January 1st, 2018!

Well, we welcomed in a New Year last night!!

Now is the chance to make those changes (resolutions) we have been thinking about, time to reflect back on the year we just had and to look forward to many new adventures!

We spent the New Year in Cottonwood, Az, about 17 miles south of Sedona.

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You can’t beat the beautiful views of Sedona, surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests!


This is our 3rd visit to this area so we spent some time searching out new sights to see. We stumbled across V bar V ranch, just off I-17. This is the largest known petroglyph site in the Verde Valley, with over 1000 petroglyphs. The docent, Mike, was excellent is describing everything they know about the ‘wall art’ and the interpretations of this ancient communication! His stories about the solar calendar, and how the light shines and highlights certain area at each equinox were amazing!


Prior to arriving here we had a first time visit to Williams, Az. On December 17th we boarded the Polar Express train and rode to the North Pole to see Santa! Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in your coziest jammies!



We also made the 45 minute drive up to the Grand Canyon! We had been there once before, the first year we traveled, it is a sight that overwhelms you each time you lay eyes on it!


Around 4.5 million people visit the Grand Canyon each year and an average of 12 people die there each year….some from dangling over the edge I am sure!




We also visited Valley of Fire in Nevada. It is located 58 miles north/east of Las Vegas.  Valley of Fire is the oldest Nevada State Park and was dedicated in 1935.  It  covers an area of approximately 35,000 acres and  was named for the magnificent red sandstone formations that were formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs, more than 150 million years ago!!



We also spent a week in Death Valley. I don’t think there is anywhere else on earth that is so diversified and has so many different areas to explore!

We saw wildlife….


old, rusted vehicles…..


and Zabriske Point!  Probably the most recognized view from Death Valley!



Prior to that we stayed in Shoshone, Ca, just south of Death Valley. Both of these locations are in the Mohave Desert. The scenery in this corner of the state is wonderful!

While in Shoshone we did day trips, one to Tecopa, best known for the natural hot springs. Here I met Jayce, from Vegas I think! He was enjoying the hot pool and letting the natural mud clay work its magic on his skin!


We also returned to Death valley Junction. We had been there in the spring. The highlight is the Amargosa Opera House. The story of Marta Becket and the birth of her Opera house is fascinating. I won’t bore you with all the details here but it is worth 15 minutes of your time to ‘google’ ‘Amargosa Opera House’ and read her incredible story. She brought an old abandoned building to life, painting murals on all the wall and ceilings and creating her one woman shows for whoever wanted to come and see her…even performing for herself if no one showed up! Sadly Marta passed away this past winter, but the show must go on and a lovely lady from Vegas, Hilda Vazquez,  keeps the show, the story and the love alive!



From Shoshone we also did a day trip over to Red Rock Canyon, west of Las Vegas. I had heard of this area and wondered how it compared to Valley of Fire…..it is beautiful for sure but if I had the choice of the two I would definitely pick Valley of Fire!!



Thanks for following along! I really appreciate your views and especially love any comments you might leave!

I wish for you:

12 months of happiness

52 weeks of fun

365 days of laughter

8760 hours of good luck

525600 minutes of joy

31536000 seconds of success!

Happy New Year!

Until next time……





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