Tonight is our first couch surfing experience. Hoping it works out to drop in on a total stranger with all our stuff and not totally freak out on both sides.
One of the many funny things: driving south through California's central valley, it was brown and dead. On one side of the freeway, dead brown grass. On the other side, just for variety, brown dead grass. For 7 solid hours.
Driving through the desert from Phoenix to Albuquerque, Fiona kept saying "Look! It's all green! Why is the whole desert green?" And it was. Green cactus. Green trees. Green shrubs. Put that in the red sand under the blue sky filled with crisp white clouds, and I kept saying "This is why I love the desert."
We keep leaving later than intended and arriving in the dark. I'd like to get to new places in late afternoon so we can see where we're going. I'd also love to see more of the spectacular scenery.