Greetings from beautiful Buttonwillow, California -- where Motel 6 not only left the light on for us but the AC as well. The cleaning crew had left it set to usher in a new ice age -- must have been 50° in here. At least we know it works.
Our new 7-year-old Corolla gets 37 mpg on the highway. The last I heard the American auto industry was lobbying the US government to set the average fuel-efficiency standard at 35 mpg by 2020. I don't know where they landed on that but it sounds less than bold.
Quartzite, Arizona looks about the same as it did the last time we drove through there 3 years ago. There has been dramatic change throughout the rest of Arizona -- new communities, roads, retail, and houses (although a lot of them are sitting empty).
We had a great Indian dinner with Kirk, our oldest, in Glendale, California.