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Oct 20, 2015 - Bearizona

Payson, AZ We had some serious storms again last night so when we did one last look at the Grand Canyon, everything looked crisp and clean. It was gorgeous. Then we took ourselves down the road to Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park. The drive-thru portion of the park is 3 miles long and goes through 160 acres of Ponderosa pine forest, where there are a wide variety of animals, including bison (both black and white), bears, mountain goats, Bighorn sheep, arctic wolves and bobcats, among other animals. There is also a 20-acre walk through...

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Oct 3, 2015 - Mogollon Rim, AZ - Back to the Cool High-Country

(Ron Writing) After two moves and two weeks since the last post, it’s time to update this journal once again. We spent several more days in California enjoying more good times with friends and sharing meals with Barbara. It was unusually hot and humid in Kauai while we were there, except for the last two days, and when we got back to CA it was more of the same. It was unusually hot in Garden Grove for most of the rest of our stay. On Sept. 19th Sharon, one of our friends from our fellowship group invited us to attend a musical performance...

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Sep 16, 2015 - Short Stop In Star Valley

We were scheduled to leave Eagar on the 15h but our reservations at Catalina State Park near Tucson doesn't start until the 17t. So we found a place half way outside of Payson for a couple of nights at Lamplighter Village RV Park. It's a 55+ park with most of the residents from Phoenix area trying to escape the heat for the summer. Our spot was easy to get into and being the new kid on the block all the neighbors came out to watch the event of us backing in. The neighbors next door were extremely friendly, offering advice on where to eat...

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May 18, 2014 - Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Wikipedia Anna needs to lookup the birds in her book....

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Apr 8, 2014 - Mogollon Rim Part Two

We visited the Mogollon Rim again today. This is our second visit, we only made it part way last time, today we completed the rest of the tour. We stopped by the visitors center and it was still closed. We did walk around the back this time for awesome views of the Rim from their balcony. Afterwards, we finished our drive along the dirt road (Highway 300) and stopped at a lot of pull offs for more Rim views. We also enjoyed walking on some of the paved trails. They have miles of paved paths with benches to rest on and great views. I zoomed...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Mogollon Rim Drive

We had another great day with Betty, we drove about 90 miles over to Payson, Arizona. We drove the scenic drive on highway 300 for views of the Mogollon Rim. When most people think about Arizona, they think about sweltering heat or desert wastelands. What they don’t realize is that Arizona is a beautiful place with a variety of natural environments from the hot, dry desert to the cool, mountainous pine forests. If you’re looking for a cooler place to visit, then the Rim Country and surrounding open wilderness is where you need to be. We had...

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May 4, 2013 - Mogollon Rim Drive

The Mogollon (pronounced Mug - e - oon) Rim is a beautiful drive all though it is dangerous in spots - no guardrail and sheer drop-offs , 41 miles along a gravel forest road, there are many vantage points to see the pine forest below, we encountered many campers and vehicles. we averaged about 15 mph for the 41 miles. After a beautiful drive we drove on to Payson where we had a wonderful meal at Tiny's, we also were able to put down a couple bets on the Kentucky Derby, didn't win...

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Apr 1, 2013 - April Fool's Day

Everything went like clockwork this morning. The engine started right up, the slides came in and the jacks came up without a problem. The first shutdown was perfect. Tom came to drive the rig to storage and Kathy, his wife , was to follow in their car so I wouldn't have to drive him back to the park ( my car is loaded and I doubt there was room for him to sit). Tom put the key in the ignition - nothing. He tried again and it made a funny noise but started so off we went. Tom parked in my assigned spot at the covered RV place and then he...

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Nov 3, 2012 - Here, there, and everywhere.

I better write something, before I forget everything. As some of you know, I have a horrible internet connection, so am never sure what is getting out. We went up, and I do mean UP, to Jerome the other day. It is an old mining town that the "hippie, artsy people have taken over. IT IS WONDERFUL! All kinds of neat things to see, and do. Not to mention the views. There is an old run down building for sale in town. It is only $395,000. Wow. We also went to Tuzigoot Ruins (two-see-whoot). So much history to explain. You will all just have to do...

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Oct 29, 2012 - Montezumas Castle, and Forest RD 300

Well, we talked with a fellow in the park, and he told us some things to do. He worked for the search and rescue here for 12 years, so he knew all the "good spots". He told us to go up the Forest Rd. along the rim of the Mogollon Canyon. The first 5 miles were hairpin turns up the mountains. It was VERY rough, and we considered turning around. But, we kept saying, "lets give it one more mile". We are so glad we did. After about 7 miles, we were on the top of the rim. It was 8,000' up. And what a spectacular view. He told us he thought it...

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Jun 23, 2012 - Mogollon Rim Country

We reached Payson, AZ, on Thursday - after an emergency trip to the vet for one of the dogs in Prescott. Rosie was having back pain and is now under meds for a bulging disk. Luckily, we packed all the current (home) vet info for both dogs! And our friends' vet in Prescott was wonderful. Anyway, back to Payson. We are now traveling along the Mogollon Rim which is a portion of the massive Colorado Plataeu. Getting here along Rt. 260 meant the RV was mostly in down-shift, tow-drive and/or braking. Gary is doing a great job learning all the...

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Oct 31, 2009 - Payson, AZ

The drive from Heber-Overgaard only took about 1 1/2 hours, dropping down out of the "Rim Country" into the valley of Payson, AZ. Payson is a nice town nestled 2000 feet below the Mogollon Rim which rises above 7000 feet. The Mogollon Rim and the Grand Canyon are said to be Arizona’s two most spectacular landforms. Formed 600 million years ago, the 200-mile long “Rim” was named after Juan Ignacio Flores Mogollon, governor of New Mexico in the early 1700’s, when the area, which then included Arizona, was under Spanish rule. Rim Country sits...

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