The Trip

LincLinc BardDetroit
edited January 12 in Events

How did I end up on a 3-week roadtrip to the Grand Canyon as the coda to my work sabbatical?

Nicole has been planning this epic journey for more than a year. Her and the boys (Perry & Kyle) were going to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, arriving via every other point of interest between there and Detroit in a giant loop thru the western US, sometimes camping. Sometime in late October, I was offered Kyle’s place on the trip.

I couldn’t point to the Grand Canyon on a map of the US. Like, I’m pretty sure it’s in Arizona? I can only name 4 of 15+ stops on this journey. But I definitely know how to backpack & winter camp, and heaven knows I could use a hard mental reboot and a few weeks with my son.

The car is packed, the GPS is ticking, and we’ve just exited the city. Our spouses are holding down the fort at ICHQ and humoring my broken dog for the next 3 weeks. When I return, I’ll have one more week to rest and then it’s off to Montreal to see what the future of my job holds.

I’ll update as I think of it and have a signal.

RyderJokkeWagsFTWBobbyDigiMassalinie

Comments

  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI
    LincGargMrTRiotStraight_ManRyderBobbyDigiMassalinie
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit

    We were driving right thru the Bourbon Trail territory, so I found a small distillery named Neeley Family and we extended our trip by a grand total of 15 minutes to park and let me taste their single barrel bourbon and rye, and purchase the latter.

    Spun the nextdoor Kentucky Speedway pokestop and received no gift - brutal dice roll. 😝


    Straight_ManBobbyDigi
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI

    I can just picture you asking Nicole if you can stop, please please pretty please, with that shitty grin on your face like a little kid and Nicole being like... FINE BUT ONLY 15 MINUTES

    ThraxRyder
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI

    | Nicole turned on the frozen windshield wipers and one of them flew off on the first stroke


    I usually fly off on the first stroke too

    KwitkoRyder
  • Straight_ManStraight_Man Geeky, in my own way Naples, FL

    Um, why are you going to Kentucky before you go to Arizona???

  • LincLinc Bard Detroit

    Um, why are you going to Kentucky before you go to Arizona???

    You’d have to ask Eisenhower.

  • LincLinc Bard Detroit

    I can just picture you asking Nicole if you can stop, please please pretty please, with that shitty grin on your face like a little kid and Nicole being like... FINE BUT ONLY 15 MINUTES

    For the record, she coaxed me INTO finding a distillery along the freeway. But the second part (time limit) is accurate because we WERE arriving just in time for the hourly tour...

    Ryder
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit

    So we roll into Tops BBQ, a Memphis chain, at 30 minutes to close. There’s 2 people working. I look at the menu and ponder aloud that a cheeseburger sounds damn good. “We don’t have any more burgers today.” Oh, that’s fine, not the best pick in a BBQ joint anyway, I was just thinking. A minute passes. “We also don’t have any more ribs today. Or the brisket.”

    As I review the menu, I quickly assess they are telling us: pork sandwich , or pork platter. 😂 Fair enough. Anyway, the pork was good!

    Massalinie
  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Wut? Meechigan

    How has your phone not yet figured out how to take pictures right-side-up? It's been years, man!


    But for reals. Have a great time. The massive mental reset that a trip like that affords is a great thing.

  • LincLinc Bard Detroit

    The upside down photo is actually 2 Vanilla editor glitches: reading the wrong meta on the photo, and also not allowing me to delete it on mobile to try again. Oh well.

    AlexDeGruven
  • BobbyDigiBobbyDigi ? R U #Hats ! TX

    >Spun the nextdoor Kentucky Speedway pokestop and received no gift - brutal dice roll. 😝

    Smalltime trainer much? 15 min stop should be 4 spins.

    -Digi

    _kMassalinie
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit

    The shop wasn’t in range, it was a driveby!

    BobbyDigi
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI

    More like Bottoms BBQ

  • MrTRiotMrTRiot Living in the North

    If only we knew a vanilla developer that could fix those upside down pictures 🤔

  • MassalinieMassalinie _k's Waifu Texas

    You could also rotate your phone the other direction when you take photos

    primesuspectMrTRiotRyder
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit
    edited January 15

    Today was a 7-hour drive to Roswell, NM with a couple quick stops to capture Pokemon Go gyms in the few towns in between. We ate Mexican (whaaaaat?) for dinner, then Nicole & I visited the, uh, quaint International UFO Museum (& Research Center!) for an hour and then walked around the downtown.... most of which I claimed in the name of Team Instinct. 😁

    (yes I made one right side up)

    Ryder_kMrTRiotAlexDeGruvenStraight_ManJokkeQCHsneakypurplesGarg
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit

    I’m not saying it’s aliens but


    JokkeMrTRiotRyder
  • JokkeJokke Bergen, Norway

    ALIEN DONUTS!?

    CBLincWinfrey
  • _k_k P-Town, Texas

    Across the street and to the left when you leave the UFO museum used to be a local coffee shop. They had a strawberry shortcake coffee that was 100% legit. Best part of the half day I spent there.

    Linc
  • GargGarg Purveyor of Lincoln Nightmares

    Get you some New Mexico red and/or green chile while you're there. Smother a burrito with it. Bathe in it if possible. SO GOOD.

    _kLinc
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit

    Already done. Got a green chile burger for lunch in Hatch. A+ burger. Dare I say it? I think it bested Five Guys.

    Garg
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit

    Wednesday was Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Guadalupe National Park.

    At Carlsbad, Nicole arranged for us to go on their most challenging cave tour. Helmet, knee & elbow pads, and gloves required. We had to crawl through a narrow box to prove we could do it beforehand, and there were multiple “are you really sure” cautions before we started AND after the first challenge.

    (the test - yes that is how actually narrow parts were)

    We made it to the Hall of the White Giant after 90 minutes of hiking, crawling, side wriggling, rope assisted climbs, and one extremely narrow 12 ft ladder. Then we turned around and did it all again, spending over 4 hours underground. At the lowest point, we were over 1000 ft underground.

    At Guadalupe, we did the Devil’s Hall hike which took us a few miles into the mountains and thru a giant, fairly narrow rock pass. We got back to the car just as the light faded, well past sunset.

    GHoosdumGarg_k
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI

    I don't think my thigh could fit through there

    AlexDeGruven
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