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Monday, March 31, 2008

Traveling

It was our first trip on Amtrak, I told the man behind the counter. Was there anything in particular we ought to know?

Well, he said, the Nile is 4184 miles long.

And so began our irreverent sojourn by rail through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico, ending up in Flagstaff, Arizona, where we left the train to go onward to Phoenix, then turned around nine days later to do the whole thing in reverse.

Commentary will follow in a day or two. For now: a bit of scenery to ease me back into posting.

Missouri:Kansas:
Colorado, with the Rockies in the background and red dirt throughout:


The Grand Canyon:
Dragonstar and Mom at the Mormon Temple Gardens in Phoenix. Brigham Young vowed to bring flowers to the desert. Here they are.


Below is one of the stone chimneys at Mystery Castle in Phoenix. The builder came to the desert to heal his tuberculosis and built a curious stone home. His daughter now lives there, and offers tours several times a week. Downtown Phoenix is nicely framed when you look through the small arch , center left.


Painted critters on stone surround one of the Mystery Castle's 13 fireplaces. Below that, a stone armadillo comes for lunch.

For those who are wondering, our vacation is the only "vacating" we will be doing this spring. Instead of moving out of our rental house, we made the owner a purchase offer. It was accepted. We close this week. That sound you hear is my family's collective sigh of relief.

Happy Spring.

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