I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.


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Monday, April 13, 2009

US 89A North - Yarnell to Meteor Crater Arizona

Everything glowed today, and the photos just don’t show it.

Finally left home at 11:30am. I’m really not a morning person but had planned for a little earlier. Oh well, got to visiting with Berta and the morning flew by.

Sorry about the windshield reflection
Just a tiny bit of snow to glow on the Bradshaw Mountains south of Prescott.

Headed up over the Black Mountains... (The junipers glowed in the sun.)

...and down...

through Jerome, an adorable old mining tourist town clinging to the mountain side.

Continued down into the Verde Valley and the whole valley seemed to glow.

North through Sedona, too rich for me to stop in. Yet the red rocks had a glow all their own.

I was driving a curvy road
Followed Oak Creek winding up the canyon through some amazing rock layers.

Oak Cree Canyon
I felt surrounded by a glow.

Topped out into a Ponderosa Pine forest. They always glow for me.

East of Flagstaff the golden land stretches far.
Now here I sit at the Meteor Crater RV Park try repeatedly to post so I can start reading your blogs. This WIFI keeps knocking me around, sometimes slower than dial-up.

Tomorrow, the Crater.
I’m all aglow.


Karen said...

lucky duck! Meteor Crater was one of my favorite places.

I got a call today asking me to come earlier than planned, so we will be arriving at the Rim on 4/24, leaving here 4/21. Probably won't see you guys in Yarnell again until next fall.

Anonymous said...

I am glowing listening to your glowing trip. Very beautiful. It brings back great memories. I especially like Oak Creek Canyon. Stacey and i wish we could have journeyed with you. I guess, in some ways we just did.

I am not much of a morning person either, but when we will be hiking this summer, we will often be woken gently and playfully by the sun. So we will make the transition from night owl to sun worshiper.

Have a great trip! We look forward to more of your findings..

Anonymous said...

I am glad you are on a magical journey! It sounds like your energy is soaring, thus making everything glow for you! Keep enjoying your spectacular surroundings!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I was just telling someone about the Meteor Crater and the Painted Desert. What lovely places they are. If I remember correctly they were fairly close to each other. I am looking forward to those pictures but these are brilliant too. Have a fantastic trip Gaelyn and think of me. :)

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Babooshka said...

Get rid of that comment above me by ED, it's spam and not nice.

The little town clinging to the mountain made me smile and the scenery is jaw dropping. It's a big world out there.

nadia said...

Those are beautiful pictures of such a breathtaking place! You're having quite an adventure out there :)

erin said...

i am so loving your trip thus far...taking me through places i have been many times but through your eyes...which, of course makes a huge difference. the photos are beautiful. enjoy your journey.

Jazz said...

Beautiful! I just love AZ.

Quiet Paths said...

A glowing review of your first day. Those ravines are fantastic. I so smiled when you mentioned Jerome; my family stopped there when I was a child and for some reason I always remembered it. Thanks for the great pics.

Diane C. said...

Enjoying your glowing trip so far. Love those red rocks and green pines! That little town of Jerome looked interesting too.

Anonymous said...

I have NEVER suffered from envy, but I am getting pretty close.

So that strange cloud formation in picture two is a dirty windshield?

Janie said...

Beautiful photos from your drive. I've always wanted to go to Sedona, but I've heard it's very touristy, which isn't really our kind of place. Look forward to seeing the meteor crater.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Wonderful Gaelyn, just a breathtaking journey. And I have actually been to Sedona and Flagstaff 30 yrs ago!

Tutta la Storia said...

Great to stumble on this blog--one of the reasons I love the blogging world so much. I am enchanted by your blog profile. Yes, I agree with you that Sedona is too rich. Though I did enjoy seeing Coffeepot Rock last time I was there. Those pics of Oak Creek Canyon must have been difficult to take while driving. I've been through there and that is quite a feat!

RuthieJ said...

Wow, what a great drive! Thanks for taking us along!

dAwN said...

Are you enjoying your new traveling home?
Glad to see you had a glowing day.
Hope the wifi keeps u online

Ruth said...

Just caught up on your last two posts. Interesting places I have never read about before. The land you travelled in this post seems to go from scrub to forest to plains.

Anonymous said...

This is Berta here - just saw and read your wonderful stuff - Gave me a real feeling for where you are/were/ will be next. How much did they want for the Maralyn figure on the left of the last photo at the Crater RV park
I'm uncurable!!!
hurry back but have a bell

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