Flo's April 2010 Travels

April Camping Adventures 2010

SPRING TRIP IN 2010

FIRST WEEK OF SPRING TRIP 2010 ADVENTURE APRIL 16 T0 APRIL 22  

Our Spring Adventure this year is going to be 6 weeks long. Mom asked for half of April and all of May off from work. Her boss said that it wasn't a problem. I' m very excited. Last fall we went on our 2 month long adventure in September and October we didn't have enough time to go to Utah and Colorado so we decided we would visit them now. 

The Minnie at Junction City Park

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LOCATION:  Junction, Texas    SITE:  Junction City Park
DATE:  04/16/2010      SPACE:  00   TRIP:  58    DISTANCE:  147 miles

Friday April 16, 2010
 
Mom and dad worked hard all week to get the Minnie ready for our trip. Mom had to work today. Dad finished getting the Minnie ready while I patiently waited for mom to get home. Mom got home about 2:00 pm. I jumped out of the Minnie and ran down the drive to greet her. Mom said hi to me and then changed her clothes. After mom finished changing she finished putting the food in the Minnie. I jumped into the Minnie and laid down on the floor between mom's and dad's seats. Now I'm ready to go on our adventure to Utah and Colorado.

The first stopped on our adventure was in Junction Texas. Junction Texas is 147 miles from our house. We've been here a few times before. When we usually come to Junction Texas we stay at South Llano River State Park but this time we decided to stay at the city park because we're going to be here only for 1 night. The city park is on both sides of the South Llano River. The camping is along the river which makes the sites very beautiful. There is no assigned sites you just pull off the road anywhere along the river and park for the night free of charge.

We arrived at Junction City Park about 6:00 pm. Dad drove around the park and found a spot to park for the night. After the Minnie was parked we went for a walk around the park. It has been raining on and off all day so there was mud and mud puddles all over the place. I did mind the puddles but dad did he kept me away from them so I wouldn't get muddy. As we were walking we saw people enjoying the park. People were fishing off the dam and sitting along the bank of the river. The park had restrooms, swimming pool, a little water park, playscape, 2 disc golf courses and 2 baseball diamonds. We really enjoyed our walk. When we got back to the Minnie mom fixed dad and her a ham sandwich for dinner and gave me my food. After dinner we went for another walk around the park before calling it a night. As we were sitting in the Minnie after our walk we noticed people driving around the park, some were stopping to walk around or just to enjoy the park.


Welcome sign to New Mexico

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LOCATION:  El Paso, Texas    SITE:  New Mexico Rest Area 
DATE:  04/17/2010      SPACE:  00   TRIP:  58    DISTANCE:  469 miles

Saturday April 17, 2010  

We woke up about 7:00 am. Mom and dad got out of bed and got dressed. After they got dressed mom fed me my breakfast and then sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the park before we headed out towards New Mexico. New Mexico is our second stop We left Junction about 8:00 am. Dad drove 469 miles to the border of El Paso Texas and New Mexico before he called it a night. As dad drove to New Mexico mom and I napped. I slept most of way to New Mexico. The only time I woke up was when we stopped at different rest areas. Everytime we stopped mom would take me for a little walk so I could stretch my legs or take care of business. Mom would occasionally wake up to keep dad company or to enjoy the scenery. When we got to El Paso it was 5:00 pm so dad pulled into a gas station to get gas. After he got gas mom fed me my food and then mom and dad went to have dinner. They ate at KFC/Taco Bell. When mom and dad finished their dinner they came back to me. Mom and dad decided it was a long day and to call it a night so dad drove over the border to New Mexico to a rest area. In New Mexico you can stay over night in their rest area so we did. The rest area was beautiful. It had a fountain, restrooms, covered ramadas for picnicking and gorgeous landscaping. The landscaping was gorgeous with wildflowers and cactus. The cactus were in bloom with beautiful flowers. We walked around the rest area for a little while and then called it a night.


Grandma, Holly and Flo

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LOCATION:  Tucson, Arizona    SITE:  Grandma's House 
DATE:  04/18/2010 - 04/20/2010    SPACE:  00   TRIP:  58    DISTANCE:  318 miles

Sunday April 18, 2010

We got up at 6:00 am. Mom and dad got dressed. Afterwards mom fed me and then sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast dad took me for a walk while mom straighten up the Minnie so we could continue our adventure. Our third stop was Tucson Arizona. We have family living in Tucson Arizona so mom and dad decided they would surprise them with a visit. Dad parked the Minnie at Grandma's house which was 318 miles away. When we got to Arizona we stopped at the rest areas that were opened to stretch our legs because we weren't sure which ones would be opened.because the Governor had closed a lot of the rest areas. We arrived in Tucson about 11:00 am.

On the way to Grandma's house we stopped for lunch. Mom and dad went to KFC/Taco Bell and left me in the Minnie. When mom and dad came back to the Minnie we drove across the street to buy a pizza at Papa Murphy for dinner. When we got to Grandma's house dad walked up to the door. Grandma was happy to see us and Holly started to bark and didn't stop until she saw me. We checked each other out and then everyone went inside. Mom and dad visit with Grandma while Holly and I laid on the floor. I was so tired I went to sleep and Holly was so excited she couldn't sleep she just laid there.
 
It was getting close to dinnertime when mom, dad and Grandma decided to go back to Papa Murphy for another pizza just in case dad's brother (Ray) and his wife (Mona) came over for dinner. While they went to the store Holly and I stayed at the house. When they got home Holly and I were very excited to see them. At 5:00 mom cooked one of the pizzas. While they were eating dinner Ray came by and joined them for dinner. After dinner everyone sat in the living room visiting. A little while later Mona came by to visit. Holly and I ran to the door to say hi. She liked that very much because she was working hard all day and this made her smile. About 9:00 Ray and Mona left. Shortly after Ray and Mona we all called in a night.

Monday April 19, 2010

We woke up at sunrise which was 5:30 am. Mom and dad got dressed and then mom fed me my breakfast. After everyone finished breakfast we decided to go for a walk because Grandma was still sleeping. We walked to a gravel pit where dad use to ride his dirt bikes now it's a disc golf course. We walked for a couple of hours and than went back to Grandma's. Grandma was awake when we got back. We sat in her Arizona room. While we were sitting in the Arizona room Ray came by to visit for awhile. It was about 9:00 and mom called her mother. Her mother was surprised that we were in town. As they were talking they decided to meet for lunch.

Mom, dad and Grandma left the house about 11:00 to meet mom's mom and dad. They left me with Holly once again. That was ok with me because I was tired and I liked being with Holly. They went to Mimi's for lunch. While mom, dad, Grandma and mom's parents were having lunch mom's sisters (Alexis) came in to say hi. Alexis didn't stay long because she was meeting a couple of friends next door for lunch. A couple of hours later dad took mom's parents back to their house and everyone said their good-byes. Mom had a great visit with her mom and dad. They were back at the house by 3:00. When mom, dad and Grandma returned Holly and I were waiting for them. We were excited to see them.

The rest of the afternoon mom, dad and Grandma sat around the house visiting. As they visit Holly and I slept. When dinnertime came around mom cooked up some bowties noodles and spaghetti sauce. Ray came over again and had dinner with them. After dinner they all sat around visiting until it was time to call it a night.

Tuesday April 20, 2010

We woke up at 6:00 and had breakfast. After breakfast we went for another walk to the gravel pit. We walked for about 2 1/2 hours. We walked a little farther. We walked around the disc golf course and down a road that went around a mountain. As we were walking around the gravel pit we saw a few cottontails and jack rabbits. Occasionally I would run after a cottontail. I knew I couldn't catch them but I still had fun running after them. We walked up and down hills. After walking awhile we decided to head back to Grandma's house. When we got back Holly and Grandma were in her Arizona room waiting for us. We visit with Grandma all day. Mom and dad took Grandma to Taco Bell for lunch. For dinner mom cooked the other pizza from Papa Murphy's. Ray came by about dinnertime to visit he already had dinner but he made room for a little pizza. After dinner Grandma had to leave for awhile because she had to go Square Dancing. Ray left shortly after she did so mom and dad had the house to their selves. Mom decided to call her sister Andrea. They talked for awhile. Grandma came home about 8:00 so mom, dad and Grandma visit until it was time to call it a night.


Sign for Picacho Peak State Park

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LOCATION:  Picacho, Arizona    SITE:  Picacho Peak State Park 
DATE:  04/21/2010 - 04/23/2010    SPACE:  23A    TRIP:  58    DISTANCE:  30 miles

Wednesday April 21, 2010

We woke up at 6:00 am. We had breakfast. After breakfast we went for a walk around the neighborhood. The Santa Cruz River is real close to Grandma's house and there is a trail that runs along the banks of the river. So we walked part of the trail. As we were walking along the trail we saw people walking their dogs, jogging, walking and riding bikes. The trail was gorgeous and along the trail there are places for you to sit. The Santa Cruz River is dry now but in 1775 Juan Bautista de Anza took an expedition down the river from Sonora Mexico to upper California. In 1990 Congress acknowledge the Anza expedition by establishing the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The trail we walked was part of this trail. While I was walking with mom and dad back to Grandma's I met another dog. After we said hi we went on our way. This made my day. When we got back to house we visit for awhile. Grandma was having trouble with her computer. Grandma thought the computer was running too slow so dad worked on it. He worked on it until 12:00. He got it to run faster but now it was time for us to leave Tucson. We all said our good-byes.

We were just in Tucson in October so we didn't stay long this time. Mom didn't see much of her family because everyone was working,  going to school or involved in different sport activities so it was too hard to get everyone together. But at least she could see her parents for a couple of hours. We had a great time in Tucson now it's time to move on.

Our fourth stop is Picacho Peak State Park. This park is 30 miles from Grandma's house. So it didn't take too long to get there. We arrived at Picacho Peak State Park about 12:30. Dad check in at the office for one night. We weren't sure how long we were going to stay here. At Picacho Peak there are three loops. One loop didn't have electricity so it cost $15.00 a night. The two loops with electricity cost $20.00 a night. There was no water at any of the sites. If you needed water you had to go to the restrooms where there was water. The sites were nice some of them had shade over the picnic tables. We got a site that didn't. The restrooms also had showers. After mom and dad set up camp for the night we had lunch. After lunch mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. I was still tired so we didn't go too far. When we returned to the Minnie mom and dad put me in the Minnie and went on a walk around the whole campground. When they got back we sat in the Minnie until it was time for dinner.

After dinner mom and dad went on another walk around the campground. This time mom and dad took pictures of the cactus and the mountains. When they came back they took me for a walk. When we got back we called it a night.

Thursday April 22, 2010

We woke up about 7:00 am. Mom fed me breakfast and then sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast we decided to go on a hike. We hiked down to the office so we could pay for another night. In order to get to the office we had to walk along the main road so I had to stay on leash. When I'm on leash I really slow down but today I was doing great. The hike along the road was 1.2 miles. But it was early so we stopped at the day area and walked a short nature trail. This trail was cool because it was only .2 mile but it goes up to a cave. Along the trail there are signs explaining about life in the desert. The signs also talked about what animals you can see in the desert and how they survive in the desert. When we got to the cave it was so cool I really liked it I ran into it to check it out. I really wanted to lay down in it but I wasn't sure if I should so I just stood in it. When we got to the office it was early so we walked around an exhibit. The exhibit was a historic site for the Battle at Picacho Peak in 1862. It was a great exhibit. After walking around the exhibit the office was open so dad went inside to pay for another night. When we got back to the site we set up our chair and rest until it was time for lunch.

After lunch mom and dad went on a hike. They left me at the Minnie because I was tired. Mom and dad hiked for about an hour and a half. They hiked to the park boundaries to get to the front of a hill. This hill had a big hole in it and the hole went all the way through it. Years ago Picacho Peak had a mine there. This hill was part of the mine. They climbed all the way to the top of the hill and down. They told me that the hardest part was climbing up because there was a lot of loose rocks. Once they got to the top they decided to climb down the back way because it looked easier. They walked through the hole to get to the back. As they were hiking down the back they had to climb over boulders but there wasn't a lot of loose rocks so it was easier. When they returned to the campsite they took me for a walk and then we went back to the site where we sat on our chairs until dinnertime.

After dinner we went inside and called it a night. There wasn't a lot of people camping at Picacho Peak Park. Mom and dad talked to a guy that had a couple of small dogs. We had a great time here at Picacho Peak State Park but in the morning we going to Phoenix. 


SECOND WEEK OF SPRING TRIP 2010 ADVENTURE APRIL 23 T0 APRIL 29  


LOCATION:  Phoenix, Arizona    SITE:  Walmart Parking Lot in Little River
DATE:  04/23/2010    SPACE:  00   TRIP:  58    DISTANCE:  142 miles

Friday April 23, 2010

We woke up about 7:00. Mom fed me and then sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. We didn't go too far because we were leaving to go to Phoenix Arizona. Mom and dad have friends there. Phoenix is about 90 miles from here so it wasn't going to take too long to get there. Dad told me that it would take about 2 hours because their friends leave on the far side of the city. We got to Phoenix about 9:30. Mom and dad left me in the Minnie while they visit with their friends. They visit for about 3 hours. Mom and dad had seen their friends for about 20 years. They had a great visit with their friends. After we left their friends house we went to McDonald's so mom and dad could have lunch. Mom gave me some water and a snack before they went inside for lunch. While they were inside dad check his e-mail and the weather in Utah and Colorado. When they got back I was excited and mom took me for a walk so I could stretch my legs. After I finished my walk dad drove down the road towards Flagstaff Arizona.

Dad drove to Little River which is right outside of Phoenix. Dad found a Walmart and decided to call it a night. We parked the Minnie on the side of Walmart for the night. There was a little wash right next to Walmart so mom and dad took me for walk down the wash. After our walk we went back to have dinner. After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around Little River because they wanted to find a mailbox so they could mail some postcards. We walked for about a hour and we found a mailbox. Once we found the mailbox we went back to the Minnie. Mom and dad put me back in the Minnie and then they went for a walk themselves. I don't mind them leaving me in the Minnie because I know I get tired and sometimes they want to go farther than I can. I also know sometimes they did sometime to themselves. They walked for an hour around the parking lot. When they got back it was time to go to bed.


Monument Valley               Goosenecks State Park

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LOCATION:  Mexican Hat, Utah    SITE:  Goosenecks State Park
DATE:  04/24/2010    SPACE:  00   TRIP:  58    DISTANCE:  319 miles

Saturday April 24, 2010

We woke up about 5:30. Mom and dad got dressed and then mom fed me. Afterwards mom sat down with dad to have breakfast. After breakfast dad took me for a walk while mom straightened up the Minnie. We left Walmart about 6:30. Our fifth stop was Goosenecks State Park in Utah. Goosenecks State Park was 319 miles from Little River. Our adventure took us through Flagstaff Arizona and across many miles of Indian Reservations. As we were driving through Flagstaff we noticed a mountain had snow on the top so mom took a few pictures. The drive through the Indian Reservations were pretty boring until we drove through the Indian Monuments. The Indian Monuments we saw gorgeous rock formations. Mom took some pictures of them. When we got to Utah we saw some people rafting down the San Juan River. Dad pulled on the side of the road so mom could get pictures of them. When them got close to mom and dad everyone waved. After mom finished taking pictures we continued our adventure. We arrived at Goosenecks State Park about noon. Mexican Hat got its name because there is a rock formation that looks like a hat.

Goosenecks State Park has a gorgeous canyon. The campground is located a long the rim of the canyon. The park is located in the desert so there is cactus and a lot of rocks. There is a parking lot where you can park just to look at the canyon. The road that goes where you camp is pretty rough so dad had to drive very carefully. Dad parked the Minnie and then we walked around to look at the canyon. The San Juan River weaves along the bottom of the canyon. Mom and dad took pictures and then we went back to the Minnie. When we got to the Minnie we set up our chairs to just relax until dinnertime. For dinner dad barbecued hamburgers for mom and him. Mom fed me my food. After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the park. We didn't go too far because the road was too hard on my feet. I met a dog named Buddy on the way back to the Minnie. Buddy was 14 months old and he was walking with 2 ladies. Buddy and I said our hellos and then we went our separated ways. When we got back to the Minnie we sat on our chairs and enjoyed the scenery. As we were sitting on our chair a man came by with a small golden retriever named Lady. Lady wanted to meet me so this was cool. We said our hellos while mom and dad talked to her master. After they left we went inside for the evening.


Mesa Verde National Park

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar                                        Ancestral Puebloans Cliff Palace Dwelling

   

Mom standing in a Ceremonial Room at Cliff Palace          Spruce Tree House located at the Visitor Center



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LOCATION:  Dolores, Colorado    SITE:  Cozy Comfort RV Park
DATE:  04/25/2010    SPACE:  03   TRIP:  58    DISTANCE:  217 miles

Sunday April 25, 2010

We woke up at 6:30 am. Mom and dad got up and got dressed. Then mom fed me my breakfast before she sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a little walk before we left Goosenecks State Park. We left Goosenecks about 7:00. We had a great time at Goosenecks State Park. Now we our moving on down the road towards Mesa Verde National Park. On the way to Mesa Verde we saw some wild horses a picture of them. We were driving down the road when mom and dad decided to go to Four Corners. Four Corners is a monument where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah join together. When we got to the monument it was closed for construction so we couldn't see it. What a bummer!!! Mom and dad were very disappointed. There was no warning about it being closed until you got to the gate. Oh well things do happen now it's time to continue towards Mesa Verde.

We arrived at Mesa Verde National Park about 9:00. When we got to the main entrance they told us that the entrance was free because it was National Park week. After we went through the entrance we had to drive 20 miles to the visitor center. The 20 miles are through a mountain range and there were some switchback so we had to be careful and drive slow. During the drive to the visitor center we went through a cool tunnel. When we got to the visitor center mom and dad went inside. As they were walking to the center a man told them that the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was at the visitor center. Mom and dad thought this was so cool because they could see Ken Salazar in person. Dad asked one of the workers why Ken Salazar was there. She told him because it's National Park week and he wanted to visit Mesa Verde. Dad took pictures of him and then sign up for a tour. There are 2 tours (Cliff Palace and Balcony House). The tours take you through cliff dwellers and was tour is 1 hour long. Mom and dad decided tour Cliff Palace. We had about an hour to kill before the tour so dad drove up to the meeting place. When we got there we had lunch. After lunch it was time to go on the tour I could go because we were in a National Park. Mom and dad had a great time on the tour. The tour was about the Ancestral Puebloans and how they leaved. The dwellings were from 700 AD. Mom and dad said the dwelling was magnificent and took pictures of it. The history of the dwelling and the people constantly changes because people are still studying the past.

After finished their tour they came back to the Minnie and mom took me for a walk. When mom and I returned from our walk we drove to the museum so mom and dad could see the items people found at the dwellings. After mom and dad walked through the museum we drove down the loop. Along the loop we stopped at different places so mom and dad could see Pithouses and other dwellings. The Pithouses is where Ancestral Puebloans lived. After we finished driving the loop we left Mesa Verde National Park. We were going to camp there but the campgrounds were still closed for the winter. So we headed to Cortez, Colorado.

When we got to Cortez we decided we were going to stay the night in the Walmart parking lot but there were signs all over saying no over night camping so we decided to go to Dolores. There was a reservoir with a campground. The campground was supposed to be opened but when we got to the gate it was closed. So we ended up go back to Dolores to find a place to stay for the night. We decided to stay at Cozy Comfort RV Park. It was a nice RV park. It had showers, free WIFI, cable, full-hookups, washer and dryer and room for you to watch television or use a computer. The park is located right across the street from the city park. Once dad parked the Minnie mom made dinner.

After dinner mom and dad took me across the street to the park. The park had a trail that went along the Dolores River. It was a very nice park. The city provided baggies for people to pickup after their dogs. Mom liked that even though she always brings a bag with her to pickup after me. As we walked around the park we saw a group of people having a picnic, a couple of people riding bicycles and a couple of people walking along the bank of the river. After we walked around the park we went back to the Minnie and called it a night.      


Ken's Lake sign

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LOCATION:  Moab, Utah    SITE:  Ken's Lake Park
DATE:  04/26/2010    SPACE:  30   TRIP:  58    DISTANCE:  161 miles

Monday April 26, 2010

We woke up about 6:30. Mom and dad got out of bed and got dressed. Mom fed me my breakfast. After breakfast dad went to take a shower while mom took me for a walk around the RV park. As we were walking I met a dog named Honey. She was a German Shepard we both said hi to see other. Then her mom took her to the park and my mom took me back to the Minnie. Mom got the Minnie ready to go. When dad came back mom went and took a shower. After mom finished taking a shower we left Cozy Comfort RV Park and headed towards Moab, Utah.

We arrived in Moab, Utah about 10:30 am. We decided that we would stay at a BLM park 8 miles outside of Moab. The name of the park was Ken's Lake. We had trouble finding the road to get to it so dad drove to Moab Visitor Center to find out where Ken's Lake was. The man at the center gave him directions. We find it. Ken's lake is a man made lake with hiking and biking trails all over the place. Mom and dad found a site they wanted for the night. After we set up camp mom and dad took me for walk to the entrance so we could pa for the night. There are 31 sites in the campground. We picked site 30. The walk to the entrance is about .5 mile down a dirt road from our site. We had to cross over a cattle guard but dad knew I wouldn't be able to cross it so he found a gate. We walked through the gate instead. I was beginning to wonder if all the roads in the desert are dirt roads. I'm  really getting tired of the rocks on the roads because they hurt my feet. When we got back to the Minnie it was time for lunch. Mom made sandwiches and fed me a little snack.

Ken's Lake Park has a trail that goes to a fall. So after we ate lunch mom and dad took me on a hike. We had to hike down the main road for .4 miles to the trailhead. Right before we reached the trailhead a man drove his truck up the road to go fishing so I decided to run after him. That was fun I didn't run too far because he stopped at the trailhead. Mom and dad were surprised that I ran after the truck because I usually don't chase after cars or trucks. Once mom and dad got to the trailhead we hiked to the falls. The hiking trail went up a hill for .7 mile but it seem a lot farther. I really liked the hike because we hiked over boulders and along the hill. During the hike we didn't see a lot of cactus and I was grateful for that because it doesn't feel so good when the cactus pokes me in the nose when I do my normal sniffing. When we got to the falls dad put me on my leash and let me get my feet wet and a drink. Dad put me on a leash because the current of the falls was strong and he was afraid that I would be swepted down the hill. The cool water really felt good on my feet. We hiked for about an hour. On the way back to the campsite we saw two ladies, a boy and two dogs. I didn't say hi to the dogs because the ladies decided to take another hiking trail to the falls. I was just a little disappointed but at the same time I was tired. When we got back to the Minnie we sat on our chairs until dinner time.

This time of year it doesn't get dark until about 8:00 pm so mom and dad took me on another hike after dinner. We hiked along the creek that feeds Ken's Lake. We crossed over a bridge to get to the other side of the creek. We hiked a loop that went along a hill. We hiked for another hour. We never made it to the lake but we had fun hiking over boulders through a wash. We had to cross a bridge twice to get from the campsite and back. The hiking at Ken's Lake was nice because I hiked through sandy areas and over smooth sandstone which both felt good on my feet. When we returned to the campsite we sat on our chairs until it was starting to get dark. While we were sitting on our chair I met couple of dogs and I watched the neighbors setting up the tents for the night. We had a great time at Ken's Lake Park. Now it's time to say good night because tomorrow we're moving on to another campground.




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Landscape Arch                                                            Double O Arch


   

Partition Arch                                                                  Navajo Arch


Granstaff Park Sgn

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LOCATION:  Moab, Utah    SITE:  Granstaff Park
DATE:  04/27/2010 - 04/28/2010    SPACE:  04   TRIP:  58    DISTANCE:  59 miles

Tuesday April 27, 2010

We woke up about 6:30. Mom fed me my breakfast and then ate breakfast with dad. After breakfast mom took me for a short walk. When we returned to the Minnie mom and dad finished getting the Minnie ready to leave Ken's Lake Park. Today we're going to visit Arches National Park. We arrived at the main entrance of Arches at 8:15 am. Dad had a yearly pass so it didn't cost us anything to get in. In October of 2005 mom and dad  came to Utah to visit the National Parks so they knew where to go and which arches they wanted to see again. Last time mom and dad were here they didn't bring the Minnie and this time they have the Minnie so dad was hoping to get a campsite in Arches. Dad knew that the campsite filled up fast so the first place we went to was the campground. The campground is at the far end of the park next to the Devils Garden Trailhead. When we got there it was full and had a waiting list and chances we're going to get a site was very slim so we left. Because we were so close to Devils Garden Trailhead mom and dad decided to hike it. I couldn't go with mom and dad but that was ok because it gave me a chance to sleep. Devils Garden has a few arches (Pine Tree Arch, Tunnel Arch, Navajo Arch, Partition Arch, Landscape Arch, Double O Arch, Dark Angel and Private Arch). Mom and dad hiked all the way to the Double O Arch. The hike to Double O Arch was 5 miles. Their first stopped was at the Landscape Arch because it was on the way to Double O Arch. The hiking trail was challenging at times. They had to hike on rock walls, through a narrow passageway and at places there was sand. They had to climb over rocks. There was a primitive trail you can do but it was more difficult so mom and dad decided to just do the regular trail. During the hike mom and dad rested now and then. They sat on the rocks or trees that had fallen down. Mom and dad were almost to Double O Arch and had to hike along a rock wall when dad decided to see if he could see Double O Arch. He saw it and told mom they were almost there. Before they continued the hike they looked around at the scenery and across the canyon there was another arch. So mom told dad to take a picture of it. Once they were at Double O Arch they thought it was well worth the hike. After dad took a few pictures of Double O Arch they headed back to me. As they were hiking the trail dad took pictures of people climbing the rocks and the scenery. On the way back to me they stopped at Navajo Arch and Partition Arch. The only arches mom and dad didn't stop at was Pine Tree Arch and Tunnel Arch. The reason they didn't see them was because they were tired and they saw them in 2005 when they were here before. Mom and dad returned to me at 12:30 and I was happy to see them. They said hi to me and told me they were tired and had to rest. After they rested awhile mom made sandwiches for lunch and gave me a snack. After lunch mom took me for a walk. When mom and dad started their hike there were hardly anyone in parking lot but now the parking lot was full and people were parking on the street. When we returned to the Minnie dad was waiting for us. Mom and dad were so tired they called it a day and said we could come back tomorrow to finish the Arches. On the way out of the park mom and dad stopped at the visitor center to get information about camping around the Arches. Dad drove down the road about 3 miles to Granstaff Park.

Granstaff is a BLM park so there was no running water or electric. The restrooms are open pits. We didn't care because we had the Minnie. It wasn't going to get cold at night so we didn't need a heater. At Granstaff Campground you can't run a generator. We were glad that we came this time of year instead of in the summer. In the summer the temperature can get to be 100 degrees. Granstaff Campground is one of the many campgrounds along highway 128. Highway 128 runs through a gorgeous canyon. We decided to stay at Granstaff Campground because there was a hiking trail there. Granstaff has a mountain bike trail. Granstaff is located right next to the highway on a gravel road. The Colorado River runs along the canyon so it was behind all the campsites. Dad found a site and then mom and dad set up camp. After they finished we walked to the entrance to pay for the night. The road was hard on my feet so I walked very slow. I'm really getting tired of these dirt roads because they're killing my feet. Ok that's enough of me complaining. I do have to admit I really enjoy camping at BLM campgrounds because their only $12.00 a night and I can hike the trails if I want to. Once we got back to our site we set up our chairs. We sat around the campground for the rest of the day. As we sitting on our chairs we saw a couple of kayaks. One of them had a dog on the back. That was cool to see. The mountain bike trail was busy all day.



   

North Window                                                          South Window

   

Turret Arch                                                                    Double Arch



Delicate Arch
 
Wednesday April 28, 2010

We woke up about 6:30. Mom and dad got dressed. Afterwards mom fed me and then sat down with dad for breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. We walked down to the entrance to pay for another night. Once we got back to Minnie we went back to Arches so mom and dad could finish the park up. It was windy the whole time we were at Arches. We weren't at Arches too long today. Mom and dad stopped at the windows section. There they walked to the North Window, South Window and the Turret Arch. At the windows there were a few people taking pictures of them. After they finished walking around and taking pictures of the arches dad drove down to the parking lot where the trail to the Double Arch was. Mom and dad walked the trail to the Double Arch where they met a couple from Colorado. The couple took a picture of mom and dad. Dad took a picture of them. The trail is .8 mile round trip. When mom and dad came back we went to Wolfe Ranch. Wolfe Ranch was built in the 1800's. Dad took a few pictures of it. There was a trail there to the Delicate Arch which is 3 miles long. Mom and dad decided not to hike the trail because it was too windy . Dad drove to the Delicate Arch viewpoints. When we got there mom and dad hiked to the upper viewpoint which was 1/2 mile. The trail was uphill and rocky. When they got to the viewpoint they sat on a rock to rest. Mom took pictures of the Delicate Arch from a far. After they rest they hiked back to the Minnie. During their hike there they met a couple. When they got back to me dad headed back to the entrance of the Arches. Dad stopped at Balanced Rock so mom could take pictures of it.

Before we went back to Granstaff Campground dad decided to go for a drive through the canyon. Mom and dad wanted to look at the other campground to see if they were more protected from the wind. The drive was gorgeous. There was snow on the peeks of the canyon. Dad drove all the way to the end of the camping it was about 20 miles. As we were come back to Granstaff we saw rafters on the river. We were back at our campsite by 12:00. It was too windy to sit outside so we stayed inside the rest of the day. Mom and dad cracked the windows so they could keep cool but everytime someone came in the campground dad had to close his window because there was so much dust. When it was time to go to bed mom and dad closed all the windows. Mom decided to sleep on the couch tonight because the wind was blowing the Minnie around. Dad said mom was scared but I think she just wanted to sleep by me. 




click on photo to see more pictures of Island Acre Colorado River State Park

LOCATION:  Clifton, Colorado    SITE:  Island Acre Colorado River State Park
DATE:  04/29/2010 - 05/01/2010    SPACE:  19   TRIP:  58    DISTANCE:  90 miles

Thursday April 29, 2010

We woke up about 6:30. It was windy all night but the wind is down now. Mom and dad got dressed and then had breakfast. After breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad put me inside so they could hike the hiking trail. They were afraid I wouldn't make it because they would have to keep me on leash. They thought maybe it was going to busy because yesterday it was. When they got to the trail there was no one there. They started to hike the trail and it started to sprinkle so they turned around and came back. They didn't want to be caught in the rain because the rocks would be slippery if they got wet. Even though mom and dad weren't gone long I was happy to see them when they returned. Mom and dad broke camp and decided that we would go towards Colorado.

Our adventure to Colorado was about 2 hours. The drive was very beautiful. Dad drove down highway 128. We saw snow on the peeks of the canyons. The weather wasn't the best. It was raining in Utah and when we got to Colorado it started to snow. Mom asked dad why is it everytime we go on a long camping adventure it snows? Dad laughed and said it does seem like it doesn't. I like the cold so I'm not complaining. We stopped at the visitor center in Fruita Colorado to get some information on the state parks in Colorado. While dad went inside mom took me for a walk around the rest area. As we were walking we met 2 big labs. They were both boys they liked me. We all said hi and then we finished taking care of business. When we all got back to the Minnie dad went to a state park right across the road from the visitor center to see if we could stay for a few days. The park was full but the ranger called Island Acre and it had plenty of opening. So we went to Island Acre.

We arrived at Island Acre about 11:00. Dad checked in at the office. The campsite was $26.00 a night. If we had the year pass it would cost $20.00. That was ok because we needed electricity because it was going to be cold to night. Dad found a site and then set up camp for 3 nights. Island Acre is a very nice park. It has a hiking trail that goes along the Colorado River for 1 1/2 miles. I'm very happy because I don't have to walk on rocks and it gives my feet a break. The park has 2 bathrooms (1 has showers and running water and 1 is an open pit), playground, 2 washers and 2 dryers, vending machines, 3 camping loops (A&B has electric and C is full hookups) and some sites have a cover over the picnic table. The showers cost $1.00 for 4 minutes. Mom and dad was ok with that because at least there were showers and they needed a shower after all the dust we were in yesterday..

After we setup camp mom made lunch. Mom and dad had soup and mom gave me a snack. After lunch mom and dad cleaned the Minnie because it was full of dust. When they finished cleaning the Minnie they went to take a shower and while they were there they did laundry. They had to dry the clothes twice so the second time they came back to the Minnie to wait. When 45 minutes were up mom and dad was going back for the clothes this time they decided to take me with them. I liked that. Mom took care of the clothes and dad took me for a walk by the river. After she finished we went back to the Minnie. We stayed in the Minnie for rest of the day because it was snowing off and on. It was snowing so hard and the temperature dropped the snow started to stick to the ground. It was great watching the snow come down. I sat in mom's chair watching it while mom and dad watched it through the window in the back. When dinnertime came around mom made Frito pie for dad and her and she fed me my food. Later on in the evening mom baked banana nut muffins.


THIRD WEEK OF SPRING TRIP 2010 ADVENTURE APRIL 30 T0 MAY 06


Friday April 30, 2010

We woke up about 7:00. Mom and dad got dressed. Mom fed me my food. After breakfast we walked the hiking trail along the river. It was nice and cool this morning so I really was ready for the hike. I like it when it's cold. The hiking trail is very easy. Along the trail there are a few signs. It was a nice trail. On the way back I saw a puppy walking with his mom. We said hi together and then continued our hike. When we got back to the Minnie dad wiped me down with a towel because I was dirty from the hike. Dad was starting to dry me off when the puppy came by I ran to him and we started to play. The puppy's name was Cooper. Cooper and I played for some time. While we were playing mom and dad visit with his mom. I met Cooper last night with his dad but it was too cold for mom and dad to visit with his dad. Today it's ok because mom and dad were dressed warmer. I had a great time playing with Cooper I hope to play with him again. After Cooper left dad finished wiping me down. We went inside. Dad read a book while mom up dated my website and work on her Sudoku book  for the rest of the day. At lunchtime dad barbecued bacon for lunch and mom and I went outside to keep him company.

After lunch we stayed inside. Dad finished his book, mom worked on her Sudoku book and I slept. After dad finished his book he watched a hawk build a nest on a telephone pole. In the afternoon it snow and rained on and off. When it was time for news dad turned on the television to find out what the weather was going to be like in the morning. Mom cooked dinner. Mom and dad had macaroon and cheese with a couple of bacon wraps. Mom fed me my food.

After dinner mom and dad took me for a walk around the lake and down the river trail. While we were walking we watched the hawk continue building her nest and we saw a family of geese. There were 2 pairs of geese and 1 of the pairs had baby geese. We watched the geese walk to the lake for a swim. Mom walked close to them to take pictures of them. While she was doing that dad and I waited for her. After she finished we headed back to the Minnie. Once we were back we stayed inside for the rest of the night.

Saturday May 1, 2010

We woke up at 6:45. Mom and dad got dressed and then mom fed me. After everyone had breakfast mom and dad took me for a walk along the river. The trail along the Colorado River is 1.5 miles loop. It was a nice walk. We didn't see anyone on the trail. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad put thing away because we're going to town. Clifton is about 10 miles from Island Acre Park. While we were in town mom and dad did a little shopping and laundry. After they finished it was about 11:30 so they went to a McDonalds for lunch. While they were having lunch dad checked his e-mail and mom updated my website. When they finished they came back to me. I was very excited to see them. After we finished our hellos we went back to Island Acre Park.

When we got back to the park there were people fishing on one of the lakes. Dad parked the Minnie and then mom and dad took me for a walk around the park. While we were walking a couple came by and stopped to pet me. This made my day. We walked around one of the lakes. We walked about a half hour I was tired so I was walking slow. As we were walking we saw people playing disc golf, fishing and walking their dogs. One of the ladies that was fishing stopped to say hello on the way to the restroom. It was such a gorgeous day no one wanted to stayed inside. When we got back to the Minnie we went inside for awhile.

It was about 3:00 when we went outside. Dad barbecued some chicken for my snack. While he was barbecuing I did a little sunning. Occasionally I would wake up to watch people play disc golf. After dad finished barbecuing the chicken mom cut it up for me. Afterwards we went inside because mom was a little cold. I didn't care because the sun was shining. We stayed inside for about an hour and then we went outside again so dad could barbecue some pork for dinner. I was happy about that now I have chicken and pork bones for snacks.

After we finished dinner we went for another walk around the park it wasn't too far because I was tired. During this walk we saw some wild horses and I met a big beautiful black and brown dog. He was from Avon Colorado. We had great time say hi while his mom and my parents visit. His mom told mom and dad that they decided to come to Island Acre Park because they were tired of the snow in Avon. When we got back we went inside for the night.

My Spring Trip continues through May so please go to my May Adventures to read about the rest of my trip.