Sunday, June 4, 2017

Gold Prospecting around Stanton Arizona

So by now I'm sure you have figured out from reading TexanTreks that I love myself some gold prospecting. The day after Christmas I left for Stanton Arizona for another gold adventure.  Stanton is about an hour northwest of Phoenix.  The town is nothing more than a ghost town nowadays with only a few buildings left but there is still plenty of gold in them there hills.

In the old days Stanton was famous for a nearby spot named Rich Hill. On top was called the potato patch because early gold prospectors found gold nuggets the size of potatoes just lying on the surface there! Of course that's long gone, but nuggets are still found regularly around Stanton with the washes and creeks having good gold.

It is beautiful high desert. A lot of cactus but some breathtaking landscape and views as you can see.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A visit to Walnut Creek Springtown to see the Acrocanthasauras dinosaur tracks

Last week a mother and daughter made a discovery that made big news all across North Texas.  Rita Manning and her daughter were out searching for arrowheads in Walnut Creek in Springtown, Texas when they happened across a plethora of ancient dinosaur tracks.  So for Mother's Day this year my awesome Mom decided we would go search out the site in Springtown and see the cool find with our own eyes.

We sat out from Weatherford in the morning heading off on the 30 minute drive to Springtown. I did some research the night before and found approximately where the tracks had been found.  Let the adventure begin.  The site is quite easy to find. In fact it is very close to downtown Springtown.  It’s amazing that’s these have not been found before. They’re right in the middle of the city in a creek bed just behind a big park and playground.  Just goes to show there are still treasures out there to be found!

After parking, we headed over towards the creek. There is limited access to Walnut Creek from the south side.  But of course that is right where we ended up!  Down the embankment we went slipping and sliding. Here’s the view from the south side looking down into the track area:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Day Trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana

One of the highlights of the African Adventure was a day trip and safari to Botswana.  I was staying at The Livingstone Resort in Zambia and the day trip was offered through the resort. It would be an hour drive to the border crossing into Botswana followed by a morning safari driving in Chobe National Park followed by lunch. After eating we'd be treated to an afternoon river safari on the Chobe River by boat.  Quite a day in store!

The driver arrived bright and early and we were off to Botswana at 6:30am.  An interesting drive through the outback of Zambia for an hour. As we approached the border crossing there was a line of eighteen wheelers all loaded to the max.  Truck after truck after truck all parked in a line on the side of the road.  Talk about chaos.  The roads already are not good. No shoulders and only two lanes. Throw in about two hundred big trucks and it was a total mess.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls

One of the excursions offered by The Livingstone Resort where I stayed was a helicopter ride over the famous Victoria Falls. I couldn't pass that up! Thirty minutes in length with two parts. The first part was circling the spectacular Victoria Falls.

The second part was zipping down into the Zambezi River gorge flying low over the river rapids! What an adventure! A driver picked us up and we made the twenty minute drive over to the helicopter pad. Right behind our helicopter was the most awesome baobab tree. Check it out!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Puerto Rico - A day in El Yunque Rainforest

Puerto Rico is known for its beautiful beaches, towering Spanish Forts, charming Old San Juan with its shopping and definitely some of the most amazing beaches in the world.  Many visitors never leave San Juan, but only thirty minutes east is the impressive El Yunque rainforest.  A total world apart from the white sand beaches so very close. 

Take a day and get out on an adventure!  A simple drive east will get you there. Renting a car is easy and not expensive on the Island.  I was impressed with the polite drivers and easy to navigate roads.  I had read differently, but after some harrowing drives in Peru and Iceland, San Juan was a piece of cake.  Signage is good once you get in range. Just be aware and I don't think you will miss El Yunque.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Jokulsarlon Lagoon - A must see when visiting Iceland

Tucked away in the southeastern corner of Iceland is a little gem of an attraction that no tourist should miss.  Amongst the many tendrils of the Vatnajokull Glacier is the incredible Jokulsarlon Lagoon.

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Wild Soccer Saturday in London

Last week my friend Jordan and I embarked upon a winter soccer adventure.  It was an eight day trip with the focus being a Super Saturday in London.  Our plan was to take in an EPL double header.  12:30 would be attending West Ham United against Liverpool at Upton Park followed by a trip all the way across town for a 5:30 Watford - Manchester City clash in Watford.  It was going to be tough but we thought we could pull it off.

Prior to Saturday we had already attended Manchester United v Chelsea at Old Trafford and Queens Park Rangers v Hull at Loftus Road. Our appetites had been wetted for Super Saturday.  It was not all to be easy though. As of Friday night 10pm we still had no tickets to either match!  Both games were sold out within minutes and being non-members on the Watford and West Ham websites there was no chance to get tickets through the club.