Summer Trip 2009

We took a three week driving trip from August 1st through August 22nd. This map shows our route, going out red and coming back in blue.

Start the journey with the first day's drive. If you haven't read it already, you might want to start with the introduction,or click on any of the pictures on the map to jump to a specific location.

Mountain View Palm Springs Joshua Tree Blythe Tucson Hatch White Sands Carlsbad Alpine and Marfa Chinati Big Spring/Pecos Fort Worth Bar H Albuquerque Acoma Pueblo Canyon de Chelly Drive to Sedona Sedona Jerome/Kingman Bakersfield Overview map of the trip
Our itinerary was: 

8/1 	Leave Mountain View, drive to Pasadena for dinner, then to Palm Springs
8/2 	Explore Andreas Canyon, and go up in the San Jacinto mountains via Palm Springs Tram
8/3	Drive through Joshua Tree National Park, go to Blythe, CA
8/4	Swim in the Colorado River,  visit the Heard Museum in Phoenix, drive to Tucson, AZ
8/5	Visit the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
8/6	Tour Colossal Cave State Park, Drive to Las Cruces via Hatch, NM
8/7	Go sledding at White Sands National Monument,  lunch in Cloudcroft, drive to Carlsbad
8/8	Explore Carlsbad Caverns, drive to Marfa, TX, with a side trip for dinner in Alpine
8/9 	Tour the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, drive to Pecos
8/10 	Drive to Fort Worth
8/11 	Celebrate Granddad's birthday at Riscky's 
8/12	Visit Ken, Liz, Ken & Paul 
8/13 	Walk down memory lane with a visit to G.D.R.A. (now Lockheed Recreation Area)
8/14	Drive to Bar H Dude Ranch in Clarendon, TX,  go horseback riding 
8/15	Another horseback ride, then drive to Albuquerque, NM
8/16	Explore Petroglyph National Monument, visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
8/17 	Drive to Acoma Pueblo for a tour and lunch, then to Canyon de Chelly, AZ
8/18 	Take a guided tour of Canyon de Chelly, drive to Sedona
8/19	Play at Slide Rock, explore Sedona
8/20	Visit Jerome for lunch and a museum stop, drive to Kingman, AZ
8/21	Drive to Bakersfield with a lunch time stop for another swim in the Colorado River
8/22 	After one final hotel swim, drive from Bakersfield to Mountain View