It was beautiful at the lake in mid October. The foliage was just at peak and there was even some sun which allowed for some gorgeous colors of leaves against the lake. There is no cell service (not even enough to send a text!) or wifi at the lake, which is a nice break from always being connected. We spent those couple days wrapping things up around town and the house before Mimi left for the winter. We went for a few walks with the dog, enjoying the foliage as there was no beach to walk on this year. Mimi treated me to her normal massage appointment while she ran some errands. I went through the old family/cabin guest books and all the old pictures. It was a fun, relaxing few days before our road trip.
We decided to break the trip up into 3 days, which was a bit of a push at about 10 hours of driving a day, but it meant another day in Arizona and less time in transition, good for everyone, especially the dog! Fortunately the trip went very smoothly, with the exception of one morning of construction delays and heavy rain, the rest of the time the was limited traffic, minor construction without real delay, and great weather. The first day we drove from Port Washington, Wisconsin to Springfield, Missouri area. The foliage wasn't quite at peak yet, but it was still a very pretty drive. The best part was driving by the Arch in St. Louis and getting stuck in bridge construction at just the perfect time to snap some photos of the Arch and foliage right from the car! The next day we drove to Tucumcari, New Mexico, which was a whole lot of nothing but empty space and cows! Then onto Scottsdale, Arizona, through some of the Arizona mountains/forest and the first glimpses of the saguaros and then desert.
We arrived to beautiful weather in Arizona! All 3 of us felt so refreshed to be in the warmth and sunshine. I took advantage of the weather and went for several runs and even sat by the pool!! Mimi and I had lunch overlooking Camelback Mountain, drove up to Carefree to see more desert and the old family house, went to a dinner for her choir group who were hosting an African choir group, walked around Scotsdale, and just enjoyed being outside! It was a great trip, everything went so smoothly with travel and it was so nice to get time at both places and some nice memories with Mimi!!
|Port Washington, WI house|
|Front yard/Lake Michigan|
|Hard to believe that's a lake and not ocean!|
|On the road! (we were stopped, don't worry!)|
|Our travel buddy|
|St. Louis Arch|
|View on a lot of the drive|
|Some nicer scenery|
|Lots of trains!|
|Scottsdale, AZ house, spent most of my time on that patio!|
|View on my morning run, Camelback Mountain|
|Morning run, I could definitely live here!|
|Saguaros in the Carefree desert|
|One more of Camelback Mountain|
|Poolside at the end of October, yes please!|