Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


Our friends, Eddie & Jan declined our invitation to join us for an adventure today. Marilyn & I then took off on our own for a visit to a magnificent National Monument known as Walnut Canyon, located about 10 miles southeast of Flagstaff, Arizona.

First though, we made a stop at the local “Cracker Barrel” restaurant for a breakfast. I am almost ashamed to admit what I ordered for breakfast, but just allow me to explain what the young waitress brought to my “table space”.

Biscuits & Gravy, Grits, Cooked Apples, Two Pancakes with warm Maple Syrup, Two Eggs, over medium, Bacon, Sausage, and Ham covered the space in front of me with plates everywhere.

Marilyn ordered only two eggs and hash-browns, along with a glass of apple juice. I was embarrassed but didn’t want to make a big issue out of the meal she had. LOL

Following this feast, we drove east to Exit 204 and headed south for three miles to the entrance of the National Monument.

Located at an elevation slightly over 7000’, this site was home to ancient native cliff dwellers for about 800 years.

A trail of one mile with more than 280 steps took us past more than 20 of the cliff dwellings, or at least the ruins which remain.

Marilyn brought her camera but unfortunately the battery was nearly dead and she forgot the spare batteries. She did get some pictures with her phone camera and posted them on her FB page so please go to that page if you wish to see pictures of this beautiful place.

My legs were shaky by the time we climbed back up those 280 steps so we relaxed at home.

I will close this journal entry by asking you to pray for our Police Officers in this nation, as well as their families.

I will say no more lest my anger takes control of my writing.

Let me simply remind you dear readers that Life is Good!



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