Sunday, May 30, 2010

Grand Canyon

I got a later start this morning than I intended, but I didn't have a lot planned as far as touring, so it was an easy going day. For me, there's an incredible sense of freedom in driving and that feeling is intensified in the wide open spaces out here. I'm rejuventated!

I hadn't planned on going to the Grand Canyon, but ended up there anyway. I drove in through the east entrance for the first time ever.

There are a bazillion pictures of the Grand Canyon on the web, but here are a couple more. It's the best you'll get from me and not anywhere NEAR as beautiful as it is when you're actually there, but here you go. I didn't venture all the way into Grand Canyon Village, so these are just a couple shots from the east side. Tomorrow I'll get a couple more.


If you haven't ever been to the Grand Canyon, put it on your Bucket List. It's a must.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sedona and Jerome

Beautiful day! I rented a car for the 3-day weekend and got up early this morning and drove to Sedona. I've been wanting to go there for years and this was my first visit. I need to start by saying that no pictures do this place justice. Still, I should post a few.

I went on a jeep tour to Soldier's Pass. The tour guide was great and it was a REAL 4-wheeling adventure. I don't care for the 4-wheeling too much, but the surroundings were breath-taking.


This little town of Sedona has a number of sculptures right on the main street which I found quite beautiful. There are more than what I have here.







I did get a t-shirt. I originally planned to get one of the red dirt dyed t-shirts, but I don't care all that much for the rust color, as unique as they are. I had a difficult time deciding on what color shirt to get. Since I don't have a red tshirt, that's the one I got.


After Sedona, I decided to drive to Jerome. I looked at an RV in Prescott last summer and the folks there recommended I check out Jerome if I planned on hanging around for a couple days. What a unique place. It's an old mining town (copper mine) that kind of hangs on the side of a hill. Here's a picture taken from the town looking out/down. Some of the most incredible views I've seen yet.



I got a bit more sun than I expected today. Tomorrow I will probably hang out locally and then go to the Grand Canyon on Monday.

The campground where I'm staying has been quiet, but this being a holiday weekend, there are more people here and it's quite the hopping place. Lots of families and kids, which is great. There's a nice feeling to this place. And at 7000', it's very cool at night, which is nice too.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Flagstaff

The drive here from Santa Fe was very, VERY windy! In fact, part of the interstate (I-40) was closed because of the wind and resultant dust storms, so I had to take an alternate route. As it turned out, the alternate route was BEAUTIFUL and I'm glad to have taken the diversion. I didn't take any pictures though.


I'm at a gorgeous campground and there are plenty of hiking trails nearby. I did some hiking this morning, even though it was still very windy. I didn't go to the top of the hill because of the wind, but the views from halfway up were still quite stunning. Check it out.


I decided to get some hiking boots after my hike, so rode into town to get some. I hope they work out better than the last couple pair I bought. If these don't work, I'm giving up on hiking boots and getting myself a good pair of combat boots. Don't laugh. They're the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. Of course, finding the kind that I wore back in the 70's might be a trick. They don't make those particular ones any more.


The wind is still blowing outside and rocking the RV some. There are train whistles in the distance. I kind of like the sound of the train whistles.


The smell of the air here, that pine and woodsy smell, reminds me of weekends we spent at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Connecticut when I was a kid (long time ago). Good memories.


I really like it here. It's far enough from town and in the woods that it's quiet, with the distant train whistles, but close enough that it's accessible by public transportation (the bus stop is nearby). Grocery store is within walking distance, if you don't mind walking, and biking is an option - bike paths are good.


I might stay here a while.


I'll take more pictures next weekend, I promise.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Pecos and Madrid

Sunday was the most gorgeous day of my trip, so far. Sunshine, scattered puffy clouds in the sky, a gentle breeze. It was perfect.

I drove out to Pecos National Monument to check out the ruins of the Pecos Pueblo. Pictures just don't do the place justice, but this will give you an idea.






After a walk around the ruins and some time spent in the museum, I took a drive out to Madrid, NM. It's a small, rather eccentric place with galleries and various art forms created and sold. It was fun walking along the main street here.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Happy Birthday, Baby!!

On this day, twenty one years ago, the most beautiful little girl I've ever known came into our lives. Here's a picture of her big brother welcoming her into this world.

Love you, baby!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cliff dwellings

I'm in Santa Fe now. Hard to believe that a couple weeks ago, it was hot and humid. Now, it's in the 40's at night.

I rented a car for the weekend to do some exploring. I drove to Bandelier National Monument and did some hiking. Great day! The cliff dwellings are awesome.



Afterwards, I drove over to Los Alamos and went to a couple of the museums there - the Los Alamos Historical museum and the Bradbury Science museum. I was only there for a few hours. I wouldn't mind going back again some time. There's a weird feeling to the place, though, maybe due to its history.

The drive today was great. The geography here is unique and beautiful.


I'm going out for another drive tomorrow.



Saturday, May 8, 2010

Body art

I wanted to get a tattoo for my 50th birthday, but could never find just the right piece of art and not really sure where I want to put it anyway, so I gave up that idea a while ago. Now, back at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival, I checked out the Henna tattoos and liked one of a phoenix, so got it painted on:
It's still not exactly what I'd want permanently tho. Kasey is going to work on designing a tattoo for me.

I spent another week with my bro, which was great. And now I'm back on the road and in New Mexico. I've been wanting to check out the Santa Fe area for a number of years now, so that's where I'm headed.

I've been meaning to say why I call this blog Wish You Were Here - I don't usually send postcards when I travel, but on those occasions that I've sent postcards, I've always only written this on them: Wish You Were Here. Some of you know that already. Anyway, I figured this blog could take the place of any postcards I might be inclined to send.

NOTE: I won't be travelling east of the Mississippi this year. I'm headed back to the west coast and will be there all summer and into the autumn months. East will have to be next year. Or later.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Gulf Coast

I spent the week with friends on the gulf coast. We walked the beach in Port Aransas:

I got a little sunburn, but it wasn't terrible.

We went for a boat ride in the bay, picked up some shells on a small island, took some pictures and rode back just as the sun was setting.

Here's a pic of two new friends, Mosey (aka Queenpin) and Sam:


Here's another new friend, Chiquita, and the guy she's got wrapped around her little paw:



We also went honkey-tonkeying, played darts, barbequed and had a great time visiting.
Wished I'd taken more pictures (which is usually the case).