Campground Views: A sunrise view of the spectacular scenery in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area as seen from our campsite in the Horseshoe Bend Campground near Lovell, Wyo. The unlimited natural beauty of the national recreation area offers beautiful scenery, wild horses, a large population of wildlife, as well as boating, fishing, camping, and hiking and other outdoor activities. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
By GARY WARREN
Formerly of Los Alamos
Last week’s “Posts From the Road” featured several highlights from an extended trip to the midwest and eastern U.S. This week’s post will feature a few points of interest from other travels in the western U.S. during the last 12 months.
Except for two trips to the eastern U.S., all our RV travels have been in the western U.S. The locations featured here will be from Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming.
As you read this post, we will be in Texas again visiting Marilyn’s parents before traveling to west Texas and the Big Bend country.
Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country, and he shares his photographs, which appear in the “Posts from the Road” series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.
Lagoon and Pier: We have visited Dead Horse Ranch State Park near Cottonwood, Ariz. a couple of times. The park features three lagoons and acres of large cottonwood trees. Shown in the photo is a grove of cottonwoods reflecting in a lagoon while couple of men fish from a pier during a visit to the park last February. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Davis Mountains State Park: The Davis Mountains State Park in west Texas is close to Big Bend National Park. Shown in the photo is our campsite at this park in January 2021. The park is conveniently located near Fort Davis National Historic Park and the historic town of Ft. Davis, Tex. Also located just a few miles from the park is McDonald Observatory, which is a wonderful place to visit and tour. The observatory offers evening programs where visitors can view the night sky through several of the telescopes at the facility. We have toured and enjoyed the programs in the past, but many programs were canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Fish Creek Hill Viewpoint: We enjoy visiting the Phoenix area every year in March during the Major League Baseball Spring Training. During our spring visits every year we have time to explore the area and enjoy the desert before the summer heat sets in. In 2021, we drove the Apache Trail through the Superstition Mountains just east of the Phoenix metro area. Shown is a view from the Fish Creek Hill Viewpoint several miles up the Apache Trail last March on a rare cloudy and rainy spring day in the desert mountains. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
White Ibis: A White Ibis eyes the photographer as it wades in the marsh lands at Brazos Bend State Park in Texas last January. The state park is just a short drive southwest of Houston and is a haven for nature lovers. Brazos Bend State Park boast over 300 species of birds, both resident and migratory birds, as the park is within a migratory fly route near the Texas coast. Six lakes in the park attract the birds as well as American Alligators, turtles, and a variety of wildlife species. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
Burlington Northern: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks run through Wind River Canyon in Wyoming. The tracks run parallel to the Wind River and the Wind River Scenic Byway through the canyon. While photographing the beautiful landscape of the area, a Burlington Northern train passed by creating an additional point of interest in Wind River Canyon. The beautiful deep and narrow canyon runs between Shoshoni, Wyo. and Thermopolis, Wyo. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com