Journey to Flagstaff

About this time last year we experienced truck overheating when we scaled almost any incline.  After several attempts to have the system checked and flushed the problems continued.  Of course, nobody could duplicate the problem because they weren’t towing anything.  Before heading into Mexico we made a decision to replace the radiator.  That decision has proven its wisdom on numerous occasions.  None more than yesterday. 

The short, 160 mile, trip began just north of Phoenix at an elevation of under 2000 feet and passed through elevations of 7330 feet.  Most of the climb took place over a 30-mile stretch of I-17.  There were several 6-mile stretches of 6-percent grades.  The climb plus wind gusts up to 60 MPH made for an interesting day but no overheating issues.

The elevation wasn’t the only change.  The landscape changed from the normal desert brown …..


To pine trees, snow capped mountains, and even patches of snow in shady spots under trees.


The mountain in the distance is Humphreys Peak that stretches skyward some 12,633 feet.

We’ve apparently broken our rule on staying where it is warm.  Williams, Arizona (Elev. 6766) is located about 30 miles west of Flagstaff and we’ve chosen this spot as our base for the next few days of exploration.  We’ll be visiting Sedona, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, and Meteor Crater.

One Response to “Journey to Flagstaff”

  1. Sister says:

    This site will get Tinka ready for her trip to BC…we are supposed to have snow in a day or two. Honestly, Tinka, it will not be snowing when you get here in May…maybe.

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