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    Sticky: Chichén Itzá without the crowds!

    Day 11:

    We were up early on Day 11, packed and checked out of our room by 7:30 AM. The sky was definitely threatening rain, but there was none falling just yet, so I crossed my eyes, to go along...
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    Sticky: Chichen Itza: The New Wonder of the World

    Day 10:

    The morning of our tenth day, the sky was solid overcast and threatening rain, so there wasn’t going to be any morning light that might have made it worth going back to Uxmal for more...
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    Sticky: Which ruin is the coolest, Uxmal, or Chichén Itzá?

    DAY 9:
    Uxmal vs Chichén Itzá? There wasn’t really a competition between these two Mayan cities, it was more of a question that I’d been asking myself. I’d seen plenty of photographs of both, so I...
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    Sticky: Festival of the Maya

    DAY 8: MERIDA

    Having missed the opening night of the Maya Festival, I was determined to make the most of the celebration planned for the second night, on Day 8 of our Road Trip. I extended our...
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    Sticky: We Must Be Having Fun!

    Those years have really flown!

    Congratulations!

    Rick
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    Sticky: Hitting the Pause Button in Merida

    Day 7: Over breakfast the next morning, we planned our next move. I figured we should spend at least one, possibly two full days in Merida, and I wanted to hold the driving to a minimum. Traffic in...
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    Sticky: At Long Last, the Yucatan!

    What with all the Zapatista roadblocks, and the ill-fated attempt at driving to San Cristobal de las Casas, it was beginning to feel like we were spinning our wheels. We were already almost a week...
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    Sticky: I'm glad y'all are enjoying my recollections. And...

    I'm glad y'all are enjoying my recollections. And Dave--that quiet visit to Palenque really was quite special, a memory that I'll sincerely treasure. The recently inaugurated "Tren Maya," once it's...
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    Sticky: More Adventures, On the Road in Chiapas

    About 12.5 miles west of Palenque, a short detour off the main highway takes you to a parking area and a path that goes downward. There’s a pervasive roar and a fine mist in the air from the elephant...
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    Sticky: Palenque, all to ourseves in the Morning Light

    The next morning, Day 5 of our Road Trip, we were waiting at the entrance to the Archaeological Park a half hour before they opened for the day. We were the only ones there, so they let us through...
  11. Howdy, and welcome to the RTA forums! Assuming...

    Howdy, and welcome to the RTA forums!

    Assuming you have a mechanic you can trust, have them do a complete inspection, along with the oil change. Tell them you're driving across the country, and...
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    Sticky: Day 4: After the Roadblocks: The Ancient Mayan City of Palenque

    As a photographer, my favorite subject has always been beautiful landscapes, of the sort that you find in our National Parks, but ruined buildings, especially those that are ancient and iconic, run a...
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    Sticky: Day 4: From Villahermosa to Palenque

    After three long days and more than 1,200 miles of driving, we’d made it from Laredo, on the border with Texas, all the way to Villahermosa, in the Mexican State of Tabasco. We stayed the night...
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    Sticky: Not even in Nevada?

    Not even in Nevada?
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    Sticky: Day 3: From Queretaro to Villahermosa

    Over breakfast the next morning, we took a hard look at our maps. We’d driven 600 miles since crossing the border, and we still had almost 700 miles more to go before we’d reach our first real stop:...
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    Sticky: Day 2: Monterrey to Queretaro

    That first morning, we took advantage of the complimentary breakfast at our hotel. There were a few other travelers in the dining room, but most of the guests were Mexican businessmen, and if it...
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    Sticky: Mexican Road Trip: To the Yucatan and Back

    Back in 2015, the year I retired, I took two huge road trips. The first one, a bucket-list drive to Alaska, was documented in a Field Report that I posted here on RTA: Arizona to Alaska and Back...
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    Monument Valley gets my vote!

    Howdy!

    Congrats on what seems to be a well thought out, reasonable plan. I do have a comment: you're going awfully far out of your way to pass through Monument Valley and Page, but it looks like...
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    Sticky: Howdy! This looks like my knind of Road...

    Howdy!

    This looks like my knind of Road Trip--with the possible exception of Death Valley in August. Make sure your rental car has serious air conditioning!

    One question: you plan to drive "old...
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    Sticky: Donna: You're making me hungry! Do you know if...

    Donna:

    You're making me hungry! Do you know if there was ever a Lambert's in St. Louis? At Union Station, maybe? I can swear I've eaten there (I distinctly remember the "throwed rolls"), but I've...
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    That's very true--at least in the more remote sections of British Columbia and the Yukon. You basically take what you can get, and you have to pay close attention to the distance between fuel stops...
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    The Skywalk

    Since you're interested, here's a link to a field report about a Grand Canyon river trip. Down at the bottom of the section on "Day 8" there's a couple of cool photos of the Skywalk from underneath:...
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    Welcome Back!

    Hello, Craig:

    Sounds like a very well planned itinerary; y'all are going to have a blast!

    Just one comment: as an Arizona native, I'm compelled to lobby strongly for the REAL Grand Canyon....
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    Hey, Mark,

    I don't have any experience with that particular brand, but Jill has been buying silica gel litter for her cats for at least 20 years. It's more expensive, but it's absolutely superior....
  25. Great Report!

    Hey, Mark! I really enjoyed this; glad to see that some of us are out there on the road again. And you even discovered some cool stuff I hadn't seen before, right in my own back yard.

    Happy...
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