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Wild West road trip through 5 states, through my lens

It had been couple of months since a road trip that we had taken from Seattle to many parts of Oregon, which I have shared with you all in my previous blog  and I got too excited when my husband decided a road trip with my visiting mother-in-law to Las Vegas and nearby tourist attractions, instead of taking a flight.
I have my own inclination towards a road or train trip which lets me float away into my own world looking at the never ending road or the passing by terrain.

I must say our trip was pretty packed due to the fact that it takes a day to get out of Texas! We started our day 1 pretty early in the morning with a target of covering at least 75% of our journey the same day(it was a 15.5 hrs drive one way to Vegas!) and pretty much started regretting within the first 3 hours as we had absolutely nothing to look at because of the flat terrain Texas had up in the North(that doesn't mean you have nothing to see in Texas. Check out some cool pics and details about one of the pla…

Wild West road trip through 5 states - (2) The drive, the divide and the crater

Our initial plan was to target and reach somewhere close to Flagstaff and go to the mountains. However, once we were out of Texas and in New Mexico, the flat land was replaced with beautiful stretch of huge orange/reddish walls parallel to the road, as if it was some sort of a fortress.
I googled up while we chatted about the possibility of it being Continental divide and this natural mighty rocks  guarding and standing tall indeed was the Continental divide, which was unbelievable. I will not bug you with some geographical information, however it is important to know the brilliant the natural phenomenon looks. The icing on the top is the match box like goods train passing by in the opposite direction right in front of you, reminding of the old wild west movies ;) As the dusk arrived, it seemed more like sun was kissing goodbye to these blushing rocks!
We continued our journey talking about the UFOs since we were still in the land of the sightings and I got curious and started lookin…

Wild West road trip through 5 states - (3) Walnut Canyon(Arizona)

After walking up and down the deck at different levels until we were satisfied, we started our journey to Flagstaff. It was our mistake that we did not look up to see if it had snow (I tried checking live cameras, which never gave me the view of the peak) and were disappointed to see that it was a good warm day with nothing but dried up mountain. With a little disappointment as we headed to our next location, we learned about a local canyon and drove there. Walnut Canyon was something which we had not remotely thought of but were stunned by the beautiful houses which were carved out of the mountains by the Sinagua tribes hundreds of years ago. It is one of the national monument and is well maintained, providing staircase and walkway around a central mountain to walk around and learn about how they had built their houses, conserved and lived with minimal water which was available.

 I could not resist but compare this one very closely to what we find back home in Ajanta/ Ellora caves -…

Wild West road trip through 5 states - (4) Vegas, Hoover Dam, Antelope and Horse Shoe Bend

With enough time spent in the lap of nature learning the human history, I had enough to ponder about until we reached Vegas. As they saying goes "What happens in Vegas, remains in Vegas", I will leave it there with an admiration towards "Cirque du soleil" production. It is a wonderland on an unbelievable stage. An artist cannot but admire about the hardwork and practice which goes in producing such a classy work with no flaws! Art, grace and imagination all put into team effort to create a magical treat! By the way the show we saw was "Mystere", whose pics I share here as no videos were allowed to be shot and I respect it!

After 2 nights of gambling and wandering on the strip, we visited the world famous engineering marvel Hoover dam, again to be amazed at the art combined with engineering genius. This place hardly took an hour or so for us, leaving us, however with little time to reach our next set of destinations - Antelope and Horse Show Canyons.