You may not have known that today was the day! Today the mutts and I loaded up and hit the road for Arizona. I will work remotely and do my taper from here, that way I can also acclimate to the (lack of) humidity, temperature, etc.
It’s dark out and we have no idea where we are going
The view back from the drivers seat. Can *barely* see the dogs.
Leaving Silicon Valley
The Central Valley of California is flat flat flat and buggy (see windshield)
The highlight for Max is the large cattle lots alongside I-5. I roll down all the windows so the smell completely permeates the car, and Max spins in his crate and air-humps with joy. If I let him out, I have a feeling he’d roll in the slimiest cow pie he could find. Dogs, gotta love ‘em.
Finally about 250 miles into the drive, it’s time for mountains again, as you climb the Grapevine before dropping down into the LA area.
Someone forgot to tell me LA is on fire again!
The mountains on the way to Palm Springs always make me think about grabbing some hiking boots and climbing them
After a long stretch in the high desert…
it’s time to cross the Colorado River into Arizona (note: it took me 5 years of trips to Arizona with Jeff before I even noticed this river)
Favorite desert scenery starts immediately
10.5 hours after starting, 720 miles later, I am in my happy place!
I even discovered some sneaky individual hid cards in my luggage
When I drove past Tempe Town Lake on my way into Scottsdale, my stomach jumped into my throat for just a moment. OMG, I am going to swim in that in 2.5 weeks??? I think I’m starting to realize what I’ve gotten into!!! :)