Friday, April 17, 2015

Alex Helping To Plan Our 5 Western State Adventure



Song:  The Air That I Breathe

Group:  The Hollies





Soon after Alex finishes all of his finals at his online high school and at UNR...
we will be going on a 5 state - 6 night / 7 day...over 2,500 mile (over 4,000 kilometers)...
western grand tour of:


Nevada (Eastern to Southern - starting trip / Northern route - going back home)

Arizona

New Mexico

Colorado (just briefly cutting through the southwest corner)

Utah



We will be stopping at many places along our route.

I will include some Google photos of the attractions we will be seeing
under the appropriate day's route.

After we come back from our adventure...
I, of course, will include the photos we had actually taken during the trip.

As Alex has never been to these natural attractions before...
I look forward to giving him a grand tour of so many of the places 
I had seen in my youth.



Alex had printed out maps of each state.

We will alternate the highlight colors for each day's routes...one for each day.



Day 1 will be just to get to Las Vegas for our first night's stay.

During every meal stop...
we will look forward to a new restaurant in which to indulge 
(an adventure in an adventure!)

Although we could take a shorter route...
we have never taken the Eastern route across the middle of Nevada...
so...that is what we shall do.


On Day 2 of the trip, we will stop in at the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
As they have 3 main separate vantage point photo areas including the glass skywalk...
we will probably be spending a good 4-5 hours there.

As our trip is only in the initial planning stages...
and is a few weeks off...
all of the following photos are from Google Images to give you an idea 
of the attractions we will be stopping at during our vacation.



The Skywalk has a glass see through floor and hangs over the West Grand Canyon floor...
over 4,000 ft.

After we finish our views here...
we will make our way to Flagstaff, Arizona to stay the night.



On Day 3...
en route to Las Cruces, NM for the night...
we will stop at Barringer Crater and Petrified Forest National Park.








On Day 4...
from Las Cruces, NM...
we will drive to White Sands National Monument to see the pure white sands...
and we will then tour Carlsbad Caverns before going back to Carlsbad, NM for the night.


I remember how surreal it felt at White Sands when I had visited it last.


It had felt even more surreal inside of Carlsbad Caverns.
Alex is going to love this attraction the most...
I am quite sure.



Near sunset...
hundreds of thousands of bats emerge for their nightly feasts.

They begin their ascending spiral of flight and trail off in a direction of their choosing.

Alex will also love this.


On Day 5...
it will be mostly a day of putting miles on the road.

We will reach Farmington sometime after dark...I am quite sure.

We will sleep in on this morning so I may be well rested for the drive.

It will be a long day of driving...
but it will get us closer to the next day's sights.


We will be going through Roswell, NM...
the place where a UFO had supposedly crashed...
and from where the supposed Space Aliens had been transported
to Area 51 in Nevada for a secret govt. study of them  :)

What the heck...
if enough people believe in this...
and go to Roswell...
it is good for their local economy  :)

And no...
we will NOT be contributing to their economy  :)




On Day 6...
we will stop at Arches National Park for a few hours...
and then continue on to Provo, UT for the night.


Arches National Park





On Day 7...
we will stop at Great Salt Lake...
and Bonneville Salt Flats...
and make it back home in Reno, NV...
hopefully...before dark.




We are planning on going in approximately three weeks...
but it may be a month or so.

We just now finished the planning of our basic route.

Of course...
things may change once we are on the road.

However, I cannot see us changing the route much.

Tomorrow...
Alex and I will be going on a new mountain bike route.

We had driven it last Saturday after our bike ride.

I am always searching for new routes so we may often get different experiences...
and new scenery.

I will have pictures of the new route tomorrow.


This Sunday...
Alex will be competing in the ARML local at UNR for a spot on the team
going to the Nationals in Las Vegas.

Should he make the team...
we will be going at the end of May.











2 comments:

  1. You are going to go to some amazing places! You're packing a lot into 7 days... hopefully you won't feel too rushed at any of the places. I look forward to reading all about it.

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  2. We will also be driving through many State parks. I had to leave some other locations off our itinerary. We are flexible. We could extend our days out if necessary.

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