The planned route from Lubbock, Texas to Palo Alto, California. About 1,600 miles, including a detour in the middle to see Grand Canyon
The epic begins. Monday, June 15th 2009 in front of Brenda's house in Lubbock, Texas.
Day 1: Lubbock to Flagstaff. 640 miles. A long day
Entering Muleshoe, Texas. If there's no population figure on the sign, does that mean no one lives there?
Still working on a witty caption for this photo
Rustic scene while stopping for lunch along I-40 in New Mexico
Yes, we took this photo because it has the word "Albuquerque" in it
Mikell driving. We won't mention the very scary incident with a semi truck shortly after this photo was taken
How did they know we were going to see Grand Canyon?
From the lyrics of "Take It Easy," from the Eagles' first album in 1972:
"Well, Im a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona
And such a fine sight to see
Its a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin' down to take a look at me"
So there's actually a corner in Winslow, Arizona where all of this is memorialized, and of course we had to see it. There's the girl in a flatbed Ford reflected in the window...
...there's the corner...
...and there's the actual flatbed Ford. There's no girl in it, though
How do you CLOSE a 50,000-year-old, 4000-foot-wide meteor crater? We got there at 6:45 and decided it would have to wait for a future road trip
We didn't notice until later how the statue seems intent on doing us harm
At the Mountain Oasis International Restaurant in downtown Flagstaff
Day 2, Tuesday, June 16th: Flagstaff to Grand Canyon Village, on the south rim of the canyon. 110 miles. We decided to take US 89 north instead of the shortcut on US180, because we hoped it would let us see more of the canyon rim as we got closer. Good call
The highway first reached a canyon at a spot called the Little Colorado Scenic Overlook. We were totally impressed, still having no idea how amazing Grand Canyon itself would be
Little Colorado Scenic Overlook, near the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park
First view of Grand Canyon. Pictures don't begin to capture the place
Grand Canyon. We hiked about three miles of the south rim of the canyon and it was spectacular
Hydrating before lunch at Grand Canyon. Mikell was on a quest for "Bud LIght Lime" everywhere we went. The best this place could do was Bud Light with a lime IN it