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On our trip to Northern Arizona last month we took a side trip to the Painted Desert, which also contains the Petrified Forest. It is a 26 mile road (of which we traveled a little over half).

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The petrified forest consisted of large chunks of petrified wood. The family was a little disappointed that there weren’t any complete trees, but it was pretty awesome nonetheless.

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Growing up in Phoenix, there was a lot of Native American Culture in school. One thing I remember doing was making sand paintings. After seeing the painted desert I can see exactly where the idea came from.

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The Agate Bridge

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Am I the only one reminded of E.T. ?

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My fellow travelers, Eric and Aspen

 

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Love all of the cool rock formations. This National Park was definitely worth a stop.

 

 

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Best of Portland Fling … Voted on by Me

Best Entrance

Tie

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JJ De Sousa – Love the veggies and the color

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Fuller and Ernst – Great use of old garden tools

 

Best Garden to Wait out a Rainstorm

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Floramagoria

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We were “stuck” on the patio for a while, waiting out the rain. I can’t think of a more enjoyable place to be. The view while huddled on the sectional chair put my entire garden to shame.

 

Best View

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Westwind Farm Studio

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This hillside garden provided breathtaking views.

 

Best Yard Art

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Bella Madrona

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This was a tough one, but I’m partial to “junk” turned into treasure.

Runners Up

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Floramagoria – So much whimsy

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Fuller and Ernst – Beautiful glassware

 

Best Use of Grasses

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Rhone St Garden

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The grasses added so much height and dimension to this small yard.

 

Best Vegetable Garden

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McMenamins Kennedy School

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This was the only real vegetable garden, aside from a few beds at Floramagoria, but it was impressive. The flowers mixed in with all of the veggies attracted the bees and made the whole area feel very lush. For a vegetable gardener like myself, this was a welcome addition to the tour.

 

Best Garden Name

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Danger Garden

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I’m not sure how many of us came out with minor injuries, but we were warned!

 

Best Mascot

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Rhone St Gardens – Mr Boots

 

Best Use of Vertical Space

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Chickadee Gardens

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What to do when you run out of space? Garden on the roof of course

 

Best Place to Forget where you are

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Japanese Garden

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This garden was so serene, felt like you were in the middle of nowhere.

 

Best English Garden Impersonation

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Old Germantown Gardens

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The walk around this garden finished with a walk out view from the deck.

 

Best Seating Areas

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Fuller and Ernst

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As you walked through the gardens, you came upon more impressive seating area, each with its own personality. They aren’t just for show, Linda sat down with us and talked glass for a while.

 

Best Rock Formations

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Lan Su Chinese Garden

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The rock in this garden reminded me of good old Texas limestone.

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I recently returned from a family reunion in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ. The drive up from Phoenix, is incredible. You pass seas of saguaro, vast mountain ranges, and the mogollon rim.

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Saguaros – Almost in Bloom

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Damage from the Rodeo Chediski fire in 2002

Damage from the Rodeo Chediski fire in 2002

Mogollon Rim

Mogollon Rim

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Hilton Head / Savannah

We just had a wonderful trip to Hilton Head with my parents. They were nice enough to invite us to stay at their timeshare for a wonderfully relaxing 5 days.

We flew into Savannah, and started off our trip with lunch at Paula Deen’s “Lady and Sons”.  Yummy!

On our way to Hilton Head we crossed the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. It is quite a site to see.

The resort was really nice. We were only about 1/4 mile from the beach and had a gorgeous view from the patio.

There was wildlife everywhere, herons, ducks, crabs, fish, turtles.

The water was warm and the weather was perfect.

I had never been to an east-coast beach, and it didn’t disappoint. It looked exactly as I’d imagined from t.v.

There were some amazing live oaks.

The salt marshes were also something to see. These fill up when the tide comes in and then empty as it goes out. They are one of the most productive eco-systems on earth.

I’m getting sleepy, but wanted to post Savannah pics real quick.

Stairs up from River St

The Cotton Exchange

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist

Can’t remember the name or significance of this bell, but so pretty I thought I’d include it

WWII Memorial

Wall on River St. My daughter took this picture.

Thanks mom and dad for a great visit!

 

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Paradise!!!

We spent the weekend in paradise, no, not Hawaii 🙂 We went to our friends’ lease, just north of Enchanted Rock, near Llano. The weather was perfect, the terrain was beautiful, and the wildflowers were in full bloom. It was Central Texas Paradise!

Photo-op at a little creek

30 year old sign next to "Killer Duck" Lake.

Went for a morning stroll with their dog, Beta.

This dome is the same height as Enchanted Rock, which you can see clearly from the top.

Awesome Rock Formations

This is the view from the cabin porch, amazing!

Meandering Daisies

Heading Back Home

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