...cowboys on horse-back....that's right, cowboys!
the train was at a dead stand-still. Pretty soon we heard the shouting and
yelling and there they were...But not to worry, we had the sheriff on
board...and he was looking for them...never found them, though. It was a great
show...lots of fun. I talked one of them into giving me his gun.
When we got back to Williams, the horse and
carriage was waiting for us to take us back to the camper. I loved that
curb-service! The driver was more intoxicated, or whatever, but entertaining,
nevertheless. What a wonderful day we had. We spent the evening talking and
relaxing and getting ready for the next day and another long trip. This time we
were headed to Phoenix,
Arizona. I was to meet up with a friend of mine. I met her on the internet.
One of the things I looked for, ever since
we hit Texas, was 'cowboy
cactus'. Now....that's just what I call it...I've seen this sort of cactus in
cowboy movies all my life and now I wanted to see it in person. Didn't see it
anywhere....not in Texas, not in New
Mexico, and so far, not in Arizona. I also never saw any 'cowboy mountains',
either. That's what I call the red rocky cylinder-type mountains that seem to
shoot straight up out of no-where. Where are these things?
Anyway, we were headed to Phoenix
....came around a mountain...and there they were....thousands of 'cowboy
cactus'...they were everywhere.
We rounded another mountain and right in
front of us were five different places where it was raining in the distance.
That is one thing I can say about the drive out west....you never know when you
crest a hill, or come around the mountain, what will be waiting for you...the
entire scenery can change...the sky, the plants, the trees, the mountains, the
weather, the wind, the signs, the 'animal warning' signs....you just never know.
reached Phoenix, Arizona and found Jaclin's
place, in Chandler,
without any trouble. She was waiting outside for us. However, the visit was
short-lived...we had a long road ahead of us. While Jaclin and I were talking,
Les discovered that one of our brand new camper tires had a hole in it....we had
run over a nail along the way. So, we were off to Discount
Tire Company to get it fixed. Jaclin had called ahead to see where the best
place was for us to go. They worked us right in and didn't charge us a dime. I
have nothing but praise for these wonderful folks....they saved our vacation and
made a bad situation a little easier to deal with. We dropped off the camper and
went for a bite to eat and when we got back the tire was fixed and we were on
our way to Las Vegas, Nevada.....
These are some pictures of what we saw along the way
into and out of Phoenix, Arizona....
We saw so many beautiful places and sights.
We drove until we were too tired to continue...so, we stayed at the KOA at Kingman,
Arizona. We arrived at around 9:00 pm. After a good night's sleep we would
head on out to Las Vegas.
EEEEWWWWW....scared to death of the wall of
Dam...but I didn't see much of it. Thank goodness... on your way into
Las Vegas you can't see it real well...and I was glad of that. However, you see
other parts...less scary parts...of the dam.