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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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Going to town through landscape diversity

01 Gaelyn gets mail NR GRCA NP AZ by Mike (1024x768)

Thanks to Berta’s mail forwarding my electrolytes arrived in time for the river trip  (Note the beautiful new necklace Mike recently bought me. Go ahead, enlarge it. Please look at the necklace, not at me. ;)

For a change I drove and Mike took photos, documenting our drive to town.

02 View N along SR67 NR GRCA NP AZ by Mike (1024x768)

Through ponderosa pine and aspen forest…

03 Meadow along SR67 Kaibab NF AZ by Mike (1024x768)

…over meadows…

 04a Wildflowers along SR67 NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768) 04b Penstemon (768x1024)

…of wildflowers.

05 Forest reflections in mirror & truck SR67 N Kaibab NF AZ by Mike (1024x768)

The subtle rise in elevation introduces fir and spruce into the mix.

06 2006 Warm fire reflects on hood SR67 N Kaibab NF AZ by Mike (1024x617)

Reflecting on how the cycle of forest life should be,

07 Standing dead forest in front of Vermilion Cliffs & Navajo Mt from SR67 N Kaibab NF AZ by Mike (1024x768)

including a five year old lightning strike fire.

08 Juniper-Pinyon woodlands SR89A N Kaibab NF AZ by Mike (1024x768)

Dropping off the Kaibab Plateau into the juniper/pinyon woodlands,

09 Escalante from SR89A N Kaibab NF AZ by Mike (1024x751)

offers a peak at what lies below and…

10 Valley & Escalante from SR89A N Kaibab NF AZ by Mike (1024x768)

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument


11 Farmland & Escalante from SR89A N AZ by Mike (1024x761)

From a different perspective down in the valley.

12 Empty cop car SR89A N Fredonia AZ by Mike (1024x753)

Welcome to Fredonia, Arizona

Today, a hike to Cape Final is in the plan. Oh yea, and packing for the River Trip!


Nina F said...

Definitely recognize the scenery of a route I've driven many times. Views toward GSENM while dropping off the plateau are superb.

Kalyan said...

Simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

Pat said...

What a lovely drive you have to go to town! It reminds me of our drive from the Sierra foothills down to Sacramento.

Diane said...

Love the photos but Mikes present is gorgeous. Best of luck on the river. Diane

Teri said...

Have fun on the river trip. said...

I find that picture of all the dead trees to be the most beautiful!

trav4adventures said...

Ahh, yes, I remember Fredonia! And, the lightning strike fire zone, too! We're heading to Arizona on Friday...up to the Mogollon Rim!

RoeH said...

Wow - how I love that drive through Kaibab and coming out onto the overlook. It's totally stunning especially if you're not expecting it.

Camels & Chocolate said...

The seventh photo of the tree skeletons is my favorite in this set! Though I am officially a sucker for all rearview mirror jumping, they never get old!

Elaine said...

What a beautiful drive! I too like that shot of the tree skeletons.

Pat said...

A beautiful drive that I envy. Such variety and an ever-changing landscape. Oh, and your necklace is beautiful! Like your bracelet, too.

A human kind of human said...

Beautiful pictures as usual and I am green with envy over the river trip.

AJ said...

Lotto, guns, ammo, beer... Life in the fast lane!!
Keep on showing us where you go! ;-)

elena nuez said...

such a beautiful trip!!!
best wishes and blessings from Spain,

Dawn Fine said...

Gorgeous! cant wait to see pics from your River trip~ Your necklace and other jewelry are very nice! Looks lovely on you..Me thinks you were or are part Native American.

Small City Scenes said...

I hope you are having as much fun as I am. Nice necklace too. MB

Janie said...

The necklace is lovely, Gaelyn, and so are you. No doubt Mike thinks so.
Great photo series of the change in terrain through the altitude changes. I love driving from desert to mountains in Utah and seeing all the diversity.

Firefly the Travel Guy said...

The scenery is fantastic, specially that view down the road towards the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Kathie Brown said...

Your photos and story make me miss the west so much! I do not know when I will return but I am feeling the strong pull of the Rockies right now!

Jo said...

Hi Gaelyn, somehow I've missed your posts in recent weeks and began to worry. I scrolled onto your site and thank goodness, there you were still fine and still sharing your beautiful part of the world. What a lovely trip the Wild West Town of my imagination! I LOVE that you wear bracelets and necklaces; reminds me of me, LOL. Wonderful photos of you and the landscape. Good on Mike. Hugs. Jo

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