Roadtrip & Itineraries
To keep on our journey to get from the west coast of California to east coast of Florida, we said goodbye to Monte Vista RV (Mesa, AZ) and hello to the Voyager RV Resort (Tucson, AZ). It was a 127.5 mile Arizona road trip this day. The Rooster Coburn Ostrich Ranch was the perfect roadside attraction to stretch our legs and right off Highway 10.
Photo: That’s our Mini Cooper in the distance!
If you check out Yelp or TripAdvisor, taking this road trip near the Phoenix area is highly recommended as it has “incredible view of canyons, geologic formations, desert plants and trees, desert …
“…over 90 acres of an old 1800’s town…blacksmith shop, sheriff’s office and jail, to Victorian ladies… take a step back in time,” say the Pioneer Village website. It takes about 2 hours to walk around this Western town, including attending a short gunfight show. Our stroll in this dusty, desert landscape reminded me a lot of the TV series, Little House in the Prairie, I grew up watching.
Why visit the Grand Canyon? For activity junkies like us there’s the lure to hike, bike, mule ride, raft, whitewater, helicopter or experience land tours (bus, jeep or van). And, hello… how about just for its amazing landscape! Unfortunately, we had planned little time in the area and didn’t even know if the trip up would be doable. We’ve never been in Arizona for the winter and were worried about freezing weather… getting around in the RV.
We turned to page 278 of "Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways" by National Geographic which talked about how “Sand laid down about 300 million years ago became sandstone, tinted red by the presence of iron, then shaped by water and wind…” to what you see today. It’s only a short but sweet 7.5 mile scenic drive (Exit 298 to Hwy 179) of Red Rock country. We make an afternoon of it.
In Canada, enjoying a scenic Road Trip from Vancouver, B.C. to Whistler today. Stopping at Shannon Falls, witnessing athletic rock-climbers before a photo-op with ‘SAM The Lumberjack’. Now, our 4th stop to look for eagles in Brackenale – World’s Eagle Capital. After this last rest stop, we’ll be non-stop to Whistler.
Right outside Chances Squamish, a casino, stands SAM (Squamish Axe Man) The Lumberjack… standing 10 metres tall… a reminder of the town’s logging history. "SAM was originally created by local artist Nick Tattersfield for the movie – Are We There Yet" –Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival
"Towering 600m (almost 2000ft) above Squamish, the Stawamus Chief is Canada’s big-wall rock-climbing mecca, attracting keen rock climbers from around the world every summer. Home to hundreds of high-quality multi-pitch crack climbing routes, novice – advanced rock climbers can spend an entire summer exploring the intimidating granite walls, including the The Apron, The Grand Wall, The Slhaney and more.Dating back millions of years, the Chief stands as the 2nd tallest freestanding granite monolith in the world, after the Rock of Gibraltor." –TourismSquamish.com