Home Sweet Home.
After 20 days gone, we really mean it!
Our last stop was Tombstone (which Bob will more adequately post about our time there) and we were staying at one of our nicer places, the Landmark Lookout Lodge, a very cool pet-friendly place on the outskirts of town. We had a view of the expansive desert, it was peaceful and they even had a cooked-to-order breakfast which was actually the best free breakfast we had on the trip.
We had the option of staying an additional night, and it was very nice, and we could have done more or driven down to Bisbee and hung out with desert hippies, but we just couldn’t do it. Literally, we both knew we had to get home . . . no matter what.
(Parenthetical note: I knew we had to leave as I counted our underwear and realized it was either we leave now, or we head to a laundromat.)
So the “Bataan death march” began as we got up early, watched the sunrise over the desert (wowza), ate that great breakfast and got the hell out of Dodge . . . er, Tombstone.
It’s a long drive through Tucson and Phoenix and then into the sprawl that is Los Angeles, which starts at Riverside. Luckily, it was Martin Luther King, Jr. day which meant that some people were not working. Had it been any typical Monday, it might have taken even longer to get home.
As it was, we made it home in good time. As Bob disgorged the car, I made a grocery trip, and then we just stared at the TV set all night. We stared at the TV because: (1) we were exhausted; and (2) we came home to a dead router, so no internet access – hey, welcome home!
It’s been a long trip and I think it helped us clarify some things which we’ll write about more here.
We also have a few trip reports to do which we’ll get to over the next few days.
Today, I took Izzy for her morning walk and she pulled me along to “her” gopher zone. She gleefully pounced on several possible spots looking for the varmints. No luck today, but as she bounced about, tail wagging excitedly, I thought I could hear her whisper, “Happy, happy, happy!”
Yes, it’s good to be home.