I categorized this post as “Travel” because we had to travel for 23 minutes from home to reach the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve. It’s run by Arizona State University and preserves over 1500 petroglyphs. A petroglyph is an image formed by chipping away “desert varnish” that covers rocks. It’s not a hieroglyph which is a language. It’s not a petrograph which is painted on a rock surface.
We returned to our old stomping grounds in Cave Creek where the public library provides a great panorama of the area. Today that panorama includes snow. Arizona actually gets a lot of snow, just not here in “The Valley of the Sun” (Phoenix and surroundings). Northern Arizona and eastern Arizona have ski areas with fairly long seasons. And the cliche is that you can water ski and snow ski on the same day.
We visit the Musical Instrument Museum (The MIM) occasionally. We tried to visit yesterday, but the parking lot was filled to overflowing when we arrived. Our company blamed the rain. We blamed the darn snowbirds. Anyway, we arrived shortly after they opened today to no lines.
One of my recommended travel apps let us down this trip: iExit. It found a Stuckey’s for gas and snacks, but missed Buc-ees. Buc-ees is like a truck stop that does not allow trucks. Inexpensive gas and a convenient store that’s more of a supermarket for stuff. Stuff like lunch, sugared nuts, all kinds of candy, crawfish cleaners, trail cameras, and more.
It is remotely possible that I post too much about The Thing. So this is the last post about The Thing. But, the next time you take Interstate 10 east from Tucson you must stop there. As I said last post, the new museum is worth the stop even if there were no Dairy Queen there.
When in South Florida, visit the South Florida Museum (and manatee rescue). It’s in downtown Bradenton and features a planetarium, an aquarium, and an eclectic collection of artifacts.
Fort Bragg is near Fayetteville, North Carolina which is home to the U. S. Army Airborne & Special Forces Museum. This tells a broader picture of airborne troops including paratroopers and glider men.
Jacob is stationed where my father was stationed in 1942. We took him his stuff and visited some museums. First museum was on base, 82d Airborne Division War Memorial Museum.
I have a certain fascination for The Thing, a roadside attraction since the 60’s. I’ve blogged about it frequently: The Thing. It used to be just a novelty that was worth a stop on your trip down Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona. But now… now, it’s a destination! The new museum adds a tremendous backstory for The Thing. The museum used to a 50-cent tour through unheated pole buildings featuring old stuff – cars, and farm equipment. Now it’s a beautifully done $5-tour ($4 with senior discount).
Baby, It’s Cold Outside. No, really. very cold. And this made for an unpleasant return trip with sights closed or too cold to stop at. The GPS said the fastest return home was east on I90 in Washington over Snoqualmie Pass. I thought that might be a problem even though it’s only at 3,015 feet. So instead we took a slightly slower route (by 20 minutes) through Oregon and Nevada. And wound up going through 7600 feet outside Austin, NV. In a blizzard. With icy roads.