Saturday, May 4, 2013

I wanna go home, I wanna go home

We started on a road trip to Topeka, Kansas, Wednesday, the first of May, the occasion being my wife's high school reunion. We arrived in Albaquerque about 4 PM, unpacked for the night, and went to dinner. The next morning at breakfast in the motel, we overheard some travelers talking about all the snow falling in Minnesota and that it was snowing in Topeka. The wife looked at me and said, "I wanna go home. I'm not going to travel in the rain and snow in Kansas!" I agreed and we packed up and headed for Phoenix. We had good laugh over it, saying "It was a long way to travel for a good Mexican dinner."

On the way back we ventured through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest and took some pics:

                                                                Gettin' off the highway

                                                              Our greeting committee
                             This old crow was a friendly cuss, just hanging around waiting for a snack.

                                          The floor of the Painted Desert has hills of solid rock
                                                                     More rock hills

                                                            A distant view from the road


                                                    And on to the Petrified Forest

                                                                      Audience seating

                                                      There was firewood on the hillside
                                                                Petrified logs everywhere

                                       This old tree has the colors of a Jackson Pollock painting

                                                        And this one is almost pure white

The people getting in the car were Californians, the car across the parking lot is ours, the mountain of clay in the background used to belong to the Navajos.

We continued on to the Gift Shop, of course, and bought some rocks to help out the Indians. And then on to Payson and Scottsdale, where we ate dinner at Mimi's and went home.

Congrats to Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner!


  1. Lana and I went through the petrified forest when we were out there. We've got a couple of pics of the same spots, I think. It was really cool.

  2. It's certainly worth seeing!

  3. Howdy Oscar. It was a long way to travel for a good Mexican dinner but worth it, I reckon, for the pictures you took.

    1. It was and the Mexican food was dee-licious.

  4. Made a few trips I wished I had turned around - way to go Oscar! Great photo's, looks like you had a great trip, even with the turn around.

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