Remember the gazillions of people we met in Zion National Park? We appear to be on the same route as all of them 😳.
We were super disappointed to arrive at Horseshoe Bend and be turned away, along with a hundred or so other vehicles, RV’s and buses! There was plenty of parking so we didn’t quite understand the reasoning, but were told at the gate they weren’t letting any more people in and to come back another day!
We found out later, that we might have been able to take a shuttle from Page, had we of known. Oh well, next time!
This is one of the best places we’ve never been!
Our plan was to stay in Flagstaff, Arizona and day trip it to Sedona, hoping to get some fun cycling in. We awoke to quite cool temperatures and a bit of drizzle, so decided a nice hike would be better. Turns out, so did everyone else on the Tourist Trail 😬.
We must have been very naive thinking at this time of year we’d be able to just travel along and stop where we want. Every trailhead parking lot from Flagstaff to Sedona was full, with a line of cars waiting to enter, on a Tuesday! We didn’t need to hike that badly, so just went for lunch in Sedona then back to Monty for a quiet afternoon and evening.
We did get to stop at a lookout on the way back. Here’s a photo of the road we took – very thankful we left Monty at the RV site!
We left Flagstaff very early Wednesday morning as we knew we had a lot of miles to cover – 563 miles (906km) to be exact 😳 We wanted to avoid the big storm that was happening around us, and we did 👍 It was a beautiful day as we passed through Arizona, New Mexico and the Continental Divide, into El Paso, Texas. A very, very long day – 11 hours on the road – but stunning scenery the entire drive.
Apparently driving all day was worth it . . . . we lost everybody on the Tourist Trail 😎 Driving from El Paso, Texas to Carlsbad, New Mexico was short and easy. No one in front of us, no one behind us and no cell service.😳
The Carlsbad Caverns were absolutely amazing! There were tourists, but nothing like we’ve seen so far. Again, our photos can not do it justice! The Cavern has a labyrinth of underground chambers, including one of the largest ever discovered. The total length of the rooms and passages is still unknown, but the explored part of the main cavern is more than 30 miles long, of which 3 miles are open to visitors. The main chamber is called ‘The Big Room’ and is over a mile to walk around!
Ok, here’s a history lesson for you about New Mexico – in 1563, it was named Nuevo México after the Aztec Valley of Mexico by Spanish settlers, more than 250 years before the establishment and naming of the present-day country of Mexico; thus, the present-day state of New Mexico was not named after the country today known as Mexico. We did not know this, but do now! 😜
Had a wonderful drive from Carlsbad, NM to Fort Stockton, Texas, then on to San Antonio, Texas.
‘Remember The Alamo!’ was our fight cry as we pulled in and joined the Tourist Trail, again 😬 To be fair, we didn’t realize we were arriving at the start of Fiesta San Antonio – their version of Mardi Gras – that runs from April 18-28 🎉 It was lively and a lot of fun.
The Alamo was much smaller than we thought it would be, but great to see. Davy Crockett lost his life here while trying to defend the Alamo against the Mexicans. The Texans did win their independence a short time later, as a matter of fact, it was on April 21st, 1836!
The San Antonio River flows through San Antonio, and they’ve made a beautiful pedestrian-only River Walk, with access to fabulous restaurants and shops. We took a boat ride through the city and really enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere. The river also flows past our campsite and the path is a 5 mile bike ride to downtown.
The RV Parks we’ve been staying at have been fairly basic and mainly gravel parking lots with services! The fancier sites have a bit of grass and perhaps a tree 👍 We usually don’t unhitch Monty if we’re only staying one night and the site is level enough. It’s been quiet and we haven’t minded the lack of view or scenery, since we’re out exploring all day anyway.
In the past 3 weeks, we’ve driven 4,000 miles (6,437kms) and we’ve only just begun 😎