Painted Desert Phenoms (#668)

My road trip destination September 1st was the Painted Desert near Holbrook, Arizona.

I am celebrating my 10th anniversary on the road by visiting some of the places I experienced back in 2007 when I first ventured onto the road in my home on wheels.

The wonders I found this time around were more than I remembered.  Partly due to the national park service opening up new areas for the public to enjoy.

Teepee Rocks with Sentinel Raven


Painted Desert’s Red Landscape

A high concentration of petroglyphs at the Newspaper Rock site indicate use of the area over many generations.  Some of the carvings are clan symbols, some have spiritual meaning and others mark calendar events.

Newspaper Rock in the Painted Desert


This little prehistoric bird in the onsite museum was so cute, I just had to photograph her.


Back in the days of auto migration west this Tin Lizzie, casting its shadow on the desert floor, made it as far as the Painted Desert where it remains today.  It stands as a tribute to the many thousands of families seeking  jobs and better lives in the golden west during the great depression.

1932 Studebaker along historic Route 66


Another kind of Lizzie casting a shadow while sunning in the 90+ temps of the Arizona desert.

Wherever you are in your life and adventures,  I wish you cool shade and cooler shades.

oxo ~ Annie


About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Appreciation for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace.
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10 Responses to Painted Desert Phenoms (#668)

  1. Sher says:

    Beautiful pictures and I especially love the Teepee rock one. So colorful. I too remember your first journey. I am sure it has special places in your heart. Enjoy! Safe travels my special friend.

  2. Connie T says:

    It is 99 degrees in Reno today. Pretty pictures.

  3. Alice says:

    Wow – 10 years. You’re still my hero. Thank you so much for sharing your travels and adventures. So many of us will never be in a position – or frame of mind – to do what you’re doing, but we can live the dream vicariously through you. I’m proud to know you!

    • Hi Alice ~ same here ~ you amaze me with your travels to India ~ what good fortune and adventure. I am so glad I joined Pocono Hiking Club all those years ago. Who knew it would lead to the honor of calling you my dear friend ~

  4. nomaggsrush says:

    Congratulations on your 10th Tin Can anniversary. Love the look of the painted desert – just the sort of place I’d visit again and again and again.
    Cool shades to you too and here’s to the next ten!! 😎 xx

  5. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh wow…you have some terrific photos!!! 😀

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