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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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