A cairn of stones alongside the South Llano River
We took a southerly route in hopes of warmer travels, but the eastern cold seemed to follow us south, except for one day in Alabama.
Finally, in West Texas, the sun broke through. We had a warm day at South Llano (pronounced “lano” rather than the Spanish “yano” by the locals) River State Park and enjoyed a walk along the river. Continue reading
We don’t decorate our campsites, but many people do. At Palmetto Island State Park in Louisiana, we were amused by some of the signs people put out. It happened to be Mardis Gras, which added to the charm. A few examples:
The Tensaw River, which borders Blakeley Park
After a one-night stopover at a nice state park in Georgia, we crossed into Alabama, where we spent two nights at Historic Blakeley State Park. (We passed through the area that was hit by tornadoes that killed 23 people, but we were long gone by then.)
Although it’s called a state park, Blakeley is financed and run separately from the Alabama park system. It is the site of an early 19th century settlement that briefly sought to rival Mobile as a port before it fell into decay and disappeared. Continue reading
One of the many streams that run through the park
We spent what turned out to be our final two nights of camping at Petit Jean State Park near Conway, Ark. Petit Jean is the oldest state park in Arkansas, having been built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930’s. The CCC company was composed of World War I veterans. Continue reading
We arrived at Thunderbird Lake State Park outside Norman, Okla., yesterday and set up camp in a rainstorm. It rained most of the night, but the weather cleared this afternoon and produced this lovely sunset over the lake.
Tomorrow we continue east into Arkansas.
about 20 miles south of Amarillo, is said to be the second largest canyon in the United States, which must be galling to those Texans who think their state is supposed have the biggest of everything. Still, it’s a beautiful spot. Continue reading
Canyonlands National Park is about 30 miles from Arches. It too has fascinating rock formations, but in some ways it’s a different experience. Part of the reason is that it’s more remote and so has fewer visitors.
The park has three sections that are not connected to each other: Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze, which can be reached only by four-wheel drive or water.
We went to Island in the Sky, the most accessible. Island in the Sky is essentially a giant triangular plateau formed by the Colorado and Green Rivers, which meet at the southern end.
Like Arches, the photos really tell the story of Canyonlands.