Posts Tagged With: Mile Marker Memories

# 16 Phoenix – Just add water and hike

Nothing beats a good referral as they say in business. Equally as important nothing beats a good suggestion of great places to go for vacation and fun. Well as much as I enjoy giving my older brother a hard way to go. Today I have to give him a “high 5 ” for always talking about “The Zona”.

Even though he knows we are boat people, beach people, and bums. He also knows we value anywhere that is top shelf in the great outdoors. That combined with a great social and recreational environment creates a landscape for  exploration.

Recalling seven or eight years ago while visiting he brought us a book on Arizona and said you two have to go check this out “so get it on the list”. When people reiterate things with passion more than once, twice or five times you had better listen up, because chances are there is something worth while to see… I say if you are gambling on sending water people to the desert you must be holding a hand full of Aces knowing you are right.

Thanks big brother for dialing us in on these Mile Marker Memories. You just forgot to tell me that once I turn left off I-40 west onto I-17 south that the Ambassador III would drop like a rock from 7000′ to 1400′ in short order. And that folks is the difference between the mountains and the desert.

 

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# 14 Albuquerque High

Being in a metropolitan city surrounded by the beautiful  Sandia Mountains soaring almost 10,000′ in elevation, and with  Albuquerque itself at about 5600′ is defiantly a recipe for breathtaking views.  Regardless of how windy it can get this time of year. It is constantly having us saying look at this, look at that. I will not even try to go into explaining the history we have come to know. We will leave that to you and Google, or even better yet Southwest Airlines.  Now top it off with how ABQ has parlayed Historic Route 66 into the mix and they have our completed attention.

OK back to this wind thing, so we dodged most of the snow and made it out of Lubbock, however we notice the wind increasingly picking up like crazy in Fort Sumner, NM. We stopped to check and make sure “Billy The Kid” was still in his grave. Pam and I looked at each other…yep, done… were out of here.

Heading north up the highway to Sana Rosa the wind wearing me out broadsiding the van. A poor 18 wheeler in front of me is all over the place trying to keep it between the lines. We are talking 30-40 mile sustained winds for 80 miles while climbing up in elevation. Well as if that was not fun enough we made it to I-40 that was just reopened 2 hours earlier from the storm. Now we are heading on into 50 mile winds straight on. Now as we all know this is nothing new to this area, but it is all new to us at this level. Anyway 115 miles later we are at our new home for the week, and the wind is pretty much done and back to normal for the most part. It appears this is a cycle repeated every spring but hey, don’t worry about us starting to shake every time the fan kicks in. Now that we have seen how beautiful things are we are past it and kind of use to it.

As I write this the weather guys is calling for 55 MPH winds today.

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# 13 Dumb luck and Lubbock, TX

Since having our heads buried in the Hill Country for a few days. We figured like normal we would just circumnavigate our way to our next location, which was to be Amarillo and figure our accommodations out when we got there. After driving the first 150 miles and seeing only 6 cars we felt like we were in the middle of no where. Then all the sudden in Sweetwater we started seeing wind mills, wind mills and crazy amounts of windmills for miles and miles. We are talking a thousand plus and that’s just what we past.

We finally decided after 320 miles behind us and it being Saturday let’s  just go ahead and visit Lubbock for a couple of days and see what up. GOOD CALL, Amarillo got 18″ of snow and Interstate 40 shut down. We got 4″ in Lubbock and the highway to Clovis, NM we planned to take was closed too. The word they like to use for snow here is blizzard. Defined as a lot of damn wind, blowing snow, dirt and anything unattached around and in your way while driving… More on this wind thing later.

Well come to find out Lubbock has provided us with a lot of talented people we all have had the pleasure of enjoying for many years. Maybe you have heard of some of them…Buddy Holly,Mac Davis, Tanya Tucker, The Gatlin Brothers, Oh and some dudes name Waylon Jennings, and James Dean and many more. Lubbock is the home of the Cactus Theater, and Cactus Cuties.

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# 11 Let’s Rodeo San Antonio

So checking into  the San Antonio KOA campground the lady ask “Are you here for the rodeo and live stock show?” Puzzled I had to check myself and see if my beach bum looking self had anything on me that made me look like a bronco rider. I must admit I had done no real research on San Antonio so other than what friends and family have told me, we knew zero other than this is the home of the infamous Alamo, and the SA Spurs basketball team.. “No I replied”. Well the stampede is about to come down the street here kicking off the show. “What show”  I said. Well as we found out, the show is a huge thing and its going on the block next to us. OK a huge rodeo and livestock show. Oh! there’s music too, lots of music…check out the line up picture showing who’s playing…I looked at Pam and said “this is going to be fun”.

So you might want  to put San Antonio as a must do on your vacation list. When it comes to history, food, culture, entertainment value  these folks have it going on. Be it  history and Missions, the River Walk, or the Hill Country you could spend a while here and not run out of things to do. We just spent two weeks here and then move 60 miles up the road for a few days days, and we have left a lot of things untouched, but we will be back.

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#6 – There is a difference when it comes to alligators

If you ask me what my favorite part of traveling in south Florida was, I would say “well all of it”. But I would really  have to say it was “exploring everything on, or off the Tamiami Trail”. From Tampa to Miami there is a lot to see, and from Siesta Key through Fort Meyers down to Everglades City.  US Hwy 41 TAT is the way to go ending up on 8th street in Miami.

How else would you get to the smallest post office in the United States. Located in Ochopee,Fl. 34141. It may only be a whopping 7′  X 8′ structure, but you have to have a place to mail post cards and bills… right? Also, when you are here you know you are close to seeing the alligators. You need to know what they call Alligator Alley / I-75 is still just the interstate, drive fast get there quick, bypass everything…There is a difference in the road you choose and the milemarkers you use creating your mile marker memories.

Remember when visiting the gators – Es ilegal alimeter o molester lav vida silvestre. Because an alligator does not know the difference between a hand, and a hand out.

 

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#5 – Where the heck is Mangrove Momma’s

Well be sure to fuel up and make a last minute department / grocery stop before departing the mainland…last stop, Florida City…It’s not that supplies are hard to get, but as you can guess “the price goes up just a wee bit” the further down the chain of Keys you go. Also with the area being divided up into sections, you will find gaps in the geography– in the event you need certain goods for the journey.

By road, there are 2 ways  into the Keys: The Overseas Hwy AKA US1  or Card Sound Rd. If you do chose Card Sound Road “I would be swearing you might be going to Alabama Jacks”.

Let’s head down the Keys about 120 miles and take a look at some of the interesting things we saw –and let’s see where the heck “Mangrove Mamma’s” is. Could she be the neighbor of Fat Albert? Enjoy these milemarkermemories.

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#4 – Wanna do lunch with a manatee

Now how fun could a little lunch on the water turn out to be. We stopped by to have a world famous “Hogfish Sandwich”  at a place on Stock Island that a good friend recommended. While sitting at the Hogfish Grill we spotted this manatee swimming in the water. Well this dude swims up and starts drinking from the water hose without a care in the world. Next thing you know we have a crowd around the table and a cat that is trippin’ out to say the least. Turns out to be quiet an entertaining lunch. I don’t think I have ever seen so many iphones whipped out during lunch. And Yes the food was awesome.

Manatee drinks from the hose

Manatee drinking from the hose

Manatee watching cat

Safe Harbor boats Stock Island

A Hogfish lunchHogfish Grill Stock Island_mmm

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#3 – Another Day in Key West Florida

For those of you that have been to Key West these pictures are nothing new, however be warned they could possibly bring back memories of  good times, and inspiration only the sun, sand, and a good watering hole can provide. Not to mention the fresh seafood…and we are not talking frozen in a bag from China either. Look the law states “you can only eat fresh catch while in the Keys OR you will be fed to the chickens and roosters”. You can trust me on this, I am NOT a lawyer.

For those of you who have not been WELL, it’s time to plan a trip for some R&R even though most people have to rest when they return. The Conch Repulic is awaiting your arrival. DO keep in mind Key West is only a small part of the Florida Keys there are about 120mm in the Keys, and thats a lot of fun to be had.

Check these mmm’s out;

www.schoonerwesternunion.com

www.southernmostpointusa.com     (attractions tab)

www.hemingwayhome.com

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