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On the road again heading through Arizona.

Photo: Natalie Menacho

In the first half of June Natalie and I got on the road again for our first big trip of the year. We were headed to the Southwest, land of painted deserts and amazing canyons. Our plan was to get to Taos, New Mexico, as quickly as possible, then head slowly back to Sonoma County and see what we could along the way. On our first night we made it to Barstow. We asked the woman at the motel what drove the Barstow economy. She said, “People trying to get to somewhere else.”

The next morning, on our way to do just that, I didn’t fill up the tank, thinking gas would be cheaper on the highway. I was wrong. It kept getting more expensive the further into the desert we got. And then, after a while, there simply weren’t any more gas stations. Just as I was about to reduce our speed to make the most of our dwindling fuel, a gas station appeared like an oasis — I think it was even called Desert Oasis. Saved! Except that gas was $5.00 a gallon. OK, half a tank then. $50 later, we were back on the road. In Needles, California, right on the Arizona border, I filled up the rest of the tank at something like $4.89/gallon. As soon as we crossed into Arizona it was something like $3.89. D’oh. Read the rest of this entry »


Hi Everyone, we’re back from our Southwest Trip. We were amazed at how beautiful it was. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing our trip with you: what we saw, where we stayed, and the trails we took. Here are some highlights…

We stopped in Santa Fe to have breakfast in its 400-year-old downtown. In Taos, we saw Earthships, stood on the edge of the Rio Grande Gorge, and ate homemade goat stew. We drove Schnebly Hill Road into Sedona and quickly left again because it felt so suburban. In Arizona’s Navajo Nation we explored magnificent Canyon de Chelly (see photo above). In Arizona proper, we camped near Prescott and said hello to the folks at the Overland Journal.

Back in California we drove through the desert in Joshua Tree, camped in the San Rafael Mountains near Santa Barbara, and stopped by Natalie’s parents ranch in Paso Robles to help with some lamb wrangling. It was a great trip.

Check back here for the full report in the coming days.

Best,
Nik