Well, it took us 8 days, but we made in back safely - thanks to Steve and Ana! We did get stopped crossing the border, but only because we couldn't decide what kind of meat was in the tamales we were smuggling. After opening our "stuffed" trunk, the border guards decided they needed to inspect further. No problemo!
We spent one night in Tucson and enjoyed our first microbrew and an American hamburger - pretty darn tasty.
We spent four nights in beautiful Sedona. Christina and Mark (Steve and Ana's relatives) were gracious hosts and we enjoyed all of the amenities. We did some hiking, threw a party, and ate and drank way too much.
Next stop, Glendale, Utah (sort of). Mike and Jeanette invited us to stay a couple of nights and tour southern Utah - it was amazing! We toured the Twisted Forest and Zion National Parks and other sites - just beautiful!
One more over nighter in Bakersfield, which is nothing special unless... you know about the Wool Growers restaurant. A local place serving amazing Basque food - we loved it, but ate way too much!
Finally, back to Alameda. It seems like we have been gone much longer than 8 months. We are looking forward to seeing our old boating buddies!