Our last visit before leaving the U.S. was Phoenix where we would visit my family again, visit Laughlin’s friends, finish regrouping then hit the road.
After a tearful goodbye to Laughlin’s family in Payson, we headed towards Phoenix and met my parents for lunch and a beer at the San Tan Brewery. We have only been to the brewery a couple of times but it is quickly becoming one of our favorites and we will certainly be back!
Laughlin has quite a few friends in the Phoenix area so we had them all visit for a dinner party while we were in town. It worked out well as my mom made lasagna and provided a few other sides for dinner so we could focus on visiting! Thanks Mom! It was great to see everyone and we were thankful for the great turnout for a Monday night.
Our regrouping activities were pretty high on our list of things to do as we only had a few days before we would leave Phoenix. We made a divider to block light between the sleeping area and the living quarters in the camper, made a net to hold our pillows and blankets on the couch while we are driving, filled our water tank and wrapped up a few other loose ends.
Added a couple stickers to “our” side.
We finally got to participate in one of the famous “Springfield happy hours” that my folks talk about. Preparations for the event began at 2:00, when my parents began making some treats, the happy hour began at 4:00 and ended at about 7:00. We had a lot of fun at the happy hour!
Our last full day in Phoenix was consumed by our visit to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Scottsdale. The museum is enormous and features musical instruments from nearly every corner of the world and presents information about music styles, eras, etc. for each region. Another area in the museum featured displays for music artists such as Elvis, Taylor Swift, Roy Orbison, John Lennon, etc. One of the most interesting areas of the museum was the area devoted to automatic music machines, such as a player piano, and we got to watch the Belgium made Apollonia machine play a few songs. We were pretty tired after visiting the MIM for about six hours but another six hours would have given us time to really see the museum. We highly suggest it for anyone visiting Scottsdale!
Finally our visit to Phoenix came to an end and it was time for us to hit the road, but not before a fabulous $2 breakfast at IKEA! Friday was my dad’s birthday so Laughlin, my folks, brotheraunts and uncle all met for a birthday and goodbye breakfast.
We left Phoenix around noon and headed west on I-8. It was a beautiful drive through the desert and we camped on some BLM land near Ocotillo, CA. We stopped at an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store to get a few last minute spare parts for the truck and, more importantly, we stopped one more time at In-N-Out Burger for dinner as it will be a long time before we get to sink our teeth into one of these burgers!
Next stop – Mexico!