Recording breaking temperatures all over the USA and I have been in Arizona where the average temperature for the past week has been 110 degrees. You know, Hot is Hot no matter where you are. Having said that, may I wish you all a very enjoyable and safe Happy 4th of July!!!!

After participating in the Hit The Lodge workshop, I traveled west to Phoenix, AZ to spend time with my father, my sister and her family. Seems like the timing was perfect with 3 birthday celebrations scheduled for one of my great nephews, one of my nieces’ husbands and my brother-in-law. To top it off my sister and her husband were celebrating their 45th Wedding Anniversary. Living in Alabama and traveling generally cause me to miss most of the family celebrations but for once it appears I hit the mother lode.

I was very fortunate to be able to plan to be here for an extended period of time due to all the events and I decided while here, I would take advantage of the days and do some “Road Tripp’n”.  My first excursion was a day trip that took me to Prescott, Jerome and Sedona with my good friend and former assistant, Herb Stokes. Amazingly, we ran into a friend of mine, Bill Lanier from Huntsville in Prescott. Seems he was visiting family and just happened to be on the same corner of the square at the exact time that we were. What are the odds in that? It was a full day of driving but well worth it. The trip was amazing, offering incredible vistas, with Sedona offering two of the best.

A few days later I was off for another all day trip on the Apache Trail. It is an amazing historical trail through rugged mountain terrain east of Phoenix that includes 22 miles of dirt mountain roads. By far, one of the most incredible roller coaster rides that I have never had to pay for. The former stagecoach trail, which ran through the Superstition Mountains and following the Snake River begins at Apache Junction and ends at the Theodore Roosevelt Lake. Sites along the narrow winding road include the Elvis Presley Chapel, Tortilla Flats and the Roosevelt Dam. The trip lived up to everything that was advertised.

I can think of no better way to close a week out of “Road Tripp’n” around Arizona Highways than by showcasing one of its beautiful sunsets, set against one its many mountain vistas. And that is just what we will do …. Enjoy!!!


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