Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Roads Traveled

You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. 

William Hazlitt

I traveled farther this month than I ever have before.  I have wanted to travel far and wide since I was a child but have not been able to for many reasons.  Having four children that needed things like food, clothes, college, and so on put a real long delay in my travel plans for some reason.  LOL  Now that I am a little further down this road of life I find that I am now longer interested in going to some of the places that I once wanted to go and see.  I no longer want to see what it would be like to go skydiving either.  I can't say that going to Las Vegas was very high on my list of places to visit but seeing the Grand Canyon was.  I only got to see it from the airplane, so perhaps another trip to the west is in the future, but I did see a part of it.  

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam was something that my husband wanted to see and we saw that as well as the beautiful new bridge that now crosses the canyon in front of it.

Bridge at Hoover Dam

Bryce Canyon was a place that I had heard about and seen pictures of and we saw that as well.  I'm sure it would be wonderful to hike some of the trails there and see more of it but there are limits to what can be done in a short amount of time.  

Bryce Canyon after Sunset

We also drove the high and somewhat nerve wracking road to Boulder, Utah to the Anasazi museum there.  The canyons and cliffs there are awesome. 

Long Narrow Highway

No Guard Rails

Very Long Drop Down the Sides

 The biggest surprise was taking Route 9 back to Vegas.  it goes through the southern end of Zion National Park and the mountains there left me speechless.  I am sure there are plenty of you who have been to these places but the landscape is so different from Georgia that I was just blown away.  I have been through the Great Smokey Mountains a number of times.  The differences between the landscape of mountains is amazing.  I must say that I prefer the mountains that have trees.  I saw some like that in Utah too.  It was a little too late to see the aspen trees in their golden glory but we did manage to find a few that still had their leaves.

Pretty Leaves

Young Aspens with Graffiti

I took over 1100 pictures.  I really love my new camera.  We drove the Scenic Byways and I took many pictures from the moving car like some of the ones above.  They turned out great without any blurring in the foreground in many of them.  I'll have to share a few more soon.  There are a lot to look through.  It has a great nighttime setting that made the Vegas lights look awesome too.

I took another trip this weekend that I'll have to tell about later.  I hope to get back to quilting this week too so maybe you want get too bored with my vacation pictures.


  1. Isn't Utah beautiful?! I love living here, the mountains are so pretty and colorful especially at this time of year. Come back soon for a visit.

  2. What beautiful pictures! I'm waiting until my kids are older before I travel too! I would love to see the Grand Canyon someday. Utah seems just as inviting!


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