The last road trip I took involved going up the coast of Oregon, and it was amazing! I have fond memories of camping in Northern California, exploring the Oregon beaches, visiting the Tillamook factory, and checking out Powell’s Books.
When I discovered that Left Coast Crime was happening in Albuquerque, I figured we could drive to New Mexico. (And by we, I mean my other family members—thanks, y’all!)
On our drive, we made a pit stop in Phoenix. Even though I missed the “Welcome to Arizona” sign, I got this:
“Um, isn’t that an oxymoron?” asked one of my kids. Fresh jerky? Hey, it could be really good…
While in Phoenix, we went to the Desert Botanical Garden because why not pay to see plants you can find on the roadside? Seriously, though, it was wonderful. I got to learn about interesting cacti, including the Crested Whortleberry.
I even saw the iconic green Palo Verde, the state tree of Arizona. And there were Chihuly sculptures scattered throughout the grounds, which also explains the steep price for tickets.
Entering New Mexico, I (again) missed the welcome sign. But I took a photo of this very accurate sign:
Since I arrived before the conference, I got the chance to visit the Indian Pueblo Center (loved the PIVOT skateboard deck art exhibit):
I also got to
nap relax in the Beyond Van Gogh art experience:
Then, obviously, I had a fab time at LCC. I loved meeting you readers and my fellow Chicks sisters!
On the way back home, you could say that I took in a grand view…
Apparently, every single family member has gone to the Grand Canyon except my brother. Somehow we always left him out of our prior invites—sorry! But I think we made it up to him:
Share your road trip stories!