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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Road Trip - Day 7

Happy Monday  errrr....Tuesday morning. It is just me, but do these long weekends sorta mess up your week? It's like Tuesday is Monday and on and on. Oh well, I had Monday off and that's all that counts. I hope you all had a great Memorial Day and truly celebrated the reason for the Holiday. As Americans we should all be thankful, if it weren't for the people serving in our Armed Forces we wouldn't have the freedoms we do today.

I'm continuing the recap of my big, long road trip for this week (except Friday, because of the Book Club that I'm loving!). We're almost at the end of my road trip recaps and I'm a little sad. I've enjoyed revisiting these places through pictures and recalling all the memories I made with my grandparents.


On Day 7 of our journey we visited The Grand Canyon. I don't think I've ever seen anything so massive and I really don't think I have the words to describe it. It's one of those places you have to see for yourself to believe.

The Canyon is out in the middle of nowhere. You're just driving along, then boom you're there. There are sights to see on the road there and we stopped at a few of them.

This was the most impressive sight on the road before the Canyon...these are the San Francisco Peaks. They are the highest elevation in Arizona.

Our first stop at the Canyon, The Watch Tower. You could get a really good view from the top section. 

Me at the Eastern-most point of the Rim. 

Another view of The Watchtower. 

Inside of The Watchtower. My vertigo was messing with me so bad in here and at the Canyon in general.  

Pretty views! 

These are Indian ruins. I'm a huge history buff so I found this really interesting.

Different views, any direction you stand you get a different view. 

The Colorado River. The rapids looks so small up at the top but they are really massive when you are actually on the river. Oh what I wouldn't of give to of rafted it! 

The views become different as the sun sets. So beautiful! 

The Canyon was one of my favorite parts of the trip. It was a once in a lifetime experience that I won't forget!

Next up, a final look at Sedona!

Monday, May 23, 2011

My Road Trip - Days 5 & 6

Days 5 & 6 of my long road trip were spent in Sedona. If you ever have the chance to spend a little time there, do it. If you're outdoorsy this is the place to go! From hiking, bike riding, jeep tours, sightseeing...this is the place. I really wish I would've had the chance to do some hiking, but I was with my grandparents and I most certainly wasn't going by myself. Overall, Sedona was a great place to vacation, very serene and peaceful.

View of a red rock formation from the major shopping center. No matter what direction your going, you have a view.

Sedona is a major artistic community. I'm not a big artsy person myself, but if you were it'd be neat.

Another view of a formation...and yes I got corrected when I said "mountains", the correct terms is "formations." Ooottaayy buckwheat.

Closer up view...can you see where part of the rock looks like an Eagle?

The Chuch built into the rock. It was very beautiful.

Something I had never seen before, cactus!

Beautiful flowers at Tlaquepaque (try saying that 5 times fast). I loved the colors!

More gorgeous flowers!

Taken at a scenic viewpoint.

Yes, Sedona was beautiful, but to be 100% honest I think Tennessee is better. I know, I'm biased...but this was considered a Forrest...these trees look like shrubs, but who am I to judge?! I am glad I got the opportunity to see Sedona, but I don't think I would ever go back. Definitely a once in a lifetime trip.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Road Trip - Day 4

Day 4 was the day we finally made it into Sedona. I was so tired of driving and just ready to be in one location for a while.

Just so you know, the road from Flagstaff to Sedona is incredibly curvy/steep. You literally look off the side of the road and it's a long way down. We also came in at nightfall, so we imagined that we were going into the middle of nowhere. It was creepy.

Day 4 was also an interesting day because we went to the Petrified National Forrest. I had never seen anything like it before. That place was filled with such pre-historic history. It was just amazing.

Welcome to Arizona!

Entrance to the Petrified Forrest.

Me and Nana at the Painted Desert. It was so gorgeous, it comes in a close second to the Grand Canyon. If you're ever on I-40 between New Mexico and Arizona you have to go! 

A funky little lizard on the trail. We seen two of them this day!

The old inn traveler's would stay at. It was awesome inside. I love History so I always find this stuff interesting.

A chunk of petrified wood.  

An old Motel on Route 66 in Holbrook. Does it look familiar?! I'm pretty sure this is the place that the Disney movie Cars modeled their motel after.  

As you've noticed there are no pictures of us entering Sedona, because...well, it was dark, and I was scared we were going to drive off a cliff. Never fear though...I have lots of Sedona pictures coming up!

Coming up - A Day of Shopping in Sedona

Monday, May 16, 2011

My Road Trip - Day 3

First off, I'm finally HOME! I'm so glad to be back home, but that's not saying I didn't have a wonderful vacation, because I did. I got some cherished time with my grandparents that I will never forget!

I'm honestly so glad to be back in the real world...and to go back to work. Who'd of thought that?! I work with a great bunch of guys (yes, I'm the only girl...I keep them straight) and I've missed them. The only part I dread is coming back to my desk (it's going to be a disaster), checking the monstrous e-mails and voicemails...*shudder*. I'll survive.

Also, regularly scheduled blogging can now continue! I've missed my little outlet. Although, I did erase all 160 of my posts in Google Reader. Sorry ya'll, but this week is going to be crazy and I'm just not going to be able to read them. I still love yall!

Now on to the trip...

Day 3 of my road trip consisted of the panhandle of Texas & New Mexico. I got to see some really neat sights this day. We went to an old filling station on Route 66 and the landscape starting changing into more Rock, which was really interesting to me (remember, I live in the Appalachian Mountains...and those have trees :) ).

Deep in the heart of Texas!

Old Conoco filling station on Route 66.

Cowboy hat

Still in the land of Texas.

Welcome to New Mexico!

Rock, rock...and more rock.

Old Courthouse in Santa Rosa, NM.

At this point, I was tired of driving and was really ready to be in Sedona, but I did enjoy getting to see all the old stuff on Route 66. I'm a huge history buff.

Up next...
Painted Desert, The Petrified Forrest, and Sedona!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Road Trip - Day 2

I seen major changes in the America landscape on Day 2 of my journey...and I mean major. I live in the Appalachian Mountain's of Tennessee, I'm not used to looking out the window and seeing flat land and when I say flat, I mean you look out the window and you can see forever. I will forever cherish my lovely Tennessee home from now on, because I don't think I could live anywhere like Oklahoma or the pandhandle of Texas (no offense to my lovely blogger girls from here!).

So why not show you some pics of my journey through the plains...

Welcome to Oklahoma!

Oklahoma City

I'd never seen Windmills like these before. I thought they were awesome.

Casinos out in the middle of nowhere.

Land as far as the eye can see...

The last stop of the day, TEXAS!

By the end of the day, I was exhausted. This was the longest day we had drove and we were all just ready to sleep.

Next up - More Texas adventures and New Mexico!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Road Trip - Day 1

Hello ladies!! I'm here in New Mexico (blogging on vacation, tsk tsk!) and I'm far, far away from my homeland of Tennessee. I'm going to dedicate each day of my journey to one blog post, so by the end of it you may get tired of hearing about it...but it's my blog and my life :).

Day 1
We left out early to make it to Arkansas at a reasonable hour. To be honest before this trip I had never been west of Nashville (can we say sheltered?!). So I got a little bit of West TN in here too and I got to see Memphis and the Mighty Mississippi. Let's just let the pictures do the talking, shall we?

I learned a few things on a day one of my trip...
- I had no clue west TN had Armadillo's. What flippin' planet have I been living on?!
- Eastern, Southern Arkansas has to be the most boring state I've ever ridden through in my life. It's just rice pattie after rice pattie. I thought it was never going to end.

Up next - Oklahoma & Texas!