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IF YOU HAVE STAYED WITH ME THIS FAR THEN YOU DESERVE TO SEE MY FAVORITE PHOTO FROM MY TEARDROP TRIPS.  ON THE WEST COAST, LATE ONE AFTERNOON WE MET AN OLD COUPLE WALKING SLOWLY TO THE CLIFFS THAT LOOK OUT OVER THE OCEAN.  WE PASSED THEM GOING TO SEE THE OCEAN WHILE WE WERE ON OUR WAY OUT.  WE CHATTED FOR A MINUTE AND THEY WERE FRIENDLY ENOUGH AND LIVED SOMEWHERE CLOSE BY.  THOUGH THE WALK WAS SLOWER FOR THEM, WE COULD TELL THEY WERE IN LOVE AND IN THEIR MATURE YEARS STILL ENJOYED LIVING AND SEEING THIS WONDERFUL CREATION WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO ROAM IN.  I LOOKED BACK AND TOOK THIS PHOTO, SHE HAS HER ARM AROUND HIM AS HE LEANS ON HIS WOODEN STAFF AND THEY GAZE, EVEN AT THEIR AGE, LIKE CHILDREN AT THE BEAUTY AND MAJESTY OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN.
I THINK IT COST $3 TO DRIVE THRU THIS TREE, QUAINT AND RETRO. 
BELOW-THE LARGE TREE HAD A DOOR TO ENTER A ROOM...BUT IT WAS CLOSED. 
DRIVING THROUGH TREES DOES NOT MAKE SENSE  BUT IT IS FUN. 
THIS BEAR POLE IS CARVED FROM THE TREE THAT GREW HERE, IT IS THE ACTUAL TRUNK OUT OF THE GROUND
THESE ARE IN EL MORO NATIONAL PARK IN NEW MEXICO, A GREAT $6 A NIGHT CAMPGROUND.  A MILE OR TWO
DOWN THE ROAD IS AN RV PARK IF YOU NEED THE HOOKUPS.  WE HEARD THE WOLVES HOWL WHICH IS WORTH  MORE THAN $6.
LONE PINE, CALIFORNIA HAS A PRIVATE RV PARK AND A STATE CAMPGROUND CLOSE TO TOWN.  I READ ABOUT A CAMP BY A CREEK THAT YOU COULD SET UP AT BUT COULD NOT FIND IT.  THE PICTURE WAS TAKEN ON MOVIE ROAD WHICH IS A SHORT LOOP OFF OF MAIN STREET,  THE UNUSUAL TERRAIN WAS A SETTING FOR HUNDREDS OF OLD WESTERNS AND SOME NEWER SCI-FI MOVIES.    LONE PINE IS ISOLATED AND A GOOD ENTRY POINT TO DEATH VALLEY. 
I HAD WANTED TO SEE THE ICE CAVES SINCE HEARING ABOUT THEM BUT THEY WERE A DISAPPOINT TO ME.   
ANOTHER SMALL TOWN IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, I WAS AMAZED AT HOW REMOTE THIS PART OF THE STATE IS. 
OUR THIRD DRIVE THRU TREE, ALL WERE FUN AND WORTH THE SMALL FEE FOR AN OLD TIME THRILL FOR A BOY FROM THE SOUTH. 
LARGE STATUES OF LEGENDARY FIGURES OF LORE, TREES OF MYSTERY, FREE BUMPER STICKERS--AH PRIVATE ENTERPRISE WORKING...I SPENT ABOUT $15 ON STUFF I 'HAD TO HAVE' IN THIS TOURIST TRAP.  I LOVED IT.
I GUESS ALL OF CALIFORNIA IS INCREDIBLE,  THIS WAS JUST ANOTHER VIEW IN NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA.  THERE IS SENSORY OVERLOAD AT SOME POINT IN THIS STATE AS IT HAS SO MANY DIFFERENT SCENIC LANDSCAPES. 
ANOTHER LOOK AT THE EL MORO CAMPGROUND AND PARK THAT FEATURES THE FASCINATING INSCRIPTION ROCK.
IN ERICK, OKLAHOMA JUST A SHORT DISTANCE FROM INTERSTATE 40 AND A BLOCK OFF OF OLD 66 SITS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ANNABELLE AND HARLEY RUSSELL.  NOTHING IS FOR SALE  BUT THEY WILL PUT ON A SHOW FOR YOU AND FEED YOU FOR FREE.  STOP HERE AND YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT.
AFTER THIS IT IS JUST A LONG DRIVE BACK TO LITTLE ROCK AND LEAVING THE SUNNY WEST BEHIND I FACE THE WONDERFULLY BLEAK PROCESS OF RETURNING TO WORK.  OH WELL  THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT TIME    AND READING ABOUT OTHER FOLKS TRIPS WILL HELP PASS THE HOURS.        THANKS FOR LOOKING.          TERRY
THE REMAINDER OF THIS PAGE SHOWS VARIOUS PHOTOS FROM MY TEARDROP TRIPS