Okay Irma, we are as ready as we will ever be.
I am continually amazed by the diverse environment in my new state, Arizona. After a long week on call, I decided on a lark to see if I could find lodging in the White Mountains . A recent episode of Arizona Highways had highlighted this area and it really looked interesting, especially the part about being an average of 20 degrees cooler than the Phoenix area. I was quite surprised to find lodging at a Holiday Inn Express in Show Low, AZ. The drive to Show Low via Globe was very scenic, but a bit nerve wracking a few times as I was driving an Explorer which feels like it will turn over on the most gradual of curves. The accommodations were very nice, with free wireless internet, and we were even able to have dinner at Charlie Clark's Steak House the restaurant featured in the Arizona Highways episode. The restaurant was nothing to write home about, but the service was good and food average. All in all it was a great trip and I expect to return again soon.