The Turquoise Trail

From Albuquerque, we take the Turquoise Trail (Hwy 14) that leads to Santa Fe. We have no doubt why it is a National Scenic Byway.

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In Madrid, it’s like going back in time : a small mining town turned tourist attraction with art galleries and museums and…no cell phone reception.

 

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Bed and Breakfast and café:)

The Hollar, a super cool restaurant has the best appetizers : bruschetta, green fried tomatoes, and sweet potato fries. But you need to check out their full menu 😊 Enjoyed the busy birds checking in on their nest above the speaker.

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Can a sky be more blue?

We have fun at Connie’s photo park.

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Once in Santa Fe, we roam the streets and enjoy.

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Amazing Rock formations

Travelling interstate 40 in Northen New Mexico is a treat.

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White peaks to the north, white peaks to the south…

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And then we arrive in Albuquerque, the city. Enough overpasses??

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Fortunately, Isleta Lakes and RV Park is south of the city and away from the hustle and bustle. It is great for walking or fishing rainbow trout or catfish. But non of us are true fishermen and so we walk and enjoy the area. 😊

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We met the Chihuahan raven.  Wish it lived in Northern Ontario instead of New Mexico. It resembles our crow but its plumage has a rich purple-blue gloss in good light. We would surely prefer to wake up to its pretty song 🙂

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The world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth.

First on the agenda…The world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth.

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Diameter‎: ‎0.737 miles (1.186 km)
Impactor diameter‎: ‎160 feet (50 m)
Depth‎: ‎560 feet (170 m)
Age‎: ‎50,000 years

Next : Winslow

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One song by the Eagles, one famous town…

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Then, La Posada, the restored historic railroad hotel built in 1929.

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Needless to say we have to stop in for the best bread pudding in Arizona lol

Tomorrow, New Mexico. Time to head East…

Last sunset does not disappoint:)

Tomorrow, we are headed to the Meteor Crater then Winslow to ‘Stand on the corner’ lol.  But today Ryan and I visit the Montezuma Castle National Monument which protects well-preserved dwellings  built and used by the Sinagua people between approximately 1100 and 1425 AD. Always impressive!

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The ceilings of the rooms were obtained from the Arizona sycamore, a large hardwood tree native to the Verde Valley.

Then we pack. Maria and John and their 3 dogs are also leaving tomorrow, Maria headed to Red Bay Alabama for repairs on their Tiffin motorhome and John headed west with their jeep to work on special machinery.  We did like to pet Mechka (bulgarian for bear)

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but in reality we much prefer our 3 stuffed animals that remind us of home lol

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And then came the sunset…Our last in Camp Verde…

in 2020 🙂

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Sunset in Sedona

Because Ryan wants to go see the sunset in Sedona, off we go to the Sedona Airport. We are told it is the best location for great views.

On the way, we stop at an art and crafts store where you roam endless rows of unique products.

The truth is Roger is very willing to stop because there are buildings covered with signs (the type he collects).

All looks interesting. But shopping with your husband is like fishing with the game warden lol

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As for Roger, he finds out that none of the signs are for sale. The owner displays them  for all to admire 🙂

Once at the airport in Sedona, we wait for the sun to set on the red rock,  like at Ayers Rock in Australia’s outback…

Ryan’s pictures are incredible!

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Winter

Winter fun..

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Skating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa Photo by Dan

Winter nightmare..

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Another downfall in Sudbury… Photo by Mel

But spring is around the corner, even in Arizona 🙂

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February 5

So to answer a question in a previous post… (Visit to Copper Museum)IMG_8521

From Camp Verde, the town of Jerome is only 24 miles, but what views.

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From a roaring copper mining boom town, to Arizona’s largest ghost town…to Arizona’s most unique art and history destination, Jerome has always been a survivor. When in Arizona, it is a must to experience.

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From clay and recycled items…

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Art stores and good food at this Mexican restaurant, a perfect combination…

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Back at the motorhome, our neighbours, have their 3 dogs pose for us. Tripp was born with 3 legs, but that does not stop him from getting around.

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Johnny and Maria are full time Rv living. Their dogs are super well trained and obviously a big part of their life.

Did we tell you the sunsets at Camp Verde are spectacular?

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February 4

Travelling by motorhome, in our opinion, is the best… no luggage to carry, your own bed every night and the capability of preparing your own meals 😊 Of course, you need be able to drive it. Then, you have to be somewhat of a problem solver because there will be some, guaranteed. You do have to make your bed in the morning, wash your clothes, clean and prepare meals. And sometimes, you have to deal with neighbours, mostly the furry ones. This year especially, we have noticed a high percentage of travellers bringing cats but mostly dogs. Two dogs in a motorhome seems to be the norm and three is not unseen… Fortunately, at Camp Verde, most are trained and well mannered. We have not heard this neighbour bark once. This morning he seemed to be saying: Please bring me with you?

The neighbour
We are headed to Sedona, the top attraction in Arizona after the Grand Canyon.

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The sandstone rocks are a photographer’s paradise.

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And since Ryan is with us, we have extraordinary pictures. 😊
Many previous blogs have described Sedona, so pictures only in this one.

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Soup in the crock pot is waiting for us in the motorhome for dinner. We have to admit we indulged at lunchtime…

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Sunset at Campe Verde     Photo by Ryan

 

February 3

After an afternoon and evening of reminiscing with Linda and Slim, we spend the next day in Cottonwood, a small community near Camp Verde.

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Do you see our personal photographer in the background?

Although it is too early for wine (we cross many wine tasting rooms), we do visit antique and specialty shops

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and enjoy a walk on Main Street.

This Community Club House was built in a time of depression to provide employment. It was partially funded by ladies who raised thousands by doing bake sales and other numerous fundraisers 🙂

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All of us agree with this message, posted in the window of one of the shops. Hopefully, we are not the only ones to read it…

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