In 1967 my father bought a Pontiac Catalina and a dingy old travel trailer and took his girlfriend, my brother and me on a road trip. Over the next 8 weeks we drove 13,498 miles, visited 51 parks, and saw wonders like geysers, redwoods, grizzlies, and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. The trip made an indelible impression, cementing my appreciation for the natural world and the American landscape. This summer Pamela and I hope to repeat the experience for our family.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


Friday, July 2nd

9:20 Left camp site at Bryce. Broke camp in good time.

10:40 Stopped at a sign that said "Bake Sale." Turns out it was a lady running a baking business out of a stand next ot a KOA camp ground.

She was a nice young woman and we spent a pleasant 15 minutes talking to her. She had moved to the area a few years earlier. She has three kids, the oldest ten. She seemed very interested in Lark (a representative of the teenage tribe) and expressed some anxiety about raising teenagers. Understandable, considering where she lives. Beautiful country but not much for teenagers to do except join the 4-H or get in trouble.

The baker lady wore her hair back in a bun, which made her look a bit like one of those Mormon fundamentalist. Leaning into the booth a bit, we saw she was wearing jeans. If she was fundamentalist, presumably she would be wearing one of those Laura Ingals Wilder dresses.

The baked goods were excellent. We ended up buying 6 chocolate chip cookies, 1 piece of pumpkin pie, 1 piece of cheese cake, 1 cupcake, and 1 loaf of bread.

11:35 Entered Arizona

12:25 Stopped at an overlook to picnic on rocks with a sweeping view. of the Vermillion Cliffs. Extremely windy. Linden's styrofoam container (leftover from last night) sailed out into the gulf before us.

1:13 Crossed Colorado RIver at Lee's Ferry and entered the Dine Nation.

2:30 Stopped at Cameron Trading Post for gas and stretch. Linden bought some silver and turquoise pawn earrings.

3:30 Entered Grand Canyon National Park

3:40 Climbed Watch Tower at Dessert View and ate pumpkin pie purchased at 'bake sale." Really good pie.

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