Sitting in quiet darkness this morning with the computer on my lap I couldn't help but feel how comfortable my recliner felt, how nice my ambient music sounded & how peaceful, serene & spacious my surroundings were. And how nice my long hot shower was going to feel shortly. In less than 24 hours this will all change as we shift our lifestyle into RV mode for the next 5 months. We have a weeks worth of hard traveling ahead of us before the dust settles into any kind of relaxed & controlled routine again. Long driving days, stressful traffic, questionable weather & the list goes on. But, it’s all part of the RV lifestyle & that is what makes it all so exciting.
HIKING THE AJO MOUNTAIN RANGE IN ORGAN PIPE NATIONAL MONUMENT SOUTH OF WHY, ARIZONA
Four out of the last 5 border crossings has been a problem for us because of agriculture checks. Last year’s crossing was the exception. Those ag checks are a total PITA!! We have to exit the coach, dogs & all, while the border guards go inside looking for horribly infectious food products like California grown oranges, etc. We know enough now to dress warmly because it’s usually an icy freezing wind while we stand out in the cold hanging onto the dogs who of course are totally stressed because they don’t understand what is going on. This is never a good experience & generally holds us up well over an hour!! We’ll have our fingers crossed Saturday morning when we get to the Sarnia/Port Huron border crossing. Hope we get a nice young fellow with a positively friendly attitude like we did last year.
OVERLOOKING BORREGO SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA FROM THE CULP VALLEY.....'WE LOVE IT HERE:))'
Had to dodge cold rain showers all day long while making numerous trips to the coach & back. Finally reached the ‘ready’ point by late afternoon so all systems are go for the morning. But, if your like me you do not feel comfortable with that ‘ready’ feeling. Always the nagging doubt about forgetting something & even after supper tonight we were still loading last minute things. Looks like we’re going to fill up a few of those empty bin spots anyway. We will probably have the big wheels rolling about 7:30 A.M. Saturday morning.
WILLIS CREEK SLOT CANYON, CANNONVILLE UTAH
We have made a last minute route change & have decided to head for Moscow Iowa just west of Davenport. We have an appointment for 7 A.M. at the HWH factory Monday morning. They are the company that manufactured the leveling system on our coach & we have decided to go right to their factory & have them repair the rear leveler that sticks sometimes & also find out why there is no power to the control box. I’m hoping when they fix the power problem it will also solve the problem of why are rear view camera has stopped working.
TOURING THE RUINS OF OLD FORT BOWIE IN ARIZONA
APACHE INDIANS MAY VERY WELL HAVE LOOKED DOWN UPON THE ONCE MIGHTY FORT FROM THIS VERY VANTAGE POINT
We plan to spend Saturday night at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Kelly will probably have us connected to Verizon as soon as we get over the border so tomorrow night, if all goes well, it will be blogging as usual. We will do the Chicago traffic mayhem Sunday morning. We used this same route on our way to Moab Utah 3 years ago & didn’t find the Chicago traffic too bad. We should make it to HWH near Moscow Sunday afternoon with lots of time to spare before Monday mornings early appointment. No idea how long the repairs will take but as soon as we’re out of there it will be Westward-Ho for the ranch in Arizona.
SNACK BREAK ON THE COCHISE STRONGHOLD TRAIL IN ARIZONA
COCHISE IS BURIED OUT THERE SOMEWHERE
GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS, NEW MEXICO
Want to thank everyone for the comments, shouts & emails over the past few days wishing us well & a safe journey. Much appreciated folks & keep an eye out for us on the road.....10-4:))
WE ARE READY TO HEAD OUT IN SEARCH OF NEW ADVENTURES:))
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