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On The Road Again

Many friends and acquaintances tell me that they dislike long drives. On the other hand, I totally enjoy long drives, especially the cross-country variety that cover hundreds or even thousands of miles and span several days.

For my latest road trip I ferried Mom’s car from Grand Rapids to her Winter home in the Phoenix area.

I asked my 6 year old grandson to be my traveling companion, promising to visit a couple of “fun places” along the way. Logan and I packed our bags, hopped into the car and headed West for our week-long journey.

Here’s a photo essay of the places that we visited.


Arches National Park



Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park



Grand Canyon National Park



Antelope Canyon Navajo Park



Horseshoe Bend




Phoenix and the Flight Home


Logan checking on the grapefruit

a snack on board the plane going home

What a nice getaway. We delivered Mom’s car to Arizona one day before she arrived from Grand Rapids. But just as importantly I was able to spend uninterrupted time with Logan and record it on film.

 
 


From the Driver’s Seat

I just returned from another cross-country trip. This journey started from home in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Phoenix. However, I took a roundabout way: directly to Reno, through Yosemite NP, a quick stopover in Long Beach, down to San Diego, detour to Joshua Tree NP and finally to Phoenix.

In all I drove 3600 miles and most of these were on our amazing interstate highways. Although I drove solo, I was not alone on the highway.

As you can see below, here are some of the companions that I met along the way.

That wraps up another enjoyable 3600 mile drive.

Road Trip – Part 2

I’m on a cross country trip from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Reno, Nevada to deliver an older conversion van for my son and daughter-in-law to use as a “camper”.

Normally, this is a 2000-mile drive on Interstate 80, but I modified the route slightly to visit the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Here’s the path.

In Road Trip – Part 1 I described the itinerary from Grand Rapids to the Tetons.

Here I’ll fill you in on the remainder of the journey from the Tetons to Yellowstone National Park. During the next 30 hours, I took in a lot of scenics – so hang on for a fast ride!



As I was driving north of the Lake area, I spotted this elk grazing in a heavily wooded area.

West of Canyon, I found this coyote crossing a wide open field.


The next morning I awoke early enough to see the sunrise along the Madison River.

I arrived at the Hayden Valley to find the mist hanging above the Yellowstone River.


Still early, I watched this White American Pelican fishing for his morning meal.

From this overlook you can see the Yellowstone River winding its way through the Hayden Valley.


A glance upwards and I see this small flock of geese flying towards the river.

Heading north at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone are the powerful Lower Falls.


Onward to the Lamar Valley in the north end of Yellowstone. Here is an osprey searching for prey on the tall hill below.

A short distance away I run into a sizeable herd of hungry bison casually grazing in the field adjacent to the road.


This bison was resting comfortably nearby.

Why did the bison cross the road?

My last stop on my whirlwind visit to Yellowstone is at the Norris Geyser Basin for a hike through the amazing moonlike terrain.


Steamboat Geyer. That evening, it errupted – the first time in 2 years. I just missed it.

Here’s a colorful mud pot sending steam and gurgling noise into the air.


Can you can see how the Emerald Pool gets its name?

This view shows the vast extent of Yellowstone’s thermal areas.


Vixen Geyser

Watch the Vixen Geyser in action

After my hike through the geyser basin I make my way over to the van, set my bearings to leave the park through West Yellowstone, MT and follow the Snake River in Idaho for a while until passing through the high plains of Nevada to Reno.

Making this stop off at these two national parks is undoubtedly a very enjoyable way to turn a long distance vehicle delivery road trip into a mini-vacation.
 
 
Written by: Arnie Lee