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On the Mother Road :: Part 8

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Groceries.

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Prairie dog!

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So cute! there were hundreds of these guys on this part of the drive.

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Cute tummy.

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Checking out their surroundings.

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DeSoto’s Salon.

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We were actually able to eat here! In the middle of nowhere!

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Route 66 Grill.

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Land. Well played.

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Very old 66.

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Tree in the middle of the road.

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It’s hard to see but there’s a cow and her baby under that big bushy tree.

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Seligman, AZ.

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We ate snow cones here.

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I have a really strong hatred for Betty Boop. I just don’t get why she’s a thing.

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Eric bought a real Route 66 road sign here!

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Cars.

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Grand Canyon Caverns! Yes we took the tour! I love me some caverns.

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They actually have concerts underground! And there’s a hotel room you can rent! Sadly it was booked the night we were there or I think we would have spent way too much money to sleep underground.

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It was a really clear night at our campsite. I tried some long exposure photography.

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And I caught a passing train!

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Bert’s Country Dancing.

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I love this section of 66.

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Old cop car.

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We explored.

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Eric really wants a car just like this.

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Hackberry General Store. We bought some old license plates here and I bought some old Arizona Highways magazines.

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Hackberry.

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On the way to Oatman, AZ!

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Watch out for wild burros!

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I love the desert. There was actually water coming from a spring here. And there were goldfish in the water!

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A popular place to spread ashes. They have quite the view.

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Welcome to Oatman!

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i told you there were wild burros!

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This gal was very pregnant.

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The burros are somewhat tame. They always expect you to give them treats. Most of the stores in town sell treats for the burros. Some of the really young babies had little notes taped to their heads that said…”Don’t feed me!” They just need mama’s milk.

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Look at those big ears!

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It was soooo hot here! I was one sweaty beast.

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Just hanging out on the stoop snoozing.

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Here comes the sun!

Soon!  Almost!  It’s just around the corner.  The sun has been poking out more and more.  Kitty naps have been had in the sun by the kitty in the house.  And kitty naps have been had by me on the couch.  I feel like I’m slowly creeping out of my winter hibernation.  I didn’t hibernate as long or hard as I have the past few winters.  I’ve been trying to juice more and run (is that what we call it?) on the elliptical machine.  I’ve been trying to stretch my lazy winter muscles as much as possible too.  It’s actually been helping my stiff neck and back.  It makes me think I should really take yoga classes.  I bet it would help more than just my still muscles.

One place Eric and I keep talking about visiting this summer the Ancient Lake area in central Washington.  We paid it a quick visit last October, but we need more!  It was our last real trip of the summer/year.  I think we went out with a bang!  Ancient Lake was way prettier than anything we were expecting to find in the coulee.

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Ancient Lake, October 2012.  Polaroid Land Camera negative scan.

Today Youtube recommended a Lana Del Rey song to me.  I usually don’t listen to Youtube, but today I gave in.  I’ve seen posters for Lana’s new album plastered all over the local record store.  Sometimes I don’t listen to the music the record store advertises on their walls because quite often the poster has the face of a hipster on it.  But perhaps I don’t listen to certain things because I’m afraid that it *might* be hipster music *and* I’ll like it.  What’s wrong with that though?  Can’t we all have guilty pleasures?

But in the end I listened to Lana Del Rey today and I am girl crushing!  She is gorgeous and she can sing.  I’m the type of person who can listen to the same song on repeat for hours AND not tire of it.  I did that tonight with her song, “Ride.”  She made me want to travel!

“I hear the birds on the summer breeze, I drive fast.  I am alone in the night.”

“Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people, and finally I did on the open road.  We had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore, except to make our lives into a work of art.  Live fast. Die young. Be wild. And have fun.”

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Sun sun sun! and a print

SUN! It was only about 75 degrees today but it felt much warmer! I took a blanket and my sewing project outside and had a little sun bath. Fancy blanket huh? I found that at the thrift store this week.

I’m still sewing my bag. I made quite a bit of progress this afternoon. I’m hoping that it will be finished by tomorrow!

I bought a new print this week too. Jesus with his kittens! Juniper approves. I bought this from a very nice gal named Shari.  Juniper approves!

Click here to buy your own print from Shari!

Tonight I was checking the weather report and I saw this. Oh Fabio! Those luscious blonde locks! Not really. He doesn’t age does he?

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Sunbathing and mail surprises!

Sorry I haven’t posted the second part of our day trip from this past weekend!  The weather here in Seattle has been beautiful this week so I’ve been outside laying in the sun.  I haven’t made myself sit down and write that post yet.  I have a slight sunburn from the wonderful 70 degree temps. we’ve been having.

A few weeks ago I signed up for a vegan swap.  You were given the name and address of another vegan blogger and you were to send them a package with your favorite vegan goods.  The package from my vegan swapper arrived today!  I will do a full post about this in a few days, but I was super excited to see the box on my front porch today!

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Day trip to Frenchman Coulee and Taunton- part 2

After some fun at the gem shop we finally made it to Frenchman Coulee! We found this waterfall which you can also see from the other side of the coulee.

And this is the view we had of the coulee!

Our jackalope mascot, Roama (also known as Timber Rattler), ventured to the coulee with us.

More lovely desert flowers.

So dainty!

Wonderful yellows!

And look at those deep purples!

These might be my favorite desert flowers.

When traveling you should always take a roll of toilet paper with you! I discovered a sad porta-potty without toilet paper and I was super happy to have this guy with me!

There are sand dunes in the coulee. You can see them in the distance. The hike back to the sand dunes was roughly one mile. We gathered up our cameras and water and got walkin'!

There was a rough path going to the sand dunes and trails leading to places where climbers like to go.

More dainty flowers.

Flowers and sage brush.

These are rather pretty.

Sage brush as far as you can see!

This was looking back towards the car. You can see a tiny speck in the distance that is the car.

Happy hikers!

And there are the sand dunes!

That is much steeper than it looks!

The sand dunes are way bigger than they appear from the road. Eric went hiking towards two other dunes in the area.

I brought my Polaroid camera with me to take some desert shots.

We had gorgeous weather for this trip!

I decided to hike to the top of the dune.

It was a steep hike! I was huffing and sweating when I made it to the top.

Steep! Get movin' legs!

View from the top!

I sat down for a rest on the top of the sand dune.

Sandy ripples.

We noticed this line of greyish dirt along the trail. Can you guess what it is?

It's Mt. St. Helen's ash!!

After leaving the coulee we ventured to the town of Taunton.

We traveled on a very small back road with open ranges. We didn't pass another car the whole time, but we did pass a mama cow and her baby!

Baby stood up and stretched.

Baby was also kind of suspicious of us. Little baby decided to hide behind mama.

And this is Taunton! There was never a town here, but there was a substation for the railroad.

Here's the substation.

It's been abandoned for quite some time.

The substation is in rather bad condition.

It's pretty trashed inside.

Eric and I love investigating old buildings!

Why not?

Chop shop?

These stairs lead to the lower level of the substation. That stuff along the wall is bird droppings! It was rather smelly and dirty so we opted to not go downstairs.

Best wishes to you substation!

People had carved their names into the side of the hill behind the substation. I used a pocket knife and did the same!

Thanks for following along with us! We had a great trip with great weather and photos! We're already planning for our next day trip! See you on the road!

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16.5 hours of travel today!

I’m just checking in to say hi today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with a fantastic post for you! Eric and I traveled through central Washington today. We saw desert flowers, coulees, some nice cows and I even have a little sunburn! See you tomorrow!

Sun and fun!

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