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Monday, January 20, 2020

Sunrise, An Unexpected Surprise, and A Campfire


Sunday, January 19, 2020

We were out the door by a little after 7 o'clock this morning on our way to Parker. Mass is at 8, then a visit to Walmart and  the Safeway across the way to pick up some needed groceries was on the agenda.



There was a soft glow of color on the mountains to the
east as we made our way out of LaPosa South.

The "Big Tent" could be seen off to our left in the early
morning light as we made our way north on US-95.

There is a softness in the sky with a glow of pink
.
as we head north  towards our destination.

There is something quietly peaceful about this ride whenever

we make it in the early morning light.

We have made the left turn at the traffic light and off to
our right we can just see the glow of the sun below the
mountains as it makes its way up to join the day.

I love watching the light touch the top of the mountains

as we continue our trek towards Parker.

Looking back I managed to get a picture just as the sum
was starting to peek up over the mountains.

We were almost to Parker when the sun had made its appearance.


Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Parker.


I had heard from Shirley the evening before and knew they would be here when we got back this morning. What a wonderful surprise that her and Ken made a last minute decision to join us all here for a few days.


Pulling back in we could see Shirley and Ken talking with
Kim and Ken. So glad you were able to make it down guys!

The day ended with a wonderful fire.
Middle right: Bill, Keith, JoAnne, Bob, and Tom
Bottom left: Shirley, Ken, Ken, Kim, and Patsy


Thank you, Bob for supplying the wood. It was a great way to end the day watching the flames dance in the night, in the warmth of the fire's glow, enjoying conversation with friends. 





Today in the United States we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday on January 15.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. 
(information from the internet)











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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Two Sunsets and The "Big Tent"

Friday, January 17, 2020

It was a quiet sort of day and when I look back on it I am not sure I will remember exactly what I did with the morning and early afternoon. Around 2:00 I heard from friends Jeanne and Tony that they had arrived and could see us, the Stinger "B", so we knew they were close by. So Tom took a look and thought he could see them just down the way so we took a walk to say hello. Coming back we could see the group of friends we are parked with sitting in a circle so we knew Happy Hour was in progress so Tom grabbed our chairs and we joined them. We met Keith, a friend of Patsy and Bill's, and Oreo, his dog. He arrived today and has joined our neighborhood. Happy Hour as always was an enjoyable time filled with conversation that just seems to flow easily as we sit in the Arizona sun. Around 5:00 that sun starts to make its way down in the west and takes its warmth along. Heading home we could still feel a little of its warmth sitting out in our patio area. So we sat for a short time as the sun continued its journey down behind the mountains and I snapped the pictures of that journey below.



Just to mix it up a little Super Vivid

and  Photo Illustration.




The sun has dropped below the mountains and all we see
is the soft glow left above the mountain top.
Soon the darkness of night will encircle us as another
day ends in this place in the desert that for these  pleasant
days in the company of friends we call home.



Saturday, January 18, 2020

We started the day before the sun was up in the sky and there was still a chill in the air. We headed over to the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show, aka "The Big Tent" around 8 O'clock in order to be able to get a parking space in the nearby parking lot. The gates open at 9 and as you can see in the pictures below we were not the only ones there. It is fun to be there opening day even with the crowds. Plus, there is free "stuff" and if you have ever been to a fair or large event like this you know what I am talking about. We were back home before noon but I am sure we will make at least one more visit later in the week when there will be less people to try and walk around. There are a couple of things we would like to get a better look at but today it was almost impossible to get close to a lot of the booths.


Standing in line waiting for the gate to open.
It is fun to get there opening day, crowds and all.
Bottom left: when they saw me trying to get a picture this
part of our group turned and looked.
Bob, Tom, Bill, & Keith
Middle right: they never saw me lift the phone they were to
intent on watching the line in front of us.
Kim, Patsy, Ken, & JoAnne

Doesn't she have some beautiful eye lashes?

Leaving the show and heading back towards LaPosa South
the traffic going north was bumper to bumper for a few miles.

Tonight's sunset 

Looking at the pictures I am thinking I need to look for a 

different location/angle to take them from. Though beautiful
it does look like I used the same pictures.

Just a touch of the pink was left when I looked out.


Today was a good day we had a fun time walking up and down the aisle in the tent and around the outside. The sun was out and we could feel the warmth as we enjoyed our Happy Hour. Around 5 we could again feel the chill in the air as the sun was lower in the sky and it was time to pick up our chairs and head home. Our patio was still in the sunlight so Tom and I sat out a little longer watching the sun slip out of sight. I am writing this Saturday evening and will post it in the morning. I had a message while I was writing this blog and I do believe tomorrow, Sunday, is going to be a great day.








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Friday, January 17, 2020

The Road Back to Quartzsite and Parked in the Desert at LaPosa South

Friday, January 17, 2020


Happy 5th Birthday, Nathaniel!


Papa and Nana love you to pieces
forever and always!

xoxo xoxo




Tuesday, January 14, 2020

I published the pictures of the sunrise, in yesterday's blog, as we were getting ready to leave our spot out in the desert off of Ogilby Road. We are now ready to roll our wheels to Quartzsite.

One last picture of the Stinger "B"  as she pulls out of our site.

After taking care of my part of getting the Jeep ready
to tow I took a walk to take one last picture of the
Ocotillos across the way.

Tom is just finishing the hook up and it is time to  check
the lights and make sure the wheels are rolling.

One last Ocotillo with the Imperial Sand Dunes in the distance.

I can see a train in the distance as we make our way
to Ogilby Road.

We have turned right and headed

North 

on Ogilby Road.

I believe those are the Chocolate Mountains in the distance.

We have followed this route a couple of times in the past but when we reached CA-78 we had turned west to make our way to Borrego Springs. Today we hare headed towards Blythe and then Quartzsite to the east.

Turning East on CA-78

and in a few miles we are being waved through a
Border Patrol Station.


We now know that East or West this road has some
"roller coaster" dips in it.

Going past Palo Verde

and cotton fields.

Colorado River water supplied through Palo Verde
Irrigation District Canals,

is lifted onto the Mesa by private pumps to irrigate a portion

of the acreage in the District .

Passing through Ripley

this was the most unusual palm tree I have ever seen.

We have merged onto I-10 heading east and 

we are about to cross into Arizona.

Once again we can see Saguaros on the hillside.

We are back in Quartzsite.


Out first stop was at RV Lifestyles to get the door on our refrigerator adjusted so it would close better. Then Tom drove over to RV Pit Stop to fill up our propane tank. While he was doing that I took a ride out to LaPosa South to find where Kim and Ken were parked. They had found and managed to keep a nice spot for us all to park and enjoy our time the next couple of weeks, (Thank you!) We sat and caught up while I waited for Tom to call and let me know he had made it to LaPosa South. Then I went out to meet him so we could get registered for our two week stay. It was a busy place today but in no time that was taken care of and Tom headed towards the dump station to take care of that chore and then fill our fresh water tank.  Meanwhile, I drove back to what will be our home neighborhood for the next two weeks. After a bit Ken took a ride to get rid of their garbage and to see where Tom was and say hi. After Tom arrived and got the Stinger "B" parked he brought our adult beverages and his chair over and we enjoyed a Happy Hour until the sun left behind the mountains and a chill definitely could be felt.  Saying good night we all headed into the warmth of our homes. Dinner tonight was leftovers and we will finish setting up in the morning. A nice couple of hours to begin our time parked here at LaPosa South.





Wednesday, January 15, 2020

We slept in this morning when I first opened my eyes the clock said 6:30 and I just closed them and fell back to sleep the next time I opened them it was 8 o'clock. It felt good not to rush to go anywhere today. Tom will be setting up our outside area and I will finish setting up inside as the day goes on but there is no rush and we will enjoy our coffee and let the day open slowly before us. Patsy and Bill along with JoAnne and Bob pulled in and we said our hello's and then left them to get set up. Around 3 o'clock we noticed they were setting their chairs in a circle and we walked over to join them. Bill started our Happy Hour with a toast to George and as Patsy said in her blog "we all joined in and smiled rather than cried at the irony of it all." 


Left to right: Kim, and Ken is next to her, Bob, Tom, JoAnne,
Bill and Patsy.

The sun going down on our day.

Our neighborhood.

As the sun left our day

a beautiful pink 

afterglow

filled the 

sky

around us.

As the sky around us turned pink we were video chatting with our daughter-in-law and grandchildren while watching our youngest grandson just about make his way up the step between there family room and kitchen. 



The last of the color as our day ended.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Today was a lovely do nothing type of day. Tom ran into town to pick up something he decided we needed. I did some crocheting and at 3 o'clock we joined the circle for Happy Hour. The wind decided to join in, also, making it a little chilly. But as Bob reminded us it is still warmer then back home. As always it was a time filled with chatting and laughter. As the sun made its way down in the sky we all made our way home. Tom and I sat out for a few more minutes and I took the pictures below of the sun starting to drop behind the mountain. Then it was time to go inside to enjoy the rest  of our evening.



Good Night.


The time we spend here parked out in the desert is very different from the peace and quiet we find other places. There are rigs parked all around our group and with that brings the noise of everyday life. These are sounds we do not hear when there is a wider separation between us and others parked out in the desert. Yet we choose to come here in January during the busy time of the season because we will enjoy this time spent with friends. Amazingly, even though we are parked in our group among a lot of other rigs out here it will still be a relaxing time. There is something about this place with all the hustle and bustle that draws us in each year and says to us for these weeks we are home. There is a special feeling of contentment here that cannot be explained it can only be experienced. 










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