Check my emails. What? Tufted Flycatcher in Phoenix? At the Boyce Thompson Arboretum?
"HONEY, WE'RE GOING TO PHOENIX!!!"
CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA 9:00 P.M. THURSDAY JULY 6th
Welcome to Starbucks, my name is Christine, can I take your order? Lisa got a mocha and an iced tea, I already had a cappuccino that I had made at home with my espresso maker. We got on the 10, and drove all the way to Phoenix, with only one stop at an Arizona highway rest stop at midnight. The desert sky was full of stars. Tommy & Maggie woke up, stepped out of the car, and marvelled at the Milky Way. I used a flashlight to make sure that Gina, The World's Most Dangerous Basset Hound doesn't get bitten on the nose by a rattlesnake.
03:00 A.M. PHOENIX, ARIZONA. THURSDAY JULY 7th
Our belongings in our third floor Motel 6 room, the room's air conditioning humming, we lay down, and fall asleep.
09:30 A.M. PHOENIX, ARIZONA. THURSDAY JULY 7th
We leave the Motel 6, and I drop off Lisa & the kids at the Arizona Science Center, where they will enjoy science exhibits for children in an air conditioned building. I drive east on the 60 out of Phoenix, to look for the Tufted Flycatcher. The drive takes an hour, including my stop to stare at a Harris' Hawk resting on top of a saguaro cactus.
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The museum only has M-60 and M-48 tanks, built decades after World War II ended. Why the musem doesn't have a Sherman tank or a Willy's Jeep is beyond me.