Sunday, October 7, 2007

Family Road Trip

We just returned from our 1,918.0 mile road trip. We traveled through the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

Our first stop was Lake Powell. Grandpa fished Lake Powell twice each year for 23 years. He wanted to see it again before he became completely blind. He also wanted Amber, Jason and I to experience it too since we haven't seen it yet. We took a 7 1/2 hour boat ride all the way to Rainbow Bridge and back. The water was about 100 feet below the full capacity mark. The scenry was breathtaking with all the beautiful rock formations. We also toured the the large dam that seperates Lake Powell from the Colorado River.

On our way to Colorado, we stoped off at Monument Valley, Mesa Verde and Four Corners. Monument Valley has many interesting and unique rock formations. Mesa Verde is a collection of many cliff dwelings where ancient people lived. Four Corners is where 4 states (Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado) meet together. This is the ONLY place in the US where 4 states meet together in one spot.

Then it was off to Durango, Colorado. This is where we went to catch a steam engine train to Silverton, Colorado. We spent 3 1/2 hours on the train going through the most spectacular sceanery in the country. Then we were able to spend 2 hours exploring the historic town of Silverton. It was beautiful. Then we spent another 3 1/2 hours on the train going back to Durango. It was BEAUTIFUL!!!! The tain followed the Animas River, a BEAUTIFUL river that was mostly an emerald green color. On our way out of Durango, we stopped and got our pictures taken at an old west picture studio. It was SOOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!!!! Amber and I dressed up as old west gun slingers. Grandpa was dressed as a getleman. Can you guess what Jason was dressed as???? He (of course) was dressed as a train conductor (Amber and I robbed his train).

Our last stop before arriving home was a trip to the Grand Canyon. Amber and I haven't been to the Grand Canyon since we were about 10. It was SOOO AMAZING how the Colorado River made such a HUGE canyon like that.

That night we stayed in Williams, Arizona. We wanted to see the town where my mom and her husband are gong to move to in about 3 years. It was a nice little town.

Then it was time to come home again (Amber and I couldn't talk Grandpa and Jason into staying gone longer) Oh well. We need to get home to grandma, and our birds and cats.

So untill next time... Enjoy some of the pictures we took.