This was my first vacation with Abby Milligan, who was destined to become my wife.
We got the name for this trip from the Third Eye Blind song Crystal Baller. We had a tape of Third Eye hits and listened to it over and over, singing along the whole time…
Can we try and take the high road though we don’t know where it ends
I want to be your Crystal Baller
I want to show you how it ends…
•Traveled well together. Abby is so excited that she is giggling.
•Perfectly timed to shoot the sunset and last light at Cuervo, a town in disrepair that we dubbed a “ghost town,” that I had photographed once before.
•We took the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway (instead of driving), then hiked through the trail system to the peak, where we had lunch. It was Abby’s first veggie burger.
•Hiked the shorter of the two loops at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, which was far more interesting and more expansive than I imagined it would be.
•In Santa Fe, we discovered one of the best Chinese places we have even experienced, next door to our motel, called “Ten Ten.” It was Abby’s first time to have Egg Foo Yung.
We are so happy. It’s hot, but we are tolerating it well.
•White Rock Overlook.
•Bandelier National Monument
•Jemez State Monument.
•Church at San Ysidro.
•Acoma Sky City
•La Ventana (Spanish for The Window) Natural Arch. The trail that was closed two years ago was open this time, and we hiked up to and under the arch.
•Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National Park. Wild wind; light was muted by smoke from distant forest fires.
•Long drive from Page, Arizona into Utah, through Monument Valley. Still experienced haze from smoke to our south.
•Drove up the Mokee Dugway, a steep, narrow gravel section of Utah 261 that ascends Cedar Mesa.
•At Natural Bridges National Monument, we hiked down to Sipapu Bridge. Nice little hike. We both had a great time.
•Goosenecks of the San Juan State Park.
•Sunset near Kayenta.
•Vermilion Cliffs and Navajo Bridge over the Colorado.
•Grand Canyon. Though crowded, being there together was great.
•Kaibab National Forest.
•Giant Jackrabbit near Winslow, Arizona.
Originally this trip was just intended to explore the area around Tent Rocks and Bandelier in New Mexico, but as we traveled and had so much fun together, we decided to see more and more. We had the times of our lives.
You can watch The High Road QuickTime movie here…