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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Desert View - Day 90 - Junking

5:46 am - Thursday - February 8th - Grand Canyon - 33º F, 34% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the south by southwest.....forecast is for sunny skies and a high of 59º F.

We only have one day off this week due to the vacation of our floor manager Ian, so we decided to drive into Flagstaff for the day to do some junking.  It takes us just over an hour to drive the 70+ miles into Flagstaff, and the drive is through some very beautiful countryside.  When you exit the east gate of the Grand Canyon on SR-64 you are over 7,300' in elevation.....by the time you have covered the first 30 miles to Cameron you have lost 3,000' of that elevation.  As you arrive in Flagstaff 70 minutes after leaving Desert view you are back over 7,000' elevation once again.  Needless to say it seems like your ears never stop 'popping' in an attempt to adjust for the rapid changes in elevation over the course of the drive.

We left Desert View around 8:30 am, and were walking into the local Flagstaff Goodwill by 9:45.  We probably spent over an hour at this Goodwill, and came away with a few things we could not live without.  Thinking forward to our job this summer in Maine I was looking for some more cargo shorts.  My favorite cargo shorts are made by Wrangler, and I managed to find three almost new pairs hanging right next to each other.  I ended up buying two of the pairs for a total of $6.99 (they had YELLOW tags which meant they were 50% off on this day, so I got two pairs for the price of one).  I stumbled across a pair of Northface convertible hiking pants for $10.99.....they sell for close to $100 new....this pair looked virtually new.

We visited another Goodwill on the other side of  town where we did not find anything we could not live without, and then it was over to a local Subway store for a Subway Club footlong (TLE and I split it).

After lunch we hit the local Walmart to pick up some fresh items.......tomatoes, grapes, lettuce, onions, etc., and then it was back to the north end of town and the local Savers Thrift Store.  Once again we found a few things we could not lives without, plus fill up our gas tank before heading back north on US-89 around 3:15 pm.  We the east gate by 4:20 pm....a perfect day!  

A side note.....trying to cover 140+ miles in SoCal would be an all day venture and would feel more like driving 500 miles.  It's one of the wonderful benefits about living in rural America.....you can cover the same distance in about 2.5 hours.  When you are flying along at 70 mph most the time the miles just melt away....you just set the cruise control and hang on to the steering wheel.

When we got home there was NO wind so you know what came next......a sunset fire!  A perfect end to a perfect day!

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1 comment:

  1. Great finds!
    The summer in Maine. I sure hope the bugs are not like they were in Minnesota in the summer, I almost never wore shorts or short sleeved shirts but I was a fan of the convertible pants.

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