Despair Strikes Us

The monotonous drive along I 40 was broken up with a stop and detour.
The stop in Seligman to refuel directed us to visit the small town. How many of us remember that great black & white weekly series Route 66. One of the towns, Seligman is genuinely a black & white town. Today two small but colorful sites, the Rusty Nail, and Delgadillos Snow Caps offer a break from the drive. Old structures, that once drew for Buzz and Todd of the great weekly show Route 66 to this Seligman. For those who do not remember this cool show, here is a link to “Route 66: Black November.” Route 66 Black November Still one of the coolest ‘vettes around.

Our detour was to travel north on 64 to the Grand Canyon, one of the Worlds seven wonders, it indeed is a wonder. We entered this National Park driving to Mather Point, which offers spectacular views from all different angles.


The first inhabits of the Grand Canyon were Native American’s that suddenly disappeared about 1,000 BC. By 500 AD the tribe known as the Basket Weavers occupied the area. Between 1,200 to 700 years ago the Anasei moved in building small and large Pueblo’s.



New inhabitants from 1,200 years ago to present day are Cerbat, Hualapai, Havasupai, and Navajo. These tribes are still among the population of today. They occupy much of the land from the Grand Canyon to New Mexico.

The year 1869, a one arm Civil War veteran, John Wesley Powel, formed a party of 9 men and 4 boats to travel down the Colorado River. At the start of the journey, they had no idea of the hazards they would have to traverse. The purpose of the expedition was to document the terrain, occupants, and sightings. His writings are accurate. Remaining of the party at the end of the voyage, was 2 boats and 4 men.

In 1816 Congress approved the formation of the National Parks Service with the strict direction to preserve the wonders and beauties of this land. Powell became the founding director of the Bureau of American Ethnography. Read more:
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Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter. The Grand Canyon stretches 277 miles from Lees Ferry to Grand Wash Open Desert.

June 30, 1956, United Airlines DC7 and TWA Super Constellation maneuvered around a towering cumulus cloud, in doing so the airliners collided. All 128 passengers and crew members were killed. Airline wreckage was found at Temple Butte and Chuar Butte of the Grand Canyon rim.



The first view of the Grand Canyon is breathtaking. Vast open expanse, the depth and the color mixture detailing the age of the Canyon. Looking across the wide open canyon, the visitor will notice the green crown of small pine trees covering the plateau. Scanning down the wall reveals light golden tan soils, followed by small trees and foliage. Below is a combination of golden tan and red copper soils supported by a deep copper red foundation. The floor of the canyon, 6,093 feet down, is covered with deposits of all clays, trees, and the mighty Colorado River. The river’s currents stir up the bottom soils, mixing with the water, that the river blends in with the floor soils.


The average, fast pace visitor, attempting to absorb all the sites and information within the allotted time given for their vacation, glances and walks away to the next location on their list to visit. Visitors retired should stop to observe the details in the landscape, the caverns in the wall of the canyon, the eagle gliding in search of prey, the changing of the light and shadows as the sun sets. Search long enough and with the sun shining just right on the wall, revealing a large pueblo in one of the 4,000 discovered in the borders of the park.

Entering an exiting the park, the visitor may see elk grazing on the sides of the road. Other wildlife is bobcats, California condor, coyotes, bighorn sheep, and mule deer.

Entrance fees to enter the park can be found before your visit at

Now our despair; many of us have awakened with a scary feeling that something is not right. We both realized late Friday that our passports were in the safe on the moving truck traveling ahead of us to Virginia. Why Virginia? Our furniture will be stored in Virginia at the “Mover Dudes” warehouse. Why do we care about our passports, we depart Charlotte for Spain at the end of the month.

Jodie’s genius surfaced with, “go to a post office that is open on Saturday and where they issue passports.” She opened her search engine and discovered such a Postal Office in Kingman, wow we are driving in the correct direction.

Jodie contacted the National Passport office to be informed that for each of us to obtain an expedited passport, we would have to contact San Francisco passport office, have them overnight our birth certificates to a regional office of our choice, Atlanta Georgia or Washington DC and they would take an application for replacement. Wait two weeks for them to expedite the replacement passport and pay the fee of $205 for each person.

Jodie’s other suggestion, call the Mover Dudes office and see if we could re-route our path of travel to meet the shipment at the warehouse. Allowing us to open the safe and retract our passports. We did contact them, and they said “com-on bye, glad to help.”

Change in our journey to North Carolina will incorporate a visit to White Post, VA.

A stop in Winslow, AZ got us singing all the Eagle songs. It is a must stop with an excellent hotel for those who take the Eagles seriously.



What Will I Miss

September 7, 2018, marks the day we started the journey across this great nation of ours. We landed in Walnut Creek at the Embassy Suites, for seven days. Jodie takes pride in leaving the home for the new Buyer in the condition that Jodie would love to enter a newly purchased home.

Driving along I 680, I 580 now I 5 I absorb much of the California scene, you know golden dry hills, automobile operators that act as if their competing in a Sears Point race. Many pass me, driving a moderate speed of sixty-five. The younger operators almost brake their necks giving me the evil eye. I wish that times like this, Driving in craziness, I had Stephen King’s main character, Christine, the car with revenge in her carburetor and smoking despise exiting her exhaust. I would turn on the radio with the Eagles song, “Take It Easy,” playing and let Christine take over demolishing these crazy drivers. Mentioning Christine taking over, she was the first self-driven car. During all this action on the I680 and I580 interstates, I reflect on the insanity of traveling Vasco road to and from Livermore or Highway 4 from Brentwood to Richmond. Motorcycles and cars are racing between and around vehicles driving the State legal speed limit.

We stopped at Andersen’s Inn and restaurant, all three of us needed a restroom break. Andersen’s was where I was first introduced to split pea soup. Every chance I got, I wanted to stop for a bowl. This time I struggled from ordering a bowl. Jodie investigated one of the can’s for sale, informing me that there was 750mg of sodium. We walked away, satisfied with the memories.



Born and raised in California. The military and University attendance were the only distractions that pulled me away from the State. Jodie, and family have resided in California, most of their life. At a young age of nineteen, a job in an Alaskan shrimp cannery and the beginnings of her real estate career in Portland pulled her away from the State.

The relocation of the family is usually the pull to relocate, following the grandchildren, as in our case. We have heard all the standard warnings of, “their careers may have them move again, then what?” “You’re going to hate the humidity, the lifestyle of the Southern’s are different than Californian’s.” Yes, but the positive is, we will be with our family and should our daughter decide to have a child and give up her career, Grandma wants to be on hand to help. When it is humid, we will utilize the pool, club, or our home as we did in Brentwood.



Jodie’s positive outlook on life set her mind on North Carolina as a new adventure for not only her but Don as well. She will not pass up an experience, always reading and researching the next European trip.

The convenience of California to sports events, summer and winter activities, theatre, friends all these wonderful conveniences, will be missed.

The highest paying industries in Barstow, CA by mediam earnings, are transportation, warehousing, professional, scientific, technical services, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting. Not sure where forestry fits in, Barstow is in the Mojave Desert.

We will rest our heads in Barstow.