Saturday, July 23, 2016

On the Road Again: Photojournal of our 2016 Coast to Coast Road Trip!

You guys!
I missed you!

We're home after two and half weeks on the road....
And I'm back to blogging after extended time away, given the trip
prep, the trip itself and the few days settling back in.
You know, all that glorious unpacking and laundry fun.

It's been awhile since I've had the opportunity to blog
 here at my home on the web.
When we travel, we travel.
There are no devices with us on the road,
except the basic cell phones for safety's sake........
 Hey, we all got along without
being connected way back in the day, right?
Taking a family trip without distraction of social media 
may seem archaic, but it works for us.
Facebook, instagram and twitter will all be there
 when we pull into the driveway  at the end of the journey, no?
Mainly, my friends..........I'm 
so happy that you have  stopped in  to visit!!
I'll have lots of travel posts in the coming weeks on some of the 
highlights...and some of the low points........
 and I wanted to start off today with a scrapbook of our jaunt.
Not tremendous commentary, just photos telling the story.
Here we go~~

Leaving NY...approaching the Verrazano Bridge~
Brooklyn/Belt Parkway
5:30AM day one

Fireworks at our campground!
4th of July weekend
9PM ~ Day One
Mammoth Cave Kentucky
991 miles from home in 16 hours.
The road, the sky, the drive 
Day Two

 Interstate 40 in Texas,
a gorgeous cross against a gorgeous sky~ 

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
Day 3

Sunset on the 4th of July at the top of the Dunes

The open road
Day 4

Monument Valley Utah/Arizona
Take 2...
we were here two years ago!
We love it so much we can't stay away.
Day 5

Lowell Observatory
"Home of Pluto"
Pluto was discovered here in 1930 by 
custodian and astronomy enthusiast, Clyde Tombaugh.
Flagstaff AZ
Day 6

The scene of some scary stuff.
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
We hiked in and spent the night at Phantom Ranch....
at the very bottom.
Day 7

Signs to be taken very seriously.

Despite the difficulty hiking
the 10 miles and 5000 feet in,
 it was actually pretty cool to be among the less than 1% of the 
five million visitors to the Canyon annually
 who actually make it to the bottom
( and back again!)

 Our home for the night.
More soon on how to reserve a spot and some practical tips for 
hiking the Canyon, whether you're going all the way down
or just a mile in.

The black light special?
A ranger scares the heck out of the boys
(not me, I was in bed already after the arduous hike!)
   by shining a light on 
a seemingly vacant rock by the Colorado River and finding a scorpion.

 .....and more hike/switchback shots of the 2nd day of the hike.
Ten miles and 5000 feet of switchbacks and dirt trails.
That was Day 8

 The adorable Canyon Lodge of Selgman, AZ on route 66,
where we stayed  the night of our hike.
No camping that night.
I would never have gotten up once I slid down into my sleeping bag
with those sore muscles.
Day 9

Some route 66 scenes in western AZ

 Day 10
My hubby, Earth Science teacher and geology enthusiast,
needed to hunt down the fault.


Day 11
The City by the Bay
We've visited San Francisco before, but needed to see it again
while in CA. 
 Here are the highlights of the day~~~~
Coit Tower, seen from Lombard Street

 We walked across the bridge from the Presidio to the north side and back again.

 Hot fudge sundae and clam chowder sourdough bowls anyone?


Yosemite National Park, CA
Day 13

 Yosemite Falls
 El Capitan

 ..a gorgeous church on the valley floor.......

Bridal Veil Falls


Day 14
Interstate 80 east and
the drive from CA to our next stop in southern WY!
Yikes, remember when the speed limit used to be a nationwide 55?


Day 14
Stone aquariums~

An in depth post is soon to come on our morning at Ulrich's Fossil Quarry,
as I was generously granted a media pass to "fish" through the layers of
sandstone for 50 million year old fish, ferns and other life that has been preserved there
in their quarry near Fossil Butte National Monument in WY.

Wanna see what we "caught" in the Green River Formation? 
  This is called Knightia
 And here are the layers of shale that you carefully split to discover fossils

 This is the Ulrich Gallery, above

and here's the butte, below~

Believe me, lots of fascinating geology  to come soon!! 


 Day 15
Driving from WY to SD---
to our next stop~~
We saw this curious and adorable creature by the roadside:

Day 16
Mt Rushmore, SD

 WHen was the last time you saw North by Northwest ?
Remember the  famous restaurant scene? Well, here it is~ 


Day 17
Sunset along Interstate 90 SOuth Dakota through Indiana

Day 17

...the Mitchell Corn Palace in SD :

and driving past Chicago on Interstate 90 that night

 Day 18
Beautiful rural areas along the interstate~~

 Crossing the Mississippi:
 and the photos I took of the NYC skyline as we got to NY
 just did not come out.....

THANK YOU for visiting~
I look forward to sharing more of our travels with you soon!

 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
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  1. Wow! That looks like an amazing trip, Chris! I loved all your photos and I'm looking forward to hearing - and learning! - more. :)

    We're just back from our third Mediterranean cruise with my husband's extended family. What a beautiful world we live in!

    1. Cannot wait to see the pics of the cruise!!! It;s been 20 years since we were last in that part of the world Lucinda...just gorgeous!

      THanks for the visit, my friend!

  2. Looks like you all had a fantastic time. We are heading to a few of those places in September. Glad you had fun and are back home safe and sound.

    1. Can't wait to hear all about your journey and co pare notes!! Oh, to live closer, Monique!!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  3. Chris,
    These look amazing and I've loved "traveling" with you through your photos! One day I really want our family to go out West and your photos make me want to go yesterday! :) I look forward to seeing and learning more through your adventures!

    1. Well just in case I thought everyone in blogland was getting tired of my trip posts, you just made me feel better!! LOL

      Thanks for stopping by and reading--you made my day!!

  4. Looks like you had a great trip! I am hoping to be able to make that trip with my kids one of these days! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh I hope you get to take the trip too!!

      Thanks so much for visiting!!


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