A busy Saturday ended with a great sunset and fireworks from the baseball game!
While we have been to the Grand Canyon a few times we had never been to the hard to get North Rim. There is a saying, go to the South Rim first, because when you go to the North Rim you will never go back to the South Rim!
That saying is true – similar fantastic views with (literally) 10% of the people. Nice and quiet.
There are minimal amenities, but that is ok, there is a place to eat and sleep (if you are lucky – which we were).
There are more views of the side canyons and they connect to the main canyon, adding interesting views.
The view from Point Imperial.
Cape Royal views.
The views of Angel’s Window.
More Cape Royal views.
Sunset from the North Rim Lodge and Bright Angel Point.
As I drove along in far western Kansas, into the Oklahoma then Texas panhandles, I was lucky enough to experience a great sunset.
This is Bella. She loves nothing more than riding in the car and going for walks.
That works out well since Saguaro National Park is a short ride away. Bella was insisting on a ride and a walk late one afternoon – good for her, we got great sunset photos (from the iPhone!)
After the previous failed sunset we went up South Mountain, just 5 miles south of downtown Phoenix. This time there were no clouds to obstruct the view!
An internet search of best sunsets in Phoenix suggested Usery State Park – just east of Mesa. We headed off for the short drive out, but in the end sunset was not to be as storm clouds moved in. While disappointed about the sunset, the clouds provided a great backdrop not often seen in Phoenix.
The drive back into town also provided some great shots
Before you knew it we were back in Mesa.
For five months we had the good fortune of having an apartment on the 16th floor overlooking the Rio De La Plata and the city of Buenos Aires. Little did we realize when we arrived the view would constantly change depending on the weather.
It became routine to leave the camera on the kitchen table to try and catch sunrises as we woke up each day. This long posting features the best of what Argentina weather and a 16th floor apartment overlooking a ‘river’ can provide.
The sun, water, clouds, moon – all shape the changing view.
With some spare time due to the holidays at the end of the year we checked out a few sites in the Recoleta neighborhood including a visual arts museum, which of course because of the holiday’s was closed.
The library itself was also closed. Good thing there are a number of public sculptures nearby.
The famed Floralis Generica. The pedals close each night and reopen in the morning.
Next door is the law school, which has a great lobby which was…closed.
The former design center.
A museum next to the Recoleta Cemetery. The museum was closed but the cemetery was open 🙂
Enough closed buildings, lets go hang out in Olivos Harbor.
The setting sun gave a great ‘Olivoshenge’ – not quite Manhattanhenge, but still cool. And the sun has set on 2019!
The following are interesting scenes that didn’t fit any of the other postings.
Lajitas, Texas – The only place to stay was a golf resort, but it had a great sunset.
Texas border area – We saw a few instances of the border patrol in action, including going through 2 checkpoints along the highway. Strangely the checkpoints were at least 40 miles from the border.
Marfa, Texas – This town is an artist enclave for New York artists. How and why a bunch of New York artists decided to go to a small west Texas town is far too long for this blog.
Fort Davis, Texas is a historic town with a former frontier fort. Today it has a couple of cool re purposed buildings.
Pecos, Texas – For about 100 miles in any direction from Pecos were new fracking oil wells. The landscape was filled with these towers burning off natural gas, as well as truck traffic jams and RVs parked in the desert for the workers. The high pay also caused our most expensive hotel night in Carlsbad, New Mexico as the demand for housing far exceeds supply.
Roswell, New Mexico – While I have a posting for the UFO industry of Roswell, there was also a very cool airplane ‘boneyard’.
Portales, New Mexico – When we were driving into town the billboard for Burger King said ‘next to the airplane’. They weren’t kidding.
Hereford, Texas – Beef capital of the world. I think they are correct.
Canyon, Texas – A Giant Cowboy
Amarillo, Texas – Much cleaner energy source.
Canadian, Texas – Lonesome train blues.
Near Shattuck, Oklahoma – Folk Art along the Highway.
Fairview, Oklahoma – We were looking for some Good Eats, but needed to find somewhere else.
Jet, Oklahoma – One of our disappointments was being unable to check out the Salt Plains National Refuge – where you can dig around for crystals in the salt flats. Much of Oklahoma was flooded, and it flooded the salt flats.
The cows however were making the most of their new beach.
Somewhere in Oklahoma – The Perfect Farm Photo
Part 2 in a second posting.
Our trip brought us to Lahaina, on Maui. One of the oldest settlements in Hawaii, it was once the royal capital of Maui Loa.
Today it is a center of tourism (as is most of Hawaii).
We were anchored just off shore where we had great views of the houses and boats along the coast.
Another day – another great Hawaiian rainbow.
Meanwhile the first mate casually monitored the situation.
While the crew readied the skiffs.
Once on the skiff, we headed towards shore.
But first, a dolphin show (not planned, just lucky).
Once on ground, we made our way to the famed Banyan tree of Lahaina. Planted in 1873, it is the largest banyan tree in America, covering almost 2 acres.
We took a walk around town…
To check out some of the historic buildings…
Including the former prison.
Some colorful houses.
And a great mailbox.
Eventually it was time to leave Lahaina.
With one last look…
We sailed off into the sunset.