Tuesday, October 25, 2005

painted desert



One of the first points of interest you come to traveling west on I-40 into Arizona is the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. Back in the fifties my dad would roar past these places in our old '53 Buick, not heeding the pleas of my sisters and I to stop so we could see. My parents would point out the Painted Desert to us in the distance, but would never stop our marathon rush to Oklahoma, occasioned by the urgent need to attend the funeral of a relative. These drives from California to the red dirt state started on a Friday night as soon as my Dad got home from work and then it was headlong across the desert, no air conditioning, windows down, my oldest sister up front between Mom and Dad and me and three other sisters in the back. Our only stops were for gas and a loaf of bread and a pound of bologna, which we ate on the fly. After I got my driver's license I would help drive in the middle of the night when my Dad couldn't stay awake any longer. Now, Dorothy and I strive to be checked into a motel before sundown, and enjoy a meal at a nice restaurant, although we do eat bologna sandwiches occasionally for old time's sake.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Then you would think you would have stopped for your kids!!! Kelly

wally said...

Kelly, I promise. Next time we travel together, we'll head straight for the Painted Desert, and I won't feed you baloney sandwiches.

Meg said...

It's lovely.

Anonymous said...

Wally, it sounds alot like my parents and me in the fifties going back each year to Illinois and back home to Calif. My dad did stop for us to see the painted desert but oh wow! if one could see me dress and my hairstyle waiting for mom to take a picture of her beautiful daughter. You were lucky, we come to Calif. in a 1936 pickup truck and guess who sat in the middle.

Envoy-ette said...

I begged for years to stop there on our way to Colorado. Finally..when I was 17...we stopped and walked around...and mom broke her ankle. Hey...did you see "THE THING?"

wally said...

The Thing?