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2006 Western States Driving Trip          

   
.   Road Trip!  It conjures up the image of buckets of snacks (like cheese balls, jelly beans, candy bars, cokes, and the occasional sandwich).  (Well, that's the image it conjures up for me ... along with the image of packing the car to the ceiling with every possible piece of contingency gear imaginable).

.   We went at the very end of September to let the crowds thin out (and to let the temperatures dip below 100o!).  We also caught perfect weather for the whole trip.  We were unbelievably lucky - everywhere we went there was major flooding (or snow) right after we left - sometimes within a few hours.

.   "Road Trip" also conjures up the image of getting wild and crazy.  Hatari means "danger".   On the first leg of the trip I invented the Lexus equivalent of the Hatari seat - standing out the top (moon roof) while blasting down the highway at 85 mph.  Many of my photos were therefore taken from a moving (or jostling) vehicle.

.   My primary goal for the trip was to go somewhere that I could take photos.  I hope you will agree that I was successful in meeting that goal.

USAF Academy Driving through Colorado Arches National Park Lake Powell Driving to Lake Powell Natural Bridges Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Santa Fe Trip Map

.   Click here for a larger version of the map.  Click on the map to see our travels.

Hatari

Chris

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The Plains of Texas Colorado Arches National Park
THE PLAINS OF TEXAS COLORADO ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
Utah Scenery Lake Powell Natural Bridges
UTAH SCENERY LAKE POWELL NATURAL BRIDGES
Utah Scenery Monument Valley Valley of the Gods
DESERT SCENERY MONUMENT VALLEY VALLEY OF THE GODS
  Santa Fe  
  SANTA FE  
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