Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
My 80-year old mother arrived from Kobe and found it utterly amusing that they were giving flu shots in a supermarket. In Japan, you would have to go to a doctor or hospital. We got our shots on the spur of the moment and mom asked me to record the event on my Iphone.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
It was a hot, dusty day at Chaco Canyon. We took a tour of Casa Rinconada, then had a picnic lunch at the one sheltered picnic table in the area. Other tourists were out of luck - they sat on the dirt in full sun. We also did a self-tour of Pueblo Bonito.
It was a very long drive from Second Mesa to Monument Valley. We didn't get there until just after noon - the hottest & dustiest time for that region. We drove on dusty unpaved roads for about 1.5 hours and that was enough. We also wanted to go to a trading post and just made it to the one at Red Mesa. It was more like a grocery store with one small counter in the back with dusty pawn items.
We had dinner in the Turquoise Room of La Posada Hotel in Winslow. In the parking lot we ran into a man who was driving his vintage car through every capitol of the continental United States. The hotel has an impressive veranda for viewing trains. The menu selections in the Turquoise Room leaned heavily towards meat. Our companions had steaks while we had venison and pork.
In the morning we went to Meteor Crater, one of the best preserved craters in the US. You really got a sense of the impact from the observation area.
It was worth paying a photography fee at Acoma as the pueblo buildings and the clouds above them were spectacular. Many of the buildings have been renovated as people still live in them, but they preserve the look and feel of the original structures. I loved the giant white ladders leaning against the hogans.
We arrived in Albuquerque on Saturday night and went to the Frontier for a late dinner. The cafeteria-style restaurant was filled with excited high school students from Rio Grande. Their football team, the Ravens, had just won a game. We enjoyed enchiladas in green sauce and tried to remember when we had this much energy at 10:30 pm.