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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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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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Wide angles in SLC.

We’re staying with our friends Mandy and Earl while in SLC. Mandy has a Canon DSLR as well. She has a slightly older model than I do but I can use her lenses on my camera. I tried out her wide angle lens today and OH MY! I need one of these! It’s so awesome to shoot with. After I put my kit lens back on my camera I was a little disappointed. The wide angle lens takes great shots. If you would like to donate to the “Smartz needs (wants!) a wide angle lens” fund I won’t say no! 🙂

Wiiiide!

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Rebel-Diana.

I’ve been shooting with both of these lately.  It’s a fun change to go from holding the hefty Canon to the plastic Diana mini!

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Welcome home Diana!

I bought this delightful little camera last week. She’s super small, lightweight and she take 35mm film! She even has a cute little flash with her. Eric has been using his Holga lately and it’s made me want to try some film. Well he actually has two Holga cameras AND he has a Kodak Brownie!

I purchased this camera on Ebay.  It was new and never used and it was a heck of a lot cheaper than buying one directly from the Diana site.  I was rather uncertain of the pink color, but I was getting a good deal on it so I figured I would either live it with or I could possibly paint it.  It’s actually not as obnoxious as it seems!  It’s bright in this photo, but it’s a bit tamer in real life.  I think she’ll stay just the color she is!

We’ve kind of become obsessed with cameras. I have the mini Diana, two Polaroids and my Canon Rebel T2i. It’s making traveling and taking photos fun and interesting, but now we also have to think about how we’re supposed to transport all of these cameras safely! I think I’m going to need a bigger camera bag!

Mini!

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High-tech VS. low-tech.

I’ve been kicking around the idea of getting a DSLR camera.  What is a DSLR?…”Digital single-lens reflex cameras (digital SLR or DSLR) are digital cameras that use a mechanical mirror system and pentaprism to direct light from the lens to an optical viewfinder on the back of the camera.”

I do love the Canon EOS Rebel T2i!

 

But I would also want to buy a few lenses with this guy.  And when all is said and done I’m pretty sure I’d be spending at least $1,000.  But I don’t really know if it’s worth is.  I would LOVE to have one…but…$1,000.  Does anyone else out there use a DSLR?

 

Today I also decided that I’ve like a Polaroid camera.  I found a place online where I can buy the film.  I can also buy film that is actually on a postcard so I can mail those!

I like this one.

 

But this one has the ability to do close-up shots.

 

 

The Polaroid cameras are so cheap that I think I WILL buy one, but the DSLR is a different story.

 

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