Sunday, June 28, 2015




Our second day of cloudy skies & rain.  A second day of spending most of our time in the house.  During a rain break I figured I'd vacuum the Jeeps interior but remembering it was Sunday decided to abide by my own 'no noise Sunday' standard.



Knowing we would be pulling out early Monday morning in the Motorhome with Jeep in tow I hooked up Libby Sunday afternoon.  Even while traveling during winter months in the southwest I always prefer to have the Jeep hooked up the night before heading out anywhere in the morning.  Not knowing if we'll have to leave the rig at GAMMONS RV SALES & SERVICE southeast of London Ontario or not we are taking the Jeep in case we do.  We just want to have our rig's refrigerator working properly once & for all & if it takes them a couple days to do that then so be it.  And we are so hoping to get it done under warranty.


A question in my Shout Box asks what kind of a camera I use for my photos.  I have all my camera info in my blog’s right hand column towards the bottom.  For anyone interested just scroll down & look for the title, ‘AL’s Cameras.’ DSC_0051
Early long range thoughts on our route to Congress Arizona later this year is that we may just leave home a little later in the Fall & head straightaway to Congress without side tripping through Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado & Utah.  Just some early thoughts & as usual everything is always subject to the whims of change.
A tad early to be thinking of our side trips from Congress this winter but with a gloomy day going on here I was thinking of future sunnier south-western days.  Imagine we will touch base with our favorite spots again like Borrego Springs California & Arizona's Kofa Mountains.  Quartzsite is on the route coming & going from both these areas so I imagine we'll be through there half a dozen times  again as well.  Last year we had thought of taking a couple weeks & sliding back through our early RV traveling years by again visiting favorite places in Arizona like Ajo, Darby Well Road, & Hickiwan Trails in Why Arizona for starters.  Then on through Tucson, Benson, Tombstone , Bisbee, Sierra Vista, & Cochise County.  We didn't end up doing that last winter so maybe this winter.  We'll see.  Wouldn't mind heading back to the Sedona area again too if we could be assured of a good boondocking site.  Ideal spots are scarce over that way & usually occupied by other RV'ers.  Just some fun things to think about on a rainy day:))



We had Jeepers our Jeep Wrangler for nearly 5 years & the unmodified little stock Jeep took us pretty much anywhere we wanted to go.  Key words there are ‘wanted to go.’  There were places we knew we couldn’t go but that was OK with us.  Never had an interest in ‘extreme Jeeping’ anyway & besides we could not afford to damage our only mode of convenient transportation in the west or spend big money on  costly trail related repairs.   But there are folks out there who really enjoy the extreme Jeeping sport & have their Jeeps modified to handle the roughest of terrains.  I do understand the challenges & the excitement though & Moab Utah is as good a place as any to meet those challenges.  We have always seen lot’s of Jeeps anytime we have been in Moab.  Check out Gay & Joe’s latest post at good-times-rollin to see what these folks are doing with their beefed up Jeeps down that way.  And be sure to click on the short video.


For tonight’s photo album I’ve decided to pull together a few photos from my collection of pics on Bayfield’s ‘Main Heritage Street.’  Had taken these photos a few weeks ago & featured some of them in previous posts.   One morning I simply walked up one side of the street & down the other side taking photos of the shops, art galleries, hotels, eateries, & stores along the way.  Turns out I came home with 128 photos but not to worry I have only 30 of the 128 in tonight’s album.  More to come later…………………… 

When you click on the photo album a page of photos will appear.  Click on the top left photo making it larger.  Now you can choose to see the photos in a slide show format by clicking 'Play Slide Show' at the top or view them one at a time by clicking the arrow at the bottom.


GROANER’S CORNER:(( A commercial property owner has three shops in a row, all for rent. The first prospective lessee shows up, and says he wants to rent the shop on the left. The owner says, "Fine, what kind of shop do you have?" The guy says, "A men's wear shop." The owner tells him he gets free signage and asks what he wants on the sign. "Men's Wear," says the man. A second guy comes along and wants to rent the right hand shop. When asked he says he wants "Men's Wear" on his sign. The owner tells him that the left hand shop will be the same. "No problem," says the man. Finally a third man comes along to rent the middle shop. The owner is most concerned because this guy also has a men's wear shop. Rather wearily the owner asks him what he wants on his sign. The guy replies: "Entrance."


Three Stages of Man:

He believes in Santa Claus.

He doesn't believe in Santa Claus.

He is Santa Claus.


  1. Nice to be thinking about your winter travels now, we not even sure about our summer travels yet. Winter will be some where for us n the southwest we hope.

  2. I think my Indiana weather is yours in a couple of days. I get a couple of days of sunshine then three days of rain, back and forth all summer. It's raining again as I type this. SW in the winter sounds good.

  3. Hooking the tow the night before is good.

  4. Al, have you read "In the direction of our dreams" recent post on Tales of a Warm Refrigerator? Might want to check out:

  5. Al, you are having monsoon weather in Congress right now. We're even getting clouds and sprinkles in our valley (Coachella Valley)...Palm Desert got sprinkles yesterday! :-)

  6. As long as you're doing more looking forward and less looking back then you're in a good spot! I still like to plan for the next season, playing with different scenarios is always fun. Love the Main Street album, such a beautiful little town.

  7. Lots of our fields around here are under water and Den is mowing every 5 days or so here. I can hardly wait for the newest crop of mosquitoes to hatch out! This afternoon we had a funnel cloud/micro burst here. It took our open umbrella from our patio table, threw it up and into our siding ( put a hole in that), and Den watched it take flight and disappear...He found it in a big wad out by the tracks...This is crazy weather here too!