National Geographic : 1964 Mar
Absorbed sightseers watch the American West slip past Roadrunner, the 26-foot home on wheels in which the Gray family clocked 3,000 miles from sun-washed Mex ico to the snow-crested Canadian Rockies. High-spirited brone battles a determined rider at the annual Frontier Days rodeo in Prescott, Arizona. Wheels spin, hoofs fly: GEOGRAPHIC tours U. S. 89 WHEN STAFF MEN go on assignment, they are likely to end up riding anything on wheels or feet. To roam the West and see its phantasmagoria of wonders old and new, writer Ralph Gray toured Route 89 with his family and Ginger the dog in Roadrunner. The windshield framed many a vista of cowboy country as the caravan motored northward along the route often called the national parks highway because it links six parks in the United States-including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Glacier-and three others in Canada. In next month's issue Mr. Gray will log Roadrunner's trail "From Sun-clad Sea to Shining Mountains," and perhaps spark ideas for your family's summer trip. Your friends will also enjoy such travel stories. You can nominate them for mem bership, using the form below. Each month brings new adventures and a fresh look at the world's changing geography.