the petrified forest (tbt)

It’s been a while since I posted, so here’s a Throwback Thursday from 2012! Located in Arizona, the Petrified Forest National Park is absolutely amazing because it’s wood … but it’s stone. Trippy. It was a great place to scamper around, and it was on the way as we were driving to the Grand Canyon anyway. Although, after a while it’s all kind of the same. What’s over there? Petrified wood. And there? Oh, more petrified wood. Here too. Hm, yep. Got it.

But still! It’s totally worth visiting. And I can’t believe it’s already been two years since I was there. Look at those blue skies, the open space! Ah, the things I miss while living in China!

141016 a

141016 b

141016 c

141016 d

the grand canyon

As much as I am a city person, I do like spending time outside. Especially when that outside does not consist of 90-degree temperatures with high humidity. So when I went to the Grand Canyon, I actually enjoyed myself quite a bit. It was my first time being in that part of the country, so it was pretty cool – a very different scenery than I am used to. I was only there for a weekend, but it was long enough because after a while all the rock just started to look the same.

There was kayaking and mules involved, and some absolutely delicious cookies at Jacob Lake Inn. There’s just lots and lots of rock. And sand. And water. Oh alright, there are trees and squirrels too … but mostly rock. Regardless, it was fun, pretty, and a bit terrifying (fear of heights + rock cliffs = oh goodness). It was also pretty cool to actually see stars in the night sky … it’s been a while! Mostly it was just nice to get out and be out there. I think the Grand Canyon is definitely one of those places that you have to go and see, just because it’s one of those places you have to go and see. It’s like New York in that way.

120814

smallest airport ever – flagstaff, az

The Flagstaff airport is pitiful. I spent the weekend at the Grand Canyon (woohoo! more on that in a later post) and I flew home out of the Flagstaff airport. Oh goodness. It’s one of those miniscule airports where it takes a minute to walk from one end to the other and security is closed until half an hour before the flight takes off and its flights are only to or from Phoenix. And yet … it appears they have a Calder mobile. Wait, what?

120808

I almost didn’t notice it at first because it’s not placed very well and the black metal gets lost among the wooden trusses. Ugh. When I first saw the mobiles, I thought they were pretty cool. And they still are pretty cool, but they’re EVERYWHERE. And that makes seeing them more annoying than enjoyable now. Calder ran a good thing into the ground.

Oh, and the plane was so tiny (befitting of the tiny airport) and the ride was short but bumpy … I’ve never been so scared flying. Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be visiting that airport again any time soon.