September 05, 2006

Weekend Jaunt to the Grand Canyon - After the Fact

Yesterday was rather long. We woke around 8am, packed up Erik's MINI and had brakfast at the Old Smokey's Pancake House right across the street from the motel we were staying at. We departed from Williams, AZ at around 10:30am and headed out back to Kingman, AZ to gas up and take the Route 66 offshoot that heads out to the infamous mining town of Oatman - a far-out little old-western town where wild burros roam the main street looking to be fed carrots by tourists.

We stopped in Oatman for awhile, hung out with the cute donkeys and had a very-mediocre lunch at the Olive Oatman Restaurant & Saloon, where we were able to cool off for awhile, watch some bearded cowboy sing a Johnny Cash song (among other country classics), and see some of the gunfight re-enactors (we, unfortunately, didn't witness one) dismantle their guns for some awed 10-year-olds. We then departed to get back to the 40.

We got to Needles, CA not too long after that, but Highway 40 outside of Needles SUUUUUCKED. There's some road contruction going on, causing one of the lanes on each side of the two-lane highway to be closed - and this alone caused a 7-mile backup, resulting in a wait of at least an hour in nearly-stopped traffic. Erik came quite close to a meltdowm, but luckily the traffic got moving just in time.

Knowing that the ride back on Highway 15 would probably be just as horrible, we decided to take a little adventurous detour and try to hop on the 58 West towards the City of Mojave to link up to the 14 instead of battling through the 15 out of Barstow. I believe we made a wise choice. We were back to my house before 9pm, and chowing on Del Taco, which gave Erik a wee bit of time to rest-up before having to backtrack out to his house in Studio City.

This weekend was a fantastic time. I have lots of photos (over 700) to sort through before I can upload any of them, but you can expect to start seeing those up on Flickr starting tonight. I love that Erik and I are able to holiday a bit this summer. Toronto was great, this quick trip to the Grand Canyon was surprisingly refreshing, and our upcoming trip up to Mammoth in a couple of weeks is going to really help us get through this next year.


posted by julie at September 5, 2006 11:16 AM

things people have said

I am glad you had fun. Wild burros on the mother road? I was not aware. I can't wait to see the flickr pictures. Get some rest.

so said: Karin at September 5, 2006 06:21 PM



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