Saturday, March 16, 2013

Road Trip

Don & I took Kendall to the Phoenix airport this morning, where she flew off (sans broom, though I packed mine for her, just in case) to see Don's brother & his family. Instead of just turning around & coming right home we thought we'd take the scenic route. It's been super fun...I've been to places I've never seen before...& a trip to Trader Joe's is always fun! Here are some highlights of the day:

•The hot air balloons just north of Phoenix. I find them fascinating, but you will never see me on one...I am deathly, unreasonably afraid of heights...and snakes...see Wickenberg.

•Dutch Brothers Coffee. Don's favorite coffee. He gets a caramel annihilator...yum! I had The Kicker, which had a little kick of non alcoholic Irish to it. Pretty tasty!
•Scrapbooks Etc in Mesa. I haven't been there in years. I'd heard about all the fabric they have & was pleasantly surprised by the quality of what they carry. I bought some adorable scrapbook paper & some Heidi Swapp mists in aqua & mustard, as well as a couple yards of fabric for kitchen curtains. Just so happens I have the same fabric in a skirt I just bought from etsy. I must really love it...I couldn't even see past it to consider others.
•Cave Creek Highway. All of the saguaro cactus made my heart happy. They feel like home to me. Maybe because I spent part of my childhood surrounded by them in Tucson? Hmmmm...I don't know. They took my breath away & they're not even in bloom yet! I need to go back when they are.

•Pandora. Best road trip music ever. Started with my Gin Blossoms station & then onto my Colbie Calliat station. Love them both! I think Don tolerated them, but he was a good sport.
•Driving with the windows down. Oh my goodness have I missed being warm! Hot even!
•Wickenberg. What a cute little town! I could do without all the damn snake sculptures every freaking time I looked down though. Don may or may not be suffering temporary deafness in his right ear & loss of feeling in his right arm. Damn snakes. We had lunch at Nana's Sandwich Saloon, a BLT for me, a hot pastrami for him. Other than some questionable wilted lettuce, it was really good.
•The drive between Wickenberg & Prescott. Lovely! But the last part of that road was so twisty turny I had hard time keeping my lunch down.
•Oddly enough, road kill. We see skunks all the time in Flagstaff. Never have I seen a javalina. Two. One on either side of Prescott. I know...gross. Poor animals.
•Trader Joe's. 'Nuff said.
•The magnificent rocks between Prescott & Chino Valley. They reminde me of rock giants from a movie whose name is eluding me at the moment. They felt like at any moment they would move.
•Chino Valley. Where else would you see an emergency vet clinic right next door to a taxidermy shop? Wish I'd gotten a picture of that!
•The view of the San Francisco Peaks from Paulden. There's a storm coming into Flagstaff & it was beautiful to see from 100 miles away.
•Don hollering to get a photo of the sunset in my passenger mirror.

•Stopping on the side of the road to take photos of the peaks at sunset.

My only regret is that we didn't stop to take photos of all the weird things we saw (next time!) or bring a real camera (these are all from my iPhone): a humongous rock painted green & made to look like a frog right before Yarnell, the ape/monkey statues that were everywhere, the rusted iron elephants in Peeples Valley, etc.

Love that guy!

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