PHOTO TAKEN WITH AL’S CAMERA BY TERRY FROM GYPSY LIFE JOURNAL
I always consider it a bonus if I am able to sleep in to 5 a.m. Kind of sad seeing Ranch dogs Gleason & Pearce stretched out sound asleep on our living room floor this morning knowing it was the last night for now that we would have Pheebs & Motor’s best Pals in for a sleep over.
SUNRISE AT THE RANCH
Being a nostalgic kind of guy I walked around the Ranch grounds at sunrise this morning saying goodbye to the Donkeys, Charlie the Cat and the Chickens. At this age & stage of the game and with things being the way they are these days one never knows what the future holds or if we will even be back this way again. Plans change and temporary good-byes can be final sometimes. On the upside….we may very well be back to the Ranch in 5 weeks:))
AW COME ON GUYS HOW ABOUT GIVING THE PHEEBS SOME
Had the Jeep hooked up and ready to roll by 8:35. Terry & Martha were out with their cameras & we are grateful to them for taking a few photos of the Bayfield Bunch together as a family. It is rare for us to be in one picture all at the same time. We have always regretted we never did get a nice family photo of us when Max & Checkers were still alive.
GOOD BYE SMOOCHES FOR THE POOCHES
At 8:45 it was a final round of hugs and good-byes. Waved to Gleason & Pearce just as Martha pointed out the Donkeys were braying a loud good bye from the field. A short minute later we were out the gate in a slow cloud of dust & headed on down the road.
We had an interesting moody sky overhead as the rig rolled west up Davis Road. So nice to see sun splashes playing across the Valley floor & along the surrounding mountain sides. Slipped through Tombstone & the ghost town of Fairbank on our way to Benson & Interstate 10. A quick stop for fuel and an Egg McMuffin at McDonalds had us on the fast track for Tucson.
HEADING WEST TOWARDS THE GHOST TOWN OF FAIRBANK
Passed the sign for Tucson’s International Airport where we dropped Aunt Jean off a few days ago. Passed LAZYDAYS RV where we had our new toilet installed in December and passed the nearby University of Arizona Hospital where I ended up in Emerge just over a month ago. With two medical appointment follow-ups we got to know the neighborhood well. In fact, our turn off today onto Ajo Way west was only a block from the Hospital.
CAUGHT A WIND MILL ON THE FLY FOR YA MIKE:))
Didn’t take us long to swing through the south end of Tucson & head ourselves back out into the desert. Always a good feeling for me to be away from any built up city area. We were once again on one of my favorite Arizona drives & half an hour west of Tucson we passed all the big Observatories atop KITT PEAK. We both commented on the abundant green scenery while motoring through the Sonoran Desert with it’s countless Saguaro Cactus stands stretching over hill & dale.
WEST OF KITT PEAK
Couple of hours later we passed memorable HICKIWAN TRAILS RV PARK and rolled into Why Arizona. This is another great memory area for the Bayfield Bunch. A right hand turn led us up to Darby Wells road just south of Ajo and how nice to see the dust swirling up behind us again as we swung off the highway into another great scenic area full of tall green Saguaro Cactus, flower tipped Ocotillas, smooth green barked Palo Verde Trees, prickly Teddy Bear Cholla cactus with Creosote bushes and Mesquite trees making for a welcome & refreshingly lush green landscape. We hear the Spring flowers in this area are incredible.
GOT US A TIRED LITTLE DOGGY TONIGHT
Was hoping our old spot from a month ago near Boondocker Rick would still be empty but I wasn’t too optimistic figuring the area would be flooded with after Christmas Snow Birds. Coming around a bend I saw Rick’s Casita & Jeep sitting in their same spot atop a hill. And, just south of him I could see our old spot was……empty:)) Stopped on the main dirt road & unhooked the Jeep. Minutes later I was lumbering up a rocky loose graveled road with the Motorhome through scratchy Mesquites carefully crafting some new desert pin stripping on the sides of the rig. I like when that happens:)) A big wave from Rick as he recognized our rig ascending the rocky road.
IT’S MY TOY PHEEBS…….SO GIVE IT ME!!!!!!!!!!
We were barely stopped in our spot when Pheebs was out the door just a running. Coming down the hill from across the way was Ricks dog Lady and seconds later the two best Pals were jumping, jostling & jousting just like old times. Nice to see Rick again. Some people a feller just takes a liking to right off & Rick is one of those people I liked from the first time I met him. He was very instrumental in helping and being a good friend to RV SUE AND HER CANINE CREW when she was here awhile back.
BOONDOCKER RICK (file pic) & RV SUE’S OLD SPOT JUST AHEAD
Heavy overcast & a tad cool but we are secure in the knowledge we will have warmer nights now that we have come down from the high desert where we were. Looking forward to warmer temperatures:))
Dark now & as I look at my watch I can’t help wondering what Pearce and Gleason are doing right now…………..
And, a special thank you to Terry & Martha from GYPSY LIFE JOURNAL for taking our pictures this morning & later including us in their Blog. Much appreciated guys:))
THE ONLY PHOTO I MANAGED TO GET OF MARTHA & TERRY THIS MORNING
OUR OLD SPOT ON DARBY WELLS ROAD
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A Ventriloquist with his dummy on a knee starts his act. One bit requires his dummy to tell Dumb-Blonde Jokes. After a few jokes, an angry blonde woman finally stands up and starts speaking her mind.
"I have had it with the stereotyping of all blondes being stupid!" the woman yells, and she continues ranting on about this.
Finally, the ventriloquist says, "Sorry ma'am ..."
The woman cuts him off by saying, "You stay out of this. I'm talkin' to the dummy."
-Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
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A couple of really great family photos even if you didn't take them. Always nice to have.ReplyDelete
Glad you got there safely -- sure is quiet without you!! Pearce, Gleason and Charlie the cat watched TV with us in the house tonite. Happy travels to the "Bunch".ReplyDelete
Saying goodbye often isn't easy, whether it's to a person, place, animal, or whatever.ReplyDelete
the new family photo is perfect!!!ReplyDelete
What a great picture,I had to collage a Christmas picture to get all of us in it.I too wondered how Pearce & Gleeson would be after you guys left, they sure are going to miss their pals, Pheebs and Motor.Ah Life goes on, Be safe out there and keep the pics coming,Maybe someday Donna & I will meet up with you guys. Sam & Donna..ReplyDelete
Thanks for the Windmill picture Al, Its neat. I always look for windmills as I travel, they are a good way to find out which way the wind is blowing and why you are getting such good or bad fuel milage... My middle name is "Windmill", heck, I even live on "Windmill" lane in South Dakota!ReplyDelete
Mighty nice picture of you two,,,,,
Glad you are on your way again! When Mike and I were participating in a shooting sport a few years back we spent our very first times RVing on a shooting range on Ajo just about 2 miles west of Three Points. We spent months camped on that shooting range, noisy in the daytime, very quiet after 5pm. We met some life long friends. In those days the range would let you stay with electric and water hookups for $5 per night. Times changed, people abused the privilege, price went up and now I don't think they even allow camping.ReplyDelete
Have fun guys!
Yes it will be nicer to get to lower elevation, warmer temperatures, and huge saguros.ReplyDelete
We LOVE that Ajo area!! Couldn't make it this year because we wanted to keep a closer proximity to home...aging family, etc. I know we will visit that place again someday..it calls us back from afar...Have fun, and have some of that great fried chicken at the Ajo IGA for us!ReplyDelete
A wonderful family portrait!!ReplyDelete
Good thing you guys got out of there when you did! 5:00 PM Sunday the rain and wind came up out of no where! It has been blowing and raining so hard until this morning!
Wouldn't want you driving in this
Enjoy the warmer lower desert!
Nice family portrait.ReplyDelete
Once again we felt the friendly breeze as you breezed past us here in Benson! Love that top photo of you two -- perfectly framed. with the ranch house clearly showing where you were. We'll be waiting for your return to the ranch, and then we can get together.ReplyDelete
You both look great in your hats...now you need a place to hang them.ReplyDelete
That's really a nice picture of you guys in the blog today. A real keeper. Enjoy the desert!ReplyDelete
LOVE the shot of all of you together!ReplyDelete
Great family photo! Thanks to you all, we enjoyed the Darby Wells Rd. area for a few nights around the New Year's holiday. We were just beyond the ridge north of where you are now. It was picture perfect and some of the most beautiful Sonoran desert I have ever seen! Enjoy the warmer weather headed our way.ReplyDelete
Grace & Steve (in Tucson)
Every November, I join my extended family on a rancher's pasture near Three Points. It's always hard to leave "our spot" when it's time to go. But it's oh so nice to come back too. Each year, I add new cat claw pinstriping to the ol' truck. Sorta like a growth chart!!ReplyDelete
I can relate to this "saying goodbye" to a wonderful place, animals, surroundings. But then I am an RV'er too and know that good things maybe just a few miles away. I love the pics of the Pheebs (and Motor Mouse) The Pheebs is a very cute doggy.ReplyDelete
Safe travels to ya'll.