Friday, April 21, 2006

The Northern Route

I stayed up way too late last night/this morning, slept in, and am now getting a terribly late start on my trip. Monument Valley is too far, and Grand Canyon is too expensive for a half-hour visit, but I've decided to take the northern route to Los Alamos, via Phoenix and Flagstaff. This gets me to Sedona tonight - before dark, I hope! It also adds about two hours to my 600+ mile trip one way.

In the morning I also hope to get another peek at this place: Little Painted Desert Country Park:

Coming back I'll take the southern route, I-10 through Lordsburg. No side trip to Roswell - too far in the other direction. Oh, well. Next time.

Gotta get moving. See ya!

***** Later *****

Here I am in my hotel room in Sedona, watching Doctor Who on cable after a nice relaxing drive and a pleasant Thai meal. What could be better? Here are a few pictures from today.

It took me an hour just to get across Tucson on my way out of town. This shot was taken at the end of that ordeal. Even rush hour traffic on the Phoenix freeways was faster and less frustrating. Yeah, once I was out of Tucson, I was able to relax and have fun.

Sunset Point Rest Area, on I-17 between Phoenix and Camp Verde.
My lens iris must be sticking, because the corner is dark on
all the shots from that rest area and the next one, forty-something
miles father on.

Sunset Point. Appropriately, I was there a little while before sunset.

Eat your heart out, John Scalzi! The view from my
hotel parking lot is spectacular! Okay, so my room
looks out on the pool and jacuzzi, but still!

This little Thai restaurant was within walking distance
of the La Quinta where I'm staying.

Tomorrow: Sedona by day, dramatic clay, red rock mystery, atomic history.


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Carly said...


Good to see you arrived safely! :) have a good time on your trip.

DesLily said...

awww sorry you aren't going to the grand canyon... i spent the 20.00 just go go in for 1/2 hr.. it was the only time i ever saw the canyon... i've been drawn to it every since i was a kid.. sigh..

but to be honest I'd rather live where the view is like your background of your blog!..

julie said...

Enjoy your road trip. Looks like you're having a good time - except for the Tucson traffic!

Bea said...

Sedona, Can't wait to see those photos! I've never been to that part of our country, but my husband and I plan to travel in a few years (RV possibly)and we will definitely be headed west! I have an uncle in Phoenix, but have never visited him there. Guess you'll be getting some of that rest you've been needing. Keep us posted. Bea

Becky said...

Woo hoo! I'm up to date! Man, I was close on some of those photo guesses! Can I tell you? I'm a bit jealous of you and your solo driving adventure. I used to love taking car trips on my own. Haven't done it in a very long time.