Most of us kept a travel journal. I painted two simplistic paintings on the spot and some rough sketches. I glued in a ticket and a menu. I have added in more details and will continue to do so until I feel it is complete enough, but I need to make a better effort next… Continue reading Final Thoughts of Our Western Survey Trip
We did not make much of an effort to find sites (other than for gas and food) at which to stop for Colorado and Kansas. I found Colorado’s landscape refreshing after the barrenness of most of the other states. We saw a brick road in Kansas although of red brick. I think that building is… Continue reading U.S. Southwest Survey Vacation: Colorado and Kansas or We are Getting Tired of Makings Stops
After leaving California we drove through Nevada (only item worth mentioning is that we drove through Las Vegas . . . not nearly as large as I thought) and Arizona again (through a lovely, very close gorge of the Virgin River) and then Utah (where we stayed at the creepiest hotel of the trip). We… Continue reading U.S. Southwest Survey Vacation: Utah
When not at the zoo or hotel or running a mini, we visited Ocean and Dog Beach, Mission Beach (first two photos), and La Jolla cove (the rest of the photos). We briefly stopped at the beach there but decided Mission Beach was nicer so went there instead. Mission beach was the nicest, but we… Continue reading U.S. Southwest Survey Vacation: Goodbye, San Diego
“Hi, Sven!” “Hello, Mumford.” This jaguar rolled around and stretched right by the edge for several minutes which was quite fun. See the tongue peeking out? This cheetah jumped up when he/she saw a tour truck and came right up to look at it and then ran along the cage following it. The cheetah was… Continue reading U.S. Southwest Survey Vacation: San Diego Zoo Part 2
We arrived in the cold and rain and bought rain ponchos and hopped on a bus tour. Soon after the tour ended, weather changed for the better, and we walked around the zoo and took the shuttle bus for most of the day. So many animals were quite active, and we saw quite a few… Continue reading U.S. Southwest Survey Vacation: San Diego Zoo Part 1
Even though the day was cold and cloudy, we headed to Ocean Beach (which also had a dog beach, and we had fun watching the dogs). We ended up at Mission Beach for sunset.
We spent a whole morning and afternoon at the Grand Canyon before little people started melting. The atmosphere was quite hazy as you can see.
We stayed the night in Santa Rosa, NM (which my siblings dubbed Radiator Springs) rather than in Albuquerque in order to have some time to spend in the latter city. Before heading to Albuquerque, we stopped at Blue Hole which is an extremely small, deep pool, great for divers; the site is decrepit. While driving… Continue reading U.S. Southwest Survey Vacation: New Mexico
We visited friends in Texas and the next day started for New Mexico. We saw plenty of different types of Texas terrain. We stopped at the 2nd largest canyon in the U.S.: Palo Duro Canyon in Texas.
My mom and one of my sisters signed up for a mini (or half) marathon in San Diego and that trip grew into a fortnight mid-western and western roadtrip (or survey trip as my mom said since we did not have much time for extended exploration) for all the girls of the family. For the… Continue reading U.S. Southwest Survey Vacation: Oklahoma