• I-10 W: Arizona  landscape
    Cities in California have green areas thanks to irrigation. Once you leave them, however, the view on both sides is flat scrub leading up to distant mountains. Trees like this are only found near water sources. Once you're into Arizona, the lush landscaping typical of the California oases gives way to miles upon miles of desert.
  • I-10 W: Along the Az road
    This is a more typical view and characterizes much of the unpopulated western United States. The main difference is the size and distribution of the sagebrush.
  • I-10 W: Az roadside
    The drier it is, the smaller and farther apart the bushes are. Some stretches are so dry, they are mostly sand and rock.
  • I-10 W:Rocky hills
    The Phoenix area is full of these rocky hills.
  • I-10 W: Arizona Highway
  • I-10 W: Az. landscape
  • I-10 W: Az. highway
  • I-10 W: Roadside view of mountains
  • I-10 W: Colorful mountains
    Bands of color mark different minerals composing the mountain rock.
  • I-10 W: Sunset
    Sunsets are spectacular. The air is hazy and the mountains seem to glow. This stretch is between Phoenix and Tucson.
  • I-10 W: Mountain haze
    At dusk and dawn, there is a haze about the mountains.
  • I-10 W: Highway at dusk
    We stopped for coffee. Landscaping here is done with native plants, rocks, and dirt.
  • I-10 W: The sentinel
    A lone Saguaro Cactus graces the parking lot where we stopped. These are being killed off by pollution and population.
  • I-10 W: Picacho Peak
    Picacho Peak dominates the landscape and lends its name to the State Park
  • I-10 W: Picacho Peak
  • I-10 W:More of Picacho Peak State Park
  • I-10 W: Sunset
    Sunset comes suddenly as the sun moves behind the mountains.
  • I-10 W: Sunset
  • I-10 W: Sunset
  • I-10 W: Sunset
  • I-10 W: Almost dark
  • I-10 W: Off 10 to Tombstone
    We've moved off I10 for a side trip to Tombstone. This is hard country.
  • I-10 W:  Mountains in the background
    The mountains are a much prettier view than anything close. This farm owes it's green to irrigation.
  • I-10 W: Water in the desert
    In this country, you see more irrigation equipment than barns.
  • I-10 W: Texas Canyon
    A very popular spot to stop is the rest area at Texas Canyon which is east of Tucson, just before you cross into New Mexico.
  • I-10 W:Texas Canyon
    You're right among the rock formations and everyone is out with their cameras.
  • I-10 W: Rocks at Texas Canhon
  • I-10 W:Texas Canyon
    These formations are on the other side of the highway
  • I-10 W: Image
  • I-10 W: Boulders
  • I-10 W: Texas Canyon
    The Little Dragoon and Dragoon mountains are the backdrop to this park. This land was home to the Chriacahua Apache. Cochise's stronghold was in the mountains
  • I-10 W:Texas Canyon boulders
  • I-10 W:Boulders
  • I-10 W: Dragoon Mountains
  • I-10 W: Boulders up close
  • I-10 W: Rugged formations
    Many different minerals can be found in the rocks.
  • I-10 W: Across the road
  • I-10 W: Across the road
    The rest area has separate parking places for trucks and cars. This is a lot of cars to stop in the middle of the day in August. The temperature is around 100 deg, but everyone is out clambering around the rocks and taking photographs.
  • I-10 W: Boulders
    Everywhere you look, there's a fascinating formation. These mark the boundary of the rest area.
  • I-10 W: Mountains
    Texas Canyon, fittingly, is in Cochise County.
  • I-10 W: Goodbye boulders
    Standing at attention, these mark the edge of the rest stop
  • I-10 W: Standing stones
  • I-10 W: More upthrust rocks.
  • I-10 W:Back on the road
    Ahead of us are the the Dos Cabezas and Chiricahua Mountains. Around us, it's flat as a pancake.
  • I-10 W: Almost in New Mexico
  • I-10 W: More Sagebrush
    The small size and distance between the bushes tells of virtually no rainfall in this area.
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