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Thursday, August 26, 2010
Third Day On The Road With Laura Bryna

By Laura Bryna
Follow Country Music Recording Artist Laura and her birds’ adventures across the country in this exclusive blog, “On the Road with Laura Bryna.”

Laura Bryna and her Senegal parrot
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Harmony the Senegal parrot gets some snuggle time with Laura Bryna on their road trip.

Congo African parot, Tyler
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Tyler the Congo African parrot seems to enjoy the road trip!

We were up and at ’em around 8 a.m. We had our breakfast and got “on the road again.” Grandpa showed us the Cadillac Ranch again, except it was morning with the pretty sun rising to the sky. We saw those big windmills spinning in the middle of the plains of Texas (a.k.a., the Panhandle). Grandpa says they create lots of energy for the people in surrounding towns.

We passed through San Jon, New Mexico. Then Grandpa and Mama (a.k.a. Country Music Recording Artist Laura Bryna) wanted to see the Route 66 Monument, so we got off of Route 40 and got on the Old Route 66. It was like a ghost town there with hardly anyone around — probably because they closed that old road. It was so cool though. Mama got a picture of the monument, and then we got some snacks at Lowe’s Grocery. What a cute store. Wish we could go in, but somebody might mistake us for some multi-colored chicken! People were walking in the store with their cowboy hats, gotta talk to Dr. Lutz (our doctor) and see if anyone has come up with some cowboy hats for us, babies.

When we left, Mama got a picture of The Paradise Motel, which people were staying in. It looked like it had a real story to it. Then we headed toward Albuquerque (that’s a really hard word to spell). Everyone snacked on grapes, Mama, Grandpa, and us. We're known as "The Babies": Congo African grey, Tyler; Senegal parrot, Harmony, and lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo, Snuggles. Leave it to Snuggie, she tried to take a little bite of cheese. She couldn’t help it! But Mama said that Tyler and Harmony gave new meaning to Diana Krall’s song, “Peel Me A Grape.” Yummy to our tummy!

Route 66 Memorial
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Laura Bryna couldn't pass up the chance to stop at the Route 66 Memorial to get a photo.

Rock formation along the road
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Courtesy Laura Bryna
Buttes and many other rock formations were along the road during the drive.

Laura Bryna and her African Grey parrot by the Here It Is sign
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Could you pass up a chance to get a photo of this strange sign?

We passed a slew of Mama’s favorite trucks, FedEx. We drove alongside the Rio Grande River and these beautiful rock formations. How does God do that? Passed Santa Rosa, Milagro and then, of course, we stopped at a Shell Station for gas. Mama got some turkey sandwiches at Subway for Grandpa and her, and we had some fruits and nuts. Then we headed west, passing signs for Santa Fe and onto Albuquerque.

We saw some big, long-horned steer while passing the Turquoise Trail. Passed Laguna, went through Gallup, and crossed the Continental Divide. We saw lots of casinos and then we crossed into Arizona. We passed Fort Courage (love that name) and went through St. Johns. And it’s lookin’ pretty deserty out here.

We passed by The Hubbell Trading Post and went over Crazy Creek (how appropriate for this trip, driving across country with Mama and Grandpa!). This is Navajo Country.

We drove by the Petrified Forest National Park. Then we went past these flat mountains Grandpa called buttes. Too funny! Mama then said we needed to wish on a passing truck of hay. Lots of luck!

We’re really lucky making this trip with our family, especially spending this time with Grandpa. While we were relaxing in our usual spots — Harmony on Grandpa’s shoulder, Tyler on Grandpa’s knee, and Snuggles on Mama’s shoulder — the humans decided they had to have a Dairy Queen pronto. They needed sugar! They think we’re crazy! Get a mirror!

On our way to Flagstaff, Arizona, we passed Geronimo and got our picture on the Old Route 66 and in front of The Jack Rabbit Trading Post. We crossed over the Little Colorado River and drove by Meteor City, where they have the World’s Longest Map of the Old Route 66. Mama wanted to see the Meteor Crater National Park, but they wouldn’t let us in. What do they know? We’re tropical! Then we crossed over Canyon Diablo and noticed we were at 6,000 feet elevation. That’s high for those humans, not us! We went through Winona and passed Walnut Canyon National Park.

There is so much to see! You need a day for each thing! So interesting!

Now we’re staying at the Residence Inn, another very “baby” friendly place.” We’re getting set for some yummy snacks and bedtime. Mama and Grandpa got some BBQ and headed for bed. Snuggles had to borrow some dental floss, ’cause some of the Nutri-Berries got stuck in her beak! “Time for bed,” says Tyler. XOXO

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So, do any of the birds sing? I know a lady with a trio of amazons that sing show tunes. No one bird knows all the words, but, together they know them all.
Charles, Orlando, FL
Posted: 9/17/2010 8:09:09 AM
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