We started out when Jay picked me up in Santa Barbara and headed south. We did our best to avoid LA altogether, but we did stop to admire the Christmas tree in downtown Pasadena.
This is actually the first time we stopped the car specifically to take pictures. This was on the road Vegas-bound. We both liked the misty horizon looking back toward LA. Naturally, neither of us got pictures worth anything.
Here's a lovely chain from a little railroad museum in Barstow. Don't ask about the bottle with the lid that doesn't quite close.
Some dying cities are trying just about anything to get people to visit. This is actually painted on the road itself, and frankly it was nicer than almost all of the buildings alongside the old Route 66.
Hey, I've got nothing against fake culture! We stayed at the Luxor in Vegas. I ended up about ~$200.
Here are a couple of statues above the giant lion at the MGM Grand.
This is a fountain - maybe outside the Bellagio?
There were some great shadows at the Hoover Dam. Well, actually at the Hoover Dam parking structure, but that doesn't sound nearly as impressive, does it?
They say this is what the dam makes. With a font like that, who am I to ague?
There are some nice eagles on the doors to the old elevators. They used to run tours through these elevators, but even though they are closed to the public, even now they still have a guy there polishing them.
I love these statues. I think the guide said they were representing the unlimited power of man.
We had a wonderful blue sky through most of the trip.
There's a moon up there if you squint.
Ok, you've got to squint even more for this one. It's the constilation Orion. We actually went out in the middle of the night into a field in Hurricane, Utah to escape the light pollution. Out of the 30-40 pictures we took - this is the only one that looks even remotely like what we thought it would. Looks like we need more practice here.
We went to an old abandoned mining town. Here's one of the few pictures you can take without getting a hideous new gaudy housing development in the background.
Zion National Park
Here I'm looking up at a waterfall at the upper Emerald Pool several miles hike from the valley floor at Zion.
Reflection of the upper Emerald Pool, Zion
At Bryce Canyon National Park, these ravens followed us around looking for handouts. It was a little unnerving, because they were not afraid of us at all. We got very very close to take pictures.
Bryce - If you look closely you can see the fence at the edge of the cliff. It'll give you a little idea of scale.
Jay claims that there were railings everywhere. We were completely safe the whole time. Oh yeah - the wind is blowing about 90 miles an hour out there. If you look closely you might be able to see his face ice over.
'nother moon. Well, actually, I imagine it's the same one.
Chimney Rock near the Goosenecks of Capital Reef National Park
Here is a rare photo of the elusive Jasonicus Hideunderarockicus. Goosenecks
We were looking forward to seeing the giant arches we had heard of, but this one is about a foot tall. Goosenecks
I think this is the remains of an alien village. See, there's the city on the left and then there is a little temple on the right. You can even see a little highway for there little... oh, wait. No, it's just a rock. Goosenecks
These names carved on the wall were, I believe, either surveyors or rangers. Anyway, they are about 60 feet off the ground. That's why there isn't more graffiti around them.
Is he trying to get a better photo? Is he hiding from the biting wind? Is he just a big goof?
Petroglyphs left by the Anastazi