Spring in Arizona

Exploring places unknown, enjoying the simplicity and beauty of nature and embracing with gratitude the experiences we have shared, that has been our journey!


Someone we met during our travels highly recommended visiting Chiricahua National Monument since we would be traveling thru the area, so we decided to make a stop there.  We packed a lunch and spent a day at Chiricahua , the scenic road was closed for road maintenance so we decided to do a 6 mile hike into Rhyolite canyon.

The Chiricahua Apache called this area the “Land of Standing Up Rocks”.  It is a wonderful hike with beautiful views of the “hoodoos” and balancing rocks.



We stopped along the trail for a quick lunch and we had a visitor!

Mountain (yarrow) spiny lizard. 

As we got further along the trail we got closer to the “hoodoos”!

DSCN4870DSCN4814Pictures just don’t do Chiricahua National Monument justice!  It is a beautiful, scenic place😃  We also found the Coolest Radio Station in Wilcox, AZ…104.9 (especially if you’re our age)!DSCN4871


Our next stop was Picacho Peak State Park, since prehistoric times Picacho Peak was used to navigate around this area. It was a very nice, clean and well maintained campground, the sites were spacious and almost all of them have a view of the mountain range and Picacho Peak (we were in site B-14).

There are several hikes/trails to explore the park.

Calloway trail


Sunset Vista Trail
Beginning of Hunters Trail, (I couldn’t do the hike :(, it was rated as difficult )

The trails had beautiful flowers and cacti in bloom!

Our next stop was Surprise, AZ at the Sunflower RV Resort.  We went to a Mariners Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals.  It is a beautiful facility to enjoy one of  americas favorite pastimes.


Great stadium,


Small world, the people in front of us have a home on Whidbey Island!

and the Mariners won!

Can you see Edgar?


Blooming Prickly Pear cactus in Surprise, AZ

Hueco Tanks, TX to Chiricahua N.M., AZ – 303 miles

Chiricahua N.M. to Surprise, AZ – 261 miles


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