Monday, May 19, 2008

Back to the Travel-Log...Ho Hum....

After all the comments from my recent humiliation (I can't believe the comment from my dd about "Dad deserves a trophy!" Hey! What about ME???? Oops, I digress...), I hesitate to go back to the Travel thread...but remember...these are for posterity--to help us remember happy and joyful times. So I must conclude writing about the biggest trip we've ever taken as a family. Try to imagine me poring through over 1,000 pictures trying to find the best (sometimes most interesting) pictures to write about. This is HARD!!!

Being west of the Mississippi was such a new thing to us, my dd went a little crazy taking pictures. Thank the Lord for digital cameras. I can't imagine having to come home and develop this many pictures--no matter how good they are! The wonderful thing about digitals is that it is fairly easy just to ditch the fuzzy ones and keep good and decent ones on a disk to be able to go back to once in a blue moon.

So where were we? Hmmmm....seems to me we just left Flagstaff, AZ on our way home. Let's see what pictures I can come up with today.

The next few pictures are just interesting rock formations.

Remember, if you want to see them bigger--just LEFT click on them. Use the 'Back' arrow to come back to the blog.

These were somewhere in either Arizona or New Mexico. These western vista's are kind of blurring for me now.

Remember, I said before, "if you don't like these rocks...wait 5 minutes and you'll see a totally different kind!"

We were getting close to the Petrified Forest National Park in eastern Arizona. There was a lot of petrified wood left out in fields next to the interstate. This looks like a log cut up...I don't know if it breaks off like that on its own, or whether it was broken up. Google it and let me know!

This silly scene was taken as we drove through one of the Indian Reservations. As you ride through, there are many of these dinosaurs living beside the interstate.

FYI: Out west, there is almost ALWAYS a train track paralleling the interstate. I guess they only want to cut one pass through the mountains. My dh loves airplanes, but he also loves trains! We counted over 40 trains on this ONE day! Although we live less than one mile from a train track, we've NEVER seen so many in one day!

Interesting little mesa's everywhere! Who but God could think of this? It reminded me of building sandcastles at the beach. Just dump some sand out, smooth off the top! Go to the next one.

Just outside Winslow, AZ there is a meteor crater we elected not to visit. We looked at it on GoogleEarth instead. We probably got our money's worth!

Somewhere in here we stopped in Winslow, Arizona. Remember the song "Take it Easy" by the Eagles? I guess I'm dating myself...but I loved the Eagles. "Standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona such a fine sight to see. It's a girl, my Lord, in a flat-bed Ford slowing down to take a look at me." We heard on the radio we could go downtown and get our picture taken with the girl in the flat-bed Ford, but we decided to forgo that delight and ate at McDonald's instead. By this time the car cover over Alfie was in tatters and shreds. My dh decided it would be better without it, so he cut off all the duct tape holding the pieces together! We would just have to be careful where we parked.

This is one of those Five Star resorts I talked about in an earlier blog. These are usually in the middle of nowhere with rusted old cars outside. This particular one, looks like they moved to the back-forty in a camper.

The Painted Cliffs in E. Arizona near the New Mexico border. Once again, these pictures don't do justice to the beauty of God's creation!

Coming into Albuquerque, NM from the west you come down this long hill that overlooks the city. It looks pretty cool from a distance.

Now you can see the city spread out in the valley.

It seemed that everything in the city of Albuquerque was tan, cream, dark tan, dark creme, or tan. Did I say tan? Once in a while you would see streaks of aqua (like on some of the overpasses). Once again, I wouldn't think they would want me on their tourist board. I was highly unimpressed. I'm sure they have places worth seeing (the mountains around the city were beautiful!) but we didn't have time to stop and explore.

We're headed for Amarillo, TX to spend the night. Hopefully, it will be before the George Strait song (Amarillo By Morning).

More tomorrow....Stay tuned!

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