Story of how Petrified Wood was made

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We visited the petrified forest walked the trail and did the Jr. Ranger Program.  The girls learned about dinosaurs, and how the forest was petrified.  We learned why all the petrified wood had so many beautiful colors.  This is an amazing place and is a must see not only for history and science. Munchy and  Huggs creative story of how petrified forest was made: Many moons ago when the smurfs came to be they found giant wood trees. They started to live in them and one day they all started to sink in the mud.  The smurfs ran out of their Continue reading

Homolvi State Park and Hopi People

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Why did the Hopi leave Homolovi? Why did we find so many fragments of pots? Why is this land still sacred to Hopi? These are the questions the girls thought of as we headed out to see the only two site that are still open to the public, Homolovi I and Homolovi II. We stayed at the Homolovi State Park in Winslow, Arizona.  The park was beautiful and the site were huge.  We had a nice pull through site because they were the only site with 50 amp hook up.  The back in sites all had 30 amp hook up and every Continue reading

Little Lighthouses of Lake Havasu and London Bridge

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If you every visit Lake Havasu in Arizona then you have to find all the little lighthouses along beach. Lake Havasu has 19 Lighthouses along the shore that are replicas of lighthouses that are along the edges of the US.  Each one was picked for varies reason but they are all to scale and neat added feature to the area.  We enjoyed looking at each plaque, and looking at the beautiful landscape. We stayed at the state park that was right next to the London Bridge.  The original London Bridge was built-in 43 AD and was rebuilt several times throughout Continue reading

Montezuma Castle National Monument

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Who wouldn’t like to live up in the sky, at least away from predators, flood waters, and were it is cool in summer and warm in the winter.  That it was the girls learned while doing their Jr. Ranger badge at Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well.  The girls learned science, about the animals that live in the area, environment, eco system, history and culture.  This was one of our nationals first national monuments proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt and America’s first car bound tourist destination. Many of you following along with us, as we make our way across America, wish you Continue reading

We got our kicks on route 66 in the stone ages and more Roadside fun

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More roadside fun, try to guess what landmarks we got to see.  The first clue is from a very famous movie about a cars and the phrase, “Get your kicks on Route 66”.  We drove …..name the city….. to see all the characters in the movie …..  Actually we have been having a lot of fun driving through different towns that the movie was based on.  While eating lunch at Route 66 sandwich shop, the cashier told us that her friends auto shop was the one they based it on in the movie and most of it was based right Continue reading

Sonora Desert Museum Unschooling Taxadermy science

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Some may say that learning with taxidermy is just gross but I say it is an awesome way to see these animals unclose.  I was blown away by how big some of these animals actually are, like the polar bear compared to the brown bear.  It was amazing to get so close to the animals that you could almost touch them. We have been to a lot of zoos and have seen many animals interacting with each other  in their natural habitats but this is just a new way to look at them.  We also learned about conservation, and how Continue reading

White Dove of the Desert

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I love looking at historic missions and churches for their beauty and architecture. We were able to study geography, history, American Indian culture, Spanish history, religion, restoration and architecture at this beautiful mission, Mission San Xavier del Bac.  The best part was the free admission and they have tours 3 times a day for free. We were lucky enough to  be with a very small group and our tour guide had fun telling the girls stories about the church. This is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona, originally part of New Spain it was founded by a Jesuit, Fr. Eusebio Continue reading

Ghost town Historical Markers and Rockhound State Park

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Ghost towns have been on our bucket list from the beginning and we finally got to see one on the border of New Mexico and Arizona.  Stein’s Ghost town has a very dark past and recently the owner’s father was killed which closed down this historic site for several months.  The town was named Doubtful Canyon due to the constant threat of Indians. Captain Stein was killed here resulting in the naming of Steins Pass.  Since we were pulling the trailer the girls were only able to see Stein’s Ghost Town from the exit. The exciting thing is for the Continue reading