From the Grand Canyon, it was on to Sedona, Arizona, and environs. Pink Jeep tour gave me some ideas on photo opps. Lave Lake (first photo) was interesting. I moved on to the Grants, New Mexico, area which included the Coconino National Forest and some interesting off-road routes. In New Mexico, I also visited the Acoma Pueblo, Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. After a while, one becomes jaded with the beauty and expanse of the arid Western U.S. Europeans must freak out when they see just how big the landscape is. It is hard to explain how difficult it is to whittle down so many images to post. Anyway, the Tucumcari area provided some kitsch and neon, although its Route 66 history is just that, history--a sad town now. From there, it was a dash to home-sweet-home.
To celebrate a big birthday, I took my bride on a road trip to the Western U.S.. We stopped in Denver for two nights to be with great friends, then headed out to Moab, Utah, and Arches National Park, following the Colorado River for the last 70 miles. Traversed the Shafer Trail and White Rim Road between Moab and Canyonlands National Park--straight out of a Jeep commercial. (Check out videos on YouTube and you'll see.) Potash plant with its azure ponds. Crawling over rocks, driving along a narrow "road" on the edge of a canyon wall with a 2,000 foot drop. We made it in our 4x4 truck made it OK, of course, but it was quite the adventure. Then, it was off to the Grand Canyon, a visit that included a spectacular helicopter tour. More to follow.
On the way home from Mt. Meridian, Indiana, home of Putnam Park Race Course, I traveled a few back roads before reaching the Interstate highway. It was a fun weekend at the track and with the social activities that are part of the Kentucky Region of the Porsche Club of America's twice-annual high performance driver education event. Sunday was marred by torrential downpours that followed me all the way home.
Thunder Over Louisville, one of the (if not the) biggest fireworks shows in North America was last night. Before dark, an amazing airshow for the half million spectators. Couldn't help myself--had to take some photographs. And, yes, the one with the girl's reflection that appears to be on the building was un-staged and very intentional.
Winter keeps hanging around like 4-day-old fish, but that doesn't mean we can't go on a drive to the country and whip around the back roads. I had that opportunity on a drive to Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, this past weekend, and had to stop to take a few snaps. Always great to see the Confederate Battle flag.
Los Angeles, California. The nation's home to L-shaped strip centers, freeways, show biz and all things suburban. Sure, there are some nice spots (Griffith Observatory, for example), the Petersen Automotive Museum is great (if you spring for the vault tour), and the weather is way above average. This cliché was invented here: there's no there there.
Great field trip organized by the Louisville Photographic Society to Old Friends Thoroughbred horse retirement farm near Midway, Kentucky. Derby winners Silver Charm and War Emblem, and many other big-time stakes winners, are there in retirement along with their not-so-famous friends. They love to chew on the fences. Fun fact: Horses have the second-largest eyeballs of any land animal, second only to the moose.
Concours: an exhibition or contest, especially a parade of vintage or classic motor vehicles in which prizes are awarded for those in the best original condition. That was where I was today, at Keeneland Concours d'Elegance with the Kentucky Region of the Porsche Club of America. The event benefits Kentucky Children's Hospital. I could not even start to capture the amazing cars at this event, but it was fun trying.
My bud Anthony and I set out for a tour of Michigan on our bikes last week. The Ville to Indy to Orchard Beach State Park near Manistee, Michigan the first day, 460 miles to camp. Bourbon and cigars were awaiting. Then, north to Petosky and Kilwin's for Polish food and caramel apples. Next stop, Mackinaw City via the Tunnel of Trees (M119) along the lake shore. We traveled along the Lake Huron shore to Ann Arbor and made the obligatory stop at Zingerman's for great deli. Next day, Anthony headed home and I went to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, then to Cleveland. Visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then the Liberty Aviation Museum near Port Clinton, Ohio, then on to Youngstown, Ohio. Managed to get a few pics.
Flat track motorcycle racing, a truly American sport, came to Lexington's Red Mile harness racing track last weekend. There are factory teams (Harley-Davidson and Indian), but most of the riders were mom and pop-based. It was fun to watch in person, and it will be shown on NBCSN some time (lot's of air time to fill, no doubt).