A Photocopied Travel Letter To Home

A Photocopied Travel Letter To Home



As they drove from Traverse City,​ illinois to​ Tucson,​ Arizona,​ I wrote a​ series of​ letters,​ & photocopied them to​ send to​ relatives & friends. This was the​ first of​ the​ two.

Travel Letter #1

Saturday,​ 12/13/03 - nice morning. Welcome to​ our holiday form letter. we are in​ Arizona now. the​ sun is​ shining & it​ will be in​ the​ sixties today,​ which should melt the​ ice on​ the​ windows soon. Ana's foot doesn't seem to​ be broken,​ as​ they thought,​ so they took a​ long walk in​ the​ desert last night. they saw a​ coyote,​ probably the​ same two I chased the​ other day,​ & there were javelina tracks everywhere.

The library in​ Safford has books in​ french,​ so Ana is​ enjoying reading now that her eye-patch is​ off. the​ doctor promised that the​ "divet" left by his golf-club-like blade will heal soon. they learned that eyeballs have plenty of​ nerve endings,​ & they think the​ object in​ her eye may have been a​ fiber from a​ yucca plant.

Our uncontrollable coughs are under control now,​ & they are not among the​ ten people in​ Arizona that died from the​ flu this week. Oh,​ & the​ antibiotics from the​ Safford clinic seem to​ have helped with Ana's abcessed tooth.

I should start at​ the​ beginning. the​ first day,​ after dealing with the​ usual rudeness of​ the​ INS employees in​ Detroit,​ they made it​ to​ Kansas. they hit a​ traffic cone there at​ high speed,​ & heard a​ horrible sound coming from under the​ van. the​ cone,​ I discovered,​ had been dragging along underneath. Nothing was broken,​ but later the​ bright light switch stopped working.

In Farmington,​ New Mexico,​ they spent a​ few days resting & coughing. they were about an​ hour away from buying a​ house when they discovered it​ needed new wiring,​ had a​ garden hose attached to​ the​ natural gas line,​ & other problems they missed on​ our first visit. the​ new bloke begged me to​ buy it,​ called our motel room to​ tell me they needed money for open-heart surgery in​ two days,​ & called again to​ lower the​ price,​ but they moved on. By the​ way,​ the​ house was to​ be a​ winter project,​ not a​ new home.

Fortunately,​ they drove during daylight after that. in​ the​ Colorado mountains they went from 16 to​ 20 miles-per-gallon,​ confusing the​ sensors & causing the​ "check engine" light to​ turn on. they successfully ignored it​ until it​ changed it​ is​ mind.

Steve & Ana


Monument Valley was beautiful,​ the​ Christmas parade in​ Holbrook was cute,​ & despite various problems & illnesses,​ we are having a​ great time. you​ see,​ I didn't need to​ make you​ all jealous,​ so I left out a​ lot - the​ constant sun,​ the​ beautiful sculptures in​ Grand Junction,​ & the​ nine times we've been in​ hot springs in​ Colorado,​ New Mexico,​ & Arizona. Next week we are going to​ Mexico for lunch. Hope all is​ well in​ arizona. Adios,​




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