Bucket List Items – Check, Check and CHECK!!

By | May 1, 2017

It’s been three weeks since we’ve posted and there is much to share!

Since I wrote last, we have visited Prescott for a week, then on to Sedona, north to Williams and we are now in Utah, visiting Zion National Park.  First off, Prescott.

The beautiful rocks in Prescott

We stayed at a beautiful spot called Point of Rocks RV Park.  It is nestled in these gorgeous rock formations and a lake is nearby.  On about the second day, we took a hike into those rocks.  Pictures just don’t do these rocks justice – you can’t really get a feel for the size and colors until you’ve seen it for yourself.  Maggie hiked along with us.  She did great!  We met a terrific couple, Jen and Bill, who have been full time RV’ing for 7 years.  They write for RV Life magazine, and Jen is a woman of many talents.   She reps high quality raw dog food, trains dogs and horses, has started competing in fly-fishing, was on the short list for the Olympics in Equestrian riding a couple of Olympics ago, and is generally an extremely interesting person.  Oh yeah, she’s a foodie too, so we ended up going to a spectacular place one night for incredible Tapas.  Bill’s entire career was in RV repair, so he and Richard had plenty to talk about.  They have two great doggies who Maggie loved to play with.

Jen and Bill. Truly interesting people!

They left and headed up near to where we were going to be in Sedona, so we ended up going to church with them for Easter Sunday services.  It was great to connect again with them in a different place.  We hope to do it again soon.  Prescott is a lovely town (BTW, it’s pronounced “PRES-kit”) and has a nice layout to it, with a historic district, including Whiskey Row, as well as lovely homes overlooking those incredible rocks.  We had a very good time there.  Then we moved on to Sedona…..


What an amazing, stunning place!  Those red rocks and unusual formations are really a sight to see.  I was in Sedona about ten years ago, and it was a funky, new age kind of town, where pretty much all you did was go visit the vortexes to see if you felt anything, and enjoy the beauty, coupled with a hike or two.  Now it’s a bustling town, very chic, filled with lots of shopping, and…..crowds.  We were able to visit my cousin Linda, who I haven’t seen in many moons.  It was great to re-connect and catch up with her!  On about our third day there, we decided to take an easy hike around Bell Rock.  But we ended up going all the way around not only Bell Rock, but Courthouse Butte, so all in all, a 5-mile hike.  Maggie was so pooped, we had to carry her about half of it, which definitely made us more tired, but it was worth it.  To get up close and personal with those rocks was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

And I didn’t see any snakes, which made it even better!




Montezuma’s Castle

In addition to those hikes, we went to some ancient areas – Tuzigoot National Monument, as well as Montezuma’s Castle and Montezuma’s Well.  What’s interesting is that Montezuma had nothing to do with these sites, but when they were first discovered, people assumed it was Montezuma, and the name stuck.




After Sedona, we headed to Williams, AZ, which is about an hour south of the Grand Canyon.  We pulled into our RV park, and immediately went, “hhhmmmm….this is sketchy”.  It didn’t look anything like what we saw on their internet site.   I went in and registered for the week and we pulled into our site.  Suffice it to say, it gave us the creeps.  It was dirty, with people that lived there full-time in their RV’s.  The man in the site right next to us kept staring over at us, smoking a cigarette.  The next day, we saw him, with cig in mouth, loading a rifle into his vehicle and driving away.  I dubbed him “The Rifleman”, looked at Richard and said, “I’m done here, let’s see if we can get a refund!”  Richard went and did battle with the front desk who said they do not provide refunds, but eventually they relented.  So we headed over to the local KOA which turned out to be a lovely place with lots of trees, a pool, putt-putt course and very nice people.  MUCH better!   But enough about where we stayed, let’s talk about where we went – the Grand Canyon!  I can’t believe I’ve made it 59 years without seeing this most wondrous creation that God has created.  We spent two days there.

The second day, we made it all the way to the end – Hermit’s Rest.

The first day was on the Eastern side of the South Rim, which was awe inspiring and just beautiful.  But the second day, we headed very early in the morning to the Western side of the South Rim.  Much less crowded, and if even possible, the sites were more jaw-dropping.  It’s really impossible to describe adequately what this looks like if you have never been.   And if you have, you know what I’m talking about – the feeling of utter, indescribable beauty.


I love this beautiful scripture posted at Hermit’s Rest. How can you not think of a Higher Power when looking at this beauty?


In addition to the lure of the Grand Canyon, Williams is situated on the famous Route 66.  It was fun to walk around the town, and feel like you were in the 1950’s/60’s.  We had some great BBQ one night at a restaurant that looked like it was from Back to the Future.


Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you will be in Utah…..

Then we headed off to a new state – welcome to Utah!  But first, we bought about 3 weeks worth of booze, since we will be here the whole time.  While you can purchase alcohol in Utah, you have to go to a state liquor store, and that’s kind of a pain.  Most of you know we lived in Utah for four (long) years when we were first married, so we know how this goes.  That said, it appears they’ve loosened some of their laws and now have beer in the grocery store (woot-woot!!).





We settled at a beautiful RV Park, Zion River Resort.  And it really is a resort, with a swimming pool, right on the river, and about 20 minutes from the entrance to Zion.  So today we went.  Oh my goodness, as if the Grand Canyon weren’t enough, now we were looking at even more magnificence.  Richard made the great observation that at the Grand Canyon, we were on top looking down, and at Zion, we were on the bottom looking up.  Each incredibly spectacular in their own way.

If you have not experienced our National Parks, I encourage you to take the time to do this.  This is probably the ONE area where our government has it right.  The parks are clean, the shuttles run every 6 minutes or so to take you to another stop along the park, people are friendly, and it is so abundantly clear that this is a high priority in our country’s conscience – to preserve this amazing beauty that God has given us.  AND since Richard is now a “Senior Citizen” (62), he bought a pass for a whopping $10 that is good for a lifetime of entrances into these parks.  The weekly cost is $30, so this is a screaming deal!

Maggie Mae, pooped after another long hike.

And Maggie – Miss Maggie Mae has really found her footing.  She goes with us EVERYWHERE now, and is very happy on the hiking trail with us, or in her carrier, as long as she’s with us.   Today she is six months old and weighs a whopping six pounds.  She is thoroughly and whole-heartedly on this adventure with us, and we couldn’t be happier with her loving spirit and sense of fun and adventure.  She fits right in!  We get stopped so often from people wanting to pet her, ask what kind of dog she is, ask if they can pick her up and give her a kiss…..we’ve decided we want to put a little cup around her neck with a sign that says “tips”.  She could earn her way in food!

Until next time!


Author: Jeri Wilkes

The happy "other half" to the RV Man! So excited to be traveling this journey with him. Married 36 years, have two great kids and two beautiful granddaughters. Ready to begin the RV life!

4 thoughts on “Bucket List Items – Check, Check and CHECK!!

  1. Sue Levine

    Wow! So beautiful. It’s been many years, but I remember being in most of the places you mentioned and it is truly incredible. Glad little Miss Maggie Mae is doing so well, too.

    Continued happy trails to you!


  2. Brooke

    Wow! You have been busy checking off the bucket list! It sounds amazing. Keep on Truckin’ ..and keep on writing! Hugs to you both and Maggie Mae.

  3. Marlayne Roth

    Maggie is just the cutest! Just got back from Melissa’s graduation and since you have been exploring so many different rock formations I thought Richard especially like to see the lunar rock research that Melissa has been doing…and will be doing for the next year. She turned down an engineering job offer in aerospace to spend another 12 months continuing the lunar research at her university and hopefully get the lunar simulent debis field up and functional. https://www.facebook.com/StMartinLunarResearch/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

    1. Jeri Wilkes Post author

      Marlayne, that is so cool!!! We will take a look at the site, and a HUGE congratulations to Melissa, and to you and Paul. You must be so proud!


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