Last October, we decided to do a little more "down-sizing" in our lives. We had two cars for two retired people taking up two spaces in the garage and with two insurance bills. So we went to the Toyota dealer and traded both cars in for a fire-engine red 2014 4Runner. The subtraction of one car finally gave me a space to paint, too.
Ron's been itching to take the new car on a road trip. In January, we took the grandchildren and Ron's daughter to Angel Fire Ski resort (near Taos, NM) complete with our new Thule ski rack to carry four sets of skis. Ron had just had cataract surgery so he didn't drive too much on that trip.
Over the long Presidents' Day weekend last week, we decided to drive to San Diego, California to visit our friends, Laurie and Page. We had gotten married in Laurie and Page's backyard 9 years ago.
|Ron and Vicki wedding January 14, 2006 in Poway, CA|
|Sedona, AZ panorama from the airport|
|Page and Ron enjoying a sunny day in the backyard|
|Laurie watering her beautiful garden|
|Ron and I in Del Mar soaking up the rays|
|The beach in Del Mar|
We then headed for Mr. A's in downtown San Diego for drinks and a panoramic view of San Diego.
|Our lovely table on the balcony of Mr.A's looking west toward the airport and harbor|
|Laurie at Mr.A's|
|Page at Mr. A's|
|Downtown San Diego view to the southwest|
|Page and Laurie, Ron and Vicki at Mr. A's|
|The views on Hwy 60 to Superior/Miami/Globe mining towns|
We continued on US 60 through the mountains northeast of Globe. We wanted to make it to the scenic Salt River canyon before dark, but the sun was already sinking toward the west and I took a video of the road just southwest of the Salt River canyon.
Unfortunately, we arrived at the scenic Salt River Canyon just after dark. The next few miles took us on a scary night-time descent down and up a twisting mountain road. Here is another person's You Tube video of the road through the Salt River Canyon in the daylight to offer you the experience of driving through this mini-version of a Grand Canyon:
We spent the night in Show Low and the next day at about 7:30 AM took SR77 to Holbrook and onto I-40 east for our return to Albuquerque by 12:30 PM on Tuesday, February 17th.
|Ron enjoyed the whole driving experience in our shakedown cruise in the new 4Runner.|