Long, snowy, sunny, cold, warm Drive

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
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Trip End May 04, 2013


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Sunday, January 6, 2013

We got an earlier start this morning since Lynn's hair was behaving well.  The trip included just about all but rain and hail.  It would have been a pushover for a mailman or any gender of mail person.  

We drove out of Page onto another two lane road and the weather warmed considerably as we moved south towards Flagstaff.  Lots of red rock, cliffs, hills and valleys and mountains, of course.  The coach performed admirably and traveled easily at sixty-five, burning up the miles at a steady pace.  We stopped for lunch at another of our usual Rest Stops and relaxed bit.  Lynn made a nice chicken salad.  Don't you just love how we "rough it?"

Then the ascent began.  You might not be aware of the fact that Flagstaff is at nearly 7,000 feet elevation.  As we approached, the snow, on the ground, appeared and it seemed to be about six to eight inches of the nasty stuff. The temperature stayed in the upper forties to fifties, but the snow left me with bad internal memories of the recent past.  You know what I mean, I'm sure.

I didn't take any pictures enroute, but plan to this eve and tomorrow when we take the first hike.  After some "discussion" it was decided that we'll stay for three nights.  That gives us a chance to hike on two days and get into Scottsdale for some shopping.  We don't have a very large fridge or storage, so it necessitates that we shop more often than when we're at home.  Plus, there's a COSTCO close by...

We've seen several birds that are common here.  Mourning doves abound, as do the fun and interesting Gambrel Quail.  The sounds of each always remind me of the desert.  I'll try to get a couple of shots to remind you of how they look.

That's about it for today.  I'm a bit tired from the drive.  Anything over 2-3 hours in Shorty is a workout.  Thanks again for keeping me at the keyboard.  It's a pleasure to share our wanderings with you.
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