Southwest Trip Summary

October 27, 2022

Now that we are home, people ask what our favorite was, but I can’t say. I liked every destination, and all were different. Every town was different, and each had its own interesting parts. Although people said we would see a lot of rocks, every canyon, every ruin was different. We saw some amazing rock formations, formed by an ancient sea that covered the west for 34 million years. Talk about climate change! 

We learned so much about the people who lived in the southwest 900 years ago, as well as a lot about the Indian tribes that followed. We saw so much incredible art work, and bought some. The people we met are so much a part of the fun. Sometimes, when we are preparing to go somewhere, I am anxious to get going, but I have learned to stop and listen when someone starts talking. They often have great suggestions. They come at odd times when you might not pay attention, like when I was pumping gas or shaving in a campground bathroom, or in a grocery store, or in a shop. Sometimes you hope you will see those people again, often exchanging cards.

I often think of my now-deceased sister’s comment on my trip with Kelly across Canada. We went to some very remote places and had some scary moments. Gayle said, “Angels are protecting you.” Every time I reach a destination, I thank God for delivering us safely, and a big thank you at the end of the trip.

A big thank YOU for coming along for the ride. We love your comments and knowing you are there.

There are always issues, and this trip had them:

  1. Stink bugs in the refrigerator heat stack.
  2. New fresh water tank had corn in it that stopped up the water filters and galley faucet.
  3. Air conditioner tripped the circuit breaker, so we had to replace the breaker.
  4. Of course there were the usual loose screws and cabinet latches that had to be tightened or replaced.
  5. Reading light by the dinette dropped down twice, breaking a wire that had to be soldered.
  6. Refrigerator wouldn’t come on twice.
  7. Check engine light was on for the entire trip home. turned out to be an expensive fuel mixing valve


  • 3 months and 5 days
  • 10,600 miles
  • 4,025 pictures
  • 10 National parks
  • 10 National monuments
  • 1 National reserve
  • 2 National historic sites
  • 1 National natural landmark
  • 5 State Parks
  • 5 Loop Drives
  • 5 Scenic Drives
  • 1 President’s Museum
  • 1 Service Academy
  • 3 Halls of Fame
  • 48+ hikes

Someone asked if we had seen all the national parks, but we have not. I have all the national parks and monuments marked on Google Maps, but we’ll not see them all, and the below list is just the US.

  • 63 national parks
  • 85 National Monuments
  • 60 national historic parks
  • 76 national historic sites
  • 19 national preserves
  • 10 national wild and scenic rivers

Again, thank you for coming along, A big thanks to Martha, a great travel companion, a great cook in a variety of conditions and a great path finder.

There is a “Search Box” on the upper right where you can enter a park, campground, town, river, etc, and it will take you to the posts that contain that item. Or you can click or search a category, like campgrounds. There are now 609 posts and 159 followers. I kind of wish I had merged the blog “Fish Across Canada” with this one. I took it down because it is costly, Kelly wrote “If The Fish are Bit’n” about it, and because we gave away a lot of information on some great trout streams.


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  17 comments for “Southwest Trip Summary

  1. Jim
    October 27, 2022 at 6:57 am

    Greg and Martha…thanks for taking me with you! The photos and narratives are outstanding…

  2. Larry Brannon
    October 27, 2022 at 8:09 am

    It was a great ride, Greg and Martha. I read all of your blogs. It must be nice to be back in your own bed.

  3. October 27, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Thank you Jim and Larry! It is always nice to get back home, catch up, clean up, fix up and get ready for the next trip 😊

  4. Hanno
    October 27, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for taking us along on your wonderful trip!

  5. Pam
    October 27, 2022 at 9:49 am

    So great to read the post! Happy that you are home safe and sound. Where to next?

    • October 27, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      Outer Banks next week, staying in a house. Hatteras Island Thanksgiving, which I think we can add as a national seashore. Looking forward to seeing you guys.

  6. Ken Safranek,,,,
    October 27, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Thank You Greg
    We can’t wait for where your travels will take you next year,

    Ken & Ruth. Spokane Wash.

    • October 27, 2022 at 3:10 pm

      So nice to hear from you Ken and Ruth! Do you still have the Bambi?

  7. Wilmina Sydnor
    October 27, 2022 at 10:53 am

    I loved going on your trip virtually. What great photos and wonderful observations. I’m so glad you continue to have “Angels protecting you.”

    • October 27, 2022 at 2:51 pm

      I miss our chats! 😊

  8. Rinehart Randy
    October 29, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Greg, Thank you for all the posting. As you know have been to more than a few of you stops. It brought back a few memories. It also created a desire to visit many more. You put a lot of work into each posting, Xan & I appreciate your hard work! Xandy

    • October 30, 2022 at 6:05 am

      Thank you Randy, for following for so long, going all the way back to July, 2013 with “Fish Across Canada”. I can’t tell you how much it helps to motivate me.

  9. Ellen Ramos Kelly
    October 31, 2022 at 8:50 am

    Hello Greg and Martha,
    I love reading and “watching” your trips across this continent or ours. I am in daily awe of your adventurous spirit. I hope to follow similarly someday.

    Dan and I know that you both are so busy but we would love to grab dinner some night together soon.

    All the Best,

    • October 31, 2022 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Ellen,
      We would love to get together with you guys. I am so happy you were following the blog. Give us some dates and lets get together!

      Love and Hugs,

      • Ellen Ramos Kelly
        October 31, 2022 at 4:39 pm

        FANTASTIC!! I’m so glad to hear from you. How is 11/3, 11/10 or 11/17? We love to have you guys at Farmington. Cannot wait to catch up!


      • October 31, 2022 at 5:13 pm

        11/10 sounds great Ellen

      • Ellen Ramos Kelly
        October 31, 2022 at 5:20 pm

        Great! E

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