Vacation almost over, waah!!
Finally back at a hotel with internet.
So, what have we been up to.
Tuesday, we did go swimming at Balmorhea, it's a pretty cool place. Water was soooooo clear, and pool was huge. It had tons of fish in it, little Mexican tetras, big black catfish, and some turtles. The little tetras were everywhere, and kinda freaked my out, so I only had a short swim (where I shrieked and carried on most of the time, haha), and then dangled my feet.
That night we were in Las Cruces, NM. Their internet didn't work. We went to the restaurant attached to the BW, and it turned out to be quite nice, which was pleasant
Wednesday, we headed towards Douglas, AZ to hang out with Harrod at his ArtCarCultCompound. Chris and I ended up taking off from the others, and got there about an hour earlier. That plus the time change allowed for plenty of shopping time for junky crap -Douglas has many junky crap stores. I got a pair of purple framed sunnies, and a LED light up wand (haha). We had an exciting, kinda scary event in the afternoon in the compound. Weather had been changing with some clouds coming in. Earlier we had a big gust of wind go through, but no big deal. We're starting to help set up tables etc for dinner, and what we think is another wind gust starts, but it is HUGE!!! Now, it's 6 of one, half a dozen of another as to wether it was a huge wind gust or small tornado. We're going with small tornado cause that's much more dramatic!
Anyway, the wind just comes on - BAM. Emily and I dashed for the inside area, and Harrod started yelling to everyone to get inside and he followed us in and shut the door. The window in the living area was open, but we weren't game enought to get close enough to close it. Dust just poured in. The wind ripped off so many of the roof tar paper tiles on the warehouse side (they're working on taking them off, so I guess that's a good thing?) and they were just littered everywhere. It took us an hour to clean everything up there. Chris, when it happened, thought it was just another wind gust, so he had hunkered down in place hiding his face from the dust, and got conked on the back of the neck with probably a roof tile. He's OK tho, it was a just an abrasion. Sammy (Marilyn's dog) had been following Emily, but didn't follow her inside, so we all spent the first couple of minutes looking for him. He finally appeared out from somewhere! We let him into Marilyn's car (even tho it was still kinda warm) as it was a nice safe haven for him. He finally stopped shivering after an hour! Marilyn and Sunshine were still off shopping they hadn't noticed anything! It was pretty localised.
Dinner was great, and as I was pretty hungry by that point it tasted awesome! We had pasta, several salads, bread, strawberried and ice cream. Then we watched Harrod's movie. In comparison to the get together there in Feb (that I couldn't make) we went to bed early around 12:30, it was a school night! Unfortunately, our room at the Motel 6 we were staying at, the A/C didn't work (and we didn't discover this till we came back there at 12:30), and we were too tired to move, so left the window open, where some twit several rooms down decided to chat on her friggen cell phone outside our window at 3:30am, grrr. Crappy sleep night. Oh well.
Thursday, we went and looked around Bisbee in the morning, cute town! Chris and I went to the Mining Museum, which was pretty interesting, and I got some killer bee honey (which boringly does not taste any different from regular honey). Chris got a nice photo of an old truck. There are some nice art galleries in Bisbee.
Then we headed up to Phoenix, we were staying at the Motel 6 in Scottsdale. It was pretty nice for a Motel 6, and our A/C worked great, phew! It was pretty hot there, but a nice dry heat. We went out to see Mr Lee's Rock Garden, another folk art environment. We had tried to call him, to see if we could go in and look around, but the phone was always engaged, we didn't want to knock on the door (it was around dinner time) so we looked from the street (and there was tons to see just from there!) and left our postcards in his mailbox :)
We all ended up doing our own thing for dinner, and Emily went to the airport to pick up Ken. Chris and I went a long way to have dinner at Islands, it was good tho. We also got watch batteries for our tyre valve (3 batteries almost $15, ack, damn digital tyre guage) and did a TJ's visit. We met up for breakfast Fri morning to say our good byes and go our seperate ways.
Fri, Chris and I headed out of Phoenix northwest thru AZ on US93. After crossing over I40, we went to Chloride, AZ a half ghost town. It was pretty cool, pretty eccentric. I think a bunch of artists live there, cause there was some folk arty environments and metal sculptures around. We checked out the old jail, and some old Sear's cabins. We drove out to see the murals, on the Chloride rocks, and they were awesome. Heading back out of town, we went to the cemetery which was pretty interesting. A lot of home made headstones, several headstones with senses of humour. We thought there would be old ones, but not so much, most were more recent.
Then, up to and over Hoover Dam, some traffic, but not too bad. Into Vegas, and we went to Sam's Town for buffet dinner. Went off strip in hopes it wouldn't be too busy or expensive. But alas, we had to wait a while, and it was the more expensive seafood night (and I'm not really into crab legs anway) and the food wasn't that great. Oh well.
Then up to Alamo, staying at the Meadow Lane Motel. The owner's dog Daisy was *such* a cutie, so friendly! We went up that night for a soak in the Ash Springs hot springs.
Sat, today! Headed out and went up the Extra Terrestrial hwy (stopped at the Little Ale'Inn, where Chris got an indifferent hot breakfast) up to Tonopah. Then we took hwy 376 north, and visited the half ghost towns of Belmont (8 year round residents) and Manhattan (50 year round residents) Belmont is off the electricity grid, they all do solar and generators. The saloon there is for sale!! haha. The sign there said no dogs inside (there were about 3 outside), then we open up the door and there are like 3 more inside. We stopped in Manhattan at the bar there for a coke and a chat to the bartendtress. Then we headed up to Hwy50. Just before that we turned off to check out the Spencer Hot Springs. They were great, 3 tubs to choose from. We had the main nice tub to ourselves while we were there, then a couple of other groups of 1 or 2 people came as we were drying off, so we chatted a bit with them. So, timed just right! It was pretty awesome to sit in the warm water and just gaze about at the mtns all around.
We decided to stay tonight in Fallon (1 hour east of Reno) rather than push thru to Reno, then drive around at 9pm trying to randomly pick out a hotel. We're at the Holiday Inn Express, and it's pretty swanky! We thought about hitting Reno for a breakfast buffet tomorrow, but the Sunday one's are pretty expensive and probably crowded, so we'll just get something here instead.
So tomorrow will pretty much just be a straight shot home, nothing really to stop at.
I'll try and upload the remaining photos then.