Monday, November 12, 2018

this afternoon

It was very windy all night and this morning we decided to pull in the slide to keep the topper from making nasty noises as it tried to flap. 

Our living space is a little cramped in that position so, after lunch, we took Lewis out to Bartlett Lake for a little ride and walk along the water.   We took a bit of an unplanned turn and went off in the wrong direction for a few miles but eventually found our way to the lake.

We were surprised to find the water as low as it was.   It isn't unusual for these dammed river lakes to be low at certain times of the year, but we had just been to Saguaro Lake (a few days ago) and it was quite full.

Since this was a holiday Monday we expected lots of people fishing or boating but were happily surprised to find ourselves virtually alone.

That's all I have to say about our afternoon, but here are a few pictures.

the spiders that weave these webs have a built-in food source

they're set up to catch all the bugs hanging around the waterfront

Lew and Dave explore, high and low

he doesn't want to leave me behind so he keeps checking back to see if I'm coming

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Usery to Cave Creek

site 5 at Usery 

We enjoyed our 8 day stay at Usery Mountain Regional Park.   We enjoyed the quiet views (well, we could sometimes hear the gunfire from the nearby Usery Pass Shooting Range),  our private site, the bird life, the beautiful sunsets, the ability to wander the desert and potch in the river at our leisure, the windows open, great sleeping, cool nights and the warm and sunny days.




why does Dave keep throwing this perfect stick away?

he knows I'll only bring it back again, why does he keep throwing it away?

dry Sycamore Creek

so green

"a fun little wash" says the trail map

it has a huge looking drop off though......oh my

Dave slides down and to check it out....piece of cake he says.

cholla, ocotillo and a wonky Saguaro

We're used to seeing road signs shot up as we drive on small or dirt roads out here.     Some are destroyed rather creatively.

This time we saw lots of pumpkins in this condition on our ride through the desert.   Something novel to shoot at when one gets weary of stationary metal signs. 

where jack o lanterns end up after Halloween

On our last evening, we shared dinner at our site with a great RV couple, Laura and Kevin.   They were staying at McDowell Mountain (another wonderful Maricopa County Regional Park).   We had hardware store return to make in that area so we decided to meet them there have them follow us back to Usery via the scenic (non-GPS) way along the Bush Highway.    We've been seeing a lot of the Salt River band of wild horses in the area and I was hoping to show Laura and Kevin the beauties.   Of course, the horses were no shows in all the regular spots, but the ride was as beautiful as always.

a nice kayaking spot on Saguaro Lake

Pictures of mountains, pictures of water, pictures of Beluga, pictures of birds, pictures of Lewis, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.    Pictures of nice people, friends, dinner guests? no, no, no.....sorry.    I'm always too busy talking and listening and eating and drinking to remember to take photos!    Laura and Kevin were off for Las Vegas in the morning and we had an appointment with site 27 at Cave Creek Regional Park but we hope to see them again in San Diego later this year.   yay!

Since our habit is to try and lay low on weekends we haven't done anything exciting since we arrived.   Well, except for meeting dear friends Dave and Linda at a nearby BBQ spot last night.   That qualifies for something exciting!   We only get to see them once a year or so when we circle through this area so we had a lot to talk about, as usual. 

 Today is a football, NASCAR, blog, cooking day for Dave and I,  so poor Lewis is bored. 

Don't feel sorry for him, there will be steak bits in his dinner tonight....

Thursday, November 1, 2018


We just spent a few days in Cottonwood, Arizona, at Dead Horse Ranch State Park.      We really enjoy the area and this campground in particular (site 63) but this time it was just a stop on the way to warmer climes.

Cottonwood and Mingus Mountain in the distance

We enjoyed a quiet time with second cup and happy hour outside in the sun.  The evening temperatures dropped nicely and we could sleep with the windows open again.

Yesterday, after getting our flu shot, we treated ourselves to a drive up Schnebly Hill Road in nearby Sedona.     We've spent lots of time in Sedona over the years but never had the high clearance vehicle necessary to travel the entire road up Schnebly Hill so Dave was ready to go for it. 

It's a 10 mile long, relentlessly rocky road that starts in Sedona and winds up 2000 feet to end at I-17 near Flagstaff.     The views are fantastic.

lunch reservations needed

We stopped along the way to have lunch in a cedar lined pull off.    I expected this road to be wall to wall Jeeps but we only passed 5 or 6 the whole time.   They were doing the road from top to bottom instead of the way we chose - I think it's probably the most beautiful from that direction but I'm very glad we did what we did.     I was on the inside as we climbed the rocky, narrow switchbacks and the few times I looked up I saw the least rocky track was right along the broken edge of the drop off.    I trust Dave and I'm most always able to put my mind somewhere else when in seriously scary situations but if we had been coming down on that edge, I don't know if I could managed!

the distant road

We're now in Usery Mountain Regional Park, outside Phoenix.   On our way down today we were surprised at how very green everything was.....spring time green!

back in the land of the Saguaro

We managed to get one of our favorite sites (5) and look forward to 8 or 9 days of sun and warmth here in the desert.

our new backyard view