Virtual Road Trip pt. 1: from Arizona up/over to Mt. R

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by desertlass, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. desertlass

    desertlass New Member

    When I saw the title of the post "Road Trip" I had this idea.

    Anyone who wants to join me for an online roadtrip for this thread, let's go!

    Okay, I live in Tucson. So, we'll start here. The rest of you can join, and we'll decide where to go next. This is not a jet trip, but we can get to wherever you want to go, eventually.

    So, here we are in Tucson. It has been really hot all autumn, but now the temperature has finally dropped into the sixties during the day. The sky is deep blue, and the blooms on the bougainvillea bush are still bright fuschia.

    There is a great little place to eat for lunch called "La Mesa Tortilla Factory" which is one of those hole-in-the wall, but have the best authentic food type of places.

    For something to do, we can hit Sabino Canyon-- they have a tram ride for those of us who can't do the walk-- back toward Seven Falls, which gets totally dry in the summer, and then gushes with snowmelt in the early spring.

    At night, we can drive up along Skyline and look at the city lights, look at the stars, and shiver as we hear the cayotes run by. They are like a street gang-- out to cause more noise than trouble.

    Okay-- anyone want to go north toward Phoenix? Hop in! And bring some CDs, cuz I'm tired of listening to mine, and we'll lose reception on the radio right around Red Rock, if I recall.

    Anyone game?
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  2. budmickl

    budmickl New Member

    One of my most memorable trips was taken alone, with my Bud and Mick.

    I had just gotten a new car and decided to go from KC to Taos NM. I didn't want anyone else going. Just me and the boys.

    I had my trusty Rand McNally atlas with me but chose to NOT drive any 4 lane roads. (Sounds like an old C&W song). I wasn't in a hurry. I didn't have anyone to answer to. We stopped when we needed or wanted to. We dilly dallied when and where we wanted.

    I think it was somewhere in TX and NM that had road construction. It was like they show on TV and movies. We were stopped for what seemed like an hour. Didn't matter. The kids were out playing. Those of us with pets had them out.

    We shared snacks, treats, water, stories. No one seemed upset about the delays. It was just supposed to be.

    I don't care where we go. Heck, just getting to Tuscon will be an adventure!

    Count me in!

    Oh yeah - what kind of music do you like? I have a ton of CD's - lots of Greatest Hits from the 60's, 70's and 80's but lots of new stuff too!

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  3. desertlass

    desertlass New Member

    Okay, we have Mudmckl so far-- welcome!

    So, anyone who wants to join us, come as you are! We have left Tucson, and anyone who knows anything about Phx can decide what we do there!

    And the beauty of the Virtual road trip, is that we can have more than one set of tunes going all at the same time!

    The sun is still pretty bright on the driver's side, so let's pull over and get something cool to drink. Budmickl will drive for a while until someone joins us!

    It had better be soon, because I get all jumpy when it comes to Phoenix traffic...
  4. budmickl

    budmickl New Member

    I don't think I am one who brags alot, but I can do the Phoenix traffic driving.

    I've driven in San Fransisco, Boston, New York, Toronto, Chicago and it doesn't bother me. Unless it's dark and I'm wearing my contacts.

    My dad who is a fantatic about never letting anyone else drive, has gone to sleep with me at the wheel.

  5. laceymae

    laceymae New Member

    Stop in Ky...PPLLLeeeaassee. I need outta here. I live very close to the interstate, so just blow the horn and I'll be right there.

  6. desertlass

    desertlass New Member

    S-Elaine, you are already with us! You are virtually here, in the car on the way to Phoenix, already.

    You already have that desert wind blowin' through your hair, and city lights are just ahead after a long haul.

    And once we hit Phoenix, we can go anywhere you want after that.

    Budmickl doesn't mind driving, so if you pick the Spa, we are nearly there!

    I say that anyone who wants on this ride can have the pick of camping out or hotel stay, whichever you like-- whichever you dream about doing in real life.

    We can always reconvene in the morning at the car.

    The only thing we all have to agree on is where to go after Phx, that is only a day's drive from there.

    We can go in any direction, I don't care. The open road is OURS!

    Budmickl! Stop flirting with that truck driver! That beemer behind us wants to pass!

    Okay, it's S-Elaine's turn to drive-- but she's going to need some relief tomorrow!

    Someone else needs to jump in, and this is not just for ladies!

    All are welcome!

  7. desertlass

    desertlass New Member

    You are in the car already, girlfriend!

    Now you get to go to whatever spa S-Elaine picks out, and you can vote where we go next!

    This car is on loan, so it's not my car and this trip is not up to me anymore.

    We just have to agree where to go and that is the only limit. Travel in whatever style you like--

    Some of us might be going by a Thelma & Louise style car, while some of us might be on a Harley motorbike, or some might be in a camper deluxe with every amenity.

    For me, that is housework on wheels, so I'm a hotel girl. I love all the services. Or some night, I might want to throw out a sleeping bag if we are out in the boonies somewhere, and I feel like I have had all of city life all I can take.

    As Dolly Parton sings, "I'm just travellin'"

    I just need some company on my little CFS/FM pilgrimage.

    Okay, Elaine-- it's up to you!

    What are we doing in Phoenix, now that there are four of us? I'm sure we'll be magically accomodated wherever we go!

  8. therealmadscientist

    therealmadscientist New Member

    Oh boy, I'm in a rental truck with full insurance. I need to pick up my toys 'n stuff in storage in Pahrump Nevada.

    Can we go up through Nevada? I know some fun places.
  9. budmickl

    budmickl New Member

    I don't drive no stinkin' bus!

    We are in a convertible, stereo is blaring.

    Lisette - I can't help it if those truck drivers notice 4 women enjoying the sun and singing at the top of our voices!

    I've got a tent and blow up mattress that I'll throw in, but I do prefer a hotel at least every other night. On the nights I sleep outdoors, can I bum a shower from one of you in the hotel?

    Elaine - why do you have to bring your own food? If we decide to go for seafood, most places will have a big old steak or salad or something else.

    Forewarned is forearmed - I don't drink. But if I should have an amaretto sour or Kahlua and cream, make sure I stop after 2... or I won't be able to drive. Heck, I won't be able to walk probably!

    Do we have to take cell phones? or lap tops? Let's just leave the kids and spouses and pets in trusting hands so we can be free for a few days!

    I know, after we leave Tuscon, can we hit the Grand Canyon? I'd love to see it at sunset.

    OK, I've got several hundred CD's picked out, dogs are in the care of my daughter - I'm all set!!!

  10. budmickl

    budmickl New Member

    I love the drive from Laughlin to Vegas!! The desert is beautiful!

    Who are the toys for? Do we need to bring some for the cause?

    (added as a post script) They are toys for you, right? Like the motorcycle, a wave runner...

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  11. desertlass

    desertlass New Member

    After Elaine takes us through Phoenix, similar to the first day spent in Tucson (not much time was spend in describing the road, as we are in the recruiting stage).

    Then Mad Scientist, is will be all yours to lead the way to Nevada-- wherever you would love to show us.

    Anyone who wants to join is automatically in the car with us, simply by replying. We don't have to come and get you.

    I'm pretty sure there will be some people who will want to drop by Vegas, and they can do so as long as they meet up with us at later at Mad's town.

    On the way to Nevada, we can go through Sedona, if you like, so I can tour guide you on that pit stop along the way.

    This car is filling up fast, and we've already got the start of an intenerary, so this is great! I didn't expect such a quick response!

    When Elaine has time to describe our spa day to us, we will be refreshed and ready to go!

    Looking forward to it, and Lacey-Mae, you'll get to drive first thing as we leave Phoenix in our dust.
  12. desertlass

    desertlass New Member

    Twin of Dar has joined us-- all right!

    Buddie-- on this trip, you can drink ALL the Kaluhas you want, and have nary a wobble at the wheel, nor a hangover.

    There aren't even any highway patrolmen on our roads, so we can go as fast as we want!

    Mad is driving his truck full o' toys right behind us, the minute he signed on, so now we are maybe one vehicle shy of a caravan! Do you have any boats or jetskis in that van?

    We can stop by Lake Roosevelt or Lake Mead.

    So everybody bring your best bathing suit-- because here, we all look like God's gift to the opposite gender, and no sun screen required!
  13. therealmadscientist

    therealmadscientist New Member

    Just a few toys I've picked up over the years. A suitcase full of various flourescent colored lights that were use for "cures" fifty years ago. Some old lab equipment that looks neat to me. A giant potato masher. Some rocks from all over.

    The important thing for me is get a portable massage table so I can safely sleep on it and leave the scorpions and snakes on the ground.

    Maybe look over the edge of Hoover Dam....very scary looking down, I'll never forget!. Suppose to be some hot springs downstream from Hoover (Boulder) Dam at the arizona/nevada border.
  14. desertlass

    desertlass New Member

    are the kind that leave us alone!

    But if you want to set up that table and provide massages for your fellow travellers, well, now you certainly are welcome.

    You don't have to bring anything, if you don't want... or you bring your whole house.

    But we are not confined, burdened or limited by any illness or life problem on this trip. And everything we might need will just magically appear! It is stress free all the way!
  15. therealmadscientist

    therealmadscientist New Member

    I'll let someone else do Las Vegas. If go west from Las Vegas about 10 miles(toward Pahrump) there is fun, old timey place called Bonnie Springs. A wonderful restaurant that looks out over pond filled all sorts of birds.
    A bar where ties are nailed to ceiling and people have attached dollar bills since WW2. Look like bunches of bannanas. I'll always remember the lynx and being pushed aside by a llama(almost trampled). A great place to visit when tired of casino's.
    Bring kids here if want.....I remember visiting as a kid. Can kids and pets just appear for fun and then disappear so no problems.....maybe no teenagers?

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  16. budmickl

    budmickl New Member

    I personally prefer to by-pass the city. Too many people too much noise, too much other fun things to do besides sit inside a casino.

    The place Real was talking about sounds fun! Guess we all need to bring a tie that represents us so we can leave it behind!

    And I'm glad we don't have to worry about how we look in a bathing suit. Since I don't shave my legs in the winter, I hope I won't have to worry about that either!

  17. therealmadscientist

    therealmadscientist New Member

    We'll run over to the California border town just past Pahrump where there is a municipal hot springs like in Roman days. Instead of gathering at a local bar, the inhabitants gather at the bath house. Not Co-ed, two separate sections. Bathing suits banned. Someone tried to make bathing suits required, but town voted it down for health reasons etc.
    The China Date farm near here. A woman in 1906 planted some date seeds here and because dates don't grow "true" from seeds, then all sorts of varieties.

    I show you my favorite places: A small park started in 1945 by a native that has ponds filled with schools of gold fish. Producing pecan and walnut trees. Frogs croaking from everywhere at night.
    A large drain pond from alfalfa fields. Hundreds of birds and ducks flying about, doing bird things. The sound of all the birds is incredible.
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  18. therealmadscientist

    therealmadscientist New Member

    I don't want to monopolize this part of trip. I'll try to be brief but still mention/share some fun spots. Ask if want more details. Mr Mad.

    Thanks everybody for helping me unload the storage stuff and load onto the truck.

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  19. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    As everyone on here knows from my "Where in the World" game, I suffer from wanderlust, so I'm ready to get on! I've thoroughly enjoyed the trip so far, especially Sabino Canyon and Sedona. Feels nice to get out of town. I'll be curious to see where the road trip goes next.

    How much did you lose at the roadside casinos?

    And what's on the radio?

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  20. therealmadscientist

    therealmadscientist New Member

    Actually, I'm not too sure where we are now. I got my stuff in Pahrump, but where are we now? Perhaps I'll just hang out in the shade of a date palm, eat dates, and wait until figure where to go next.

    Sedonia has been mentioned twice, let's go there.

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