Road Trippin’ 2004 – Grand Canyon – Day 2

As I gradually convert content from my old domain to the new, I plan to re-edit most of the pictures.  So, it may take MONTHS for me to get everything converted over.  But, I want it to have a “fresh” look.  So, I think (hope?) it will be worth the effort.

I am starting with my first road trip in the TSX.  Before I get to the pictures, though, a little back-story.  A few months prior to this trip, I was visiting with my parents and I said something about “someday, I’d like to go back to the Grand Canyon, the Tetons, Yellowstone, and a few other places.”  These are all places my parents took me to on family vacations when I was little.  I didn’t really REMEMBER everything from the specific places, but I enjoyed going and seeing all these new and wonderful things that you just don’t see in Texas.

Well, to make a long story a little less long, my mom replied, “What are you waiting for!?  You have a nice car, you make good money, you’re not getting any younger, GO!!”  She was right, on all counts.  So, over the next few weeks, I made reservations to stay at some cabins near the rim of the Grand Canyon, I bought myself a digital SLR camera, and I scheduled some time off from work.

You may have noticed that this post is Day 2.  “What happened to day 1,” you may wonder.  Day 1 was all rain, trying to get out of Texas, and not a single photo was taken.  My original plan for this trip was to pretty much spend all my time in Arizona, seeing what all I could find there.  That plan didn’t work out, but we’ll get to that later.

So, let’s start on day 2.  I was somewhere in west Texas.  Based on the map I’m looking at and where all I went that day, I must have started out the day in Van Horn.

I made my way towards Guadalupe Mountains National Park.  On my way there, a slight break in the clouds caused a rainbow/prismatic effect in the clouds.  So, I stopped and took a picture.  If I’m remembering correctly, I saw some sort of rainbow at least once per day for the first several days of this trip.  I thought that was kind of neat.  But, I’m pretty sure I didn’t get pics of all of ’em.


Getting closer to Guadalupe Mountains NP.  El Cap, shrouded in clouds.  There were a LOT of clouds and precipitation on the first part of this trip.  Quite dreary, indeed.  But, I guess that should be expected for an early November road trip.


This was in Guadalupe Mountains NP.  My first site of snow for the day.  But, not my last.  I think this might have been the first time I had the TSX in snow.  It did well.


I was tempted to convert this image to black & white.  But, I decided to retain what little color there was in this image.  I do wish he had been facing towards me, though.


As I said before, I saw plenty more snow that day.  No passing zone?  No kidding!?  🙂


A lot of people really like this picture.  I do, too.  But, most folks are surprised when I tell them I didn’t even stop to take the picture.  I was going around a curve, saw the scene, slowed down, grabbed the camera, rolled the window down, snap, snap, snap.. “I hope I got it” and I kept moving.  Not bad for a rollin’ shot.  🙂


“Back that a’ way be snow!”  It’s amazing what a difference a few miles and crossing over some mountains can make for the weather!


Or so I thought.  After leaving Guadalupe Mountains NP above, I head north through Carlsbad, eventually over to Cloudcroft, and onward to White Sands, NM.  I don’t know why.  But, I’ve always liked this picture.  Something about the colors and the textures, I think…


Unfortunately, it was cloudy, dreary, and rainy in White Sands, too.  So, there weren’t many pictures to be taken that day.  But, I tried…



That day ended in Tucson, Arizona.  I’ll get that uploaded at some point.  Thanks for stopping by!

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