Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Relaxing Sunday

This was my sunrise this morning as I did my walk around our park.  I've been doing really well with my "steps". Yesterday, Was 11,499 and today was 10,167. I downloaded the app Rick told us about a while back on one of his blogs. I only keep track of the steps but I've asked Santa for a Fitbit. We'll see.....

We had a few errands to run this morning including picking up  my Metformin at my new favorite pharmacy CVS.  Fry's (Kroger's) here, doesn't have the particular pharmaceutical brand  I need and at CVS, that's the ONLY one they use. I'm Happy, Happy. Then it was off to the Arizona Market to pick up a couple of items we saw on Thursday but wanted to think on it before we bought.

While we were there we enjoyed a style show put on by the Arizona Market Vendors.

We saw these two sweet little girls earlier not realizing they would be part of the style show. So Cute!

None of the participants were professional models but they all had fun.

After we finished at the market place we went for a ride in the historical part of Yuma. On the way, I saw this sign, asked Joe to stop and get out and go stand under the sign. (the store was closed and empty) Why would I do this?  Because I call him Mr. G and he loves Pepsi.......

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Just another picture to add to our collection of old Greyhound Advertising. It's on the backside of the hotel

I love the architecture of this old hotel.

I didn't know I owned a boutique....

There is a lot of art in this part of Yuma

I can't believe I actually captured this humming bird. The picture is grainy but that little guy was so fast! He was gathering nectar from this beautiful flower right next to where our car was parked

Any guesses to where we ate supper this evening?

Friday, November 28, 2014

On To Pilot Knob

We usually come to Pilot Knob from California, but this time we caught the 8 at Gila Bend and headed for Yuma.  This was quite a climb and I loved the "rock mountains"
Good to see this sign again.  Don't know for how long we will be able to return here as all the Western Horizon Parks are for sale. But we will enjoy them as long as we can.

Our home for the next couple of weeks.Warm, breezy and dusty, and we're about 15 minutes from Yuma. We enjoyed walking through the Arizona Market today. Joe found some really nice short sleeve western shirts for $7.00 each all made in the US. 
The Salvation Army Christmas Bells started ringing today but this gentleman gave a  tuba concert instead of ringing the bell.  As we were walking from our parked car to the door of the Walmart store, we saw bills, not just coins being dropped in to his bucket. We stood and listened until he finished God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, then dropped our bills in also.

This little rest area is just outside the laundry room.
We also enjoy going to the fairgrounds and sitting in the car and watching the planes take off and land across the street at the Marine Air Base.  Joe plays pool with the guys at 7:00PM most nights and pitches horseshoes in the afternoons. I enjoy walking early in the morning and again in the evening, working on my computer writing my blogs, knitting and crocheting and taking pictures.....lots of pictures. A week from Sunday we are going to drive to the  Imperial Wildlife Refuge  about 40 miles from here. Yes, we are going to meet up with Judy and take the tour she leads on Sunday mornings, then later in the afternoon we are going to do another tour, a 1.3 mile hike she suggested, but led by another volunteer.  More about that next week.

This nice dog and her owner stopped by for a hello. I'm doing better at being close to dogs especially when they're on a leash. This one only has three legs due to an accident but sure doesn't have a problem getting around.

The horseshoe pits are down by the Gazebo. I walked down to watch Joe pitch and took these pictures of the area while I was there. The firepit is for everyone to use, There are chairs and benches all around it and wood is provided.

Later we took a walk around the park and enjoyed another sunset.  Winterhaven is in California, but we are on Arizona time here at the park. Gets confusing sometimes. Hope we aren't late for church sunday :)

It took me about one night to figure out if I was going to sleep at night, I needed to put my ear plugs in. A few years ago in one of my blogs, I said how do I describe Pilot Knob? Three words.  Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Interstate 8 runs right in front  of the park, the main East/West Railroad runs along side of that and the train whistles blow all night, and there are the jets from the Marine airbase and Yuma International Airport, oh, and there's the  helicopters looking for illegals trying to cross the border.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Three Sleeps at Hickiwan Trails RV Park

I have to tell on myself.  It was about a three hour drive from St. David to Why, AZ. I was tired of sitting, so Joe pulled over and I got out to take some pictures. I am so afraid of snakes, I walked with my head down looking all around me when  all of a sudden, I saw something that scared me so bad my toenails dug in to the balls of my feet!!!!! I was paralyzed with fear.  Joe had just gotten out of the truck to look around when he heard me scream his name... Now Joe doesn't do anything in a hurry including come running to see why I was in such a panic... We were on the other side of the fence a good distance away by  now, so he threw a couple of rocks at "it" and "it" didn't move. So I got really brave, found a long stick.............and gave it to Joe and asked him to poke it to see if "it" moved.  "It" didn't  One end of "it" was in a hole so Joe tried to dislodge "it" with the stick.

Success!! If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you will see what "it" really is.Yep A BELT!!! He has the stick through the buckle.

Now tell me, don't you think it ...sort of looks like a snake??

We were only here for three sleeps, but for sure we will be here next year! So quiet, beautiful and  peaceful. Joe enjoyed watching the jets chasing each other  low over the mountains while we went on a hike today and shoot flares at night

Yesterday we went to Calvary Baptist Church in Ajo about 10 miles from here. 

After church we had lunch at a Deli in the Plaza. Then we took a drive around Ajo. Loved the historical part of town. We weren't in the area long enough to see everything there was to see, but  we did hit the only grocery store in town and really enjoyed that. 

It was still early enough in the day Sunday that  Joe thought it would be fun to drive to the Organ Pipe Cactus Monument.  For those who are wondering, yes we did the 21 mile Ajo loop.  Oh my word!! Our poor brand new car was SO dirty when we got home. Not just on the outside, but inside too. For those of you who have not done this before.   It's a dirt road . But the beauty was so worth it!!

On each side of the loop was a picnic area.

If you look closely, do you see the birds nest? I don't know what kind of bird would nest in here, but I bet Judith would ;)
The Double Arch was awesome.

This morning we went for a walk in the desert across the drive way where we are parked. Two hours of  easy walking, enjoying such sights as I've never seen before!! We were told burro's were out here.  We never did see them, just saw a lot of fresh "donkey dung" and Joe  heard them this evening. 

There were so many different types of cactus here too including my favorite, the Ocotillo.

I have read about Darby Well Road from some of my blogger friends and so today after our walk, Joe said as long as the car is filthy dirty, lets go check out Darby Well Road.  We saw a couple of boon dockers, and we saw where some had been, leaving  rock fire rings to mark their spot I guess.

We got this far and there was a wash out on the road we didn't want to drive the car through so we turned around but I can see why people like to spend time out here. But that brown sign above, was a little disconcerting.... we both agreed that type of lifestyle wouldn't be for us.  I would like to hear from those who do enjoy being this close to the border, have you ever had intruders in your camp?

I'm still reading about the history of Ajo and the mining but in the mean time, I love the colors of the minerals  here.  We are off to Pilot Knob in Winterhaven,CA tomorrow. Those of my family and friends it's about four miles from Yuma.
Have a great week!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Greyhound, Beautiful Quilts and a Wonderful Lunch

I raised the shade at 6:30 this morning, saw this and closed it real fast.  Beautiful blue skies, but pretty cold until about 9:00AM. Today we headed for Costco in Tuscon about 50 miles from here.  

Joe had noticed as we were driving through Benson one day a Greyhound Flag Stop. So finally today we stopped so he could take these pictures.

While we were there, a pickup pulled into the parking lot and asked if he could help us. Turns out he was Bob, head of the Benson Visitor Center. After visiting with Joe and learning that this is Greyhounds 100th anniversary, he invited us over the center tomorrow and is going to take Joe back into the archives of Greyhound history in Benson. 

Joe received a phone call from one of the Greyhound retiree's letting him know about the Greyhound Centennial Tour coming to the Woodburn Outlet Mall December 6, from 10-6 PM. This is a special day for Joe too. You see, His mother loved to ride Greyhound, and once a month or so she would ride with him, always in the front seat so she could watch him. She knew all the stops and most of the drivers and most of the station managers knew her. Viola died November 5, 2013, 1 day and one month before her 99th birthday. This December 6, the day the Greyhound Centennial Tour is coming to Woodburn, she would have been 100 years old. Quite a coincidence wouldn't you say?  :)

After going to Costco we had lunch with my long time friend Gwyn who lives in Tuscon. We met at church when our kids were in their teens. We had a wonderful visit while enjoying her homemade vegetable soup and biscuits.  Just yummy! Gwyn is a quilter and has a beautiful  Janome Memory Craft Quilting machine.  I asked her if I could take pictures of some of her work and share them with you. She displays this one on a quilt holder in her living room

And this beautiful large quilt hangs in her dining room. She also does beautiful embroidering  but I can't remember if she does it on that particular machine or not. 

I spotted this laying on the end table by her couch and she said yes that was the project she was working on at the moment.  She promised to send me a picture when it is finished.  Just beautiful, beautiful work.

Saying goodbye is never easy for me, but I know I'll be seeing her again.... two of her daughters live in Oregon and one of them lives not very far from us.