Friday, October 15, 2010

We're Home!

The open road ahead with time to explore and my best friend beside doesn't get much better than that. We have returned from a trip to the U.S. that was nothing short of spectacular. I am simply dazzled by the beauty that we've seen...uplifted by the wonderfully warm people we met along the way...and am exhausted and exhilarated at the same time!
I’m including some stats to show what we were able to fit into eleven days. Of course, numbers only say so much…in the days to come I will post the pictures that will clarify why our hearts and spirits were so gloriously elevated by the wonders we came across every day .
Air Miles Flown.... 3910 km. (2430 mi.)
Road Miles Driven.... 2000 km (1245 mi )
States Visited..Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, California
Airports Waited In....Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City
Photos Taken.....2000 ( Perhaps a little excessive!)
Here are a few of my favourite moments, with many more to follow:

Ticking Monument Valley off my bucket list:
I pride myself on being able to string words together effectively, yet I can find none that adequately describe the awe I felt gazing across the expanse of this red valley. It simply took my breath away…

Being followed by storms for a week:
Storms are not everyone’s idea of fun but I’ve always loved thunder and lightning. Crackling, charged skies have a majesty all their own.

Ticking Antelope Canyon off my bucket list:
The slot canyons of Utah have a singular beauty. Even on a cloudy day as it was when we visited, the rock glows with undulating light, and every twist leads you into more beauty.



Getting into trouble even on holidays:

.You may have read of our penchant for ignoring ‘No Trespassing’ signs and will understand that on coming across an abandoned ranch in Wyoming, we did not hesitate to hop over the fence for a quick look around. We were busted by a local rancher, but he graciously accepted our apologies when he saw we were just taking pictures.
Seeing wildlife:
We often had mule dear walk across the road in front of us…the ravens sang a constant song to accompany us as we explored Mesa Verde…and chipmunks and squirrels greeted us frequently.

I fell in love with Utah and its many National Parks, and will have lots of photos to share once I'm rested and organized.


It's good to be back in Canada and in Blogland!


Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oooooooooh, how magnificent. I love the one of tiny you atop the cliff! You must frame that and hang it over your desk for remembrance and inspiration. So much beauty - cant wait for the ulveiling of the photos. We will be kept enmtertained all winter given you only took two thousand, hee hee! (LOTS of memory cards, hey:)? ) And isnt it convenient, with our memories faltering, that memory cards now EXIST:)??? Welcome home, glad you are safely back, we missed you. But knew you were having such a great time.

Kit said...

Oh what a great trip you had! Love the photos! We have such a lovely country to be sure. Kit

Kay L. Davies said...

Wow, Lynette, fabulous photos. I agree, the one of "tiny you" is a keeper! And Antelope Canyon is a natural work of art.

Great to hear from you. Welcome home.


Poetic Shutterbug said...

What a wonderful trip as displayed by these wonderful photos. Even those stormy dramatic skies are gorgeous. Love the squirrel :)

adrielleroyale said...

Well, where to start... Your photos are absolutely amazing from the bottom of your page to the top and most recent post, just unbelievably fantastic shots! I so completely relate to your love of water and and it's hypnotic qualities too and am amazed at how you captured the shadows and colors and beauty of it. Your appreciation for nature is inspiring! Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Looks like you had an incredible journey.

msdewberry said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday and your photos are beautiful!
I just got back as well a couple of days ago. Back to reality and the grind now....

Jingle said...

welcome back,
Thanks for the comments in my blog.

Jingle said...

hope to see you at potluck tonight.
feel free to claim anything in the post.
have fun!

Drawn to The Sea said...

Aren't you glad you captured that storm photo, to enjoy over & over? I suspect that's a photo you'll revisit often as you flip thru your memory pages. Unlike most coastal folk, I adore storms... mesmerized by nature's drama.

The texture in the slot canyons appears (I assume?) deceivingly, beautifully soft. So lovely.