Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Gettin' My Kicks on Route 66

Well, this certainly has been a fun weekend! And the theme, as the title suggests, is fun you can have along Route 66. It started on Saturday with a visit to Wildlife West (look at the bottom of the page for fursuiting fun!) which is close to 66 in the little town of Edgewood NM. I had wanted to give the park my annual donation. I hadn't realized that last year's donation had made me a lifetime member. Oh well. My $$$ will go to support lots of nice wildlife including Koshari the bear, who was hibernating, a cute new grey fox who licked my hand, and all of the other critters including Mexican Gray wolves, raccoons, and mountain lions.

Kitty and I then watched "Cars" on dvd which is a wonderful movie that deals with the abandonment of little towns along Route 66 when the interstates were put in. If you want to see the scenery that inspired the movie you need to go to the west side of NM along I-40. I commented to Kitty that the story of the factious town of Radiator Springs sounded a lot like Selligman, AZ. Sure enough, on the bonus features they mentioned that town by name. Oh! And you might notice a certain bright yellow sign in the movie. That was a direct reference to this sign where I fursuited last year.

On Sunday we packed up the Exploder for a day trip to Petrified Forest National Park. It's only 3 hours to the west of here and I have passed it countless times over the past 20 years. The last time I was there, however, was on a geology class field trip in 1984. Kitty had never been there at all! It was a nice little day trip. It's about 3 hours there and 3 hours back which left us about 4 hours in the park. That's more than enough time to take in all of the sights. The park is ideal for those traveling across country to the Grand Canyon. It's a nice little stop between Albuquerque and Flagstaff across I-40 which is the high-speed equivalent to Route 66. I also wanted to compare notes to my experience there as a geology student in 1984 and a professional geologist in 2007. Quite a bit had changed. Yet the landscape was as timeless as ever. One thing had changed, however, in the past 20 years....I had become a furry! You betcha I fursuited the park! I am in a race with the Euro-furs that visit this country before the major cons! We are in a race to see who can fursuit the most national parks before the other! *LOL* I claim furst suiter!

Here are some more pics!

A shot at the visitors' center to prove I was there

There's nothing around here but a bunch of rocks!

Should I be getting some kicks?

Has anybody seen Bonnie and Clyde around here?

Hey look, everybody! It's a desert!

And not just any desert...a Painted Desert!

And something for Ka Crow!(yeah! I know it's a raven

And that was the fun we had on old Route 66. Today was a day of recovery. It was nice to lounge around and do almost nothing. We did watch "Monster House" which was extremely dark and not recommended for little kids. I think "Cars" will win, but this one should be a close second for it's weird storytelling. I bet it's the movie that Tim Burton wished he had made.
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