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Road trip, Road trip!
With packing complete, the dog properly boarded, we had one more stop before we hit the highway, ahead of schedule. Grabbing a bag off ice at would be quick, right? Wrong. The engine wouldn't turn over and we needed a new battery before the car would budge.Unfortunately, we spent the whole day waiting for the battery and then installation, so we decided to 'bag' getting on the road that day and get an early, early start the next morning.
Early next morning, Rey (my husband) and I tumbled out to the car and covered the distance to New Mexico. I learned then why it's called "The Land of Enchantment." I'd fallen asleep, woke up just as the sun was rising. Fairy dust was still in my eyes, but I could still see and the view was so beautiful.
The travel through New Mexico was uneventful, but as we eased into northern Arizona, the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest greeted us. Different kinds of rocks were layered to form this 'desert,' eroding over time. The Petrified Forest was a continuation of such colorful stratifications and grassland with the addition of petrified, fossilized wood.
For the next few days, this was the view from our porch in Sedona, from everywhere. We had perfect weather, nary a cloud in the sky.
"Over Hill over Dale"
We were up early one morning for a Jeep ride over boulders and along narrow, rocky, roads, winding between John McCain's current home and Lucille Ball's former home. There wasn't a boulder too big for our adventure-happy guide to drive on. The Jeep's suspension took a beating that day. We made our way back to Colorado, but not before taking in sights of the Grand Canyon and the Durango-Silverton narrow gauge railroad