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2008 Vacation – part 4

June 15th was the first day of the end of our vacation. Time to slowly make our way back east and towards home. Greg had to leave on a business trip to Colorado Springs on June 22 and we wanted a few days at home before he had to leave, otherwise we would have planned to be home on the 21st. On one of his business trips to San Francisco, he drove around and ended up in Sausalito and he really liked, so that is where we went that morning, bright and early. We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge – twice! Not that we saw much of it because it was completely fogged in!

Sausalitowas very nice. We just drove around… and then went through a car wash at a gas station because the car really needed it. It was nice, being able to take pictures through clean windows again, at least for a little while, until they got all dirty again with dust and bug splat. We crossed the Bay Bridge, too, on the bottom level. Not all that interesting, and it’s not as pretty as the Golden Gate Bridge. The drive that day was loooong and very boring, especially the part where we drove through the Mojave Desert. We made it to Barstowe, California that day and probably would have made it a little farther than that, had the stupid GPS thingie not sent us driving in circles!! Grrr!!! That story deserves it’s on spotlight on this blog, so stay tuned! Here is a picture of somewhere in the Mojave Desert *yawn*

June 16th we left California behind and drove through the Arizona desert and spent the afternoon at the Grand Canyon. That is one big huge hole in the ground! No hiking for us, it was way too hot for that and I preferred walking around in my flip-flops. Not exactly hiking boots. We did it the easy way and drove from overlook to overlook, although we didn’t stop at every one of them.  Not sure at which one I took this picture

but this one was taken at our last stop, the Watchtower. What a great view from up there! It was getting late in the evening by then so most of the canyon was in shadows. Made for a nice view of the Colorado River, though.

We would have liked to stay at one of the lodges at the Grand Canyon, but the one we checked out was a little pricey, so we decided to look for a hotel in Flagstaff. There must have been something going on because we checked at several hotels and they had no rooms available.  We had no choice but to drive a little more, and ended up in Winslow, Arizona for the night.

To be continued…..

7 responses

  1. plainmama

    Oooo love that first one of the Grand Canyon. Can’t wait to see that myself. Doesn’t it just amaze you how beautiful our planet is?

    27. June, 2008 at 05:53

  2. doreen3boys

    Wow, you even made it to the grand canyon, I’m impressed!! Is this the West side? Thru the indian reservation? What a great road trip you were on, are the girls still talking about it?

    27. June, 2008 at 06:43

  3. photographybycheryl

    San Fran is my most favorite city in the US I have been there a few times and we plan on going next summer… how excited am I!!! My boys will be there in just 6 weeks!!!! Great pics Michaela and totally a trip to remember for sure!

    PS.. isn’t the grand canyon stunning… I don’t think pics do it justice. When we lived in AZ.. we went there 4 times. All visitors wanted to go there…lol

    27. June, 2008 at 13:39

  4. photographybycheryl

    I have pics from the watch tower too!

    27. June, 2008 at 13:40

  5. Doreen, this is the south rim. I don’t have the map (it’s still in Greg’s car), but there is this road off of I-40 before you get to Flagstaff, that will take you right there. Are the girls still talking about it? Hell no! LOL All they care about right now is watching TV and playing webkinz on the computer.
    The Grand Canyon was neat to see, but honestly? I don’;t care if we ever make it back there or not, I’d rather have the beach any day.

    27. June, 2008 at 15:15

  6. doreen3boys

    Oh right, south/north rim, how quickly I forget,lol!! We saw it from the north rim on an Indian reservation. I thought the river was bigger on the other side, that’s why I asked where…………glad we didn’t drive the add’l 5 hours to see the same creek aka river, lol!

    LOL about the girls……….i forgot, it’s not what you did yesterday, it’s what are we doing TODAY.

    27. June, 2008 at 19:17

  7. I like the foggy bridge!

    10. July, 2008 at 08:04

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