Good news- it’s almost vacation time again!
The plan is to leave early Saturday morning & drive to Page, Arizona (just south of the Utah border and Lake Powell). There I’m going to meet my friends from Switzerland, who I haven’t seen in many years.
After a day or two with them in that area, the trip is relatively flexible. A lot of it depends on the weather. My friends are heading to the Grand Canyon, which I love and wouldn’t mind seeing again. However, they are staying in a motel and I’m camping. Even the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is at nearly 7000’, so in February it could be very cold. So what I do after the first couple of days is going to be weather dependent. If the weather is good, I might stick around with them all week. If it’s not, I might head south to Phoenix and do some hiking there, or I could head to nearby Zion National Park in Utah. That’s one of my favorite national parks and the valley floor is only about 2000’ so it would be much warmer. However, there I would be limited to the low-elevation hikes if the weather is bad.
And the possible bad news? There have been a couple times this week when my car hesitated when I went to start it. I’ll check the battery cables, but is the starter going out? That would not be a good thing! Failing in a snowstorm in the middle of nowhere is the worst possibility, but even if it went out in the next couple days I really don’t have the money to replace it and go on a trip, even an inexpensive one like I have planned. Why do I always seem to have car trouble in the month or week before leaving for a 2000 mile drive?!