We said goodbye to Loomba-Loomba and
headed north early on the morning of June 7th.
|Loomba-Loomba is not alone in San Carlos!|
Our first stop was Bisbee, AZ for two nights.
It's a cute little mining town turned artsy.
Think Madrd, NM, or the Fremont neighborhood
|View from our room at the Bisbee Grand Hotel|
|Jim was still nursing his sting-ray sting|
|We HAD to do the Queen Mine tour!|
Next stop was Drew's house in Gold Canyon, AZ:
He had just ordered a Tesla so he took us to do
a test drive in the same model. Here is Jim
driving "hands free". It was an amazing car!
|These are Drew's girls: Mila, Fiona, Jane and Winnie|
(four of our five grand-dogs)
From Drew's we headed to the South Rim of
Grand Canyon National Park, camping at Desert
|....a very large elk with a fine set of antlers|
|.......a horny toad|
|......and a "wanna be" ranger?!?!|
Gorgeous sunrise viewed from Desert View Watchtower
the morning we left:
We then drove Highway 66 toward Las Vegas:
|Stopped at Mr. D's for a burger and a shake....|
|and enjoyed the Burma-Shave signs.|
We walked the strip once at night
and once during the day, and drove
to "Old Town Freemont Street Experience" one
afternoon and that was enough Las Vegas
were glad we did. It was our oasis within
all the craziness. We were able to plan the rest
of our trip with good internet,
get caught up on emails, get a good
sleep in a nice bed, and do laundry.
One day we did the "behind the scenes"
Hoover Dam tour:
|beautiful art deco all around|
We then drove to meet
Dave (Jim's brother) in King's Canyon/Sequoia
National Parks. It's at 6500' and it was COLD at night.
The first morning it was 37 degrees when we woke up!
|Our campsite at Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP|
|Nice hikes and amazing trees|
|General Grant is 3000 years old|
It is 270' tall and 107 feet around
|The "Mark Twain" stump - it was 1350 years old when it was|
|A rare snow plant blooming beneath General Sherman|
| General Sherman, by volume,is the largest known|
single stem tree on earth
We stopped in Turlock with Dave to visit his daughter
and family, but unfortunately I didn't
take ANY pictures.
Next stop: Crater Lake NP which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Nice campground and beautiful scenery!
We lucked out on the weather. There was snow, but
it was sunny with no wind, so it wasn't too cold.
|Is this the same ranger from the Grand Canyon?????|
From Crater Lake we went to Eugene to visit
Chrissy's sister, Gretchen, but once again
I failed to take any pictures.
Then we were off to Newport, OR. to meet
Kelsey, Drew, Simon, Amy (niece) with her two
kids and her sisters two kids, and Chrissy's brother
Tom and sister in law Claudette. A fun "mini" family
gathering for a few days.
|The newest member of our family: Crosby|
Chrissy's niece's son
I didn't get any pictures of Amy or any of the
other three kids, but it was a fun, busy time!
|Simon was pretty excited about going|
to the aquarium
|Simon and Grandma inside the Moray Eel Tank|
at the beach, but it was windy and cold!
It's getting harder each year to adjust to any