Lighting Up the Sky in Canada

Lighting Up the Sky in Canada

After spending time in Eastern Washington with family, on July 8 we ventured to the west side for a very busy 3 weeks. First off was to go to all the doctor/dentist appointments, labs, screenings, and follow ups one might have to do during the year. So next time you’re bemoaning all the doctor appointments, try doing them in 5 days.

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A Change in Plans

A Change in Plans

We finally put a wrap on all the zigging and zagging in California this time around, and on June 21 we drove north to Lebanon, Oregon. You might remember we stopped here on the way down to the southwest when we left Washington in December. So basically, we’re back where we stayed our first night on the road. Our plans were to stay for 1-night then move on to eastern Oregon to stay for a week.

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Our Final Zig and Zag in California

Our Final Zig and Zag in California

After leaving Lassen National Park, California on June 12, we zigged into McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park to see the falls. What’s unique about this waterfall is that it is fed by underground springs which create a skirting effect around the 129-foot drop. We could have easily driven past the park if it wasn't for a suggestion from our family in Rohnert Park.

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Still Zigzagging California

Still Zigzagging California

After a long day of tree hugging in Sequoia National Park, we zagged our way into Clovis to spend time with our friends the Russell’s who had been former neighbors. It was nice of them to make time for us as they were in the last days of packing up to move to Idaho. Our hotel was located in the heart of oldtown Clovis.

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Zigzagging California

Zigzagging California

We left the blazing heat of Death Valley on June 5 headed for the south end of the Sierra Mountain Range to zig over to Lake Isabella. As we were slowly working our way back to Washington State, we spent most of the month of June zig-zagging around California with particular stops in mind.

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Death Valley Dazed and Confused

Death Valley Dazed and Confused

Our time was up at our Sedona home, and on June 1 we drove the roller coaster elevation change drive to Henderson, Nevada just outside of Las Vegas. The following afternoon we drove to our next destination in Death Valley National Park, California, and stayed 3 nights at the newly reopened Oasis at Death Valley Inn.

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Getting Our Red Rocks On

Getting Our Red Rocks On

We left Holbrook, Arizona on May 1 for breakfast in Winslow - just so I could be standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona. Yup, that’s the place made famous in the Eagles song Take It Easy. We arrived fairly early in the morning and could hear various Eagles tunes broadcasted into the neighborhood as we walked the now popular intersection.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Sedona

Pagosa Springs, Colorado to Sedona

April 24th, we left the high elevation of Taos, New Mexico (6,969 ft.) for a slightly higher elevation in Pagosa Springs, Colorado (7,126 ft.). The drive north was absolutely beautiful. Our stop for 4 nights at a Wyndham resort was all about D scoping this area out for bike riding. The Pagosa area is known for its hot springs, year-round outdoor activities, brilliant fall leaf color, and the surrounding views of the big San Juan Mountains.

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New Mexico Land of Enchantment

New Mexico Land of Enchantment

On the way to Taos, New Mexico on April 12, we spent the afternoon visiting Santa Fe and taking the High Road into Taos. We stayed 12 nights at a townhouse style Airbnb in the adobe city of Taos. We even had our own Kiva (fireplace) which was nice and cozy on the mornings that started in the 20s – a bit chilly after leaving the warmth of Corpus Christi.

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