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Thursday, January 16, 2020

(Catching Up) and Sad News


Our first sunset parked at LaPosa South

We were sitting out enjoying a late Happy Hour with Kim and Ken after Tom finally arrived with our home and I got up to take a picture of our first sunset her at LaPosa South. They arrived on Saturday and managed to save a good size area for the group to park in. Patsy and Bill along with JoAnne and Bob will arrive tomorrow. The next two weeks will be filled with friends, good conversations, I would guess some Silly Al's Pizza, and laughter.  It will be somewhat bittersweet because we will think of George and Suzie who are not here but it will also be filled with memories of times past with a couple we have learned a lot about this lifestyle from.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

I had written the above last night, Tuesday( January 14th), while adding pictures in to the pages of our blog. I had checked a couple of times and Suzie had not updated their blog and that was worrisome. Then earlier today we heard the sad news that George had lost his hard fought battle with cancer. Tom and I spent time parked out here at LaPosa South in 2018 and 2019 with several friends and both times Suzie and George were parked on our left. The memories of those times will be with us forever.  George and Suzie's blog, Our Awesome Travels, was one of the first ones we started reading when we began planning to actually begin living our retirement dream and it was filled with pictures of places we wanted to see. When we sat and talked with George or asked questions he was always willing to share what he knew. Yet we never felt like he was saying this is the way you need to do it; it was more I am sharing what I have learned you need to find the way that is right for you. Chatting with George or if you read the blog he wrote you knew he loved Suzie, his family, cooking on his Weber Q, and this lifestyle. I am sure it has been written in more than one blog, and will be repeated many times, the RVing world lost a special man and he will be missed. He shared his love of this lifestyle through their blog with us and by doing so taught us a lot about how to live out our dreams. Then these last few months he shared how to live the end of your life with hope and love, a smile always a smile, and dignity.  We have all witnessed through their blog these last months just how important Suzie and his family were to him and George to them. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Suzie who has lost her loving husband and his family who have lost a father and grandfather. In the end to be remembered as a good friend and to have loved and been loved is a pretty good legacy to leave behind.  Rest in Peace George.

Memory moments of time spent at LaPosa South.

A Happy Hour back in 2018
Starting on the far right: George, Suzie, Bill, Patsy, and Tom

Pizza at Silly Al's 2019
Top Photo Left to Right: George, Rose, Pat, and Rob

Middle Photo Left to Right: Deb, Tom, George, and Suzie
Bottom Photo Left to Right: Ken, Kim, Bill, and Patsy

Happy Hour 2019
Left to Right: Tom, Rob, Pat, Kim, Ken,
Bill, Patsy, George and Suzie.

Bloggerfest 2019


LaPosa South 2019 a last chat before parting ways.
Left to right (top photo): Tom, Deb, George,
Ken, Suzie, and Shirley.

We were parked out on the BLM land at Pilot Knob with Shirley and Ken for a few days in February last year and George stopped by for a short visit. Shirley snapped this picture as he was leaving and I copied/borrowed it off her blog and used it on mine and it seemed to be the perfect shot to use today.
Thank you, Shirley what a great picture to have.


See you down the road, George.




Saturday, January 11, 2020

We were up and on our way early this morning to pick up my new frames. The goal to be in and out of Mexico by 9 o'clock and as I recall we were pretty close to that goal.


There are always cars parked out a ways with people walking 
a good distance to the entrance into Los Alogodones.

We feel it is well worth the $6.00 to park in this parking lot.

A little left of the center on the top of the hill
 there is a border patrol truck parked.

Coming up to the fee booths

and we are parked. 

Someone driving into Mexico.



After we left with me wearing my new frames we drove over to the Arizona Market Place to take a walk around and check things out. We picked up a little something for one of the grandkids and saw a couple of chairs for outside that we liked. We will be back in February so if we do not see something we like better in Quartzsite and they are still there when we go back I think they will go home with us.



Coming up to the California Inspection Booth
we were waved through.

When we got back from church this evening I captured
this shot of the moon with the help of the flash
lighting up the trees in the foreground.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

I did not take any pictures until the sun was setting and it is below.
Doug joined us for Happy Hour, dinner, and to watch the Packer/Seahawk's football game. It was a pleasant and relaxing evening. (In case you did not know the Packers won, yeah!)

I had an early eye doctor appointment in the morning and since Doug likes to start his day slowly we said our "see you laters" as he was leaving tonight. It has been nice having him and Yuma parked nearby and it will be somewhat sad to see an empty space across the way when we get back home tomorrow.






Monday, January 12, 2020

We were up early and out the door before the sun reached the sky.  I had a 7:55 appointment for a follow up at the eye doctors. We also would be stopping at a laundromat to take care of that chore and then picking up a few groceries as we will be off to Quartzsite in tomorrow and we like to arrive with a full refrigerator.




The sun is still below the horizon but there is
color in the morning twilight.

This space will be empty when we get back later today.

It looks like the wind has done a number
on this sign's foundation.

Waiting for the sun to set I decided to take a walk
across the way and check out several Ocotillos,



Playing with the effects on my camera this is super vivid

and this is photo illustration.


At this point the sun will quickly take its leave of the day.





The darkness envelops us as we watch the
flames dancing in the campfire.
A nice way to end our time in this quiet and peaceful place.


Tuesday,  January 14, 2020

We have a couple of hours of driving between us and RV Lifestyles in Quartzsite where we have a one o'clock appointment to have the bottom door on our refrigerator adjusted.  So we are again up  before the sun getting ready to leave this place. It is moving day.


The sun is close to making an appearance.

I could see some color to the west

and south of us.

The sun is making its way up

behind some early morning cloud cover.


One last picture of the sunrise. 
It is time to get ready to leave this place. 
 We have enjoyed our time in its peace and quiet but 
new adventures await around the next corner.










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18 comments:

  1. Good to have you two back. Thought I lost you. I see you two have been very busy, but now it's time to sit back and enjoy the Big "Q" and the many things it will offer.

    So sad about George. Your tribute was beautiful. I am not good at goodbyes so yours will be the one I remember in my heart and mind when I think of George and Suzie.

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    1. George was one of the nice ones and he will be missed.

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  2. Very well worded tribute to George. I love all the pictures. I'll be stealing the one of George waving.
    You guys have been busy this past week. Time to relax at Q. Just because you can.....as George would say.

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    1. You are right, time to relax just because we can!

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  3. What a beautiful tribute to both George and Suzie, you have said so well what so many of us are thinking.

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    1. Thank you, it was easy to write about such a nice couple.

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  4. Like you we agree that George was always willing to share his knowledge of the RV Lifestyle. He will truly be missed.
    Great pictures.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the Big Tent.

    It's about time.

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  5. A nice post about George. The rv/blogger world has lost a generous teacher in this lifestyle.

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  6. Nice tribute to George. He will be missed.
    Glad you folks have arrived in Q safe and sound!

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    1. It was nice to pull in here and turn the engine off.
      You are right, he will be missed.

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  7. I can't wait to see George's smiling face again. You know he's up there watching over us. Beautiful pictures. I just can't get enough of the sunsets and sunrises.

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    1. It would be hard to imagine George any other way but smiling.
      I agree about the sunrises and sunsets.

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  8. Beautiful tribute...Thanks, Doug and Michelle

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  9. Beautiful tribute to a wonderful man! Pictures are beautiful! Glad you're in Q for the next 2 weeks or so, fun times! Looks like the weather will be nice, better than our cold temps for sure!!

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    1. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed.
      Stay warm and looking forward to seeing you soon!

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