Warren & Emily SwanTrips → 2005 Arizona Desert

This was our last vacation (beginning with our honeymoon in 1982) that was meant to see a new part of the country that we hadn’t seen before.  Not that we’ve seen everything.  But we’ve been to a representative portion of just about everywhere in the 48 contiguous states.  We hadn’t been to the Southern portion of Arizona.  So this vacation was planned to meet that “final” need.  (Of course, there is still Alaska and Hawaii to go.  Someday...)

We had given up on using the pop-up trailer tent because of maintenance problems.  So we borrowed a tent and bought cots and a 3-burner propane stove; and it was back to tent camping (first time since 1998).

We visited Warren’s aunt Mary Searle near Moriarty, NM and his uncle Dan & aunt Nancy Searle near Cedar Crest, NM (both East of Albuquerque).

Once in Arizona we visited the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest.  These were new to Daniel and Amy, and we let Daniel drive here for practice.  After staying a night near Flagstaff, AZ we headed South.  Daniel and Amy hadn’t been to the South Rim of the Grand Caņon (just the North Rim), but we’ll save that for another vacation.

Taking the scenic routes, here’s some of the things we saw:

Coming back through Southern New Mexico we also saw:

It was an action packed trip.  And yet we traveled more miles per day than any other vacation except the 1983 “second honeymoon” out to the Pacific Coast, all the way up it, and then back home.  Our 2 week vacation (usually 16 days with weekends) was taken in only 12 days.

visited 6 states (12%)
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