SUMMARY: From San Jose to Scottsdale and safely arrived.
Fellow Bay Teamer Nancy and her two pomeranians spent the night at our place last night so that we could get an early start this morning. Planned time of departure was 8:00 and we made it within a few minutes thereof.
The trip down was uneventful. We passed a convoy of firetrucks from Washington going down I-5, presumably towards all the SoCal fires. Stopped at Buttonwillow at the Subway sandwich shop for lunch, and took just too long pottying the dogs and ourselves, because the convoy apparently also decided that Subway looked like the perfect firefighters' luncheon supplier, and there were suddenly about 3 million of them in line. A motley looking crew, indeed, except that many of them wore t-shirts with the name of their firefighting crew (which at the moment escapes me).
So we bagged that and went to Taco Bell.
Passed another convoy of trucks that were headed north, presumably going home.
Lots of haze but couldn't see any active fires from where we were. Passed Santa Clarita area, where one had been burning, and Lake Arrowhead area, where another big one had caused some evacuation.
Stopped at a rest stop just short of Blythe at sunset; not only saw a lovely sunset but also a large tarantula who was trying to find the ideal parking spot. A bunch of us tourists took flash photos and tried to scare him away from the auto area, without much luck.
It's late, I'm tired; I'll upload some photos tomorrow.