Southwest US Here We Come (Page Two)!
We needed a second day in Sedona so we stayed courtesy of the Elks!
We woke up and the mountains were still there...
So, it was NOT a dream!
The bridge reveals a small stream below
Sandy get an "up front and personal look"
You can take a walk to the bottom of the formation...
What... No bungee jumping??
Sandy decided no hiking today! Maybe we will take the bicycles down!
Back on the road discovering the beauty of the area
Who wrapped the deer in tin foil??
Did You Know? - Big Park is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. The population was 5,245 at the 2000 census.
Big Park is more commonly known as the Village of Oak Creek (VOC), and is a bedroom community for Sedona, Arizona, just 7 miles away. Tourism and service to retirees and second-home owners are the basis for the local economy.
Big Park, the pioneers' name for the large open area that became the Village of Oak Creek in the early 1960s, is set among scenic red-rock buttes and canyons. The Bell Rock scenic area adjoins the north end of VOC, and the town is surrounded by the Coconino National Forest. A Forest Service Visitor Center is located at the south end of VOC.
Hidden away just miles from Sedona!
"I am getting hungry"... Translation...
Stop at the first place you see!
...and they happen to have a dining room!
Did You Know? - The Butterfly Garden Inn, formerly known as Don Hoel's Cabins, is the perfect destination for individuals, families, and retreat groups who want to relax, unwind, and find refuge from the stress and distraction of everyday life. Situated 10 miles north of Sedona, and nestled in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon, our tranquil inn provides an opportunity for our guests to experience the mystery, healing, and restorative powers of nature. For nearly a century, guests have traveled far and wide to enjoy the natural beauty and quiet serenity of the canyon.
Time to dine! Click to see their menu!
We are off again!
Eclectic? Yes, so is the artwork!
Oh oh... The calorie monsters has attacked Bob!
Just like a painting!
Oops! Not dangerous.... Sandy! Come on out of the tree!
Someone was very patient piling those rocks there for such a long time!
Back to the Elks after a day of seeing the sights
April 19th And Williams Is In Our Sites
The cherries in this area are amazing so says Sandy and Bob!
Goodbye Sedona... See you later!
Down the road we go!
Snow? Interesting in April!
Williams was wide open and we settled in!
Sandy had some "sight-seeing fluid" and is ready to go!
Did You Know? - Williams (Havasupai: Wii Gvʼul) is a city in Coconino County, Arizona, west of Flagstaff. Its population was 3,023 at the 2010 census. It lies on the route of Historic Route 66, Interstate 40, and the Southwest Chief Amtrak train route. It is also the southern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway, which takes visitors to Grand Canyon Village. There are numerous inns, motels, restaurants and gas stations that cater to the large influx of tourists rather than local residents, especially during the summer and holiday seasons.
Williams is named after William "Old Bill" Williams, a mountain man and trader who often trapped in the area.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (seated, center) at Greenway Ranch in Williams on September 26, 1932, during that year's presidential campaign. He is accompanied by U.S. Senator from Arizona Carl Hayden standing far right, along with—among others—three Democrats from the U.S. Senate (seated): Pittman, Walsh, and Cohen.
Williams was the last town to have its section of Route 66 bypassed, due to lawsuits that kept the last section of Interstate 40 in Arizona from being built around the town. After settlements called for the state to build three Williams exits, the suits were dropped and I-40 was completed. On October 13, 1984, Interstate 40 was opened around the town and newspapers the next day reported the essential end of US 66. The following year, Route 66 was decommissioned.
There goes the Amtrak... Zooming along at 70 miles per hour
April 20th Williams And Onward...
Time to explore!
The weather was perfect... Made to order!
Time to dine at the Route 66 Diner
Located right on Route 66
Miss Boop greets you!
Definitely a 50's diner!
The "Mother Road"
Just Bob's new size!
134 Chino Street Seligman, AZ 86337
A work of art!
Did You Know? - The Seligman was on the original U.S. Route 66 from 1926 through 1978, when Interstate 40 bypassed it a couple miles south. Seligman experienced its real heyday after World War II, when returning veterans and other motorists hit the road and made the Southwest a popular tourist destination. The Seligman Commercial Historic District protects the historical central area's early 20th century commercial buildings along Historic Route 66, a revived popular tourist destination.
Wide open spaces
We had no neighbors...
The sun sets... So does the town!
The Seligman night life was a little risque
April 21st Means Lost Wages Is Soon To Be Visited
The park came to life fairly early
Bob wanted a ride but we were afraid if he got in, he would never get out!
Moving down the highway!
Must cross the mighty Colorado River
Brand new bypass down river from the Hoover Dam...
The story behind the bridge!
Wow... An amazing sight spanning the Colorado!
Plenty of parking!
The neon lights were awaiting us!
Over we go!
"Hey Bob! Was this designed for RV's?"
Loads of materials
Did You Know? - The bridge has a length of 1,900 feet (579 m) and a 1,060 ft (320 m) span. The roadway is 900 ft (270 m) above the Colorado River and four lanes wide. This is the first concrete-and-steel composite arch bridge built in the United States. It includes the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere and is also the second highest bridge in the nation, with the arch 840 ft (260 m) above the river. The twin arch ribs are connected by steel struts.
The composite design, using concrete for the arch and columns with steel construction for the roadway deck, was selected for schedule and cost control while being aesthetically compatible with the Hoover Dam. Sean Holstege in The Arizona Republic has called the bridge "an American triumph". USA Today called it "America's Newest Wonder" on October 18, 2010.
Pedestrian access is provided over the bridge to tourists who wish to take in a different view of the nearby dam and river below, but the dam is not visible for those driving across it. A parking area is provided near the bridge on the Nevada side at what was a staging area during construction. A set of stairs and disabled access ramps lead to the sidewalk across the bridge.
Hoover Dam looks small as viewed from the new bridge!
The little two lane road is now used by tourists only!
A nice clean design!
Heading to Lost Wages Nevada
We made it....
Hooked up and ready to go!
A high rise view
"Here's to ya!"
(P-s-s-s-s-t It's the same beer from last three days, she sips slow!)
The awning was a nice feature
A coincidence? No, just time to go shopping
Flowers for my lady?
The RV park has a great pool area!
Time for a nap!
Again, we asked for great weather and got it!
Bob is dressed for the occasion!
Now we are talking! Dinner in s case!
April 23rd... Time To Visit Other Friends
Look! A table for four!
Visiting is always fun!
See you later... We are going into town!
In the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, no! It's super building!
Right out in the center of the desert!
Harrah's and McDonald's... Interesting combination!
They even have bright signs in the middle of the day!
The sign painting was quick!
Is it coming or going? Sounds like Bob wants to do another trade!
The 24th Of April
Still hooked up... They will not let us go!
Wow... Adjacent to Las Vegas!
Did You Know? - They are located in the heart of the premiere southwest Las Vegas valley, just minutes away from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Some of yjeir many amenities include a 16-screen Century Theatre movie complex, 64-lane bowling center and a handful of restaurants that cater to all appetites and tastes.
The casino features a large selection of table games and the latest slot and video poker machines. Our distinctive hotel features spacious rooms and suites with 42-inch LED televisions, Point Plush mattresses and Wireless Fidelity throughout.
A unique feature to this property is its Equestrian Center, which is the finest horse facility in the country. South Point also has a fabulous 400-seat showroom that features headliner entertainment and dancing to live bands on weekends.
Plenty of parking!
We came to get some of the give-away!
Perhaps ninature golf might be easier! Silly, it's lawn bowling!
Where is the club?
...and away it goes!
Bon and Sandy were not exactly in the proper attire... We will forgive them!
What is the score?
Dusk falls on the desert!
The neon's light up the sky!
We are in Paris!
Sensory overload anyone???
The place was loaded with people!
April 25th Heading Home Via Hesperia
We kept driving...
Death Valley.... M-m-m-m-m-m-m
Oh dear... Here comes the wind!
We might as well pull up and see what is going on!
No neighbors again... Is it us? We will stay for a while and rest before the final push