I, in turn, rented a desert oasis in Cave Creek, Arizona, and I was champing at the bit to say good-bye to all that.
"That" being the cold and the snow and the boots and the gloves.. not to mention the trudging, relentlessly, through deep drifts to exercise my rambunctious little puppy, aka the energizer bunny.
We went from this ->
To this! In the span of two days.
But... before that...!!!
I worked my proverbial fingers to the bone, preparing to vacate my home sweet home. It's easy to rent the place. Not so easy getting it in tip top shape for the renters.
We painted kitchen cupboards, stained 14 wooden doors. Made sure to hide the valuables! Oh, wait a minute, I don't have any valuables... tried desperately to organize and decorate in a way that would make me happy, and visitors feel at home... once they arrived.
Then I tossed everything into the car
~ including the cat ~
He's valuable. (Sort of.)
And off we went!
|Charlie, consoling Pete the cat, on his first ever road trip.|
It's slow going because there's no direct route, or happy interstate, between here and there. Though, the scenery is quite spectacular. And, it makes you kind of giddy ~ watching winter slip-sliding away, with every mile you drive.
My route takes us over the Navajo Bridge, and past the north rim of the Grand Canyon. (Not necessarily in that order. )
I can't begin to tally up the number of times I've gotten pretty darn close to the Grand Canyon. And, it's always closed. :) Because I'm always traveling south in winter.
'Round about sunset, on this 55 mph single lane highway... you reach the last bastion of civilization. Or, so they say.
|Kanab, Utah is the film location for lots of movies, including Raiders of the Lost Ark.|
There's better digs an hour farther south. Here's a photo of my lovely hotel room at the Cameron Trading Post. I've been here many times, too. I absolutely love this Navajo decor.
Cameron Lodge is a sweet little spot in the middle of freaking nowhere:
|Road Tripping with the Kids.|
And, I checked into my rental home for the month of February:
|Be still my heart! My vrbo rental has an orange tree in the backyard!|
You can go anywhere on horse back, including riding your pony down main street, tying said horse to one of the many hitching posts, reminiscent of those wild west, Gun Smoke days, and grab yourself some lunch!
How cool is that?!?
* This 'Running Away for the Winter' is an experiment for me to see what life would be like living some place else for part of each winter.
|On the right, Ms. Gracie Girl!|