Tuesday, February 23, 2021


 I don't know that you could really call it a road trip.

It was more like an afternoon drive.

Which brought to mind golf terms and it would be a short putt compared to a tee-off drive.

At any rate, it was refreshing to get out of the house for an hour or two and see some scenery.

If you click on that photo and enlarge it, you may be able to see the San Francisco Peaks up around Flagstaff in the distance between those two trees on the left.

Or you may not.

We could see them pretty clearly with the naked eye but my "smart" phone camera doesn't really do a good job on long distance.

This was taken from the Thumb Butte area just west of Prescott.

Thumb Butte is the iconic rock formation that is sort of a logo for Prescott.

It doesn't look much like a thumb from this vantage point but from other areas it does.

You'll just have to take my word for it.

This is very near the trailhead for the Thumb Butte Trail.

There are a plethora of trails winding through the forest up here and we saw lots of hikers wending their way through the trees and in some cases over patches of snow.

And many of them were in shirt sleeves on this sunny day when the temperature had topped 60 back where I live but must have been in the 50's up here.

In my advanced and Arizona-softened years, that's a mite bit chilly for bare arms for me.

We wound up our outing with a visit to Dairy Queen for Heath Bar Blizzards.

Judy said it sounded like our grandparents back in the day - a Sunday (though this was Monday) drive followed by a stop for some ice cream.

Oh well, we are grandparents now and in fact, great-grandparents.

I used to hate those Sunday drives when I was a kid.

But times change.


  1. How wonderful to get out on the road. I need to do that too.
    I'm the opposite, I loved those Sunday drives as a kid. I guess I've always had a bit of the explorer in me.

  2. Just to be out and somewhere different would be wonderful. We are under 'stay at home' orders here for at least another 2 weeks. Only allowed out for essentials and exercise.

  3. Glad you got a chance to get out and see some sights!

  4. I loved those Sunday drives, sharing the back seat of the station wagon with my Grandpa. Always going someplace special for Sunday dinner. If I wasn't always involved in some big home improvement project on the weekend I might like to do a Sunday drive.

  5. What a wonderful excursion--with ice cream at the end! 50s is way too cold for shirtsleeves for me as well. I would have a sweatshirt on.

  6. In these pandemic times a drive of just a few mile can be a "trip". And enjoyable.

  7. It is so good to get out for a drive and take in an expansive view like this. Thank you for heading out there and sharing it with us.

  8. 50's That's sunbathing weather where you grew up.

    My Sister-in-law is from Buffalo. She was asking me about our last snow storm. I said it was an 18" Blizzard, impossible to drive in and we were all warned to not leave the house...or in Buffalo it is called Monday.

  9. A good day's drive is never a bad idea.

  10. Our Sunday drives when I was a kid almost always ended with Dad getting us lost and Mom quietly sitting in the passenger's seat and not saying a word.

  11. Thanks for taking us along on your road trip.

  12. I'm glad you had a chance to get out and about. It's good for the spirits. 👍🙂

  13. It's good to get out, even if it is in a tin box!!