We fully enjoyed our 5 weeks in Arizona and have determined so far this is one of our favorite RV spots due to all of the great hiking, scenery, things to do and where many of our friends meet this time of year!
We enjoyed some time with Michael & Meghan and my dear nephews, Taite and Jax. We visited them in Phoenix and Michael & Taite came to stay with us in the RV for a weekend.
|Drummers Taite and Jax|
|Jax is picking up that bike riding!|
|I think Taite is more of a pro than Uncle Tom!|
|Humphrey's Peak in the background - highest point in AZ which we summited last year|
Crown King - We took a drive with Barb & Joe to this great little town in the middle of nowhere. It takes a 25 mile drive on a dirt road to get there. The friendly locals, homemade ice cream and homemade fudge sure made the trip worth it. A stop in the local saloon didn't hurt either for a little drink before heading back to Cottonwood.
|This General Store has it all...including homemade ice cream and homemade fudge!|
|Downtown Crown King!|
|notice the "vehicles" parked in front. The popular form of transportation in this town/area!|
We enjoyed lots of time with friends. It's great to see each other for several weeks, part our ways and figure out where down the road we'll meet again. Although, very difficult to say goodbye!
|Joe & Barb - Joe just turned 65...this is what happens...you need to dress like your wife! :-) It was actually a joke they played on us. Thanks for the laughs!|
|Sandra Lee Smith (writer and good friend) with Taite and her books|
|Joe's b-day party - Tom, Michael, Becky, Joe, Barb, Mark, Laurie, Ed, Taite, Becky and Richard|
|can't beat a DQ Blizzard Cake!|
|Ed, Mark and Laurie (Sandy's in Phoenix and missed the fun...and yummy DQ ice cream cake!)|
|Richard & Becky|
|quick dinner to catch up with Jack & Sue and Don and Jean before we left Arizona-great seeing you!|
|Phantom Ranch is tucked away in the trees below|
|Home sweet home - Dorm 15 for the girls and Dorm 12 for the boys|
|Chocolate Cake! I indulged for Joe Clark!|
Sandy & Ed's house - We had a fun trip to Phoenix for the day with Sandy and got to see where she and Ed lived as well as met Sandy's brother, Hal. It's always nice to see a glimpse of the life our friends lived before RV'ing (hard to imagine life before RV'ing!).
|Sandy and her brother, Hal, in the back yard which Hal is now taking great care of!|
|this is where the Simba (their RV) lives when Sandy, Ed and Cody are home in Phoenix for short spurts|
|I got to sit in the King's Chair - thanks, Ed!|
|Yes, that's Sandy and Ed back in the day. Cute as they are today!|
We also found a great area not far from our campground which feels like Colorado hiking! The Spring Mountains are just west of Vegas and have lots of high peaks for us to explore. We've only hit one so far, Mummy Mtn., but plan to go back and try a few more to keep us in training for Mt. Hood. On Mummy we made it to approx. 10,000ft.
|Tom just loves those dead trees and there were plenty of them on this hike!|
|90's in Vegas...snow on the mountain!|
Til next time...Happy Trails!