2016  HIKING, CYCLING,

& RV TRAVEL ADVENTURES

Thunder Mountain Trail, Red Canyon, UT

 

   
              
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Note: entries with a date in the right-hand column are the only ones uploaded yet. I'm 'way behind on this year's journal entries but continue to work on them as time allows in 2018. We went a lot of places and did a lot of things in 2016! Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the year-end review dated December 31.

 

   
                     Yuma, AZ  (January 1 to March 20)  
Introduction to Our Website & Tentative 2016 Travel Plans January 1
Our Morphing RV Lifestyle:  More Freedom = Different Challenges January 3
Another Perspective on Full-Time RVing January 6
Snowbirding at the Desert Breeze Travel Camp on the Yuma Proving Ground AKA "YPG" January 15
Long But Scenic Day Trip to Anza-Borrego SP, Borrego Springs, Joshua Tree NP, & 29 Palms Marine Corps Base in Southern California January 19
The London Bridge? In Arizona?! Day Trip to Lake Havasu City January 27
Cycling Through the Mittry Lake Wildlife Area January 31
More Scenic Photos from the Laguna Wildlife Conservation Area February 7
More Hiking & Cycling Adventures Near Imperial Dam Long-Term Visitor Area (LTVA), Including Scenes Along Ferguson Road February 11
Painted Desert Trail & Other Scenes from the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge February 19
Scenes from the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge & Castle Dome Mountains February 22
A Long Winter Car Trip from Warm Arizona Deserts to Snowy Montana Mountains & Back March 8
Colorful Spring Desert Flowers in Far SW Arizona & SE California March 18
   
                    Twentynine Palms, CA  (March 20-27)  
Camping at Twilight Dunes RV Park, Marine Corps Air & Ground Combat Center March 20
Introduction to Joshua Tree National Park March 21
Hiking at Joshua Tree:  To the Summit & Back on the Ryan Mountain Trail March 22
Hiking at Joshua Tree:  Hall of Horrors Trail Around a Popular Rock Climbing Area March 22
Hiking at Joshua Tree:  Cap Rock Nature Trail & the Legend of a Rock Star's Highly Unusual Funeral March 22
Hiking at Joshua Tree:  Wonderland Wash Trail in the Wonderland of Rocks + Scenes from Hidden Valley Campground March 22
Hiking at Joshua Tree:  History & More on the Wall Street Mill Trail March 22
Hiking at Joshua Tree:  Skull Rock-Jumbo Rocks Loop Trail x2 March 23
Hiking at Joshua Tree:  Split Rock Loop Trail + A Side Trip to Face Rock (Bring Your Imagination On This Hike!) March 23
Hiking at Joshua Tree:  49 Palms Oasis Trail  
Hiking at Joshua Tree:  Barker Dam Trail x 2  
Hiking at Joshua Tree:  Hidden Valley Loop Trail  
Hiking at Joshua Tree:  End to End on the Boy Scout Trail  
Murals & Other Interesting Scenes In & Near the Town of 29 Palms  
More from Joshua Tree:  Driving the Queen Valley Roads  
   
                    Ridgecrest, CA  (March 27-April 3)  
Camping at Sierra Vista RV Park, China Lake Navy Air Warfare Station/Weapons Division   
Day Trip to Lone Pine (Whitney Portal Road and Alabama Hills area, where lots of movies have been shot) and Kennedy Meadows (lots of wildflowers in Nine Mile Canyon)  
Day Trip to Death Valley NP:  Badwater Basin (lowest point in N. America at  282 feet below sea level), Dante's View overlooking the valley, Devil's Golf Course, Artist's Drive loop, Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, Towne Pass, Emigrant, Panamint Springs, Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes, and short hikes at Mosaic Canyon,  Natural Bridge, and Golden Canyon  
Hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Southern Sierra Nevada Range  
More Spring Flower Photos from Southern California Deserts  
   
                    North Las Vegas, NV  (April 3-10)  
Camping at Desert Eagle RV Park, Nellis Air Force Base  
Cycling/Hiking at Red Rock Canyon Natl. Conservation Area  
Hiking & Sight-Seeing at Valley of Fire State Park (very colorful rock formations, arches/windows, lots of spring flowers, hundreds of ancient petroglyphs, etc.)  
Photos from Lake Mead Recreation Area  
   
                   Springdale, UT  (April 10-17)  
Camping at Zion Canyon RV Park  
Hikes & Bike Rides in Zion Natl. Park: Pa'rus, Angels Landing, W. Rim, Riverside (The Narrows closed due to spring rain and snowmelt), Emerald Pools, Kayenta, Weeping Rocks, Hidden Canyon, Observation Point (Sue's favorite trail in the park)  
Day Trip to Kolob Reservoir  
Day Trip to Red Canyon Natl. Forest and Bryce Canyon Natl. Park  
   
                    Moab, UT  (April 17-May 1)  
Camping at Spanish Trail RV Park  
Hiking & Sight-Seeing at Arches National Park: lots of interesting rock formations, canyons, valleys, arches, "windows," and petroglyphs to view (Delicate Arch and the hike to it was our favorite)  
Camping at Horsethief BLM Campground on the high mesa near Canyonlands NP (tip: much cheaper, bigger, and quieter than private RV sites in Moab)  
Hiking, Cycling, & Sight-Seeing In & Near Canyonlands National Park (almost as impressive as the Grand Canyon but without the huge crowds -- beautiful canyons cut by the Colorado and Green Rivers)  
   
                    Red Canyon, UT (May 1-June 4)  
Back at Red Canyon Village RV Park (we like it here!)  
Scenes from Various Day Trips to Cedar City via Scenic UT 14 and 143 (through Duck Creek, Cedar Breaks Natl. Monument, & Brian Head) -- still lots of snow at 10,000+ feet at the end of May  
Cycling on Bike Paths in Bryce & Red Canyons  
Hiking in Red Canyon (Natl. Forest):  Thunder Mtn. (Sue's favorite), Birdseye, Hoodoo, Pink Ledges, Arches, Buckhorn, Golden Wall, Castle Bridge, Casto Canyon, Losee Canyon, Cassidy, Ridge, Ledge Point, & other trails  
Hiking in Bryce Canyon NP:  Fairyland Loop (Sue's favorite), Peek-a-Boo (Jim's favorite), Bryce Point, Rim, Queen's Garden, Navajo/Wall Street, Bristlecone, & other trails  

Day Trip Thru Grand Staircase-Escalante to Capitol Reef NP via Scenic UT 12, 24, 62, and 22

 
   
                    Colorado Springs, CO  (June 5-July 5)  
Overnight at Camp Hale, a nice NFS campground north of Leadville on the old 10th Army Division post (where troops did mountain training during WWII)  
Camping at the US Air Force Academy's Peregrine Pines FamCamp (7th time here -- love it! can stay only 30 days, though)  
Photos from Our Cycling & Hiking Adventures: USAFA campus, Falcon Loop, Red Rock Canyon, Pike's Peak  
Scenes from Garden of the Gods Park  
June's Wildflower Succession in the Pikes Peak Region  
   
                    Leadville, CO  (July 5 to Sept. 6)  
Back to Our Favorite Summer Hangout at 10,200 Feet Elevation (we've been coming here most years since 1998 for the Leadville Trail 100 foot and cycling events to volunteer and/or race; cycling, hiking, and running are terrific here)  
Cycling on the Mineral Belt Trail, Hagerman Road, and Other Dirt & Paved Roads in Lake County  
Hiking & Cycling Around Turquoise Lake  
Photos from Windsor Lake Hikes  
Photos from Native Lake/Bald Eagle Mtn. Hikes  
Hiking the Vast Network of Trails at the Leadville Fish Hatchery  
Hope Pass Hikes:  Lots of Memories Here from the LT100  
Hiking Segments of the Colorado Trail  
Aborted Hike on Mt. Elbert, Colorado's highest peak (hail + lightning 1/2 mile from the summit = Sue's fastest descent ever!)  
Mt. Massive Hike (Colorado's 2nd-highest peak)  
Summer's Wildflower Progression In the High Country  
Volunteering for the Leadville Trail Events (Silver Rush 50-Mile Bike & Run, the new 100-mile bike stage race, and LT100 bike & run)  
Scenic Day Trip to Colorado Springs (knee injections, shopping)  
Ending Two Months in Leadville on a "High" Note:  Successful Ascent to Summit of Mt. Elbert (14,443') on a Perfect-Weather Day  
   
                    Red Canyon, UT  (Sept. 6 to Oct. 15)  
Scenic Drive from Leadville to Red Canyon  
Third Time at Red Canyon Village RV Park  
Revisiting Hiking Trails at Red Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park  
Cycling at Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Tropic Reservoir,  & Cedar Breaks to Panguitch on Scenic Byway 143  
Visiting Kodachrome State Park  
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs & Dinosaur Tracks  
Snowbird "Flight" to Warmer Climes for the Winter:  Five Days thru UT, AZ, NM, TX, LA, MS, AL, & FL  
   
                    Pensacola, FL  (Oct. 19-30)                    
Staying & Playing at the Blue Angel Navy Recreation Site on Perdido Bay (this is our 2nd time here)  
Scenes from the Awesome Air Museum and a Blue Angel Training Flight  
   
                    Kings Bay, GA  (Oct. 30 till sometime next spring)  
Our Fourth Winter at Eagle Hammock RV Park on Kings Bay Sub Base , St. Mary's, GA  (about a mile from the FL border, as the crow flies)  
Scenes from Our Hikes & Bike Rides  
Jim's MAKO Partial Knee Replacement & Recovery  
2016 Year-End RV Travel Review December 31
   

You can find additional photos of our travels from previous years on our Picasa site.      

 
 

"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil, Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey Girl

 2016  Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil