Saturday, April 10, 2010

Laughlin in the rearview mirror

We've been on the road a couple of days and are now settled in Brigham City, Utah for two nights. Before I take you along our road trip, I have a quiz for you. This is a close up of something. Do you know what it is?

Does this help?

It is a close up of the "unshaved" part of a palm tree. This is the trunk of the tree, showing the bottom half that is shaved, and the top half that is not shaved. I like the unshaved look, myself. And, no, my own legs don't look like that!

We passed Vegas in a heartbeat; Jim barely batted an eye. Me? My palms were itching but I didn't say a word. We donated enough money in Laughlin.

We drove through and around a lot of rock formations and gorgeous scenery out of Nevada.

This is the Virgin River winding its way around the mountains.

A beautiful ribboned mountain showing off its different layers.

Mother Nature's own cairn.

This is what I call an "uh-oh" sign. This is when Jim puts the truck in lower gear and we still go flying down the mountain. It's like being on a roller coaster ride. Did I tell you that I don't much like going on carnival rides anymore?

You make think I'm holding the camera crooked, but no. It's the ROAD that is slanted. I.Kid.You.Not.

Hold on!

Did you ever wonder where they make Hidden Valley Ranch dressing? Could it be at Exit 88 off of Highway 15 in Nevada?

Who would name a town "Browse?" Do you think people actually stay there long enough to live? Or do they just pass by?

We were still in Nevada when I saw this billboard. Now, I don't know much about guns, but isn't this an AK-47? Why don't y'all come on in and try one on for size! Are they kidding?

I could spot Utah in the distance by the snow covered mountains.

What's that white stuff? Eek! Snow!

I knew we crossed over into Utah. This was the first Mormon temple I spotted in the distance.

I noticed on this farmer's land that he trashed all these cars. (Click on the picture to enlarge it.) Now, I ask you, what possesses someone to say, "You know, I want to junk this car. I think I'll park it way out there at the edge of my land near the ditch." And then he continues to do that. And other people take note. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it's public land. I don't think it's a landfill because I didn't see anything else but cars. It's an automobile graveyard.

This is called Seven Peaks Mountain. The clouds were so low that they covered some of the peaks.

This billboard caught my eye.

And this one.

If I were still in town I'd be tempted to go to the expo. Maybe I'd learn more about my husband. What makes him tick. I wonder if I'd have to go incognito? Hmmm.....


Brian Miller said...

you have the most amazing did you stop and try one? smiles. wonderful pics!

Brian Miller said...

you have the most amazing did you stop and try one? smiles. wonderful pics!

Steven Anthony said...

Yours has fast become one of my favorite blogs...I wait for your post, I love it...I getr to travel without ever getting out of my robe or comfy chair.....:_)

as always my friend, amazing!

KaLynn said...

AMaZiN! I soooo love your pics!!! And the commentary that goes along with it!! You my dear lady are a HOOT!!

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

What incredible landscapes! And that slanting highway ... can you spell carsickness? Whoa ...

You and Jim are really collecting a lot of wonderful memories. Lucky guys.

misslynda said...

Those mountains are beautiful with the snow. But we found out it's better to look at them from a distance than to be in them. The scenery is gorgeous and the signs are funny.

wenn said...

love all yr pics!

Wendy said...

Come on Pat. Haven't you seen the Blue Collar Comedy (i think it was Jeff Foxworthy maybe). He said:
Men are simple.
Men are always thinking, "I want a beer and i want to see something Nekkid." No matter what age! Even when they're 90, it's STILL "I want a beer and i wanna see something NEKKID!" It's hilarious!
(Just tryin' to help out here.)

Gail said...

Stay tuned for another adventure with Pat and Jim. I have a ball when I am traveling with you!

Our local pawn shop gives a Nobel peace prize with every gun purchase.

Butterfly Gardener said...

I enjoy seeing all of your pictures and reading about your adventures! Your journies take me to places i may never see in person. Thanks for sharing your travels.

Bossy Betty said...

You are a great travel guide! Let's stop next time and get some fat sucked out and get a gun too!

Allen said...

I love your road trips. You take some of the coolest pictures. Thanks for taking me with you. =o)

WhisperingWriter said...

I need some of that laser lip.

Laura said...

You take great pictures. What camera do you use?

SquirrelQueen said...

I love traveling along with you, there is so much to see. The mountain passes look interesting especially the slanted road and sharp curves. You can really feel it in a motor home, very different from riding in a car.

A New England Life said...

It looks like he's got a little S pattern going with the cars. Who knows, maybe it's a work in progress.

All Things Man = more guns

That road is just freaky!!! And I didn't know that about the Palm tree. I swear, you are always teaching me something new, Pat. Thanks for dragging us around the country with you!