Monday, December 01, 2008

Arizona to Oregon

Our drive home from Phoenix was nice but in the back of my mind I wanted to get home and get back into the swing of things. We left Phoenix Friday around 10 am and drove north to Sedona AZ. The red rocks were stunning but I was disappointed to see this area developed, it should be a national park and home owners and businesses should be on the peripheral, not in the middle of the scenic beauty. My opinion on the matter, but it does make me even more grateful for the strict land use laws in Oregon.

Next we drove west to Las Vegas and stayed with a friend. We were too tired to hit the casinos this time but Bill keeps talking about racing Silverman triathlon in this area so I think we'll be back.

Saturday we drove north to Reno, people complain about this drive but I think it could be much worse. We almost ran out of gas on the way, we weren't able to predict the gas mileage in the Prius and one of the towns we counted on for gas was completed shut down. We asked the local sheriff why the gas station was closed and he said something about the owners being Jewish and then he offered to follow us to the next town in case we ran out of gas. It was very Tommy Lee Jones in No Country for Old Men. We made it without being tracked down like dogs by drug dealers. We got to Reno in time to hit the Sierra Trading Post Outlet 30% off sale (hello new running shoes!) and then to watch the Beavers get trounced by the Ducks in football. Bitterly disappointing! We stayed at the Motel 6 in Reno (dogs are free there) and woke up early to drive the final 10 hours home. Long weekend!

I love coming home as much as I love traveling so I think I'm doing something right with my life. More photos from our trip in my smugmug gallery.

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