Roosevelt Lake

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This area has really grabbed at our heart-strings. We love it here and when that happens we hate to leave! This past week we have been busy hiking, geocaching and sightseeing.

There are trails out of our campground that go around the lake to other campgrounds. Ralph, Dale and I have taken advantage of these trails to get some much needed exercise.


Trail around the lake.




Ralph, Dale and Morgan going for a walk in about 35 degree weather.

We have gotten back into GeoCaching because it is fun and gives us an opportunity to see places that we wouldn’t normally see! 🙂

Ralph hasn’t tried this sport yet (yes, can you believe that) so we introduced him to Geocaching and he has honed in his senses to find treasures in the desert.


Janet joined us on this trip and now she too loves the adventure of finding treasures!


At night we hear the coyotes howling. Yep, like right in our campground. Morgan’s hair goes up and she rumbles out some warning barks. Annie stays in the house! We have seen a cardinal, eagles, lizards, rats, squirrels, bunnies, and these beautiful creatures.

We took a Parks Service tour that showed us the habitat of Salado people (Ancient People) who lived here 850 years ago. The big question around Arizona is where did all these people go as they seemed to have disappeared. The answer differs with who ever you are talking to! However, the consensus seems to be they joined up with the Anasazi people in New Mexico.

Jan our tour guide (a neat lady) led us on a good hike telling us the history of Roosevelt Lake and its people. She even showed us a 200-year-old Saguaro cactus. (Here you go Penny!)


Jan gave up counting arms at 50. Too many to count!


Last but certainly not least – Roosevelt Dam. Built between 1903 and 1911 and redone in 1996 because the flood waters ran over the top of the dam. They raised it 77 feet. It is magnificent.

On one Geocache find we went to the Roosevelt cemetary. Here is buried those that died while building the dam in those early years.

See the bridge in the distance?


Tomorrow I will share our adventure up Hwy 88! WoooWeee…..



6 thoughts on “Roosevelt Lake

    Dawn said:
    February 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Gwen, could you please explain to me what GeoCaching is? How do you know what to look for to find one and if you take a treasure from one, do you leave a treasure in that cache for someone else? Kind of a treasure exchange? What kinds of things are left in caches? How are they protected from the elements and animals?
    Really enjoyed all the pictures you had in this post and the information on the Roosevelt Dam. 🙂

    Gwen said:
    February 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Dawn: Good to hear from you!
    GeoCaching is finding a cache with GPS co-ordinates. The site is where people list their cache they put out, giving you the co-ordinates and hints or directions to the cache. You plug in information about the area you are in on the site and it will then list all the caches in that area within the mile range you set.

    We have hand-held GPS’s so youget the coordinates and drive to the area following the arrow on the GPS and then you start looking for where it is hid. Most caches have a log book you sign when you find it. They also contain “stuff” in the container that you can take or not and/or leave something. Stuff is usually small in size as the containers can be a plastic bowl with lid to a camo box. The how-tos are on the site.
    We have a cache in Grants Pass that is in a plastic sack beside a container to keep it dry from the elements.
    Dawn, it is fun once you get into it. You see places you might have not gotten to.
    Check out the site. I think they even have a video.

    Dawn said:
    February 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Wow, I went to the GeoCache web site and watched the video. Then I was curious if there were any in Iowa. Was I surprised! There are quite a few. Don’t know why I thought it was a southwest desert thing. I guess because that’s where you are and I first heard about them from your posts. Thanks for the education.
    Also, just out of curiosity, did you live in Grant’s Pass in ’84? My mom’s brother, Jack Armstrong, (Uncle Jack) and a woman were murdered in Merlin at his pizza place in Feb of that year by the woman’s ex. As far as I know, he is buried in Grants Pass. I wasn’t close with him. Just thought maybe Grants Pass and Merlin were small enough places that if you lived there in ’84 you might have heard about it or read about it in the paper.

    Gwen said:
    February 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    LOL Dawn – Geocaching is all over the world. We were in amazement seeing how many caches are in this area of Arizona. We would be busy for weeks trying to find them all. I hope you find some close so you can catch the “bug” also!!!
    No, I wasn’t in Grants Pass then. I moved there in 1999. Merlin was probably 5 miles from where we lived. Sorry about what happened. What is wrong with people. Have fun looking for treasure!

    Dawn said:
    February 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Great driving yesterday. Tell Dale I liked the pictures of your adventure. That took a lot of work, sorting and choosing the best pictures and writing the captions. I look at your and Dale’s site every morning with my coffee. Thanks for taking me along. Been following you since before Dale retired. He had a days to retirement countdown going, I remember. LOL. Seemed it couldn’t come soon enough. Just interested in your rv life. We bought a used fifth wheel three years ago. Have used it once, close to home. I don’t think I am cut out for it, but enjoy following you.

    Gwen said:
    February 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Oh, Yes, Dawn, I remember the countdown. 4 years wasn’t it! Seemed to take forever to get there and when it did that time went so fast. We look back and smile at ourselves. We were so excited to get going.
    Thanks for reading. Beside his mom, you are his next biggest fan!!!

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