Friday, May 07, 2010

Friday’s Fave Five #87

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See the Friday’s Fave 5 is so comforting today.  After preparing for vacation, being on vacation, and then recovering from vacation it’s nice to have some good routine.  Go by and visit Susanne at Living to Tell The Story for other posts to read.

Since I still haven’t put any of the vacation photos on this blog I decided that today was the perfect day for it!  I give you – 5 things we did on our vacation:

1. The main event for our vacation was a UTV Rally in Moab, UT.  Really I can’t say enough about how gorgeous it is up there.  Constantly I was reminded of the Fingerprints of God song.

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This is on the first day riding – we’re all pulled to the side waiting for the police escort to take us through town.  The orange RZR right behind ours is a customized loaner from HCRacing that friends of ours took out.  And look back behind us – just a glimpse of the amazing landscape up there.

And here’s a video of Keith taking our RZR up a rocky hill.  I climbed out so that I could get a video.  Notice all the ponchos – we got rained on a couple of times!

 

2. Arches National Park – We got to Moab a day early so that we could go to this park and I’m so glad we did.  Again, sometimes there truly are not words to describe the beauty that God has created for us.  Down at the bottom of the circle there were some people – which shows the magnificent size of these arches!

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3. The Durango-Silverton Train

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This is the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train - and it's the one we were on.  Our car was the very last one, so when we would go around a corner a perfect photo op would occur.  We were in the parlor car and it was built in 1880 and beautiful inside and out.


In the winter they only run halfway, so we stopped out in the middle of nowhere instead of going all the way to Silverton.  What luck for us!  There's actually a pavilion there to eat lunch, but we opted instead to hike down to an awesome bridge (photos on other camera).  Coolest thing? The train stopped, it's quiet as can be as this spot isn't even accessible by anything but train - and it started snowing!  The snow only lasted long enough for it to seem magical, then it changed to sleet and rain.  Didn't slow us down a bit though.  :)

4. The Cliff Dwellers in Mesa Verde National Park

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Mesa Verde National Park was amazing! This is something I've wanted to see for as long as I can remember and was not disappointed.  HOWEVER... the drive up there was terrifying! 20 miles of curvy mountain roads with drop offs that surely lead to certain death. One of the park rangers laughed with us and said the secret us for the rider to sit in back of the driver and it won't be so bad. She was right and the drive down was better. :)

5. Cross Ministries in Groom, TX

I still get chills and tears when I look through these pictures.  The cross itself is 19 stories high and is visible for miles before you get there.  They have 12 stations depicting Christ’s life after He was accused.  It was a sobering place to visit.

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9 comments:

Laura said...

Wow -- these pictures are so beautiful. I want to go!!

Hope you have a happy weekend.

Susanne said...

The cross pictures are amazing and the scenery ones beautiful. Looks like it was a wonderful vacation!

cinnamongirl93 said...

Great pictures!
We were in Arches in September. It was an amazing sight!

Karyn said...

Looks like a wonderful holiday! I love the landscape of Utah and Arizona. I've seen that big cross from the interstate (I think) at Groom, TX but did not know there was a whole display there.

Booklassie said...

Wow, Mesa Verde is a place I've wanted to visit ever since I studied archaeology in college. And the Cross Ministry place in Texas sounds awesome. What a great trip you are having.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What awesome pictures and what a wonderful trip. Love the picture of you and hubs together. Glad you had a wonderful time. Happy Mother's Day! Love & blessings from NC!

Willow said...

Oh, I love those photos of Arches and Mesa Verde! Two of my life goals are to visit each of those spots! What fun you had on your vacation!

Happy Mother's Day!

Gale said...

Beautiful pictures!

Barbara Jean said...

Oh how fun all of that looks!!

I think i need a vacation!

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