MONDAY MORNINGS SETTING MOON BEHIND OUR HOUSE
OH CRAP!!!! JUST SCREWED UP MY BLOGS TEMPLATE TONIGHT & THAT’S WHY IT IS NOT LOOKING RIGHT!!
Started gathering, organizing, & packing a few things into the Winnie Wagon for our return trip to Ontario soon. No set date as to when we are leaving yet or which way we will go but we might have some idea about all that maybe about a day before we leave. We are just not one’s to plan everything out to the inth degree. No hard & fast RV Park reservations to meet, no timetable to rigidly adhere too. We don’t set ourselves a ‘daily miles’ travel limit either. If the weather & roads are good & we feel like going further we just sometimes take advantage of good tailwinds & keep rolling. Not everyone’s way to travel of course but it works fine for us. We are spontaneous travelers & surprising ourselves is all part of the adventurous journey.
BEGINNING TO LOAD UP THE RIG FOR THE LONG JOURNEY HOME IN A FEW WEEKS
YES, THESE ARE THE VERY ROCKS YOU CLIMBED AROUND ON JEAN:))
It is not often we hear from Jenny at ELEVEN FOOT RV but she has a post up entitled SATURDAY PIE. Has to do with memorable Saturday afternoons spent baking with Grandma. And she has recipes:))))))))
JULIE & TOM had a comment question asking, ‘Just wondering if you use any wide angle lenses for your landscape photos.? My answer to that question is ‘yes’ I use a standard AF-SDX Nikkor ED 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G lens. This lens is pretty much standard issue with a Nikon camera. Probably about 8 out of 10 of my landscape photos are done at the full wide angled 18mm. It is the only wide angle lens I have.
Bob, one of those Kayaking folks over at BOB'S EYES has just managed to put a ‘comment’ section on his blog. Many of his photos are taken from his Kayak as he gently travels various waterways here in the South-West right now. What a great way to quietly slip out & become at one with nature along the countless miles of shorelines in North America. I have had a basic fear of water ever since an ill thought out rafting venture resulted in my Buddy & I nearly drowning. That incident in British Columbia’s Shuswap River in the early 70’s has always held me back from venturing out onto lakes & rivers ever since.
Our days are counting down to our homeward trek soon. I always have mixed feelings this time of year. Each winter I seldom think about having to return to Bayfield Ontario in the Spring. For the winter months Bayfield is just a distant memory & when we are home in Bayfield for the Summer Congress Arizona then becomes the distant memory. But there is a point each year about mid March when the return journey to Bayfield is inevitable. There’s no putting it off or not thinking about it any longer. When it’s time to go it’s time to go. Weeks all of a sudden quickly count down to days & time just seems to fly. No I don’t want to go but we have to go so I’m ready to go. I will be very sad leaving the house again but by the time we reach the top of the Yarnell Hill in a few weeks my mind will automatically shift forward to the task at hand which will be the long journey ahead. With each mile driven Congress Arizona will become more of a memory that a reality.
When I say I am ready to head home it means Hitch Itch already has me in it’s grip. I’m already thinking Tim Horton’s coffee & carrot muffins, morning walks in the Pine forest, country road Jeep tours with the Pheebs, that first Motorcycle ride, & writing my nightly posts in our relaxing Sunroom once again. It is that complete change of scenery & moderate change of lifestyle I look forward to twice a year. Our Spring journey North & our Autumn journey South. And of course there may very well be a few other changes coming up as well when we get home………….:))
We will be up & off in the Jeep first thing in the morning. No idea how long we’ll be on the roads & trails again but I did hear we might have a possible lake crossing if the lakebed is dry enough. We will once again be a caravan of 4 Jeeps. Black, Silver, Yellow, & Brown:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( Did you know Children are often spoiled because no one will spank Grandma!!
We had rain each day the full moon was up. Thanks for the gorgeous photo.ReplyDelete
Do you have someone that checks in our your lovely home while you are back in Canada? I know the area is extremely safe, but nice to know someone has your back.
Did you know a Tim Horton's opened in Glendale? Your carrot muffin might be closer than you think :))ReplyDelete
a new look for your blog?..quite the change!! not to sure about it though..I think I like the old look!ReplyDelete
May 8 will be our day to leave our Sunny warm Winter Cabana. I am trying not to think about Alaska yet, 2 more air shows to see down here and 2 more sets of visitors to entertain. Happy packing, just do not overdo it.ReplyDelete
Great moody moon shot. Life is full of changes. We either posses the ability to adapt and flow with the changes or buck and resist the inevitable changes but often changes proceed without our participation. Carry on!!ReplyDelete
Blog seems more normal than it was when I first clicked on it! Been away from the computer for a few days so just getting caught up on all your goings on. Good thing you got those free chairs and looks like you're putting them to good use. Lots of company for you guys this year. Someday I hope we get to meet Pheebs - oh and you and Kelly too haha!! Glad Pheebs' nose is healing well.ReplyDelete
It's funny when that switch turns on and you have your sights set on going home,and there's that feeling that it's time.
Looking forward to the green forests and meadows of your Spring and Summer. And maybe a larger motorhome this year as well? Enjoy your last days in AZ!!ReplyDelete
I think it would be wonderful to have two homes to travel back and forth to. Such a difference in climate and terrain, and you get to enjoy both.ReplyDelete
When I clicked on your blog I thought you had made a major change .... I like it.ReplyDelete
Al, when you go to template, up on the top is a pull down tab saying "customize"...go to "advanced", and another list will pop up, then go to... "background" and you'll see a whole slew of backgrounds that you can play with. That's where I found the wood one...under "nature", I believe. Just play around until you find the one you want. I also googled "changing a template on Blogger" and found a couple of helpful websites.ReplyDelete
I've changed the backgrounds now on 3 of my blogs...the 3 I use the most!ReplyDelete
Love the moon picture, it must have been so surreal to see it like that. I love all things desert and have been so enjoying your pictures. give Pheebs a hug for me.ReplyDelete
We too are slowly leaving the southwest enjoying the travels on the way back to Ontario.ReplyDelete
Sure hope it warms up there soon and the snow goes away.
Mike and I are having so much fun this year we may not go home to Montana!! :))ReplyDelete
Al, did you notice the dog curled in the top left rock above Pheebs in image #65?ReplyDelete
Have fun at Alamo Lake..It's really a neat place!ReplyDelete
Hi Al, have you seen the GBYC webcam lately in Bayfield?! Oh my goodness, it looks like a frozen wasteland back there! Enjoy the desert while you can!ReplyDelete
A new look for a new time.ReplyDelete
In the late 1990's, when we were starting our plans to RV, I read books (although there weren't a lot out there) written by "experienced" RVers. One woman wrote that by 10:00 each morning they figured where they'd be by evening and called ahead (EACH DAY!) to make reservations for that night. I couldn't believe that anyone would want to be so rigid and tied down to a routine. So when you write that things kind of fall into place with no real plans, it kind of renews my faith that there are still a bunch of adventurers out there. We've been full-timing for 13 years now and have yet to call ahead anywhere for reservations... hmmm... does Wal-Mart take reservations these days?ReplyDelete
I like the old blog! Feel like I'm in a strange place with this one. Hope I don't have to adjust?!ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures tonight Al. I like the old look better too!ReplyDelete
We have not had power for a while, so I am catching up. Your attitude re: returning to Bayfield is admirable. It we had to start thinking ab out returning to Indiana, I'd be sooo sad. We love our grands and miss them terribly, but the desert southwest still is calling.ReplyDelete
Good catch John Pickard - love the rock dog with the spotted ear in Al's picture of Pheebs!ReplyDelete