NWA742
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Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:33 am

Hey guys,

A few weeks ago I decided to turn a little company gathering in PHX into a week-long road trip from Austin throughout the southwestern USA - unfortunately per the events in this thread several members including myself had planned a meeting but it didn't work out:
Phoenix A.net Mtg? (by Itsnotfinals Jun 30 2007 in Non Aviation)

However I was able to visit some very beautiful and interesting locations throughout that I had never seen before. Two of them were inspired by members Tom in NO and RJDxer and their road trip threads here:
RE: West Texas Road Trip With Pics (by Queso Jul 6 2007 in Non Aviation)
RE: New Orleans To SoCal Family Road Trip (many Pics) (by Queso Jul 6 2007 in Non Aviation)

The routing went like this - Austin - El Paso - Las Cruces - Tucson - Phoenix - Flagstaff - Page, AZ - Flagstaff - Grand Canyon - Flagstaff - ABQ - Lubbock - Austin - spanning 5 days and 2800 miles. Stayed in Las Cruces for a night, Flagstaff for 2, and ABQ for the 4th.


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On I-10 heading west towards El Paso. Texas is really beautiful and green this year thanks to the excellent above-average rainfall we've gotten.

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Inspired to eat here by our member RJDxer - he should recognize this place - Chuy's John Madden Hall of Fame restaurant in Van Horn, TX. Interesting little place, and decent food for what it is.

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Inspired to visit here by Tom in NO - Steins Railroad Ghost Town on the I10 border of NM and AZ - was there at opening hours but it was still gated off and had a "closed" sign on the window, so I didn't get to go in. Interesting place, though.

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Interesting rock formations in AZ, heading towards Tucson.

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Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson - tons of amazing aircraft on display.

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One of the first Lear 35s.

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707 cockpit section on display, they allow you to sit inside and mess with anything you want.

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Pretty self-explanatory - just badass.

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5 ex-presidential aircraft

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One of NASA's zero gravity simulators.

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Strong cell building up to the south.

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On I-17 heading towards Flagstaff, just north of Phoenix. Rain in the distance.

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Heading north the next day on HW 89 towards Page to visit Glen Canyon & Lake Powell.

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Simply beautiful - the Painted Desert.

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Rock formations making my Taurus look tiny.

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Hiking through the desert to see the Colorado River's Horseshoe Bend, just south of Page.

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And here it is - simply amazing. Well worth the hike.

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Glen Canyon Dam and Bridge.

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Both the dam and bridge are amazing pieces of design and engineering.

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Gotta love the lake.

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Beautiful drive back south towards Flagstaff at the end of the day.

And of course, had to see the canyon again:

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Yes, that's a Boeing bumper sticker.

I took this one for you, ANCflyer  Smile
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Hope you enjoyed - the southwestern United States is one amazing and beautiful part of the world. Stay tuned for the next trip report from Seattle, Everett, Vancouver, and British Columbia - coming soon!




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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:30 am

Quoting NWA742 (Thread starter):
Interesting rock formations in AZ, heading towards Tucson.

Dragoon Mountains.

Quoting NWA742 (Thread starter):
Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson

Been there a few times.  Wink

Nice pictures. Glad you enjoyed your time here in our lovely state.
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:40 am

 bigthumbsup  Great trip report dude!!!! Really great shots you have there Big grin!!!!

I love the Horseshoe Bend one  Wow!. How long was the hike? Was it hot? (A dry heat that is, haha). That dam and bridge look so foreign in that huge patch of desert. Pretty amazing feat of engineering like you said. Of course the Grand Canyon shots were great too. Oh and the cloud shots were cool too. During the summer, we can see lots of storms way out east. It's pretty cool

Next time you gotta head all the way out west towards SAN. Not too many liberals I swear Big grin. Haha, just kidding. Although I must admit, the drive between PHX/SAN is incredibly boring until about an hour or so out of SAN. All of a sudden you go up a mountain, then you go back down, and suddenly you're here.

Cool to hear you're going to SEA, and the surrounding area!!!! Really beautiful up there, and of course, really rich in aviation, so you'll have a great time  Smile.

Anyway, thanks for the report Big grin!!!!

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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:43 am

Thanks for the post NWA...you got some pictures that I didn't bother to take during my time down there, so it's nice to see them now. My last trip was (PHX)-PRC-GC Southern Rim-Page-Vermillion Cliffs-Coral Pink Sand Dunes SP-Zion (Just BEAUTIFUL!)-and all the way up to Montana. That area in the South often looks dead, but it's some of the most beautiful ever.
 
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:55 am

Very nice. The longer I live in AZ the more and more I begin to appreciate how beautiful and diverse it is. Very nice photographs. Sometimes it is hard to capture the correct color of the painted desert.

Quoting NWA742 (Thread starter):
One of the first Lear 35s.

Not to be a jerk, but I can't let it slide. It looks like a Lear 23/24. They're loud and proud.  Wink
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 12:34 pm

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 1):
Been there a few times

Yeah I enjoyed Tucson - I also stopped by the new In-N-Out you guys have there - that place was insane but it was good.

One thing though - what the heck is it with Tucson drivers? Everybody seems to be in a life or death rush situation. One of the "worst driver" cities I've ever been to.

In fact, the entire stretch of I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix was one of the fastest paced highways I've ever been on. I was doing 90-95 most of the way and people were blowing by me the entire time. Didn't see a single state trooper either.

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 1):
Nice pictures. Glad you enjoyed your time here in our lovely state.

Thank you - I certainly did. AZ is an incredible state - I'm considering living there some time.

Quoting DavestanKSAN (Reply 2):
I love the Horseshoe Bend one . How long was the hike? Was it hot?

It's about 3/4 of a mile each way - not too bad. The only issue is that coming back, you're going uphill the entire time and walking through a lot of sand at some points. Combine that with the heat and altitude - it can take it's toll really quick. Make sure you bring lots of water.

Quoting DavestanKSAN (Reply 2):
Next time you gotta head all the way out west towards SAN. Not too many liberals I swear

I'll do that.  biggrin 

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 4):
Very nice. The longer I live in AZ the more and more I begin to appreciate how beautiful and diverse it is. Very nice photographs

Thanks - the camera used was a Fuji A820, 8.3MP point & shoot - I was very impressed with it.

Quoting Fumanchewd (Reply 4):
Not to be a jerk, but I can't let it slide. It looks like a Lear 23/24. They're loud and proud.

Bastard, I knew the 35 probably wasn't right.  Smile




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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 12:44 pm

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 5):
Bastard, I knew the 35 probably wasn't right.

Its good you got a picture of the 23/24 though. Lear 35s are like Camaros. They're kind of cool but there are alot of them hucking around. The rarer 23/24 is pretty much a straight jet engine. She smells like jet fuel, throws fire out the back on start up, and can climb vertical on take off. It is the first performance business jet and its a cool photo to have.
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:37 pm

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 5):
One thing though - what the heck is it with Tucson drivers? Everybody seems to be in a life or death rush situation. One of the "worst driver" cities I've ever been to.

Those weren't Arizonanans you saw-they were Californians. All kidding aside, the traffic here is really pretty good anywhere except around the interstate. It's royally messed up and will remain so for the next three years-all of the major interchanges in the downtown area are closed for the duration of the I-10 widening program. Every so often, they will have major work that requires the through interstate traffic to be routed onto the service road.

As for Inn and Out, I haven't been to the new one and don't intend to. You can get a better burger downtown and support the local businesses instead of exporting your money to California.

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 5):
In fact, the entire stretch of I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix was one of the fastest paced highways I've ever been on. I was doing 90-95 most of the way and people were blowing by me the entire time. Didn't see a single state trooper either.

We don't have state troopers-the state law enforcement is the Department of Public Safety which administers the Highway Patrol. Also, just because you didn't see them does not mean they did not see you. They are well known by locals here to do speed enforcement using unmarked cars and these aren't Plain Jane Impalas and PIs. The only way you can tell it's a undercover Highway Patrol unit is the extra heavy window tint-effectively one way glass and the one or two extra antennae. The paint is high quality metallic that you'll find on any other car, not fleet white. They aren't out to scare you into slowing down-they're out to bust you. Also, in Arizona you are required to stop if an officer in an unmarked car activates his lights to initiate a traffic stop.
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:45 pm

Nice TR!
I need to get out West soon, again!!

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 7):
Also, in Arizona you are required to stop if an officer in an unmarked car activates his lights to initiate a traffic stop.

Huh, didn't think anything of this. Ditto here in NJ.
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:07 pm

Quoting Mdodd (Reply 8):
Huh, didn't think anything of this. Ditto here in NJ.
Who's lucky enough NOT to have to do this??

Well, when I lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee the police department there made it clear that under the Tennessee Code Annotated, motorists are not required to stop for an unmarked police car. In fact, the policy in Chattanooga at the time was that if an officer in an unmarked unit observed a violation, they were required to call in a marked unit to execute the traffic stop.
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:23 pm

Quoting NWA742 (Thread starter):
Texas is really beautiful and green this year thanks to the excellent above-average rainfall we've gotten.

Send some up here. Water restrictions are a go here in MN as of yesterday. Everything is uncharacteristically brown and dead thanks to record droughts.

Nevertheless, nice report. AZ sure looks beautiful, I'd love to drive through there one day.
 
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:37 pm

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 5):
Everybody seems to be in a life or death rush situation.

Really? On my way home from school every day I always seem to get behind the slowest drivers. The sign has a big 4-0 on it, but they go 35.

Maybe it's me that's in the rush situation.  scratchchin 

Quoting NWA742 (Reply 5):
I also stopped by the new In-N-Out you guys have there - that place was insane but it was good.

If you go after 10 PM it's not that bad.  Smile
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:05 pm

85MPH in a Ford Taurus????? Are you nuts????
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Wed Aug 01, 2007 2:28 am

Great report and incredible pics.....glad you enjoyed your roadie...

Quoting NWA742 (Thread starter):
Inspired to visit here by Tom in NO - Steins Railroad Ghost Town on the I10 border of NM and AZ - was there at opening hours but it was still gated off and had a "closed" sign on the window, so I didn't get to go in. Interesting place, though.

She must've run up to Lordsburg or something.....they live in the place just off to the right as you enter the property. And I'm sure you noticed all the UP trains that pass right by there.....we were there probably 90 minutes, and there were no less than eight trains passing during that time.....something like this: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=136136&nseq=2

Quoting NWA742 (Thread starter):
Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson - tons of amazing aircraft on display.

Love that place....my eight year old and I passed through there about four years ago.

Quoting NWA742 (Thread starter):
And of course, had to see the canyon again:

Without a doubt.....was there last in '99. About time for a return visit, which will also include:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 1):
Quoting NWA742 (Thread starter):
Interesting rock formations in AZ, heading towards Tucson.

Dragoon Mountains.

Gotta spend a little more time in this area next time out, visiting the land of Cochise, and especially Tombstone (I'm reading two books on the OK Corral Gunfight)...

Quoting DavestanKSAN (Reply 2):
Although I must admit, the drive between PHX/SAN is incredibly boring

I'd agree with that. Of the drive we made almost two months ago, that segment was pretty boring (although Gila Bend rocks  wink  (you've seen that Space Ace Lodge in the middle of town?).

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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:54 am

Quoting AA787823 (Reply 12):
85MPH in a Ford Taurus????? Are you nuts????

 boggled 

It's seen much higher speeds than that without any problems. The Taurus is a big, stable sedan. Very comfortable at 85.




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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:08 am

Excellent photos, NW742. Thanks for posting.
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Wed Aug 01, 2007 11:30 am

Quoting NWA742 (Thread starter):
I took this one for you, ANCflyer Smile
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RE: Southwestern USA Road Trip (pics)

Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:21 am

Looks like we took pictures within spitting distance of each other in the Dragoons, here's the one you posted:
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From our roadie in early June:
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And a frame of reference for the rest of you.....I-10 in southeast Arizona:
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