Day 2 of our 6 day cross country trip...from Texas to California. On day two we drove from Amarillo, TX. to Flagstaff, AZ. I'm not going to lie to you...it was the LONGEST day of the trip...and quite frankly from Amarillo to just outside Flagstaff...it was pretty baron, lonely and FLAT. I've been to New Mexico several times, but usually toward the Taos and Red River areas...which I find to be so beautiful...something about the mountains jutting toward the skies with purple/pink/yellow sunsets and the ethereal quiet for miles and miles. This route we were on was not quite as scenic as my past trips...but none-the-less there was beauty to behold...it was just a little further between beautiful locations.
I believe this is the sign as we were entering New Mexico...flat lands abound...but there was something breath taking about it as well. It certainly gave one time to ponder and think about ALL types of things...we had fun with some crazy things along the way...which always makes for great memories.
Here are the girls in the hotel we stayed at in Flagstaff...they were quite comfortable in every hotel we stayed in. Luckily we were able to arrange ahead of time for hotels that were dog and pet friendly...so that did make it easier on all of us. Maggie cracks me up...how she just curls up in a ball to sleep...a dog this big curling up into a small ball to sleep! Then the little one...usually thinks she's the BIG dog and wants to sleep sprawled out and on the biggest bed she can find. Go figure.
Our first big site seeing adventure was of course the Grand Canyon...neither of us had ever been there before and it has always been some place we've wanted to go...I don't know what took us so long...it was breath taking!! I have tons and tons of pictures...but I will give you an out and only show a few...it was crazy, too...b/c when you are traveling w/dogs (something we've really never done before) YOU have to take them with you wherever you go. We weren't sure they would let us take the girls into the G.C. but luckily you can if you keep them on a leash. I swear it was as if we were ROCK stars...everywhere we went...people, kids and other dogs...ewwwed and awed over the girls...they did so good, I was thrilled they weren't going ape b/c of the strange surroundings.
LOOK a porta potty for the doggies...I'm sure this may have been a more welcoming site for them...if they were males...but they were not impressed in the least! I suppose they are a tad jaded...after all they are used to green grass and open fields when it comes to doing their business.
Everywhere we looked beauty was plentiful...the odd thing to me was you could look in one direction and see something that just took your breath away only to turn just 20 ft or so in a different direction and the entire landscape changed into something equally as beautiful...it truly was something to behold.
Following are many different views of the canyons...there were several viewpoints along the way to stop, enjoy, relax and take in the beauty. It was not only amazing to be surrounded by all the natural beauty, but just to see God's hands were all over this vast wonder of wonders was unbelievable. We took tons of pictures (just like good tourist should) and the dogs were just so happy to be along for the adventure!!
A man and his dog...they were inseparable...they were just too cute and funny for words...I'll let their smiles tell the picture!
Here I am with the girls...on the edge of the cliff...trying to keep my balance & trying hard to flash my best "happy" to be there smile...I was happy...just a tad nervous that one of the dogs might just decide to bolt!! They however, handled themselves like the little sweet fur-babies they are.
After completing most of our tour and hitting ALL the viewpoints...we decided to stop off at the Grand Canyon village, which has many shops and a great grocery store to boot, kind of a Whole Foods concept...I ran in and picked up some fruits, chicken salad, bread, cheeses and crackers so we could stop at a picnic area, stretch our legs along with the girls and grab a wonderful lunch in a very peaceful spot. Can you believe that I just happened to have a table cloth in the vehicle and of course had to spread it out on the picnic table...it's not b/c I crave the finer things...I'm a bit of a germ-a-phobe...and I have to admit it did make for a lovely setting, even if we did half hazardly throw it on the table. It just goes to show you how HUNGRY we were...site seeing is hard work!!
Of course the girls had a nice little treat and some fresh bottled water. Here they are just perfectly content to stay put and take in ALL the scenery...they are such photogenic gals...doncha think!
So this concludes the second leg of our trip...next post will cover our trip to the HOOVER dam...a dust storm outside of Arizona and VEGAS, BABY...but I will postpone that till after I share with you all the SECRET I mentioned before our trip began...I will be sharing that with you all in the next day or so...big exciting things are happening for us...and I can't wait to share it all with you! Until then...enjoy the scenery...take time to cherish the little things...for you never know how those things will change your lives!