Bill’s headed up north today on a job, so I’m going to drive up after work and meet him in Flagstaff for an overnighter. Never for one second do I take for granted these lovely little getaways that we’re able to take so frequently. Despite how much we bitch and moan, we really do live a pretty marvelous life.

Tonight, we’re staying at the Hotel Monte Vista. There are numerous stories of the hotel being haunted, and I have to say that I would LOVE to experience some of the things that have been reported by the patrons. I even looked up articles on how to photograph ghosts, you know, just in case. I also found this little video all about the hauntings at Hotel Monte Vista:

So, pretty cool stuff! I’m running home at lunch to pack a bag and feed the animals. I’ve also got my music lined up for the two-and-a-half hour drive. Picture me, if you will, barreling up the mountain and singing Abba’s Greatest Hits at the top of my lungs. And also the soundtrack for Jersey Boys, John Mellencamp’s Greatest Hits, Modest Mouse, Bruce Springsteen’s Greatest Hits, and one other that I can’t think of right now (I have a six CD deck). I suspect it’s another “Greatest Hits” from someone or other.

Anyway, staying at the HMV puts us right downtown, within walking distance of a TON of bars, clubs, and restaurants. So, I anticipate drunken debauchery tonight as we wander along the sidewalks. Tomorrow morning we plan on visiting The Arboretum at Flagstaff and witnessing their Live Birds of Prey raptor free-flight program.

Lots of photography fodder is on deck for this weekend, and you can rest assured I will share with you to the point where you’ll be all, “What, AGAIN with this stuff?”

Happy Friday!

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