Project Snapshot - July 2019

Each month, Project Snapshot captures memories from the past weeks - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this month:

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My Snapshots

What have we been up to this past month? Take a look and see:

We've just returned from this year's massive summer road trip! You'll have to read this post to find out more details and the stories we returned with, but in the meantime, here are a few photos to whet your whistle:

Our traditional packed-car, ready-to-leave photo. The packing system I developed and talked about in this post continues to make dealing with our clothes on these trips a snap!

Our first national park site stops were Selma-to-Montgomery, Vicksburg, Poverty Point, Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mtns, Chamizal, and this fun spot, White Sands.

Our next few stops included Pecos, The Manhattan Project, Valles Caldera and exploring these ruins at Bandelier.

We continued on to Petroglyph, El Malpais, El Morro, Hubbell Trading Post and a jaunt down to the canyon bottom here, at Canyon de Chelly.

We then drove through the Painted Desert, visited Walnut Canyon, and scrambled across lava fields here, at Sunset Crater.

We explored Wupatki before taking the East Entrance to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

The Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree followed...

...then we spent a bit of time in L.A....

...and stuck our feet in the "other" ocean...

We finally made it back to our planned route when we arrived in Zion...

...where we couldn't stop sniffing the trees...(Did you know that the bark of Ponderosa Pine trees smells exactly like butterscotch? Well, it does, and once you smell it, you'll be addicted, too!)

Next up was Cedar Breaks and the incredible Bryce Canyon.

Then we hit Pipe Spring before coming back to the Grand Canyon, this time on the North Rim.

Glen Canyon and Navajo were next, before taking the fun Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote drive through Monument Valley.

We continued to explore Utah by visiting Natural Bridges, Capitol Reef and then landing here, in Arches.

We did one of our-most-challenging-hikes-ever here at Arches, involving steep climbs up slickrock walls and scaling sandstone fins...

We packed a lot into the end of our trip, too. Canyonlands, Hovenweep, Canyons of the Ancients, Mesa Verde, Aztec Ruins, Chimney Rock, Great Sand Dunes, and Bent's Old Fort all preceded this stop at Ft. Larned. We managed to squeeze in Pea Ridge and Shiloh & Corinth after that, as well!

Now that we're home, we're having a difficult time transitioning out of trip-mode, but I feel confident that resuming school in a couple weeks will help us achieve that. I wonder what wonderful memories next month will bring?

What were your favorite memories from this past month?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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