|Hoover Dam bypass construction 2009|
|Storm over the Colorado River 2010|
Going home is always an adventure. We have traveled from Tucson to Portland Oregon in the spring for many years. We try to make each trip a new adventure but it is getting harder with each passing year. Are we missing some new way home? I cannot imagine.
Sometimes we go through Palm Springs, then through Los Angeles and up I-5. We have gone all the way to the Pacific Ocean and up the coast on 101. We have stopped in the Napa Valley on the way home. One year we stopped at Lake Taho after spending some time in Death Valley and taking a route on the east side of the Sierra Nevadas. We have also gone to Reno from Las Vegas and spent a night there before driving home to Portland. One year we stayed in Sedona for a couple of nights.
For the last few years we have been making the trip over Hoover Dam. Watching the bridge being built has been fascinating. I have a chronology of the building of the bridge that looms over the dam and the Colorado River. (Click on the link above) The amazing structure that is now the bypass bridge was completed this last summer. We will travel over that bridge this year. I hear all you can see is concrete walls. The story is they don't want drivers to be distracts by the wonder of this place. Tourist might wreck!
But, as with any journey, the way you complete your travels is by taking the first step. Our trip will start out with a short drive to a small community called Wickenburg. This will be the third year we have started our trip home with this short drive. I love to start out this way. Wickenburg is a sleepy little community about 60 miles north of Phoenix. The big event for Wickenburg in April was a meeting of the Arts and Culture Commission on April 28th. That's it! We eat at the golf course and do a little shopping down town. It is an easy first day of driving.
After packing up and preparing the park model for the summer, we are usually very tired. We will get up late, finish our preparation, have breakfast at the Congress Hotel in downtown Tucson and drive until we need a break. Our life is good because we have a very loosely planned schedule.
|View looking up 2010|