture worthy”. Here are the pictures from the East park.

DSC_6274And, of course with a sunset is the moon rise!

DSC_6159We also thought this cacti pic had a bit of a sense of humor to it 🙂

DSC_6188 DSC_6172 DSC_6154 A few more pictures just before sunset we thought were particularly beautiful.

 

Tucson Desert Museum

Spotted OwlOur first greeter at the Tucson Desert Museum was this beautiful Spotted Owl. We had no idea they were so large!

DSC_6556 DSC_6538 DSC_6528 DSC_6518 DSC_6456 DSC_6444We had the opportunity to see the Flight of the Raptors, here are a few shots of those including an Owl and a Hawk!

DSC_6335 Another beautiful pair of resident wolves.

DSC_6324 DSC_6326And my experience to hear what a bat hears! The ears are proportional to my size to match that of the bat!

DSC_6317 And, of course, MORE Cacti!

 

Fiddler’s Cove Marina & RV Park

Made it to our first stop on our adventure here at Fiddler’s Cove in Coronado. Beautiful spot (just wish it were a bit warmer!) We’ll be here 2 weeks while we prepare for the rest of our journey. Trying to determine where we can go next that’s not so darn cold! As of now I think we’ve decided on Tucson area; same temperatures but on or route towards southeast Texas where (hopefully) it will be warmer!

THE BEGINNING OF OUR GREAT BIG ADVENTURE!

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Santee Lakes is just the beginning of our adventure! From here, as soon as I retire on December 23, 2015. We will begin preparations for the next chapter. We’ll be at the Lakes until January 1st and then on to Fiddler’s Cove in Coronado until Jan 15th to set up our 5th wheel for our one year adventure. We will be visiting Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, if it is not too under water. Then as the north warms we will work our way up towards Colorado for an extended stay near our beautiful grandchildren, Aneka and Reeve. How exciting to be able to stay and visit with them for more than a week at a time! We will also be able to spend time with friends in Creed, Colorado Springs, Denver, Louisville and Sterling. Never before had we had this much quality time to enjoy with family and friends outside of California!