Archive for April, 2012

sharing paradise   14 comments

Boyce-Thompson Arboretum near Superior, Arizona

Yesterday, Sabrina, Sage and I arrived back in Canada after spending our fourth winter in Bisbee. We took a meandering route homeward this year, on the road and camping here and there for most of the past three weeks, in the company of my good friend and fellow blogger, Larry Ayers, of Riverside Rambles. Before leaving Arizona, we visited the Grand Canyon, and Boyce-Thompson Arboretum. Larry is a botany enthusiast, so the arboretum was a favourite place of Don’s and mine that I wished to share with him.

section of the Grand Canyon from the south rim

In Utah, we toured one of the places that I most enjoy camping and hiking – the back country around Kanab – before moving on to see Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches National Park, and hike to the ruins on the trails around Hovenweep National Monument. See photos above and below of some of these places (click on all images for larger views).

Bryce Canyon from the highest lookoff

We camped in all sorts of places from forest service camps atop snowy mountains, to sites along Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef, and on BLM lands in the high desert beyond Kodachrome Basin.

the view from our dispersed campsite near Kodachrome Basin

a slot canyon in the Long Canyon region near Capitol Reef

We did quite a bit of exploration on foot across mesas and in an awesome slot canyon.

descending the narrow switchback road leading into Waterpocket Fold

We followed many a winding road through mind-blowing landscapes.

Oyster Shell Reef area of Waterpocket Fold

Tower of Babel formation at Arches National Park. The dark speck at the bottom left is Larry.

We shot photos of impossible rock formations and ancient ruins.

Cutthroat Castle at Hovenweep National Monument

After leaving Utah, we made our way through Colorado and Kansas, then wound up our wanderings with a visit to see bison on range land within Prairie State Park in southwest Missouri.

herd of bison at Prairie State Park in southwest Missouri

Over the past four winters, I’ve visited many of the above places alone with just my two dogs for company. I might not ever have retraced my journey, but it was fun to be able to share a few slices of paradise with a good friend. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had that opportunity.

Written by bev wigney on April 14th, 2012

My old trooper   10 comments

Posted at 10:08 am in Uncategorized

As some of you know, before setting out from Arizona, I had given some consideration to having Sabrina put down. I wasn’t sure if she could weather the trip home as it would not be a direct route. She has had some long standing health issues which I’ve been dealing with on a day to day basis. However, in the end, I decided that her quality of life was still good enough that she could probably make the trip without too much discomfort. Once back at our summer place in Nova Scotia, I think she may be okay for awhile yet.

Being the old trooper that she is, she has done much better than I’d expected. Two weeks along the road and she seems to be thriving on the adventure and the more than occasional sausage-with-egg-mcmuffin, which has always been her breakfast of choice. She has spent several days exploring the sagebrush around my van at campsites, as well as meals cooked on the propane campstove. Hopefully my good old dog will make it back to our home in Canada in about a week.

Written by bev wigney on April 7th, 2012