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Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

I wanted to try one of the new photo gallery options at Word Press. I like it!

These things make me smile.

I’ll be back with regular posting starting next week, friends.


October 5, 2012 · 9:36 PM

Arches National Park – WARNING – Vacation Photos

It has been a while since I’ve shared photos of my trip out west with my husband (and best driver in the world).  I was on a 6-month hiatus from driving, plus I had a leg injury.  Most of the travel time was spent icing my injured (and very bruised and swollen) leg.  Hubby drove all 5,000 miles and didn’t once leave me at a tourist spot (although I am sure he was tempted on many occasions).  But then, who would have told him how to drive?

Enjoy Arches National Park.

Just inside the entrance.  And another gorgeous sky.

Not even to the good stuff yet.

Balanced Rock

Now some Arches carved by wind and rain.

We sat under this arch – there was a beautiful breeze that felt almost like air conditioning.  My poor leg was screaming by this point, but we kept on…

I thought this rock looked like a Sharpei

Near the end of our excursion

And the shifted earth outside the park…


Filed under General Mumblings, Photos - Travel and Other

Bryce Canyon National Park

Dear Friends –

I had to work today.  All day.  With makeup on.  And shoes. I actually styled my hair.   It was horrifying (the job – not my hair).  And wonderful (again, the job – not my hair).

The bad news is, every cell I have hurts and I can’t even think about writing a post.  The good news is I’ve decided to share more of my vacation pictures with you.

You’re welcome.

Cedar Breaks National Monument near Bryce Canyon National Park

Cedar Breaks Natioinal Monument

Bryce Canyon National Park. Incredible beauty.

Beautiful natural sculptures.

Cliff caves - Bryce National Canyon

The weather was,once again, spectacular.

My leg injury kept me from walking to the floor of the canyon, next trip I will definitely make that trek.

The colors were so vibrant - I only wish I had read my camera's owner's manual before we left, I probably would have gotten better shots.

All of these photos are unretouched (only because I don't know how).

Again, trails and paths I would have loved to walk, but because of my mangled legs I could not.

Just be glad I don't post all the pretty blue sky/fluffy could pictures...

The little "statues" are called hoodoos.

More hoodoos.

Such beauty, and shared with my best friend in the world.


Filed under General Mumblings, Photos - Travel and Other, Uncategorized

Close Encounters of the Weird Kind

My beloved driver in front of Devil's Tower National Monument

If you haven’t seen “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, do so immediately after viewing this post.

Another beautiful blue sky as only the West can produce.

I mean, really, it was even BLUER than this! (unretouched photo)

I used my leg injury as an excuse not to climb (as if!! - I cannot even traverse horizontally, as evidenced by the leg injury)

View from the "back"

So cute!

Hundreds, if not thousands, of these little guys in the "community" at the base of Devil's Tower.


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Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial – National Parks Service

Mt. Rushmore National Monument

Mr. Lincoln

George Washington

Thomas Jefferson

Theodore Roosevelt

On the grounds of Mt. Rushmore National Monument

The monument was spectacular, as was the sky, which was incredibly blue and cloudless that day.

Long spikes of rock are used to make pupils appear in the eyes.

Driving away

Not a very fast get away as these guys didn't want to move

Bison herd on and near road exiting Mr. Rushmore vicinity.

The day was perfect for capturing the magnificence of Mt. Rushmore.  I was travelling with a leg injury from a fall, so I was unable to do much walking.  Fortunately, the indoor museum provided seating for the shows. The day was clear and warm – without a cloud in sight.  Another perfect day on the trip of our dreams.


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