September 1, 2013

Desert! I began this cross country adventure part of my blog in one (the great Mojave in California) and it seems fitting to end it in another (in Nevada). Tomorrow we will be home, ending our three month odyssey across the United States and back. It just doesn’t seem like we’ve been gone for that long.

Did we see everything? Of course we didn’t. Maybe if you took a year off and roamed the States, you might see more, but I don’t think that would even be enough time to see everything. This country is so huge, beautiful and wicked (Yes, that word is sticking with me.) Its diversity is amazing. From shore to shore the geography and climate changes as do the way people speak. For instance, did you know that in Springfield, IL they don’t have the same accent as those in Chicago?

One thing I’ve learned is to not take a California dog that is on natural supplements for fleas and ticks into the Midwest! Those fleas were terrible! They are gone now, and Gem will be returning home with no fleas and a healed cornea. We’re anxious to see how he reacts tomorrow when he sees the house.

Our travels have also given me an appreciation of our home state, California. We have the ocean, desert, mountains and flat lands. We also counted seven National Parks in our State. And, there are more National Monuments. So, if you want to see California, go to Hollywood, San Diego, Yosemite and San Francisco. Then, take time to visit the other National Parks they are wicked.

That’s why this trip was on my bucket list. I wanted to see the U.S. Driving it gives you a different perspective.  Will we do this again? No. Three months is a long time to be away for a couple of homebodies. However, there are places that we will fly to. And we will get up to Glacier National Park in Montana next year.

I’m remembering the Italian couple who took a year to travel the U.S. I still think that was an amazing commitment they made. I know they are missing their family, but she said they needed to do it this year while they still could.

Tomorrow, we’re going to cross the last of the Nevada Desert, through Reno, NV and over the mountain into California. From there it’s only two hours to our house. I’ve been told that I have about 20 pounds of mail to go through, etc. So, this is my last post on our journey. This blog will go back to what it was supposed to be and was—a photo blog and my journey of learning the SLR and post production.

Today, I’m posting the last of the Temple Square images from Salt Lake City, Utah.

For the future, I’ve made several promises to myself regarding my photography. Three of them are to shoot something every day (I read a lot of photo tutorials, and one suggested to do this.), create outings where I plan for photography and learn PE9. Wish me luck on accomplishing these goals. My son has told me that they’d like us to take the younger grandkids for some overnights!

Thanks for following along with our journey. Whether you’ve been with us from the beginning or joined us near the end, your “likes” and comments were appreciated. I hope you’ll continue following this blog, make comments and maybe add your own photos.

 

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