7,000 miles, 23 days and 15 States!
First stop, Idaho to visit John's sisters Mary and Sheila. Mary is pictured with her husband Jim and Sheila is with Ruth. Her other daughter Ann had to leave before I remembered to get the camera out.
After we left their place, we stopped in Twin Falls to see Shoshone Falls.
Next destination was Arches National Park. It was AMAZING! We got up at 4:15 one of the days, in order to get out to the park and hike in the dark to be able to have my camera set up in time to get the sunrise. The arch next to the sunrise shot is the view of it from the other side. We climbed all the way up there behind it to get the sunrise. The top left photo is the same arch that is on the top right, only the first one is taken across a canyon on the first day, the next day we hiked up to see it from the other side.
Here is the view of some of the 'trails' we had to hike up to get to those arches. It was either slick rock or deep sand, straight up. We always did them early and missed the crowd and the heat. By the time we were coming back down each day, the crowds were coming up...which we could never figure out why they were just getting started when it was already 90°!
Here are some other arches and formations. What a place. Looking back, I am pretty sure it was my favorite of all the parks we saw.
A few of the desert flowers.
This is the area around our hotel. The bottom right is the view from our patio. Bottom left is some ancient drawings from Arches Park, I didn't really know where to put it, so figured I would just stick it here. I can't believe those drawings have lasted all these years.
Then came San Antonio. I had been there once on a Red Cross Deployment, but John wanted to see it.
I thought the towns along the reservation were really quaint, like something from an old book.
Monument Valley was nothing like I thought it would be. This shot below was it. Yep that was ALL there was there...I expected there to be tons of monuments along there that we would drive through like we had up in Arches. As we got closer, there were homes right out there in the field by the monuments. It was not what it was cracked up to be.
Here is Horseshoe Bend, near Page, Arizona. I have seen this place on Flickr and wanted to shoot it for myself. Wow, that was a tough one! you walk right up to the edge! I actually got on my butt and scooted out to the edge, wrapped my legs around a rock in order to get these shots. I have a couple below that are the way John got a few shots. Seriously, I am amazed that they don't have rails and all, but actually it was kind of nice to see it natural like this.
And then we headed home...we went through Nevada and stopped for a couple of days in Reno.
and then it was back to Oregon to the place we are now calling home. Weird to be gone all that time and then go 'home' to a place that isn't really home yet.