Friday, April 17, 2009

Out West

We're out west this week, visiting our first grandson, so I'm writing about a different kind of Carolinas destination. During my trip to Columbia's State Museum, I learned the Carolinas originally stretched to the Pacific Ocean, which means the original charter included the landscapes below.

Can you believe it?

Irving, TX (near Dallas) from the sky:


Along I-10 in west Texas:


Rugged mountains in New Mexico:


I hear cattle grazed these lands in the days of Geronimo and the O.K. Corral


At Texas Canyon in Arizona:


Saguaro cactus in Arizona


After spotting several initials on mountains,
we learned the letter represents the name of the town


High winds kick up the sand in Arizona:


Sunset over California:


This stark, barren land has a rugged beauty, but the rocky landscape makes me appreciate the lush and varied habitats of today's Carolinas.

6 comments:

Da Hiker said...

Nice Pics, what camera you shooting with?

Kimberli said...

Thanks, Da. We use a Nikon, though some of the pics in the older posts were taken with a Canon Powershot.

Lew said...

Beautiful shots of your cross country trip! You are right, there's just something soothing about sitting in the green grass under a big shade tree!

Kimberli said...

I agree with you, Lew. While rugged and outstanding in its own right, the southwest's dry rock-and-dirt landscape (what I called "Mars, if it developed sparse vegetation") has too much of a lonely feel for me.

Julie said...

Again, I agree with you. Of course, I'm biased, but there's no place like a live oak tree:)

But that doesn't discount the beauty of these pictures. Wonderful.

Congratulations on your grandson!!! It looks like it was a fantastic and memorable trip.

Kimberli said...

A live oak would be a blessing out in those parts. Imagine hundreds of miles of this landscape in one, long, continuous stretch, with hardly a soul or dwelling in sight. It certainly makes one feel small.

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