Thursday, May 19, 2011

Houston, Texas

Bev is now on the first of three flights home to Melbourne, Australia.  I was sad to say farewell to her.  It is such a l-o-n-g series of flights and layovers and one is very tired after the Australia or New Zealand journey. In Italy last month I promised Andrée a visit to Canberra but gosh, ...... I do hate that flight!

What a fantastic visit! Bev, like Andrée and Kees, you were a pleasure to travel with. It is always wonderful to have folks visit who appreciate the natural wonders of the USA and is not negative on the country (as so many are).  We journeyed far from home and saw many beautiful National Parks.  We traveled through interesting little towns and about eight Native Reservations.  We kept away from the big cities except Phoenix, Arizona, where it was necessary to see the wonderful Heard Museum. I will miss you Bev and hope that one day you will return and travel the northern National Parks with me.

My Blog was written to keep family and friends informed of our daily travels (April 28 through May 11, 2011). I also hope that the Blog could help a stranger planning to travel through the Southwest.  The Title each day is where we stayed, how we moved on. In each town there were many hotel/motel options (Best Western, Comfort Suites, Super 8, Holiday Inn etc.). In parenthesis is the places that we visited during the day while working our way to our chosen rest stop.

If you are an American citizen or permanent resident over the age of 62 years then I encourage you to apply for the $10.00 (one time fee) National Parks Senior Pass before leaving home (or purchase at the first NP).  The Senior Pass saved us a considerable amount on fees to the National Parks.

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