|Loaded with two kayaks, two paddleboards, camping gear,|
food, our clothes, a set of oars and mucho misc.
On our trip home this year we drove 3,311 miles,
through eight states:
five National Parks:
Great Sand Dunes
four National Monuments/Memorials:
and many National Historic Sites and Museums.
The majority of the time we were at an
elevation of 6000' and above.
We saw some beautiful country, much of it was greener
than normal due to the weird weather this year.
We met some interesting people,
visited old friends and some family.
All in all it was a great trip.
Just a warning: this is a lengthy blog post!
Don't feel obligated to read it:)
When we left San Carlos we drove up through Mexicali to
drop off our anchor and chain to be re-galvanized.
We stayed at Drew's Arizona house in Gold Canyon
(SE of Phoenix) for ten days while we bought a car
and waited for the anchor and chain to get done.
In the mean time we explored a bit of the
Phoenix/Scottsdale area and the Superstition Mountain
area (just a few miles from Drew's house).
When the re-galvanizing was done we drove round trip
to Mexicali (they did an excellent job
and it was done on time).
|This is one of the murals of the Calle 16 mural project started|
by the chef at the Barrio Cafe (an excellent "gourmet" Mexican
restaurant) There are many murals all along 16th street in Phoenix.
|The boys bought matching shorts|
|Spotted in Drew's yard|
|Right behind Drew's house|
Our first day of travel we headed northeast
from Gold Canyon to Globe, AZ where
we had breakfast at a great little "locals" spot
called La Luz del Dia,
|Salt River Canyon|
then drove through the beautiful Salt River Canyon,
stopped at Petrified Forest National Park,
|Petrified Forest National Park|
and the Painted Desert
From here we traveled on a section of the
old Hwy 66 to Gallup, where we spent the night
The next day we drove to Albequerque to the
Petroglyphs National Monument
and to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Museum
where we had a great lunch at their Harvest Cafe.
We spent the night in Albequerque and traveled up to
Sante Fe the next day on the "Turquoise Trail".
|Tinkertown Museum on the"Turquois Trail" |
from Albequerque to Santa Fe.
|The little town of Madrid on the "Turquois Trail"|
Santa Fe is a town full of museums, artists, galleries, shops
We stayed here four nights, parked the car, and walked
or bussed everywhere.
We enjoyed watching a "pour" at Shidoni Foundry
just outside of Santa Fe.
|The artist does a sculpture out of any medium, the foundry|
makes a ceramic mold from this sculpture (a very involved process)
and then the bronze is poured.
The artist's wood carving is on the right and the
finished bronze is on the left.
|Jewelry vendors on the Plaza in Santa Fe|
We loved the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe -
folk art from all over the world including
the Pacific Northwest
|This is also a GREAT museum|
|A "locals" Mexican restaurant - Good!|
We took the scenic "high road" to Taos, passing
through many small towns.
The church in Chimayo is considered by many to be
the "Lourdes" of America.
During Holy Week more than 30,000 people make
a pilgrimage there, many walking the entire 90 miles
Another amazing church on our route
was the church in Las Trampas.
We spent the night in Taos with our friend, Jan.
She is the architect who designed our houses and
also many of the houses that Jim built on
|Jan designed and built her house - including making|
ALL the adobe bricks
|It's a lovely house and property just south of Taos.|
From Taos we headed to Steamboat Springs, Colorado
where we had a reservation for two nights.
|Bridge over the Rio Grande|
|One of the original "earthships"|
|Great Sand Dunes National Park|
|Downtown Steamboat Springs|
|On the road again heading to Rocky Mountain National Park|
and then South Dakota
|Rocky Mountain National Park|
|Our campsite at Custer State Park was in the Black Hills |
near Badlands NP, Wind Cave NP, Mount Rushmore
in South Dakota
|Lots of wildlife in Wind Cave NP|
|Mother and baby pronghorn|
One day we went to Badlands NP and did
the compulsory stop at Wall Drug on the way:
|Wall Drug boot department|
|Badlands National Park|
|Badlands National Park|
From South Dakota we drove north to Wyoming
to see the Devils Tower National Monument
From here we made a westward beeline on I90.
We stopped for one night in Missoula,
two nights with good friends in Wenatchee
one night in Seattle with Kelsey, RL, Simon and Barlow.
forward to catching up with everyone!