Sunday, April 15, 2018

Mom, 1927 - 2018

My mom passed away last week.  She had been very sick since last Oct.  She's had health problems for several years and she just continued to get worse.  We didn't want to blog about it but that's why my blogging has sort of trickled down in the last few months.  I was taking care of her here in the motorhome.  She spent some time in the Mayo Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, from there they moved her to a hospice unit but once she got there she got better so we moved her to an assisted living home for a few weeks.  But we wanted her home so we moved her back to the rv.  She passed in the rv under the care of hospice, in the Phoenix area.  

Mom loved to travel, she would read maps and atlases and chose our routes.  She was game for anything and willing to go anywhere.  She was the navigator and I was the driver.  I treasure every minute of these last few years we had together on the road.  We had a blast and I'll miss her very much.

1927 - 2018

What's next for me you ask?  I'm going to continue to rv but will take a break from blogging.

See you down the road.

Evie, Bubba and Missie

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

We have started moving in an eastward direction.  First stop, back to Gilbert Ray, campground outside of Tucson.  The other day my friend Michelle, who lives here in Tucson, took me to the Desert MuseumAs you can see the desert is starting to bloom.  I'm just going to show you some of the pictures I took.

Those are tall Totem Poles

Claret Cups

That's enough for now.

Evie and Joy

Life is hard.

Friday, March 16, 2018

A New Family Member

For the last two months I've been thinking about and researching new tow cars.  Our Honda still has a lot of life left in her but the seats were hurting our backs so I started looking at what cars were towable with all 4 wheels down and had the potential to be more comfortable.  I stopped by Just For Towing, in Yuma and talked to the owner, Melinda, and she gave me some suggestions on other small to midsize suv's that are good tow cars, here's the short list she gave me: Chevy's Equinox and the Traverse, GMC Terrain and Acadia, and the Buick Enclave or Ford Edge.  After looking at all those cars and comparing their cargo space and shape and weight  I decided to stay with Honda.  Yes all those cars are wonderful and have lots of space and comfort but you pay the price in tow weight. For instance, I loved the 2012 Buick Enclave but it weighs between 4,780 to 4,980 depending on what options you get, a 2012 Honda EXL, with all the bells and whistles, weighs 3,529. That's quite a difference and I liked my old CR-V.  So a newer Honda CR-V was on my radar.  I was looking all across southern California and Arizona and found a 2012 in the Phoenix area.  

Our new 2012 Honda CR-V EXL.  Sadly there is no place to put 
our roof top tote so we will just carry less stuff.

What to do with the old 2003 Honda?  Sell it to a friend of mine in southern California, that's what.  So we towed the red Honda to my friends house and drove back to Phoenix with nothing behind me.  Let me tell you, the motorhome goes way faster with a tailwind and without towing a car.  Coming home we spent the night outside Joshua Tree park.  A really easy place to boondock for the night right off interstate 10.  And you just never know what you'll find.

Look, it's an arrow sticking out of that rock.

I wonder why

It's a National Geodetic Survey marker. 
 To read about this marker click here and here.

Kittens getting some outside time after a long day of driving.

Look, no tow car.

One happy friend.

Now that's taken care of we'll head back to Yuma for a few weeks before starting our eastward journey to New Mexico for the summer.

Evie and Joy

Pic from my boondocking spot, looking west.
See my neighbors, not to close, just the way we like it.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Let's See Some More Cactus

We have low growing ruffely ones.  For those of you that aren't familiar with cactus, you see those brownish bumps, those are thousands of tiny stickers.  I can't call them thorns because they don't stick out, but if you brush up against them with your skin they get into your skin and they are very hard to remove, because you can't see them.  One way to remove them if they're in you fingers is to run your fingers through your hair and that helps, sometimes.

More highly visible invisible stickers.

Some grow tall.

With hair.

This one has very few spines.

This one has tons of spines.

And a dead flower from last year.

This one twists as it grows.

This one doesn't twist.

Here we have a whole family.

Two friends growing together.

Cactus love rocks.

And there are trees as well.

Close-up of trunk.

Mother with children.

Then we have the cactus that, like me, do their own thing.

Birds use cactus as a safe place to build nests.

That's all for now, thanks for reading.

Evelyn and Joy + two kittens

Sometimes it's a good idea to look to the sky, you never know what you'll see.