Friday, January 8, 2016

2015 in the rear view mirror

January 1, 2016:

2015 was a great travel year, we were able to stick closely to our original travel plan.  We had no accidents, breakdowns, break-ins or flat tires.  We also missed the wildfires (mostly), the tornadoes, the hailstorms, the flooding and other natural disasters.  We made many stops along our route as evidenced by the (60) campgrounds we stayed in.  We traveled through the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana putting 4,217 miles on the RV and 18,500 miles on the Jeep.

We visited six National Parks, 15 State Parks, 10 National Monuments and around 48 museums along the way. We alternated between the scenic wild places and big and small towns, although some of the towns that I found interesting, many would disagree with, including my wife.

I keep thinking of that song by the Little Feat that starts off from “Tucson to Tucumcari”.  Our version would be from Tucson to Bisbee, Lordsburg, Radium Springs, Alamogordo, El Paso, Guadalupe Mountain NP, Carlsbad Canyon NP, Lubbock, Amarillo, Logan, Las Vegas, NM, Santa Fe, Pilar, Chama, Durango, Silverton, Ophir, Ouray, Ridgeway, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, Fruita, Jensen, Green River, Pinedale, Grand Teton NP, Yellowstone NP, West Yellowstone, Bozeman, Butte, Missoula, Kalispell, Glacier NP, Great Falls, Lewistown, Billings, Cody, Thermopolis, Casper, Laramie, Steamboat Springs, Leadville, Salida, Pueblo, Trinidad, Las Vegas, Santa Rosa, Ruidoso, Carrizozo, San Antonio, Caballo, Silver City, Safford, Globe, Miami, Buckeye, Phoenix and finally back to Tucson.

Looking back through my (71) 2015 blog posts and 12,087 photos for review was a mind boggling task and I was reminded of so many great places and moments, to numerous to list, a few photos will have to do.

Ok, now to concentrate on 2016,
Twinkles and Slick

View from our campsite in Bisbee, Arizona

Walking up the dunes at White Sands National Monument

Amazing salvage yard near Alamogordo, New Mexico

Deep inside Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Admiring "Goldies Bar" in El Paso, Texas

Santa Fe railroad and cattle in Slaton, Texas

Durango & Silverton Railroad excursion

Frozen Lake near Ophir, Colorado

Great hiking site at Dinosaur National Monument

View at Flaming Gorge National Monument

View at Grand Teton National Park

Buffalo herd at Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Glacier National Park

Butte Montana architecture and signs

Livingston, Montana downtown view

Bozeman, Stampede rodeo action

Buffalo Bill Museum of the West in Cody, Wyoming

Thermopolis, Wyoming hot springs

House of Wonder in Shoshoni, Wyoming

Double rainbow at Casper, Wyoming campground

University of Wyoming marching band inside the
Old Buckhorn Bar in Laramie, Wyoming

Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado

Salida, Colorado view

Pueblo, Colorado riverwalk

Trinidad, Colorado

Las Vegas, New Mexico

No scum allowed Saloon in White Oaks, New Mexico

El Cortez theater in Caballo, New Mexico

Buffalo Bar in Silver City, New Mexico

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Antique Store in Miami, Arizona

Orpheum Theater in Phoenix, Arizona

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