I was surprised to see stars from horizon to horizon first thing this morning upon stepping out of the rig. Monday’s cloud cover & winds were gone. The temperatures may be down overall but for sure we’ll take another big bright sunny day here in Southeastern Arizona….…….10-4:))
SOUND ASLEEP IN DAD’S PAJAMAS:))
PB & J are the latest folks on our blog Followers list. Here is a family traveling the southeastern United States together enjoying everyday life on the adventuresome road. A nice way to go. Thanks for hooking up with the Bayfield Bunch folks:))
QUARTER MOON & PLANET VENUS SUNDAY MORNING
Unfortunately, our quiet sunny morning didn’t last & by noon the wind had picked up bringing with it a broken cloud cover. Felt cold outside so I confined myself to barracks for a long day in my Poang chair reading & catching up on computer stuff. Gonna be tough to come up with something readable tonight but maybe I will try responding to Bill’s comment in our Monday night blog.
A FLUFF OF SNOW ON THE MULE MOUNTAINS
Kelly & I aren’t gun people. That doesn’t mean we are for or against guns. It just means we are from Canada where guns are not a big issue like here in the States. I don’t play golf so I don’t have golf clubs. I’m not a model train guy so I don’t have model trains. I’m not a hunter, gun collector or target shooting enthusiast so I don’t have a gun. Aside from a neighbor back home who is a hunter we hardly know anyone who has a gun. It’s just not part of our personal life or culture back home. We do not live in a violent crime area so we see no need for weapons at our house. Yes, traveling in an RV is different & we have thought about it but to carry a weapon for self defense opens up a whole different kettle of fish which I won’t get into here.
KELLY TAKES A DEER PARK LODGE CELL CALL ON OUR MORNING WALK
I do understand farmers & ranchers having guns for protection. There are rabid animals out there as well as wildlife that will kill livestock & people sometimes. There are injured cattle that may have to euthanized in areas where Vets cannot get to. Along the border with Mexico here there may be other reasons for carrying a gun & with the death of a rancher near here awhile back some ranchers along the border feel there is a need to be extra vigilant. Maybe a business owner wants to protect his property. I understand that.
“I THINK YOUR CUTE”……..”WELL, I THINK YOUR CUTE TOO”
I can honestly say I feel safer here in southern Arizona than I would feel in many downtown big city areas across north America including Canada. To see someone here visibly carrying a gun always attracts our attention but so do police officers carrying guns back home. When a policeman walks by, a woman might notice the color or cut of his uniform & what material it’s made of & does the shirt match the shoes. I’m a guy & when a policeman walks by I always look at what kind of gun he has in his holster. Probably just a guy thing.
Now, as far as traveling in different States based on that States laws & politics or the life threatening things in that State which may harm someone, I have the following thoughts. Would I not go to the States of Louisiana, Florida & Georgia because they have Alligators & poisonous snakes? No!! Would I leave out Montana & Wyoming because they have wolves & rattlesnakes? No!! How about bears & Mountain Lions in a lot of places. No!! Would I stay out of Arizona because of it’s politics, gun laws or the fact some people may wear guns in public? No!! Doesn’t matter what State you are in I’ll bet most of us would be totally shocked if we actually knew how many people right around us every single day are carrying concealed weapons, legal or not.
<<< SAND HILL CRANES
To not see the wonders of the Grand Canyon, to miss the awe inspiring drive through Arizona’s Monument Valley, to forego the Apache Drive east of Phoenix, to deny yourself the experience of hiking the Chiricahua Mountains or the Sonoran Desert surrounding the Organ Pipe National Monument is an unfortunate result of media hype, misinformation & politics.
THE HOLLOWED END OF AN OLD SQUARE BUILDING LOG
Fortunately for me I am not a politically minded person. With the exception of the Mexican border, our travels are not decided by State or Provincial lines, gun laws, immigration policies or who did what to whom a hundred years ago. We come to the Southwest because we love the beauty it has to offer, the history that is still alive, the great ongoing weather & the freer laid back lifestyle of it’s people. Remember, we are from Canada & our lifestyle there is much different from the way we choose to live here in the Southwest. Yes, there is still a part of the old wild West going on and it is that older laid back adventuresome lifestyle that attracts us. At this stage of the game I much prefer the excitement, history, adventure & environment of the Southwest to our more suburban like lifestyle back home during the summer.
SAND HILL CRANES FEEDING IN A CORNFIELD…McNEIL, ARIZONA
For any travelers out there, I suggest trying to set your politics & prejudice aside & go wherever you wish while you still can & enjoy the beauty this land has to offer, coast to coast. This life will end soon enough for all of us so don’t deny yourself this valuable time to see this great country because of politics.
PANORAMIC VIEW OF OUR LOCATION
Now, before the war wagons roll up to my gate let me just say again that these are just my opinions, right or wrong. They are not meant to stir up any dust or ruffle any feathers. Just a little something to think about for anyone putting together future travel plans. We all have our own journeys. We all have our likes & dislikes & we are all, fortunately different. It is these well intentioned & constructive differences of opinion that keep this ball of life rolling & our thoughts moving forward…….…10-4!!
SAND HILL CRANES HOMEWARD BOUND AT THE END OF THE DAY
GROANER’S CORNER:(( And, here’s a few reasons you might want to consider buying a new car sometime in the not too distant future.
.Your passenger seat is on the National Register of Historic Places.
.Instead of an air bag, there is a whoopee cushion taped to your steering wheel.
. The 15 minute Jiffy Lube needs to keep you car for 3 days.
.While sitting at a stop light, people keep running up to you and asking if anyone was hurt.
.For the last five years, you've had to settle for making "vroom, vroom' noises while in the driveway.
.When you gas up, the attendant asks, "Can I re-duct tape that windshield for you?"
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The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
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