It has been slow in coming but coming it is & I didn’t have to wear a jacket on our desert walk this morning. Temperatures are slowly rising & the ice wasn’t as thick on the water bucket this morning.
PHEEBS & I STARTLED A RED TAIL HAWK & BY THE LOOKS OF THE SECOND PHOTO IT WAS SURE GIVING US SOME BEAK AS IT FLEW AWAY
After parking the Jeep Pheebs & I stretched out our desert walk a little farther this morning sticking to the hard packed sandy road. At one point I noticed 5 surrounding mountain ranges were all visible. Ahead of me & closest were the Date Creek Mountains with the higher Weaver Mountains behind them & off to my right. To the East were the Wickenburg Mountains & due south was the Vulture Range. Looking to the west I saw the highest mountain range in southwestern Arizona. Harquahala Mountain peaks at 5,681 feet. Here’s a link to the day we Jeeped ourselves all the way to the top of Harquahala Mountain a few years ago. It was quite a ride & a nail biter to boot…….Our Toughest Jeep Challenge Yet.
VULTURE MOUNTAINS ON THE HORIZON
LOOKING TOWARDS THE SOUTHEAST END OF THE WEAVER MOUNTAINS
DATE CREEK MOUNTAINS THROUGH THE PALO VERDE TREES
SPOTTED THIS COWGIRL IN CONGRESS TODAY
We have company arriving Wednesday & staying with us for 3 days. Fellow RV Bloggers even. Can you guess who is traveling in our area at the moment & who they might be. Tune in tomorrow:))
No Cowboys in the desert this morning but we did have F-16 fighter jets overhead twisting & turning in mock combat under a clear blue sky. Finally managed to get a few photos of one F-16 firing off flares as the second F-16 closed on him. These photos are for you Joe.
I have been finding myself in reflective moods as of late & while walking this morning it occurred to me I seem to be out of dreams. Remember how as a kid we always seemed to have many dreams of doing & seeing things. A typical dream for many was a trip to Disneyworld. Many dreams as a teenager as well with one of the biggies being a driver’s license & a first car. There were dreams of marriage, kids, & owning a home. Dream jobs were sought after as were dream vacations. Always in our lives we had our dreams. It was that one constant that we realistically or unrealistically looked forward to. Some of those dreams came true & some didn’t. But always in the face of sometimes impossible odds we always had our dreams. Retirement was & is a big dream for most & what to do after retirement could easily lead to another set of dreams. RVing became a dream for me as far back as the mid 80’s & despite the unrealistic goal at the time I always had it in my mind that someday, yes someday I could maybe travel & explore the wild & wooly ways of the American Southwest.
WATER HAS A WAY OF CARVING IT’S WAY ACROSS THE DESERT FLOOR
That dream quickly picked up momentum after meeting Kelly in the summer of 1993 & with her like minded dream combined with mine we were able to finally make our RV dream come true. We are in our 10th Snow Bird year now with no regrets & as I reflect back on those 10 years I am so glad we were able to spend those 10 years the way we have. Being realists we know our best RVing days are behind us. Nothing to do with positive or negative thinking & everything to do with accepting the realities of life. We are both aware of mental & physical changes as we move forward with our Senior lives. Was it Bob Dylan who once wrote in a song, ‘the times they are a changin.’ And so they are and so they are………
Walking this morning with Pheebs a sobering thought occurred to me in the form of a question. What is our next big dream?? I couldn’t think of one & maybe for the first time in my life I have been caught without a dream. We can see the sun beginning to set on our RV lifestyle. No idea when, maybe a year, maybe three, don’t know. Do know though that everyone’s RV days will end & it’s just a question of time for each & every one of us as to when that day will come. Again the questions come back, what is our next dream and really, do we have any dreams left?? It’s a serious question & as I walked quietly across the desert floor I couldn’t come up with an answer……or a next dream.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( An evil Atheist explorer in the deepest Amazon suddenly finds himself surrounded by a bloodthirsty group of natives. Upon surveying the situation, he says quietly to himself "Oh God, I'm screwed!!!!!."
There is a ray of light from heaven and a voice booms out: "No, you are NOT screwed. Pick up that stone at your feet and bash in the head of the chief standing in front of you."
So the explorer picks up the stone and proceeds to bash the living heck out of the chief. As he stands above the lifeless body, breathing heavily and surrounded by 100 natives with a look of shock on their faces, Gods voice booms out again: "Okay ..... NOW you're screwed."