Because the groundhog’s home is up in the Northeast of the USA and Canada, it’s harder to get a photo of the rodent in Texas. But Punxsutawney Phil’s little cousins, the Prairie Dogs, live here in the Southwest. And they are happy to hear, that Cousin Phil’s prediction is for an early Spring, because he hasn’t seen his shadow, in Pennsylvania this morning.
The years flew by in a heart beat. It’s been 15 years, I left Germany with my husband and my middle child. Katelynn was almost four months old, when we moved to the United States. Wow, I felt very little homesick in all these years. I won’t forget, that my roots and my crib was in Germany. But America is home for me, now.
Here is the story of the day, when Katelynn and I immigrated into the USA: https://underthepecantreephotography.com/2017/01/31/my-immigration-anniversary/
Another year has past. Today, I celebrate my 2-year Anniversary becoming a citizen of the United States of America. Last November, I had my first chance to vote. And it was quite an experience. Since I’ve never looked back, after I immigrated, I’m very proud of my decision.
Usually, I don’t go into politics on this blog site. But I would like to remind and encourage everyone, who can vote in the United States and hasn’t voted yet, to go to the polls today. I don’t care, who you vote, but vote please! I did my first voting, today. And I’m very proud of it. It feels good to practice my right and responsibility as an American citizen.
Polls are open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm!
June 20, 2018
Our five-day vacation came officially to an end. After breakfast in the Motel, we left Cortez to drive home. We made our way from Durango in Colorado back to New Mexico. In Santa Fe we took a break and had lunch. Once we crossed the New Mexico/Texas Border, I was happy to be on Texas grounds again. It took us until 11 P.M. to get to our house. We had a fun trip. But it’s nice to be home in Texas, again. As always, it was lots of driving, my buttox hurt and my feet started to swell. But I can’t wait for our next adventure.
~ The End ~
June 19, 2018
If Arches National Park is the famous park of Utah could be argued. But back in the day living in Germany, when someone mentioned Utah, the first picture coming into my head was the Delicate Arch. Therefore, the park was the one that stuck in my head. I didn’t know that Utah had many more National Parks, State Parks, Monuments, etc., until I moved to the United States. Since years, seeing the Delicate Arch was on my bucket list. On this trip, I’ve finally got to see it. We looked at it from the Lower Viewpoint, and we hiked all the way up the hill to the Upper Viewpoint. I scratched the Delicate Arch very lightly out on my list. Because I still want to hike all the way up to it and touch it.
But the Arches National Park has more to offer than just the Delicate Arch itself. There are many view points of interesting stone formation. Sometimes I think, these places are Mother Natures playgrounds. If she doesn’t want to play in this “sandbox”, she’ll play in another.
We didn’t make all the way back to the “Devils Garden”. There were just too many places to see along the road. And I’m not gonna post all the photos I’ve captured. Here are the 36 best photos I’ve shot in Arches National Park:
When we left Arches National Park, we drove to Cortez in Colorado, to rest for the night there.
… to be continued …
June 18, 2018
Zion National Park is only a stone’s throw away from the Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort. Coming down from Twin Knoll Road and making a right turn on Highway 9, we could see the East Entrance of the park already. Once we entered Zion National Park, we all were in awe. I said to Kevin: “Bryce Canyon N.P. and Arches N.P. might be the famous Utah parks. But Zion N.P. is a hidden gem.” I wish, we would have taken the shuttle bus, since it is free of charge. But we didn’t know that. And of course, we didn’t go to the Visitor Center to ask, if there was a fee to ride on the bus. Now, it’s one of many excuses to come back again. 😉
… to be continued …