Final destinations & end of year wrap up
10.17.2012 - 12.15.2012
After a spectacular visit to the Grand Canyon we made our way further south into Arizona to see my brother and his wife, John & Lisa Cooper. We traveled through Oak Creek Canyon located within the Coconino National Forest. Running from Flagstaff to Sedona the canyon formed along a fault line and is renown for it's beautiful walls and rock formations making it a popular destination for hiking & sight seeing.
Humpheys Peak, highest mountain in Arizona at 12,637 feet
We stayed in rural Cornville, AZ at a lovely campground on Oak Creek where we fished every day and made some friends.
I made a wild cast and landed my hook into a tree but was determined not to lose my crawdad jig so I waded out to get it!
The local watering hole and therefore a place we frequented.
Brad's first fish of retirement!
We had a nice day with my brother John and his wife Lisa and we spent the day in Sedona.
Our travels along Route 66
The London Bridge in the town of Lake Havasu, AZ. The 1831 London Bridge was the last project of engineer John Rennie and completed by his son, John Rennie the Younger. By 1962, the bridge was not sound enough to support the increased load of modern traffic, and was sold by the City of London to Robert McCulloch, the founder of Lake Havasu to boost tourism. Now the bridge spans the Colorado River.
Our adventures in Las Vegas and historic Fremont Street
I was approached by two gentlemen in KISS costumes who admired my tattoo work!
We met our friends Wayne & Shelly Waltrip for dinner at the El Cortez dining room and then took in the Fremont Street neon lights.
A trip to Vegas wouldn't be complete without a trip to Hoover Dam, especially since I had never seen it.
We finally made it to California and the Coachella Valley. Our first stay was at a resort called Silent Valley nestled up in the San Yacinto mountains where we were able to get out for a hike again. As you can see we were all alone as it was off season.
A dinner out with our son Tomas before we left Sacramento.
A prime rib Thanksgiving with family and friends.
This scarf I embroidered (with silk ribbons) for my sister Darla for Christmas.
We are spending a few months visiting our relatives in southern California and plan to hit the road again in February 2013. We hope all our friends and family enjoy a happy, healthy New Year!