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Memory Lane – Oct 18, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Eleven

We started out with breakfast at the hotel, then packed up and checked out. It was a 10 minute drive to my cousin Tami’s house.

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We met David and the kids, and had a great but short visit with them. David showed us his pictures. He and I got to talk about photography, that was rough. ;) We made our way to Sky Harbour, where US Airways informed me that ripping a handle right out of the side of your suitcase was just normal wear and tear.   (more…)


Livingston Tuesday Night

I wrote about the Murray Hotel, where we stayed in Livingston, in a previous post. Hollywood director Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs) was a frequent guest at The Murray, and lived there the last 7 years of his life.
Elevator Control

We had dinner in the building on Tuesday night. A quick elevator ride down to the lobby and outside, a few steps south and back in the 2nd Street Bistro. I first heard of the Murray and the 2nd Street Bistro on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations television show.  (more…)


Memory Lane – Oct 17, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Ten

Another day deviating from the plan. We had breakfast at the hotel and Mom and I walked up the street to look at a shop. When we got back Sherri was down the hill with her camera out. We watched for a while, she was obviously concentrating on something.

Small Lizard

I’m not sure if it is a Plateau Fence Lizard (Sceloporous tristichus) or a Common Lesser Earless Lizard (Holbrookia maculata ).
We all got our cameras out and tried to get a picture of her. I got a few frames and Mom got one, but Sherri got the most. As you might be able to tell by the end of the brick where the lizard is standing, they are very small.  (more…)


Memory Lane – Oct 16, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Nine

Slept in today until after 8am, got up and went downtown for breakfast. We went to the Grand Canyon Cafe, on Old Route 66, it looked like and was an old timey eatery. There were mostly locals there and we were the only tourists, great food.

Grand Canyon Cafe

After we wandered around Historic Downtown Flagstaff and enjoyed the sights. (more…)


Memory Lane – Oct 15, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Eight

I wanted to shoot the sunrise at Grand Canyon so I got up at 5:15am but I forgot to get everything prepped the night before. So I lost time and was at the bus stop by 5:36 in time to see the bus leave. After waiting a half hour for the next one we motored to the Information Centre and I went to the far side to catch the bus to Yaki Point where the map at the bus stop said it was. There I waited another half hour to see the second bus bypass the stop where I waited. I figured out the bus was going to the same bus stop where I got off of the first bus. So I ended up arriving at Yaki Point at 6:45am about 10 minutes after sunrise. Oh well, shit happens. I shot until 8:00am and I still got some great pictures.

Moon at Sunrise (more…)


Memory Lane – Oct 14, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Seven – The Grand Canyon

I was up at 5:30am and out the door by 6 after the great evening yesterday, I knew I’d have to try a sunrise shoot. I sat there in the dark beside the gate awhile. I took a few shots while I waited, I tried a couple of the Mittens moonlit and a couple looking west with the moon in the shot. As soon as I saw the first color, I couldn’t wait and went back to the tour bus entry road and scooted in the back way. I went back to some of the shooting spots from the previous night. I stayed on the public roadway and went past the furthest point from the night before. I arrived at North Window just as the sunlight was hitting the tops of the monuments.

Elephant Butte from North Window (more…)


Memory Lane – Oct 13, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Six – Monument Valley

Had a great drive down the Mesa, saw beautiful Colorado scenery and stopped at Four Corners. We took the obligatory pictures, bought some jewellery and moved on.

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Memory Lane – Oct 12, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Five – Mesa Verde

A really easy day today; there was only about 100 miles driving. We started with a quick trip to Wal-Mart and then fill the tank, and got going about 10:40am. It seems like no matter how early you get started your time gets eaten up before you know it. The drive north from Farmington was all four-lane with cross-traffic. We travelled through little towns and past farms with cows and horses, very pastoral. Crossing the Colorado border, the road changed to a two lane with winding curves past hay farms and ranches bursting with vivid yellows and oranges from the autumn foliage. Dropping down into Durango, the Animas River Valley narrows and the town is built up on the sides of the hills. We turned west onto US160 and started climbing up over the hills with very little drop down to Mancos. It’s a picturesque little town in a wide valley. In no time we were at the exit for Mesa Verde National Park. From US160 at 6950 ft, we drove up and up, around switchbacks, back and forth, through a tunnel to Park Point Overlook 8572 ft, only two thirds of the way to Far View Lodge.

Sherri, John and Hobie at the Mancos Valley Viewpoint (more…)


Memory Lane – Oct 11, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Four – Canyon de Chelly

The wind has been blowing ever since we got off the plane in Phoenix on Wednesday, but today things got more interesting. Between Gallup and Window Rock, we had clouds and a bit of spitty rain. The remnants of a tropical storm blew in by the time we got to Ganado and we got sandblasted walking from our car into the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Hubbell is a neat place with creaky old wooden floors and tons of native artifacts and knick-knacks. They have a huge selection of handmade silver jewellery and top quality Navajo rugs. Their prices made me see what a good deal we got at the auction last night. When we left Hubbell, things got really interesting. (more…)


Memory Lane – Oct 10, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Three – Crownpoint Rug Auction

Tried to sleep in today but couldn’t. So instead, I got up at 7AM and wrote on my blog. I’ve had to do all of my writing off-line because the WiFi isn’t working at the Quality Inn here in Gallup, so this will all get posted late. We did some shopping at a local mall today, Mom bought some jeans but I didn’t find anything. After that we jumped in the car and headed up the road. The first place I planned to stop wasn’t marked and we just drove on by, the second place, Coyote Canyon, had an interesting name but not much else. There was a closed store, a few houses and the Chapter House, I just drove in and made a U-turn and left. I stopped at Standing Rock and took a few pictures. We ended up arriving in Crownpoint at about 1PM, only 3 hours too early. (more…)


Memory Lane – Oct 9, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Two – Headed North East

It’s still dark outside, but it is 6:45 our time, amazingly after 4 hours sleep on Tuesday night and 5 ten minute naps on one flight and maybe 20 minutes on the other, I’m Up!

Our luggage arrived after 10 PM, and the laptop battery was nearly dead, so I threw it on the charger right away. I don’t know how they did it, maybe they winched my suitcase from the baggage compartment with a tow truck, but they managed to rip a handle off. Nice.

Today looks like another great day. The high in Phoenix will be 96! After breakfast we’ll be heading up on to the Mogollon Rim through Payson and to the Painted Desert. Tonight we stay in Gallup, NM.

Breakfast starts in half an hour, Later… (more…)


Memory Lane – Oct 8, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day One – Calgary to Phoenix

9:07 The flight takes off 5 minutes after the scheduled departure, not bad.

10:30 The kid from hell kicks my seat again, wakes me for the third time. I wonder if you can request a no children section. On the bright side, my Japanese seatmate spoke no English, and I didn’t want to trot out my feeble Japanese, a lot of nodding was involved.

Getting up at 5:00 AM was no picnic, we were at Park ‘n Jet about 6:40 and waiting at the gate by 7:30. I had a reheated breakfast burrito, I wonder why there is no hot food past security, even the Tim Horton’s only had coffee and donuts, and they wouldn’t accept the “Tim’s” card (weird!).

SFO       You’d think an hour and ten minutes to change planes would be plenty considering the flights were booked on the same airline. But wait, just because you booked with United, doesn’t mean you fly on a United aircraft. Apparently our United flight from San Francisco to Phoenix was on a US Airways jet. But wait, the United gate where we deplaned is at the opposite end of SFO from the US Airways gate where we were supposed to board. Nice.

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We walked from area G (Gate 97) to area B (Gate 29) the long (wrong) way.

PHX     OK, the Airbus A319 is much roomier than the CRJ 700, we were sitting on the right side of the plane. What’s up with people who get window seats and close the window? 8, count them, 8 windows on the left side of the plane across from me were closed, effectively giving no view on that side. Thankfully, there were no kids on this flight, however, (I think it was) Crocodile Dundee’s mom was sitting directly behind me, and man can that woman talk. She started as soon as we were seated, talked through the canned safety announcement, talked through the Captain’s greeting, and every other announcement, and didn’t stop until the plane did. So we made a hasty exit from the plane, made a quick pit stop and another cross country trek to the baggage carousels. Where we waited and waited, until after the display said all of the baggage was unloaded and the carousel stopped, whereupon I went to the US Airway baggage claim department, and Chuck tracked down our bags. The bags had a worse time getting across the terminal in San Francisco than we did. They lollygagged at SFO and took a later flight to Las Vegas and then on to Phoenix. So we traipsed over to Budget Car Rentals sans checked baggage. Budget replaced the Ford Explorer I booked with a Toyota Highlander, not bad, we’ll see how it handles.  Meanwhile after shopping at Super Target and checking in to the Best Western, we went out to dinner at A&J "Chicago Style" Bar BQ (now closed) and I had some marvellous ribs. Any rib joint where you leave smelling like smoke has got to be good. So, now I sit here blogging while I wait for our wayward suitcases. Imagine, we got to pay $15 per bag for the honour of having them lost.

Sorry no pix today, my shoulders are sore from lugging equipment. Tomorrow will be a great day.

Oh and By The Way, it was 92 degrees F when we landed at Sky Harbour this afternoon.


Memory Lane – Trip to Four Corners

Over the next couple of months, I’ll be reposting my trip to the American Southwest. There will be one day on each post, arriving every Wednesday. The trip was 11 days leaving from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and flying to Phoenix, Arizona, USA. We visited Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. I’ve revisited my archive from the adventure, and have reprocessed a number of previously unpublished images to share with you.

Round Tower and Keyhole Doorway

When I finally got a Nikon D80 in late 2007 and made a New Year’s Resolution to return to Arizona. I had trucked there quite a bit in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but hadn’t gotten much off of the main highways. Inspired by Ansel Adams, Tony Hillerman and Louis L’Amour; I planned to see much of the Four Corners area. The reality of time constraints forced me to pare down much of my original itinerary. Finally late in the fall of 2008, I still managed to visit at least one special place in each of the four corner states. (more…)


Lazy Day at the Lodge

Ice on the Lakeshore

I had a hectic three days in Canmore. It was Great, but really busy, and I’m just not used to going to bed and getting up early anymore. I spent four and a half hours at Vermillion Lakes Monday morning. I got there at FIVE Thirty AM. Some days that’s bedtime for me… When we were done shopping, washing the truck and running around Canmore, we finally got on the road about 2pm, the traffic was heavy for a monday and the construction made it worse. (more…)


A Different Kind of Good Weather

Sun Peeks Out Near Mount Revelstoke

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.  ~John Ruskin

The weather last week was simply amazing. It was a veritable smorgasbord of light, every mile I drove had something new to show me. My favourite, large clouds with sun peeking through. On Thursday driving beside Shuswap Lake there was a thin fog layer across the lake about 30 or 40 feet above the water and about 20 feet thick. You could see the fog along the shore with the fog reflected in the water with the background mountain above and below, reflected in the water as well. Sadly there was no time or place to pull over and take a picture. Later driving east of Revelstoke, there was this patchy fog with mostly overcast skies. I came upon the scene above, just a slice of sun lighting up a grove of winter aspen trees with the background mountain partly hidden behind the fog. Just time for one exposure before the light changed. Such are the ways of travelling light…


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