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By: clearlakemike, 3:21 PM GMT on July 22, 2005
Back on the road again in my new job as Tour Guide. After making a pit stop for my car, I am touring relatives from Florida around San Francisco and Marin County. They are enjoying the cool air and a brief escape from the summertime Florida heat and humidity.
We are enjoying scenery and all the great food found in The City. San Francisco has the most restuarants per capita than any other city in the world. We have been eating Thai, Sushi, Louisiana style seafood, California Cuisine and are getting ready to eat crabs and clam chowder at Pier 39 and watch the sea lions, who took over the boat docks a few years back.
Yesterday we strolled their 5 month old baby through the towering trees at Muir Woods. It was a lot of fun watching her look up at the trees from her stroller and watch the faces and her little smiles. Lots of stimulation for such a "new" human being. Later in the car she took a good nap.
By: clearlakemike, 11:11 PM PDT on July 18, 2005
We have completed our amazing and beautiful journey around the "Grand Circle" of the desert southwest. We began the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and then to Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase Escalante, Middle of nowhere I-70 in the Utah desert, Moab, Arches and Canyonlands NPs. From Moab we drove south to the Four Corners and visited the awe inspiring Mesa Verde cliff dwellings and the majectic Monument Valley in the Navajo Nation. We watched a beautiful sunset over the Grand Canyon with people from all over the world. From the Navajo Nation we drove through the beautiful mountains near Flagstaff and down into the Mohave in Arizona and the Mojave in California. I put 4,067 miles on my car. Now, I need an oil change, tires rotated and a thorough car wash. I have bits of tumble weed in the grill and Navajo sandstone dust (we drove on the dirt roads in Monument Valley) in my wheel wells and a bizillion dead bugs all over the car.
We met a lot of nice and interesting people along the way. Most memorable were the solemn and proud (yet very polite) Navajo people. The Navajo hosts at the beautiful Hampton Inn in the Navajo Nation at Kayenta were resplendent in their red clothing and gorgeous turqoise and silver jewelry. They went out of their way to make their guests comfortable and welcome. After a lightning strike knocked the power off to all of Kayenta for about an hour, they were busy making sure everyone was safe and looked after. And my biggest thank you of all, goes to the Navajo Nation Highway Patrol officer who did not give me a ticket for speeding through their awesome nation. He just pulled in front of me and flashed his lights on and off a couple of times to warn me to slow down. (I have a lead foot. After that, I took some of the pedal off of the metal.)
The only casualty on the trip was my laptop, which died on the final leg through Mohave/Mojave deserts. Now I am racing to get my photos uploaded before they "expire". Thank you to all of you for all your kind and thoughtful notes you took the time to write me during, and now after, my desert expedition.
Updated: 6:12 AM GMT on July 19, 2005