It's hard to believe that the ruins at Casa Grande, Arizona are now over a week ago. Blogging became a little difficult as we packed and headed back on the road and toward home. But here's what I missed mentioning. Big miss - it is one of the largest prehistoric structures built in North America. What it was used for is still not known, the people who know the secret to this imposing stone structure that stands in the middle of the Arizona desert and that is surrounded by a complex irrigation system, are long gone.
The road we took this year wound through beautiful and slightly terrifying mountain cliffs and valleys in Arizona before hitting New Mexico.
Gleaming on the plains of New Mexico some miles out of Socorro there is a Very Large Array or VLA for short. The VLA consists of 27 dish antennas that have been monitoring the universe and discovering some pretty amazing things. In fact some of the movie, Contact, was filmed there. Unfortunately, we didn't have time for the tour, only time to drive up and find out what the heck was going on. I'll read up on all of it later, when life settles down.
From there it was on to Wyoming where the land rolls in mountains, hills and plains that for miles seem as untouched as they might have hundreds of years ago. Wyoming is where we see the most wildlife. Birds of prey, herds upon herds of antelope, and land that sprawls out in dips and valleys and mountains, in this part at least, seem little bothered by the intrusion of man.
It's strange how a State line seems to change the terrain as if somehow the line was drawn where the topography changed but that's impossible, or is it? But that what seems to happen as we cross into Montana, I can't tell you what it is exactly but there's a distinct difference between the two States, both beautiful in their own way.
Happy Festivus. Merry Christmas.