September 19th, 2005 – by: nonna
Las Vegas to Phoenix - Joshua trees along the road.
Monday we picked up the car and it will be â€œhomeâ€™ for the next 3 weeks.
Amazing how much luggage you can put in a Chevy Malibu.
(Iâ€™d had a real problem packing trying to get camera gear and clothes for climates from Phoenix
into one bag and a carryon.)
The drive from Las Vegas
was through high plains and a forest of Joshua Trees
They always look vaguely Martian to me.
Tuesday and Wednesday we visited with family in the Phoenix area. Lots of food, talk, memories of past family get-togethers and catching up on who-is-doing-what. The sunsets over the mountains were spectacular.
Thursday was amazing. We drove from Phoenix (at about 1,000 feet above sea level) to Kanab UT (about 6,000 feet above sea level) and the scenery changed completely every time we went up another 500 feet. First it was flat with barrel cactus with arms, like on the posters of Mexico: then it was mountain foothills with round pin cushion cactus. It changed to cliffs and tumbleweed, gorges and boulders, pine forests. We finally reached Kanab which looks like Sedona before it became artsy - and surrounded by glowing red cliffs.