April 11, 2017

At long last, an update!!  

We left Phoenix on Monday the 22nd of March enroute to Sky Valley California and our good friends Steve and Doreen.  Along the way we had pizza at Silly Als in Quartzite and spent a couple of nights at an RV park in Ehrenberg, but we arrived on Friday in good time to help them celebrate their 45th Wedding Anniversary the next day.  Red Lobster was the restaurant of choice for this occasion ... yummy!!

(drinks at Red Lobster before dinner)

We stayed for ten days at Sky Valley RV Park so in this time we visited and hung out with them and caught up on all things new... a few outings to eat and a few glasses of wine (beer).

(drinks before dinner at Red Lobster)

(Tracy, Ron and Michel - picture taken at Elliott Lake)

We also had the chance to visit with Ron and Tracy whom we spent time with in Elliott Lake Ontario in June. It was great to see them again. 

April 3rd was our departure date and we had a good drive home, arriving yesterday morning.  We encountered snow along the Salmon River road and it was snowing when we arrived in Greenwood, but today the sun is shining. 

It is good to be back home again!!

March 19, 2017

It's been over three weeks since we pulled into Sarah and Jim's yard, but now it's time to move along.  

We have to say it's been great! Michel stayed busy and we've had ample time to visit. 

I have learned a few things about a horse ranch. The number one thing is that it is far too much work for me!! They board four horses and own three, so between shoveling poop (constantly) and feeding, it is a full-time j-o-b! 

But Sarah and Jim seem to be quite content with this 'laid back' lifestyle. Sarah uses her horses for her business www.desertawakenings.com and between the two of them they are very busy.  

Until we see you again - good bye my friends! Stay happy and take care of each other.

March 14, 2017

What a wonderful surprise when Tammy told me she and Rob were coming to Phoenix for a small holiday to visit the area. 

They flew in last Wednesday, rented a car and drove around visiting Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and everything in between. I think he said they drove 2,000 miles!

Yesterday they arrived back here in Phoenix, so we met up for dinner then they came back to the ranch with us. We laughed and talked and just relaxed for a couple of hours before they had to head back to their hotel.   

It was awesome to see them; wonderful to wrap my arms around my girl and hug her, so comforting to just be with her!  

Today they fly back to Edmonton. A great holiday but much too short!

March 12, 2017

Tewa wandering around checking things out!

So, we've been in Phoenix at Jim and Sarah's for two weeks and it's been great. 

Michel has been keeping busy with a plumbing project in the ensuite.  

A leak had to be found and it was coming from the shower ... somewhere!!  As it turned out the job was a very big one, and much more physical than Michel had thought it would be, but he persevered and after two weeks he can be proud of the job he did!

First job was to jack hammer out the shower floor in order to located the leak.

Here he found huge roots! This leak had been feeding these roots for many years. What a mess....but, once these roots were cut away he was able to find the leak and fix it then begin the new shower floor. 

After many trips to Home Depot for supplies and equipment, and many bags of concrete (26 to be exact, all carried and mixed by hand) the shower was ready for tile. 

Of course the original tile is no longer available so rather than try to match the tile they decided on contrast. 

The end result is pretty nice. Sarah is more than happy with it!

Michel likes to keep busy and this 'project' did just that!

March 05, 2017

We took a couple of days off from Michel's 'project' to visit with my cousin Larry and his wife Norma.  They have a lovely winter home in Casa Grande which is about an hour and a half from where we are staying at Jim and Sarah's.

We had a great time catching up. It's been a number of years since we've visited and there was all kinds of chatter and lots of laughs and we even tipped a glass of wine (or two) believe it or not??  (lol)   

We stayed for the evening, went out for dinner and later talked Larry into playing us a tune or two on the guitar. 

Thank you Larry and Norma for your warm hospitality. We had a great visit and we look forward to seeing you this summer at our place!

March 01, 2017

Arrived here at Jim and Sarah's in north Phoenix last Friday. They have a nice spot for us to park so we will hang our hats here for awhile. 

Their horses roam around the property as do their dogs Belle and Beau. It is a warm and welcome place and we are enjoying their hospitality and the peace and quiet of ranch life.

Michel is helping Jim with a few 'projects' around the house so he is managing to keep busy.  

February 22, 2017

A couple more things we wanted to see while in Tucson were the Titan Missile II Museum and the Desert Museum - so today was the day.

We caught the first tour on the Titan Missile II. This is a one-of-a kind museum giving visitors a rare look at the technology used by the United States to deter nuclear war. 

It was once one of America's most top secret places and now it is a National Historic Landmark bringing Cold War history to life for millions of visitors from around the world. 

There were 54 Titan II missile sites on alert across the United States from 1963 to 1987 and this preserved Titan II missile site is the only one that remains.

This underground silo was able to launch in just 58 seconds, and was capable of delivering a 9-megaton nuclear warhead to targets more than 6300 miles (10,000 km) away in about 30 minutes. It was a very interesting tour - and creepy!

After lunch we went to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 

This attraction too, has a four-star rating! This 98 acre desert museum is a zoo, a botanical garden, an art gallery, a natural history museum, and an aquarium all rolled into one!

There are two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats, over 230 different animal species, 1,200 types of plants and it has one of the world's most extensive regional mineral collections.

The highlight of the day was the Raptors Free Flight (birds that eat live prey). This demonstration featured three different raptor species; the Barn Owl, Red-tailed Hawks and the family group of Harris Hawks, and focused the attention on how the birds behave in nature. 

An interesting demonstration - - birds were swooping over the crowds of people and diving to the ground to catch their prey for dinner.