New Old Bike & Old Beers….The Journey Home

Mark's new old bike

Mark’s new old bike

Day 122      October 9, 2014

Sun City, AZ   to  Palm Springs, CA

We could’ve driven all the way home to San Diego today, but we made the strategic decision not to do so. We decided it’d be better to drive to Palm Springs for the night, and drive to San Diego the next day. That way, we’d avoid driving into San Diego during rush hour, plus, in the morning, at the RV park in Palm Springs, we could dump our holding tanks one last time.

So, not being in a big rush to leave Sun City, we went on a big dog walk/photo excursion around Sis and Rick’s neighborhood.

I like the little cactus

I like the little cactus

Big cactus are cool too

Big cactus are cool too

Cactus and clouds

Cactus and clouds

Sis & Rick's neighborhood

Things are so neat and tidy in Sis & Rick’s neighborhood

Just as we were ready to hit the road, and were saying goodbye, Mark noticed an old steel bicycle in Sis and Rick’s garage. Next thing you know, that stupid old bike was coming home with us. First I protested, but then, it seemed that the mere idea of owning the bike was bringing such joy to Mark, that I gave in, even though I had no doubt that the bike would become a money pit!

Mark's new old bike

Mark’s new old bike

And away we went…back to having three bikes again.

We crossed into California at Blythe. Being back in California was a monumental thing, and bitter-sweet, as it meant the end of our big adventure. It also meant the end of our supply of apples, as they were promptly confiscated at the agricultural checkpoint station.

Sometime around 4:30 pm, we rolled into Palm Springs, and headed straight to the Happy Traveler RV Park.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

We were tempted to walk into town to get some dinner, but instead, on our last night on the road,  we opted to just hang out with the doggies and the Space Shuttle. We made dinner, drank beers, and played music….one last time!

The last couple of beers from  our stop in Santa Fe

The last couple of beers from our stop in Santa Fe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great name for a beer! And a "must" to bring along if you go camping or glamping like us!

Great name for a beer! And a “must” to bring along if you go camping or glamping like us!

Me And My Superpowers Are Put To The Test

In the land of giant  cactus!

The land of the giant cactus!

Day 121    October 8, 2014

Sedona, AZ   to  Sun City, AZ

Before leaving Sedona, we had a little look around town. By all accounts, the place seems to be full of t-shirt/souvenir shops, and some really nice jewelry shops. I wasn’t in the market for either, though I did find a cute t-shirt that tempted me. OK, I admit, I was also tempted by some beautiful jewelry.

Almost bought this t-shirt!

Almost bought this t-shirt!

Public art

Public art

After having to use all my superpowers to resist a t-shirt or jewelry purchase, I was hungry! So, we relaxed over a delicious lunch at Taos Cantina. Scrumptious fajitas & beers!

Eat here!

Eat here!

Lunch!!

Lunch!!

Then we visited the magnificent Chapel of the Holy Cross. I have a natural aversion to places of worship, however, this place was truly beautiful, and I’m so glad I got to see it in person. There’s an interesting history behind it as well. Google it!

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On the way to the chapel….

Look up there!! It's the Chapel of the Holy Cross!

Look up there!! It’s the Chapel of the Holy Cross!

Just a short walk from the parking area to the chapel...

Just a short walk from the parking area to the chapel…

Still walking up the path to the chapel...

Still walking up the path to the chapel…

Look, down there...it's Fiona!

Look, down there…it’s Fiona!

Final approach to the chapel on the pedestrian bridge

Final approach to the chapel on the elevated walkway

Why yes, those rocks are red!

Why yes, those rocks are red!

Entrance to the chapel

Entrance to the chapel

Great views!

Great views!

Dramatic and beautiful...

Dramatic and beautiful…

Nice views, of course!

Nice views, of course!

Candles....

Candles….

Fiona & friends down below. Red rocks above.

Fiona & friends down below. Red rocks above.

Winding and fun walkway

Winding and fun walkway

Walking back down....

Walking back down….

So cool, no matter where you stand to view it

So cool, no matter where you stand to view it

Beautiful building in a beautiful landscape!

Beautiful building in a beautiful landscape!

Every angle is better than the last angle!

Every angle is better than the last angle!

The last view as we drive away...

The last view as we drive away…

Our last stop on our way out of town, was at one of the national forest visitor centers. Now in hindsight, I can’t figure out where exactly we were. But, wherever we were, there was a nice little visitor center with a nice little theater that played a nice little movie about the Coconino National Forest.

Sculpture on patio of the national park visitor center

Sculpture on patio of the national park visitor center

So cute!

So cute!

Goodbye, Sedona!

Goodbye, Sedona!

Nature @ 65 mph

Nature @ 65 mph

Nature @ 65 mph

Nature @ 65 mph

In the land of giant  cactus!

In the land of giant cactus!

And then….we continued our drive home to San Diego…via Sun City, Arizona, where we docked for the night in the driveway at our Aunt Sis and Uncle Rick’s house.

Sun City, where the landscape is a bit more tame!

Sun City, where the landscape is a bit more tame!