Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September 30, 2015.....We Get Closer to Home....

Happy Birthday!! ......to our great nephew, Gus!!   2 Years Old!

It seems like we were celebrating his first birthday with a red velvet beet cake with fresh whip cream!
And......Whoosh!!.....a year has gone by already....and, I am reminiscing....yet again....


September 28, 29, and 30 and October 1, 2014

We kept up a normal pace heading east.....   Arizona Interstate 40.

Continuing through Arizona...... Driving on Interstate 40, following Route 66....
We kept seeing signs regarding the Petrified National Forest in Arizona.....so, we veered.....and went through the Arizona desert for a half hour ......seeing nothing....no traffic....no jackalopes.....nada....
until we arrived at the entrance of the petrified forest.

There were two souvenir shops.....an entrance booth where we showed our national park pass.
We were given a souvenir map of the various points of interest....so, we felt a "little" confident we were on the right path!

I tried to find an online photograph showing the volume of petrified wood in a different location as compared to what we saw on our drive.          (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)

This is a photo I had taken on our drive.....what a difference compared to the previous photo!
It was so desolate!!......and, not too many visitors......
A lot of the petrified wood is in the souvenir shops or in people's trunks??
There are signs asking you 'Not to pick up the Petrified Wood.'  Obviously, people can't read!

A nice visual, but, so sad to think this ground was covered with petrified wood.....

We continued our drive through New Mexico and we stopped in Albuquerque for the night and saw a new moon.......beautiful!

And drove through a cloud on our way out of Albuquerque.....it was not fog!

Texas.....vintage grain elevator...with tall grass and weeds and no activity....abandoned....

We got off the interstate and drove a while on Route 66.....just to say we did!

Shamrock, Texas along Route 66.

Shamrock, Texas is a tired little town....it did have a Holiday Inn Express at the exit.....it was nice...
Remembering we arrived around 4:00 p.m. and tried to find a decent place to eat, but, there was nothing that stood out....so, we ate in a lousy Dairy Queen....probably the worst meal we experienced on the whole trip!   Ice cream was good, tho......
The highlight for us was seeing this restored Conoco Filling Station on the main road through Shamrock from the days of Route 66......a little Art Deco going on don'tcha think?  
It was beautiful.  The town has preserved it well!

The next morning we were in Oklahoma and headed north out of Oklahoma City for Wichita, Kansas.
We would be stopping in Kansas City, Kansas to see my aunt and uncle and available cousins for a few hours and have dinner.  We had a lovely afternoon and evening.

We are proud of our Decals!

The next morning following our visit with my aunt and uncle, we drove from Kansas City straight home,
Stopping for gas and a bite to eat.  It is a 12 hour trip.  

Journey Mercies.....

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