Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Night 5: Flagstaff AZ

Hi Everyone,

Dusty here, with a little help from Malcolm the Hairy.

We made it through New Mexico and halfway into Arizona today. Can't really do justice to the stark beauty of the country. Miles and miles of open range. Buttes rise up in the middle of nowhere to give some definition to the landscape. The aspens along the creeks are bright yellow, and some shrubbery I think is Indian Paint Brush adds some orangy-yellow.

We're at 6000 ft here in Flagstaff. They had snow flurries this morning, and it's supposed to go down to 24 degrees tonight. Who knew! Kate and I are off to the Grand Canyon tomorrow. We may have to wear every stitch of clothing we brought with us to stay warm.

We've decided to go spend a couple of days in Las Vegas after we visit the Grand Canyon. My sister April and her husband live there, as well as a good friend named Connie. So we'll be visiting them as well as having a little fun at the casinos. Have to see if we can find another Lucky Ducky machine!

Here are a couple of pictures from today. Expect lots from the Grand Canyon tomorrow!

Humphreys Peak, near Flagstaff, Arizona.

San Jose de la Laguna Mission, 40 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico, built between 1699 and 1701.

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