I hope you enjoyed part one of my tour of the west last month. I’m back with more sights and fabulous pictures to share from the trip West that my husband and I took in June. The three pictures below were taken at
There’s also a mile-long tunnel (middle picture) you go through that is lit only by a few windows. Very narrow and very dark. Once you exit the tunnel, heading west, you zig-zag thousands of feet down the side of a huge mountain. Part of the park can only be reached via shuttle, so we did that the next day. The sights were very pretty but not as spectacular as the canyon drive. The highlight of the shuttle tour is the end of the ride where you can take a mile walk to the
We traveled a scenic route through the
Our next stop was the North Rim of the
As we left the park, we drove through the beautiful
The next day we went to Sunset Crater, which was an inactive volcano. The hillsides for miles & miles were covered with pea- to marble-size black lava, which made everything look as if it had been coated in hot tar and smoothed out. There were also large fields of giant lava boulders as big as cows. The volcano’s destruction was overwhelming and still impacted a large area, even though it occurred thousands of years ago.
Thursday, we stayed the night in
Our next stop was the
We drove through Sunset Crater Volcano National Park and saw more of the Painted Desert—and you can understand why it’s called that once you see the oranges, tans, browns, and greens of the landscape.
One of the coolest things I saw on this trip were the petroglyphs—ancient drawings on the sides of steep boulders. Usually, they had a black background with drawings etched in the black, revealing the orange stone underneath. The picture above is of a stork-like bird with a frog in its mouth. Wish I knew what they all said!
The petroglyphs were one of most interesting things we saw on our trip. Just imagine a whole race of people living in such a barren land without modern conveniences of any kind.
I’ll end this entry here, and hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing just a small part of our great West. Tune in next month for my final segment on touring
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