Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 summary

January 1, 2015

Happy new Year !!!

But first let's step back and review what we did last year.  2014 was a great travel year, it will be hard to top it, but we will try.  We have covered the far west extensively now, our travel map looks pretty crazy, but there are still have many blank areas to see or places to return to,

In summary, we traveled through the states of Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico and the corner of Colorado during the year. 
We put a moderate 3,016 miles on the RV and a much rambling 22,750 miles on the Jeep.  
We stayed at 74 different campsites along the way.  We dry camped for 74 days and boondocked for 12 days. We stayed at several National Parks, State Parks, County Parks, Fairgrounds, Casinos and one Walmart parking lot. 
We visited 8 National Parks and many National Monuments or National Historic Sites. Also lots of great small towns, museums, hiking trails, and the cities of Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Boise, Seattle and Portland. 
I tend to find something of interest everywhere I go and it is about impossible for me to pick favorites, so browsing through past blog posts, I compiled this short list of memorable places from our 2014 travels: 

Tucson, AZ - best rodeo, rodeo parade and gem & mineral show
Casino del Sol, Tucson, AZ - most realistic sky scenes on ceiling
Payson AZ - best Zane Grey museum
Holbrook, AZ - best route 66 nostalgia and the Tee Pee Motel
Petrified forest National Park, AZ - The colorful Blue Mesa trail and the Painted Desert Inn
Navajo country - Gallup, NM - murals and great Indian trading posts 
El Moro, National Monument, NM
Canyon de Chelly and Canyon de Muerto, AZ - the White House cliff dwellings and Spider Woman Rock
Monument Valley, UT - best red rock landscape vistas
Valley of the Gods, UT - a best kept secret for monumental red rock formations and vistas
Grand Staircase-Escalante, NM - Paria and the Toadstools was fantastic
Glen Canyon Dam, AZ 
Kanab, UT - best cowboy (little Hollywood) movie town
Pipe Springs National Monument, UT
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT - Peekaboo trail was great
Kodachrome State Park, UT
Burr Trail Grill in Boulder, UT - best restaurant in the middle of nowhere 
Burr road - best boondocking campsite
Capital Reef National Park, UT - best overall hiking trails and fruit orchards
Price, UT - best prehistoric museum
Helper, UT - best original architecture, signs and great museum
Salt Lake City, UT - most inspirational history, the Temple, the Tabernacle and cleanest city center
Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City - great live music venue  saw "Old 97" band show
Garage Bar in Salt Lake City - more great music in Salt Lake City
Park City, UT - great old buildings, film festival and best ski museum
Golden Spike National Historic Site, ID - Transcontinental railroad site
Pocatello, ID - Portneuf Brewery, the First National Bar, great old signs and the Museum of Clean
Craters of the Moon, ID - best lava rocks
Twin Falls, ID - Snake River Bridge and Shoshone Falls and Evil Knevil
Boise, ID, downtown, great downtown, best farmers market and river bike/walkway 
Egg Factory - Boise - best breakfast
Boise blues Society - best blues society jam
Riggins, ID - best Salmon fishing
Lewiston, ID - great library, museum and river views
Coeur D'alene, ID- best lake views, most upscale and boring downtown
Grand Coulee Dam, ID - largest Dam in US
North Cascades National Park, WA 
Anacortes, WA  - best boat marina, Ferry to the San Juan Islands
Poulsbo, WA - possibly the best bakery in the world and the Sons of Norway
Seattle, WA - great history, market, architecture, seaport and Ferry
Tacoma, WA - A best well kept secret, great downtown restaurants and museums
Dungeness Spit County Park, WA  - best driftwood and lighthouse hike
Sequim, WA - best Lavender farms
Olympic National National Park, WA
Forks, WA - best Timber museum
Hoh Rainforest, WA - incredible lush greenness
Washington Coast - amazing ocean views, surf and rocky coastline
Astoria and the Columbia River, WA - best observation tower, bridge, nautical museum and general weirdness
Scappoose, WA - best car and airplane show at county airport
Portland, OR - best weekend market, rose garden, shopping and restaurants
Tillamook, OR - best cheese factory, WWII blimp base and museum
Lincoln City, OR - whales, ocean surf and the Devil's Punchbowl
Florence, OR - beautiful harbor, classic Conde McCollough bridge
Coos Bay, OR - best summer concert park series
Grants Pass, OR - shakespeare Theater, murals and It's a Burl store
Crater Lake, OR - the bluest water and amazing views
Klamath Falls, OR - great old buildings, murals and Egyptian Theater
Winnemucca, NV - the Martin House music concerts, David Strain blues
Elko, NV - best cowboy poetry and old western gambling halls
Ely, NV - best opera house and great old buildings
Great Basin National Park, NV
Fillmore, UT - original Mormon capital and great museum
Canyonlands National Park, UT
Moab, UT - best extreme outdoor sports town
Arches National Park, Ut
Cortez, CO - fabulous restored community center
Mesa Verde, CO - best cliff dwellings
Durango, CO - best tourist town and steam railroad excursion train
Albuquerque, NM - best hot air balloon museum, murals and Unser Racing museum
Route 66 Casino - best interior casino design
Socorro, NM - best small downtown square and heritage park signs
Chloride, NM - best original general store and ghost town story
Deming, NM - another best museum, the "Luna Membres"
Silver City, NM - best small art town vibe and old buildings
Pinos Altos, NM - best restored Saloon
Gila Cliff dwellings National Monument, NM
Wilcox, AZ - best singing cowboy museum and BBQ
Globe, AZ - old downtown most likely to succeed and the "Drift Inn"
San Carlos, AZ - most poverty level Apache town
Miami, AZ - best restored ice cream parlor and most deteriorated wasted downtown area
Superior, AZ - best old mining town setting, great murals and the Boyce Thompson botanical gardens 
Phoenix, AZ - most hated city, worst traffic with great downtown and best blues music club

There was so much more !

Now, we can move on with the New Year !
Twinkles and Slick

1 comment:

  1. What a fabulous adventure! I loved to read about the places you visited during the year. The pictures have been wonderful! I do travel vicariously through you both! Enjoy the next year as well! Wishing you both good health and happy trails!