With our RV repairs seemingly behind us, we were finally able to "escape" the blistering heat of Chandler and the Phoeniz area this morning as we headed for Tuscon
This base also serves as a boneyard for discarded commerical airplanes. If we were not committed to a schedule to get back East, we'd have stopped here and other places along the way. Other places we wish we'd had time to visit included
As we travel, we always keep an eye on the weather and winds. Flags
The landscape through which we passed today varied wilidly … with the flat and mostly barren land between Phoenix and Tucson, becoming more rolling as we began heading more easterly
Suddenly, out of nowhere, huge boulders akin to the landscape of Carefree, AZ
Then more flat land with green vegetation in the distance.
Both in and around the Phoenix area and frequently along I-10 across southern Arizona were warnings concerning high winds
One of the most incredible sights: Monster dust storm sweeps across southern Arizona.
The culprit was a towering dust storm, along the leading edge of a vigorous thunderstorm complex, known as a haboob. Arizonans not only dealt with dust but also hurricane-force wind gusts, hail and torrential rain.
We have experienced only one such event many years ago when approachign Phoenixx from the south. Fortunately, the zero visibility period lasted for only about five minutes. When that happened, we pulled over and put our hazard flashers on. What we've learned since is that what you should do is:
Pull over to the shoulder, stop and put your vehicle in Park.
Take your foot off the brake.
Do NOT put your flahsers on as someone still driving through such low or near zero visilility might take brake lights or flashers as being a drive on the road ahead of them … and drive right into the parked vechicle.
There were more unhappy speeders,
We stopped at an overlook just west of Las Cruses
During our seven hours on the road, Debbie was able to capture the creative artwork on many bridges
This evening, we watched the setting sun, not spectacular, but still pretty.