Southern Arizona Road Trip

September 24th

Yesterday I logged 450 miles in my car, crisscrossing (jump! jump!) across Southern Arizona. I had four freelance travel articles I’m working on for the local paper, and a free day to gather a bunch of photography and interviews. Voila — a day with lots of coffee, lots of driving and catching up on podcasts, and several times when I caught myself feeling a bit like Nancy Drew, out on the hunt for a clue.
Here is a random assortment of photos taken during my day, including the two hours I spent with a nun at a monastery. Nope, that’s not a punch line. And no, I’m not Catholic. It was a peaceful yet unsettling experience.


Hotel Congress Coffee shop

Coffee shop at the Hotel Congress.

Hotel Congress Penny Floor

Floor made of pennies!



Copper queen sign with flowers
old door handles, hotel congress

I love the historic details in these old hotels.

TR room sign

St. David:

Virgen altar art
Sanctuary walkway
sun filled cross

That cross is gigantic — about 6 stories tall. Luckily, St. David has a population of less than 1,000 I’d guess. So no one is complaining too much about the showy monks.


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22 Responses

  1. BWAHAHA! Criss/cross. hehehe

    Looks like a good day Kel. I might have to tag along on one of your travel writing days.

  2. Oh no! You were in Tucson and I didn’t know. Oh well, it is fun to see photos of some of the things here where I live. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip. By the way, St. David is a wonderful place to go birding. If you go through the pastures in the back of the monastery and take the easy hike to the river, it’s ever so peaceful and sometimes you can see herons there. They also have a wonderful meditation garden at the monastery.

  3. That’s a lot of miles! And I love the photos, especially the one of the floor made of pennies. Plus, I’m so impressed that you take your camera along, take photos, and actually post them. I too aspire, but don’t follow through.

  4. I love the penny-floor and the door handle- beautiful touches.

  5. That penny floor is too cool. Lots of miles logged, but the trip sounded like it was worthwhile.

  6. Hotel Congress is pretty cool, eh? Looks like you had a nice time!

  7. how exciting & interesting! i love the penny floor!

  8. Sounds like an interesting but long day.
    Love that penny floor!

  9. that monestary is beautiful. and i too love the penny floor. that would rock to have in a kitchen.

  10. You do take beautiful photos…

  11. I know I’m not religious so why is there a man peeking out of Mary’s dress? Or is he holding her up? I don’t know. Being Nancy Drew is fun. I love solving problems and figuring things out. I love the door knob and the coffee shop. Seriously with the “Showy monks”. lol. Maybe it was a gift to them? 🙂

  12. the penny floor is great. i wonder how many pennies they layed down.
    great to get away and just take random pics.

  13. stunning pics kelli. stunning.

  14. Please tell about the nun and the monastery… 🙂

  15. What an amazing day. You’re quite a photographer. I went on a road trip this weekend, but I think that’s our total mileage, lol.

  16. I would be interested to know what was unsettling about the experience with the nun.

    The penny floor is very cool. Too bad you weren’t wearing penny loafers… (I know, that is just the most most ridiculous statement, but it really made me laugh…)

  17. My parents live in AZ. We’ve only been to Bisbee a couple of times, but it is a magical place!

  18. Love the penny floor. I have never been to Arizona, but would love to go. It’s on my list along with New Mexico.

    Why unsettling? Sounds interesting.

  19. Nice pics, thanks. So it seems that the last weekend was one for traveling… pics will be up soon (I hope).

  20. I love the picture of that Cross!! You can see the beams of sunlight coming down in front of it!

  21. Very cool photos. I’m itchin’ to hit the New England roads with my camera again!