Bob & Jean bought a Euro-delivery 3-series wagon and it was delivered to a dealer in Vegas. Bob & i drove the car back to Houston since Jean's leg was not ready for a long road-trip.
Cactus flowers outside of the caverns.
Saguro cactii were common east of Phoenix. Along the drive, we noticed a dramatic change in the types of cactii, from barrel to yuka. Wish we had more time to stop, it would have been nice to shoot more pics (this one was taken from a moving car at 65 mph)..
View of eastern AZ.
The rock formations on the drive back were very complex, a mixture of sedimentary and igneous rock. Some strata were remarkably different in color and texture (wish my old geologist friends were on the drive). Climbing up the Guadalupe mountains got us up to the Permian basin which surprisingly, was about 5500 feet elevation.
Part of the civic square around the courthouse in LaGrange. This reminded me of the Arcata civic square. Not shown, was a little shop that specialized in MG sports car restoration, not clear what kind of business he has since its about 60 miles east of Austin.
Lunch at the Bistro108 in LaGrange; prime-rib sandwich with hand-cut fries.
Outside the SiSenor in Las Cruces NM, we found a good parking spot for the Bimmer.
A tasty dinner at SiSenor.
Our first meal before leaving Vegas: In-and-Out Burgers #1 where we each had double-doubles and fries. Also, another good parking spot for the Bimmer
In-and-Out Burgers #2 in Kingman. We ate light here, only had cheeseburgers, no fries
Breakfast at the Phoenix Costco, filling up both the gas tank and our bellies with dogs and coke! This Costco's floorplan was almost identical to the Portland OR Costco.
Miscellaneous views along I-10, also taken from a moving car.
Tech notes: the pictures were taken with either an iPhone, Blackberry or Panasonic LX5; bonus points to folks who can identify them without looking at filenames :-). And yes, Photoshop was used on many of the pics.