Week 16 update

March 4-10, 2015.

Erin is a little under the weather so we’re laying low and this post is a little late. Week 16 we got back on the road again and put in some miles. We started through west Texas and got all the way to Flagstaff, Arizona. Two major highlights of the week were the Sonora caves, Texas and the Red Rock mountains of Sonoma, Arizona. Stay tuned for next week’s update (teaser… Grand Canyon). We hit some “un-Texas-like” weather too.
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Highlights:
After leaving San Antonio, we followed a friend’s advice to visit the Sonora Caves which broke up the long drive before we got to El Paso. These caves were spectacular. We were underground for two hours and were 15 storeys down. We experienced total darkness at the lowest point which was so cool.
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In El Paso, we considered crossing the border to Mexico… On foot…. Then we opted out somewhere along the way.

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When we attended the Unitarian Universalist church in Tucsan, we enjoyed a performance by Roy Zimmerman. He’s a good performer – talented and funny. Here’s one of his songs:

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We did a great trail run in the dry heat of the desert.
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We had our sights on the Grand Canyon so we mostly skipped Phoenix and headed north where we came upon the gorgeous little treasure of Sonoma. The hills are outstanding. We didn’t stay long but did a jeep tour at sunset.

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See the balancing rock in the image below near the middle of the range.
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Jackson did a little impromptu climbing.
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Stats:

3 US state this week (TX, NM, AZ), 22 in total during the trip
1934 kms this week (1202 mi), 13478 total on the trip (8375 mi)
Spent $716.84 this week, $13224.54 total

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