Monthly Archives: August 2016

August 21, 2016 – Trip to Albuquerque

After refueling, we headed for I-40 East, we recalled the huge native pottery vessels amid the entrance and exit ramps from previous visits to Gallup. Thirty miles down the road, we passed under the exit which straddles the Despite being … Continue reading

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August 20, 2016 – Tonto National Forest Enroute to Gallup

Leaving the Phoenix metroplex, we climbed gently and found ourselves surrounded by a forest of Saguaros. Some interesting facts about Saguaros: They are the largest cactus in the US. A 10-year old plant might be only 10” high. Their branches … Continue reading

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August 17 – 19, 2016 – Friends and Family

Despite the temperature hovering around 110o each day, we had a chance to visit with a Josh Slocum, a friend in Carefree, where we saw a number of things including; A very rare Crested Saguaro Barrel Cactus Prickly Pear Cactus … Continue reading

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August 16, 2016 – Mesa and Hot!

Just before sunset last evening, large cumulus clouds billowed up all around us. The relatively short drive to Mesa again took us through some pretty barren landscapes and found our elevation below 2,000’ for the first time since shortly after … Continue reading

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August 15, 2016 – Hanging Out

After spending the morning hanging out … no driving, no sightseeing, no chores … we called for a shuttle to take us to where we wanted to have lunch at a chain restaurant with a retro-1950s look, feel and menu … Continue reading

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August 14, 2016 – Leaving Utah and Arriving in Arizona

Heading south (actually east) from Kanab, we paralleled the Vermilion Cliffs and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument with more their spectacular cliffs and rock formations. As the road finally began to turn south, we passed through a narrow mad-made … Continue reading

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August 13, 2016 – Southward Bound to Kanab, Utah

Once through the erratic drivers from Salt Lake City south to Provo, urbanization gave way to farms including many vast fields of hay. An hour-plus south, we pulled off the highway for gas and quickly discovered we were in Fillmore, … Continue reading

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August 12, 2016 – Utah State Capitol – Cathedral of Madeline – Temple Square

Utah’s state capitol was originally targeted for a small town in central, Fillmore (in Millard County, no less), not surprisingly named for President Millard Fillmore who was in office when Utah became a territory.  In fact, a new state capitol … Continue reading

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August 11, 2016 – Leaving Nevada – Bonneville Flats – Salk Lake City

Leaving our campground, we found ourselves driving through more road work through Wells And behond, where we were mystified by the construction in the westbound lanes. After climbing over and descending into another of the Great basin’s valleys we discovered … Continue reading

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August 10, 2016 – Winnemucca to Wells – California Trail Interpretative Center

I-80 leaving Winnemucca first climbs to the summit of before descending into a broad desert plain of the Great Basin. where the only visible industries appeared to be mining. The first town we passed had its initials on a nearby … Continue reading

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