02/25/2009, Oxford, AL
We hit a change in the scenery at the OK/AR border. The scenery changed abruptly from bare hills to tree covered hills. I was surprised at the amount of deciduous trees. There were only a few pines in amongst thousands of deciduous trees covering the hillsides.
Today we covered a lot of ground. We went through 4 states -- Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Arkansas was swampy. The deciduous trees combined with the water made it ideal for lots of wildlife. Wildlife that can easily be eaten by hawks! Needless to say, we saw quite a few hawks searching the land for a dinner.
In Tennessee we only went through the southwest corner. Which meant that we went through Memphis. But, before we got there, we crossed the great Mississippi River (more on that later). Memphis seemed that it was a nice city. Based upon the fact that we saw no people on street corners with signs saying "Feed me!". From what I could tell, Tennessee was pretty much the same scenery-wise as Arkansas.
Now for Mississippi. Mississippi was considerably drier seeing as there was a golf course with brown grass instead of green grass! There was also more evergreens in Mississippi (mostly pines). Apparently it's warmer there too -- Daffodils were in bloom! Sewage treatment ponds weren't that un-common either.
In Alabama the scenery didn't change much, but the skies did. They went from a semi-grey to very drab grey. (Luckly it didn't rain) But we finally made it to Burmingham. From there we drove 'till 6 p.m. and arrived at Oxford.
Fun Fact: We saw a barge on the Mississippi River that was pushing...12 barges! SailBlogs won't let me attatch a photo so there isn't a photo today. Sorry!
Answer to the question is...Mississippi.
02/23/2009, Elk City, OK
Today the scenery was flat (OK, it wasn't too flat). We went through Texas and part of Oklahoma. We went through the Northern part of Texas which is not the completely and totally flat part. So it was more interesting than the Southern part of Texas. (I noticed that much.)
I (again) read most of the way through Texas (because it was so flat and boring) so I don't really know many interesting aspects of Texas. Same with Oklahoma. One thing I did notice was that both the states have moderate hills. The hills are mostly covered in cacti. There also were many wind farms along the way. You can see that wind power is catching on. Also, the dirt was very red. It's good for farming beans.
02/22/2009, Albuquerque, NM
We made it to Albuquerque, NM today. VERY uneventful. We took some photos. You can probably find them at my Dad's gallery.
Colorado, I think, is cool because of the mountains and all of the wildlife that lives there. We even saw a sign that said "Bighorn sheep crossing!"
Now for New Mexico. NM is interesting because it has a mixture of hills and flat. There are also different plants in NM; Sagebrush and cacti mostly.
I was reading, mostly, through NM, so I can't tell you much.
Picture is of a sign form Route 66.
02/21/2009, Moab, UT
We're in Moab, UT right now which is "The Gateway to Arches and Canyon-lands National Parks". Today we went to Arches. It was very cool! We saw Delicate Arch, Devils Garden, Garden of Eden, Balanced Rock, and that was about all (we got there at 3:30 p.m.). There is a picture posted with this blog.
Before that we were in SLC, UT visiting my Mom's family. We stayed there all of yesterday.
Other than that there has been not much going on besides strech after strech of scenery.
Happy New Year!
Union Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies
Well, as you probably noticed, yesterday was one of the four big days of the year. The days with only 1's in the date. It was also New Year's Day, which may or may not be important, depending on who or where you are. Where we are, it is of little consequence. However, on the islands, it offers the locals a new way of greeting when they come out to our boat to try to sell diesel, water, lobster, mooring buoys, etc. which I just found out today. Since we spent the New Year in a small, out-of-the-way anchorage called Windward Bay on Mayreau Island, we didn't have many vendors come out to our boat. Now that we're on Union Island, that's all changed, because Union Island is much busier than Windward Bay.
There are several reasons we came here. For one, we are running low on food (rather important). For another, s/v 'Juno' is here, and has been for several days. For yet another reason, Union Island is close by and we wanted to move somewhere.