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Sightseeing is more pleasant before noon... We spent 6 hours around the Canyon today, and the early hours were far more enjoyable.

Then we headed south, away from the national parks. We'll take the next two days to get back to Vegas for our flight home.

Tonight, we're in Kingman, AZ, on historic Route 66.  Even our motel follows the Mother Road theme, with lots of memorabilia and a cute soda shop breakfast room.  It was 96 degrees when we rolled in at 6pm, so I was happy to try out their big swimming pool.  Bliss.


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Page to Horseshoe Bend to Tuba City to Cameron to Grand Canyon to Tusayan today. 
Back to the Canyon in the morning.  At least it isn't as hot here-- only 87 degrees and bright sunshine.


I thought it was cooler, until I stepped into the outdoor heated pool,,,  Brrrrr! the pool was only 84 degrees!  I nearly froze,  Luckily the jacuzzi was a toasty 104 degrees...
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Sunny Arizona is just fine, thanks for asking. It's 91 degrees and there's a light breeze. I can see Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon dam from my balcony. Both kids are snoozing while I'm online. Life is good!
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Can you see this angel in both photos?
Look near the center -- he's there.





    

26 Feb. 2009
MEXICO 190 to Puebla
Left Oaxaca at 9:00 a.m. for a short drive to Puebla. Got there at 2:00 p.m.
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                              Locals call this Oaxaca cathedral "The Dollhouse"


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The house that the bano built.
(I notice that they have a TV satellite dish.)





 

24 Feb. 2009
Bahias de Huatulco is on the Mexican Riviera, It is home to upscale boutiques and fishing boats. We stopped at a viewpoint for a last look at the Pacific Ocean. The rest of our trip would be inland.

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23 Feb. 2009

Surrounded by dozens of traditional Tzotzil and Tzeltal villages, San Cristóbal de los Casas sits at 7800 feet elevation. Two local weavers, Juana and Catalina, guided our bus to their village.

 


 

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22 Feb. 2009



Palenque is a national treasure and one of the best examples of Maya architecture in Mexico.
Palenque's huge temples rise from the mist; a jungle canopy of green surrounds them.
It is otherworldly.


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21 Feb. 2009

Bus departed Ciudad del Carmen 9:00 a.m.

Another day, another state. And another. We lost time waiting for traffic stalled on the bridge into Tabasco. Armando borrowed binoculars and clambered on top of our bus to investigate. Ria Grijalva meets the Gulf of Mexico with a mud brown line.  The state of Tabasco is a flat, steamy lowland; prone to flooding.



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19 Feb. 2009

MEXICO 180 from Cancún to Villahermosa

Bus departed 7:00 a.m. 

It was a three-hour drive to the crowded most-famous Mayan site, Chichén Itzá (Mouth of the Well of the Itzáes) (Everyone wanted to check off seeing one of the new Seven Wonders of the World). We passed into the state of Yucatán on the way there.

We arrived at 10 a.m. and it was already 95 degrees. Our tour guide was Abel, a young man with a gift of persuasion and a trusty backpack binder. He contrasted “urban legends” of bloody sacrifice with compelling alternate views. We walked around the pyramids trying to imagine the history of this powerful city.

 

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`Tis the season for... Shopping!  Last week, my mom and I went tripping to Victoria BC on the big purple bus.  Had a great time seeing the Festival of Trees at the Empress Hotel, shopping in Chinatown, and seeing the Christmas lights at the Butchart Garden.



     

Tomorrow, I take the big purple bus to shop for mis-dips from the chocolate factory and sweatshirts from the Morning Sun outlet. Be still my heart.  The Auburn Supermall, too, barring blizzard conditions.  Did I mention that it's snowing?

Yes, I'm still trolling for Twilight icons, scanning news for the New Moon movie, and lapsing into other OCD behaviors...

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