S: Our Big Road Trip 2011
1: first stop - FOAMHENGE | yes, foam! | Natural Bridge, Virginia
4: Fun things to do while traveling through Virginia... Look for zombies, werewolves, and other strange creatures... | Play in a giant, man-eating slug... Find (and then escape from!) Dinosaur Kingdom... | VIRGINIA
5: IT'S 1863... While digging for dinosaur bones in the lost caverns, the Garrison Family has discovered an entire valley on the other side filled with living Dinosaurs. Unfortunately, so has the Northern Army, which seeks to use the Dinos as Weapons of Mass Destruction against the South. Can the Garrisons and their pet monkey, 'Blinky', stop them before it's too late to ESCAPE FOM DINOSAUR KINGDOM?
6: Discovering Dinosaurs... among other things. ...is that a zombie Abe?! | ATTACK!!! | wAtcH ouT
8: Waiting with another family to visit the Haunted House... | SLIMED! | there --> | here --> <--
9: we found Bigfoot! (he was in the outhouse - oops!) | Elvis sighting
10: Elvis sighting
12: "The World's only replica of The Parthenon, epitome of Greek culture, was the central building at Tennessee's Centennial Exposition, May 1 - October 31, 1897" | "The World’s only replica of The Parthenon, epitome of Greek culture, was the | central building at Tennessee's Centennial Exposition, May 1 thru October 31, 1897"
13: central building at Tennessee's Centennial Exposition, May 1 thru October 31, 1897"
14: A great American road trip wouldn't be complete without a visit to Graceland!!~ | WELCOME TO MEMPHIS
15: Billy Tripp's Mindfield ~ the work of a local artist in Brownsville, Tennessee, started in 1989 and still growing... | Discovering little known roadside oddities... | ...some of the most unique and interesting attractions along the way...
16: ~but they have real gas there! and a pretty beautiful sunset... | Oklahoma isn't exactly our favorite part of the trip...
17: Bonus - Mom sings the musical score throughout our drive through the OK state! | Plus, a few cool things to see - a round barn and the world's largest soda bottle - with dancing lights!
18: Red Rock Canyon State Park Oklahoma
19: The Cadillac Ranch Amarillo, Texas
21: built between 1600 and 1646 with parts of an abandoned Pueblo dating back to 1100
22: circa 1612 ~ oldest structure in the nation
23: Appreciating a little history, government, art and architecture ~~~~~~~ New Mexico State Capitol | 'The Roundhouse'
24: C A P I T O L | ART | EXPO | Santa Fe, NM
25: Saint Francis Cathedral
26: enjoying art around Santa Fe | look! 3 jackasses - and a few donkies, too! -Dad | Mom finds some cuddly friends to nap with
27: Cross of the Martyrs honoring Franciscan Priests who died during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680
28: Endless bauty of New Mexico
29: a living history museum of 18th & 19th century life in New Mexico | El Rancho De Las Golondrinas ~ The Ranch of the Swallows
32: considering how their lives might have been different had they lived a couple hundred years ago...
34: Tesuque, New Mexico
35: Art gallery, Bronze foundry Glassworks | Sculpture gardens | Shidoni
36: trains | ancient warriors
37: farmer's markets | street musicians | mountains | open roads | street music
38: on the road again... | we stop for Fiesta day in Taos
39: The oldest continuously inhabitied community in the US with structures over 1000 years old, The Sacred Village remains inhabited by descendents of its native peoples who continue traditional practices, tribal governement, use of the native language of Tiwa, and use no running water or electricity. | TAOS PUEBLO
40: Rio Grande Gorge New Mexico
41: on the lookout for aliens... | UFO WatchTower Hooper, CO
42: Driving through Colorodo it's hard to tell - but we spotted a double rainbow! Really!!
43: Lake Dillon
45: scary roads! Colorado Rocky Mountains | beautiful mountains, quaint towns,
46: Visiting Aunt Rachel! She teaches Ethan to dance with a sword balanced on his head - yikes!
48: enjoying the natural hot springs at Cottonwood in Buena Vista, CO | it's a little hard to see, but that is a bear roaming on the hillside above us | SKI SCHOOL! | Keystone | from
49: Resort | attacking Mom with snowballs! | heat | to SNOW!
50: JUMPING | for | JOY
51: Ethan proves he can keep up with Alyssa!
55: we get a limited impression of Kansas on the drive through! corn, cows, claim to fame, lotta Jesus, endless fields
56: We stop to see St. Louis, Missouri and take a ride up the Arch
58: cool creatures at the St. Louis Zoo | Anteater | friendly Hippo | 2- humped camel | the giraffes hang out with the ostrich | the mysterious red-mouthed goofballs
59: a few more states, one last attraction | not to be missed - World's Largest Ketchup Bottle | 4,797 miles, 15 states, 12,000 feet, 7 hotels, 20 meals out, 955 photographs, 1 happy family, countless memories!