Friday, September 23, 2011

Tripping out

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is more important than the outcome.... a good thing to keep in mind in order to get the proper perspective on life.

So we left on a journey .... not as early as anticipated but ok. ... made 3 stops for fuel and a short delay for repairs and still made good time ... the mp service says it was about 520 miles and should take just over 9 hours .... We arrived in Gardnerville at 8pm even with the 3 stops and the delay for repairs... I think that is OK.

Following you will find a few pictures I snapped along the way...... this was from the drivers side not the passenger side as some may think ... heh heh .... I was careful, generally there was no other traffic or we had a divided highway

Finally we get to the high desert in the Victorville area... warm, sunny and dry ... ahhhh ... I love it ..... after all those days on the coast with it's fog, overcast skies and gray ..... to get here we had to travel thru the Riverside-San Bernardino area, one of the worst smog area's of California... I did not know they still had that much smog...UGH

Traveling along the Eastern side of the High Sierras is one of the most magnificent journies in the USA ... I love it ... so many times I have wanted to stop and paint instead of rushing back to do the pile of paperwork waiting .... I'm still hoping for a painting trip

... and here is the Death Valley turn off .... Baron and I took that trip last year... I want to do it again

some of the most beautiful parts of the trip are included in the reservation areas

Most of the Eastern Slopes have trees, sage or grass... but there is an occasional sand pile adding to the beauty of it all

the sun is now beginning to dip into the Western skies ... this will give us some dramatic shadows and sparkling clouds

Now heading into the pass which is over 7000 ft .... the trip takes us over several high passes

I had to show you this one... notice the snow still lingering after the entire summer..... this is good... we needed the water

Finally the sun sets over the High Sierras and another lovely day closes only to expose a star studded night that can only be seen in the darkness of the high country on the Eastern slopes of the High Sierras ..... a beautiful day, a beautiful night... a great trip

I am thankful for it all

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