Drive to Northern Arizona Part II: Horseshoe Bend

Let’s soldier on with the fun in Northern Arizona. Continuing where we left off at the Utah state line, we headed to enjoy the sunset 4 miles southwest of Page to a place called, “Horseshoe Bend.”


This geological masterpiece is a sharp 180-degree Colorado River meander. Access to this is an easy turn off Hwy 89 to an access road, then a 3/4 mile hike to the overlook. Even the views on the hike were grand.


Arrived! That’s a good 1,000ft drop right there!




Picture of Tyson, Alec, and Stephen.


Picture of Alec who was very excited to venture off on his own and take in the sights.




Photo of Peter on the ledge.


Jouhl taking it all in.


Back at the trailhead, it was time for some puddle pictures! Thanks to Peter for his mean photo skills here.


Quite possibly the best photo I have to date of the Mazda. None of these have been edited…that’s how perfect the lighting was.


Tyson’s ILX was especially ad-worthy.


Next was dinner in Page at Strombolli’s Italian restaurant. It certainly hit the spot.


Since we all were iPhone users, we decided to stack them on the table for kicks. Peter calculated that this stack came close to $5k retail!


Thanks to a suggestion from Tyson, we played a game…a painful game. He suggested,  “Let’s challenge ourselves to leave these phones here for the entire meal and not touch them.” We did and it was harder than it sounds. However, we all had a good old fashioned dinner where we could do the unthinkable…talk to each other. Amazing!

That night we all were exhausted, but very satisfied from the day. We crashed out in the plush Comfort Inn beds. The next morning, Jouhl, Jennifer, Alec and I decided to depart early for hopes of not getting back to Las Cruces too late. It was going to be a long haul. After we grabbed breakfast, packaged, said our good-byes to Tyson, Stephen, Peter and Chris, we came out to this. That’s one frozen Mazda!


Page was a nice crisp 30˚F.


I made sure to pack throughly for this trip. I had tools, jumper cables, first aide kit, flashlights, rags, extra quart of oil, blankets, kitty litter in case we get stuck in snow. Ice scraper? Oops! Forgot that. So, I put my Bank of America card to work again.



Back on the road, and you could see Flagstaff’s San Francisco peaks in the distance.


Pitt stop


Since our route home took us east on I-40, we zipped by the Petrified Forest National Park. Jennifer and Alec had never been.


Hike down to the badlands!



Quick stop for a cheesy pic at a tourist trap off I-40.


We got back to Las Cruces around 11:00PM. Not too bad considering the overall drive was 9.5hrs of just driving. That concludes another grand adventure!

In other news, I’m still in contact with Justin, the new owner of the TL. He has made some personal touches to it which include color matching the front grille and rear trim pieces, adding some OEM aluminum pedals and debadging the rear. He also did a full paint correction and it shows! Keep up the great work, Justin!



Those aluminum pedals look sharp! Something I should have done a long time ago.


That’s all for now, thank you all for coming along!

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2 thoughts on “Drive to Northern Arizona Part II: Horseshoe Bend

  1. tysonhugie says:

    I love that B of A is always there for ice scraping assistance when you need them! Looks like a fun wrap-up to your trip. I still need to get out to Petrified someday soon. Glad you’re sharing the updates of your former TL! Looks like it’s in good hands.

    • pawela says:

      B of A was there again last weekend. 🙂 I’m looking forward to our next drive! I will get the creative juices going again here. Always fun seeing the TL progress and nice knowing it’s being cared for.

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