"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... And sorry I could not travel both. I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." --Robert Frost

Monday, March 13, 2017

Quick Trip to Arizona

Surprise, AZ
Happy Trails RV Resort


As I mentioned in our last post, we were practically out of time to visit with Steve's Dad in Arizona before we head east to Maine for the rest of the year.  We decided on a last minute road trip.  The weather in California was still rainy, cold and some snow so it was now or never.

So glad we went as we were able to meet up with Curt and Glenda just before they left Arizona.  We may see them along the way or in Maine later this year.

Curt & Glenda
We didn't do much more than visit with the in-laws, ride bikes, hike and geocache a little. 

Hurley cuddling up with Bunny.

We found a great geocache series nearby and had fun discovering those over a few days and some hiking along the Maricopa Trail.

 

 
 
Nothing like an Arizona sunset!
 
Another day brought us out near the White Tanks for more caching.  The sun felt great and all the blooming flowers and cacti made for a great time to be outside soaking up some rays.

 


Two weeks came and went quickly.  As we headed back home we decided to break the drive up into two days.  This gave us some time to stop in Quartzsite where there were still a couple RV friends.  Most have left and scattered to different parts of the US about now.  We're usually here in January with everyone, but it was not meant to be this year.

 
We met up at Beer Belly's for lunch with Steve and Dianne from Canada and Brock and Nathalie.

 
Like most of Quartzsite, Beer Belly's is a quirky, outdoor eating and entertaining area.  We had a delicious hatch chili burger.




 
One more geocache and we were on our way.

We've seen some clever caches like this one so we knew what to do.  Once you find it, you need to figure out what to do to get to the cache.  You plug the hole at the bottom and pour some water in the top, then the cache floats up.

The giant "Q" needs a little work.

I can't say enough, how pretty the drive has been these past few days in the desert.  All this extra rain has made for an explosion of color in the desert.  This part of I-10 was covered in beautiful purple!

Purple, and more purple all around!

Crossing back into California was a little confusing.  It was 5pm Arizona time.  Once we crossed the border it became 4pm and in a few hours, thanks to Daylight Savings, it will be an hour earlier again.

Those of you that drive I-10 have probably seen this.  There is this section that has a bunch of "headless" palm trees.  Don't know what the story is on that but there must be one.

Still snow on the mountains.

 
 We spent the night in fabulous Bakersfield :-)
We grabbed something to eat and a couple more caches along a bike trail.
 
 
Heading back into Placerville we can see the snow-capped Sierra in the distance.
 
 
 And guess what?  The weather for next week looks great!  More sun. That means we can finally heading out.  Only 2 months behind schedule.  Thanks Mother Nature!
 
We will be busy getting things ready and seeing the family once more before driving back to Arizona next week.  We're so happy that we don't have to cancel our reservation at one of our favorite state parks where we'll be camping with Greg & Cori.
 
 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Last Minute Road Trip to Arizona

Surprise, AZ
Happy Trails RV Resort


Since the rain is not going to let us get our rig out any time soon and the time we usually spend with the in-laws is running out, we decided to just take the truck and make a last minute ROAD TRIP to Arizona!  Most of our RV friends have headed out in different directions now, but at least we'll be able to visit a few of them.  Before we head out we had our son, Shane's, birthday to celebrate. But before that, a few other get togethers.

 
A surprise of baby chicks hatched out before we left.


 Jody, my sister, Doug, Deanna and us.
My sister drove down for a visit and so we had a quick visit and dinner.  Jody, my sister, Doug, Deanna and us.

My brother & sister (and Hurley)

I got talked into a night of "golf" at a new high tech driving range.  It is 3 story and has about 200 bays complete with sofas, food, drink and, thank goodness, heaters! Not my favorite pastime but I admit it was kind of fun.
Scott's turn.

Miriam was about as excited as I was.

Next up, Steve.

Jim and Jenny taking a break.
The weather continues to be the same.  WET!  This evening we had a crazy bout of rain, thunder, snow and wind.  This little bout all happened in about 15 minutes then cleared out.  Off to celebrate Shane's birthday.

Off we all went to our favorite Mexican place in Placerville with some of Shane's friends and most of the family.  Our oldest, Ryan, was vacationing in Hong Kong and couldn't make it.
 
Shane took a little video of us goofing off.  No, my Mom really didn't have 2 drinks!

Happy Birthday Shane!
 Since the sun came out I had time for one more hike with Tina before we head to Arizona.


 
Putting locks on this bridge is becoming quite the thing to do.  I've seen it done in Europe, but not really here in California.


Even thought it was mostly sunny, there was a quick bit of rain (and snow!) that came down.  In the above picture you can see some of the snow.
 
We were up at 4:30am and headed to Arizona for a couple of weeks. I see the weather forecast has some nice sunny 70s and 80s for us! It was a long, 12 hour drive, but it was a sunny and beautiful drive.  The upside to all the rain is lots of green in the Central Valley.  The farmers are pretty happy about it.
Crops are in.

 The hills look velvety green.
 
Happy cows.

 All the fruit and nut trees were blooming.
 
 Blooming ground cover.
 
They were busy picking the oranges.

The farmland whizzing by as we drove made for an interesting visual affect that you can see if you make it full screen.  Pretty cool.

 Pretty pink blooms.

Pyramid Lake

Magic Mountain

The traffic in LA wasn't too bad at all.

 At first I thought the poppies were blooming on the hillsides, but it turned out that it was mud slides.



We're back

 
Since we couldn't get out in January, we missed seeing all our RV friends that hang out in Quartzite.  We waved as we went by.  We hope to see a couple on the way back to California.

Beautiful sunset as we make our way in to Surprise.

Squeaked in a quick dinner with Curt and Glenda before they mosey east.  Hopefully we'll see them in Maine later this summer.

A guy in a facebook group I follow took this beautiful picture of the Superstitions in Arizona.  We hope we have enough time here before we head to Maine to hike Flat Iron once more.
 
 
So nice to be here!