The Berry Family of Central Texas

Then and Now

RV Big Trip 2010


We first stopped in Albuquerque to visit Carol's brother Gary and his family, then headed to Flagstaff, Arizona.  From Flagstaff we drove to Glendale, Utah for the first two National Parks on our itinerary.  While staying at Bauer's Canyon Ranch RV Park we discovered Moqui Cave just down the road. 

Moqui Cave & Bauer's RV Park near Glendale, UT

Zion National Park
Of all the parks we visited on this trip we enjoyed Zion the most.  Set in a valley that tapers to a narrow point, it is spectacular yet intimate.  Trails to hidden waterfalls and hanging gardens abound, and the park service buses were very convenient.     


Bryce Canyon National Park
The grandeur of Bryce Canyon reminded us of Arches and Canyonlands, yet it is quite unique in its formations - the hoodoos.  The post WW II gas station reminded us of lower gas prices, less than 20 cents a gallon. 


Grand Teton National Park
This park is majestic!  We hiked some of the trails to hidden lakes but only saw one bear - on the road into the park.  The crowd and traffic in Jackson were terrible.  We stayed in an RV park in Idaho, over the pass on Hwy 22.  It was a bit of a drive to the park but we were glad we were not in Jackson! 

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is truly unique!  It has something like 60% of all the geysers in the world.  There are geysers everywhere!  We were initially disappointed at not seeing more wildlife, but by the time we left after two days were really tired of buffalo and elk causing huge traffic jams.  Every time traffic slowed to a crawl we said "I hope it's not another buffalo".  It' a small world - we encountered a family from Georgetown who Carol knows from St. Helens while stopped for some road work on the highway. 


Butte, Montana
Carol was born in Butte (we won't say when).  Some of her cousins still live there and other relatives are buried there.  Her grandmothers house stood where the center of the Berkeley Pit is now - it's filled with toxic water.  Mining head-fames dot the city right beside residential homes. 

Little Bighorn Battlefield
The National Park Service does a wonderful job of maintaining this battlefield and museum, and providing great audio-guided tours.  The terrain is almost exactly as it was during the battle in June 1876.  You can visit the exact spots where many of the battles took place, and see where soldiers and warriors fell, including a black-faced stone where Custer fell. 


Pike's Peak & Pueblo Colorado
Since Pueblo was on our route to Ponderosa Campground we decided to visit nearby Pike's Peak.  I had ridden the cog railway up the peak in 1964 but Carol had never been there.  Visibility was pretty well obscured by clouds but we got a few good photos.  We were amazed at some of Colorado's highway low-clearances and the one-way tunnel under I-25 at Pueblo. 


Creede, Colorado
This is a really cool old mining town that is now primarily a tourist attraction.  The underground mining museum is first-rate, and there are lots of quaint shops and eateries.