Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Moving on down the Highway.............

Now you would never, nevermore mistake the above bird for a crow would you??? This most dapper fellow is a Raven. My clues..........he was not in town or even the suburbs and he was solo, by himself. Very confident, brassy even not skittish at all........He did not make a 'Caw, caw' sound but more of a 'Croak'. See that strong , curved beak where the tips don't match perfectly, you won't find that beak on any crow and i will never mistake them for crows ever again. LOL! We stopped at a rest stop (which believe me are few and far between on I40 ) and i think this guy was hoping we had something to eat. Mounds of lava rock dotted the landscape everywhere. Even though I've seen the lava fields at 'Valley of Fire' State Park in New Mexico and now these i still find it hard to believe that we have so much lava in the United States.When i think of lava i naively think of Hawaii. LOL! I have a hunk of lava to place in my new home when we find a new home that is.......... These are the flat roads leading up to Flagstaff , AZ. Don't let it fool you........very soon we were climbing toward that snow covered peak in the distance and believe you me it was sloooow going with that moving truck...........The drive from Albuquerque NM to Flagstaff, AZ was a bad day of travel for us. It was only like 300 some miles (the day before we did twice that) but getting that moving truck up to Flagstaff i felt like i should have gotten out to PUSH. We stopped in Flagstaff to eat at the Cracker Barrel and just decided to call it quits for the day even though it was a little early we were wiped out. Found a decent hotel there.......darn if i can remember the name........and this was our view off the balcony. The next day was the day we hit CA. Finally. Sadly we didn't take anymore photos, just concentrating on driving and just getting there. As soon as you drive past Flagstaff you start going back down the mountains and the views are spectacular. Probably the most scenic of the trip. I could barely keep my eyes on the road i was so busy trying to take it all in. I was sad to see mining prevalent in this area. Places where they are tearing down whole mountains to get to the treasures within........I try not to dwell.......its not like i can stop them......... Crossing the border into CA you go thru a check point where you have to declare if you have any fruits or veggies or firewood or pets......Hubby said it made him feel like he was entering a whole new country not just another state. :) But we all crossed the line just fine. We had Jinx's shot record etc.....got rid of our fruit at the last gas station before crossing. So much of the trip was deserty and brown and flat........I know many people find that beautiful but not to my eyes..........so the lush green, mountainous areas really grabbed me. There were two.........Flagstaff or i should say just past Flagstaff......and Hwy 58 i believe headed thru the pass between Bakersfield and Barstow.....breathtaking. It was an epic trip. One we are not likely to make again. Or at least not moving ourselves. We both agree that we are NOT doing this again........if we move again we will spend the extra money to have someone move us ....or.....we'll just sell it all and move.....yeah ...it was THAT bad, either that or we are THAT old.........probably the latter. We found an apartment in Livermore...........very nice.......noisy but nice but after living 13 years in the country everything is gonna be noisy.....As we were moving in we met the two old ladies that live down stairs.....Flo and Ellie.....they are friendly whenever we see them. Theres a bike path i've been exploring........walking .......not riding yet.......so much to tell you i hardly no where to begin and its all running together so i think i 'll just stop here for now and regale you with my grand adventures another day. Hugs! deb

5 comments:

Murphy said...

Best way to know a new place is to bike/run it! Ready, start, GO!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Thanks for posting. I have never been in that section of the country, heck, any section except the states that surround Indiana. I found this post pretty darned interesting. I can see this will be a transition for you, but I am certain you will adjust. I look forward to seeing the site around where you now live.
xx, Carol

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

too bad the trip was difficult with trucks/trailors. Would have been nice to be able to relax and enjoy. Thanks for the views though. Never been to Flagstaff, knew it was high up but not that high up. Learn something new every day! xox

sandee said...

Oh to drive a moving truck! We did it from Dec. 25th-29th, 2011 from CT to CA. 2/3 sons in the lead car with GPS, me and the 2 dogs in the middle, husband in the 20 ft. U-Haul. And yes, crossing into CA is like crossing into another universe. We were so lucky not to hit any snow since we drove along route 80. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. I just hope that if I ever have to do it again, it will be in the comfort of a loaded motor home!!!

Katiejane said...

These are such pretty photos. I love looking at other parts of the country and learning about life there. Those mountains in the distance are so beautiful. I'm glad the hard part of your move is over and you can have smooth sailing from here on.