Occoquan Park, VA

This is the spot for beautiful walking trails, water, and outdoors. The scenery is decorated with unique items that will complete your experience.

Stellar spot for strolling, running, fishing, kayaking, boating and watching the wildlife. The geese are friendly and enchanting to watch.

The Brickmasters cafe has relaxing views of the park watching the boats coast up and down the river.

Occoquan park reopens this week, unveils new events venue and cafe

 


The Occoquan watershed (drainage area) covers 590 square miles and includes the 1,700-acre Occoquan Reservoir, which serves as the boundary between Fairfax and Prince William counties. Nearly 40% of Prince William County lands drain directly into the Occoquan Reservoir before flowing to the Potomac River and on to the Chesapeake Bay.

The Occoquan Reservoir:
Supplies about 40% of the drinking water supply for 1.7 million Northern Virginia residents.
Can supply drinking water for the entire region in an emergency.
http://www.pwconserve.org/issues/occoquan/

Visit the city for your small town fix.  There are loads of shops and eateries and stroll along the streets to view the historic buildings.

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park was established by an act of Congress signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison on September 27, 1890. The main section of the park comprises 1754 acres. On the weekends the roads through the park are closed offering more paths for visitors to enjoy.

Things to do in the Park:

National zoo
Trails
Picnic
Horse center
Amphitheatre
Pierce Mill
Planetarium
Golf and more
https://www.nps.gov/rocr/index.htm

The park gained notoriety in 2001 with the disappearance of intern Chandra Levy.  She 24, was last seen in Washington on April 30, 2001 and her skeletal remains were found in the park May 2002.   See the timeline of events:
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=121163&page=1

Support her cause for justice.
http://www.justiceforchandra.com/

Rogers Springs Arizona

Rogers Springs 3
While visiting Lake Meade we stopped for a soak in at a natural spring. Several particular areas within the NRA host a number of springs. One such area is found along the west side of the Overton Arm of Lake Mead, just west of Northshore Road. This area is home to Rogers Spring which produces water at a fairly constant 720 gallons per minute – the greatest flow of any spring within the park. The relatively constant year-round flow and the warm temperature (86 degrees Fahrenheit) are both indications of a regional source for this water.

Rogers Springs 1


Rogers Springs

Hoover Dam


hoover dam

The Hoover Dam is worth a visit. We spent a couple of hours walking over and around this man made structure.  Check some interesting facts about the dam.   This is where Nevada meets AZ.

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Physically, Hoover Dam is a massive, concrete arch-gravity dam, 660 feet thick at its base and wide enough at its crest that traffic on old U.S. 93 coursed right over its top. Some 726 feet in the canyon below, or the equivalent of a 60-story building, the Colorado River lies tamed behind this great concrete wedge, its base as wide as two football fields are long.

Hoover Dam

On December 21, 1928, President Calvin Coolidge signed an act authorizing the Boulder Canyon Project, so named because a study originally had recommended the Boulder Canyon of the Colorado, not the nearby Black Canyon, as the site of the dam. On July 3, 1930, then-President Herbert Hoover signed the first appropriation bill. It was during dedication ceremonies on September 17, 1930, that Secretary of the Interior Ray L. Wilbur, while driving a silver spike for the railroad spur that would run to the construction site, announced that the name of the colossal structure was to be Hoover Dam. However, the soon-to-be-elected Democratic administration of Franklin Roosevelt continued to use the name Boulder Dam. It wasn’t until April 30, 1947, that a resolution of Congress made Hoover Dam the official name.

AZ-NV time colors

Nothing, AZ

When driving in Northern AZ in the middle of nowhere is a funny stop to stretch your legs.  On a road trip with my favorite sidekick Jojo we stumbled upon Nothing. Wikki offers an answer for this oddity in the middle of nowhere. Nothing AZ  settlement was established in 1977, located 100 miles northwest of Phoenix Arizona, and roughly 20 miles south of Wikieup, the “rattlesnake capital of Arizona.” It is west of Bagdad at milepost 148½ on U.S. Route 93 (the Joshua Forest Scenic Parkway) between Wickenburg and Kingman, on the route from Las Vegas to Phoenix.

nothing az

The town sign read:Town of Nothing Arizona. Founded 1977. Elevation 3269ft.The staunch citizens of Nothing are full of Hope, Faith, and Believe in the work ethic. Thru-the-years-these dedicated people had faith in Nothing, hoped for Nothing, worked at Nothing, for Nothing.

An added bonus are the hiking trails and the scenic views of the Joshua Trees.
pumpkins

According to ZA Highways when Mormon settlers first saw the plant they dubbed the “Joshua tree,” it reminded them of the bushy-bearded biblical leader. When Territorial Governor John C. Frémont caught sight of it during an 1844 trek through the Mohave Desert, he called it “the most repulsive tree in the vegetable kingdom.”

Joshua Tree
Joshua trees are not vegetables and they’re not among the 12 spies of Israel, but they are members of the agave family. What’s more, they’re plentiful along U.S. Route 93 from Wikieup to Wickenburg.

Mt Lemmon

Find a cool escape from the Tucson heat just a short drive away from town.  (O’odham: Babad Doʼag) was named after the Sara Plummer Lemmon who climbed to the top in 1881. On the backside is Peppersauce Cave (Coordinates: 32°31′28″N 110°42′26″W.) The limestone cave is free and open to the public.Mount Lemmon has breath taking views of the town and the mountain ridges along a small lake 22 miles up from the base.