CA to VA with Andrew, 2015
In the summer of 2015 Ron flew back to California to travel cross country with his son Andrew to join his wife and child and start a new life in Virginia.
Kingman AZ. Santa Fe locomotive 3759. Built in 1928. Donated to the City of Kingman in 1957. Andrew visited this train when he was 7 going to the Grand Canyon.
Williams, AX. A bench made from a cow catcher at the Grand Canyon RR depot.
Andrew and Ron on the Grand Canyon Railroad.
Grand Canyon. Arizona Room (restaurant). View out their window.
Grand Canyon. While having lunch, Andrew and Ron watched three condors circle the village. They looked small until one of their 6 ft. (+) shadows passed by.
Grand Canyon. Art shot of a tree on the rim. (A photo merge.)
Grand Canyon. Hard to take a bad picture.
Meteor Crater. (East of Flagstaff.) One mile across. Formed about 50,000 years ago by meteor about 50 meters (160 feet) across.
Meteor Crater. While there Andrew and Ron got to watch a helicopter practice a rescue from the bottom of the crater. (See a video of this at https://www.facebook.com/ron.buckles/videos/10203138170655040/?l=5818365042813208570 .)
Mesa Verde National Park. A butte at the entrance.
Mesa Verde National Park. Spruce Tree House. The third-largest village is located near the museum. Pre-Pueblo people occupied this site between 1200 and 1300 AD. ( 37.1837, -108.4872 )
Four Corners. Andrew and Ron with a foot in each state.
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec NM. Mistaken, the Spanish explorers name the site Aztec. Now is known as another pre-Pueblo site. The ruins to the left date to the 11th to 13th centuries. (A photo merge.)
Aztec Ruins National Monument. One of the unique T-shaped doors.
Aztec Ruins National Monument. Andrew in the dark. Not unusual, but ceiling above him is 900 years old.
Santa Fe, NM. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in old town. Ron and Andrew attended Saturday evening service thanking God for a safe trip.
Fort Smith, AK. Fort Smith National Historic Site. The federal court house that was given the name “Hell on the Border” due to its harsh conditions. Judge Isaac C. Parker was the scourge of evil-doers when he presided in this court. From 1875 to 1896 he handed death sentences to 172 lawbreakers; 88 of them were actually hanged.
Fort Smith, AK. Fort Smith National Historic Site. The actual gallows used so often.
Memphis, TN. Blues City Café. Some of the best Memphis dry-rub BBQ there is.
(Motto is ‘Put Some South in Your Mouth.’)
Memphis, TN. Ron finally finds a cat fish big enough to keep.
Johnson City, TN. Andrew makes friends with Eve Ginning’s new cat, Lily Pad.
Elizabethton, TN. Andrew selfie in front of the 1882 covered bridge. Ron lived right next to the bridge for a short time as a youth.