Sunday, April 29, 2012

5/1-5/8 Mountain Shadows RV Park, Draper, UT

 Came to this part of the country to visit with Cathy's Aunt Joyce and cousin Scott, his wife Cindy, son Tyler and Tyler's new baby son.  Baby was still in the hospital, and we missed seeing Tyler and his girlfriend, too.  But, we had a great lunch and visit with Joyce, Scott and Cindy; and Scott toured us around a couple of places.  We also saw Scott and Cindy's new house!  What a castle!!!

We started out, though touring the Aquarium in Sandy.  We decided this was more for kids, as it is very small.
Then on to the State Capitol building.

Then we toured Temple Square!  Beautiful buildings and flowers everywhere.  We were also able to see the Tabernacle and Choir practice that night.  What voices!!

Scott came with us to the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine, and we toured the visitor's center and looked down into the mine.  It is hard to imaging the perspective, but Steve is standing by one of the truck tires they use to move the ore to the smelter!
Steve visited Park City on his own the next day, and was intrigued by the genealogy centers he saw.  He stopped into one and found out that his great-grandfather Fred was a telephone lineman!  I guess phone company work runs in the family!!!  Sadly, he is unrelated to the bear.
We were able to have lunch with our friends Linda and Gary, as they were up visiting and doctoring.  It is fun to see friends in other places than where you first met them!

 We took a tour to Bountiful to see a Frank Lloyd Wright house.  We decided that you need to see these in winter, otherwise the trees block your view!

4/24-5/1 St. George RV Park, Hurricane, UT

Well....on the way here we lost tread on another tire!  Didn't lose pressure on this on either.   AAA to the rescue!  I wonder how many road-side calls we get in 12 months??  Now we are traveling with no spare.  Steve thinks we need bigger tires (H rated) and is getting us a quote.

We met our friends Jerry and Robi again at this campground!  We toured Mesquite, NV with friends from Las Vegas, Ken and Charlene, and met up with old friend Charlie and his new bride Alice.

Look, Mom, snow!
I just want a drink.  Somebody turn on the faucet!
 We toured the scenery around here, which as you may know is QUITE scenic.  Zion and Bryce National Parks, including Kolob and Red Canyons and Cedar Breaks!
I'm thiiiis biiiiiig!

Cathy is outside!!!!

4/3-4/24 Thousand Trails RV Resort, Las Vegas, NV

We got a good spot this time, right in front with an island of grass and trees right by the front door!  Steve got scolded for letting Dottie outside without a leash, even though she was just sitting there!  Have you ever tried to put a cat on a leash, that wasn't trained to it???  It is a fun show, but claws and teeth may be dangerous!!

 We had dinner with friends a lot!! Charlene and Ken, Paula, Holly and Pete (sorry about the whipped cream, Pete; really!), Carol and Ron, Kim and Ronn, Jessye and Guy, Donni and John, Karen, Connie and Dave.  Thanks for some great eats and even greater conversation and laughter!!! Charlene and Ken adopted us, and we ate there A LOT!!! As always, GREAT food.

While here, we took in a 51's game (the local AAA Baseball team, which is a farm team for Toronto, and named after Area 51).  It was 71 degrees when we entered the parking lot, and 52 degrees when we left the game!!!  Cathy loved the temperature drop!

Charlene and Cathy took in the Nevada State Museum, but forgot it was the day before Easter and the place was PACKED with kids for the Easter egg hunt and other fun stuff.  We didn't see everything, but were tired anyway.

Took a trip around Red Rock again, and wouldn't you know, it was wet and drizzly and cold, again this time!

Steve visited the Mob Museum, took in some high school track meets (Paula's son participated in them), and spent some time kayaking Lake Mead while Paula practiced swimming for her triathalon.

 Steve was feted at a 60th birthday party thrown by some of his friends.  Yes, he is wearing googly eye glasses and is drinking a 1/2 yard of beer!

We toured Pahrump, NV and hooked up with old friends Jim and Tobi.  We almost became landowners in NV.

 Steve, Cathy and Ken participated in a raft trip down the Black Canyon, below the Hoover Dam.  Very interesting story of the dam and of the hot springs you can feel running out of the canyon walls.

Aren't these two some snazzy adventurers????:

4/1-4/3 Al's Property, Kingman, AZ

Stayed with our friend Al at his Arizona property for a couple of days.  Ate well, rested and the pets seemed to tolerate each other.

3/25-4/1 Verde Valley RV Resort, Cottonwood, AZ

This is one of the Encore membership Parks.  We attended an investment seminar and a SkyMed presentation (due mostly to the free food and drinks provided, I think).

 One day we toured the nearby Out of Africa safari.  Cathy fed the giraffe and camel some carrots! (out of her mouth,  OOOOO, look at that giraffe tongue!)

Cathy got to hold an ostrich egg; and she made Steve touch the big snake!!  The animals are very close to their trainers/keepers (physically AND emotionally).  The white tiger was doing the pool show.  They blew up rubber animals and pulled them into the water.  The tiger pounced and had a good time.  If  they wanted him to go to another toy, they had to deflate the one he had, 'cause tigers will only trade toys, not abandon one that still has some fun left!!

One day we went to the Toozigoot National Monument and then rode the Verde Canyon Railroad.  Saw a lot of pretty country.

The next day was a touring extravaganza!!!  We went to Montezuma Castle National Monument, Montezuma Well, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater National Monument, Wapauki National Monument, Painted Vista, and Oak Creek Canyon on the way to Sedona. 
 The church in Sedona was built into the side of a hill.  We didn't tour because our big truck didn't fit into the parking lot!