Travel Journal, Day 2 (Part I): From New Mexico To Page, Arizona

June 17, 2018

After a good night rest, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I had a nice breakfast at the Motel on Father’s Day. The sky didn’t look promising, outside. I was worried, it would rain when we arrive at the Four Corners. We still had a few sprinkles. But when we arrived at the corner of all four states, it was surprisingly nice. The sun came out and the ground dried up for Sara putting her hands and feet in each state. Since we arrived early, it wasn’t so busy at the Four Corner Monument. A bus full of British tourists, and a few couples and families were there. I guess, the early hours are the best to go and see it. If you decide to go there, be prepared for a steep entry price. We paid $30 for the vehicle to enter. Since we were four, it was $7.50 per person. And we stayed maybe for about 30 minutes. Looking at it that way, it’s still a decent price.

Kevin and I decided to take Highway 160 and Highway 98 to get to Page, Arizona. This seemed to be the most efficient way to get to Zion National Park. While Kevin looked at the route, I looked at the map and said: “I have an idea. Since the Horseshoe Bend is only a couple of miles outside from Page, I really would like to see it this time.” In 2008, we were rafting in the Horseshoe Bend. And when we came back to Page, it was getting too dark to walk all the way down the trail and see it from above. Now ten years later, I really wanted to see it. When we arrived there, it was a long way to get to the bend. There were long stretches walking through red sand and down hill. But the hardest part was hiking back up. It was in the afternoon, and the sun was beating down. But I was determined. And therefore, I’ve finally got to see it and can scratch it off my bucket list.

Before we entered Utah, we made a stop at the local Walmart to refill on food and water. At the Glen Canyon Dam, I asked Kevin to let me out so I could see the dam better. Kevin drove across the bridge, while I crossed it by foot. Katelynn came halfway on the bridge, because she wanted to see the dam. I asked her, if she can remember the Glen Canyon Dam from riding on the raft boat in the canyon. She said, she has only a vague memory of it, because she was only four. “… But I remember, you showing me pictures of it, Mom!” Across the bridge, we went into the Carl Hayden Visitor Center. Katelynn was hoping to see more dinosaurs. But she was happy with the foot prints outside the entrance of the center. Once cooled off and refreshed, we all were ready to get to Utah.

… to be continued …

Packing For Our Vacation In Utah

Our Utah vacation was almost jeopardized by my minor medical setback. But I’m feeling good, now. And I’m ready to go. I wish I had a few extra days to get a couple more things ready for the trip. Kevin and I just have to make a trip to the store and grab a couple more shorts and I need to find a smaller, lighter tripod than the one I have here. When we hike and come across a neat waterfall, I would like to capture it in long exposure. The only way to get a decent shot, I need a tripod for these photos. The lighter the backpack, the easier the hike. πŸ˜‰ I will take a short break from blogging. And when I come back, I will have a whole new story to tell, and hopefully some cool pictures to show y’all.

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Time to pack for our trip to Utah. Katelynn’s plush snake makes me giggle. πŸ˜€ Hopefully, we don’t come too close to a venomous snake. After all, it’s the desert.

Constellation Orion In The January Night Sky

The night is cool and clear. And it will take until the early morning hours, before the waning crescent Moon will rise. Our Star Spangled Banner is waving in the breeze. It is a perfect opportunity to photograph the star constellation Orion in the January night sky.

For a better view feel free to visit my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/38967074804/in/album-72157686994312444Β  https://www.flickr.com/photos/132943299@N07/38967075774/in/album-72157686994312444

Travel Journal, Day 4 (Part II): Disneyland ~ From Power Outage Until Leaving The Park

December 27, 2017

First of all I like to say, I experienced first hand how the media is full of themselves. Worldwide it was reported, that Disneyland had a mega power outage and the guests had to leave the park. BULLSHIT! (Yes, I said it “B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T!” And I’m too old that I have to explain, why I curse sometimes. So, if someone feels offended in any way: Don’t let the door hit ya, where the dear Lord split ya! πŸ˜‰ ) The outage lasted maybe 15 minutes maximum, and the people who left the park, where just too exhausted with that many people vistiting the park that day. Now this is said, I move on with my regular vacation blog.

While Fantasyland experienced a power outage, Kevin and I decided to go with Katelynn and Sara to Tomorrowland. Oh boy, that was a mistake! That part of the park was even more gridlocked than Critter Country and the New Orleans Square. I said to Kevin: “Do you know, what? Since it is so crowded, let’s take the train and go back over to Mickey’s Toontown. Maybe we run into some characters. The girls would enjoy that. Waiting in line for a ride seems so much less stressful, than trying to get from one place to another.” Kevin agreed, while we walked over to wait for the Disneyland Railroad.

Several trains came and left the station, before it was our turn. We got the train car booth all the way at the end, which was very nice. Arriving at the station by Mickey’s Toontown, we had some ice cream under the railroad bridge. Kevin mentioned, it was short before 3:30 pm. If we wanted to see the parade, we needed to hurry. But the girls and I enjoyed sitting with our ice cream on the bench next to Mickey’s Toontown. After the refreshing break, we ran into Pluto and went on the Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin ride. While Kevin and Katelynn rode the Gadget’s Go Coaster, Sara and I walked around and looked at some characters’ houses and boats.

It was dark, when Kevin and Katelynn came back from their ride in the coaster. When we left Mickey’s Toontown, we passed “It’s A Small World”. Wow! It was breath taking seeing the display lit up in all these wonderful Christmas lights. We didn’t care, that the line was long. When it was our turn to sit in the boat, we spent about two and a half hours in line. But it would be all worth it. The ride was fun and made up for a lot of stuff in the park.

Our plan was seeing the fireworks. But when Katelynn and I sat on the ground, while Kevin and Sara got some hotdogs for dinner, we both felt the exhaustion. Katelynn just wanted to go to bed. She was very tired. And once I sat down, I had a hard time to move a muscle. Kevin and I decided to skip the fireworks, and go back to the hotel. It was a very good decision. We avoided the big crowd trying to get out of the park after the firework display. Spending about twelve hours in a park, was long enough.

When we came back to the hotel, we all were so tired, we fell asleep within a few minutes.

… to be continued …

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NOTE: My two blogs about Disneyland might come across negative. But it is not against the park or its staff. I love Disney. And I love their parks as well. But we’ve noticed, that the visitors are a little more “aggressive”, than what we usually experience in Walt Disney World. Some of them trying to get to their rides fast, without acknowledging their surroundings; or they are lost and don’t know, what to do next, stop in the middle of the bottle neck, which makes the walk not flowing smoothly. This can get very frustrating for other visitors, who would like enjoy their day in Disneyland. It’s food for thought. πŸ˜‰