I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 1:44 AM GMT on November 02, 2012
Tuesday afternoon I got my last golf round in at Coyote del Malpais in Grants, New Mexico. I played the same course 10 days or so earlier at the star of the road trip. It was, as usual, a PERFECT day. The weather was great the entire trip.
I stayed in Grants that night. Next morning I drove the 80 miles to the airport and returned the rental car. I paid $480 bucks. It was going to be almost $650 with another company, but just before the trip I made a last minute search and found a better deal.
The first leg of the return trip was to LA in the commuter plane American Eagle. The Captain was pretty cool. He got on the mike right away and said he would be telling us where we were flying as the trip progressed. Have not had THAT happen in a while. But this guy took it up a notch.
He told us when we were approaching the meteor crater near Winslow, AZ. He actually maneuvered the plane so that both sides of the plane could see it. There were also at least 4 big fires burning in Arizona, 3 in close proximity. We also flew over JEROME, Arizona, where I slept a couple nights before. So I got pictures.
(Jerome was really COOL staying there. The Jerome Grand is evidently haunted. Couple that with the Halloween Holiday pending, the entire building was decorated to the max. There were hourly ghost tours - which I kept just missing. I plan on coming back and staying a few days there. There is a lot of interesting history to the town. It has had many large fires in the good old days where the town has gone up in flames. When you go to your room and turn on the TV, a tape automatically starts that tells you a lot of the town history. I had to watch the whole thing once I started.)
There was a view of The Grand Canyon far to the north. Then we flew over Lake Havasu and The London Bridge (Sorry UK!).
In LA I only waited about an hour before taking off for Seattle. In Seattle I had to run as it was another short layover and I had to take a shuttle to another terminal.
On the ride to Anchorage I had an interesting guy sit next to me and we talked the whole trip, something I rarely do.
Got to Anchorage around 9:30 PM, and I headed to THE PUFFIN INN to get a room. It is close to the airport and I have made it a default hotel when I come through town. I was going to get a good night of sleep, as my last flight would not leave until 12:30 PM the next day. But I got a little tired of THE PUFFIN when I had to walk a half block to get to my room in a satellite building. It was a long day, and I was dragging my golf clubs and a full suitcase.
This morning I was up and at the airport early to kill time waiting. It was a sunny clear day (still is)
and maybe 40 degrees. Then I heard rumors, eventually proving to be true. WEATHER in Dutch.
WINTER WEATHER. It was blowin’ and snowin’ where Joe wanted to be goin’. I guess it started yesterday and got worse today. Supposed to continue until tomorrow.
My flight was cancelled. I am re-scheduled to fly out at 2 PM tomorrow. Assuming that happens, my day will be shot when I get there. It will be our busy day Friday, but maybe not too bad tomorrow. There is a chance I will have to go to work when I arrive around 5 PM, hope not.
So I chose a new hotel, a Comfort Inn. The room is very nice. I was lucky to buy some trip insurance this trip, so it looks like it will be covered.
Will be posting a lot of pics as I sit RELAXING.
The house deal in Payson is moving forward, looking good.
Lost my cell phone somewhere in Kingman.
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