THE KOFA MOUNTAINS AS SEEN FROM SOUTH OF QUARTZSITE, ARIZONA WHERE WE WERE BOON DOCKED IN FEB 2010...A FEW DAYS LATER WE MOVED OVER THERE CLOSE TO THOSE MOUNTAINS
Lawns are turning brown & our large lush ferns are browning & wilting in the heat. How nice it was sitting in my recliner about 5 this morning listening to the sound of rain on our roof. Had the patio door beside my chair open & could swear I heard the laughter & giggles of all our greenery outside rejoicing in the refreshingly welcome shower. It was a nice positive way to start my day. But, then the thought occurred to me.......hope I don't screw it up!!
BOON DOCKED IN THE KOFA MOUNTAINS...WE HAD TO PLOW A LITTLE MUD TO GET IN HERE THE DAY BEFORE:))
Reader's have suggested I maybe include some photography thoughts & tips along with maybe a bit of tech info on some of my photographs so I intend to do that. Keep in mind I am not a professional photographer. I'm just like everybody else out here in Blog Land with a camera & an interest in my surroundings. I'm always happy to share my thoughts on photography though so I'll get started on that in a few days.
BOON DOCKED ABOUT 6 MILES SOUTH OF QUARTZSITE, ARIZONA
Another suggestion from Russ over at TRAVELS WITH THERAPY was maybe some interesting things about Astronomy. This is a hobby of mine that has really fallen by the wayside over the past few years & that was very apparent to me one night a few weeks ago when I took a walk over to a clearing area nearby in the trees. At one time not long ago I could zip around the night sky at any time of the year rattling off most of the constellations, current planets visible & some of the major stars. I could point & show you where the center of our Universe is located as well which happens to be at the southern end of the Milky Way in the constellation, Sagittarius or as some might know it as, 'The Big Teapot.' It is tipped slightly to the West in the direction the large 'Scorpion' by the way. Used to know the exact times & location of the space station going over as well. Standing alone in the clearing I was hard pressed to remember the names of the July night's constellations I was looking up at. I don't blame this on my memory as much as I blame it on me not repeatedly being outside under the night sky almost every night of the week refreshing & traveling my mind around from star to star, constellation to constellation & planet to planet like I used to do.
MAX WAS MY BEST NUMBER 1 STARGAZING BUDDY FOR YEARS & YEARS & YEARS:))
As much as I like all our stately Pine trees around us now I sure do miss the open night skies we used to have at the 'old weenie roast ranch' years ago. Max & I were out for our nightly walks for years & years, Spring, Summer, Winter & Fall. There is something very special about the night sky that is very hard to explain & I do have some thoughts about all that but will save them for another time.
BOON DOCKING IN THE DESERT......WE JUST LOVE IT:)))))))
One of the main attractions of the Southwest for me has always been the wide open spaces & unobstructed views of the night sky from horizon to horizon. And, no light pollution in those big black inky New Mexico & Arizona desert skies either. I am soooooo looking forward once again to heading back into the desert lands of peace & enchantment:))
CHECKERS IS HOLDING THE MAT DOWN FROM BLOWING AWAY
I read somebody's post or comment this morning touching on the subject of traveling with pets. Of course this is a very dear subject to us. Having Snow Birded with our 3 dogs for the past 5 years it is sure going to be different with only our little Motormouse this winter. As most readers know, our two big guys passed away back in April. As some folks know, it is no easy feat traveling in a small space with two adults & 3 dogs. I won't go into all the pros & cons of traveling with pets but just want to say we miss our guys dearly & wished they were once again here & coming with us. But, they are not & that brings up a decision for us.
A FIERY ARIZONA SUNRISE AS SEEN FROM SOUTH OF QUARTZSITE
We know our travels will be easier with just the little Motor to look after. We know the hard work, time & energy that goes into finding & bringing home another great Pal for Cora, Kelly & myself. We have not talked about it but it's on my mind every single day. Yes, there is the extra work & inevitable inconveniences. Yes, it is a huge commitment & responsibility but oh how I miss that love & devotion that only treasured best Pals can bring into one's life. Oh how I miss the best Pals I have known & oh how I miss the best Pals I haven't met yet.
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!!
Two new blog Followers to welcome tonight. Levonne from A CAMP HOST'S MEANDERINGS: AN RV ADVENTURE joins our site as blog Follower 297 & WESTIEWAGGIN' comes in as 298. Thanks to both of you folks for tagging along with the Bayfield Bunch:))
THIS DAY WE WERE HUNTING CRYSTALS ON CRYSTAL HILL BETWEEN QUARTZSITE & THE KOFA MOUNTAINS
LAST PARAGRAPH:)) Still plugging away on improving the blog site trying to make positive changes. I know the simple solution is a white background with black printing, but....... These past 4 days have been a learning experience & I thank everyone for their support & input. Received some great advice. Going to try confining some of my comments & opinions to the 'last paragraph' slot of each post & see how that goes. Hope to shorten up my posts as well by organizing what's on my mind better instead of dumping it all into one looooooooooong post every day. Well, sounds good in theory anyway....And, tomorrow night we will have a photo look back at a rare happening as the Bayfield Bunch actually pulls together a bunch of fellow RV Bloggers for a great get together in the deserts of Arizona's Kofa Mountains. Yes, you read that right so be sure to drop by because you are going to meet some of your fellow Blog Land Bloggers:))))
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Concerned about what will happen to cities if the polar ice caps melt? Don't be. New names have already been chosen.
-Atlantis City, New Jersey
-Sail 'Em, Massachusetts
-Sao Marco ... Paulo, Brazil
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