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Aug 10, 2009 - Birds and Buns

I am embarassed to say that I didn't know how the tow feature worked, after all I have sold cars and trucks for 15 years. With one caveat, the very few big diesel trucks that I've brokered for clients were replacement trucks and the buyers already knew the features. When we pulled horse trailers in my youth we never ventured farther than the flat snaking roads of south Arizona. No need for the towing gear and frankly I don't think it had been invented yet. (No need to regale me with information regarding the origins of the modern towing...

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May 19, 2009 - Driving North in Arizona

Today we left Tucson, after a nice visit with my brother and his family, and headed for Sedona. We made a stop in Chandler, Arizona, and enjoyed lunch and a wonderful visit with my friend, Heavenly. It has been a long time since we’ve seen each other (although we have kept up via phone and email) so what a treat it was for me to be able to give her a hug in person! She is still as kind and beautiful as ever. After our visit with Heavenly we climbed back into Clyde and headed north. We didn’t make it to Sedona today, as planned, but ended up...

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Jun 14, 2008 - HOME SWEET HOME…

Saturday, June 14, 2008 We traveled a total of 2,900 miles and found our way back to Payson, AZ. The final day seemed long but once we got to the top of the Rim and headed downhill – it was no time at all before we drove through town and on to HOME! Chandler was so glad to be in his own backyard – the squirrels will be “barking” at him tomorrow because they’ve had the run of the yard without him chasing them up a tree. We hope everyone had fun traveling along with us each day. I think I will use a different blog or go back to the one I used...

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May 26, 2008 - Packing Up - Getting Ready to Hit the Road

Today we are loading up more stuff into the RV getting ready to leave on Saturday morning. I've got all the clothes sorted out - taking cold/hot weather clothes so we can layer - depending on the weather. Hot days and cold nights is what we're expecting. Everyone is getting excited about the trip. We're the only ones in our small group that have been on extended trips - not just weekend trips like the others mainly do. We're be traveling with FOUR dogs plus any others when we arrive in Colorado Springs and see how many others are traveling...

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Apr 18, 2008 - Tonto National Bridge State Park

We drove up to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. The park is about 10 miles north of Payson. The water and rock have worked together to create the worlds largest natural travertine bridge. We went into the cave, and the further we went we started to get wet. I guess water was seeping through the ceiling rock and raining down into the ponds. It was a beautiful spot and again we were surprised we found this in Arizona only a couple of hours from the desert. To walk down the trail to go under the bridge is steep and rough. We were told to...

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Apr 17, 2008 - Towards Flagstaff via Chiricahua

Up early this morning and on the road by 8.00am. Decided against having breakfast at hotel, not included as is usual, and what was on offer wasn't very appetizing. Today Chirachua NP was on the itinery. Stopped at the Visitors Centre where we looked around the shop and purchased some cards and a book about the National Parks of Arizona, Utah and California. Then up the winding road to Sugarloaf Mountain Trail. Here we parked and then took the trail to the top, a height of 7000 ft and a mile from car park. At top were another couple who got...

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Apr 7, 2008 - Payson, Arizona

Leaving Mesa and the Sonoran Desert for Payson, a small touristy area on the Mogollon Rim. There are ponderosa pines and lots of things to see and do. I was finally able to download the last set of pictures from the Phoenix/Tempe/Chandler/Mesa area. It's amazing that such a nice, huge park is entirely within the city limits. Casa Grande also has a huge city park. The amount of free space out here is amazing. Tonto National Forest is the size of Massachusetts!

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Mar 15, 2008 - Rim Country and the Tonto Natural Bridge

We said goodbye to Phoenix till next year and started to head north through the Mazatzal Mountains of Arizona to Payson. Payson is located in the Arizona Rim Country named after one of Arizona’s dominant landforms the Mogollon Rim. Rising to a height of 7,500 feet a few miles north of Payson this massive 200-mile escarpment cuts a wide swath through “the Heart of Arizona” The main purpose of our stop in Payson was to visit the Tonto Natural Bridge where water and rock have combined to create the world’s largest natural travertine bridge. We...

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Oct 30, 2007 - Payson, AZ arrival

We are excited that this is our last day of travel for a week or so. Andy time in the whirlpool tub really helped his back. He is ready for the trip to Payson. We talked to Dustin last night and he said it's a long uphill climb into Payson from the Mesa area. We decided it was best to drive the jeep the last 60 miles rather than put the strain on the RV. Dustin suggested we stop at this great little pizza place on Shea Blvd. called Streets of New York to unhook and while we were there would we pick up a pizza for him. He insist there is no...

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Apr 24, 2007 - Trip start and Trip start again

Started the trip at 8:30AM and got all the way down the hill with everything OK. Then I noticed my wallet was at home. Back up the hill, picked up wallet and started trip again at 10:30AM. Went East on the 10 then North on the 60 to Prescott. Kept looking in the rear view mirror expecting to see a large shower of sparks from draging the BR but everything seemed to be OK until I got about to the AZ border and remembered I did not bring any film. The RV park in Prescott was OK. The picture of the rocks was just in front of the RV.

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Me, my RV and the BR

Mar 12, 2007 - Payson trip

On Sunday, we took a trip to Payson, a city about 6,000 feet up in the Tonto National Forest. Many of the characteristics of Tahoe without the lake. We went thru areas of snow to get there. On the way we stopped at the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park to view the Natural Bridge. Very impressive. Much like the caves except open on both ends with a top you can walk over and a creek about 200 feet down.

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