California here I come.

Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
Trip End Jan 17, 2010

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Sara and Mattie's

Flag of United States  , Nevada
Monday, January 18, 2010

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 I left las vegas this morning from my cousin Sara's house.  Seeing her and mattie was awesome.  It was great to spend some time with extended family; an event that's few and far between.  They were very welcoming, kind and makes me have a better perspective on some things.

I need to back track to the drive to Las Vegas -

When I crossed into Utah from eastern Colorodo the sun was rising an illuminated a beautiful barren, rocky landscape full of canyons, cliffs and rock formations.  Bright reds and oranges of the rock were accented by the bright white snow covering the ground.  I found a viewing spot from the visitors center and watched the sun rise from on-top of a huge rock.  It was stunning.  

I drove through Dixie National forest, but could barely hike since the snow was still so high at 9000 feet.  THe view was once again spectacular - pictures below of this and the sunrise.  

Right now I'm stopped at Barstow along the old route 66.  The Mohave was full of Joshua trees and I'm only just beginning to explore my new home!  =D The thoughts of all of the adventures to be had in the surrounding mountains, state and national parks and beaches! is almost overwhelming and disorienting.  

With just under 200 miles to go I'm on the home stretch of my trip.  It's been astounding and remarkable and I've only begun to grasp all that I've seen and experienced.  
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