October 31, 2017

Today we traveled to the Santa Elena Canyon in the Big Bend National Park (69 km). There were many stops on the way to see landscapes and mountains. In the end, we hiked into the Santa Elena Canyon. The picture shows it. The Rio Grande is the border between the USA and Mexico. The USA is to the right and Mexico to the left of the river. I'm glad that I was here before President Trump builds the wall between the two countries.

October 30, 2017

Today we traveled from Alpine to the Big Bend National Park (214 km). Here we visited the Visitor Center at the Panther Junction and the Chisos Basin. Here we took a little hike to see the window. This is what my picture shows. Through the window, one sees the landscape in the direction of Mexico.

October 29, 2017

Today we traveled from Van Horn through Saragosa and Fort Davis to Alpine (233 km). From Saragosa to Alpine we drove on scenic roads. The landscape was interesting. Just before Alpine, I spotted some American Antelopes. My picture shows the biggest male animals of one of the groups.

October 28, 2017

Today we traveled from Las Cruces In New Mexico to Van Horn in Texas (269 km). Short after the border to Texas, we crossed the town of El Paso. There was a lot of traffic. The picture shows some highways which are placed over each other. Then we drove a long time through flatlands. Some miles before Van Horn the land started to be hilly.

October 27, 2017

Today we changed the campground in Las Cruces again. The last one was near the highway and therefore it was quite noisy. Today the tires arrived and are already mounted on our RV. Therefore we can travel again tomorrow. The picture shows a view over Las Cruces.

October 26, 2017

Today we had a lazy day in the campground in Las Cruces. We are still waiting for the delivery of the ordered tires. Maybe we get them tomorrow. The picture is from our hike of yesterday. It's the view from the Dripping Springs trail down to the Rio Grande valley.

October 25, 2017

Today we changed the campground. We are closer to the city now. In between, we visited the Recycled Roadrunner, the Farmers Market and we hiked up to the Dripping Springs. The picture shows the Recycled Roadrunner, the city of Las Cruces and the Organ Mountains in the background where we hiked.

October 24, 2017

Today we stayed at the campground. We had to organize our further traveling. And we have to wait for the arrival of the ordered tires. They should arrive on Friday. The picture shows a squirrel which came very near to me when I hiked down the Grand Canyon about two weeks ago.

October 23, 2017

Today we went shopping in Las Cruces and visited the historic village of Mesilla (9 km). The picture shows one of the historic buildings. It is built in the Adobe style. Mesilla was a Mexican village until 1854. Then the USA bought land from Mexico. This created the border between the USA and Mexico which exists still today.

October 22, 2017

Today we had a lazy Sunday. We stayed at the campground. The picture is some days old. It shows the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook. Instead of normal bungalows, this motel has buildings in the form of wigwams. And in front of the wigwams are vintage cars parked.

October 21, 2017

Today we traveled from Elephant Butte to Las Cruces (153 km). Stefan and Edith traveled towards Tucson. Here we wait for the supply of the ordered tires. The picture shows the view from the campground over the city of Las Cruces and the Organ Mountains in the background.

October 20, 2017

Today we visited the Riverbend Hot Springs (24 km). Here we bathed in 41°C / 106°F hot water. The picture shows Kathy, Edith and me in a hot water pool. Behind us flows the Rio Grande.

October 19, 2017

Today we stayed at the campground in Elephant Butte State Park. We need new tires for our motorhome. The local tire dealer couldn't supply tires with the right measures. Therefore we searched on the internet for tires the whole day. I already thought we have to import them from Europe. But in the end, we were successful and found the right tires and did order them. Today was cloudy weather. It even rained in the evening. The picture shows a situation during the rainy and stormy time this evening.

October 18, 2017

Today we stayed at the Elephant Butte State Park. We are now in New Mexico. I have very good memories of this state since I received the TAGA Award in Albuquerque two years ago. After this, we traveled for 10 days through New Mexico and we were then here in Elephant Butte too. The picture shows the sunset seen from the campground this evening.

October 17, 2017

Today we traveled from Springerville in Arizona to Elephant Butte Lake in New Mexico (357 km). Here we met Stefan and Edith again. On the way, we visited the «Very Large Array» in San Agustin. Here are 27 large telescopes with a diameter of 25 meters build up to measure distances to planets, stars and on earth with interferometry. My picture shows the 4 telescopes which are nearest to the road. The others are until 36 km away.

October 16, 2017

Today we traveled from Flagstaff to Springerville (332 km). On the way, we visited Holbrook and the Petrified Forest National Park. As we came closer to Springerville we saw a huge fire. I think it was a wildfire. The sun went down behind the big cloud of smoke. The attached picture shows this.

October 15, 2017

Today we stayed in Flagstaff. But we went to visit the Meteor Crater which is 65 km east of Flagstaff. The crater was formed 50'000 year ago by a meteor. The crater is about 1220 meters in diameter and 213 meters deep. The photo is taken from the rim of the crater.

October 14, 2017

Today we traveled from Grand Canyon South Rim to Flagstaff (134 km). We needed to do some shopping and in the evening we had the birthday dinner for Katharina. The attached picture is from yesterday. It shows the view from the Desert View Overlook. From here is the best view of the Colorado River.

October 13, 2017

Today we stayed at Grand Canyon South Rim. We visited the overlooks which are not reachable with the shuttle bus. The farthest point (Desert View) was 40 km away from the campground. The picture was taken at the Grandview Overlook.

October 12, 2017

Today we stayed at Grand Canyon South Rim. In the afternoon I hiked down the Bright Angel Trail into the Grand Canyon. I went only 2.4 km and 340 meters in elevation down. This took me 40 minutes down, 30 minutes rest and one hour to go back up. I had a lot of respect to do this hike. I read a lot about people who died at hiking Grand Canyon. Now I know that I can do it. Next time I hike deeper down. I took the picture there where I returned.

October 11, 2017

Today we visited the Grand Canyon South Rim. Here shuttle buses bring visitors to the overlook points. We visited all of them. In the evening we watched the sunset at Yaki Point. Here I made the picture in the last sunlight on some rock formations.

October 10, 2017

Today we traveled from Page to Grand Canyon South Rim (233 km). On the way, we visited the Glen Canyon Dam, did some shopping in Page, visited the Horseshoe Bend again and visited the gorge of the Little Colorado River. The picture shows the Glen Canyon Dam, a piece of Lake Powell and the surroundings.

October 9, 2017

Today we stayed another day in Page. We went to visit the Waterhole Canyon. Most people go to visit the famous Antelope Canyon. We did this 5 years ago. The Waterhole Canyon is not very known and therefore almost no people are there. The fun part is to go to a Navajo Administration Office to buy a permit to visit this canyon. It was nice to walk and climb in this canyon. The picture shows a scene from this canyon.

October 8, 2017

Today we stayed in Page. We just went to visit Lake Powell and the Horseshoe Bend (17 km). My picture shows the Horseshoe Bend near Page.

October 7, 2017

Today we traveled from Cape Royal Point at the Grand Canyon North Rim to Page (237 km). Since we did overnight at the Cape Royal Point I got up early to experience the sunrise at the Grand Canyon. The attached picture is the last one of this sunrise series. I think the Grand Canyon is more attractive when there is light in it.

Oktober 6, 2017

Today we traveled from Kanab In Utah to Cape Royal Point at the North Rim of Grand Canyon in Arizona (171 km). On the way, we visited the Visitor Center of the North Rim and some other overlooks. Here at Cape Royal Point we watched the sunset and stayed overnight. The picture was taken in the later afternoon at Cape Royal Point. It shows a side valley of the Grand Canyon.

October 5, 2017

Today we traveled from Hurricane to Kanab in Utah (149 km). We drove on the scenic Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. The photo is taken where the road is still in the Zion National Park. Some miles before Kanab we went to visit the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. When we were here 5 years ago we found the sand is really pink, but this time it was more brownish. And I did it again. I drove to close to the sand dunes and got stuck in soft sand. Luckily a guy was there with a 4x4 pickup who towed us out. Thanks a lot.

October 4, 2017

Today we stayed at the campground in Hurricane. The insurance for our motorhome runs out. We closed a contract in Europe for a half a year. Now we had to renew it. Since the contract we have is very expensive we found another insurance for a much better price. To close the contract we needed some time. The picture is from our trip of yesterday to the Zion National Park. At the end of the valley is a trail along the river where you have to wade in the water. Many people like to do this. They even rent special shoes and trousers for that.

October 3, 2017

Today we celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary with visiting the Zion National Park. To do this, we drove from Vergin to Springdale. From here a shuttle service brought us into the Zion National Park. We stopped at all 9 stations and did some short hikes. The picture shows a landscape in the Zion National Park. It is more or less one valley with nice rocks on both sides and the Virgin River in between. In the evening we drove to Hurricane since the RV Park we were last night was fully booked for this night (57 km). We will have the wedding anniversary dinner sometimes in the next few days.

October 2, 2017

Today we traveled from Cedar City to Virgin (171 km). On the way, we visited two valleys of the Zion National Park. The first was the Kolob Canyon and the second the Kolob Terrace. At the end of the second valley was a reservoir on an altitude of 2475 m. There were a lot of trees in autumn colors as my picture shows.

October 1, 2017

Today we stayed in Cedar City. We had our administrative and laundry day. The picture shows a mule deer buck which I shoot three days ago in the Capitol Reef National Park.