Oct. 5th: Tonopah, Sedona, Flagstaff and Taos

After some mediocre tacos at the one and only restaurant in Tonopah I crashed and burned.  On Saturday morning I woke up shortly after daylight and stumbled down the block to get some coffee.  Turns out there are two towns named Tonopah, one in Nevada, and that may be the town referenced in the song “Willing (Weed, Whites and Wine)”.  Tonopah Arizona is basically three gas stations, and a Mexican restaurant:

Along with a motel and the semi-abandoned structure that serves as the motel office and manager’s residence:

Research on Google images revealed a vast spectrum of other aspects of Tonopah from this labyrinth:


To this rather disturbing gathering of twisted folk:


I departed for Phoenix asap and drove past what is probably the major employer in that part of Arizona, the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station located just east of  Tonopah in western Arizona:


Apparently the security isn’t the best because, “…In July of 2011 an illegal immigrant from Mexico somehow got past security and gained access to the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant in Maricopa, Arizona. Thirty-year-old Cruz Loya Alvares had been working as a contractor on site of the facility, remodeling a nearby administrative building. What brought him to enter the power plant itself is unknown, but he did try once before it in previous days, only to be turned away because of his expired Mexican driver’s license.  The second time he entered in another contractor’s vehicle, flashed his Arizona identity card, and was waved through…”  The largest nuclear power plant in the United States at around 3.3 gigawatts, adventurous enterprising illegal aliens and local Nazi wannabes is not a healthy mix; but since it’s in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe can take care of it:


I digress… I-10 East through Phoenix to I-17 North to Sedona, a place with lots of pretty rocks…


…and several vortices that I’ve never visited before:


I took this shot of Bell Mountain through the wind shield:

All in all it’s an art colony, New Age, tourist trap, but the road through Oak Creek Canyon is a thing of beauty:


It’s a great way to head north toward Flagstaff:

There’s plenty to see in and around Flagstaff including Meteor Crater…


…Grand Falls…


…the Wupatka National Monument and…


… if it’s open the Grand Canyon National Park:






But thanks to the shutdown, it wasn’t; so I lingered on the blue highways as long as I could and then escaped across I-40 to Albuquerque, I-25 to Santa Fe and finally made my way to Taos and another Mom and Pop motel.

Except for attributed photos and text, all content is copyrighted © 2013 JKM (an apparently ineffectual boilerplate joke?)

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Comment by Arthur James on October 10, 2013 at 4:15pm


after a tacos meal . . .

Traveler blow bugle,

and wears` t- shirt . . .

and t-shirt has` brown stains.

Brown stains are` Red Mule's-

chew's drip, and not` taco sauce.

``` huh . . . ``` Ho Hoe heehaw:

The comment above got` stuck` gin.

So. I backtracked, call` FBI` hack` pro.

and just ` grin & smile a big` heehaws!

Comment by Arthur James on October 10, 2013 at 4:18pm

` test . . .


FBI's greatest

Hacker ` blow

as classic` horn

bugle's` trombonist.

FBI pro do` spits?

as in ` spit` balls!

Comment by koshersalaami on October 10, 2013 at 6:16pm

How many of those sights did you see?

Comment by Myriad on October 10, 2013 at 8:27pm

Great!  I saw a bit of Arizona once, and it's quite amazing.  Didn't get to Grand Canyon, alas.  Sedona is a BIG FAT new age place - did you *feel* anything from all those vortexes (vortices)?  Great pictures, wonderful sights/sites.

Comment by Anna Livia Plurabelle on October 11, 2013 at 5:53am

wow, thanks for photos. nice

Comment by Lois Wickstrom on October 12, 2013 at 4:10am

Good thing they can't shut down the scenery!  Thanks for the virtual roadtrip.   What is a vortex like?


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