This blog covers the retirement travels of Mike and Diana Griffith in our fifth-wheel trailer as we drive throughout the U. S. and Canada.
Fri, Oct 30, 2020-Hoover Dam
We’ve been to Hoover Dam 3-4 times over the years but it never fails to take our breath away! If you’ve never been there, here are a couple of pics to demonstrate its size and beauty:
The lake is extraordinarily low now as you can see in the pics but that’s a result of the drought over the past few years. One amazing fact is that the dam is pyramidal shaped. It’s 726 feet high and 660 feet wide at its base! The “new” bridge was built in 2010 and it’s 1700 feet downstream from the dam and is 886 feet above the Colorado River. All in all, the Hoover Dam is an amazing structure that has been doing its job superbly for over 80 years!
Welcome to our new blog! We invite you to follow us as we travel throughout the USA and Canada in our Durango fifth-wheel. We'll be sharing the highlights and pictures of our travels on this blog. Rather than retiring in the usual sense, here is a short summary of our retirement plans: We've already sold our home in Kingwood, TX. We currently live in our RV in an RV Park North of Kingwood. This means we went from 2560 SF to 335 SF! Now THAT was a real challenge! We'll be updating this blog about the RV in the future. We plan to leave here about the middle of May. We're going to the Dallas area to see our daughter and her family for a while. Then North to ALASKA! We will probably spend 3-4 weeks getting there because 1) we're retired and 2) we want to go to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and a few National Parks in Utah and Montana on the way. After exploring Alaska, we'll be headed back to Banff and Jasper National Parks in the Canadian Rockies. We
Here is our camper at the campground in Lewisville, TX near our daughter and her family. Before we head North, we're spending a few days here visiting with them. The first disaster happened here-I cut a corner too short and tore the roof on the camper. It took a trip to the RV store and 6-8 hours to get it fixed. Oh well . . . . .
We expected to spend an hour or two at PFNP but we found it so unique we spent all day. We went there thinking there would see some hand sized pieces of petrified wood but were we wrong! We saw forests of petrified wood! Here’s a sample of some of the sizes of these trees now turned to crystal: The process of trees turning into rocks is a fascinating one. Several million years, when this area of NE Arizona was covered by a massive swamp, these giant trees fell into water. Over a few million more years, sediment covered the trees so they were preserved. Fast forward a few more million years and the atoms in the trees crystallized into petrified wood. The colors they crystallize into vary from red to orange to yellow to blue to gray to white to you name it. Here are a couple of pics of the colors of petrified trees: These two pics describes the large reddish polished sample above. I set my wedding ring on this tree to give it some perspective Here’s a pic of my Bride with Dottie at the