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 Classic Route 66………….  Rt. 66 is in a time-warp!

U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and also known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. US 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year.[4] The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).[5] It was recognized in popular culture by both the hit song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” and the Route 66 television show in the 1960s.

 

These old trucks and cars are all over the parts of Route 66 that we drove on.

Check out those gas prices!

If you want reminders of “the olden days”… you must travel on Route 66!

 

Amarillo Texas

 

 

 

The Cadillac Ranch: a classic landmark beside Route 66 in Amarillo, TX; consisting of ten Cadillac cars which are half buried nose-down in the ground in a single file. This public art is the work of the Ant Farm and was created in 1974.

10 cars are buried in a single file.
East to West, they are aligned with an east to west orientation.
Cadillacs, all cars are Cadillac models, from a 1948 to a 1963 (some say 1964) model.
Relocated, the cars were relocated 2 miles west of their original position in 1997.

 

We left Cadillac Ranch only to pass another sort of Ranch!

Hay!

Then we came upon the leaning water tower.  (not by mistake Cathy looked for it!)

…and then, and then… (along came Jones..)  we were on the road again!…………..

Our next stop was:  Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks NM .  Here’s a little information on them…

 

The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a remarkable outdoor laboratory, offering an opportunity to observe, study, and experience the geologic processes that shape natural landscapes.  The National Monument, on the Pajarito Plateau in north-central New Mexico, includes a national recreation trail and ranges from 5,570 feet to 6,760 feet above sea level.  It is for foot travel only, and contains two segments that provide opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, geologic observation, and plant identification.

The cone-shaped tent rock formations are the products of volcanic eruptions that occurred 6 to 7 million years ago and left pumice, ash, and tuff deposits over 1,000 feet thick.  Tremendous explosions from the Jemez volcanic field spewed pyroclasts (rock fragments), while searing hot gases blasted down slopes in an incandescent avalanche called a “pyroclastic flow.”

Precariously perched on many of the tapering hoodoos are boulder caps that protect the softer pumice and tuff below.  Some tents have lost their hard, resistant caprocks, and are disintegrating.  While fairly uniform in shape, the tent rock formations vary in height from a few feet up to 90 feet.

 

It is amazing to see rock formations looking like Indian Tents!

 

 

 

Leaving the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks and on our way to Old Town.

I don’t think I’d want this long horned steer chasing me!

 

Old Town Albuquerque NM .. A place to easily spend money! lol.

(Recognize anyone?!)

These two played for tips and were selling their CD, Pahaukume, Chasing Dreams.. which I bought.

After a day at Tent Rocks and shopping in Old Town Cathy drove to Moriarty, New Mexico where we spent the night, where we spent the night .

Monument Valley

 The Monument Valley is partly in Arizona and partly in Utah.  Utah.. yet another state I had never seen.  This trip took us through 13 states in 12 days.If anyone had told me that this was something I would do one day, I’d have thought them crazy!  But there was so much to see, it was way more than I ever expected….

So now, with more photos… I take you along the roads we drove to get to Monument Valley….

 

 

Some beautiful sights before we even got there!

I call this the rainbow mountain.  I have to idea what it is really called but it looks like a brown toned rainbow to me!

 

 

A little flora while we walked back to see “the crack in the ground”.

The signs really make you want to take hikes eh?!

 

All of this was a “small” crack in the earth, nothing close to “mama” Grand Canyon!

And so…. the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park begins!

This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet. framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding.

The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size.  The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley.  All of this harmoniously combines to make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience.  Enjoy this beautiful land.

Navajo Name: Tse’Bii’Ndzisgaii
Elevation: 5,564′ above sea level
Size: 91,696 acres
(extends into Arizona & Utah)

 

 

 

Back on the Ground

Back on the ground, after our flight, we drove to a few different view points at the Canyon and.. big surprise.. took pictures!

 

 

Can you see what Cathy is pointing at??

We needed more photo’s…

I don’t know the name of this plant but I kept calling it a “wannabe” because it looks like a mini plant that “wants to be a Saguaro”

How lucky can we get? a second day ending at the Canyon!

 Desert View Watchtower is a 70-foot (21 m)-high stone building located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon within Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, United States. The four-story structure, completed in 1932, was designed by American architect Mary Colter, an employee of the Fred Harvey Company who also created and designed many other buildings in the Grand Canyon vicinity including Hermit\’s Rest and the Lookout Studio.

 

 

 

Next we are off to Monument Valley!

There’s not a lot I can say about viewing the Canyon from the air except.. you do get a better perception of the size of it!  But even with this your mind knows that there is so much more…………..

 

 Located in northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is known throughout the world for its size and colorful landscape. Measuring over 270 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, the canyon’s walls contain rock layers that reveal a timeline of Earth’s history. It has been a locale for human use and occupation for millennia, with ruins and artifacts from inhabitants dating back nearly 12,000 years, In the early 1800s, trappers and expeditions sent by the U.S. government began to explore and map the canyon. It was first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later a National Monument, achieving National Park status in 1919.

 

 

 

…flying high, into the wild blue yonder….

 

 

 

 

The flight was only 45 minutes, and you can bet on the fact that this is only a “few” of the photo’s I took while in the air!  If you ever go to the Grand Canyon make sure that you take a airplane or helicopter flight… the experience is worth it!

Outside out hotel and to each side of it were plenty of things to see and photograph… so of course, I did!

The first 2 photo’s were right outside of the front door to our hotel..  This Indian and horse are all made of metal.

and close by is this beautiful Arizona plant arrangement. 

Off to the right I spotted these old cars…

Inside the store… well.. if I were rich………… never mind!

(gawd, I love leather saddles!)

The headdresses were gorgeous!

 

But just a short walk more was a shop that sold Gem Stones.

.. but outside blew my mind!   All sorts of horses and western scenes.. made of metal! I can’t even imagine how long it took the artist to make them all!

 

Ouch! Ouch! Baby T.Rex is hungry!

Ooooo, my “Dead Fred” has company! Wish I could have afforded one!

Awww, I found a bunny under the wagon wheel!

He came out to see me!

So… the next blog post will be views of the Grand Canyon from the air!!!

After our travels around Sedona we continued out drive.  We had lunch in Flagstaff …. and from that time on, Mt. Humphrey was in and out of our sight as we drove until we got to our hotel , and even when we got to our room and opened the drapes.. there it was once again! The Grand Canyon Inn in Valle AZ. gave us our Mt Humphrey view.

 

We decided there was still a few hours of daylight so we took off for the Canyon to take pictures and see the sun set at the Canyon.  Here are some of the sights we beheld as we waited for the sun to set…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We took some pictures of each other.. just to remember we were really  here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathy gets “edgy”…

…ack! don’t jump Cathy!  I can’t drive your car!

 

 

 

 

 

Even after climbing down and back up part of the Canyon we all need some rest!

No matter how much I see it’s surreal .

 

My favorite tree at the South Ridge…

 

Finally…. the sun was setting.  Photo’s would have been better if we had clouds… but we had a super clear sky!

 

Sunset at the Grand Canyon.  …..  incredible.