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Patty posted a topic in WorldwideMark and I took a 6 week road trip from California to Texas and back via Arizona, a bit of Utah and New Mexico. I won't bore anyone to tears (myself included) with a day by day report as a lot of it was non-wildlife related and consisted of visits with family and friends. I thought I'd post some photos and would be happy to answer any questions. Please feel free to correct any mis-ID's. Thanks to everyone who helped with my planning thread especially @@offshorebirder, @@Atdahl and @@Anomalure for suggesting that I look at Southeast Arizona, an area which I hadn't previously given much thought to and we ended up falling in love with. We were generally very lucky with the weather and only ran into two snow storms (only one of which we had to drive through) that resulted in some minor tweaks to our itinerary while on the road. To start, a phone pano of Sedona Arizona at sunset. It had snowed that morning but most of it had melted by mid day. Monument Valley, Utah - it started snowing lightly here too the following morning but since only "flurries" were predicted we decided to continue on. Starting to get a bit "flurrier". That's Canyon de Chelly, Arizona behind us. Going about 25 MPH now. We did finally make it to Petrified Forest, Arizona that afternoon only to be told the park had closed for the first time in 10 years. But we made it in the following morning. Here's the Painted Desert portion of the park. A petrified log
We're planning to take a 4-6 week road trip from California to Austin, TX (to visit Mark's family over the Christmas/New Year holidays) and back. We will mostly be driving through Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas, possibly southern Utah, probably not Colorado as the trip is already getting longer and longer. Current plans are to roughly take 10 out and 40 back hitting Scottsdale and/or Tucson, Bosque del Apache, White Sands, Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountains, Davis Mountains, possibly Big Bend though I'm having difficulty finding accommodations close to Christmas, Santa Fe, Taos, Petrified Forest, Monument Valley, then either Sedona or up into southern Utah. Just wanted to know if there are any particular wildlife areas on or close to our route that I should be looking into. I may even be persuaded to detour into Colorado. Thanks!
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