Saturday, October 17, 2009
Boardwalk along the Mississippi River in Vidalia, LA
This week's Brenda Photo Challenge, as suggested by Squirrel Queen (Judy) of The Road to Here is Highways and Byways. They can by roads, highways, paths, anything that can take you somewhere.
I perused my photos, and found so many different kinds. I hope you enjoy them!
This is a tri-level ramp in Albuquerque, NM. Arizona also has these huge cloverleafs. These are the only two states that I have seen the three levels of traffic. Both Arizona and New Mexico decorate their overpasses and bridges, so they are not an eyesore!
From a busy highway, we go to a dirt road. I took this on our way from Santa Fe, NM to Holbrook, AZ, so I'm not sure which state it is in.
We have driven on parts of Route 66 throughout our travels, but I've never actually just taken a photo of the road itself. Here is a mural of Route 66 that we found in Tucumcari, NM.
How about a path used by the mules to go down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon? We happened to be around when these mules and two rangers were making their way back from getting supplies. I don't think I could ride a mule all the way down the canyon!
This is a beautiful view of a walking path through the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona.
This photo was taken at the visitor's center overlooking Monument Valley on the border of Utah and Arizona. You can see how flat the land is, except for these huge rock formations. Look at the long, winding dirt road that you can drive around the monuments.
This is just one of three tunnels in Zion National Park. We had to pay to drive through one of the tunnels because of the size of our truck - even though we assured them that it was the same size as a regular truck/car. They charged us $10, stopped traffic both ways, and we had the whole tunnel to ourselves. It was quite dark in there, even with our lights on. Jim was worried our mongo side mirrors would hit the side of the tunnel. I said, "Hey, we're paying for it. Ride the center line, baby!"
This is the Natchez Trace, a 440-mile National Park, which runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. It runs alongside the original Natchez Trace, a worn-out path that originally started from animals walking up to Nashville for the salt licks. Later it was used by Indians, then soldiers from the Civil War. You can read all about our journey here. That's just the first day, then I have a post for each day and what we saw on the trip.
We visited the R. W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, LA. It has beautiful painting and sculptures inside, and a wonderful sculpture garden outside with a pond that you can sit by. We had a chance to quickly walk the path outside, and as soon as we finished there was a downpour like you wouldn't believe!
This is a path in the Petrified Forest in Arizona. Isn't it inviting?
That's just SOME of the highways and by-ways we have traveled both by truck or foot.