Had ourselves a mighty fine quiet Christmas day. It seems to me if folks were brought up with snow at Christmas time it just isn’t quite the same Christmas without snow. Have always found it difficult to get into the Christmas spirit here in the southwest each year. Maybe if it snowed a couple days before the big day it might help. As much as I dislike the winter months back home in Canada I do miss the beautiful winter scenes with snow on heavy laden pine bows, clear blue sky’s with forests of evergreens stretching across a snowy white landscape. Snow drifts curling into ice cream like gigantic snow cones. I sometimes miss the crunch of snow underfoot, the clear crisp early morning air that makes your breath stand on end & the Blue Jay’s calling from nearby forests & trees. Striking red Cardinals stand out against the white snow as they flit back & forth from their protective Cedar trees to front yard bird feeders. Yes, there a few things I miss about winter in Canada alright……but just a few:))
A CANADIAN WINTER IN OUR NECK OF THE WOODS
The folks over at TRAVEL WITH JEAN & SKIP are in one of our favorite boon docking areas right now just west of Ajo, Arizona. The Darby Wells loop road runs from Ajo out around some of the greatest Sonoran Desert scenery around before looping back again into Ajo. We just loved the scenic boon docking spot we had here back in late February of 08. AJO HIGHLANDS 1 AJO HIGHLANDS 2 AJO HIGHLANDS 3 AJO HIGHLANDS 4. For anyone not familiar with the SONORAN DESERT I like to think of it as the green desert & home of the mighty Saguaro Cactus. One of our favorite southern Arizona areas for sure.
THE GREENING SONORAN DESERT…..OUR FAVORITE KIND OF DESERT:)) PHOTOS TAKEN AT HICKIWAN TRAILS, WHY ARIZONA
For anyone traveling in southern Arizona west of Tucson or looking for a quiet affordable winter RV Park away from the mainstream I would recommend you head for HICKIWAN TRAILS RV PARK in Why, Arizona. Kelly & I have lots of great memories from this area & have stayed here several times plus surrounding boon docking areas. Last time there we put together the Hickiwan Trails blog site for them. The CAVE DWELLERS spent a fair bit of time there last winter enjoying themselves as well. It is only a 20 minute drive down to the ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT where you can take a great scenic 25 mile loop drive through the Ajo Mountain Range.
WATER BREAK ON ONE OF OUR MANY, MANY, MORNING WALKS AT HICKIWAN TRAILS A FEW YEARS AGO
I just found a photo below I had been looking for quite awhile ago. This was taken in Borrego Spring’s (California) Palm Canyon our first year there. We were returning down the trail from the Palms when we heard the scuffle of small rocks falling. We didn’t see anything but I randomly took a picture of the steep rock face anyway. It wasn’t until later that night when I enlarged the photo that I was surprised to see what had caused a few rocks to dislodge. Look very closely & then start counting. Tip….Big Horn Sheep, but how many:))
I must say again how much our Cradlepoint router has changed & greatly improved our computer routines here in the Motor Home. Mornings are a good example of how well our new system is working & I’m sure there are many other couples out there who can identify. Took a little shuffling at first but we have both settled into our favorite computer spots with me in my comfy Ikea Poang chair & Kelly over by the door at our new but smaller computer desk. We each have our own internet surfing habits, favorite programs & sites to look at, but sometimes we land on the same site or email program at the same time. We kinda randomly banter back & forth about things we are reading & it’s sorta neat how we discuss this or that blog, maybe read email excerpts back & forth, or comment on some morning news item etc. Sometimes we’ll send links back & forth as well. Although we are only a few feet apart, the info sent probably travels untold thousands of miles between the two laptops in the blink of an eye….or less. Most amazing when I think back to when I was a small boy & we didn’t even know what a television set was. The photo below gives you an idea of our daily computer station configuration.
We took the dinette out of our rig 3 years ago & never did replace it with anything to eat on. First question from folks is, ‘where do you eat?’ Our answer to that question is, ‘anywhere we can.’ We know it isn’t the best set up but we had to reconfigure the rig’s interior to make things workable for two humans & 3 dogs or as Kelly would tell you, 1 human & 4 dogs. I generally eat my meals right in my chair with my computer on my lap…..and sometimes I end up in quite a slurpy mess. In the photo below I actually did end up dumping a small load of soup on my T-shirt. I do my own laundry by the way!! . Boot Camp taught me that back in 65:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Did you know Cuba’s National Anthem is, ‘Row row row your boat.’ And, did you also know that you can get a sweet little old lady to curse by having another sweet little 80 year old lady yell "Bingo:))”
EMAIL THE BAYFIELD BUNCH:))
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