30 Days in the Great Southwest

Jun 8th, 2019, 07:49 PM
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We almost passed the Earthship Visitor Center, but did stop. They have a nice video about the story.
It would really be remarkable if we could take all of this refuse in the world and turn it into housing. There are about 70 houses with room for 50 more. There are so many sustaining ideas in this place, but no corporation is going to make money, so it’s under the radar. Go next time if you can.
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Jun 8th, 2019, 08:14 PM
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Left Taos by 9AM. Long drive to Pinetop-Lakeside in Arizona. Took Hwy 68 to 84 to Santa Fe. Full disclosure, I love roads! If someone tells me they just drove from A to B, I always want to know the route they took. Once we left Taos, we pretty much had the road to ourselves until Espanola. Then it got busy. Took 599 by pass in Santa Fe. Love Santa Fe but we are on a mission. We did stop at the Petroglyphs Natl Mon in Albuquerque. I bought a Passport book in one of the Natl Parks we visited, and now I’m like a 13 yr old kid trying to get my book stamped.

Checked out the map and have spied 2 more Parks, El Malpais in Grants and El Morro further down the road. We stopped at both, 2 more stamps! El Morro is really interesting, all the travelers stopped here in the old days and inscribed the rocks. Names back to 1607 or something like that.

Hwy 53 through the Zuni Pueblo, 191 to St. John’s and 61 to Show Low, then on to Pinetop. We have driven for hours today with hardly a car in sight. It’s pretty surreal to a Los Angelino. Of course there are miles of empty countryside. Staying at Worldmark in Pinetop. It has this Midwest Resort feel. Pine trees and cabins, reminds me of Michigan.

We’ve driven about 8 hours, three National Parks, two words...Hot Tub!
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Jun 9th, 2019, 09:52 AM
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Great TR! Bringing back a lot of memories as we’ve done almost all these sites over the years.

I love road trips
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Jun 9th, 2019, 05:54 PM
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Road trips are the best, although I might have mentioned we are primarily doing a timeshare tour so we have a full kitchen, pool and hot tub at most sites. We have a company called Worldmark, no plug just for information. And we did take a hot tub upon our arrival last night! Two nights in Pinetop.
Tosay we walked around Woodland Park, nice little lake, lot’s of birds, including some large Canadian geese with babies. Rest of the day spent at the pool. First day since Sedona, back in May that it has been warm enough to swim! Dinner tonite at Darbi’s, highly recommend if you are in Pinetop. HBO for the rest of the evening.
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Jun 10th, 2019, 09:21 PM
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On to Lake Havasu, but first a stop at the Petrified Forest Natl Park. Another stamp, Yeah! Entered from the south off of Hwy 180. Wasn’t sure what to expect but it was spectacular. The composition of the petrified wood is so colorful. There are some really long logs and there are a lot of specimens throughout the first stop at the Visitor’s center. You can stop at about 8 stops, we stopped at Blue Mesa and Newspaper rock specifically. The petroglyphs aren’t close but we had binoculars and they are numerous. Planned on staying for an hour ended up there for two.

Now we have at least 5 hours to Lake Havasu. I 40 straight through, but a little twist, we stop at Walnut Canyon outside of Flagstaff for a picnic and for me to get ANOTHER stamp!! We were here two weeks ago but I hadn’t bought my Passport book yet. So my wife let me stop so I could get my stamp. She’s so good to me!

We get to Lake Havasu about 5:30PM. It’s 103 degrees! After a month of snow and rain, we are ending our trip in an oven! Leftovers from Darbi’s from Pinetop and watch the Tony’s.
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Jun 10th, 2019, 09:41 PM
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Last night I went for a ride around Havasu, it had cooled down to 95. Rode around Rotary Park, watched the kids at the skate park. Skateboards and now they are riding their Scooters at the skate park. New for me. Rode along the Channel and watched bigger kids play volley ball. I guess when it’s 103 during the day, night time is the right time.

Today took another ride this morning around 7AM, did the Island, London Bridge and the area. If you stay on Hwy 95, you will miss most of Lake Havasu, you need to get off the main raid.We are visiting friends today and tomorrow we head back to Los Angeles. Going through Joshua Tree for one last stamp. We have experienced so much beauty in the last month, met friendly people and have eaten way too much. Now it’s home for the summer. See you on the next ride!
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Jun 11th, 2019, 05:13 AM
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Great trip report Tdiddy, thanks for taking the time to post!
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Jun 11th, 2019, 06:25 AM
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I'm enjoying your report, and more especially since you are referencing WorldMark. We stayed at Pagosa Springs and Santa Fe properties in 2017, and took in many of the places you have, so I am traveling along in my imagination. Thanks for sharing your trip!
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Jun 11th, 2019, 05:25 PM
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We are home in Los Angeles, it is 103 degrees! We have seen it all the last 30 days but luckily no tornadoes. I love doing the TRs although I can get a little chatty sometime. Sludick, if you live in the area or even if not, I would highly recommend going to the Worldmark in Taos. We have visited 35 Worldmarks or Wyndhams and Taos is the most beautiful. Plus Taos is fun. MeInq what is your next trip?
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Jun 12th, 2019, 05:37 AM
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Hi Tdiddy -

My next trip...hmmmm....we're thinking about a short CO-WY trip later in the month, but nothing planned yet - it will be last minute. Then it's 3+ weeks in Switzerland in October, a possible meet up with a girlfriend in NM in November and a possible return to Austria and Germany with my niece in December.

And FWIW - it's 43 F right now in the CO Rockies - I just put my Uggs on because my feet are cold!

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