Arizona Trip Aug 2011
We decided to drive over and see Debs Dad Marshall. August 18th we
and took off.
Of course our first stop is Casa de Fruita (near Casa de Gas, Casa de Motel, Casa de
Wine, Casa de Hamburger, etc. ) We continued our heroic drive to
Laughlin Nevada. We drove down I-5, passing
through Bakersfield, Tahapachi Pass, the Mojave
desert, past Boron and up 95 towards Searchlight NV and on to Laughlin.
We saw lots of tomato trucks.
Finally Laughlin. We got a nice room, hit the
buffet and then the craps table. Whoops we lost a few bucks.
Next day on to I-40 and across northern Arizona. The speed limit is 75
so we did 80. Arizona was having monsoon rains.
So we saw some spectacular clouds. We saw a few
small showers but no big ones hit us, though we
could see major storms moving across the landscape. We
at Marshall's around 3pm. Marshall is
looking good. Much better then the last time we had seen him. He has
caregivers come in three times a week to do chores, take him around for
shopping, haircuts and other appointments.
The first night we went to Lecano's Mexican place. Very nice, as usual.
The next day we passed talking and napping. The next day we went to
dinner at the Chuck Wagon. Deb bought a hoop
dancer doll. Back home
for a few drinks and some conversation.
The third evening we went to The Branding Iron for a very nice dinner.
The waitress forgot to serve us our dinner but we had a good
conversation and ate a little later then expected. We watched "Dr.
Strangelove". Marshall enjoyed it. We had quite
a good conversation that night.
We had given Marshall a nearly new microwave. Turned out to be almost
exactly like his old one - both are the same size and GE.
We stopped by Mabry's grave for a few
We packed up to drive home. Back across AZ and on the Barstow. This
time we stopped in a fairly new Comfort Suites.
Pretty nice. Unfortunately when Deb called Marshall he fell while
rushing for the phone. A big concern. Between several phone calls Peg
called the Sheriff who sent somebody out to check on him. They got him
up, checked him over and left.
The next day we did the grueling drive home. Passing through Needles it
was 117 degrees. We passed the usual scenes
such as huge nut orchards, the thousand of cows at Harris
Ranch and the earthen dam at San Louis Rey
reservior. We arrived about 3:30.
An enjoyable and fun trip. We listened to more of the "#1 Ladies
Detective Agency" series and another story by Alexander McCall-Smith.
Here are a couple bonus pictures of Deb and her