I'm as old as this flag, but we both SALUTE you & our fellow Americans!

I'm as old as this flag, but we both SALUTE you & our fellow Americans!
Please watch the PHOTO SLIDE-SHOW before you read about where I now make my home in Nevada. WELCOME TO WHERE I LIVE AND WHY I DO!


THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL VIDEO - We live about 2 hours from the Hopi Nation.

I visited the web-site Nancy Snider sent to me, and I answered those questions:

Have you seen a Kansas sunset? Have you seen an Arizona rain? I answer 'yes' to both. The sunset blazing as it sets in Nevada? Aha - and how; today it was just that, and I've lived in Nevada for 8 years now.

Have you drifted down a bayou down Louisiana way? Yes, I have. Have you seen the fog in San Francisco Bay - many times. Have you heard the bird calling in the Carolinas? You betcha - both in North and South!

Have you heard the call of the Niagara Falls? More than once - and splashed with its cold mist; amazed at its power! What about that Massachusetts shore? More than once; dining on huge deep-fried clams; walking around Boston, and noticing Plymouth Rock didn't seem to be all that big.

I saw New York - more than once; amazed at the beauty of the many who co-exist in this place where Lady Liberty stands guard.

I've seen the Mississippi more than once; crossed her many times. I was born in Michigan; from the upper peninsula to the lower, I've toured every county - loved seeing Lake Huron; Ontario, Michigan - Erie, and Superior.

Going through the Rockies; driving 2630 miles from Ohio to Seattle in 3 days - I could not believe my eyes as I passed through the Dakotas; into Montana - Wyoming, then the desert of Spokane. I was relocating to marry a new husband; short of cash, and had to drive 'straight through' - 3 hours of sleep (average) each night (at a rest-stop). The good part of it all, with all the overwhelming beauty of nature along the way, it wasn't that tough to stay awake....

I drove there 3 days after Mt. St. Helens 'erupted' - I dealt with high gas prices; long distances between stops for food and gas, and had to wear a mask over my face to keep out the ash that piled like snow-drifts on the side of the roads as I neared Yakima.

I hear my heart sing - it doesn't cry out; it simply knows why I love my country so much.

Thank you to John Mitchum who reads this beautiful text; to Nancy Snider for sending me the link. It was a wonderful 4th of July - 2008

Before you 'read on', read these words spoken by John F. Kennedy, Jr. - I love them still.

Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms, and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors.

Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
Today after losing another dear friend, Jean Kreutz, I made a memory page for those we've recently lost. If you've lost a loved one, we know your pain as well. On this blog, there's spiritual music designed to comfort you; do visit it if you feel a need to find solace. http://thoseweremember.blogspot.com

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Hualapai Mountain State Park - 60 miles from where I live

The mountain is covered with huge pine trees! Just outside of Kingman, Arizona (Kingman still is the largest producer of turquoise), we drive up about 6,000 feet to enjoy the beautiful scenery and clear air!

There are 16 cabins - all made of stone; built in the 1930's. The place looks pretty much like a tiny Yosemite.

The best time to go for rates is Sunday through Thursday - from $45 to $110 for a 4-day stay.

There are r.v. campsites and tent campsites; the r.v. sites rent for $12/night, and the tent sites for $7/night.

The name Hualapai comes for the Native-American tribe that once inhabited the area and it translates to 'Pine-tree folk'.

In 1932, members of the park built 3,470 fire towers; 97,000 miles of roads and planted more than three billion trees!

There are 70 campsites - only 11 r.v. spots, so we have to call 'ahead' and book early. The number that's in our address book is: 877-757-0915.

There are 16 miles of trails - spectacular views!

The Day Use fee is $5 - sometimes we just drive up early in the morning, and come back as dusk falls.

A great place for a family reunion!

Highway 68 to Kingman then I-40; exit 51 and Stockton Hill Road, South gets us there. We travel about 15 miles on Stockton Hill Road to reach our destination - a favorite and beautiful place indeed!

Each year in August (around the 18th - for 2 or 3 days), they hold a MOUNTAIN LODGE ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR - we find authentic art; crafts, photography, newelry - hand-made items by the Indians. There's always an abundant supply of great food.


Anonymous said...

Actually Walbay (Hualapai is the spanish spelling) means people of the tall pines. The lodge in the Hualpai mountains basterdized the translation. Havasupai(the closest tribe and relatives of the Hualapia) means people of the blue waters since vasuw means blue and green is Havasupai. Trust me on this I worked on the Hualapai reservation and taught the language for many years.

Nikki Feroni said...

I go to Laughlin once a year for 10 days, and it's one of my favorite places in the USA. I ran across your Blog totally by accident - I live in Syracuse NY! But I had to stop and leave a comment. Laughlin is beautiful, peaceful - seems almost hidden from the crazy world around it. Cheers :-)

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