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It took me this long to bother to figure this out, but: total miles covered during the trip: 2,694!
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Just as we were (sadly) leaving White Sands, we came across this black beetle happily eating a pistachio nut.
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Of all the kitchy Route66 attractions, we stopped at exactly two.



Well, I'm a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see




Take it easy, take it easy
don't let the sound of your own
wheels make you crazy


The other attraction we stopped to see? THE THING, but of course I can't show you pictures of that.
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Briefly:

I went far away and saw many wondrous and beautiful things, and then I returned home and found it also to be wondrous and beautiful, although considerably more humid.

Pictures and stories to follow...

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  • 00:05:45: At MacDonald's in Roswell. There's a UFO out front. I have picture proof. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 02:22:15: At a tiny town near the texas border. We pulled in to use the bathroom just as a bus discharged all its passengers. Bad timing #roadtrip2010
  • 02:46:11: I am eighty feet away from the texas border. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 04:31:29: made it to Amarillo BEFORE morning. #roadtrip2010 #georgestrait
  • 04:59:09: stopped for a couple hours sleep in . . . Well, somewhere in Texas. No idea where. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 07:02:22: On the road again. Amazing what a few hours sleep will do. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 07:51:26: delayed by fog. Waiting it out at a posh Texas rest area. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 09:48:00: It's kind of wonderful to be back in the land of GREEN. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 10:08:35: Totally just scored free food from the Oklahoma welcome center. Cookies for breakfast? Yes please! #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 12:26:42: Within about two hours of home. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 15:03:27: Twenty seven hours after starting back, I am home. The End. #roadtrip2010 #fb

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  • 13:15:19: I just spent three dollars on a cupcake.
  • 13:27:14: leaving Tucson. Next stop: White Sands, unless it's closed for missile testing. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 14:30:36: We have now seen The Thing. Ooo. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 15:38:20: I keep thinking we're in Texas, but it's still south Arizona. #roadtrip2010
  • 16:58:54: Stopped at wendy's in the middle of nothing, somewhere near the mexican border. Bless Wendy's for having yummy baked potatoes #roadtrip2010
  • 18:26:43: In Las Cruces. Saw lots of border patrol. It's interesting down here. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 19:09:22: In the White Sands Missile Testing range. It feels dangerous and exhilarating. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 21:19:45: White Sands is AMAZING.In honor of @ruthette we took hundreds of jumping pictures.#roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 22:37:23: On I-70 east driving through what i think would be beautiful country if we could see it. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 23:41:44: Discovered that Shadow the GPS is taking us home a completely different way than we thought. It's all good, though. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 23:46:20: The advantage of Shadow's route is that we're passing thru Roswell. I'm keeping my eyes open for aliens. #roadtrip2010 #fb

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  • 01:50:16: Spent lovely evening in the company of a retired astronomer who shows people around UofA's telescope several nights a week. #roadtrip2010
  • 01:54:43: I saw Mars and Saturn up close tonight. The giant telescope reminds me of a teal hairdryer from the sixties. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 11:35:37: dreamed about cleaning. Today's agenda: shopping, visiting an old mission, enjoying the sun. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 12:14:25: In a dodgy ok bookstore looking at old maps. BEST EVER. #roadtrip2010
  • 12:16:21: . . . That would be dodgy OLD. #roadtrip2010
  • 15:56:54: Sitting in a tiny Tamale shop in Tucson. I have high hopes for this place. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 17:48:49: Sitting in the courtyard of the Mission San Xavier del Bac. It is peaceful here. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 21:51:54: I bought some smoked salt, and now I smell like . . . Smoked salt. #roadtrip2010 #fb

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  • 11:20:32: at the Phoenix zoo now and I decided that I want to have children just so I can take them to the zoo. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 15:32:20: We've apparently carried an ant with us all the way through four states in six days. We named him Jules Verne. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 16:00:32: Stopped for a DQ blizzard, saved the world from comma abuse. No more 'restroom check's.' #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 17:03:36: In the desert, surrounded by giant cactus. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 20:38:46: so far, tucson is confusing. We're staying in a 1920s apartment, but hanging out in a posh italian restaurant. Later tonight : observatory!
  • 20:44:10: We're in an organic, local food restaurant. It's part of the slow food movement. And so far we're been waiting 15 min. for a glass of water.

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  • 00:29:47: Have decided that Phoenix is like Sarasota but with more cops, less humidity, and on ocean. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 14:36:52: Finally found a headband with flowers on it that doesn't look dumb. Yay! Best purchase of the trip so far. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 15:48:32: In a fab gluten-free bakery in Phoenix. YUM. #roadtrip2010
  • 18:02:59: Is it weird that I like staying in the flight path of a major airport? #roadtrip2010
  • 21:00:20: I miss keeping up with my Twitter people. #roadtrip2010
  • 23:43:50: I love the eight percent humidity here, but my skin doesn't. #roadtrip2010

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  • 09:08:58: Last night I played mancala with a 4 year-old, ate cake made from spelt and talked about dark matter with a man who just returned from Kenya
  • 12:32:09: we're in historic downtown Flagstaff. . . In a wonderful musty old bookshop, of course.
  • 17:00:26: Just finished watching a Birds of Prey demonstration at the arboretum, now heading down to Phoenix. We're ready for some warm weather! # ...
  • 20:07:24: Arrived in Phoenix. I hate the traffic. Food's good, though. #roadtrip2010 #fb

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  • 13:51:05: In the petrified forest now, and cal to civilization where there is cell service. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 15:38:32: Camera broke in the middle of the petrified forest, but thanks to tech help from a brother, it was back in business by the time we exited.
  • 16:57:18: I see a snow-capped mountain! #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 18:07:59: Sitting in Outback Steakhouse. I just ate almost raw tuna and it was GOOD.#roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 18:39:20: I so just stood on the corner in Winslow, Arizona. #theeagles #roadtrip2010 #fb

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  • 08:45:42: Morning has dawned in Albuquerque. It's beautiful here. The mountains...! #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 09:33:42: We are totally going to be ZOO this morning!! #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 11:19:24: after eating olives for breakfast, I am at the zoo for the first time in fifteen years. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 15:38:14: Almost to Arizona. Is it always this windy here? #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 17:18:09: In Chinle, heading out to the canyon. Here goes my first camping experience in years! #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 20:24:24: Just went on most amazing hike. This place is made of WIN. Huge canyon is huge. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 20:26:05: Hey mom, tried to call but cell service is weird. Can still text, though, and everything is great. Have so many stories to tell!
  • 20:29:35: this campground is the best. We got upgraded to a hogan for free. The camp host is taking care of us . . . He even delivered free firewood!

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  • 05:38:34: #roadtrip2010: the beginning. We're off! Amarillo by noon is the plan. #fb
  • 09:24:37: Oklahoma charged us seven bucks in tolls to drive around OKC. Will be glad to exit this state. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 10:00:38: We are somewhere in OK getting gas and it is very windy. Bad day to be wearing a dress. . . #roadtrip2010
  • 13:03:25: In texas buying sliced meat for lunch. Feels good to be back in the state of my birth.#roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 14:15:21: We're in New Mexico, and it is beautiful. I can't describe it well enough to do it justice. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 14:47:23: I scored free food at the New Mexico welcome center because it's tourism day. Or something. anyway, thank you, NM! #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 18:37:55: Just ate the most amazing beef kabab at a Persian place in Albuquerque. The spices were amazing. #roadtrip2010 #fb
  • 19:39:34: I totally just parallell parked for the first time in about 5 years. #roadtrip2010

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FYI

Apr. 29th, 2010 09:49 pm
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Today I managed to link my twitter account and facebook, so I can tweet while on the road* and have it update facebook at the same time. Also, (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] butterbobbin 's example) at the end of each day all my tweets should feed here. Which will be annoying for the next week, but useful once Roadtrip2010 starts in earnest. It's just for the duration, and then I expect I'll sever the link and life will go back to normal, and least as far as teh internetz is concerned.

*but not while driving. Honest.
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From Road trip


I have been packing for weeks (like the boyscouts, I am always prepared), but last night I dug out one of the very necessary ingredients for successful roadtripping: a large stash of coffee-flavored candies from the asian market.

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