I’m on the road right now, headed to my Dad’s for Christmas. I’ll be there for a few days without any wifi, so, while I’ll be able to read comments and emails on my iPhone, it’s unlikely that I’ll be posting much.
Then home for a bit before heading out to Iowa to begin a road trip with my Mom, January 1-8. My Mom is 88 and was really hoping sometime to see her brother who is 94 and living in Sun City, Arizona. Neither can travel on their own so I’m going to drive her out to see him.
I’m hoping to also enjoy a little sight-seeing along the way with her, and maybe check out the Phoenix area a bit, while she’s visiting with her brother.
I’d love to have any of your suggestions regarding planned routes, tips of things to see or do, etc.
Mom lives in the Des Moines, Iowa area and it’s possible that we’ll need to take the southern route toward Arizona, which would likely include US-54 cutting through the corners of Kansas/Oklahoma/Texas, I-40 through New Mexico and eastern Arizona, and I-17 north of Phoenix.
If weather forecasts are favorable, we may try using the northern route on one of the trips: I-80 through Nebraska, I-70 through Colorado, US-191 through Utah.
It seems to me that the northern route may have more interesting scenery (with the exception of Nebraska) including areas of Utah and northern Arizona that I haven’t seen since I was a boy, although I’m sure there are some good things to see going through New Mexico into Arizona (Petrified Forest?, etc.) We won’t have a lot of time to stop and explore, but we’ll be looking for quick stops, passing scenery and maybe even a short detour or two.
Is there anything we shouldn’t miss?
What are your holiday plans?
This is an open thread.