It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

More Research, Climbing the Ridge, Mistaken Identity Revealed and Lick Marks From Night Time Visitors.

Our Location today is Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood, Arizona, U.S.A.

We are definitely starting to feel better and waking at an earlier time since we’ve been here in Arizona. I was up shortly after 7:00 this morning and was surprised to see how bright the Sun was shining with very few clouds in the sky. Looking across the lane the woman’s rig who pulled in while we were at the fire was already gone. Kathy who is still recovering from a Bug she caught in our travels, came downstairs by 7:30 and the Sun was no where to be seen in fact the first thing she asked was “Is it supposed to Snow?”
Trail behind our trailer leading to the top of the Ridge.
Notice the cloudy skies.

We were sitting at our Computers enjoying our Coffee/Tea by 8:00 and listening to the sound of Rain on our roof by 8:15. Luckily it only lasted long enough to coat the pavement and that was it. Looking at The Weather Network there was no sign of Rain in the forecast and with only 20% Possibility of Precipitation here in Arizona it shouldn’t have rained at all. 
Last leg to the top.
With the temperatures hoovering around 50 F (10 C) most of the morning we worked together researching some of our future excursions and mapping them out so that we will get there when we want to. Tomorrow’s trip will only be around a Hundred Miles so we can make it a relaxing trip. It will also give us the chance to see how the GPS Updates worked out. 
Our Trailer in the middle of the picture.
For lunch today, we had more of the Homemade Chicken Vegetable Soup that Kathy made the other day. The warmth of the soup helped make her feel better plus there is still enough for another meal. 
There we are at full zoom.
Since we didn’t plan on going anywhere today we decided to take afternoon showers rather than waiting. By doing it this way we didn’t feel the evening chill because as soon as the Sun sets here in Arizona (you couldn’t see it today) the temperature really drops. Kathy took her shower shortly after lunch which she said helped get the chill out of her body. 
Tuzigoot Monument from the Ridge behind our trailer.
Full Zoom and Cropped.
You can see the layout of the walls.
I went outside with the Camera and a little mission of my own in mind. Slightly over behind our trailer there is a Mountain Ridge that I wanted to climb following some footpaths. By the time I reached the top not only could I hardly see our trailer down below but looking in the opposite direction I could see much more. Looking down was the Blazin’ M Ranch where we attended the last Dinner Theater of the year last Sunday. Just a bit beyond that you could see the Tuzigoot Monument that we had checked out on Wednesday. In last night’s Blog I said we could see the city lights of Clarksville from our trailer where in fact it was Jerome. From where I was standing it appeared to be a stone’s throw away not the long drive we had taken to get there on Wednesday. (I’ve already Corrected last night’s post.) On my return down the path I found numerous droppings in the area consistent with Coyotes that we’ve heard in the area. 
Blazin' M Ranch from the ridge
Back Home the Basement needed to be adjusted so the Weber Q would once again fit for safe traveling. Remember my mentioning of Coyotes in the area? When I went to pack the Weber away the Grease Tray containing Bacon Grease had been mostly cleaned out. There were lick marks in the little remaining Grease. Guess we had night -time visitors. Once that was replaced and stored I took the trash that Kathy had also gathered up to the dumpster. 

On the return trip I started talking with Nick who had served on the U.S.S. Enterprise during the Viet Nam War. I inquired if he knew other vets that had served but due to the size of the ships and the constant turnover of crew that would be hard to know. 
Coyote Droppings on the trail and surrounding area.
My afternoon shower made me feel as refreshed as Kathy’s did and we weren’t chilled. For supper we had Chicken Fettuccini made using some of the pieces of Chicken that Kathy had cleaned off the bones the other day and there is still more. 
The Red Arrow points to Jerome.
That's where we saw the lights last night.
It was past 5:00 MST when we finished eating supper and that’s when we had new neighbours pull in on both sides of us. The joys of setting up in the dark. Glad that wasn’t us. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


You Might Be a Redneck If

You don't own a yard tool.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Recovery Accomplished, Astonishing Purchase, Updating, Researching, Evening Fire and Helping Out.

Our Location today is Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood, Arizona, U.S.A. 

After lazing around for a while this morning my back told my it was time to get moving at 7:30 this morning. I’d barely gotten the Window Shades open in the living area and the Coffee Cups set on the counter when Kathy was coming down the stairs. After a light breakfast we settled in to get caught up on our E-mails, News from back in Windsor and Blogs that haven’t posted in a while. We also talked about what we needed to accomplish today.
Not a promising start to our day.
While Kathy finished checking on what the kids have been doing back home I remade the bed and topped off our CPAPs so they’d be ready for tonight. When Kathy went upstairs to get changed I packed up our Hiking Gear and brought it upstairs to be stored.
We had our Supper at the Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant on Monday and we had room enough in the booth that we had laid our Jackets next to us with our Cap/Visor on them. After eating Kathy put her Jacket on and we left. It wasn’t until we were heading out the next morning to go visit Montezuma’s Castle that we realized Kathy’s new Petrified Forest Visor was Missing and she had it going into the Restaurant.

With our Shopping List in hand we headed out of the Park and into Cottonwood. It was only after 11:00 when we arrived at the Golden Dragon and the manager said he had it in his car but not in the truck he’d brought today. Asked why he said his son had found it and given it to him on their way home the other night so it was still in the car. We decided to stay for their Lunch Buffet knowing we wouldn’t eat much for supper. By the time we’d finished eating the Manager had gone home and returned with Kathy’s Visor.

After finishing our big meal of the day, we needed to buy a few more groceries so we drove over to Food City. We managed to get everything we needed and found a few other things that were Unbelievably Priced at this store. They were Garden Ornaments that back in Windsor would have been four times the price they were here. Garden Ornaments unfortunately don’t work too well in an RV Lifestyle.

As we were checking out when Brad announced the total I simply Tapped my Card and it immediately accepted it. Brad said he’s been doing that job for over Thirty-Years and never seen anything like that. As mentioned before there are things we take for granted in Canada that is just coming to the US.

We were home shortly after 1:30 and after getting the Groceries put away we both had things to do on the Computers. Kathy wanted to research things we’ll be doing while in Congress next week while I was busy updating our two Rand McNally GPSs. Last year when we had trouble with our GPS as soon as it was updated it began working properly. After the fiasco the other day we knew it was time to do it again.

We did enjoy a bowl of Kathy’s Homemade Chicken Vegetable Soup for our supper tonight. 
T. J> happy to sell me the wood.
While Kathy cleaned up the kitchen I busied myself getting things ready for our very first Campfire of our Winter Getaway. Having bought a bundle of Firewood at the Camp Host’s Site I soon had it going nicely. We also got to see a beautiful Arizona Sunset off in the distant Mountain Range just past Clarksville
This Arizona Sunset looks like the sky is on fire.
The lights of Jerome in the distance.
As we were sitting enjoying our fire a 4x4 Van pulling a Trailer with an ATV on it kept on circling our Campground Loop so we figured they couldn’t find their site. Leaving Kathy to guard the Fire I used a Flashlight to get the driver’s attention. It was a woman traveling with her two dogs and she was tired but couldn’t see the posts with the site numbers. When I asked the number and she responded I pointed to her Site Number painted on the Asphalt right next to me. I explained how she could simply drive through by driving around the loop one more time. When she turned the corner, I signalled with the flashlight and she was starting to set up in less than a minute after parking. 
First Campfire of this trip.

Back at the Fire it was past 8:30 by the time the flames died down. We think we’ll sleep well tonight. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Words of Inspiration

Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

Samuel Johnson, English Writer