Camera Cleanup

Marty - Thursday, 16 September 2010 03:12

I was going through some old camera SD cards and found a few photos that never made it onto the blog. These photos are all from our 2010 Route 66/Grand Canyon trip. Enjoy!

This sign was on the side of a bookstore that overlooked the Grand Canyon. It was literally built right on the rocks of the canyon’s walls. I had a big smile when I saw it. Here, on top of one of God’s most magnificent creations, His Word is posted for all too see. Whoever posted this knew that God is the one who receives glory for this awesome view. I also smiled because of the fact that this sign is resting squarely on a building managed by the National Park system. “Take that!” all those who believe in the separation of church and state. HA! —- One morning Rikki and I hiked to the top of the ridge that overlooked our campground. The view was spectacular. All the Ponderosa Pines were awesome to hike by. And once we got to the top, we could see all the way to the south of I40, into the low lands around Williams, AZ. —- And this was quite a fun find. While filling up with refreshments on the drive home, we saw this spill on the floor of a convenience store. The funny thing is that we were driving through Texas when we saw this. Notice the striking similarity in shape? Read More

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Back home from Route 66/Grand Canyon!

Marty - Thursday, 8 July 2010 10:32

We arrived back in Cumming around 10:30 PM last night. It felt good to lie down and fall asleep in our own house! The Comella RV Roadtrip of 2010 is over.

It’s a little sad when I think about the trip in the past tense. After years of talking about and planning for a big trip like that, you get used to it being something that’s going to happen.

But the memories are great. Lifetime experiences have been etched into our minds and I am sure the kids will remember this trip forever.

Here are a few stats on the trip:

  • Drove through 13 different US states
  • 4,747.6 miles round trip from our driveway
  • 15 nights / 16 days of camping
  • 5 different campsites
  • 3 nights in a hotel
  • 24 different stops at gas stations
  • 13 trips to WalMart
  • 24 different restaurants/dessert stops
  • Priceless memories


What a trip!
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Still on the way home

Marty - Tuesday, 6 July 2010 03:53

Yesterday was a long day of driving.  We went from mountains to desert, desert to mountains, over and over again.  I really enjoyed driving through Arizona, New Mexico, and into Texas.  The change in scenery kept me from getting bored.

Saguaro cactus

A Saguaro cactus in southern AZ

Along the way we caught sight of many of the Saguaro cacti that are found in southern Arizona.  No drive to or through the southwest is official without seeing one of these along the way!  

Derek and Rikki were excited to see them.  Rikki tried to snap a picture of them with her iPhone while we were driving through a mountain pass.  The picture didn’t quite turn out, but she was so cute.

The picture on the left is courtesy of ArizonaPlants.com. Sorry for not posting a picture with the family. That’s hard to do at 70 miles per hour!

About halfway through our trip we stopped at a rest area that was high in the hills.  The mountains in the immediate area were made of boulders that looked like they were stacked by a giant playing with his building blocks.  It was quite an awesome God sighting.

 

The picture above on the left was taken at the same rest area.  Can you read the words on the sign?  Hope so!  It explains why everyone has a scared expression.

We spent the night in El Paso, as planned.  The hotel was nice and the Papa Johns pizza delivered to the room was TASTEY!

Dallas, here we come!

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New planned route back to Georgia

Marty - Sunday, 4 July 2010 02:06

Our camper in Williams, AZ

Our camper in Williams, AZ



We are in the middle of the last day in Arizona. This fourth of July will probably be low key. There won’t be any fireworks tonight due to the extremely dry conditions. But the campground is hosting music and a cookout tonight. Yummy.

We sure wish we could spend more time at the Grand Canyon. But now it’s time to plan the trip home and start packing for the 3+ day journey.

We are changing our route so we go via a southern route. We want a different drive home for two reasons: 1) See different sights along the way, and 2) Get home in 3 days.

Below is a map of our plan to get home. The green pins indicate where we plan to spend the night – HOTELS here we come!

We plan to spend the first night in El Paso, TX (10 hours of driving), the second night is east of Dallas, TX (11 hours of driving) and the third night in Cumming, GA! The last day is 13 hours. We’ll see how that goes!!


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