01 Bryce National Park
Bryce Canyon, UT, April 26, 2008
We stayed near Hatch at Cherokee Springs Golf and RV Park and spent more than a month exploring all of the remarkable Bryce Canyon Country. Bryce Canyon itself is viewed from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau where it drops off thousand foot cliffs along an 18-mile scenic drive where we could view giant amphitheaters below. Continue Reading…
01. Cherokee Springs Golf & RV, Hatch, UT
02. Armitage County RV Park, Eugene, OR
03. Cherry Creek State Park, Aurora, CO
04. Cocopah RV Resort, Yuma, AZ
05. Glacier Meadows RV Park, Essex, MTt
06. Jim & Mary’s RV Park, Missoula, MT
07. Nat-Soo-Pah Hot Springs, Hollister, ID
08. Santa Fe Skies RV Park, Santa Fe, NM
09. Space-Rocket RV Park, Huntsville, AL
10. Sunny Acres RV Park, Las Continue Reading…
Banff, AB, Day One in Tunnel Mt. Village 2, Banff National Park, #119
Eight years one month in our bus.
MONDAY, JUNE 15. WE DRIVE TO BANFF, AB.
We were ready to venture further north into Alberta to visit Banff, Canada’s first national park established in 1885. The Canadian Rockies extend northwest from Waterton Lakes Nat’l Park on the US-Canadian border. The northern end of Waterton is defined by AB-3, the Crowsnest Trail leading west from Medicine Hat and Lethbridge to the magnificent Crowsnest Pass in Waterton.
The Cowboy Trail is famous for back country vacations on ranches that offer a wide variety of experiences in a beautiful wilderness setting. The Cowboy Trail on AB-22 leads northward along the east side of Rocky Mountain Forest Reserve and then the east side of Kananaski Country. It crosses the Trans-Canada Highway (AB-1) in Cochrane (west of Calgary) and continues on the east side of the Rocky Mountain Forest Reserve all the way up to Mayerthorpe (west of Edmonton).
AB-40 branches west off of the Cowboy Trail and then extends north through Kananaski Country until it joins AB-1 at Canmore (west of Cochrane). AB-1 joins AB-93 and continues north passing through Banff and Lake Louise in Banff Nat’l Park and then AB-93 continues north passing through Jasper in Jasper Nat’l Park. Beyond is the Willmore Wilderness Park.
We couldn’t hope to see all of this territory so we decided to concentrate on Banff and Lake Louise in Banff National Park. The town of Banff is 80 miles west of Calgary. Canmore is Continue Reading…
Lethbridge, AB, Six days in Bridgeview RV Resort, #109
Eight year, one months in our bus.
ANDREW JACKSON WALTON & HARRIET BATES NOBLE.
We came to Lethbridge because we wanted to find the cemetery and graveside of Dennis’s father, Charles Herbert Walton. He is buried in Temple Hill Cemetery, a Mormon cemetery located in Raymond, a small town about 25 minutes south of Lethbridge. Charles Herbert Walton was born on 29 Jun 1887 in Scofield, Carbon, UT. He was the seventh child of Andrew Jackson Walton and Harriet Bates Noble. Charles died on 4 May 1974 in Ogden, UT.
Dennis’s mother , Mary Ellen Barker Chugg Walton, is buried in Ogden, UT next to her first husband, Karl Willis Chugg, who left her a widow in 1935. Dennis’s father, Charles Walton, wanted to be buried in Raymond, AB next to his first wife, Ida Ann Paxton, who left him a widower in 1930, and also next to their four-year-old daughter, Wanda, who died in 1918.
Dennis’s grandfather and Charles’s father, Andrew Jackson Walton, was the son of Utah pioneers. After their move from Mexico, Oxford County, ME to Sessions, UT, he helped his parents in various settlements running a threshing machine and then a sawmill. He was 39 by the time he met and married 14-year old Harriet Bates Noble, the daughter of Utah pioneers. Both Andrew and Harriet grew up within an environment of plural marriages and this, along with a 25-year age gap may explain their flexibility in agreeing to divorce 18 years later.