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Posted by jjadams on Nov 29, 2007 5:55:00 AM

To take full advantage of the extended Thanksgiving weekend, we took a roadtrip to Arizona. We left early on Friday morning after the wonderous meal on Thursday evening.  After about 80 miles heading east on I-8, Tara spotted a billboard for The Desert View Tower and Mystery Caves.  We couldn't pass that up!  It turned out to be the last remaining roadside attraction from the olden days when everyone had to drive to their vacation destinations.  Here is a picture of the tower, and us at the top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 'Mystery Caves' turned out to be tunnels and paths through boulders and wind-shaped rock formations, some of which had been sculpted and painted by an out-of-work engineer (hmmm) during the Great Depression.  Here are some of the sculptures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A ways further we crossed into the famed Imperial Sand Dunes.  We spent New Years out here a few years ago with Mark and Nicole riding desert vehicles, watching sand drag races and drunken bon fires, awesome!  These dunes are also famous because the desert scenes from several movies such as Star Wars and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the other side of the highway you can see what the dunes look like on any given weekend during desert season, piles of campers, trailers and desert toys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So eventually we made it to Scottsdale and then Sedona, but those stories will have to wait for the next blog!

 

 

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jjadams

jjadams

Member since: Oct 17, 2007

Justin (& his loving wife, Tara) roam the countryside recording their escapades using state-of-the-art photographic and geo-positioning equipment (thank you Sony). Destinations include but are not limited to: California, Chicago, Michigan and Arizona.

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