Last year I did not drive out west because I was working on the online rockhounding classes. So this year I decided that I had to make the drive – all 6,285 miles of it.

Thanks to friend, Helen Riley, for flying out to Arizona to share the adventure, which included hiking the Grand Canyon and Sedona. I also visited the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert.

First, a few Grand Canyon photos.

A couple of Painted Desert photos…..

I really enjoyed the Petrified Forest.

We went on eight different hikes in the Sedona area. They were all different, but all awesome.

On my way back east, I stopped in Albuquerque for a few days. Thanks to the Hannishs for their hospitality. When I left early one morning, I caught this sunrise glow as I drove over the mountains east of Albuquerque.

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