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April 9, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Off We Go…

...On a Wild Blue Wander

...Off on a Wild Blue Wander

It’s that time again. I miss those deep blue skies I seem to see only in the western part of the United States, and I feel a need for a bit of an adventure.

Time to escape the north for a few weeks, and hope that when we return, spring will be resplendent in its full regalia. We’re packing our trailer for two–a cute little teardrop about the size of a decent closet–and we’re heading south until we reach Texas. Then we’ll turn west and drive until we find Arizona. I’ve just gotten an update from the Phoenix area–the temps  hit 90˚F yesterday and the thermometer in the pool now reads 72.1˚. Considering that a few days ago, when I dressed to go outside for a couple of hours, I wore a turtleneck, a sweater, jeans, and a parka and boots, those temps sound idyllic. Swimwear is near the top of my packing list!

The house-sitters (doubling as cat-sitters for Jazz) have even agreed to do a bit of home maintenance while we’re gone, so we will return to a house with a no-longer-dripping kitchen faucet and a freshly turned garden. How perfect is that!

We’ll be winding our way through the Missouri Ozarks, across Oklahoma, into the canyons of the panhandle of Texas and up the peaks in the Guadalupe Mountains. There’s also plans for a stop at Carlsbad Caverns, then across New Mexico and finally into Arizona with visits in Sedona, Phoenix, and Tucson (and the nearby National Parks) before turning around and heading back to our starting point.

Except for the week we are in Arizona, I think our Internet access is going to be tentative, to say the least. I’ll post a travel photo when I can, but I won’t be hanging around the computer too much.

I cleaned my camera and lenses, and everything will soon be neatly packed.  My itchy shutter finger will finally get plenty of photo opportunities that do NOT include snow and mud.  (I’m crossing my fingers on that one!)


  1. Spamwarrior / Apr 9 2009 2:18 pm

    You’re a great photographer!!! Have fun and take lots of pictures!

    • Bo / Apr 9 2009 4:00 pm

      Thanks! I took over 4000 photos last time I did this kind of trip, so I’ll probably bring back a few new photographs. 🙂

  2. suehenryphotography / Apr 9 2009 3:37 pm

    Have a safe journey…..

    • Bo / Apr 9 2009 4:08 pm

      We only have 2 days when we really drive a long time, so I think we should be good. And pulling the trailer, even if it is teeny, slows us down a bit, too. Plus there’s all those times when I have to stop for a photo. But you know all about that syndrome! 🙂

  3. amuirin / Apr 9 2009 3:44 pm

    Wow, I wish I could meet you there, in Sedona. I love Arizona/New Mexico. The Indian reservations. The stark red rocks and the blue sky. You’re going to bring us back the most wonderful pictures and your unique perspective on what you see…

    which is the second best thing to being there

    • Bo / Apr 9 2009 4:04 pm

      Thanks, am,

      I’d love to meet you there, too! I can hardly wait to see that deep blue sky and those red rocks.

      And I’m really looking forward to photographing the Chihuly art glass exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, too.

  4. Sande / Apr 9 2009 4:39 pm

    Sounds like a great trip. I love the west but haven’t been there for several years. Hope you catch lots of desert wildflowers in bloom…and take pictures, lots and lots of pictures!

  5. montucky / Apr 9 2009 11:54 pm

    Have a great trip and stay safe!

  6. Marcie / Apr 10 2009 6:52 am

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. Enjoy!!!

  7. Anna Surface / Apr 10 2009 7:29 am

    Hey Bo, have a safe and great trip! May you get a lot of wonderful photos. 🙂

  8. Aiyana / Apr 11 2009 7:57 pm

    By now you may be in Arizona, and will find the temperatures in the high 60s after our nice rain. Enjoy your trip!

  9. Laurie / Apr 12 2009 7:37 am

    Have a wonderful and safe trip.

  10. Debi / Apr 12 2009 2:59 pm

    It’s entirely immature of me to say this, but I AM VERY JEALOUS! I WANNA GO! (…stamping feet, pouty face, lower lip stuck out…) I miss Arizona SO MUCH! That place gets under your skin and lives in a special place in your soul. Breathe in the air for me at Montezuma’s Castle where that special flowering shrub grows that smells so sweet. Oh, and the clean air..the clean air! Don’t forget the luscious sycamores, and Oak Creek Canyon and … stop it, Debi…just stop it already. HAVE FUN, Bo!!!!! No…don’t think of me. No, really. I’ll be fine. (LOL!)

  11. myphotoscout / Apr 14 2009 11:07 am

    Awesome. I hope you have a nice trip Bo. I am always a bit hesitant writing about upcoming trips myself for fear people will break into my house.

    I hope to read about your travels. I think these days there are hardly any hotels that do not offer internet, so you don’t have any excuse for not writing.

    • Bo / Apr 14 2009 8:25 pm

      No fears–I have two adult children at the house. And an attack cat named Jazz! 🙂

      As far as hotels, nope. Not on this vacation. We camp across the country, and lean more towards wilderness than luxury. Luckily we come across a town with a coffee shop or bookstore and Wifi every once in awhile.

  12. myphotoscout / Apr 14 2009 11:01 pm

    I see. My cat would be the first to run and hide and then she would drop at a burglars feet begging to cuddle.
    I guess I am not as lucky as you in that respect.
    Sometimes I check my blogs from my iPhone. I don’t need WiFi, but its a pain.

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