Monthly Archives: November 2011

A night in the desert

OK, so I’m not really young, but I learned from my maternal grandmother never to let the truth interfere with a good story. Everyone went to work. I decided that it probably made sense to wash my clothes and my … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Through the Desert in A Van Named Walden

In our last episode, I decided where to park for the night by getting stuck on a dark desert highway, with cool wind in my hair. Actually it was really a dark desert one-lane road. I kept the windows shut. … Continue reading

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What Happens in Vegas

After the Mojave National Preserve, I’d planned to head for Hoover dam, bypassing Vegas. I don’t much like gambling, and all of the movies about hilarious antics in Vegas that I have seen involve a group of people. It’s never … Continue reading

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Dam, that Thing is Big

I tried to find some kind of decent breakfast on the way out of Vegas, but gave up and got a couple tacos at Del Taco, a regional version of Taco Bell. It was going to be good to get … Continue reading

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Approaching a Hole

I spent all of the previous day in a crappy little motel room in Kingmon, Arizona working on a set of questions that someone had sent me in response to a job I had applied for. Spending thirty dollars to … Continue reading

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From the Hole to Flagstaff

When I awoke, I was quite comfy in my sleeping bag. It was cold since I’d run out of propane at about 1:30. I tried to look out a window, but they were all iced over. I decided to stay … Continue reading

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Now I Really Am an Accidental Tourist

I rode out of Flagstaff toward Sedona, which my mother had visited recently. It was supposed to be a cute little town, and it was. I stopped and had some breakfast. I poked in a few shops, but was still … Continue reading

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Frank Lloyd Cactus

After a couple days hanging out in Phoenix, my host, like so many people I have visited, had to go to work. I decided that rather than watch TV all day as I had in LA, I would venture out … Continue reading

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Standing on a Corner in Winslow Arizona: check

It was time to get moving again, and I was headed to Santa Fe to see a friend who’d moved there from Knoxville. My first stop was Winslow Arizona. Here is the obligatory picture of me standing on a corner. … Continue reading

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Petrified

When I was a kid my grandmother and uncle took a trip out west in my grandmother’s VW bug. I remember stories about their going to the petrified forest, so I went. It’s pretty wild. A bunch of trees got … Continue reading

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Of Missiles and Birds

I spent a couple days in Santa Fe with some friends from Knoxville. It was a nice visit with several nice meals in their home and eateries in Santa Fe. I mostly went back into my homebody mode. I was … Continue reading

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The Birds

I awoke shortly after five. In the morning. I had to get to the wildlife refuge before the birds got up. I was actually pretty excited. The birds I had seen the night before were pretty cool and I was … Continue reading

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Billy the Kid and Smokey the Bear Lived Here

After I saw the birds eating their breakfast, I thought that I should do the same. I stopped at a little tiny store and decided that I should also buy gas, as this part of New Mexico is full of … Continue reading

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They Don’t Call it a Cavern for Nothing

By the time I got Walden moving Fred and Ethel were already off putting on a roof or whatever it was they were to do that day for Habitat for Humanity. I’d met them the day before at a local … Continue reading

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Really, I Remember the Alamo

Sleeping on the street in Nowhere, Texas (OK, fine. It was Ozona, Texas) by the Sonic got a bit chilly because I ran out of propane. I want to get moving, as San Antonio is a rather long way from … Continue reading

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Houston, I Have No Problem

This day’s plan was to drive the two hundred or so miles from San Antonio to Houston. Having gone to bed pretty early, I managed to get up and out of my overpriced hotel by nine. The friend I was … Continue reading

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