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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

To Flagstaff, AZ

Aloha Everyone,

It is hot everywhere. Global warming is causing a dry and prolonged summer. The wildfires raging in California is severe and catastrophic, leaving so many individuals, families and communities with loss of homes, loss of properties and in some cases, loss of lives. It is heart-wrenching to hear about the destruction.  

The two of us left my Mother’s home at 4:00 am to try to avoid the high desert heat. At 6:00 am, it was already 92 degrees Fahrenheit in Barstow.

By 8:40 am, we crossed the Colorado River and into Arizona. Familiar Needles peak was shrouded in an early morning haze.

At 10:00 am, J.J. and I stopped for a much deserved breakfast at Cracker Barrel’s in Kingman. J.J. enjoyed his hearty pancake breakfast while I had a healthier plate.

Approaching Williams, we spotted a small wildfire. The two of us were relieved to see that there was a highway flashing sign notifying motorists not to call in about the wildfire.

We were on the road for over 9 hours. J.J. drove all the way with only a brief coffee stop, a fuel stop, and our breakfast at Cracker Barrel’s.

Happy to be back at Flagstaff KOA. At nearly 7,000 ft above the sea level, Flagstaff is the ninth-highest US city by altitude. Day time temperatures range from high 70s to low 80s. The night time low of mid-50s Fahrenheit is ideal. I can increase my daily morning walk.

Aloha -- Cathi