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On the Mother Road :: Part 7

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Good morning! What a way to start a day, huh?

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The sky in the southwest never disappoints!

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A church blending in with the hills.

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Moccasins for the entire family!

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The Continental Divide!

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Blue Spruce Lodge.

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A cowboy Muffler Man.

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Arizona.

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Friends along the road.

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Geodes! I love rocks and minerals so the rock shops in Arizona were super exciting!

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Rock Shop dinos.

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I bought some Arizona petrified wood at this shop.

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More dinos and geodes.

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The Wigwam Motel was our home for the evening!

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The happy (and tan!) couple!

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Wigwam sunset.

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The motel has old cars stationed throughout the parking lot.

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Morning dinos.

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Rawr!

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So much petrified wood!

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Pow Wow Trading Post.

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Bucket of Blood Street!!

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b Horsehead Crossing.

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Inside our Wigwam. They’re actually quite a bit bigger than they look from the outside.

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An old campground.

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Here it is! Jackrabbit, AZ.

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This side of the billboard needs some loving!

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Eric rode the rabbit.

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And I hugged the rabbit.

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On 66 in Winslow, Arizona.

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Do you remember that song by the Eagles called “Take it easy?”

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“Well, I’m a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona and such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford slowing down to take a look at me.” Take it easy.

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Broken down map.

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I’m not sure what this was, but I’ll take it!

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Giant dreamcatcher!

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We took a tour of Meteor Crater. It’s impressive, but you might not be able to tell that from the photo.

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Storm clouds over the crater.

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Please slow down! Baby calves on roadway.

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Two Guns, AZ.

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Old mountain lion cages for tourists to gawk at mountain lions. That’s just rude.

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See? Mountain lions.

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Super cute graffiti!

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Twin Arrows, AZ.

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On the Mother Road :: Part 5

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We spent the night at the Blarney Inn in Shamrock, TX. Just a wee bit of Ireland!

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Shamrock also has a blarney stone. What’s a blarney stone you say?…” is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens.”

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And I kissed that blarney stone!

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Rattlesnakes.

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Devil’s Rope Museum in McClean, TX.

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The barbed wire museum wasn’t open so we drove around McClean for a few minutes to pass some time. This old gas station was lovely in the morning light.

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We even found a dirt road before the museum opened! Lucky little devils.

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Whoa!

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The Devil’s Rope Museum had a collection of salt and pepper shakers, because, why not? I’m loving that kangaroo and joey shaker!

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An armadillo made out of barbed wire.

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More barbed wire than you can shake a stick at!

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Fancy wire.

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And a big ‘ol block of wire!

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Super Service Station.

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Alanreed, TX.

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The Leaning Water Tower of Britten, TX.

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Groom, TX is home to the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere.

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Bug Ranch.

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Promoting peace.

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John Lennon.

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Cowboy Motel.

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Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX.

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There were a ton of people there the day we were, but I somehow managed to get a few photos without people in them. Also…people like to spray paint the cars, which I think it wonderful! Except people leave the empty spray paint bottles all over the ground when there are trash cans at the parking lot of Cadillac Ranch. Shame on you, litter bugs!!

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I spray painted a cat face and Juniper’s name on a car.

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Juniper Purrito!

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Bates Motel? Let’s go!

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Seems legit, right?

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Boot tree in front of Dot’s Mini Museum in Vega, TX.

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Dot’s Mini Museum.

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Inside the museum. We left a Polaroid Land Camera photo next to a Polaroid photo someone else left there!

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Adrian, TX is home to some fun and quirky signs!

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Adrian is also the midway point of Route 66! We’re half way there! Adrian is also home to the Bent Door Cafe. I love the door! Also…you’re or your? It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me.

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More signs in Adrian.

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Loose at Night.

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I think was my favorite sign in town.

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How does your garden grow.

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Holly hawks.

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The old cowboy took off his hat.

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Cats make me enormously uncomfortable. I never know what a cat is thinking.

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Art is what you can get away with.

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Who stuffed that white owl.

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Midpoint Cafe, Adrian, TX.

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Midpoint.

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Wonderful view!

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There’s the New Mexico border on the Interstate. We didn’t take the interstate…we found a dirt road to make our way into NM.

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There’s our dirt road!

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And look who we found crossing the road.

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I was trying to make a turtle face. Apparently turtles always have their eyes closed.

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I love the buildings in New Mexico! I love the desert too. I think it would be fun to live in NM someday.

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The Pony Soldier Motel.

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The Lasso Motel. What a beautiful broken down sign!

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This was home for the night. The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, NM! We booked a room here two months in advance. This motel is always sold out. There was a mega surprise waiting for us at the Blue Swallow when we got there. They knew we were on our honeymoon and they made it a memorable stay for us. Eric and I both agree that this day was our favorite day on the trip! I can’t wait to tell you about our stay at the Blue Swallow. I have a ton of pictures to share, so I have a post dedicated to just the motel!

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On the Mother Road :: Part 4

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Totem Pole Park in Oklahoma.

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This park was great! It was one of my favorite things in OK!

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See the turtle at the bottom?

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There were all sorts of sculptures around the park including a fun picnic table.

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Guarding the road.

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I think this was a little gift shop. We were there early in the morning so it wasn’t open. ..if it even still is.

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Good luck!

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The next stop was the Catoose Blue Whale. This is probably one of the top three iconic things on Route 66!

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Little benches and tables near the Blue Whale.

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The Blue Whale!

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Open wide.

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You could actually climb up in the head of the whale. There’s Eric!

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In the belly of the beast.

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This used to be a popular swimming spot, but it didn’t look like water you’d want to swim in now. There were quite a few turtles swimming there though!

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The Oasis Motel.

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Thank you, Tulsa!

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The Rose Bowl.

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The Desert Hills Motel. What a gorgeous sign!

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The Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza. Cyrus Avery is the “Father of Route 66.”

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It was quite the lively sculpture.

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Old Route 66.

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The detail on the sculpture was wonderful.

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There was even a grasshopper on the grill of the old Ford.

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A 1920’s era bridge.

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The Skyliner Motel. These motel signs sure beat Motel 6.

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Another sneaky Meramec Caverns sign on a barn.

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A rather beat down gas station.

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66 sign on the wall of the gas station.

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Round Barn in Arcadia, OK.

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Inside the round barn. It was kind of trippy looking up at the ceiling.

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Right outside of Oklahoma City is a town called El Reno. This is the spot were a giant tornado killed three storm chasers this past tornado season. Eric and I were fans of the show, Storm Chasers, so we were familiar with the men killed. We were only about a mile away so we decided to go pay our respects.

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There was already a memorial setup for the storm chasers. We left some of our wedding flowers for the guys.

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Tornado damage.

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At least people can have a sense of humor.

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No more billboards.

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I was worried about running into a tornado while on the trip. We hit some rather bad storms, but thankfully no tornado. Tornado Alley is one place I do not want to live!

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Calumet Chieftains.

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Pony Bridge, Route 66.

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The Glancy Motor Hotel!

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This was a “hip” Route 66 museum. It wasn’t my favorite, because they seemed like they were trying to hard. You don’t have to try hard…you’re Route 66!

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Big Bug!

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Cotton Boll Motel.

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I was a creeper and wanted a photo of the herd of cat on this front porch. They were so cute!

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India food! We actually went there to find India food. And it was so good! They made it vegan for us too!

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Western Motel.

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Overgrown Route 66.

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Harley and Annabelle’s in Erick, OK.

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So many fun signs!

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Harley and Annabelle’s.

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No place like Texola.

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There’s no other place like this place anywhere near this place so this must be the place.

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My first time in Texas! And I will say that I was kind of upset I didn’t see one cowboy in chaps. Assless or otherwise.

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Conoco Gas Station in Shamrock, TX.

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Wide angle madness!

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On the Mother Road :: Part 3

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Route 66 emblem on the pavement near John’s Modern Cabins.

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John’s Modern Cabins…or what’s left of them.

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We had to walk through some brush to get to the cabins. That was a bad idea when we realized we had ticks all over us. I was so creeped out until I showered that night. I checked every inch of me and every inch (inside and out!) of my clothing for those pesky ticks.

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John’s not so Modern Cabins.

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An awesome No Trespassing sign directed at one guy! Burn!

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The Munger Moss is one of the most famous motels on 66. We sadly didn’t spend the night here.

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Rest Haven Court.

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One of two turtle rescues we performed on the trip! This guy was crossing a busy road and we helped him along.

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Antique.

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Fantastic fence along 66!

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Glass bottles in cement. I would love to do this someday.

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This was in a little “village” type thing. The guy who built the village collected old buildings and cars to make a town of his own.

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I love the paint of the buildings and bird houses.

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Planes and automobiles.

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Shiny.

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This lovely lady was perched atop the airplane.

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Sassy gal!

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Danger ducks.

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More fabulous sculptures in the little village.

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Happy little car.

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Highway Patrol.

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Moon barn.

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Mail Pouch Tobacco ad.

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Probably the most famous drive-in on Route 66! There was a weird guy watching us the whole time we were taking photos. I think he was the cranky caretaker.

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Carthage, MO.

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Mater!

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Palace Drug Store ghost sign.

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Murder brothel.

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Bridge in Kansas.

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A very bare and beautiful downtown.

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Conoco Station.

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Original 9 foot road segment on 66. Also known as the Sidewalk Highway!

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At least we know!

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Cafe.

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Possibly old tourist cabins? Lovely though!

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On the Mother Road :: Part 2

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Morning sun in Lincoln, IL.

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World’s Largest Wagon and Big Lincoln.

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Old 66.

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Our Lady of the Highways Shrine – Raymond, IL.

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Jesus. Just Jesus.

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Mega blue sky!

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Cemetery in Mt. Olive, IL.

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Mother Jones’ grave site in Mt. Olive, IL.

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Old Shell station.

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President Lincoln’s tomb.

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Rub the nose of Lincoln for good luck! I rubbed it and wished good luck for my niece, Tessa, who was born that day! Yay Tessa!

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Inside Lincoln’s tomb.

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President Lincoln.

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Mama bird near the tomb.

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Fantastic buildings!

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More old road on 66.

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There are some turkey tracks in the cement on a segment of 66.

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There are the tracks!

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An old jail. The ivy makes it almost seem cozy.

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A homemade 66 monument.

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Humpin’ to Please!

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Henry’s Rabbit Ranch.

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Hop on!

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The Bel-Air Drive In.

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Chain of Rocks Bridge spanning the Mississippi River!

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The Great Mississippi River!

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Awesome buildings on the Mississippi.

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On the Chain of Rocks Bridge in Illinois.

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And on the Chain of Rocks Bridge in Missouri!

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This sign was kind of sad! A missing tortoise. I’m not sure how you lose your tortoise. I hope they find the guy. Or I hope he lives a happy life in the wild.

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Meramec Caverns.

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A beautifully restored Phillips station.

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The World’s Largest Rocking Chair!

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Just another gorgeous sign on the Mother Road!

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On the Mother Road :: Part 1

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And she begins!

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Dick’s on 66.

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The Rialto Theater in Joliet, IL.

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The Gemini Giant!

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We got caught in some heavy rain early in the day.

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The Riviera Restaurant. I really don’t like Betty Boop. She’s like nails on a chalkboard to me!

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An old jail in the shadow of Betty Boop. Doooom!

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Gardner, IL.

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Dwight Windmill – Dwight, IL.

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One of MANY old gas stations we saw along the way.

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Old Mobil Station.

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Standard Oil Company Station.

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Meramec Caverns! I love the ads on old barns. P.S. We went to the caverns! But that’s for another post.

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Pontiac, IL.

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Pontiac, IL.

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More murals in Pontiac.

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The school bus of Route 66 legend Bob Waldmire! We were able to tour it too!

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Bob Waldmire was vegan too!

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Friends don’t let friends eat meat.

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Inside the bus.

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Bob Waldmire sadly died in 2009, but his bus is just the way he left it.

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Inside the Route 66 museum in Pontiac.

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Route 66 road core samples.

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Bob Waldmire’s VW Bus. The Bus is on display in the museum. They were lucky enough to be able to add this to their collection!

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License plate collection in the museum.

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Bruce Springsteen…apparently working on a dream.

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Royal Blue Shoes.

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This place was closed. I have a feeling it’s not opening anytime soon.

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Muffler Man with (vegan) hot dog.

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Handmade signs litter Route 66.

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Lincoln and a Muffler Man.

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Lincoln, IL.

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We made it to camp early this night and went to see World War Z! It was my first 3-D movie as well.

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Home for the night.

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Lincoln, IL. – Taken from the Roadside America website… “It commemorates the day in 1853 when the future 16th President, who was then just an Illinois lawyer, christened his namesake community by slicing open a melon and pouring its juice onto the ground. In agreeing to lend his name to this place, Abe reportedly said, “I never knew anything named Lincoln that amounted to much.” “

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Welcome home!

A Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens arrived in the mail for me today.  I thought it was time to do a little upgrading from the kit lens that came with the T2i.  And what an upgrade it is!

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This is the first lens I’ve actually purchased for my Canon. I’ve been wanting something that will take cleaner and more vibrant photos.

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The shallow depth of field is wonderful!

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I walked around the house tonight taking photos of things to test out the lens. I tried a recipe I found for Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars tonight. I really like them, but Eric does not. They actually do taste like cookie dough and he doesn’t like raw cookie dough. Gasp!!

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I nommed away on one while Eric decided to snack on a few chips.

Check out the recipe at Oh She Glows!

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Eric wasn’t the only one in the house hungry for chips. Juniper decided that merely licking the salt off of his fingers wasn’t good enough!

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But she is cute!

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This tiny lens is well worth the money! I can’t wait to take some portrait shots with it soon!…Did I mention that my sister is going to have a baby!?! It’s her first and I’m super excited! Babies and lenses…everyone wins!!

I bought my lens from B&H Photo.  I decided to take advantage of their free shipping.  Even with the slower shipping option it only took 4 days to get here!

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Have Love Will Travel- Day 6

I’m still not done posting photos from our Have Love Will Travel trip this past summer! These photos from the summer and the desert will get me through the cold, damp winter.

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We camped for the night at a hotel that had an area for RVs and tents. The night before while walking to the shower I noticed there were two cats in that RV! They were snoozing on the dashboard. I really want to travel with Juniper! I think to do it right and make your kitty friend happy you do need something bigger than a car. They need room to roam around!

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Utah is quite possibly my favorite state.

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We spotted an old truck and some odd metal art. We HAD to stop!

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I like when people build and gather oddities on their property AND make it public for everyone to see!

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There were some objects that looked like they were supposed to be spaceships.

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Do you see the cast iron pans?

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Bundt pans!

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Hello little guy!

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s This was apparently an unmarked rest area. Fine by me!

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While travelling on back roads you’ll find many old and abandoned homesteads.

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We try to stop at as many scenic pull outs as possible. Eric likes to read about the history of the area. I’m more into the geology of the area. He doesn’t mind that either.

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Beautiful! Too bad there’s a big ‘ol road going right through it.

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One destination of the day was Goblin Valley State Park.

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These formations, referred to as goblins, are made out of soft sandstone and were formed over millions of year from wind and water.  You can see the goblins from the parking lot, but we decided to hike down into the valley.  It was pretty hot this day.  And I remember sweating like crazy!  I’m not used to the heat.  The Pacific Northwest has made me weak!

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Aren’t they awesome?!

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We just wandered around a bit, but there are marked trails that you can follow.

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Eric and I really want to come back here to camp! The nearest town is about 25 miles away which means basically no light pollution. Let’s go stargazing!!

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We hiked across to the other side of the valley to climb up a small hill.

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The layers of sandstone are so awesome to see.

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There’s a big chunk that broke off.

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Eric posed with some goblins to give you an idea of how big these were.

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I’m pretty sure this was called Temple Rock. It looks similar to the Mormon temple in SLC.

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On our way out of the valley we spotted a silver fox. Cute!

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There was another pull out along the road that had these signs with metal tubes on them. When you look through the tube you can see where exactly certain mountains and buttes are. Rather helpful! The only probably is that some of these pipes are quite tall and that makes it hard to see when you’re 5’4″. Do I need to bring a step stool with me?

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We made it a point to stop at a gas station that was built into the side of a mountain. I love it!

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Five m.p.h. and twisty road for three miles ? Yes please!

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The road wound along a steep cliff.

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This was the view from the top! It is probably one of my favorite photos from the trip. Look at the colors of the dirt AND the curve of the earth.

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West Forever. We love Utah. And we added a Hey I’m Over Here Sticker!

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Don’t the rocks and the sky just make you fall in love with Utah. Tell yourself yes!

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We are going to drive down that road!

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And now on to Valley of the Gods!

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We were on mostly dirt roads most of the day. My Yaris is a great a little workhorse on these roads.

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If I were allowed to live here I bet I would. Give me some tofu and a pillow and I’ll be fine!

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After a drive through the Valley of the Gods it was off to Monument Valley!

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The last time we were in Monument Valley was in 2008. I don’t remember this part of Monument Valley and Eric thinks it was built sometimes in the past few years. To see the part of Monument Valley you have to pay a small fee to drive in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The road will take you back to an area which was made famous by western films. This was hands down the WORST road we’ve ever driven on. And we’ve been on questionable roads. And we’ve been off-roading in sage brush. There aren’t many photos of how bad the road actually was because we both had death grips on the inside of the car. You can pay to have someone who lives on the reservation drive you in a super tough truck down the road. Eric and I only drove about 1/4 of the road because it took forever. I think the whole tour is 17 miles. If you go to Monument Valley you must go on this road, but you should seriously pay for the tour! It would be well worth the money.

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There are two rock monuments that look similar to the large one in the center of the photos. These are referred to at The Mittens!

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Isn’t it gorgeous!? I love the orange earth and blue sky. Here is one of my top five favorite places on earth. Do you recognize it from any old westerns?

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Some folks living on the reservation make and sell jewellery. I bought a necklace made out dried juniper berries and turquoise. Have you ever been to Southern Utah? Does this make you want to go there? It makes me want to go there again!

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Beach day and Olympia, WA!

Eric and I took a day trip to the beach today! It was super foggy when we drove through Seattle this morning. You can’t even see the top of the Space Needle!

You see some oddities when you’re on back roads.

There’s a power plant near Aberdeen, WA that was never a functioning power plant…but the towers, or whatever they may be called, are still there. This was our second time visiting them.

Power plant!

Our beach destination was Ocean Shores, WA. You can drive on the beach here! It was cloudy and foggy during the entire drive to the beach. You can’t even see the water!

Drivin’ on the sand!

Move it.

You could just see a few little waves rolling in. What a bad beach day! It wasn’t even windy! We only saw one kite.

Shark attack!

We saw this fun sign in Aberdeen, WA.

I took this photo with my Polaroid Land 210 camera. I’m loving the camera and the film immensely!

Kim call Tony.

Aberdeen, WA is the hometown of Kurt Cobain, the late front man of Nirvana. There’s a park near a bridge that Kurt used to hang out under. It’s called the Kurt Cobain Memorial Park. This is a concrete replica of Kurt’s guitar. When you drive into Aberdeen there’s a sign that says “Welcome to Aberdeen. Come as you are.” Get it?

K. C. park.

If you live in the Northwest I think you’re now morally obligated to like Nirvana.

Sweet air guitar!

The park is on a back street out of the way of everything. I thought it was an odd place for a park, but then Eric told me that this is where Kurt used to hang out.

There are some song lyrics on this monument. They censored a word. F***. I wonder what it says? You know…when you censor something like that it just makes it more obvious that there’s a naughty word on the monument.

Under Kurt’s bridge.

Fun Nirvana graffiti.

This is the back of the concrete guitar monument.

Just one more special message to go. And then I’m done and I can go home.

The house Kurt grew up in used to be in that empty lot.

I took a photo under Kurt’s bridge with the Land camera. It’s rather dark, eh?

Since the beach was a bust we decided to spend some time in Olympia, WA. Of course we found a record store.

And right next door was the Oly Vegan shop.

We found a vegan friendly Thai restaurant and nommed some food. Yellow curry!

Rad Nah.

Star Wars graffiti!

Thanks for the fun today Olympia!

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Have Love Will Travel- Day 4

We woke up bright and early and went to Vertical Diner for breakfast! All vegan noms!

I had a burrito with avocado and spicy fries. YAY breakfast!

Vertical Diner.

After Vertical Diner we drove to City Cakes…an all vegan bakery in Salt Lake City! They had two giant display cases like this filled with cupcakes, cookies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, peanut butter bars, macaroons and other delights! They also have soft serve ice cream, milk shakes and some non-sweet food such as macaroni and cheese!

City Cakes!

The area surrounding SLC is gorgeous! There are salt flats and mountains. The contrast is quite lovely.

We stopped to gaze at the beauty of the landscape.

No trip to SLC is complete without a trip to the Mormon Temple! There is a visitor center at the Temple where you can see a scale model of the inside of the Temple. Of course they don’t show you all of the rooms because only certain members of the Mormon community are permitted in them. Only certain members are allowed in the Temple in general…but most of what goes on in the Temple seems to be quite the secret.

There were rooms with paintings and sculptures pertaining to the Mormon religion for us to browse.

Mandy and Eric are investigating.

The Temple!

The Temple is lovely! I wonder if Eric and I could be mistaken for a proper Mormon couple. Cheese and crackers!

Other buildings on the Temple grounds.

At the end of a long day we decided that we NEEDED to go back to City Cakes. Eric had soft serve ice cream, Mandy had some macaroni and cheese and I had a peanut butter bar milkshake!

This day in SLC was the day before Pioneer Day! Pioneer Day celebrates the Mormons arrival in SLC. People camp out the night before the big parade. Some people camp out TWO days before the parade! Ya’ll have some dedication!

Before heading back to Mandy’s house we decided to take a trip to This Is The Place State Park. That’s the place where Brigham Young laid eyes upon the land that would someday be SLC and he apparently said “THIS IS THE PLACE!”

There were various sculptures around the park.

Mandy let me borrow her wide angle lens for my Canon T2i. I have wide angle lust.

The skies are so much prettier with a wide angle lens.

This is the place.

WIDE ANGLE LUST!!I love Salt Lake City.  It’s super vegan-friendly and totally a place I could see us living one day. Goodnight SLC!

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