VACATION!

Wow. Time does move faster as you age! I JUST got back from vacation, and yet, it’s a month later!   We flew to Las Vegas in late February, and from there drove to:

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  • Hoover Dam— JUST amazing. To think of the time it was built, and to see the scale of everything….
  •  The Grand Canyon —We overdid on superlatives these few days. By going in the winter, we were able to get a room at one of the lodges, approximately a 90 SECOND walk to the Canyon’s edge.
  • Bedrock City —Yes, Fred and Wilma’s place.
  • Pima Air and Space Museum —This one was for Timmy,  but I had fun, too.
  • Slide Rock State Park—Driving by, down toward Sedona, and we decided to stop. Glad we did.
  • Gold King Mine in the ghost town of Jerome Arizona. HAS to be seen to be believed.
  •  Rooster Cogburn’s Ostrich Ranch—Toss up time. Do we drive south to Tombstone? Or back to that odd little roadside attraction?
  • Picacho State Park, AZ.  For sunset, I wanted something dramatic. I think saguaro silhouettes gave me what I wanted.
  • And, back to Vegas! An adult Disneyland is all I’ve got. It was wet. And sparkly… I’d go back, certainly, but I don’t need to go back. We had fun, though!

Plans to spend my 50th birthday walking some of the trails at Red Rock Canyon were squelched by the appearance of an errant ice storm, but by continuing to follow the 13 mile trail, we managed to out-drive the storm for a while, and see some Joshua trees. The little black cloud caught back up with us in Boulder City. My wonderful daughter gave us tickets to Mystere, one of the older Cirque du Soliel shows, which, as always was fabulous! (They were in a one ring Big Top tent on the edge of Battery City, NYC the first time I saw them perform!) Photos of us, of funny signs, and of everyone’s favorite pal WALDO are here. 

Yes, it was another “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium” trip….   (What can I say, we want to practice before we take THAT trip!)

Screenshot 2015-03-25 16.19.53The only regret I have? We didn’t go back to this rock shop. I took a few minutes walk through the yard. I was sure we would see more rock shops along the road over the course of the week, and we wanted to be back at the canyon for sunset. LOOK at the size of it! It’s right next to the Grand Canyon Inn on 180 in Williams, AZ. If you found this post and are planning a trip, don’t miss it. (I probably would have had an over-weight charge at the airport is all I’m saying.) And, be pleasantly surprised by the friendly people and good food at the Bedrock City ‘diner’ tucked away in the back corner of a curiosity shop that has every random kitch  for sale…Plus, it has Fred and Wilma, Barney and Betty, Pebbles and BamBam, AND  Dino!

Ok. It wasn’t the ONLY regret. I would have loved to have stayed EVERYWHERE longer. I would have loved to have stopped at The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale. I would have LOVED to have had a chance to spend a few days exploring Sedona, not just driving through trying to beat a storm cloud. Of getting to spend a bit more time with my brother, or of detouring just a wee bit further and convincing my other brother to drive up from San Diego. But the best part of vacation is spending time and making memories with my hunny, and that we certainly did!

IF YOU follow my Facebook page or this blog, (and WHY don’t you??) you may have seen SOME of these photo albums, but not all.  The last few weeks I have posted a few blogs pulling out some of the albums)   ENJOY!!!

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Airplanes and Ostriches.

Saturday saw us on the road, again. This time we awoke to particularly overcast and not very promising outdoor weather in Scottsdale, AZ. We were headed for the  PIMA Air and Space Museum. As we drove farther south, the sun became a bit more determined to force it’s way through the clouds. We were left with wind, but gorgeous blue sky and white clouds, rather than the threatening gray of the morning.

I know NOTHING about planes. I can identify very few. But I do enjoy taking photos of them. Timmy was enjoying himself immensely.

20150228-IMG_4732Originally added to our itinerary because of the airplane graveyard, we had determined

we weren’t going to arrive in time for tickets. So, we actually went

on a Saturday and didn’t take the tour.

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They have a number of planes from the graveyard on the museum grounds.

They have been painted by local artists.

 

 

 

 

 

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  More airplane photos.

 

Sperm whale or guppy?
I’ll let you decide. I believe that Douglas Adams may have seen this, and then a bowl of petunias…… because that is all I can say. Laughing out loud

 

 

 

 

And, then, OSTRICHS.

On the way down to Pima, we saw a roadside attraction that caught Timmy’s imagination. After the museum, we were debating our next move. South to Tombstone? Start back to Vegas? Timmy thought that the ostrich ranch sound too funny to pass up. Besides the silliness of that, they were giving monster truck rides. So, of course, we had to go.

As we were driving, I decided to Google Rooster Cogburn’s Ostrich Ranch. I came across some Yelp! reviews that had us laughing out loud.  It’s worth your time to read some! (We visited on 2/28/15, so reviews before then)

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20150228-IMG_4901 There’s one in every group that just can’t keep it together, isn’t there?  The rest of the visit to the ostrich ranch is here.

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Hoover Dam and more Vacation photos

Vacation, part two. Day one of vacation brought us to Lake Mead, Nevada, on the way to Hoover Dam. The day was beautiful. What an oasis!

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Hoover Dam, one of the wonders of the world… Astonishing.  Because of time constraints, we agreed we would walk along the bridge on the return trip, hoping for a lovely early morning or late afternoon, low in the sky sun to really show some color. Little did we know that this moment was about the sunniest, calmest weather we would find.

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On our return trip, we had company. This little black cloud had followed us all the way from Vegas. The second photo is showing you the Arizona side of the river. The storm hadn’t reached there yet.

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After the Grand Canyon, everything else paled. But we had an amazing time and found some incredible things to do.  We stopped on the way to Sedona at a state park called Slide Rock.

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The weather looked ominous and the forecasts even worse, so we didn’t end up staying in or exploring Sedona. NEXT TIME! These are all on the road toward Sedona.

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To see the rest of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, follow this link.

To see the rest of Slide Rock Park and traveling shots, follow this link.

PART THREE coming soon!

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Grand Canyon National Park

The first in a series of blog posts about our trip.  The main focus of the trip was The Grand Canyon. We will go photo heavy and word light for the moment! Enjoy!!!

First, we will deal with Waldo. He believed himself young and invincible, and therefore lost his nose. 20150226-IMG_3534

20150226-IMG_353520150226-IMG_359020150226-IMG_3589 These girls may be next. Open-mouthed smile (at least they weren’t using a selfie stick. OR streaking.)

 

20150225-IMG_337920150225-IMG_3383 Sunset just as we arrived at the park. Then, it was apparently dinner time for the mule deer, because they came out as the sun set.

 

20150226-IMG_3408  We stayed at Bright Angel Lodge and had a 1.5 minute walking commute to the edge of the canyon. Unfortunately, this was as much sunrise as we got. We didn’t see the sun again until after 3pm.

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Overcast skies do have advantages…

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But when it came out, it was glorious!

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After the sunset on our second (last) day.

I took a LOT more photos! These look best larger, so visit my website to see them! —>>>>  To see the entire album of Grand Canyon photos, or to purchase any, go here.

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Photos of the week…. CY365 Week ending 11/30/14

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23. Unfamiliar Places 24. Enough to share 25. Dessert 26. Colorful Scenes 27. Family 28. Traditions 29. An Early Start 30. The Holiday Season  (Sunday, but the last day of the month. Since I kind of abandon CY365 on 12-1 for CPAD, I figured I would squeeze the last day in here.) Didn’t do a great job of matching prompts this week. C’est la vie!

img_2788 Working on an appreciation of the classics….

img_2838 Yes, folks. This car is being worked on INSIDE the garage!!!

 

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img_2867  A smart car taxi, headed to the mall at o’dark thirty on Black Friday. No Big screen TV for them!

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img_2823 This is my lilac bush. On NOVEMBER 24, sending out new leaves. Oh, Virginia!

img_2855 I fail. My ONLY Thanksgiving photo!! Christmas, we will HAVE to take a family photo!
10805786_10205889065169735_3471246379933432747_n I was momentarily covered in cats tonight…

 

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Photos of the week, Week Ending 5-10-14

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Daily Prompts.  (Crossed out if I was able to use the prompt that day!)

4. What I’m Reading
5. Small Details
6. Innocence
7. Poise

8. Trust
9. Resourcefulness
10. Play

10318604_10204268008004319_1360007391_n (1)5. Small Details–This corner of my dresser should be known as St. Argyle’s Home for Missing Socks.
10318825_10204253957533066_1316659426_n6. Innocence –Nuff said?
10318701_10204271038880089_1041860848_n (1)7. Poise—What flower shows more than a Bearded Iris? (This was taken with my IPhone using the instafisheye app….)
10331590_10204288154307964_867155588_n8. Trust— My daughter is a very intelligent, resourceful and capable woman.Trust her to operate a can opener?
10358104_10204294220379612_178875535_n9. Resourcefulness–And it started raining in the bottom of the sixth, the game was called.—Ok, not a ball game…. but the same results. Thank goodness for inexpensive clear painters tarps!  —-I have moved the top ten selling and talked about photos at this weekends festival to the front of this gallery called Winners! For the second year running, the number one draw at the table was “The Boat Graveyard.” It is like a man magnet. They walk by and CAN’T resist looking! The show may be over, but all of these images (and more) are available in any size! http://www.rteest42.com/Imagestoown/Winners
10296666_10204260045165253_8950472274709569495_n10. Play–Layla is just a bit too young to get the big tunnel figured out, but her new little friend kept trying and encouraging her…

10356508_10204288200709124_2133519859_n Red clover, red clover, have Timmy pull over!  A true View from the Passenger Window shot. #drivebyshooting

December 4

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Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park, August 25, 2010.

On this day, many, many years ago (legend tells) all the guests and staff were snowed in during a rare summer blizzard, and they apparently all got festive and began a tradition of celebrating Christmas.

We were in Yellowstone on August 25th, and the entire place had been taken over by Christmas! Santa arrived, there were Christmas carols, trees, decorations and the kids got to make Christmas ornaments!

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