Driving Into The Desert – Food

 

 

“If’n you’re starving there is a place I like…

food’s what you’d expect and generally served by tweakers –”

Brian

 

 

At some point, Mister and I had hit the straight-road-dippity-do traveling wall and decided we needed to get back to the main highway. That, and we were hungry. So we took Brian’s advice and stopped.

 

He didn’t lie. The food was indeed served by tweakers. The food wasn’t extraordinary either. But I did get in some primo people watching.

 

There was one dude who kept going outside. I assume he was a smoker. Each time he came back in and headed to the table where his 2 lady friends were waiting, I imagined a bit of his personality. I ended up picturing him going into a clothing store and saying, “I’ll take this shirt. You can keep the sleeves. Don’t need ‘em.” He certainly wasn’t wearing them.

 

Once the tweaker brought the check, Mister and I zipped back to the 10 and headed into Scottsdale. By the time we were near our friends’ place, the sun was setting.

 

It was a long day of driving. We’d seen more than we’d expected and had laughed a lot along the way. Mister’s good company. Roadtripping with him is fun. We don’t do it very often, so these rare trips count for a lot.

 

Remember being a kid? Didn’t all our family trips involve the car? What happened to that mode of travel? I don’t know. But this particular trip was lovely. I super-enjoyed the desert contemplation and the open space. I even enjoyed the straight, dippy road.

 

 

I wouldn’t want to drive it all the time though. A gal needs curves every now and then…

Driving Into The Desert

 

 

“Following is a way to go to Scottsdale — it’ll probably add 45 minutes to an hour to the journey…”

Brian 

 

 

 

So Mister and I headed off to the desert, to spend the New Year with our buddies. About a week before our trip, we’d run into a dude we know, Brian, and he’d told us about some of his favorite spots along the way. It seems Brian’s traveled off the beaten desert path quite a bit, and his suggestions were much appreciated.

 

When road-tripping, tips and ideas are godsends. To have the counsel of others who’ve gone before can be more valuable than a map. Or certainly more gratifying than a run-of-the-mill GPS. So we took Brian’s notes and drove into the desert.

 

But here’s the thing about travel: no one can tell you what your experience will be. They can only share their own experience. Your perception is up to you. And that’s a beautiful thing.

 

 

When Mister and I pulled over for a biology break, there was a homeless guy sitting on the ground outside the fast-food joint we exploited. He looked to be a kid, no more than 30. His red hair was matted and bushy. His red, sun-burned skin should have been pale. His dirty cheeks should have been clean. His darkened eyes should have been gleaming. I, like so many others, passed by him as I entered the building. When I exited, I gave him a sandwich and some bottled water. He thanked me then heartily tore into the food. It was Mister’s turn to drive, so I got into the passenger seat of the car and we aimed ourselves toward the desert, away from the main highway (per Brian’s suggestion).

 

As we drove away from the urban experience, I wondered about that homeless kid. How did he get there? He was wearing a gold wedding band, so where was his spouse? Would he survive the cold desert night?

 

I couldn’t answer any of those questions. Still can’t. All I could do was send him prayers and brace myself for the impossibly straight road ahead. Surely a turn was coming…

 

The Desert

 

 

Mister and I spent the weekend in the desert. We decided to drive, as we rarely road-trip anywhere. It was a fairly easy drive, and the clouds were spectacular. We even spotted a begging poodle…

 

 

We were fortunate to have that cloud cover for most of the trip, which really kept it cool. We also seemed to be driving directly between storms, so we got to watch the fireworks flaring out before and around us.

 

 

Scottsdale, Arizona was our destination. We reached town after a reasonable drive and settled in for the long weekend. We kept our cool and drank responsibly (as is our wont). We’d also been warned about a jillion times during the course of our drive…

 

 

The desert was beautiful. Gorgeous, in fact. More about Scottsdale tomorrow…