Parque Natural Mexiquillo


Go with Your Gut

When the tow truck dropped Serenity at David and Sons my gut questioned if they had the resources to repair the engine. Ron assured me that he could handle the job, so off I went down the rabbit hole.

Fast forward to Redlands Truck and RV's engine assessment.....

Engine using oil: Oil leak at front of oil pan/timing cover gasket. 5 of the 8 spark plugs are oil fouled, engine compression low in 5 of 8 cylinders. Appears to have been an in frame rebuild of the engine possibly. It's possible that the piston rings were improperly installed at time of rebuild. Recommend replacing engine or disassembling to repair issues, if repairable. 
 Additional notations:
      Starter wires hanging loose
     Left exhaust manifold leaking at head, both manifolds leaking at pipe connection
     Spark plug wires melted

Bottom line, Serenity is getting a new engine.


Back in the Land Palpable Air

The heat increased as I descended Cajon Pass into the brown blanket that envelopes Los Angeles.  As Angalenos say, "Don't trust air you can't see".  I am back at my sisters in West Covina, CA for maintenance and repairs. The engine rebuild was not totally successful. I had add a quart of oil every 600 miles this summer. Serenity is headed for Redlands Truck and RV next week to get checked out


Navajo National Monument

I took the ranger guided tour down into Tsegi Canyon to visit Betatakin which means "House Built on a Ledge in Navajo. The lush green growth of aspen, oaks and Douglas fir trees form a relict forest that has survived from the last ice age 10,000 years ago.

We descended 1000 feet into the lush green canyon on a trail built by the Navajos in 1930. They hand carried tons of limestone blocks into the canyon to create numerous steps.

Going down the easy part.
First view of Betatakin

100 to 125 people built, lived in and then abandoned Betatakin in a brief period of 50 years. 

Pictographs of Big Horn Sheep
and the Fire Clan symbol.

Big Horn Sheep petroglyphs

Going up not so easy. I got a good cardio workout.
Million dollar view at the free Canyon View Campground.
Current location  35.218472 -112.377909


Chimney Rock

The 535 million year old Chimney Rock stands guard over this pueblo village that was once home to 2000 ancestral Pueblo indians. It was built 90 miles north east of  Chaco Canyon on a high mesa and inhabited from 925 to 1125 AD . It is what the archeologists call a satellite community to Chaco Canyon.

Off we go
Kiva on the self guided tour.

Metates for grinding corn
Christie and Jim try their hand at grinding corn.

We chose the $12 (senior) guided tour that allowed us access to the Great House on the ridge top. The Great House was built in 1076 and expanded and finished in 1093. It consists of 36 rooms and two kivas thought to be a ceremonial center.

The Great House and kiva with a spectacular 75 mile view.

The gangs all here.