From Dessert to Forrest
Trip Start Sep 02, 2011
16Trip End Sep 30, 2011
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Days Inn & Motel 6
Left Roswell early Saturday morning and took the long drive through to Tucson (7.5hrs)! On the way we passed through various mountains, deserts and a whole load of nothing!! There were warnings along the way about sand storms and weren't they right! We saw three separate mini tornados and managed to catch one on video camera :-). So we stopped off at the White Sands Monument which is basically miles and miles of white sand dunes. This is south of the missile testing range where they tested the first atom bomb and still use it as a test facility today. Really was something! The whitest sand you can imagine for as far as you can see. We spent the rest of the day pretty much in the car but we always knew that this was going to be the longest leg of the trip.
Arrived in Tucson just as the sun was setting. Tucson seemed like quite a strange city, all the buildings look like they were built to camoflague themselves into their surroundings. The city is surrounded by mountains which truly are a beautiful sight.
Got up early today (as we gained another hour!!) and drove down to the old Spanish district which are a complete contrast to the modern homes. Really nice to see.
We set off just after this to head for Flagstaff en route to the Grand Canyon.
A lot of the driving was through mountains along twisty roads and all around you was the desert and hundreds of giant cacti! Just like the old elpaso boxes!!! At this point it was 97 degrees. We stopped off at the most interesting rest stop yet! Firstly there were warning signs all around warning us of all the poisionous reptiles in the area! Anne was in the toilet, the biggest woman she had ever seen walked out! When Anne came outside, she was about to say 'did you see the size of that woman' however I cut her off with 'check out that massive tranny over there!!!' ha ha he even had boobs the size of our heads but the deepest voice EVER!
As we got closer to Flagstaff, all of s sudden, we started acending up what seemed to be the never ending mountain! Suddenly, we were no longer surrounded by desert, but a beautiful Forrest! Felt like we should be in The Rockies! Also the temperature had dropped to a soothing 76 degrees down to the fact ghat Flagstaff us 7,000 feet above sea level.
It is a beautiful town which is surrounded by Forrest covered mountains and you can see it would be beautiful here in winter. A local girl said it snows heavily from November onwards! So strange considering it's not that far from the desert!