Verde Valley Northern Arizona

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Levi the punk: Blue Merle, Purple Cactus

Yesterday we moved a bit further south and are staying at the Distant Drums RV Resort at Camp Verde.  Kim and John were very happy to be back in a camping spot with electricity and water.  They had a few rough times with the trailer when we were dry camping.  The carbon monoxide detector went off at 3:00 am – oh boy!  The windows were all open….what could it be?  The battery had died in less than 15 hours.  Good thing we had a generator :).  We like this RV park too – they have a dog park and we have met some buddies here.  We also give paws up for electricity – that means we have AC 🙂

We had initially planned to go back to Sedona for the day…..but plans changed when we looked up what was around where we were staying.  We decided to explore the towns in the area as well as a few National Monuments.

We started by visiting the town of Cottonwood and walked their historic downtown district.  There were a lot of little shops and a really good pet store!  Lucky Frazier – he went in with Kim and the nice lady gave him treats.  Kim stocked up our dog food with some great new things to try!

Then we went to the town of Clarkdale where Kim and John stopped at a small little bakery.  We all enjoyed their turkey, cranberry and cream cheese sandwich outside on the patio – they shared!

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Clarkdale, Arizona: Great Sandwiches and great staff!

Next was the town of Jerome.  This was a really cool place – high on the hills.   Jerome was a copper mining camp years ago and the wickedest town in the west.  It is now a tourist town with a lot of historical buildings, galleries, and restaurants. Kim loved all of the photo opportunities and the art installations….so much to see!  We got lots of attention again….Kim thinks if we charged money for all of the pets we get, we would be gazillionaires!  But we give pets for free!  Or at least for smiles and chats ….people are awesome!

We visited 2 national monuments- the first was between Clarkdale and Cottonwood.  It is called Tuzigoot National Monument. This is a 3 story pueblo ruin at the summit of a limestone and sandstone ridge.  It was built by the Sinagua people between 1125 and 1400 CE.

The second one we visited was close to where we are staying in Camp Verde.  It is called Montezuma Castle.  It was built and used by the Singua people between 1100 and 1425 AD.  The main structure has about 5 stories and 20 rooms.  It is in a limestone cliff,  there were also these cool trees here with white wood…Arizona Sycamore Trees.

On our way back to the RV park, Kim and John stopped at a roadside stand selling Fry Bread.  They shared the one with cinnamon sugar – they give it 2 thumbs up! The guy selling the Fry Bread was awesome!

Tomorrow we are off to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  We are going to stop at a few more towns along Route 66 – still getting our kicks!

Now – it’s Frazier’s turn to share what he thinks is fabulous!

  1. Air Conditioning – thank goodness for relief from the heat
  2. My small dog buddies in the RV park – great fun!
  3. Treats in the dog store – I’m so lucky!
  4. Spending lots of time with my people – especially my person John :). Paws up!

 

 

Sedona – Vortexes, Vistas and Scenery – oh my!

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Cathedral Rock, Sedona Arizona

We loved Sedona!  It is a beautiful town surrounded by red rocks.  Sedona is said to be a very spiritual place, because of the vortexes.  Vortexes are energy fields, and there are a number of them around town that you can go and visit – even us furry kids!  We talked to a nice couple from New York.  Kim asked them if they were here for the vortexes.  They said they think the whole place is a vortex – it’s very calming and relaxing.  We agree!  We think getting out in nature is the real deal and everyone gets reconnected 🙂

We stayed here for 2 and a half days and John’s friend from LA came out to visit us.  He was fun!  Levi and Frazier loved to play with him and I thought he was pretty cool too 🙂

The first day we toured around town – John and Rob went for an ice cream cone – it must be a popular place, because they waited in line for an hour.  Kim had prickly pear ice cream – delicious!  We waited outside for the guys and had lots of people pay attention to us – lots of pets to go around!

Day 2 we went to the Bell Rock vortex.  It was pretty hot, so Levi, Frazier, me and Kim stayed in a shady spot and John and Rob kept on.  They said they didn’t feel any vortex “energy” but they said it was awesome.  While they travelled on, we met the couple from New York.  They have a Bull Mastiff and a dachshund – they shared their furry kids pictures with us.  Aren’t dog people awesome 🙂

After Bell Rock, we went to visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross.  This is a chapel built into the side of the red rock.  Amazing views from the top!

Sedona is very friendly to us furry folks!  Lots of people invited us into their stores,  we are allowed to sit on outdoor patios.  Everyone is very friendly!

At the end of the day – guess where we went! …….to the Sedona Dog Park.  The views are amazing… and they had toys and a watering station.  They had two sections to the park – one for little dogs and one for bigger dogs.  Levi went to both sides – because he just has to play with all of the dogs!  Frazier and I went to the little dog section and we all played with Zeus, the yorkie.  We give this park paws up!  Thank you Sedona!

Today was our last day in Sedona, before we moved on to an RV park in Camp Verde, a bit south of Sedona.  We went to Cathedral Rock today.  We had to stop again part way up in a shady spot with Kim.  John continued up to the top and took some pictures!

Sedona gets big paws up from all of us!  Dog friendly, beautiful scenery, and the best Dog Park so far!  We might not have felt the energy from the vortexes, but the energy from the people and nature was definitely there!

Paws up folks!  Catch ya later 🙂

Ain’t life Grand – visiting one of the 7 wonders of the world!

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Grand Canyon, Arizona. South Rim

Today we visited the Grand Canyon – the South Rim!  Kim said this is one of the 7

wonders of the world – and I think it is wonderful!  Furry folks are allowed to walk on the Rim Trail – so we took in the sights.  We couldn’t believe how big this canyon is – it sure is grand! It was about 20 degrees out and we needed to take a few breaks in some shady spots.  We got a lot of attention from all of the people – I think we might be the only wildlife they saw today 😉

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Levi loved this lady – she’s from San Diego and has a Shiba.  She organizes a “meet up” group in San Diego for a bunch of Shiba folks who go for walks together – what an awesome idea!.  Levi loved the belly rubs and kisses she gave him.  He also posed for her to take his picture – such a poser!

The Grand Canyon is about an hour north of Williams where we are staying.  Loved it – paws up folks!

 

Tomorrow we are headed to Sedona, Arizona and will be “off the grid”.  Kim said we are going to go dry camping and get back to nature for a few days.   So…..no internet access.

We give the Grand Canyon “paws up” due to the amazing scenery, the amazing people, and allowing us furry folks to enjoy the Rim Walk.

Later!

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Getting our Kicks on Route 66!

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Seligman, Arizona

Route 66 is known as the “Main Street of America”.  It goes all the way from Chicago to Los Angeles.  When the Interstate Highways were constructed, Route 66 ceased to exist.  But, the good news is, a great group of people decided to bring it back!  What’s old is new again – we love nostalgia!  This is the “Mother Road” that passes through small towns and the Skeltons of towns.

Today we decided that we should take a “break” from long road trips and spend some time close by.  So…..Kim bought an awesome book called “Arizona Kicks on Route 66” and we drove about 45 minutes to Seligman, Arizona.  This town started it all – they convinced the state of Arizona to designate Route 66 a historic highway – and it is all history ;).

John’s favourite dessert is carrot cake – and Kim’s book said the best carrot cake is at Westside Lilo’s Cafe.  They didn’t share with us – but they said it was delicious – check out the size of that cake!

There were lots of cool shops here and old cars.    We had fun posing and taking pictures!

John always wanted to see an alien- he finally had his chance.  It may not be Roswell – but close enough – right?  🙂

Now, you have to look very closely at the sign on this old gas pump – lol – our chuckle of the day!

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We had an awesome time.  Everyone is so friendly :). Lots of people stop and say hi, and tell us that they’ve had Shelties too.  We love the smiles that they give us, and we smile right back.  Life is good!

Later folks!  I think we are headed to the Grand Canyon tomorrow!

 

Wild Wild West! Amazing Arizona

We made it to Arizona!  This was a fun road trip.  Arizona was a surprise to us…..during the day we went up hills, down hills….saw the desert, saw snow…..red rocks, cliffs, forests…. everywhere we looked, we saw something different.  Amazing Arizona!

We left Hurricane, Utah around 11:00 in the morning after our morning walks, and treats from our favourite guy that worked at the RV park! (The treats were really, really good – so good, I took one from a guy – look at me go!).  We packed up and headed to Williams, Arizona.  Williams is the “gateway” to the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park and an important town on the infamous “Route 66”.  Stay tuned – that is our goal for today to check out some of Route 66 – and get our kicks! 🙂

We decided to take Highway 89 and we are sure glad we did!  There was so much to see.

Just a few things we saw:   Vermillion cliffs, Kaibab National Forest, and the Navajo Bridge.  The Bridge was very cool – an engineering feat in the 1920s.

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There are many things to be grateful for –  sometimes it’s the small things and the conversations you have that make the biggest difference. Here’s something that happened today…..

Kim’s good friend Carol (from Calgary ) always likes to stop at small town stores to see what they have on their shelves – there are always some treasures.  So, when we stopped at a gas station in Fredonia, Arizona, Kim thought of you Carol!  Here it is…….

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Fredonia, Arizona

 

So….here’s what happened **Caution – may not be suitable for all readers***. 😉

Kim went into the store and found something that made her “laugh out loud” and she thought – that’s the best thing I’ve seen today, and had to buy it.

It was $6.00 and she took it to the counter to pay.  A very nice lady was chatting with her and rang up her total – with tax it came to $6.66. OMG – LOL.  The lady said, that’s the second time I’ve had that total come up – maybe I should change the price to $6.01 before tax……  Then when she gave Kim change she said “here is some cents you can use – I think she really meant “sense”.  :).  Kim and the lady had a good chuckle.

Here’s what she bought – what do you think Carol – good purchase?

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Gas store purchase 🙂

Always take time to have a good laugh!  Life it too short and too awesome to let these moments pass by.

Later folks!  Thanks for stopping by!  I wish you a day of belly laughs and nothing but things that deserve “paws up”

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Southwestern Utah, Zion National Park!

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Levi….such a poser!

Look at my buddy Levi…..can’t you just see what a great day he had!  We all had an amazing day….it was a busy one!

Here’s an update:

We made it to our RV park in Hurricane, Utah last night.  I think they call this city Hurricane because it is so windy!  It’s a very nice place and very close to Zion National Park.

We started the day with a long walk around our RV park and we met lots of friendly people.  Some people stay here for six months at a time.  Our neighbours love it here because there is a lot to do….hiking, biking and staying away from their cold weather back home in Idaho!  It was 23 degrees here today – I don’t think it is that warm back home in Saskatoon 😉

After our walk, we drove to Zion ….. it is amazing!  Lots of red cliffs and different kinds of landscape….we are definitely not in Saskatoon anymore.

 

Oh my goodness, I have never seen so many people before!  They must have known how special this place is and came to visit too. There were cars everywhere!

It turns out us furry folks aren’t allowed on most of the trails…..but we made the most of it!  We took a drive around some of the park, and went through a cool tunnel that was built in 1930 on the Zion- Mt.Carmel drive.  It was cut into the cliff and had 6 large windows that were carved too!  That was fun.

We still stopped along the way for some pictures!

 

Kim had her camera ready and saw an old truck on the side of the road…..I think it looks pretty cool.  It reminds me of the cartoon “Cars”!

 

Next up…..we decided to backtrack a bit ……and headed north on interstate 15 to exit 40 and the northwestern part of Zion.  We went on the 5 mile scenic drive in the Kolob canyons.  John was in his happy place…..road trip + coffee + Zion = best.day.ever

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It’s Levi’s turn to share his “Levi loves” corner….here are a few things he is grateful for ❤️

1. The off leash park in Hurricane, Utah is the best!  It had a big watering dish and toys to play with.  Kim and John took us there tonight when the weather cooled off and we had the park all to ourselves!

2. My first trip to the Dairy Queen!  We all had some ice cream 🙂

3.  Meeting new people and buddies.  Everyone is so nice here…they all say good morning and give you big smiles, and treats too!

Tomorrow we are heading to Williams, Arizona.  It is on Route 66 where people get their “kicks” .  Not sure what that means, but we will find out!

Life is good!

 

On the road again….Idaho and Utah

 

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We had another travel day today, arriving at the KOA in Salt Lake City around 7:00 at night.  This is a huge KOA!  There are over 500 spots here and lots of them are full.

We like this KOA – they have a Kamp K9. It’s a small off leash park with water dishes, toys and artificial grass.  Frazier was very excited because there was a ball for him to play with, and Levi was also excited – he got to play with a frisbee.   I was the “watcher”, checking out the action! There is also a nature trail here that leads to a city dog park.  We didn’t have time to check this out, but I think that’s a great idea!

John is excited because there is a big RV/car wash – so he is going to get all of that nasty salt off the trailer.

Today, we are heading to an RV park called Willow Wind in Hurricane, Utah, which is close to Zion National Park.  We don’t know which hikes/walks the 3 of us can take in the park, but we will find out and make the best of it!

We didn’t spend time visiting Salt Lake City – Kim and John have been here before……. and we all want to get out of the big city and into nature! 🙂

4 Paws up:  KOA in Salt Lake City! Everyone is really friendly and helpful here!  Thanks for the dog park!