Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Painted Desert, Winslow, AZ

We are in Holbrook, AZ for 2 weeks to be near the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Parks among other things and places.  Yes this is desert and yes there is not much growing out this way but these parks are not to be missed!  This area of our country is so  unique and colorful!!

Historic Painted Desert Inn

At the Puerco Pueblo ruins
there are a few really nice

And then, Newspaper
Rock boasts hundreds
of petroglyphs

Yep, there is the famed corner

Note the mural behind Mike,
it has a girl in a flat bed Ford
driving by
in the reflection....too cute!

Just outside of Holbrook at the local golf course, Mike O'Dell, who works there, gave us a personal tour of the Hidden Cove Petroglyph site:

Mike, our guide

Some nice
petroglyphs here!!

admiring petroglyphs on the rock above

Dave (Mikes cousin), Mary, me and Mike in front of the "Skywatcher petroglyph"

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Willcox Flowers, Rex Allan Museum, AZ

For those of us who have been around a while, you may remember some of the old cowboy westerns.  Rex Allan was a singer and star of many for some years and was born in Willcox, AZ.  There is a very nice little museum dedicated primarily to him near the railroad tracks there in the old down town area near the tracks. 

We visited the museum while we were there with friends of ours, Pat and Phil, who drove into town for a couple of days.  It really was very interesting as these small town museums often are.  As you can see in the pics, the museum is situated right next door to the Keeling Schaefer wine tasting room which was kind of handy;)

The desert is blooming spectacularly this year and here are just a few pics from around Willcox and from our drive  through the Salt River Canyon to Holbrook, AZ, where we are now.

a local band was playing in the museum that day, so nice!

in front of the Rex Allan statue outside the museum, Mike, Pat and Phil

the vineyards at Coronado Winery in Willcox

our drive through the Salt River Canyon

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Chiricahua National Mon., AZ

We are wrapping up our 2 week stay in Willcox, AZ.  Yes, we've been here a couple of times before over the years but it never gets old!  We had to go out to Chiricahua a couple of times for hiking of course, and you may have seen some of these pics before, but it's a different year, time of day and lighting!!!!! Enjoy!

The balanced rock on the right is called "Big Balanced Rock" it is 25 feet tall and weighs approx 1000 tons!

A very unassuming entrance into the monument

Mushroom Rock

On the Heart of the Rocks Trail


Echo Canyon trail

Friday, March 22, 2019

Sandhill Cranes at Whitewater Draw, AZ

We are in Willcox, AZ, for 2 weeks.  Our stay here was primarily planned around revisiting some great hiking areas and wineries.  The sandhill cranes roost in this area during the winter months and are usually gone by mid March so we did not expect to see them.....  When we arrived and heard them flying overhead I was thrilled.  This very cold winter has kept many of them down here longer than normal.

We had to drive about an hour further south to Whitewater Draw to see them during the day.  It sure was worth it!  List time we were here and I took pics of them it was closer to Willcox in The Playa and we could not get very close at all.  As you can see below, we were in a much closer viewing area this time!

It is amazing to not only hear them high above but to watch them land right before your eyes!

we estimated a couple of thousand in this group

Painted Desert, Winslow, AZ

We are in Holbrook, AZ for 2 weeks to be near the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Parks among other things and places.  Yes thi...