Grand Canyon & Then Home

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Home now.

Started the day off yesterday at the Grand Canyon.

Took some photos but I’m not very pleased with the results. Some days you have it… and some days you don’t.

It was a long drive home. We ran into a couple of storms that were incredible. In addition it looks as though I’m going to have to have the front of the car repainted. 

That’s another blog post entirely, suffice it to say that water based paints on automobiles SUCK! (Thank you Kalifornia VOC regulations, and also many thanks to the unregulated gravel carriers running on California roads.)

I can say this. The car loves road trips and ran really well with the exception of 1 tank of marginal gasoline. It even ran well on 90 octane which i was dubious about.

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Now it’s time to get busy cleaning up the aftermath of the travel and get on with the projects at hand.

I think I like the Grand Canyon in Fall rather than in the Summer. There are a couple of reasons. 

First, the temp is a lot more comfortable. It was blazingly hot walking along the canyon rim.

Second there isn’t a haze, or at least not as much of a haze. I’m thinking that the next trip out there will be in the Fall.

This morning it’s cool here at home. The sky is grey and there’s the possibility of rain. The other thing is that it’s quiet and I’m enjoying the sounds of the birds and other animals around the place.

I do need to get busy with the weed whacking and several other gardening chores.

I also need to hang my dreamcatcher.

It’s the first one I’ve ever had, given some of the nightmares I’ve had recently… I’m willing to give it a shot.

 

Gallup, NM Winslow Meteor Crater.

So this morning we got up bright and early and High Tailed it out of Santa Fe. 

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We stopped in Albuquerque at the ballon museum

This was a cool place. I had no idea about most of the history of Ballooning. The museum has many of the capsules that have completed or attempted round the world fights.

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There’s a lot to it and even the construction of the Balloons is a lot more involved than I ever would have imagined.

Later in keeping with the spirit of being offbeat we stopped at a cultural center in Gallup, NM.

This cultural center has a museum of Native American artifacts on the second floor the ground floor has a working train station and a great little cafe. Where we had lunch.

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There is a bronze statue honoring the Navajo Code Talkers from World War II. 

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In addition, there are examples of sand paintings and beautiful examples of Kachina dolls with great explanations about the meanings / symbology of the various Kachinas.

We finished the day at Meteor Crater in Winslow Arizona.

Again not really on the usual tourist stop but I’d been there many years ago and it was interesting. All my original photos were lost in the fire. So It was nice to get back and take more photos. The funny thing is that years ago I’d been there in the rain, and just after we began wandering around the exhibits it began pouring. 

Seems my luck is still great! If I didn’t have bad luck I wouldn’t have any at all.

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Here are a couple of photos from the museum and the crater.

Tomorrow, It’s the Grand Canyon and then home.

I’m looking forward to the Canyon although I wanted to see the North rim, that was canceled due to fire and the 4th of July crowds. 

I could have gotten to Zion and the North Rim but it was a long detour, and I didn’t have the time.

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Hopefully there will be some good photos to share tomorrow.

Santa Fe, NM

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Arrived here late at night. Left Denver after 3 pm.

Hotel has no WiFi and there don’t appear to be any other public signals that I can lock onto. SO that means that this posting will have to go out at some point when there is some signal to work with.

Apparently when I checked in and first opened my laptop the network was down. It is now up again and Who hoo I’ve got network access.

Not that there’s much to look at, mostly spam in my email.

The drive from Denver to Santa Fe was really neat. It was raining most of the way so picture taking opportunities were nonexistent. 

Hopefully tomorrow will bring more photo opportunities. I’ve heard Santa Fe and Albuquerque are spectacular cities.

Honestly, since we arrived here there’s been a weird vibe. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s something just off. I don’t know if we’re just in the “wrong” end of town or if there’s something going on that we’re not aware of.

What news I’ve read online or seen on TV suggests that there is not much going on, so being out of the world… isn’t actually all that big a deal. My cell has worked in every place I’ve been on this trip. The only place that there was no cell service was out on the i-70 as we cruised through the Eastern parts of Utah into Colorado. 

More tomorrow.

Today leaving Boulder.

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Did a little shopping Sunday. Managed to replace my flip-flops which I blew out stepping on a pop top.

I also saw a couple of Zuni Items that I couldn’t leave in Boulder. So my credit card yelled a little.

Heading South into Denver for a quick visit then on into New Mexico. I’m hoping that there will be some awesome photo opportunities. 

After that, we’re going to head back west with a short stop at the Grand Canyon and hopefully a short stop at other sites of interest along the way.

I’m looking forward to seeing places that I’ve never seen before. 

 

Today in Boulder

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The main family even is taking place today.

It starts in the middle of the day and goes on until I don’t know when.

There isn’t much time to go out and do anything so I think a lunch and a nice walk around part of the CU campus will have to do.

This morning has been laundry and a bit of rest. I’ve been studying some materials that will help me with my various websites.

And now… Off to the main event…

And it was a lot of fun.

Now off to bed and in the morning I get to do some writing, and learn some more about web programming. These are things that I’ve been distracted from for too long.

Boulder Day 1

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Got a very late start today.

After a dinner Thursday night that was long and wonderful but late…

We got to the hotel and just crashed.

This morning we wandered around “Pearl Street” which is an open air shopping center that I recalled from my previous business trips. Pearl Street is a nifty bohemian , then we had a wonderful lunch. 

Later in the day we went to Boulder Falls.

It was grey and overcast when I started hiking the trail that lead to the falls. I’d been standing at the falls for about 4 minutes and the sky opened up.

I was soaked to the skin in a matter of minutes.

It’s been raining off & on since then.

We’re talking rolling thunder and flashes of lightening. I’m enjoying hearing the rain pound on the roof of the hotel and I’m seriously glad I’m not out camping tonight.

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get to a couple of other locations and get some pictures.