Trip to Show Low February 2011

We decided more or less on the spur of the moment to go see Marshall. We took off on a Sunday, Feb 13. After a long drive we arrived at Laughlin NV and stayed at the Tropicana. They gave us a free room for all the money we dropped the last time we were there. We had been on a diet for over a month and this was a break. We hit the buffet and nearly cleared it out (kidding). We played craps and had free drinks for quite a while. This is a view from our room.

The next day we had a nice drive across northern Arizona, with a stop in Winslow AZ. We did not see the famous "flat bed truck".  The on to Holbrook and down to Show Low.

It was Valentines day. Marshall had made a reservation at the Branding Iron for dinner. We went back to Marshall's and Deb opened one of her Valentines day gifts.

The next day, Tuesday, we decided to drive out to Nutrioso AZ to visit Andy and the boys - Nick and Josh. It was quite a drive through some interesting Arizona scenery. They live on a small ranch named "Testosterone Acres" (kidding). They live in a nifty house built from a kit. They have at least four dogs, a mule and several horses. They had recently completed a quanset style shed and addition. Andy wasn't there, he'd gone into town. Andy has quite a collection of elk antlers. Here's the gang.

We drove back. Later dinner at the Chuckwagon. Marshall prefers to eat around 5pm.

Wednesday. Here is a picture of us having breakfast at the golf course. They have a magnificent elk head in the entry way. I think we mostly hung out during the day. We had dinner at Lacardo's Mexican restaurant. Later that night we watched "10". I forgot what a good movie that is.

Thursday we left to drive home. We had planned on staying in Laughlin but got there about 2pm, way too early. We stopped at the Tropicana and cashed in some left over chips, got gas and drove on and stayed in Barstow. Had dinner in a third generation Mexican place. There was a big storm brewing so we wanted to get as close to home as possible.

Friday we made good time getting home. We did hit some fierce winds and whiteout conditions. Driving through the Tehachapi pass is amazing with all the windmills. The Mojave desert is always an amazing drive.

Unfortunately we missed seeing Jana. She was gone on business. (Hi Jana)
On the way over we listened to an audio book - "No 1 Ladies Detective Agency". A really cute story of a fat African lady who starts a detective agency in Botswana. On the way back we got about half way through a complex "Bourne" book.