Travelers on an Adventure by (Tom & Deb) travel blog

Our guided Jeep tour with Herb & Ginger

Valley of the Names

Ocotillo Cactus in winter bloom

Our Jeep desert travels

Entering the Slot Canyon

Making our way through..amazing

Narrow opening into the wash

Our foot tour through the Slot Canyon wash outs from the rain

Our tour guide

Our other tour guide

boondockers out in the foothills of Yuma

View of the foothills mountains

Cutest little church out in the middle of no where

If you need to pause, rest, or pray this is the place

Beautiful inside

Santa came to Yuma Palms RV Resort

Bentley enjoying his surprise gift from is Minnesota family

Great Christmas meal shared with our new friends

Bentley enjoying the Colorado River at the West Wetlands park

 

Colorado River is very clear the day we visited the state park

Beautiful sunset over Yuma AZ

Some of our local shopping stops

Yuma Trap & Skeet Range


Well now what just happened to December? It just flew by and we’ve almost turned over a new year. We have been busy of course just like everyone else.

We had a great month enjoying our new friends and old friends. Had a wonderful time with Herb & Ginger our full time RV friends from VT, on a guided “Jeep” tour out into the desert. We visited the area called valley of names and saw some of the “slot canyons” that were nearby. Valley of the Names stretches across 1,200 acres of public land. A 4 wheel drive vehicle is needed to get there. Since World War II, GI’s that were in training here in the desert, started decorating what they called Graffitti Mesa and thousands have spelled out their names or created art with rocks. Over the years the tradition has continued and it was truly mine blowing to see how this area has elvolved over the years. It is apparent that folks brought with them rocks/blocks/even bricks as you will see through our pictures. We will also share our views of the surroundings of Deserts and the SlotCanyon where we traveled. Thank you again Herb & Ginger for our new adventures we’ve been on via their Jeep, of which we would not have made in our car.

Our Christmas morning started early when we received a FaceTime call from our grandson Isaiah age 4 now and we were able to enjoy the opening of his Christmas surprises. Then we joined in with our new friends Jim and Judy here in our park and three other couples for a wonderful prime rib dinner with all of us bringing the extras to make it an extraordinary meal. Let’s just say deserts were stowed away and enjoyed the morning after.

We have taken it upon ourselves a few times and ventured out to see some of this amazing area. We took Bentley to one of the parks call West Wetlands where he enjoyed a little dip in the Colorado River. There is no shortage of biking and walking trails along the River starting from the Yuma Visitor center.

Once a month during the full moon they have an event called howling at the moon, out in the desert at the foothills just below the mountains hundreds of event go’ers gather around and enjoy good times. It been rather chilly (for this area) evenings so we plan to attend when it warms up a bit...Deb refuses to wear her cuddle duds just yet.

We took a drive out highway 95 going through quartzite area toward the mountains through Parker and ended up visiting Buckskin Mountain State Park that sits right on the Colorado River. We are planing to travel this way in January when we take our motor home to Cattail Cove State Park just outside Lake Havasu AZ for the week during the (Hot Air Balloon Festival) meeting up with Barb & Mike friends we met in Florida last year.

Tom was treated to a trip to the Adair outdoor shooting range with Herb & Ginger showing him how Trap shooting is done. It is a wonderful facility that includes ranges for pistol, rifle, trap and skeet, black powder, archery, steel silhouette, cowboy match shooting. Also the local police have a dedicated area and the rest is open to the public.

We want to wish everyone a happy healthy and safe New Year.....

2-Ole- Buddies & Bentley



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