2007 Summer Adventure

Dangling my feet at the Grand Canyon...next stop is 1500 feet below.
                       Dangling my feet at the Grand Canyon with a 1500 foot drop...straight down.
 
Hi, and thanks for visiting my 2007 adventure out West.  If you've never been...
 
During the summer of 2007 I took my dad on a road trip to the desert Southwest and visited places that included Petrified Forest National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, Arches National Park, Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, and others.  While I have visited/camped at these places many times, it was the first time my dad had experienced them.  It was a great trip I recommend to everyone.  The only drawback was the temps.  It was 139º at the bottom of the Grand Canyon...I saw the thermometer!  Whew.
 
Here are a few other pics from the trip.  Enjoy!
 
                                    Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
 
 
 
                    An active stalagmite in Carlsbad Cavens National Park, NM
 
 
 
 Glen Canyon Dam: 710 feet tall with enough concrete to pave a 2500 mile 2 lane road.
 
 
 
 
                                   Looking West in Northern New Mexico
 
 
 
 
                                   White Sands National Monument, NM
 
 
 
 A "light dagger" that bisects the light brown colored ring only on the Summer Solstice.
 
 
 
                       Pieces of petrified wood in Petrified Forest National Park
 
 
 
                                                  The Grand Canyon
 
 
 
                                                         Yep
 
 
 
                              A petrified sand dune in Zion National Park
 
 
 
                                  Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah
 
 
 
                         Bryce Canyon National Park, elevation ~ 8500 feet
 
 
 
           Arches National Park, where the ending of Thelma and Louise was filmed
 
 
 
   Shiprock, NM, a "volcanic neck,"  the cooled and hardened inside of an old volcano
 
 
 
              PARI, a radio telescope facility in Western North Carolina near Brevard