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Homeward Bound

27 Oct
Arid New Mexico @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Arid New Mexico @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

DARQ: I’m reporting on the last leg of what Catherine calls our “grand tour.”  After leaving Las Vegas,we headed through the desert southwest to Lake Havasu City to see the London Bridge.  Why anyone would transport a bridge across the Atlantic Ocean to the middle of a desert, dig a canal under it, and fill that canal with water from the Colorado River boggles my mind, but that’s what they did.  Of course, Catherine and her husband made a stop to see the bridge.  Those black specks on the left lower forground are pigeons.

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Then it was on to Flagstaff and The Grand Canyon (which was “the major” destination of the trip).

Grand Canyon pendant? Yes, I've got it right here--see? - Darq  @ 2012 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Grand Canyon pendant? Yes, I’ve got it right here–see? – Darq @ 2012 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com


Catherine and her husband didn’t drive themselves about the canyon area–they took a tour bus tour and had a great tour guide–I listened in.  You see, I was chauffeured about by my Men In Black escorts. And, of course, I was incognito–the invisibility gadget I wore insured no one saw me. And no one noticed the guys in their suits because they, too, wore an invisibility gadget.

At any rate, Catherine took way too many photos–par for the course for her, right? LOL.  Here’s a sampling–and, of course, she took more still life photos then she did of the canyon itself.  Not that I minded, mind you. It was a very nice day for we could see all the way across the canyon to Utah (a hundred miles away–or so the tour guide said).

The Grand Canyon @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

The Grand Canyon @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

"Paw Print" clouds over  The Grand Canyon @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

“Paw Print” clouds over The Grand Canyon @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Character Tree at the edge of The Grand Canyon @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Character Tree at the edge of The Grand Canyon @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

"Daisies" growing under a Ponderosa Pine, Flagstaff Arizona KOA @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

“Daisies” growing under a Ponderosa Pine, Flagstaff Arizona KOA @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Rocks along a Grand Canyon lookout area @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Rocks along a Grand Canyon lookout area @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Despite the triple digit heat that grips such arid environments in summer, life clings to life, and next on this road trip we traveled through Scottsdale and Tucson.  But the huge saguaro cacti–awesome!

Saguaro cactus, Scottsdale AZ @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Saguaro cactus, Scottsdale AZ @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Catherine took the photo above, turned around, and spotted a critter–a bird, a roadrunner. I still don’t get the joke–there was no Wile E. Cyote chasing it.

I also got to see barrel cactus in bloom and prickly pear.  We have nothing like this on my homeworld. Simply beautiful (okay, so it’s a prickly cacti, but it’s the flowers that counts, right?)

Barrel cactus blooms @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Barrel cactus blooms @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Purple Prickly Pear @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean

Purple Prickly Pear @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean

Our next stop was the White Sands–it isn’t sand but gypsum.  That’s Catherine’s husband standing at the corner of their camper.

Spotting a "smoke signal" cloud above the dunes at White Sands, NM, @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Spotting a “smoke signal” cloud above the dunes at White Sands, NM, @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

And a little farther down the road we came to Catherine’s most-desired stop– Roswell, NM.

The sign says it all. Roswell NM @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

The sign says it all. Roswell NM @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Alien-green works for me!  Don't you just love my shoes? -Darq  @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Alien-green works for me! Don’t you just love my shoes? – Darq @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Of course, I tagged along (invisibly) when Catherine and her husband went to the UFO Museum in Roswell.  And let me tell you, I was shocked. No self-respecting alien would go unclothed in outer space (and if you tell me they wore green space uniforms–no way will I believe that.  I’ve flown in outer space, remember.)  Nor are any species green–after all my race has been scouting and trading among planetary systems for quiet some eons.  You humans have such vivid imaginations . . .

UFO Museum display, Roswell NM @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

UFO Museum display, Roswell NM @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

But this item in the museum was a hoot–

Too too funny! Placard in UFO Museum, Roswell MN @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Too too funny! Placard in UFO Museum, Roswell MN @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

I also have to say that Roswell had it’s quirks-

When Catherine saw the sign, she asked our campground host about the dairy cows.  Seems there are 100,000 of them in the area and their milk goes into making cheese for Domino’s pizza. (It’s shipped nationwide to the stores.)

Now, as we left Roswell, I looked long and hard across the flat, arid landscape, and although I spotted lots of farms, I didn’t see dairy cows en masse.  So where were they hiding? And, Catherine was adamant that I not make any  “alien” jokes about cows and UFO milk.

Our trek then took us through Texas.

Yeeeee-ha! Texas!  @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Yeeeee-ha! Texas! @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

We visited San Antonia, the Alamo, the Buckhorn Saloon, took a tour of the San Jose Mission, and rode a barge on the canal called the River Walk.  Of all the cities we visited, I liked San Antonio best.

The Alamo monument. Optical illusion of background hotel superimposed onto the monument. This is the actual photo--it has not been manipulated in any way. @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

The Alamo monument. Optical illusion of background hotel superimposed onto the monument. This is the actual photo–it has not been manipulated in any way. @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

San Jose Mission, San Antonio TX @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

San Jose Mission, San Antonio TX @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

Flower of Barcelona found in Scottsdale AZ to San Antonio TX @ 2013 www.CatherineEmclean.com

Flower of Barcelona found in Scottsdale AZ to San Antonio TX @ 2013 http://www.CatherineEmclean.com

We left San Antonio for home. Crossing the Mississippi, the countryside views changed dramatically.  Gone were the flat plains. Gone were the immense skies.  Gone were the 90 degree plus temperatures.  And, crossing into Pennsylvania, Catherine and her husband better appreciated the terrain of home which is blanketed with green trees and grasses.

So, that’s the wrap-up on the trip of a lifetime.  And I’m glad to be back in a cooler clime.

DARQ-signature

 

**** HALLOWEEN is coming.  Stop back on Oct. 30 (Halloween Eve) and see Darq in her Halloween costume — trick or treat?

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2 Comments

Posted by on October 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “Homeward Bound

  1. Andrea Evers

    October 28, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Now things become clear for me! We – that’s me, Andrea, and my family – were on a trip through the West when we met Catherine and her husband at the Grand Canyon. They were so nice people with whom it was fun to spend a day, but somehow there were moments which seemed slightly strange, though I couldn’t quite put a finger on what exactly felt — well, different. Just like that sometimes Catherine’s attention seemed to be drawn to some place where actually nothing was to be seen. She then really got distracted and didn’t quite follow our conversation. Just for some moments.
    Or there was a strange feeling as if someone was close by but turning around I couldn’t spot anybody. So queer at the time!
    This must have been Darq! Of course. So this energy aura that made her invisible definitely worked – I didn’t get a glimpse of her.

     
  2. Catherine McLean

    October 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    DARQ: Hi, Andrea–seems I wasn’t as incognito as I thought I was. Then again, to be visible would mean drawing undo attention to myself and the Men In Black.

    CATHERINE: Glad to hear from you, Andrea. Yeah, my behavior might have seemed a little strange from time to time, but you didn’t have Darq’s distracting whispers in your ear, let alone hear the rebuttals by her bodyguards (I had a tiny earplug transmitter in my ear–safety precaution–or so the Men In Black said.) LOL Thanks for stopping by.

     

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