- Canyon Vistas RV
- We spent three months in Gold Canyon,
Arizona east of Phoenix. We found a nice, new
resort called Canyon Vistas RV Resort
complete with pool and ping pong tables,
fitness room, pool, and even shuffleboard. We
played lots of ping pong until Larry twisted
his back "diving" for a ping pong ball.
- We experienced every type of weather
including "thunder sleet." Thankfully, the
sleet only lasted a couple hours.
- Christmas Celebrations
- We had lots of company for Christmas and New Years.
Annette's parents and siblings arrived at Christmas.
Blake, Brooke, and her boyfriend Shawn arrived a few days
before New Years. Rather than shoving a dozen people in
the RV, we were happy to find hotel rooms in the area.
Other than a couple get togethers in the motorhome, most
of the holidays were spent exploring the area.
- Apache Trail
- Annette, Larry, Brooke, and Blake took a day trip out
to the Superstition Mountains and Tonto National
Monument. We headed out of Apache Junction on the Apache
Trail Circle Route and stopped at the ghost town (tourist
trap) of Goldfield. After a stop at the bakery, we headed
into the Superstition Mountains on highway 88. We stopped
for some hiking along the side of the road near a cave
and bridge. The road became more interesting with each
mile as the mountains got bigger and the gravel road got
smaller. We stopped at Tortilla
Flat for lunch.
- Tonto National
- Our next stop was Tonto
National Monument. The well-preserved
cliff dwellings were occupied from the 13th
through the 15th centuries. After the hike up
the mountain to see the cliff dwellings, we
enjoyed the scenery as we came back down the
mountain. Visitors can make reservations to
see additional ruins, but it was time to head
down the road. We'll have to save that for
- The trip home along highway 88, then 60
was pretty quiet. Everyone was tired from a
- Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
- Having visited the Arizona
Sonora Desert Museum the previous year (see Year
1: Desert Museum Trip), we knew the kids would enjoy
the trip. Annette had to fly to Georgia for a business
trip, but Larry, Brooke, Shawn, Blake, Arrion, and Ben
all drove to Tucson for a day at the Desert Museum. They
enjoyed the Harris Hawk show along with all the other
plants and animals.
- Along with all the day trips, people found time for
movies, shopping, pool, and ping pong. Overall it was a
great winter vacation for everyone.
- Updated 5/02.
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