October 30, 2014

Well, here's what we've been up to for the last 10 days, since we left home. 

We did our usual route again this year, spending our first night along the Salmon River in Idaho, and meeting up with good friends Rich and Tina in Jackpot, NV. for our second night on the road. 

And speaking of road - this is what you see all through Nevada.... just a long straight highway. 

Night #3 at Pahranagat Wildlife Reserve just north of Vegas. This is becoming an annual stop. It is 2 miles in on gravel so it is dusty, but we figure it's worth it.

Day #4 and 5 we spent in Laughlin, NV, arriving early and parking at the Casino. Here we took in a movie and tried our luck on the casino floor.  I played Bingo and won $100.00 so I was excited!!!

On Day #6 (Friday) we got to Yuma. But not without a stop for lunch at Silly Al's in Quartzite, AZ.   They make the absolute BEST pizza we have ever eaten, so we have to make the stop at least once a year!

Other Pizza joints could take lessons from these guys on how to make pizza. It is so loaded with 'stuff' and the crust is just so nice and crunchy..... I'm hungry just talking about it....

So we dry camped at the Q Casino outside of Yuma until Tuesday, the 10th day of our journey south. In that time Michel got new glasses - and I had all kinds of dental work done....Ouch, ouch and more ouch! But now I'm done, so that is a good feeling. Still a little sore from having a wisdom tooth extracted, but nonetheless a good feeling to be finished at the dentist. 

We met up with old friends Russ and Mary Thomas, whom we met way back in 2005 in San Felipe (they now live in Yuma) and their friends Wayne and Cheryl (Yakima, WA).  We had lunch in Algodones, MX then just hung out with them for awhile, enjoying our visit. 

That brings us up to today - we arrived here in Sky Valley on Tuesday, put our motorhome into the park storage and settled into Steve and Doreen's park model. 

We said hello to Doug and Ginette and later we enjoyed happy hour with them on their deck (they live two doors down)

We'll be here for two months and we are both looking forward to it. 

Our deck looks onto the horseshoe pit, so Michel wandered over this morning and joined the men in a game or two.  Then coffee afterwards.  I think we will enjoy our stay here. 

October 7, 2014

We spent a relaxing week at my daughter Tammy's new place just south of Ponoka. Her fiance Rob bought a beautiful house on the Wolf Creek Golf Course where they are making a home for their family. Pictured on the right is  my daughter and her fiance Rob, my grandson Tristan, and their dogs, Tejah and Cooper. The cat (Ashes) wouldn't sit for a photo.  

My son Farren came down from Grimshaw for the weekend and we picked up his daughter Melody from her place in Red Deer, so I got to enjoy the company of all my kids and grands for the weekend. 

This was the first time in four years that we've all been together, so we took advantage of it for an updated photo shoot.
Me and my kids and grands - sure was nice to wrap my arms them. 

Then we travelled north a bit more - to Edmonton - where we visited with my cousin Norman and his wife Alice. It's always great to spend some time with them. 

This year we also got in a visit with Norman's older brother Larry and his wife Norma. Last year they were still in Casa Grand, Arizona when we came through so we never got the chance to see them. It was nice to see them again after many years. (stolen picture from fb - Norma and Larry)

Last but certainly not least we spent the weekend with my girlfriend Deb and her husband Len. (another stolen picture - Len, Deb and two of their grands) We had a great weekend of visiting.

We left on Sunday morning, stayed with Dennis and Nola again in Spillamasheen then carried on home on Monday morning. 

Had a wonderful couple of weeks, but are happy to be home. Now we have to get ready to drive south.