Season 3: January 6, 2018 (2 of 2)

Chiricahua National Monument

(Excerpt from our forthcoming book Dear Bob and Sue: Season 3 – not yet available for sale.)

January 6, 2018 (Saturday)
Chiricahua National Monument
From: Matt

Dear Bob and Sue,

Ok, sorry about that. I had to go and flush the blue thing down the toilet. When I left you last, Ben had just given us the keys to the RV and headed back to his workstation to finish his resignation letter.

Pulling out of the parking lot, we learned the first lesson of RVing: anything in the back that wasn’t secured will sooner-rather-than-later end up on the floor—which is where our luggage landed about three blocks later. At the next stop light, Karen’s hair straightener came sliding down the aisle and settled between us in the cab. “How did your hair straightener find its way out of your luggage?” I asked. “Wait, more importantly, what happened to your New Year’s resolution to leave it at home?”

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Season 3: January 6, 2018 (1 of 2)

(Excerpt from our forthcoming book Dear Bob and Sue: Season 3 – not yet available for sale.)

January 6, 2018 (Saturday)
Chiricahua National Monument
From: Matt

Dear Bob and Sue,

This morning we Ubered from our hotel over to the Cruise America office. Our driver was a talkative young woman who was attending college in the Phoenix area. As soon as we got onto the highway, Karen started asking her questions. Every time the driver would answer, her car drifted into the adjacent lane. I tried to give Karen a look that said, “Stop asking her questions; she’s going to kill us!” but Karen must have thought I meant, “Please, ask more questions, I’ve lived long enough. A couple more should do it, and then we’ll all die in a fiery crash.”

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Season 3: January 5, 2018

(Excerpt from our forthcoming book Dear Bob and Sue: Season 3 – not yet available for sale.)

January 5, 2018 (Friday)
Phoenix, AZ
From: Matt

Dear Bob and Sue,

Karen’s been speaking into her hand all day; she starts every sentence with either “Breaker, breaker 1-9,” or “Copy that.”

“Please tell me you’re not going to talk that way all week,” I said to her when we got to our hotel room this evening.

“Uh, copy that. That’ll be a negatory,” she replied.

“Seriously, people at the airport were staring at you. It looked like you were holding a small bird in your hand and you were talking to it in a strange, twangy voice.”

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Outdoorsy in Vegas

Slot machines, high-rollers, and sold-out shows are the first thoughts that go through many people’s minds when the topic of Las Vegas comes up in conversation. It’s a town of secrets; what happens in Vegas, well, you know the rest, or do you? Maybe the best-kept secret of all is that Las Vegas is an excellent jumping off point for visiting some incredible outdoor venues.

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In Search of Methuselah

Last May, on a drive home from Palm Springs to Seattle, we took the less-traveled route along the eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas on Highway 395. Not only did we get to experience a part of the country we hadn’t seen before, but it also gave us an opportunity to take a detour and visit the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest just east of Bishop, CA. In our earlier travels through Utah and Nevada, we’d seen stands of bristlecone pines that were several thousands of years old, but the trees in the White Mountains of California are much older, closer to five thousand years.

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