We’ve had a relatively wet winter this year in Phoenix, and the desert vegetation is greener than I’ve seen it in a long time. Kathryn and I went out yesterday morning for a routine exercise hike at Shaw Butte, and she couldn’t help but grab some photos on the hike back down. The camera is … Continue reading Sunday morning hike at Shaw Butte, Phoenix
Wouldn’t it be funny if the best hockey we saw this season was a French D2 match where roughly 800 were in attendance and the tickets cost less than beers at Gila River Arena?
And once again we’re safely home in Phoenix.
On our way home from camping, we decided to take a slight detour and stop for a second breakfast in Old Town Camp Verde. We picked this place solely on the number of cars parked outside. https://goo.gl/maps/2LGXAc814JB2
Saturday dinner at Pizzeria Bocce has become something of a ritual for Kathryn and me when we camp in Cottonwood. Dining at a slightly pretentious pizzeria with a wine bar may not seem much like camping, but we’ve had an enjoyable meal every time we’ve eaten here.
Kathryn and I have a pattern when we go camping in Cottonwood. We have a mid-afternoon shower and change of clothes on Saturday, followed by a late afternoon Mass.
After a couple meals in the campsite, we decided to venture out and try something new for lunch today. We found a barbecue restaurant just a few minutes’ drive from the park. Seeing the smoker operating in the back parking lot gave us reason to be optimistic as we arrived. Kathryn had a beef brisket … Continue reading Lunch at Hog Wild BBQ, Cottonwood
We’re off on another camping trip to Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, Arizona. One of our favorite sites happened to be available on short notice, so we reserved it earlier this week. https://goo.gl/maps/3zPzyYNsfDn
I couldn’t resist sharing a link to this recent news about my favorite three-letter agency. I’m not sure which troubles me more, that the TSA couldn’t be bothered to perform its most basic function, or that such a large part of the traveling public doesn’t recognize the screening is little more than security theater.
If you search the internet for the immigration procedures a U.S. citizen needs to follow when driving to Mexico, you’ll find many different answers. Most of them are outdated. Some of them apply in certain cases and not in others. Few of them are authoritative. One common answer is that you don’t need a so-called “tourist … Continue reading Mexican border formalities
Today I finally removed the ability to create user accounts on this blog. Initially I required a user account for commenting, but I haven’t required one for almost two years, and since that time there hasn’t been one new account that wasn’t spam. If you already have a user account and still want to use … Continue reading Removed new user accounts
Almost every Friday I have two donuts for breakfast. It’s not a particularly healthy way to start the day, and that’s why I limit myself to once a week. Usually. Last week, at my favorite donut shop, my usual no. 1 — two donuts and a medium coffee — was $2.69 plus tax, which leaves … Continue reading And so it begins
When I got back to work Monday morning after the weekend road trip to Mexicali, one of my colleagues almost immediately asked, what do they drink for beer down there? What an excellent question! The short answer is not a surprising one: Tecate. Mexicali is one of the most populous cities in the Mexican state … Continue reading Beer in Mexicali
Since I resumed blogging a couple years ago, I’ve tried to focus mostly on the matter of the blog — the words, the photos, and so on — and not to pay much attention to the form, which is just an out-of-the-box WordPress template. However, over the weekend I did make one tweak that will … Continue reading Form and matter
As much as I enjoyed watching the Patriots score 25 unanswered points to erase an enormous deficit in regulation — and then score another six on their next drive to win the game in overtime — for me, the highlight of Super Bowl LI was hearing the crowd boo Roger Goodell as he presented the … Continue reading Ideal gas law
While we were eating lunch last Sunday, Kathryn caught me off guard by asking how I learned about the Cantonese restaurants in Mexicali. She had been looking at her Instagram account and was prompted by a comment she received on a photo of the previous day’s lunch. The commenter apparently felt eating Chinese food in Mexico was a sketchy undertaking. … Continue reading Why Mexicali?
We’re back home in the 602. I’ll fill in the blanks soon.
One last stop before home, I hope. I just can’t seem to keep myself out of Gila Bend this month. Yesterday we stopped in the auto parts store down the street. That’s a story for later. https://goo.gl/maps/2QyDJohS7w92
After one hour and fifty minutes in line to cross the border — and twelve minutes in California — we’re back in Arizona. We’ll have a bite to eat and get back on the road shortly. Home is still about three hours away. https://goo.gl/maps/3y9oG7jfZvk
Our last stop to return our tourist cards before heading back to the homeland. Now we wait in a seemingly endless line to cross the border. This is my first ever attempt at blogging while driving. Since our current speed is zero, both in mph and km/h, I feel relatively safe. https://goo.gl/maps/7iBxveJWetE2
One last meal in Mexicali before we head home. Again we ordered way too much food. The server spoke a little English and asked me twice if we were taking the leftovers. The first time I simply said no. The second time I tried to explain we were about to make a border crossing, and … Continue reading Restaurante China House, Mexicali
It’s Sunday morning, so we’re heading to Mass at the Cathedral. We’re a little early thanks to light traffic in Mexicali this time of the day. I have six bars of 4G service here because we’re literally a couple hundred feet from the U.S. You can see the border fence in the photo below. The … Continue reading Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Mexicali
Earlier today we enjoyed our first ever Mexican Cantonese meal. We had pollo mongol — a chicken dish with peppers and peanuts — and pork chow mein. No complaints about the food, except that we could have ordered half as much.
We’ve arrived at our hotel in Mexicali after sandwiches in the park in San Luis Rio Colorado and a pleasant drive along Mexican Highway 2. We also did a little shopping at a Soriana here in Mexicali. My network coverage has been hit or miss, so my updates will likely be from the hotel. https://goo.gl/maps/9oWrXdJjR3P2