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I'm off on another trek through the southwest and possibly south center and if all goes well, the actual south. Hoping to make it to Faulkner's grave in Oxford, MS., while meandering around to interesting spots along the way. It's possible I'll have to turn around and go back for various reasons including job offers (been unemployed for 14 months), etc. But in the meantime I'm wandering with no predetermined route and an open ended agenda. Paradise in other words, if it weren't for the fact that I'm burning through my bankroll (well smoldering actually) without much income to replace. But that's what a bankroll is for right?

Anyway, left the California Bay Area headed in the direction of Barstow. Spent the first night there in the Coco's parking lot, and the next day headed to Amboy Crater, which is actually the caldera of a recent volcano, not a meteor strike. Saw this interesting old place along the way on ROute 66. I could just imagine a scene 40 years ago when Ricky Nelson was out for a head clearing drive to get away from Ozzie, and stopped here for a drink and to listen to a weathered country band pick away. You could almost hear their ghosts calling to you:

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Then on to the Amboy Crater. Here's the plaque explaining the place:

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Here's what it looks like from the parking lot:

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The puppies and I hiked the mile or so to the inside of the crater which looked like this:

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I was going to press on and head to friend's house in Cottonwood, AZ., but I was kind of tired and there weren't any no camping signs and this was a nice spot, so I boondocked right there in the BLM parking lot, the kind of decision you can make when you don't have an itinerary. Turned out to be a good decision. I got this view, plus a magnificent look at the stars in a dark sky later:

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We left the next morning. I had to stop near Williams, AZ to let my puppies bound around in the snow:

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Then spent a few days at my old friend Adam's place in Cottonwood. Very nice visit relaxing and visiting with Adam and his son. It's right next to Sedona, AZ. I'd thought, since I'd hiked there several times before that I'd pass on the hiking this time, but that place is so breathtaking, I couldn't resist. Took a hike up the Little Horse Trail then off on a spur of the Chapel Trail, then back:

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Finally a view from Adam's garage at the cat door after I tried to introduce my puppies to Adam's dog friendly cat. Turned out he wasn't too friendly to unknown dogs. This was as close as he got to Townesy for the rest of the visit:

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Now I'm in an RV park in Patagonia, AZ. Will spend a few days exploring. This is the novelist Jim Harrison's winter home and this country and other country like it has served as some memorable settings in his work. I like to explore country I've read about in fiction like his and that of McCarthy and McMurtry and Erdrich.

Then on to Mississippi, slowly. Anyone who would like to meet up for a cup of coffee along the way, please send me a PM with your contact info. One of the best things about a trip like this is sitting down with locals and hearing about life and their area and the world from their point of view. Any Texans out there fond of telling stories?


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Dan G.

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Posted: 01/09/10 12:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dan,

Thanks for sharing your trip with us snow bound folks (1/2")

While you are in that part of MS... Faulkners birthplace in Columbus, Ms is nice... and Elvis Presley's birthplace in Tupelo is very nice... part of the National Park system.

Since you obviously like literature...

SheepCamp (Doug) lives close to Mesa Verde. His neighbor was Louis L'Amour...

Doug sent my wife and me a hard back book for Christmas this year... "Education of a Traveling Man" a Memoir by Louis L'Amour.

Some day you might want to visit that beautiful area. Dung has a thread going on now on his visit with the ancients... its somewhat close to the area he lives in.

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Dan:

Thank you for another interesting and thought-provoking Trip Report!

We'll have to make note of several locales that you've elaborated on and visit said.

I'll put it into TR 1st thing tomorrow.

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looks like a nice trip. love those desert sunsets. thanks for the arm chair travel. I wish there were more of these. BTW i like taco trucks. great food and cheap, much better than mickey d's.

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Looks like you're taking your lemons and making lemonade. May as well enjoy traveling until you're back in the workforce. Thanks for the photos of your travels!


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dpgerson,

Nice report with some familiar photos,we often make Amboy Crater a overnight stop on our way to Kingman,you should see the place when the wildflowers are blooming.
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Yes, Alex, your website is where I got the idea to go there. I had meant to thank you but couldn't remember how I your site. So thanks! IT's a great place. Been down the road between Barstow and Kingman a few times and didn't know it was there. But somewhere I came
across your website and decided to check it out.

I'm now in the Valley between the Peloncillos and the Chiracahua Mtns. in New Mexico. Stay tuned for part 2 of Faulkner's Grave or bust.

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Thanks for sharing your photos and thoughts. Here's hoping you find a job soon, but in the meantime, looks like you are truly enjoying your TC and dogs. Take care.[emoticon]

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