martin auto museum – phoenix

I’ve been passing the sign for the Martin Auto Museum, in Phoenix, for over a year and decided that today was they day that I would stop in.  I’m glad that I finally did.  They bill it as Phoenix’s largest auto museum and I have to admit I was surprised to see the number and variety of cars that they had on display.  First some pics, then a little more about the museum.

There are several that are period pieces.  Really nice restorations like this Duesenburg.

They also have some vintage racers like this Model T and 1922 Chevy.

There are a few customs sprinkled throughout as well.

And plenty of the muscle cars of my youth.


If you find yourself in or near Phoenix and you are a car enthusiast, this place is definitely worth a stop.  They are open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am to 5pm.  You can find them online at www.martinautomuseum.com.

tiny church – yuma

This tiny church sits on a working farm about 500 feet from the road. It’s the 2nd tiny church that I’ve found in AZ.

Like the other one in Salome, this is on private land and is open and unattended. This church measures 8 x 12 and has seating for 12. It was built by Loren Pratt in memory of his wife Lois. There is a sign on the road that invites you to “Pause, Rest, Worship”. Then you’ll see several No Trespassing signs, but they apply to the farmland.

On my first trip here, I noticed a few things left in the chapel and outside. Random things like a can of Mello Yello, or a bottle of Coke. I didn’t know what to make of it, but have come to find that they are a kind of memorial offering for someone who has passed. (and liked Mellow Yello or Coke) On this trip there was some Arizona Tea left there.

There are only two panels of stained glass and they are somewhat simple. But the when the sun hits them just right, they are actually quite beautiful.

The church is on 95, about five miles north of Yuma. If you head north from Yuma, you should see the sign just after you pass the bridge to nowhere.

pietown, nm

I was driving across AZ and NM via RT 60 and I saw a sign for a place called Pie Town. I was intrigued and knew that I had to stop there. I was not disappointed when I came across the following sign. (well, a little disappointed that I was too late for the festival)

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Clearly, there was going to be some pie in my future. I surveyed the area and selected the place that looked the most inviting and had the most cars parked there. I decided that I would taste the wares of the Pie-O-Neer.

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Once inside, the place did not disappoint. They had a few other things on the menu, but I was there for the pie. Now the tough decision was mine – which one. Luckly, there was a party of four in front of me that was having the same conundrum. Normally this is something I don’t like, but it bought me some precious time.

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I decided on the Apple Macaroon. I solicited no opinions from the staff, not even any details. I wasn’t even sure what made this ‘macaroony’. But this visit was a random find on my way somewhere else. I decided to keep this part of the day just as random. Of course, it had to be à la mode.

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The pie was delicious, the coffee was great, and the staff was friendly. Granted – it was a little pricey ($5.95 per slice) but you don’t go to a place like Pie Town and hold back. I don’t know if I’d make the trip just for this one stop, but if you find yourself in the area, stop in. You won’t be disappointed. The Pie-O-Neer is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 11:30 – 4, or until they run out of pie, so plan accordingly.

london bridge

I remembered hearing years ago that London Bridge was sold to someone in Arizona. So one weekend, I decided to take a trip to check it out. I drove up to Lake Havasu City and lo and behold, there it was.

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In 1968, the bridge was sold to Robert P. McCulloch who brought it to Arizona as a tourist attraction. 46 years later, he finally got me to go!

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Admission is free, so that’s cool. There is an information area where you can watch a video about the bridge and learn more about its history and its move to AZ. I suggest going here before you see the bridge. It makes the structure seem more awesome when you learn that each stone was individually numbered, cleaned, shipped, then reassembled at some random lake in the middle of the desert.

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The surrounding area has t-shirt shops, burger stands, a bar or two. The kind of things that I think of when I think of the Jersey Shore. You don’t have to partake, but be prepared to spend a little if you do. It’s not too cheesy, but it has a little bit of a tourist trap feel. They sprinkled in some London artifacts to help with the ambiance.

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It was a long drive for me, but well worth it to see the bridge and learn more about the story.

the little roadside chapel

I came across this by accident when I was exploring my new area. I’ve recently been looking into the small house movement, so this little (8×16) church immediately captured my attention.

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It is a non-affiliated place for private reflection. The sign outside says “Enter, Rest, Pray”. It was built in 2004 by Paul and Lora Marks and dedicated on 2/14/04 (St. Valentine’s Day). I’m not sure if that was intentional or just a happy accident, but I prefer to believe the former.

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With what appears to be seating for 8, you’d never have a big gathering here. I’m pretty sure it is on the Marks’ land, so I’m not sure of the protocol for using it. I was pleased to find it unlocked and unmolested. I’ve always thought that places of worship should be open and that regardless of one’s faith, be off limits to any kind of tomfoolery.

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These pictures were taken on Thanksgiving day 2014. It was my second trip to the chapel. I was here once before on my motorcycle. I’m not a regular churchgoer, but I do find this place a very nice place for quiet reflection.

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The chapel can be found along Salome Road, accessible from I-10 or Rt 60, west of Phoenix.

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the grand canyon

My first trip since starting this site.  I’ve been in Arizona for 4 months and I finally decided to hit the Grand Canyon.  I decided to cash in some La Quinta points, drive up to Flagstaff after work, and get to the South Rim for sunrise.

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My pictures don’t even come close to doing this justice.  I need to get a different camera, and maybe take some lessons,  I’ve seen a lot of things, but the grandeur of this place cannot be overstated.  I’ve seen it from a plane, but nothing compares to standing on the rim and getting lost in the vastness and beauty of the Grand Canyon.  To be honest, sunrise was a photographic letdown, but was still cool to experience.  I think sunset will be a better choice, so I’ll be back.

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As it is a National Park, you can pay the car fee of $25, or buy an annual pass for $50.  I opted for the $80 Annual Pass for all National Parks.  I’m conflicted about this. I feel like I’m paying twice for National Parks, once thru taxes and again thru fees, but in the end, just this trip alone was worth the $80 to me.  And, if this site works out like I plan it to, I will be using it for more trips.

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