Just back from a 12 day road-trip. I posted my status to Facebook pretty much at each major stop. Here are the headlines from Facebook, with additional notes in (parentheticals):
Maurice is about to get lunch and then hit the highway. "On the Road Again"!
Maurice is most of the way to L.A. I-5's a bore. Podcasts preserving sanity..sorta.
Maurice is hangin' at Matt Carlstrom's in L.A Ain't ya jealous?
Maurice just watched part of a bad Turkish film from the 70s...or is that redundant?
(Which is what happens at 1 in the morning when you're having drinks with someone who speaks Turkish!)
Maurice is looking at a gray sky in Palm Springs. Where is Monsieur Soleil?!
(I stayed two nights with my friend Patrick. His condo is part of what used to be a motel where the Rat Pack hung out.)Palm Springs...hence the palm. Feb. 22.
Maurice is bound for Adventure...or Arizona...or something that begins with A.
Maurice is about to go night night in Tempe after good food, a couple of sips of tequila, and good company.
(I was stayin with my old friend Jerry and his other half, Jon, and their two very excitable and very tiny doggies.)Maurice just came back from touring Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin west home in AZ. Ain't ya jealous?Maurice is bound for the Grand Canyon today. .
Maurice : a) thinks Jerry & Jon are Th_ aw3s0m3; b) waved at Prescott for Dave; c) is having lunch in Flagstaff before pushing on to the Grand Canyon.
(Arrived at the Grand Canyon just in time to watch the sunset from the South rim, then went out into the night to look at the stars in the blackest sky I think I've ever seen)
Maurice just watched the sunrise from the rim of the Grand Canyon. Epic! But his toes are still cold.
(The pic is from a few hours after sunrise when I hiked around a bit of the south rim, after a shower and breakfast.)
Maurice left the majesty of the Grand Canyon many hours of driving behind, and tonight has a view of the Stratosphere from his hotel window. What a step down!
(My route to Vegas was via Davis Dam, Bullhead City, and Searchlight, places I'd not been since the early 70s. Sadly, you can't drive over the dam any more.)
The view from my hotel window. Is Vegas flipping me off?
(Since the Stratosphere was so close, I strolled over and paid the $13 to take in the view from the top.)
Maurice has left sin city for The Middle of Nowhere. Google map 89415 if you want to know where The Middle of Nowhere is located. .
(Here I stayed at the El Cap Lodge, saw my sister a few times, and our mutual friend Georgana took us on a tour of the Old Courthouse, which has been closed for as long as I can remember. At one point something like 2000 pigeons were living in the place. Ick!)
Maurice had ribs for dinner. Mmmm yummy. For some reason now he wants decaf. Is this what rural life is like? He's forgotten.
(This was at the home of my friend Vince and his family.)My late mama's headstone, gone a year and a half but not forgotten. Hawthorne, NV. March 2.
Maurice is bound for nieces.
(In Fallon, NV, where I visited with them and my great niece, and they brought along their boyfriends and other friends...I'm left wondering if they're inadvertantly starting a commune.)
Maurice is at Sherri & Art's in Carson City. Tuesday: Reno...not Janet. .
Maurice thinks he's going to need to buy a set of tire chains to get back home. .Maurice just found out that a friend of his from long ago passed away a while back, but he hadn't heard til now. :(.
(I drove to Reno and met up with former Hawthorne residents Liz and the Allen family. Evelyn and Dean Allen offered to let me stay at their place to avoid driving back to Carson City in the snow...and I was left wondering if the passes would get so much snow it would be difficult to get home!)(I learned this from my friend Cody...we toasted the deceased when we went out for a drink after he got off work.)
Maurice is on the downhill side of Donner pass and only hours from home! Thanks Evelyn & Dean!
Maurice made it back to SF just in time to park his car and run out into Market St. and join a march to City Hall. Wow, it's a big crowd!
Here's the route: