Temecula, CA, to Phoenix.
The day's travel could have covered the distance virtually entirely via interstate highways. But there was a tempting shortcut.
One of the first things we checked upon arrival was the calendar of events. Near the top of the list was the APS Electric Light Parade.
The theme of the Parade, now in its 27th year, was "Wild West Holiday Roundup."
The parade was scheduled to be held Saturday, but there was a 50 percent chance of rain in the forecast.
As you can see from the photos, the floats contain many, many lights. In fact, the specifications for the floats require a minimum of 2,000 lights on the float,
But we continued.
*From the autobiographical book with that title by William Least Heat-Moon, traveling on "blue highways" refers to traveling on the back roads that are often designated by thin blue lines on maps.