Jul 11 2010

Our Southwestern Honeysun

Natalie

Roger and I went on our “honeysun” to the Four Corners area for 16 days.  We traveled over 2000 miles in our rented Ford Edge, over paved and decidedly unpaved roads.  Every day brought amazing experiences hiking and camping in the breathtaking environment.  Some highlights include:  the light in Santa Fe, sunsets on Mesa Verde, Dead Horse Point State Park, camping on BLM land at Valley of the Gods, seeing a herd of bull elk and a kit fox, hiking Aztec Butte, the 16% grade switchback descent from the top of Black Canyon of the Gunnison to the bottom, the ruins at Hovenweep, and just about everything at Chaco Canyon.

We listened to an outstanding presentation on the night stars at national parks given by Dr. Tyler Nordgren and bought copies of his new book, Stars Above, Earth Below.  (Here is a link to his website which includes the Powerpoints and his blog: http://newton.uor.edu/FacultyFolder/tyler_nordgren/index.html)

Just about every photo we took (all 400+ of them) brings back a special memory.

Roger discovered “Trip Journal,” a great iPhone app (99 cents) that allows the user to set waypoints, organize and label photos, and take notes.  The output is a nifty map of the trip, including the photos and comments.  The entire trip can be exported to Facebook (yikes!  My friends would unfriend me.), Flickr, Google Earth and more.  I am especially thankful for the ability to take quick notes in my iPhone trip journal.  Next, I plan to put the whole honeysun into a Shutterfly book.  By the fall, I will be able to “thrill” any guest with a variety of media about our trip.

Every regular domestic day with Roger is terrific, but our honeysun is unforgettable.