PORTAL, ARIZONA.....(Tonight's photos are all from Autumn 09 in & around Portal, Arizona & Rusty's RV Ranch in nearby New Mexico)
WAITING FOR THE MORNING MAIL AT PORTAL'S POST OFFICE
Kelly was up early this morning & on the road for her daughter's house in Cambridge. This would be the last day to visit with her other daughter & family from Vancouver. They will be returning to the west coast on Monday. Another daughter will be returning to Spain later in the week so Kelly may make one more trip to Cambridge at the end of the week. And that trip will bring to an end all the many miles of traveling she has had to do in the past few weeks.
ROADRUNNER NEAR PORTAL, AZ.
THIS GROOVY LITTLE LIZARD CAUGHT MY EYE NEAR CAVE CREEK
It was three & a half weeks ago that I came down with the virus & nearly a month since I had seen my Uncle Harry at the Ritz Villa nursing home in Mitchell Ontario. After Kelly left this morning I headed to Mitchell & spent a couple of hours with Harry. He's doing well & we sure covered a lot of ground talking about old times & memories. I actually enjoyed those 2 hours talking with him more than when we used to play pool at his previous residence. We both had a tendency to not talk much when we were playing pool.
CAVE CREEK ROAD NEAR PORTAL, AZ. This is a birder's paradise & people flock here from all across the country.
Spent some time this afternoon pouring over one of our well worn Rand McNally Atlas's trying to get a feel for this winter's destinations. Of course all the old haunts leap off the pages beckoning us back & I'm sure we'll revisit some of them but I'm trying to focus my attention on places we haven't been before. LAURIE & ODEL talked of a favorite place of theirs when we met them in Bisbee Az last winter & that has stuck with me ever since. A place & area called Lone Pine just west of Death Valley in California. Kelly & I briefly visited a part of Death Valley back in about 1994 on a 4 day Las Vegas junket & I always hoped we might one day return to that whole area & spend some time there.
RUSTY'S RV PARK
Also wondering if early November is too late in the season to roll through Arizona's Monument Valley. I do think it's probably too late for Colorado's Durango area. We don't want ice & snow & below freezing temps at night. Also waiting to hear from the ranch folks to see what their travel plans are this winter too.
And a big welcome to our 166th blog supporter jimmy. The more & more I look at this photo the more familiar the face becomes to me. Could it be, could it be.....nawwww, it couldn't be..................But maybe:))
A FEW PICS AROUND RUSTY'S RV RANCH INCLUDING RUSTY HER VERY SELF
Last year we headed straight for the ranch from here with a 4 day stopover at RUSTY'S RV RANCH near Portal, Arizona. As you all know, we are not RV Park people at all but we certainly would recommend Rusty's. And I would also highly recommend the great scenic area around PORTAL which is just a few miles down the road from Rusty's. Like I said, it's always so tempting to go right back to the places we have enjoyed so much in the past but I have always noticed that it is the first impressions of an area that to me are the best. Second & third times to the same place & the newness begins to wear off & that sharp edge of excitement becomes dulled a bit. For me, there is nothing better than going to new places, seeing & doing new things, & experiencing the wonderment of a place I have never been before. Just love it, love it, love it:)))))))
MOONRISE OVER RUSTY'S....NOV 2/09
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good Dog:
1. I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up.
2. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.
3. The Litter Box is not a cookie jar.
4. The sofa is not a 'face towel'.
5. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.
6. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.
7. Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is an unacceptable way of saying 'hello'.
8. I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table.
9. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house - not after.
10. I will not come in from outside & immediately drag my butt on the floor.
11. I will not sit in the middle of the living room & lick my crotch.
12. The cat is not a 'squeaky toy' so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing.
Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
Until one has loved an Animal, part of their soul remains un-awakened.
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It is not the concept of God I have a problem with.....it is his fan club that cause me grievous concern:((
The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...... AL.