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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our other wheels. When we are not vacationing check in for updates, although less frequent, about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Whole New Way to “Drive Miss Donna”

We spent a busy week in the Phoenix area, visiting with Ron and Bev, and exploring from the desert and mountains to the big city malls.  Phoenix has something for everyone and we tried to see it all.  In case you can’t find it – here’s a sign:
Ron and Bev stay at the Arizonian RV Park in Gold Canyon, which is on the southeast side of Phoenix.  They have access to all the shopping and daily needs, as well as are able to drive their side by side right out of the park.  We did plenty of sightseeing and exploring, and had a fantastic day riding the ATVs through desert trails and canyons.
One day we visited the Kierland Commons mall.  This mall IS NOT COMMON!  Wow wow wow.  As you can tell I quite enjoyed it.  I had one intention – to find a Michael Kors store, and I did.  But alas it was not an outlet store and I knew better than to buy.  But oh such pretty stuff.  LOL  We also had a great lunch at a Bistro where the food had weird names but excellent taste.  Our shopping went on and on over a span of several days, dropping in here and there.  One day as Don and Ron were finding Cabellas, an outlet mall appeared right beside us.  Bev and I scored there that day!
One of the most interesting road trips was a Jeep ride down Highway 88 and a visit to Tortilla Flat.  This is an old west town, in the midst of Tonto National Forest.  It was originally a stagecoach stop in 1904, and although that service did not last long, the town has remained and is a popular tourist stop, with a saloon and restaurant that serves up hearty food and cold beer – not a bad combination for us!  By the way – the true population of this town is 6!
tortilla flat We made a visit to the Mesa Market as well – imagine a Stony Plain Farmer’s Market times about 100!  Vendors and rows and rows.  There was no way I could even think of something to buy – it was overwhelming.  Over 55 acres and 1600 vendors.  Seems to me though I got caught up in purchasing a blingy south style T Shirt – says Grandma’s Sippy Cup, and is emblazoned with a sparkling wine glass image.
This day also included a drive up the road through South Mountain Park, on the edge of Phoenix.  This is one of our “typical” scenic drives, where you share more than your half of the road with the other lane.  What spectacular views when you reach the top! 
A special treat was being provided the Polaris Razor side by side for a trip into and through the mountains and canyons of Superstition Mountain.  This video is a bit heavy on wifi power, but especially for our friends Wayne and Regina who we know would love to come along some day…
And the reason behind today’s blog title:

Enjoy the week and see you in April!

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