Wow! It's hard to believe that it's been about a month since I blogged! Not to mention that my blog started has had a birthday in the last few days as well.
Had an absolutely wonderful time on my vacation. Here's an itenerary of our trip:
-Drove from our house in the Florida panhandle to Houston,Texas, saw an Astros game (Astros vs. Cincinnatti Reds)
-Drove to San Antonio, Texas, saw Alamo and Riverwalk. Also went to a Cross-stitch store called Cross-Stitch plus in the Castle Hills area of San Antonio. Nice little shop. Picked up some much needed threads and couple of patterns.
-Drove to Carlsbad, New Mexico over 2 days we saw Carlsbad Caverns and went to drive-in movie theater http://www.nps.gov/cave (picture of natural entrance into caverns on right)
-Drove through Roswell, NM and saw UFO Museum on way to Albuquerque, NM
-Drove to Holbrook, Arizona along Route 66, saw Petrified Forest and Painted Desert. http://www.nps.gov/pefo Stayed in historic Wigwam Hotel along Rt 66. Saw Native American dance in Holbrook historic plaza and toured 1898 Courthouse that is now a museum
-Drove to Kayenta, Arizona after touring Canyon de Chelly in Chinle, AZ, winds were horrible 35-40 mph sustained with gusts of over 55 mph. They closed all the tours at the canyon, but you could still do rim drive. A beautiful Canyon on Navajo land. http://www.nps.gov/cach/
-Drove through Monument Valley http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/monument_valley/ and toured Arches National Park http://www.nps.gov/arch (picture of Double Arch on Right), both in Utah, then drove to Cortez, Colorado where we stayed at a Bed & Breakfast for several days. The B&B was an old wooden schoolhouse that had been built in 1907. http://www.lebanonschoolhouse.com/
-Drove to Dolores and Durango, CO for the day
-Drove the San Juan skyway in Colorado. Saw Telluride, the plush skytown of the rich and famous...wasn't overly impressed. The area was beautiful, but snooty. Went to the hot springs in Ouray, it was a beautiful small town nestled high in the mountains. http://www.ouraycolorado.com/Hot+Springs+Pool
-Took old narrowgauge steamtrain through the mountains from Durango, CO to Silverton, CO. The scenery was gorgeous! The train ride was 3 1/2 hrs. long. Silverton was old mining town high in the mountains above Ouray. It was very much like stepping back in time to the late 1800s. The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places. There is only one paved road and all the other streets are dirt/gravel. The buildings look like an old movie set and they even have stagecoach tours through town. It was neat being in this old Western town and seeing a stagecoach go by. Took bus ride back to Durango. http://www.durangotrain.com/otrain.com/ (picture of train going through San Juan mountains)
-Toured Mesa Verde...the cliff dwellings outside Cortez, CO. http://www.nps.gov/meve
-Drove to Shawnee, Oklahoma where we have friends. It is right outside Oklahoma City. He is a pastor of a small church in Shawnee.
-Went to see the Oklahoma City Memorial from the bombing of April 19, 1995. Very moving. http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/
-Drove all the way home from Oklahoma City. It was a 15 hour drive! I don't think we will do that again in one day!
We drove over 5300 miles!!!!!!!