Take it easy in Winslow, Az

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Coin Toss

Heads make tracks to New Mexico, or tails we head to Winslow, Az.

Tails won, off to Winslow, Az we go!

Moab to Winslow
US-191 south & I-40 west

Just as we left Moab on US-191, we had a road construction delay from some rock blasting going in. The sign said to expect up to two hours of delay. Thankfully we were back on the road within 45 minutes!

US-191 South to I-40 was not the smoothest road by all mean.

We arrived in Winslow just before 5:00 pm and made our way to the Winslow Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center for the night.

The visitors center have a large open parking lot they allow free overnight parking.

Winslow, Az Visitors Center
does back up to the train yard, and you can hear the trains hooking up but they do not blow whistles.

Up at the crack of dawn, we decided to ”Take It Easy”! Grabbed our coffees and set out for another cross off our bucket list.

From behind the Visitors center is a beautiful walking path that takes you to the Historical Route 66 that Winslow is famous for.

First Street Pathway behind Visitors Center
1st St/ N Berry Ave
Along the walking path
1st Street / N Warren Ave

Once you get to the Gazebo, you make a left and head up Kinsely Avenue to Old HWY 66.

The famous Winslow Arizona corner
Myron standing on the corner
Yahoo, another thing off my bucket list!
What a great tribute statue to Glenn Frey
Myron standing next to Glenn Frey

It’s a good thing we decided to come tour early, within 5 minutes of arriving, 60 people must have shown up with the same idea as us!

A few pictures from our tour

Note:

• Plan to visit the area early before the crowds arrive.

• Double check your photos before you leave, incase you need to retake. ( Ask me how I know!!)

Winslow, Az it was a quick stop this time, however, we will be back.

Things to see in the area

• Homolovi State Park –

The primary Homolovi interpretive resources consist of archaeological sites including four major pueblos, numerous smaller structures, and site features ranging in size from one-room pit houses or simple artifact scatters to a 1200 room pueblo, and panels of petroglyphs with depictions of kachina and clan symbols. The sites date from three main periods: AD 620-850, AD 1050-1225, and AD 1260-1400. During each of these periods there was a concentrated population of people living near the Little Colorado River. Members of the Hopi Nation consider this area an important ancestral site and return to Homolovi for religious purposes.

https://azstateparks.com/homolovi/homolovi/explore/park-history

• La Posada – Historical hotel from the 1930s that has been restored back to the original condition of the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style. Have lunch at the famous Turquoise Room, southwestern cuisine that is all made from scratch.

• Rock Art Ranch-

is a privately owned cattle ranch that is a true wonder of the Old West. The property has more than just cattle and bison: It features excavated Anasazi dwellings, a Navajo hogan and sweat lodge, and amazingly well-preserved examples of petroglyphs carved by American natives

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/rock-art-ranch

• Arizona Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. It is an International tourist venue with Outdoor Observation Trails, Air Conditioned Indoor Viewing, Wide Screen Movie Theater, Interactive Discovery Center, Unique Gift & Mineral Shop, and Collision! 4D Experience Room. Food is also available at our Blasted Bistro in the Visitor Center.

https://www.meteorcrater.com/

• Two Guns and Apache Death Cave

On a small patch of land near Canyon Diablo, just off Interstate 40, lies the ghost town known as Two Guns. Though there are still crumbling reminders of the town’s use a 20th century tourist attraction, it’s been abandoned for well over half a century… though the region’s Native American tribes have been avoiding the area for a lot longer than that.

According to their legends, the dead cursed the land, and anyone who dared reside there was risking the anger of spirits who met a terrible fate. Naturally, white dudes didn’t listen, leading to some eerily-predicable ends worthy of their own horror films.

https://maps.roadtrippers.com/stories/visit-the-cursed-apache-cave-where-the-angry-spirits-want-you-dead

• Old Trails Museum

The Old Trails Museum explores the history of Winslow, Arizona, and the surrounding area through free exhibits and public programs. We use our collections to interpret the Santa Fe Railway, Harvey Girls, US Route 66, and much more. We are located in the heart of Winslow’s historic district and across from the Standin’ on the Corner Park. Admission is free

https://oldtrailsmuseum.org/

• Arizona 66 Trading Post

Everything was closed on our morning tour, but this is a must check out.

For a quick overnight stay we highly recommended the Winslow Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. Cost: Free

If planning on staying a few days, check out McHood Park for camping.

Google Maps showing McHood Park Campground

McHood Park Campground

Cost: FREE

Notes: Fills up fast, must arrive early in the morning and wait for a spot to be open on week days!

Arches National Park -Part 2

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Fiery Furnace

If you love challenging hikes, you need to check out this natural labyrinth at the Fiery Furnace. The twisted sandstone walls, rock scrambling, narrow squeezes would be an exciting experience.

To enter the Fiery Furnace hike, you need to sign up for a guided Ranger your which is available May – September, or you can do the self-guided tour, but you must get a hiking permit from the park office.

Do you ever wonder how?
Myron thinking we need to do this hike next time
The layers of colour in the rocks!
Just sitting for a few minutes and enjoying the view before moving on.

Skyline Arche

This is a short and easy hike that starts in the middle of the parking lot.

So close, yet so far away!!
”its time to remember what it’s like to be alive” unknown
Standing at the bottom of Skyline Arch
Just two goofs trying to pose for a selfie!!
Doesn’t look that big, does it?

Now, zoom in and you can see hikers standing in the arch!
Picture on our way back from the arch to the parking lot.
I never want to stop making memories with you!

We had a great time touring the Arches and Canyonland National Parks, and we are both looking forward to our next trip back for some more hiking adventures and checking out Dead Horse State Park.

I wonder where we should head to next?!

Tails it is!

Condensation

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We soon discovered being in our Rv for an extended amount of time, the one thing we needed to carefully watch for was condensation. It will cause havoc in a camper.

Our friends Tom and Lori had an issue with condensation, and they strongly recommend we invest in a dehumidifier.

Pro breeze dehumidifier

These things are amazing. We purchased a large unit for our main living and kitchen area that holds 1500 Ml of liquid and then later purchased 2 small ones ( one for our bedroom and one for the basement solar compartment that hold 500ml each.

This past summer the humidity has been 85-99% so these units have done amazing collecting the liquid.

So we did our research, and discovered there are a few other things we could do daily that will help prevent condensation, so we thought we would share them with you.

Eliminate the source of the condensation as fast as possible!

Since we do most of our cook in our Rv, we alway use lids on our pots and have our stove exhaust fan running. This helps reduce the moisture in the air. (Remember to open your flap on the outside of your trailer or your stove exhaust will not work properly, ask me how I know, lol)

Showering is another contributor to condensation. We always have our bathroom fan running as this pulls the moisture out of the air. Immediately after our showers we use a shammy cloth to wipe down all our shower walls and use a squeegee to remove any left over water on our shower floor.

Roof vent covers

These install directly over your roof lids and allow you to leave your lid open in various weather conditions. Unless the wind is coming directly into our vents they always stay open, even and inch or so.

Dollar tree disposable moisturizer eliminators.

We place these in our closets, and in our cupboards. They are cheap and work great!

Indoor thermometer with wireless humidity level indicator.

We placed the 3 wireless units strategically in our rig, one in the basement garage near our water pump, one in the solar compartment, and our bedroom. Now we can monitor multiple areas at once.

If you are able, run your AC as this will also help to reduce the humidity level inside.

Cheers!!

Tuscan Rodeo Museum

When doing my research for the Tuscan area I accidentally came across this little gem of history.

The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum is located in the historic Tucson Rodeo Ground.

Cost: $12.00 Adults, $ 9.00 for Seniors

We had the most amazing tour guide by the name of Bob. Bob was a wealth of information that made this tour so great.

A few displays set up of the Tuscan History.

They have quite the collection of saddles.

We even got to tour their tac room.

This Museum has over 100 horse drawn vehicles on display. Even a few that appeared in the Antique Road Show!

Here are a few pictures

This is a working wagon, it spends it winters here at the museum and then on the trails for the summers.

A fully functional mini steam model locomotive track, along with everything you could think of what Tucson would have looked like after the train station arrived.

Here is a little did you know!!!