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Thursday, November 02, 2006

We're Back!

We had a wonderful, if short, trip and saw a lot of new places that had always been on our to-do list. I will list them to save reading time. Lol. I have been trying to catch up on blog reading and know how long it can take!
1. Yellowstone park and Old Faithful. I especially liked the bubbling mud holes that you never read about but are just as amazing as Old Faithful. It was freezing cold though and if the mud hadn't been actually boiling I would have been tempted to dip my hands in.
2. Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This was a town full of boutiques and galleries but we were only able to window shop as it was a Sunday evening when we got there. Still, it was very interesting with lots of amazing wildlife art.
3. Utah Salt Flats. So very different from here and a restful nice straight flat road after the mountains of Yellowstone.
3. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. There is an art gallery every three steps which is wonderful if you are into art.
4. Las Vegas. Not my scene at all but something you have to see to believe.
5. Hoover Dam. Amazing but I prefer natural wonders.
6. Grand Canyon. You can see hundreds of pictures and movies but nothing compares to the real thing. I would love to hike to the bottom but I think I better start working out right now and maybe plan to do that in about 3 years. It is deep and steep.
7. Santa Fe and Taos. I really want to go back and spend more time in that area. We were already heading home and had spent too much time in other places so had to shorten our stay there. Next time we would go right there and spend at least a week.
8. Denver. Unfortunately we had to more or less pass through without stopping but would also like to spend more time there. We did have the best Yakisoba outside Japan there so the food stop was well worth it.

Were we sorry to get home to the snow after sunny Calfornia? Not really. Snowy weather is the best for quilting! And it is so clean and fresh and bright outside. So, I will get of the computer and take poor neglected Simba for a walk.
Actually, I think hunting season just started so maybe it's not safe to go for a walk with a deer-colored dog. Our land is posted with no hunting signs but that doesn't mean there are no hunters around who could be shooting in any dirction. Oh well, I guess to the studio instead but how to explain to Simba that there will be no walk until Sunday when hunting is not allowed????


Lois R. said...

I missed you while you were gone. Kept checking back, hoping you were there... I'm so glad to hear you had a good trip.

Sounds like you need to buy a blaze orange hunting vest for yourself and for Simba. (you know they make the blaze orange vests for hunting dogs, right?)

KCQuilter said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you had a fabulous trip! You hit some of my favorite haunts--Yellowstone and Grand Canyon.

meggie said...

Welcome back!
Missed you.
Glad you had a wonderful time.
Sounds like it was a great trip- places I will probably never see.

Libby said...

Glad you're back -- sounds like a terrific trip. I, too, am amazed by the Grand Canyon each time I see it. I hope to one day travel to some of the other places you went, particularly Yellowstone.

Hedgehog said...

Sounds like an incredible trip. Those are all places I've never been, but would love to visit. Snow is definitely the best weather for quilting. Plenty of it here already!

Tonya R said...

Welcome back. Sounds like a marvelous vacation. Would love to go to Yellowstone again - haven't been since I was a kid. I really remember the rotten egg smell of those hot pools.

Carol said...

What a great trip you had! You saw some things I have never been to, such as Grand Canyon. It's definitely high on my list. Welcome back to quilting.

Darcie said...

So glad you're back safely, Joyce. And also that you had many wonderful stops along the way to enjoy. It was a joy to read about your high points! Sounds like a glorious trek from here (up north!) to sunny CA!

Always good to be home, though, isn't it! Have a terrific weekend!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. You were in my neck of the woods when you visited the Grand Canyon - well I'm further south but still. LOL It sounds like you had a wonderful trip.

Finn said...

Hi Joyce, sounds like a really fabulous trip!! I've spent time in both Santa Fe and Taos, and they are wonderful in the own sense. All the Yuppies of the Earth have changed them somewhat, but if you just step aside from the tourism "thing"...its the most marvelous place. I'd go back to Santa Fe in a heart beat..*VBS* Glad your home, sorry about the snow. Hugs, Finn

YankeeQuilter said...

What a fun trip...I love the southwest (it is in the top 3 of places we may retire to...)


Cynthia said...

welcome back Joyce. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Pam said...

Isn't Arizona an amazing place. We just went on a road trip to California and Arizon last May. We stayed two nights in Carmel and saw Hearst Castle - which is worth the trip. But the big hit of the trip was the Grand Canyon. What an amazing place. Sounds like you had a great trip.