Just like clockwork, every autumn, migrations to Florida and Arizona happen. Except it’s not snowbirds, or even real birds, that are migrating.
It’s rental cars.
While it’s cold in much of the rest of the country, it stays toasty warm in Florida and Arizona, so, of course, a lot of people flock to those states during the winter months. Lots of those tourists will want to rent cars, so instead of bringing them here by the truckload, the car rental companies make it financially lucrative for customers to drive their cars from up north to select cities in the Sunshine State and the Grand Canyon State.
And the time of the year that they do this is now.
Continue reading “‘Tis The Season For Cheap One-Way Car Rentals – Prices Start As Low As $9.99/Day!”
Back in February, I wrote about the rental car companies’ sales to get their vehicles back from Florida to the northeast for the Spring/Summer/Fall season. They weren’t particularly good in comparison to the previous year ($24.95, as opposed to $9.95 in 2018), but who knows what’s going through corporates’ minds when they start sales.
Welp, apparently some other car rental companies jumped on the bandwagon because NOW the “good sales” are going on. Take a look:
Continue reading “Oh Sure…NOW The Awesome Car Rental Deals Happen!”
NOTE 3/1/19: We originally posted this article in the fall of 2017, right after our 2-week trip to the southwest U.S. It was our first visit to Bedrock City and, apparently, our last, as I recently read on Trip Advisor that the property had been sold was slated to close in early 2019:
Alas, it did close. But this post is chock full of photos so you can get a feel for the kitchym nostalgic goodness that it was.
If you’re of a certain age (or if you had the good taste to watch the right reruns or movies), you know that’s the catchphrase of Fred Flintstone, the main character of The Flintstones. The Hanna-Barbera production was the very first animated series to run in prime time, which it did on ABC from 1960 to 1966. The Flintstones remained relatively popular even after the show went off the air, so much so that in 1966, Linda and Joe Speckels, along with 4 others, got the licensing from Hanna-Barbera to make Bedrock City, a kitschy Flintstone-themed amusement park and campground, in Custer, South Dakota. The attraction was popular enough to spawn a secondary Bedrock City in Williams, Arizona, which opened in 1972.
The South Dakota Bedrock City remained open for just about 50 years, closing in 2015. The Arizona location has been for sale since 2015 but since there have been no buyers yet, the attraction remains open 364 days a year (it’s closed on Christmas Day), allowing people to see the open-air homage to Fred Flintstone, his wife, Wilma, Barney Rubble, his wife Betty, and the rest of Bedrock. As a lifelong Flintstones fan, and with a 3-day visit to the south rim of the Grand Canyon as part of our vacation to the American southwest (Bedrock City is only about 30 minutes away), there was no way I was NOT going to visit!
Continue reading “Bedrock City is Closing! It’s Your Last Chance To Visit This Bit of Nostalgic Kitsch (Update 3/2019: It Closed)”
Another week, another weekend! Here’s a quick review of what we posted this week:
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From as far back as I can remember, I’ve had a “thing” with caves. I’m sure it has to do with the fact that my dad liked them, so when I was a little kid and we’d go on vacation, we’d stop at caves. So by the time I was, I dunno, 4 or so, I had already been to Howe Caverns in Upstate NY, Luray Caverns in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and probably a couple of other caves I don’t remember visiting. Joe, either liking caves as well, or just putting up with me, was happy (or at least willing) to explore caves with me so since the time we’ve been married, we’ve explored lava tubes in Hawaii, as well as caves and caverns in Texas, New Mexico and Cuba. So when we realized that Grand Canyon Caverns was (A) in the middle of our drive between the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, (B) was on Route 66 and (C) had been visited by the Ghost Adventures Crew (Joe is a fan) because of possible paranormal activity, we knew we had to include it in our trip.
Continue reading “Our Visit to Grand Canyon Caverns (Warning! They Might Be Haunted!)”