Short, but Sweet . . .

Got up.

Had coffee and banana nut muffins for breakfast.

Watched Dr. Who marathon on BBCA.

Later, had leftover pizza for lunch.

Watched more Dr. Who marathon on BBCA.

Went to Radio Shack, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart.

Tried to watch more Dr. Who marathon on BBCA.

Talked to DirecTV again about my dying receiver/DVR.

Miss Terry fixed a delicious lasagna supper, topped off by Jan’s great lemon bars.

Came home.

Watched Dr. Who season premiere on BBCA.

Wrote blog.

Watched more Dr. Who marathon on BBCA.

Went to bed.

Fell asleep.

I’ve reposted some of our time at “The Rally” in Louisville, KY last July.


Thought for the Day:

After working for a university for ten years and observing a number of classes and professors, I often wondered whether the course material made the professors so mind-numbingly dull or whether they were dull to start with and gravitated to such course material.


The Rally – Early Bird Day 2

Originally posted on July 21, 2010

Today we decided to try another well-known restaurant here in the Louisville area, although in this case it’s actually in Indiana, which of course is just right across the Ohio River from Louisville. So we left about 11:15 am heading about 25 miles north and out in the country to the Joe Huber Family Farm and Restaurant.

Huber 1

The Huber family has owned this 200 acre farm since 1843, but the restaurant got its start in 1967 when the family begin advertising “Pick Your Own” fruits and vegetables. It turns out that the customers were hungry after picking in the fields, so the family began serving box lunches.

Then in 1983 they built the restaurant that began it all. Today it’s a tourist destination, with a petting zoo, gardens, rides, gift shops, and meeting halls for wedding receptions, reunions, and company picnics.

And the restaurant is great! Here’s my Country Platter Dinner.

Huber Meal

It had Fried Chicken, Country Ham, Corn, Cole Slaw, Chicken N Dumplings, Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans. And It was “All You Can Eat”

Believe me, this was all I could eat. In fact I had to take some home.

And the grounds were very nice, too.

Huber 2

Huber 3

Huber 4

After a great meal, we got back to rig about 2 pm, and it seemed like a good time for a nap.

Then, about 3:30 pm we went over to look at the new RV’s on display. These next two photos are of 2010 American Eagle, the same one as our 1999 Eagle. This one lists for $580,000.00. Guess we’ll have to wait for that Mega-Millions winning ticket.

AmEagle 1

AmEagle 2

One of the other rigs we looked at was this Prevost from Parliament Coach in Florida.

Prevost 1

Prevost 2

Prevost 3

We really need a place to store our crystal glassware!

Prevost 4

And what’s even better, you can buy it today for half price, only $975,000. What a deal!

Prevost 5

Then about 6 pm we walked over to Freedom Hall to see the Monarchs, a 60’s rock and roll group. Two of the band are original members from when the band formed in 1960. They had a number of hits, including “Look Homeward, Angel”, which made it to #13 on the Billboard Chart. They toured with Dick Clark, The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, Dion, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, among others. I remember seeing them in Birmingham, AL in 1965 on the Dick Clark’s Cavalcade of Stars. And they still sound good.

Monarchs 1

Monarchs 2

After the concert we walked back across the parking lot to our truck, passing a display of old RV’s.

Old RVs 1

This one looks like the one from Lucy and Desi’s “The Long, Long, Trailer”.

Old Rvs 2

We got back to the rig about 9 pm and started planning our day tomorrow.

More then…



Bagels and BBQ . . .

My morning started about 10 am with a client phone call as soon as I got up. She was having problems with sending email. She could receive but not send. Turned out to be a corrupted message in her outbox. Deleting it fixed the problem.

Then a few minutes later, our daughter Brandi called to say Hi. She was on her way home early for Good Friday with a 3 day weekend to look forward to.

With all that taken care of, I made coffee and Jan toasted up a Jalapeno Cheese bagel and some of Miss Terry’s great homemade bread.

About 1:30 we all headed in two vehicles. Nick and Terry were going to the bank and the Post Office, and then we were meeting them at their friend Jim’s used bookstore in Lakeside called The Pinetop Book Exchange.

We first met Jim when we were here last year and love roaming through all his great used books. We spent over an hour picking out more books to read. Just what we need, more books. We’ve already got so many to read as it is.

About 3:30 we left Nick and Terry at the bookstore while Jan and I headed over the Wal-Mart. Jan wanted to get her hair done, and then we did some shopping.

At 5 pm we met Nick and Terry, and Jim and his wife Sharleen at Stolen Recipe BBQ in Lakeside. Probably the best BBQ we’ve had since we left Houston, or Famous Dave’s BBQ even.

After a great time getting to know Jim & Shar, we headed back toward the rig stopping at Home Depot and Walgreens on the way, getting home about 7:30.

I finally got back to work on the floor heaters, and finally figured out how to put them back together. So maybe I won’t have to take them apart and clean them for another 4 years.

I’ve repost some of our visit to Charleston, SC in 2009.


Thought for the Day:

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them.” – Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged


Plantations and Peacocks…

Posted on June 18, 2009

Today we did the Charleston tourist thing.

We started out at 10:30 am with a bus tour out to the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Magnolia Plantation was established in 1676 by the Drayton family and is still owned by their descendants today.

The first house stood from 1676 till 1810 when it accidently burned down. The second house lasted until 1865 when it was burned to the ground by retreating Yankee troops.

The present house started out as a small cottage built on the old foundation and gradually added on to until the present day.

Magnolia Plantation House

Magnolia Plantation House

The plantation originally consisted of about 2200 acres. After the Civil War the family gradually sold off land to finance the rebuilding of the plantation. Today there is about 500 acres remaining.

And amazingly family members still live on the grounds, although not in the main house, which is open to the public.

After a 1 hour walking tour through the gardens and grounds, we had a 45 minute tram ride around the plantation itself.

We finished up with a 30 minute guided tour through the house itself.

Here are a few pictures.

They have a small petting zoo on site, including ‘white’ peacocks.

White Peacock

White Peacock

White Peacock 2

White Peacock 2



Live Oak

Live Oak

Resurrection Fern

Resurrection Fern

This metal frame is all that remains of the first greenhouse built in North American circa 1690.

First Greenhouse

First Greenhouse

The View from the back porch

The View from the back porch

Baby Gator catching some rays

Baby Gator catching some rays

Mama Gator

Mama Gator

Plantation Reflecting Pond

Plantation Reflecting Pond

After we returned to Charleston about 2:45 pm, we hopped on another tour bus for a 90 minute tour of downtown Charleston.

It was interesting to find out that although the town itself dates from 1670, the oldest houses only date from the early 1700′s. This is because of several accidental fires sweeping the city in the late 1700′s and early 1800′s, the Yankees burning part of the city in 1865, and then more recently, a devastating 7.5 earthquake in 1886.

And Hurricane Hugo in 1989 didn’t help things either.

There are only about 12 houses left from the 1700′s. Nothing earlier.

At the end of our tour it was almost 4:30 pm so we decided to have dinner at a nearby restaurant both tour drivers had mentioned called Jestine’s Kitchen.

This was good ole Southern cooking at it’s finest.

We started off with an appetizer of Fried Green Tomatoes and then Jan segued into the Fried Chicken with 3 cheese macaroni & cheese and green beans. I had the Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast with mashed potatoes and collard greens.

We then topped this off with Coconut Cream Pie for Jan and I dove into Blueberry/Peach Cobbler with ice cream.

Jan had so much chicken on her plate she brought half of it home, and we each brought home half of our desserts. Mmmmmm, leftovers!!!!!

After that we waddled back to the truck and headed home.

Tomorrow a Charleston Harbor tour is on the docket. We’ll see…


Pelonis and DirecTV . . .

This morning started for me about 10:15. Jan of course, gets up earlier. I made coffee and we split a bacon cheese bagel from the Fry’s in Cottonwood.

Our next onerous task was simply to gaze out the windows and enjoy the great view.

The Elk’s Lodge here in Show Low has a very nice RV park with the beautiful surroundings and full hookups for only $15/day.

Show Low Elks Lodge 1

And it also has just the perfect amount of trees, enough to provide some nice shade, but not too many to block the satellite dish.

Show Low Elks Lodge 2

Around 12 Jan heated up the last of the pizza from our visit to Crusty’s Pizza in Camp Verde this past Monday, and then I spent the rest of the afternoon working on client web stuff.

About 3 pm I decided an hour nap was in order. Then, after a very nice nap, I tackled a problem with our Pelonis floor heaters.

Pelonis HeaterThere was so much dust and cat hair accumulated over the last 4 years that it was causing them to overheat and shut down. So I wanted to take them apart and vacuum them out.

Easier said than done, however.

It quickly became obvious that these things were not designed to come apart. They seemed like a Chinese puzzle, but what I didn’t count on is that they were kind of spring loaded. When I got them apart to a certain point, they just exploded  into a bunch of pieces. So now I’ve got to get it all back together and hope I don’t have any pieces left over.

I hate it when that happens!

Then, a little before 5 pm our DirecTV started acting up. It was flashing a message telling me that one of the two tuners had lost the satellite signal. This happens occasionally when the wind blows the dish a little off aim. But before going outside to adjust it, I check the signal level on the DVR, and it said both tuners were 90% or above. It also was supposed to record Big Bang Theory starting at 5 but it didn’t.

I first tried resetting the DVR with the button, but after it came back up in about 5 minutes, it still was doing the same thing.

So I called DirecTV, got put straight though to Tech Support. After verifying my ID, he started sending commands to my DVR over the sat. link and having me tell him what I saw.

Then he sent some more data down to my set and had me run the System Setup using the new data. And this fixed the problem. As soon as the system came back up everything was working fine.

Great service from DirecTV.

Later Nick and Terry came over and we headed out for supper. We first tried Native New Yorker (yeah, I know we ate there yesterday, but it was really good), but they had a 45 minute wait. So we drove over to the Pizza Factory for an OK meal. Certainly not as good as Crusty’s or Da Boyz, but OK.

That’s it for today. Probably shopping and some errands tomorrow.


Thought for the Day:

Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer.


A Small World . . .

Our travel to Show Low Day began with coffee and muffins about 7:30 and then pulling out of our site about 9:20 heading over to the Maverik Country Store we had scouted out yesterday.

By fueling up in Camp Verde, rather than making the 10 mile round trip into Cottonwood just to save a penny a gallon, we could head straight out on AZ 260 to Show Low. But my finely crafted plan was not to be.

When I got to the station I found a double trailer fuel tanker stretched across the front of the station, right where I planned to pull in. So I had to go pass the station entrance and come in from the street to the side of the station. But this left me blocking the tanker from leaving. By the time I got parked the tanker guy was finishing up, and I ask him if he wanted me to move so he could get out.

He said ‘No’, he still had some paperwork to do. He then ask how we were doing. At this point I thought he looked familiar, and it turns out he was a vendor at the recent Gypsy Journal Rally in Yuma this past March. 

Wow! RV’ing is really a small world!

Once I started fueling up, I still had problems, or rather the pump did. It keep crashing, and then they would have to reboot it. Who knew gas pumps could crash?

I put in 127 gallons of diesel for a total of $525.00. But I probably won’t need diesel again until next month after we leave the Yosemite area, heading for northern California.

We finally pulled out of the station about 10:30. meeting up with Nick and Terry who were waiting for us about a mile away parked along side AZ 260. They pulled out in front of us as we approached and we were on our way. As we pulled out on the highway, Jan looked over and said “This feels good”. We’ve been parked for 3 weeks and it’s good to be back on the road.

The 150 mile trip took us through some spectacular scenery, and though there were a couple of hairpin turns, the roads were good and the drive was easy. There were a couple of long, slow climbs, but both rigs held their own on the hills.

Show Low Trip 1

Starting at about 3200 ft. in Camp Verde, we climbed to over 7500 ft., before easing down into Show Low at about 6400 ft.

Show Low Trip 2

We pulled into the Elk’s Lodge about 2pm, and after checking in and getting set up, we all headed out to have a late lunch at Native New Yorker, an Arizona chain we ate at last year and really enjoyed. They have potato skins, sandwiches, calzones, pizza, chicken wings, and chicken tenders (They call them ‘strippers’, and Nick got really excited when he saw the sign ‘Today is Stripper Wednesday’), and it’s all good.

Getting back to our rigs, Nick found his daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law waiting to say hello.

A little later I got the sat dish set up, and we finished up our day watching TV.

More tomorrow.

I’ve reposted our visited to North Carolina and the Biltmore Estate in 2009.


Thought for the Day:

Some people are like Slinkies.They serve no real purpose, but still give you a moderate amount of satisfaction when you push them down the stairs.


Estates and Rocks…

Originally posted on June 23, 2009

Today was Biltmore Estate day, the main reason we did a 500 mile jog in our trip up the East Coast to Nova Scotia.

It’s hard to realize how big this place really is. The house is 175,000 square feet inside. That’s FOUR acres!

It has a total of 250 rooms, with 35 bedrooms for family and guests, and 43 bathrooms. It is/was the largest private home in the US.

It took about 6 years to build and was completed in time for its first party on Christmas Eve, 1895.

It was built by George Vanderbilt, grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the shipping magnate. No one knows exactly how much it cost to build, but it’s estimated to be about 10 million dollars, and that’s in 1895 dollars.

The Biltmore

The Biltmore

The Biltmore Stables

The Biltmore Stables

The stables shown above are to the right of the main house. I couldn’t get back far enough to get everything in one shot.

Originally, the Biltmore Estate consisted of 125,000 acres. Now it sits on 8,000 acres. The rest is now part of the Pisgah National Forest.

I was also amazed at the landscaping involved. They used over 2 million plants to landscape the grounds.

What I found even harder to believe was this view from the loggia (porch) at the back of the house.

View from the Porch

View from the Porch

When the house was built in 1895 this view was of scrub brush and bare hills, with eroded gullys and fire-blackened tree stumps.

So Vanderbilt decided to have this area completely re-forested.

They resculpted the hills for the rolling look you see today, and then planted 10 of thousands of large trees and 100′s of thousands of bushes and scrubs.

It’s amazing what you can do if you have more money than you know what to do with!

After our tour of the house which took about 3 hours, we ate lunch at the Stable Cafe, which as the name indicates, is in the old stables.

The stalls have been converted into dining areas with tables also out in the center.

The Stable Cafe

The Stable Cafe

Our Stall at the Stable Cafe

Our Stall at the Stable Cafe

The food was very good, with Jan having a Chicken Salad Sandwich with Sun-dried Tomatoes on a croissant, and I had the Harvest Turkey Sandwich with melted brie, arugula, and blackberry mustard spread on a panini.

In addition to the Cafe, the stables also houses several gift shops and guest services.

After we left The Biltmore, we headed out about 25 miles northeast to Chimney Rock State Park.

Chimney Rock has been a tourist attraction since 1885. Over the years paths, staircases, and trails have been added to make access easier.

Finally in 1946, a 198 foot tunnel was tunneled into the side of the mountain,

Tunnel to the Elevator

Tunnel to the Elevator

and then a 268 foot vertical shaft was blasted down from the top to provide an elevator to the top.

After taking the elevator to the top, the path leads thru the obligatory gift shop and then out on a walkway to the stairs that takes you up on Chimney Rock at a height of 2280 feet.

Jan only made it 2270 feet, but I was really proud of her. She has a real fear of heights and I think she only does things like this to humor me. She made it to the top of Chimney Rock, but couldn’t do the last 10 feet to the edge. Honestly, I was really surprised she made that far. After 42 years, she still manages to surprise me.

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock Closeup

Chimney Rock Closeup

From there you can see for 75 miles on a clear day. Our day was a little hazy, but still a great view.

Chimney Rock View 1

Chimney Rock View 1

Chimney Rock View 2

Chimney Rock View 2

After having ice cream at the cafe on top of the mountain, we headed home about 4 pm.

A long day, indeed.

Show Low Eve . . .

Coffee and blueberry muffins started off this ‘Get Ready to Travel” day. Tomorrow we leave the Verde Valley for a few weeks in Show Low, AZ

I had a mental list of things that I wanted to get done, starting with reinstalling the air lifts that hold the cargo bay door open.

Then next I want to air up any tires that needed it, there’s where my problem started. Everything went smoothly until I tried to figure out why I wasn’t getting any reading on the tire pressure sensor on the driver’s side inside dual. I removed the sensor and tried to read the pressure on the valve extension with my gauge.

And got no reading whatsoever.

But since I’d had trouble with tire extensions several times before, I removed the extension and used a screwdriver to press the valve in and heard air, so I knew the tire wasn’t empty.

Now I needed a new extension, so I starting calling tire stores. Finally Big O Tires told me that Camelot RV Services stocked them. So off I went to town. It turns out the only ones they stocked that were long enough were the flexible ones, and not the normal rigid ones that I’d used before. So that’s what I got.

Getting back to the rig I installed the valve and got things working again.

My next chore was to finish cutting out the last of my RV Quick Shades to fit my windows.

By then it was about time to meet Nick and Terry, and Dennis and Carol Hill, owners of the RV Driving School, for one last dinner at our favorite local Mexican place, La Fonda.

After a great time at dinner, talking about RV’ing and traveling to Alaska, we finally said our goodbyes, and Jan and I drove over to Camp Verde to check out the Maverik Country Store to see if we can get in and out with our rig to fuel up tomorrow morning. And luckily it looks like we can.

So tomorrow morning, we’ll head out with Nick and Terry to make the 150 mile trip to Show Low.

More from Show Low tomorrow.

I’ve reposted our visit to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson last year.


Thought for the Day:

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it.


Planes, planes, and more planes…

Originally posted on February 27, 2010

Our friends, Al and Adrienne, picked up as about 10am and we headed over to the Pima Air and Space Museum.

Arriving at the museum, we found that the landscaping followed some of the planes inside.

First we have the Fishhook Barrel Cactus.


Next we have Saguaro Cactus.


And then, of course, the Stealth Cactus!


I guess you had to be there.

This is a BD-5J MicroJet, the world’s smallest jet plane. And it was a kit! BD5J

Another kit, Burt Rutan’s Long EZ.


The Starr Bumble Bee, the world’s smallest plane.


The McCullough Super J-2 Gyrocopter


The HoppiCopter. I’d really like one of these.


It’s a big leap to the SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world.


The A-10 Warthog ground attack plane.


A Beechcraft Bonanza. My uncle used to have one of these.


The Grumman F7F TigerCat.


The B-52. This one is one of 2 configured to carry the X-15 aloft.


This is the
Douglas MB-1 Genie air to air missile. And it contained a NUCLEAR! warhead. It was to be launched into the middle of Russian bomber formations and take them all out at once. Jan’s father used to work on these when he was in the Air Force. It’s amazing how small they can make an atomic bomb.


This is B-57 Canberra bomber. I used to work on these. I was amazed to find that it had BUICK! jet engines in it. Who knew Buick even made jet engines.


The Convair B-58 Hustler, American’s first supersonic bomber.


The Cessna T-37 jet trainer. I also used to work on these.


The RA-5C Vigilante. In its original configuration as the the Navy A-5 bomber, it had a novel way of dropping its nuclear bomb load. It spit it out the tail! So many jokes, so little time.


NASA’s Super Guppy. It’s amazing that this thing could fly.


The Convair B-36 nuclear bomber. It had 10 engines, 6 prop engines and 4 jet engines!


At this point we took a break and went down the road to a great little Mexican place called Poco and Mom’s. And the food was great. My Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas was the best I’ve ever had.

Coming back to the museum, we began touring some of the displays. This is the Altair 8800 computer, probably the first practical home computer. It was a kit and was my first computer.


This is a photograph of Grace Hopper’s logbook showing the first computer ‘bug’. It was a moth that got caught in a relay, and is the origin of the term ‘computer bug’. This was from the time when computers filled whole buildings.


This is a Grumman F-4U Corsair of ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep” fame.


This is a German V1 ‘Buzz Bomb”.


The ‘Columbus’, a updated version of the Grumman J2F-2 Duck.Columbus

After a great time at the museum, we headed back to the park, passing Davis-Monthan AFB, America’s aircraft boneyard. Thousands of aircraft are mothballed here.


This satellite photo shows just a small portion of the planes stored there.


On the way home, we stopped by Fry’s Supermarket to pick up some groceries. Fry’s is Kroger’s here in Arizona.

This is our last full day here in Tucson. Tomorrow we’re heading over to Gila Bend for a few days before moving on to Yuma.

More tomorrow…


Montezuma and Tuzigoot . . .

Today was our last chance to see some of the other sights in the Verde Valley, so we decide to drive a big loop around the area to see the Indian ruins.

But our first stop after the Post Office to drop the tax forms in the mail, was to have breakfast at the Denny’s in Camp Verde.

Important stuff first.

Then it was on to Montezuma Castle National Monument, featuring some of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Only inhabited from the 1100’s to the 1400’s, they actually have nothing to do with Montezuma, the Aztec leader. The ruins were wrongly attributed to him by the first American settlers to discover the ruins in the 1860’s, as the dwellings were abandoned more than a hundred years before Montezuma was born.

Montezuma Castle 1

The five story dwelling had more than 20 rooms and housed about 50 people, and was accessed by tall ladders. This made the dwelling safe from most attacks.

It is unknown why the area was abandoned, but warfare, disease, or drought have been suggested.

Montezuma Castle 2

About a hundred yards down the cliff are the remains of what is known as Castle A. It was larger and more elaborate than the original, but almost nothing is left of it except the foundation.

Montezuma Castle 3

Montezuma Castle 4

While we were sitting on a bench gazing up at the ruins, our daughter Brandi called to say how much she enjoyed the pictures I had posted of Landon from yesterday’s Skype session.

The 1/4 mile walk around the loop and along the river was beautiful and relaxing, and worth the trip just for that.

Montezuma Castle Walk

Our next stop was about 15 miles up the Interstate at the
Montezuma Well National Monument.

This hike was a little more work, with a climb of several hundred feet to the top of the ridge.

Montezuma Well 1

But it’s well (no pun intended) worth the climb. Walking out on the edge reveals a beautiful blue-green pool almost 400 feet across. The Well was created by the collapse of a limestone cavern eons ago, probably eaten away by the two underground springs that feed almost 1.5 million gallons of water a day into the pool.

Montezuma Well 4

And talk about your waterfront condo, there are several cliff dwellings underneath the rim. The Well has been in use for irrigating the surrounding fields since the 8th century.

Montezuma Well 7

Here’s my sweetie showing off some of the interestingly gnarled trees growing around the top of the Well.

Montezuma Well 2

The tree behind her has really been working hard to grow out of these rocks.

Montezuma Well 3

Down the east side of the Well are the remains of a 20 to 30 room pueblo, overlooking the irrigated fields below. Dating from the 1300’s it was probably one of the last major structures built before the area was abandoned.

Montezuma Well 6

The beauty of this place certainly makes it worth the trip.

Montezuma Well 8

Leaving the Well, we next headed about 20 miles back around on the other side of Cottonwood, to the Tuzigoot National Monument.

But since it was on the way we also stopped by Fry’s to pick up some bread, and also scout their gas station access for getting diesel Wednesday morning before we leave for Show Low. Looks like we should have no problem.

Unlike the cliff dwelling at the Castle and the Well, the Tuzigoot pueblo is visible from a long way off.

Tuzigoot 6

After parking and making another long climb of several hundred feet (sightseeing can be hard work), we came on these amazing ruins.

Tuzigoot 1

At its peak in the late 1300’s, the pueblo consisted of 86 ground floor rooms, and possibly 15 second story rooms, with a population of over 200 people.

Tuzigoot 7

But life was hard, and the inhabitants seldom lived past 40. Over 400 graves have been found around the site.

Tuzigoot 2

A number of the tools they used have been found in the area, including these stones used to grind corn.

Tuzigoot 8

Tuzigoot 3

Tuzigoot 4

I wonder if a thousand years from now, someone will be excavating these ‘cliff dwellings’, trying to make sense of a Mr. Coffee and an Xbox?

Cliff Dwelling

I’m always fascinated with the beauty of the many flowers and shrubs found in the areas we visit. Some of the most striking are actually cactus blooms or fruit.

Cactus Flower

Cactus Sprout

Cactus Sprout 2

Cactus Sprout 3

This is a Banana Yucca, and it’s easy to see why it’s called that.

Banana Yucca 2

While I was getting this shot of these Penstemons,

Penstemon 0

I noticed a visitor sampling some of the flowers. Apparently these are a hummingbird favorite.

Penstemon 2

And these are Globemallows, used by the Indians in many medicines and treatments.


This is the Arizona Sycamore, that along with Mimosas, Acacias, and Mesquite, grow in abundance in the area.

Arizona Sycamore

We finally got back to the rig a little after 3 pm, and while Jan caught up on some recorded shows, I decided a nap was in order.

A little before 5 we headed over to Nick and Terry’s to pick them up for dinner. Nick also wanted me to look at a problem he was having with his Gypsy Journal mailing list. After looking at it for a little while, I thought I knew what the problem was, but we decided to eat first and then finish up when we got back.

For dinner we checked out Crusty’s Pizza over in Camp Verde, and boy, was it good. Much better than Stromboli’s in Cottonwood. In fact, it was almost ‘Da Boyz’ in Yuma good.

And that’s good.

After leaving Crusty’s we walked next door to Basha’s to pick up some groceries before heading back to Nick and Terry’s.

After some finagling with the mailing list, I thing we got the problem fixed and Nick was able to get his address labels printed out.

By the time we got back to our rig it was after 9, so that was it for today.

Tomorrow is mostly a ‘get ready to travel’ day, as Wednesday morning we leave for Show Low.


Thought for the Day:

The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.


More Landon Skyping . . .

This morning got off to a great start. First with good coffee, but more importantly, with Landon Skyping. We spent almost 20 minutes online with Brandi, Lowell, and Landon, having a great time. It was obvious that Landon could see and respond to us, as he would giggle and squeal when we called out and waved to him.

Video call snapshot 44

Video call snapshot 40

Video call snapshot 39

Video call snapshot 38

Video call snapshot 37

He spent some time playing with his favorite toy, a wooden spoon, that he loves to beat on the floor.

Video call snapshot 36

Video call snapshot 33

Video call snapshot 32

Toward the end he started to show off his ‘almost crawling’ ability. He’s just about got it down. He just needs better traction.

Video call snapshot 59

Video call snapshot 56

Video call snapshot 55

Video call snapshot 48

These last two photos were taken from the videos that Brandi sent later in the morning.



These three videos show that Landon has also got a great butterfly stroke for swimming. He just needs a pool to try it.

Landon Almost Crawling 1

Landon Almost Crawling 2

Landon Almost Crawling 3

Later, after we said our goodbyes, for lunch Jan heated up some of the El Pollo Loco chicken, beans, rice, and soup that we brought back from Mesa the other day. And lucky for us, we have enough for another meal. Their marinated fire-grilled chicken is fantastic.

After lunch Jan and I went outside to try and put the cargo bay door back on. We had removed it to take down to RV Renovators in Mesa to get an estimate on the repair for the damage that was done at the fairgrounds in Tucson.

Coach Bay Door

I say ‘try’ to put it back on because we couldn’t get it to latch up. It’s always kind of picky. I’ll get Nick to help me with it later.

I spent the afternoon working on client website stuff, then took a nap, while Jan read, watch TV, and took a nap.

Naps are nice!

A little before 5, after dropping the garbage off at the dumpster, Jan and I drove over to pick up Nick and Terry to drive into Cottonwood to have dinner at the China Buffet. Pretty decent Chinese buffet for a small town.

On our way home, since it was on the way we stopped by our rig so Nick could help me give the bay door another try. And at first we weren’t having any luck with it either, until Miss Terry came over and fixed it, apparently just by staring at it. And as soon as she did, it just snapped into place.

Just another reason she’s the only one allowed to use tools in that family.

Tomorrow Jan and I are going to drive a few miles up I-17 toward Flagstaff to check out the Montezuma Castle National Monument Indian cliff dwellings, and also the nearby Montezuma Well oasis area. Jan and I are going it alone because Nick and Terry (mostly Terry) are hard at work getting the latest issue of the Gypsy Journal ready to go out in the mail.

We still plan on leaving here Wednesday morning to head over to the Elk’s Lodge in Show Low for several weeks before heading over to Coarsegold, CA and the Yosemite area.

See you back here tomorrow.


Thought for the Day:

Thou shalt not steal. The government hates the competition.