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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26. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:09 AM GMT on November 07, 2012
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25. osdianna
1:12 AM GMT on November 07, 2012
Thanks for the update, DotMom. It's like he never left, huh?
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24. OGal
2:45 PM GMT on November 06, 2012

Thanks Dotmom. I keep checking to see if there was a new post from Joe. Have a happy voting day. Chilly and rainy here. Ugh!
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23. dotmom
11:55 AM GMT on November 06, 2012
JoeAlaska got home on Sunday. He jumped into the rat race like he left it. He and another employee were both scheduled for jury duty - Monday. He is over his head in "Stuff" and I am waiting for a blog but I know he is too busy to do anything but put out fires.
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22. shoreacres
8:37 PM GMT on November 03, 2012
A belated birthday greeting here, too! I hope it was a fine one, despite the this-and-that of the lost cell phone, weather, etc. And I do hope things have cleared so you can get on home without difficulty.
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21. Ylee
8:24 PM GMT on November 03, 2012
Happy belated birthday, Joe! Are you still at the Comfort Inn?
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20. Debbie56
12:39 AM GMT on November 03, 2012
Happy Birthday Joe!
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19. cholla
11:51 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Feliz Cumpleanos, Jose !
Los Chollas
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18. hanfyh
9:56 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Happy Birthday Joe.
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17. yellafella
8:00 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Happy Birthday Joe!! Sunny here in Ky today. A great day for golfing. UL at noon tomorrow.
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16. DHaupt
7:35 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Happy Birthday Joe. I'm glad that you are getting in just a little more vacation. I always made it a point to start slow when coming off vacation. I would suffer about a week of post-vacation depression.

I always tried to take my vacations in at least a two week block. If I only took one week off, I would return to a desk full of projects that people dumped while I was away. But, if people knew I was away for a longer time, they would figure that they'd better find someone else to deal with it.

So, wait for better weather.
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15. joealaska
6:31 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Checking out and going to the airport just down the road. Already heard from Dutch that it is not pretty, windier than ever.

Expecting to be back here in a few hours.

Thanks for the birthday greetings.
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14. OGal
5:57 PM GMT on November 02, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE, hope you get home soon. I have been following your travels. We have just gotten back from Jackson Hole Wyoming. We had a wonderful trip seeing silver fox as well as a hunting pair of wolves plus moose, elk, deer, prong horns and pikas. Sure could live there. The prices on homes are a little out of my range. I guess Vice President Cheney chose well. He did put in a longer runway at the airport so Air Force 2 could land.
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13. ladyhomer
5:45 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Happy Birthday Joe enjoy your stay in Anchorage!!! you might have a couple more days there as this storm is just blowing through. We have nasty winds that are to last through Saturday here in Homer gale force!!! Puffin Inn is NOT my choice of hotels in Anchorage , there are alot of better ones in the same vicinity & they all have winter rates now. the whole time you was gone my hubby was in Adak & they had beautiful weather down the chain he just got back to Homer & now the weather is nasty there good thing he got home when he did as he would've been stuck in Adak as the plane only flys there on
Sunday & thursdays-----hope you get home soon
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12. iaotter
5:39 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Happy Birthday Joe!
Enjoy your extra day off and do something celebratory.
Are there golf courses in Anchorage to visit?
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11. Bogon
5:38 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Happy birthday, Joe!
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10. osdianna
5:25 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Happy Birthday, Joe. I echo UK's observations about being in a nice warm place with no cellphone. You might as well make the best of it!
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9. lotis2
2:20 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Happy Birthday Joe!! Hope you have a safe trip home today. Have been on vacation this week also. Just stayed home and worked on things here. Have to go back on Monday night.
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8. cybersuze
2:12 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Happy Birthday Joe! That explains all those aerial photos! Take it easy!
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7. insideuk
1:48 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
I really like the idea of you being stuck in a warm and comfortable Anchorage hotel room on a busy Friday, unable to WORK. The fact that it’s your birthday is a bonus. The fact you lost your cell phone is a double bonus. The fact it’s blowing snow at 50mph today is a triple bonus. You may have little option but to kick back and chill, all courtesy of the insurance policy. Does it cover the cost of a cake too?

I couldn’t have organised it better myself.

Except that the birthday card I mailed (FOUR WEEKS in advance, just to be sure) is most probably in Dutch Harbor post office. Where you can’t read it. BUGGER.

I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the photos suddenly appearing, as if by magic. The lovely gas station pumps you found are newish compared to the northern Scotland versions, and I’ve never seen any petrol stations in Scotland offering ICE. It wouldn’t be a big money spinner.

I always enjoy the landscapes, even better by aerial view, courtesy of that flying pink elephant you met (hope you got some gift vouchers to send to CYBER...). I still think the town planners are working mostly by OCD RULE in the US. I’m assuming that where you have one of those very long straight roads, which appears to collide head on with a mountain in the distance, that someone nudged the Etch A Sketchers elbow and an intersection was born? Or you have big tunnels, like they do in the pre Etch A Sketch Alps.

Or you just stop there where it collides with the mountain and buy a house.

I heard tell there are some that do. CRAZY.

And so, you now have another day to kill waiting to see if the flights can resume. Maybe the golf clubs will have to get bumped off the flight to allow extra passengers?

Certainly your impulse 26 foot Christmas tree purchase is going to be frowned upon at check-in…

Happy Birthday Pud x
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6. bearpaints
1:20 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Happy Birthday Joe. I hate typing or pecking on my cell phone to send a message but your worth it.
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5. Arbie
1:03 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
I hope it doesn't take you too long to get home, Joe. I enjoyed your vacation pictures. I have never been to Arizona, and I didn't realize there were areas with tall forests. I'd like to visit there some day! I'll have to put that on my bucket list.
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4. Arbie
12:41 PM GMT on November 02, 2012
Happy birthday, Joe!
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3. dotmom
11:39 AM GMT on November 02, 2012

Spending it in Anchorage Alaska - who knew. I remember this day pretty well after ?? number of years. The actual time is around 3 p.m. EST.
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2. dotmom
3:05 AM GMT on November 02, 2012
JoeA: JoeKY and Dotmom have been in a satellite room there at the Puffin Inn. We spent one night there where we hung our clothes on a hook on the wall and there was NO place to place our suitcase or a spot to place your toothbrush. When I got out of bed (by the wall) I was banging into the wall. We went to the desk first thing in the morning prepared to go across the street to the Holiday Inn (I think that was it) and the manager gave us a room in the main hotel and the rate was less. I think those satellite rooms are for fishermen and not for people who want to enjoy the rest. Glad you moved out to where you have some comfort. Also hope the weather straightens up. Don't think about work - it will be there when you get there. xo
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1. osdianna
2:49 AM GMT on November 02, 2012
I saw the weather earlier in Dutch and thought you would probably get stuck in Anchorage. I hope you make
the best of it. Good luck on the house; it would be a real draw to have a place where you get to play a lot of golf, sit up high enough to avoid all that heat, get some snow in the winter...or what passes for winter in comparison to Dutch.
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