East Coast Visits, Hoover Dam, and Mysterious Las Vegas

After our encounters with snow and freezing temperatures in Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, it was with great rejoicing that we arrived in Las Vegas to sunny days with temperatures climbing into the 70s. My own enjoyment of Las Vegas was short-lived, however, since we were in town primarily for my airport access. East Coast … Read moreEast Coast Visits, Hoover Dam, and Mysterious Las Vegas

More Than Just Standing Around on Corners in Winslow, Arizona

Well, so much for the trees. After leaving Cottonwood and its relatively leafy environment, we headed to northeastern Arizona, where the Colorado Plateau put us at relatively high elevation but in an arid desert environment with virtually no trees in sight. The flat, scrubby high plains just go on forever.  We were scheduled to be … Read moreMore Than Just Standing Around on Corners in Winslow, Arizona

Hitting Arizona’s High Country in Cottonwood

After our stop at Picacho Peak we skipped right over the Phoenix metro area and landed in the historic town of Cottonwood, nestled along the Verde River at an elevation of around 3,500 feet. That increase in elevation meant a few things: our arrival just days after a major snowstorm meant we encountered plenty of … Read moreHitting Arizona’s High Country in Cottonwood

Tucson Part 3: Wrapping Up

Our month-long stay in Tucson has flown by, and we’re off to other destinations in Arizona. Staying in one place for an extended period of time helped us get through the coldest month of the year in a relatively comfortable spot, even though an unusually wet winter meant we saw a surprising number of cool, … Read moreTucson Part 3: Wrapping Up

A Small Sampling of Napa Valley

After our lengthy stay near the redwoods, we made a very large (for us) relocation of over 300 miles in one day, which meant we took shifts driving down the scenic but narrow and winding route into the heart of Northern California. We passed through thick smoke in Mendocino County from the terrible Camp Fire … Read moreA Small Sampling of Napa Valley