RVing, Touring and Photography are my love!
I have traveled to every state with the exception of North Dakota. Camping as a Boy Scout was the start of it all. Planning the next RV trip was always in my daydreams through the year. When vacation time came I was ready to go and my children have told me it was the best time of their lives. If we only had two or three weeks, we make the most of it. Once I built up more vacation time and the kids were off from school we hit the road. Even squeezed in some trips during the extended holidays during Thanksgiving and Christmas. I would take a few days off to make the week longer. It was the best of times and outings I will always remember. My children saw more places and things than their peers and that goes for me too. Most of my friends never saw those magical places. Here are some trips to remember.
Destin Florida was our favorite campground until we made it home.
Some interesting facts about Arizona…
Havasu Falls at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I hiked here with my three sons and three grandsons for two night. It was about 12 miles from the rim of the canyon.
Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits, more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming). Arizona has 26 peaks that are more than 10,000 feet inelevation.
All New England, plus the state of Pennsylvania would fit inside Arizona. Arizona became the 48th state and last of the contiguous states on February 14, 1912.
Arizona’s disparate climate can yield both the highest temperature across the nation and the lowest temperature across the nation in the same day. The Hottest temperature recorded in Arizona was 128 degrees at Lake Havasu City on June 29, 1994. The Coldest temperature recorded in Arizona was 40 degrees below zero at Hawley Lake on January 7, 1971. Rainfall averages for Arizona range from less than three inches in the deserts to more than 30 inches per year in the mountains.
Arizona has the largest contiguous stand of Ponderosa pines in the world stretching from near Flagstaff along the Mogollon Rim to the White Mountains region.
The Five C’s of Arizona’s economy are: Cattle, Copper, Citrus, Cotton, and Climate. The world’s largest solar telescope is located at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Sells, Arizona..
Out of all the states in the U.S., Arizona has the largest percentage of its land designated as Indian lands. Oraibi, a Hopi village located in Navajo County, Arizona, dates back to before A.D. 1200 and is reputed to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in America.
Built by Del Webb in 1960, Sun City, Arizona was the first 55-plus active adult retirement community in the country.
Rising to a height of 12,643 feet, Mount Humphreys north of Flagstaff is the state’s highest mountain.
Roadrunners are not just in cartoons! In Arizona, you’ll see them running up to 17-mph away from their enemies.
The Saguaro cactus is the largest cactus found in the U.S. It can grow as high as a five-story building and is native to the Sonoran Desert, which stretches across southern Arizona. A saguaro cactus can store up to nine tons of water.
The average state elevation is 4,000 feet.
The Navajo Nation spans 27,000 square miles across the states of Utah,
Arizona and New Mexico, but its capital is seated in Window Rock, Arizona
On June 6, 1936, the first barrel of tequila produced in the United States rolled off the production line in Nogales, Arizona.
My three sons (all Eagle Scouts) and three grandsons (two Eagles) and I hiked down the Grand Canyon for two nights. This was the third time I took my son’s down and back. An adventure to remember for sure.