Monthly Archives: March 2014

Day 5 — March 31, 1974

(Mesquite – Shreveport – Baton Rouge) Still trying to make up for lost time, we started out early traveling through the hot, dry, desert-like landscape of Texas, with its horizontal traffic lights, through the towns of Mineola, Big Sandy, Longview and Marshall, and across the Texas – Louisiana State Line.  We continued towards Shreveport and […]

Day 4 — March 30, 1974

(Carlsbad – Fort Worth – Dallas – Mesquite) On the road again, ready for yet another day of steady driving, we stopped routinely for gas, leg stretching, and snacks or lunch.  Halfway on the road from Carlsbad to Hobbs we spotted a number of potash mines, seemingly all alone in the middle of nowhere, but […]

Day 3 — March 29, 1974

(Benson – Lordsburg – Mesilla – El Paso – Juarez – Carlsbad) The morning began much as the previous day ended with lots of driving past mountain ranges (Dragoon and Dos Cabezas) and passing through various towns (Willcox, Bowie and San Simon) on our way to the Arizona – New Mexico State Line. We continued […]

Day 2 — March 28, 1974

(Blythe – Phoenix – Tucson – Benson) Lots of driving, and then more driving! Shortly after getting on the road we crossed the Colorado River, leaving California behind, and entered Arizona.  I wrote in my diary that “the State flag is blue, orange and yellow.”  In actuality it is much more complex than that!  The […]

Day 1 — March 27, 1974

(Arcadia – Riverside – Blythe) At 1:20 pm we drove away from our house in Arcadia, California, and traveled east through the various foothill communities along the old Route 66 before zigzagging our way to Riverside. We could see the Junipero Serra cross atop Mount Rubidoux from the car as we drove along Mission Boulevard […]

Departure Eve

March 26, 1974 Months and months of planning went into our trip to Europe.  My parents had first talked about an extended trip to Europe in 1956 after their honeymoon trip to England (meeting some of my father’s family) and France (Paris).  “Extended” morphed from 2-3 months (covering Great Britain and northern Western Europe), to […]