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Warning: ear worm alert.

So…we were standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona…such a fine place….

Yeah, well, we intended to stand on a corner, but it was cold and windy. So, I took the pic and cranked up the Eagles’ “Take It Easy” as a tribute to the 1970s.

Then, we got back on the highway headed west as some massive storms encircled us. Impressive as heck, but a little freaky, too.

Our next stop was Meteor Crater. I was prepared to be underwhelmed. It’s a big hole in the ground, right? Well, yes, but it’s actually darned impressive. (And it appeared in the 1980s movie STARMAN.)

We didn’t explore the edge around the crater for long (cold and windy, remember? We’re Californians.), but we watched a movie and took the ride. Really. It was kinda cute.

After driving through rain, hail, and snow in Flagstaff,

we turned south toward Sedona on Highway 17—the road from H. E. Double-toothpicks—as my late mother-in-law would say.

We spent two nights near Sedona. (I don’t recommend visiting this beautiful town during Spring Break. The traffic made actually visiting it nearly impossible.) But you have to admit this is a beautiful traffic jam.

We managed to grab a couple of shots of Sedona’s breathtaking red-earth monuments, but even those visitor centers were jampacked.

We headed back to the campers in Cottonwood, AZ, to enjoy the peace and quiet. We were parked near a river that had recently flooded. They said they only had 1-day to prepare. The flood did a lot of damage, but we all agreed we’d like to return once they’re back to normal. It’s a gorgeous area.

The next morning, we visited the old mining town of Jerome. This was Paul’s favorite stop of the trip. Tons of history and all very well displayed.

We also visited the poorly named Montezuma’s castle (early settlers assumed the structure was built by Aztecs. It wasn’t.) A really nice Visitor Center with historical displays that sort of blew my mind. Did you know that while these folks were building this fortress on the side of this river bluff, construction had just begun on the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris?

We called it a day and turned in early for the last push toward California. Weather didn’t permit a stop at the Grand Canyon, but Paul and I made a small detour in hopes of seeing wild burros in Oatman. Alas, the tiny “ghost” town was packed with tourists, vehicles of all sorts, and no burros. I didn’t blame them. We kept going, too, the rest of the way to Kingman.

But the desert “Super Bloom” made every mile of the drive worth a stop or four.😉

We spent our last night on the road at Tehachapi. Content and tired, but still friends after two weeks and nearly 4,000 miles.

It was a great trip! Thanks for all your kind comments and support. I’m so glad I was able to share this adventure with you.

Now, it’s back to book writing (I’m starting a new series) and box sets (starting a new one of those, too). But I also plan to share more of our fabulous spring in this area, including a beautiful hike along the Merced River.

Happy reading!

Deb

Coming Next:
5/11
– Hike On, Raging River! Happy Mother’s Day recipe, and a very special Free deal!

Debra Salonen's Book List

GOLD COUNTRY
Her Gold Country Valentine
The Rancher's and the Widow's First Christmas
Falling for the Stranger
Her Second-Chance Homecoming
The Deputy's K-9 Matchmaker

PROPERTY SISTERS
Montana Blueprint for Love
Meet Me in Montana
All the Stars in Montana

BIG SKY MAVERICKS
Montana Cowgirl
Montana Cowboy
Montana Darling
Montana Maverick
Montana Gift
Montana Miracle

FREE in Kindle Unlimited
GOING ALL IN ON LOVE Box Set
Prince Charming Undercover
The Daddy Gamble
Risky Baby Business
Christmas for the Win

LOVE AT THE CHOCOLATE SHOP
Montana Secret Santa
Sweet Summer's Kiss

FREE in Kindle Unlimited
MEET ME IN THE BLACK HILLS Box Set
Black Hills Baby
Black Hills Billionaire
Black Hills Bad Boy
Black Hills Bachelor
Black Hills Native Son
Black Hills Secret Santa
Black Hills White Knight
Black Hills Rancher
Black Hills Stranger
Black Hills Legacy

FREE in Kindle Unlimited
WEST COAST HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER Box Set
Her Forever Cowboy
Never Say Never
Caleb's Christmas Wish
A Baby After All
Love, After All
That Cowboy's Forever Family
Forever and Ever, by George

LOVE, MONTANA
Her Hero to Love
Her Rogue to Tame
Her Rebel to Kiss

FREE in Kindle Unlimited
IT'S NEVER THE MISTLETOE Box Set
The Rancher's and the Widow's First Christmas
Her Christmas Angel
Caleb's Christmas Wish
Black Hills Secret Santa
Christmas for the Win
Judy Does Christmas
Bonus Box Set Gift: A Hundred Years or More

 

 

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