A Journey South
|Deeper into Illinois than I had ever ventured, also crossing
the Mississippi, a bit further south than usual, seeing St. Louis, and
the Ozarks, and this was just the first day.
|Leaving the Mid-West
||The Ozarks, Missouri, and a wee bit of Kansas.
||More midwestern than I would have thought, more farmers and bankers
than cowboys. Oklahoma City was very nice.
||A Texas steak, oil wells, and cowboys. No armadillos though.
||Desert, butte, and bluff.
||Formerly the brightest spot on the road, it is looking a bit
worn these days, but a comeback has started.
|The Painted Desert (sidetrip)
||Fantastic place very similar to the Badlands.
|The Arizona landscape
||What you would expect from Arizona (no other state has a magazine
devoted to it's roadside scenery).
|The Meteor Crater (sidetrip)
||Arizona's other big hole in the ground
||A little bit of California, transported into the red rock area
of Arizona. One of conservation's great failures. Strip malls galore.
||Great town nestled up in the cool mountains, rather than the
roasting plains below. You can even ski here in the winter.
|The Grand Canyon
||I won't even attempt a summary. Just look at the pictures. There
are lots of them.
|Zion side trip (comming this summer)
||One of the most spectacular and pleasant places I have seen.
This place is underrated to the extent that I had hardly heard of it before
|Utah and southern Wyoming
||My first visit to the south of Wyoming, and my trip ever to Utah.
Desert, and fantastic rock formations give way to prairies, and grasslands.
||A nice city, and a great tourist stop, even though they kicked
out all of the real cowboys years ago, and have actors put on cowboy shows
for the tourists.
||The highest vertical drop on the continent (in the world as far
as I know). These are very rugged, European looking peaks.
|Yellowstone and Cody, Wy
||What can I say about this place that I have not said before?
Well, plenty probably, but we only had a couple of days this time. Cody
is one of my favorite places out west. We actually treated ourselves to
the Cody rodeo at Stampede Park.
|South Dakota, Trapped in Wall
||Though I have always loved Wall, being trapped there by triple
digit heat, and car troubles for 12 hours took much of the charm out of