4,322.9 miles 2014 Summer Road-trip:
“A trip of lifetime,” said Walt, in Florence, Oregon. Walt was referring to our summer road-trip and he was absolutely correct. It was a trip of a lifetime. Hwy.1/101 has been on my travel list for many years. Twelve years ago, Beth and I travelled from LA to Monterey,CA. The northern half of this adventure was even more memorable. Although we had to gear-up for weather at times, we enjoyed the scenery of the Pacific NW greatly. The twists and turns, the sun and fog, the ocean and the mountain peaks, the wildflowers and the redwoods. And, who could forget the Oregon Country Fair? Not ME! All of the wonderful friends/family that we visited along the way added zest to this road-trip. Starting with Ray & Sue (Palm Springs, CA) Kerani, Jorg and families (Oakland, CA), Andrew & Jean (Napa, CA), Jill Clark (Oregon Country Fair), Walt (Florence, OR), Jill Clark (Port Angeles/Olympic National Park, WA), Jo, Tom and the Seiser/Brown families (Copper Creek/Mt. Rainier, WA), Jackie Francish and Coco (Las Vegas, NV). My mind is filled with many sights that continue to play on my inner reels.
July 25th, 7:05 pm, we rolled into Prescott, AZ. Dark skies, on/off rain, lightening, a rainbow and three streaming rays of light graced our day of travel. When I left Prescott a month prior, it was 80+ degrees. My first stop was Palm Springs where it was 103˚. Oddly enough, Las Vegas was our last stop and it was 105˚ when we arrived on the 24th at 9:30 pm. From one desert to another, we sure had BIG FUN in between.
The rain in Prescott was actually the heaviest rain we experienced all summer. At one point, the lightening temporarily blinded us. Our trip provided various weather conditions, but overall, it was fantastic.
During the Prescott storm, I sat on my front porch, protected from the elements. I gave thanks for our health and safety along our journey. A few close calls with drivers, but we managed to slip by unscathed. NV 93 was our route after we left I 84, all the way through Nevada; the mountains, ranches, farms, sin city, and the desert; completing NV 93 on Friday. It was the scenic route. There is vast open land in NV. At a distance we witnessed a fire along NV 93, as well as avoided an accident along Rt. 6. NV 93 became our lucky number.
They say all good things come to an end. I’m not so sure. Beth and I have so many great memories from this trip. I think we will keep this one alive for some time. If we were fortunate enough to spend time with you this summer, thanks for the memories. If not, maybe we can plan something soon. Time is tickin’. “Cheers to the summer of 2014” and to all that I learned, shared, saw, did, and experienced along the way. Be well… Nancy T.