Yes, you know by now what this sign means -- we've wandered off, then found our way home again.
We celebrated Barry's father's 79th birthday last week with an all too brief visit to the Valley of the Sun. I hesitate to post travel pictures, fearing I'll bore you to tears. Then I think of how much I enjoy seeing little glimpses of the world through others' travels. So, here are a few of the sights that slid past our windshield.
We traveled south to Phoenix via Las Vegas. The photo above is our first glimpse of that crazy, blinking, glittering city as we emerged from the dark of a desert night. However we were not taken by surprise by this dazzling sight -- a ruddy false dawn in the clouds revealed Las Vegas from some 86 miles away.
The construction of a new bridge downstream from Hoover Dam simply must be one of the most ambitious construction projects in America right now.
You know you're in southern Arizona when the ridge line is spiked with saguaro cacti.
To travel north of Phoenix is to climb up beyond the reach of wide armed saguaros, to the high desert that flanks Mount Humpherys. I would love to share a photo of the highest point in Arizona, but it was wreathed in clouds that day. Clouds, of course, offer their own miracles of light and shadow.
In it's length from Flagstaff, Arizona, north to the Utah border and up to the Salt Lake valley, Highway 89 traverses some of the most dramatic landscapes on the continent. The photo above was taken at the western edge of the Vermillion Cliffs, just as 89A starts to climb the grade towards the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
But let me back up a few miles to a brief stop at Navajo Bridge to share something really cool...
If you veer west at Bitter Springs, 89A crosses the Colorado River at Marble Canyon. The narrow, original Navajo Bridge is now a pedestrian bridge which offers dizzying views of the Colorado River. And, a lofty perch for a juvenile California Condor.
Barry bravely leaned over the bridge railing to take a picture of the top of this young fellow's head. We were alerted to its presence by a researcher carrying what looked like a small TV antenna.
This is the view north which we shared with the condor.
With both Marble Canyon and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon behind us, we round a bend to see an ethereal panorama of crimson cliffs, golden buff escarpments and snow capped peaks behind them; the Grand Staircase-Escalante of southern Utah.
And people ask us why love love to drive...
More news from the studio soon! Be well ~ Lynn