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Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Zion, Bryce, Kodachrome

My daughter Jessica and I visited five parks in northern Arizona and southern Utah today. We were on the earliest tour of the Antelope Canyon and were entranced by the light filtering into the slot canyon to make the sandstone glow. We then walked the trail down to Horseshoe Bend where the Colorado River loops around a big rock. We drove through Zion National Park (zero parking meant we could not stop), followed by a hike in Bryce Canyon National Park where the cicadas sang in the trees And chipmunks ran around. We drove to nearby Kodachrome Basin State Park just before dinner. Tonight, we drive to Salt Lake City on our way to Yellowstone National Park. Still no roadrunner sightings!




















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Exploring Santa Fe

Jessica and I started our Sunday in Santa Fe by going to St. Bede’s Episcopal Church which has a lovely stone labyrinth outside. We then went to the New Mexico Gay Rodeo (where the starter flag was a rainbow, of course), did some shopping with the craft vendors on the walkway of the Palace of the Governors, and visited the Georgia O’Keefe Museum. With excellent Venezuelan takeout from the Santarepa Cafe to sustain us, we spent the afternoon and evening driving to Page, Arizona, so that we can tour Antelope Canyon tomorrow.





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Petrified Wood and Painted Dessert

Yesterday, Jessica and I saw the lovely Petrified Forest National Park, painted dessert, and ancient petroglyphs in Arizona. Before going into the park, we shopped at Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Company in nearby Holbrook to ensure we would not be tempted to pick up souvenirs. The store has fields of petrified wood, geodes, and minerals collected on private land. In the Park, we saw colorful badlands where the ancient stone logs were either on the open grass or eroding out of the ground.

Gas here is much less expensive than in California: $2.74/gallon. Ice, however, is $1.99/bag because it is so hot (110 degrees Fahrenheit today in Phoenix). Although we saw a coyote trotting along the road last night, there continues to be a disappointing lack of roadrunners on our journey.









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London Bridge, Hidden Valley, Desert Botanical Garden


Yesterday, Jessica and I we drove to Joshua Tree National Park and walked the Hidden Valley Nature Trail which is full of yuccas, cactus, and piles of vast granite boulders. Today, Jessica and I started off with a walk across London Bridge over Lake Havasu, Arizona. The 1830s structure over the River Thames was dismantled and rebuilt in Arizona in 1971. We then drove to the superb Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix where the temperature was 107 degrees Fahrenheit. Tomorrow, we go to the Petrified Forest National Park and Santa Fe. In long stretches of desert driving, we have seen shoe-laden ruins, lizards, birds, chipmunks, rabbits, squirrels (and one big snake) but no roadrunners or tortoises yet. Still hoping to see a roadrunner…











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Miracle Hot Springs to Joshua Tree

Jessica and I slept at Sandy Flat Campground (near Lake Isabella) last night after a visit to the Miracle hot springs nearby. This morning, we drove thru the Joshua Trees to San Bernardino where she has a meeting. We head to Arizona this afternoon.

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Road Trip Circumnavigating Nevada

Jessica and I are on a road trip to six national parks and seven states, not including Nevada! We started driving early this morning and are now eating lunch outside of Bakersfield. We have already visited the L.T.Sue Tea Emporium in Hanford’s China Alley, and Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. I am also trying out blogging from my phone.

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Arts and Crafts in Sierra Leone


In addition to meeting new people and mentoring, style, fashion, and exploring local markets have been some of my great joys during many trips to Africa. The recent TechWomen Delegation to Sierra Leone was no exception. This is an update on my 2017 blog post Fabric Arts and Crafts in Sierra Leone. Having shopped in Sierra Leone before, my daughter Jessica and I arrived with clear ideas on what we wanted to bring home this time.

An unexpected delight was that TechWomen Fellow, Engineer, and fashion entrepreneur Michelle Sesay (of House of Cordelia in Freetown) generously offered to have clothes made to order for the TechWomen mentors. She brought fabric and some made-up samples, took our measures and design ideas, and delivered wonders. Her tailor is amazing! Jessica and I and most of the TechWomen wore our new outfits to the final dinner.

In addition, Jessica and I brought home bolts of fabric, batik, and wood carvings as presents and to decorate our homes. After experiencing the design and color flair in West Africa, the San Francisco Bay Area is visually boring.





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