I was out of town for the long weekend. I flew in to meet Paul for the Cactus Comicon where he was exhibiting — one of the many conventions he’s attended this year.
I’ve never considered myself a naturalist but the saguro cactus surrounding Carefree, Arizona — yes, you read that correctly, the name of the town is Carefree –are amazing. They grow like crazy in the desert and the cactus above is at least 80 years old. The resort we stayed in had them scattered all around us. Although the resort was a good 45 minutes away from the convention center, we didn’t mind the drive and enjoyed taking in the scenery.
On the drive to the convention center, we passed by Dunkin’ Donuts every day. Maybe it was the fact there are no Dunkin’ Donuts in San Diego but we both agreed that the Munchkins — Dunkin’ Donuts version of donut holes– were the best thing on the menu. And they weren’t just plain old glazed donut holes but a variety! Blueberry, chocolate glazed, cinnamon sugar, powered and my favorite, the jelly filled. Our neighbors appreciated us sharing the donuts.
We left immediately after the convention ended on Sunday for the 5-hour drive back to San Diego. I should have taken photos of all the road food we ate on the back which included Chesters Fried chicken strips and burrito but didn’t. Honestly, if I had known that the Space Age Restaurant in Gila Bend was waiting for us, I would have resisted.
A quick fill up in Yuma resulted in this scary apparition: a giant head promoting a sunglass shop! YIKES! We saw a lot of bizarre things but this pretty much sums it up.
Paul promised to get me back to California by 9 p.m. that night. I really wanted to get a photo of us entering the state but this photo above is a result of going 70MPH to reach the 9 p.m.deadline.
I miss Dunkin Donuts! And munchkins! I always get annoyed that they air the commercials for it, since we don’t have one here in SD!
I agree! On more than one occasion, I have thought of opening a franchise for a Dunkin Donuts here in San Diego County.
Loving the digs. I have a boatload of questions for you. This week is icky but maybe next week we can get together for coffee? Miss you.
didn’t there used to be dunkin donuts in sd? gosh, i don’t remember. when we visited boston a few years ago, there were dunkin donuts EVERYWHERE. literally in the subway stations and on every street corner.
Give me a call when you’re free. I’m available for most of next week.
Hi Canine Cologne–
I definite remember there being a Dunkin Donuts in Chula Vista on Broadway wayyyy back. I think it has since turned into Sunny Donuts.
I’m glad you guys found joy in Dunkin’ Donuts’ munchkins : )
Mmmm…munchkins. Head to the northeast, where you can’t spit without hitting a Dunkin. 🙂 When I worked in downtown Boston, there were SIX Dunkins within a 2 block radius! (And that was 8 years ago. The DD density may have increased since then.) Out here in the suburban capital district of NY, they like to put one on both sides of a road not very far apart from each other, so that you never have to make a left across traffic to get into one.
I miss the “original Dunkin’ Donut”. It was a cake donut with a knob on the side – a handle to use when dunkin your donut in the coffee – that today you can only find in the immediate Boston area.
It’s the little things that make us happy. 🙂
I have read about the original Dunkin’ Donut. I think it’s a reason I need to go out and visit Boston soon!