One day we drove from Phoenix to Flagstaff. The drive goes through all sorts of different landscapes. From cactus, to evergreens, from flatland to mountains. Kevin and I like it all.
We drove directly to the old downtown area. This is a favorite thing for us to do as you can see and learn history there. Here is Kevin (with mask on) standing on the Route. Behind him is a train depot with a small museum. Trains still use this track.
When we travel, we like to stay away from the food-chain restaurants and eat at local places. It took us quite a while to find a place open because 1. this wasn’t their busy season someone told us and 2. Covid had a lot of places closed. We found this place and we were delighted. The food was over the top of what we expected.
Hang on, as I pause to remember this delicious, mouth-watered dish! Okay, moving on….
We like to learn the history of old towns and are always glad to see signs on the buildings describing their history. The Babbitt Brothers came from Ohio in 1886. They bought some land near Flagstaff (a wild and rowdy town of 600 people) and put some cattle and sheep on their land. They were very successful. The two brothers convinced the other 3 brothers to move there and they all started this mercantile store. Inside, you can see the tile on the ceilings and the floor is warped with time and use. Here is a link for more information on the Babbitt brothers:
We continued our walk and saw the Pinecone Hotel, the old opera house and many other buildings
If you know Kevin at all, you know he “loves” his Diet Coke. And this convenient/gas station is his favorite. He was thrilled (translation: squealed like a kid at Christmas!) when we saw this Maverick Store along the road. Of course, we had to stop. And, he made me take his picture so that he can remember this good find. HAHA
Kevin and I have been wanting to go to Arizona to check it out and see if we would like to have a place there for our home base. We decided to fly there during January for a weekend. Then, why not go for two weekends and work during the week. Then it changed to let’s take off work and go there for 10 days. HAHA This is what we did. I didn’t write about this trip in my travel journey because I was thinking the travel journal would be for trips in HOWE (our Home on Wheels travel trailer). Now I know I should have but I have tons of pictures that are equal to a journal. 🙂 Don’t worry, I want overload you with all of them. I am going to share with you several of the places we visits.
Steamboat Dolly was a very enjoyable excursion. Our tickets included a delicious catered dinner of steak, chicken, veggies, rolls, and desserts. The boat goes up a very wide river which is part of Canyon Lake.
I noticed something that other ladies probably already know. When Kevin and I travel, he usually feels hot and I feel cold. From the car to planes to hotel rooms, the temperature is either too hot for him or too cool for me. What should I do about this problem? I definitely don’t want to roast Kevin out of the room! I will design and sew a Travel Quilt.
I added several states. California, because it is such a great place to visit. Kevin and I have been there numerous times, from the southern end to the northern line. Florida, because that is where we have been getting on our cruise ships. Utah, because it has such beautiful landscapes. From “The Mighty 5” National Parks, to State Parks, deserts, red rocks, mountains, trees, lakes, high elevation to low, definitely a state to explore in its entirety.
It was fun putting this together. On the back side is flannel with blue and red anchors. I keep it on the bed of HOWE (Home On Wheels) because it looks so pretty there. I should probably take it off and wrap myself in it when I get cold.