Starting Point: Tusayan, AZ
Ending Point: Victorville, CA
The entries that are dated May 24, 26, 28, 29, 31 and June 1 were written while I was driving across the country with my dad. I kept track of our travels on my laptop but I didn’t have internet access at the time so they didn’t get posted until sometime later. I just wanted you to know the circumstances of these writings.
We have reached California. It has been nine days since we left Tallahassee and tomorrow morning we will make our way into Los Angeles after the morning rush hour. My dad and I have had a great trip driving almost “from sea to shining sea” and I have two rolls of film to get developed. Maybe then I can share some of the places we have been the things we have seen. In August we will have to drive back to Florida but it will be a direct trip without any interesting points.
Our drive today was very hot (we’re talking over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit) and quite desolate (the high plains of Arizona and California). I drove from Kingman, AZ to Victorville and that was an easy task until I-40 merged with I-15 in Barstow and we hit a lot of traffic going into the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. I got a little tense with all of those cars around me but I guess I need to get used to it since I will be living in this chaos all summer. Anyway, I was trying to say that today was not half as exciting as yesterday when we went to the Grand Canyon. I didn’t even know what to expect so my first glimpse of the canyon took my breath away. It is such an incredible sight and I took at least a roll’s worth of film of the beautiful scenery. Maybe I won’t even remember where I took any one of those pictures but I am certain they will be gorgeous to look at.
My dad and I spent the whole day at the Grand Canyon yesterday. We stayed until after sunset so dad could get some pictures. Did you know that the Amish war Reeboks? There were several Amish families at the canyon last night at sunset and I noticed that they all were wearing black tennis shoes – something you don’t really expect. I think one of the teenage boys was checking me out and that was kind of scary. There was also a waiter at the El Tovar Hotel restaurant where we ate lunch that was flirting with me. Usually a guy will just keep looking at you but this one actually smiled and winked while he was serving another table. I’ve still got it.
Here’s an update on that fire near Flagstaff, AZ. It turns out that Mt. Kendrick north of the city is burning and gusty winds have kept the fire from being completely contained. It is quite a fire and we saw the smoke while we were driving in that direction this morning. Luckily the fire isn’t threatening a population.
This entry is very hodgepodge. I am watching television while I am typing so that is probably the reason for a broken train of thought. Here’s another piece of information I should have mentioned somewhere else: I bought a dream catcher yesterday in one of the Grand Canyon gift shops and it is really nice. It looks authentic with natural colored feathers and material rather than the fluorescent ones that are sold at convenience stores. I can hang it outside the door to my room to trap good dreams while I am sleeping. I guess there’s not much else to say right now. Maybe there is but my brain isn’t remembering all of the things I wanted to mention right now. There’s always tomorrow, I guess.