Today was a beautiful day, we drove up from Prescott, Arizona to Jerome (about 35 miles). Jerome city clings to the side of Cleopatra Hill, on the side of Mingus Mountain, with a population of under 400. Prior to 1953 it had a population of about 15,000, then the copper mines closed, and it became a virtual ghost town. Since then shops, galleries, museums, and studios (some housed in former brothels and saloons) have been established in the restored town. It is known for its artists and very unique gift shops. We only stopped for a minute so I could buy some wine for Thanksgiving, but will be going back tomorrow to spend the day -- such a unique town, with very narrow and winding roads as it literally sits on the side of a vertical mountain (houses on stilts of course). Come back in my next post to see some pictures.
Today I am posting a few more page layouts created for my brother's heritage album (no it never stops) and pictures I took while at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. These caverns are over 30 miles long (largest in the Western Hemisphere), and tours are geared for any age or physical strength (even for old people like us). We took the Big Room tour because we didn't feel like taking ropes and ladders (with head light gear) down 830 feet. All we had to do was jump into an elevator to go down 75 stories to the Big Room (my kind of rock climbing!!). These caves really should be one of the 7 wonders of the world -- words and pictures do not describe the beauty, vastness, and majesty of these caverns. My pictures aren't the best because there wasn't enough light, but better than no pictures.
Here are a couple of two-page spreads I did for my brother's heritage album:
|I used a discontinued die (I believe) to create the bird and branches -- this was one of my favorite pages.|
|My hubby at the beginning of our 1.4 mile walk in the Big Room of Carlsbad Caverns.|
|And here he is again, still with a smile on his face (that is because he had probably only walked one-tenth of a mile at this point).|
|And he's still walking -- tried to take picture looking into cavern so you could see some of the rooms.|
|Make sure you enlarge these pictures by double clicking on them -- wish you could have seen this in person!!|
|Back of my brother -- still walking!!|
|Isn't this beautiful -- enlarge it!!|
|This room is called the "Hall of Giants" because of the size of the stalagmites, with the largest being 83 feet tall.|
|Trying to get a picture that would depict the vastness, but failed!!|
As you can tell, we are having a blast. We have seen a lot and experienced a lot, and God has blessed us with safe travels and wonderful experiences. Come back soon for another day of our travels.
Blessings to all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!
"When will you ever have more time than you have now?"