Crystal Crane Hot Springs

In Eastern Oregon, in the middle of nowhere we discovered a mini oasis of sweet relaxation.

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On highway 78 a little ways for Burns, Oregon is a small hot springs with RV hookups, tent camping or cabins. They are in the process of building rooms with private baths too. It is a very laid back place. Open gravel parking lot for RV camping. There is only a few with hook up for dumps, so if that is important make sure you reserve a space early or dump at the welcome center coming in to the west of Burns before you get there. You can also dump at the country store 3 miles down the road for a fee. They have restrooms and a couple shower stalls. Nothing fancy, but they can take a shower if you want after getting out of the hot springs.

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It’s a great place to stop and relax and a wonderful break after driving across Nevada. So if you get up in this area, stop in and relax. You can also just stop for a few hours and take a dip.

Http://cranehotsprings.com

 

Sedona, Arizona

This place is a must see in Arizona.  We drove back from Williams to visit it for the day.  There is a lot of tourist shops and tons of activities, but since we only had a short time we just stopped in several of the crystal and rock shops and the local artist shops along the strip and then went to a couple of the vortexes.   http://visitsedona.com/

I will be back to visit longer…it just felt so perfect.

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Bell Rock
Bell Rock

Make sure you take the turn off before Bell Rock… otherwise you can’t get very close… we missed it!  So next time.

Red Rock Crossing/ Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Crossing/ Cathedral Rock

Standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona

So Kirsten and I were driving her car following the RV and we took a small detour just cause we were passing by Winslow Arizona.  Cool little town that capitalizes on the Eagles song “Take It Easy.”

But if you come this way, stop in and get some gourmet hot dogs names for the states along Route 66 at the Sipp Shoppe right next across from the statue and flatbed Ford on the corner.

Standing on the corner
Standing on the corner

And take a journey to the La Pasada Hotel which was built by the Fred Harvey company along side the railroad in 1929.

La Pasada
La Pasada

http://www.laposada.org/

New Mexico- Petroglyph National Monument

New Mexico..

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First time I’ve ever been to New Mexico. It’s now marked off my list of states I need to visit. After we get to Arizona and then travel through Nevada, I’ll only have 6 more states to visit before I’ve been through the entire US.. all of them in the New England area except for Alaska.

I was a little disappointed with New Mexico.. I think I was expecting the giant plateaus and beautiful desert scenes. Instead it was a lot of scrub brushes and nothing…

We did find a pretty cool stop in Albuquerque. The Petroglyph National Monument , it is one of the largest protected sites of petroglyphs in the US. Drawings done from the Ancestral Pueblo and early Spanish settlers 400-700 years old. It stretches the 17 miles along the Albuquerque, New Mexico’s West Mesa. Several sites with petroglyphs scattered among other rocks. We only did one of the areas. But found several unique drawings and it was an relatively easy walk up to the hill.  https://www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm

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petroglyph
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Kevin visits Petroglyphs

We were able to see a couple jackrabbits, other rabbits, lizards and one creature that kind of looked like a cross between and squirrel and a ferret.

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If you come this way, make this a stop. Stop by the visitors center for info, map and bathroom break. Bring plastic water bottles (no glass), sunscreen and a hat… the sun is unforgiving.

We stayed at American RV Park… easy in and out. Complimentary continental breakfast. Small pool and other facilities. Active duty military stay free. Good Sam’s discount. Nice people very helpful with what to see. The only complaint is the internet didn’t not work. http://www.americanrvpark.com/

Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch..

Funky Art
Funky Art

We had been too long of hours to make our way to my Dad’s place so we decided to take it a road side attraction. Just off I-40, right on the frontage road in Amarillo, TX is a public art display. We figured that this would satisfy my daughter’s request to stop at some crazy road side attraction. It was actually pretty cool.

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Kevin visits the Cadillac Ranch

Created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, artists of part of a group called Ant Farm. The display is made from old Cadillacs that were buried have way in the dirt and they are painted different colors. Over time they have been painted with spray paint from visitors from the world around. While we were there, we heard several languages and watched as others put unique tags on the car and joined in to do it too. I’m sure that in the next several weeks our tags will be covered by other visitors, but it was pretty cool. How many places can you legally graffiti a piece of art? What an experience for kids visiting. Here kid take this spray paint and knock yourself out… yep, kind of cool. You can bring your own paint or pick up a can left by others. Be an angel and take an empty can away with you to dispose of properly…

Panda Creation
Panda Creation

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http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2220