Sunday, January 28, 2018

Bloggerfest 2018, Happy Hour, Sunset

January 27, 2018

Today was a day we had looked forward to since we read about the date it would be held, Bloggerfest 2018. (Yes, I am a day late posting this just as I finished writing it last night the battery ran out before I could hit publish.) We had been able to attend the second one and had such a good time and after missing the third one we were looking forward to spending time with with this group below. We had a beautiful day. Wonderful blue skies and even though it was not real warm it was actually nice to walk around and visit and not feel uncomfortably hot. (Coming from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan any day in the winter we do not need to wear heavy coats, boots, hats, scarfs, and mittens is a wonderful weather day.)

Thank you George, for this great group photo.

I know it is blurry but it is the only shot I had of
George setting up to take the above shot. 

Paula, organized this years gathering.
After welcoming everyone she started our self introductions
by telling us a little bit about herself.
Thank you, Paula.

As we went around the circle you could see everyone listening intently as we introduced ourselves, talked a little bit about why we have chosen this lifestyle, why we blog, and what the name of our blog is. It was a nice way to start our time together.

Paula, of In the Shadows, Gaelyn, of Geogypsy,
and Doug and Yuma, of Miss Adventure Travels

Starting on the left: Rick and Kathy, of  It's about Time,
(Rick secured the Ramada for us this year, thank you Rick.)
then going right Jan and Steve is hidden, of  Rolling From Wasaga,
sitting next was Stacie and Bob Osborne, of Maxx Trails

On the left: Bill, On our Way and Patsy, Chillin' with Patsy
On the right: Dave and Cheryl, Our View From Here
Just before Bill I know this is where
 Shirley and Ken, of Seeing America with Ken and Shirley, were sitting.

Tom and I were in the next two chairs.
Then this couple from Texas, and I feel bad but cannot remember their names,
they do not blog but read different blogs and decided to join us.
I did have the opportunity to chat with them, what a nice couple.

George and Suzie, of  Our Awesome Travels

After we had heard from everyone we did what we do best we started visiting and getting to know each other a little better.

As we were chatting Anne, of Right Brain; Right Lane, joined us and we were all so busy talking that I forgot to take a picture.

All and all it was a good day.
Caught this group still chatting as we all were parting ways.

Bill's drone making a landing after taking some pictures of the group.

 Thank you, Bill.

Heading home we took the back way.

Patsy and Bill have there Canadian Flag and the US Flag flying above their Suite.

I always seem to be enjoying the Happy Hour so much that I forget to take a picture and tonight was no exception but I wanted to include one in this post because it is the last one that Shirley and Ken will join us for in LaPosa South this year. Since, I wanted to include everyone I took the top one from George's Blog and the bottom from Patsy's Blog. Thank you both for always remembering to take a picture of us together.

Our Happy Group.

Yes, we are still Happy.
Not long after this picture we were saying  see you down the road to Shirley
and Ken. We will miss you guys and look forward to crossing paths down
the road in the future.

The sun slowing making its way behind the mountains.
As it slips away in the west the sun lights up the mountains in the east.

As the light fades so ends another wonderful day parked
in our part of the desert.

I have said it before, and I am sure I will say it again, Tom and I feel so lucky to be able to be living our retirement dream. What struck me today, as I listened and talked to others at Bloggerfest, is what a diverse group we are, from different backgrounds and different countries, yet we all had a common dream. The fulfillment of that dream brought us together today under gorgeous blue skies in the shadow of tall mountains surrounded by the vast beauty of the desert and all it has to offer. We walked away looking forward to next time and knowing we have met special dreamers.

We are glad you took the time to join us today.
If you would like to leave a comment we would enjoy hearing from you.


  1. You are welcome for the pictures, bloggerfest is always fun time and the Happy Hours enjoyable too. So nice to spend time with you guys and of course the rest of the bunch as well. I am sure we will hook up again on down the road.

    1. Bloggerfest certainly was a fun time. This has been a great couple of weeks and we look forward to crossing paths again down the road with you and Suzie.

  2. Thanks for the great pictures of bloggerfest. I forgot to take pictures even when I was carrying my camera all afternoon.
    Such a pleasure to meet you guys. Hope to see you soon!

    1. You are welcome, glad you liked them.
      Tom and I so enjoyed meeting you and Cheryl. It was nice getting a chance to chat and we look forward to crossing paths again in the future.

  3. Couldn't agree more with your last paragraph about the diversity of our group. We certainly are living our retirement dream and hope to for many years.

    1. We are hoping the same thing...many more years.

  4. Beautiful and vivid pictures. Those sunset photos looked stunning.

    You got a lot of great photos of all us bloggers too. Yuma and I had a great time chatting with everyone.

    You're right. We come to the Southwest for ma​ny different reasons and under different circumstances, but we're all here.

    1. Thank you, Doug.
      It is amazing how in so many ways we are different yet we are all here enjoying a wonderful winter of beauty and warmth.

  5. I can see you are definitely getting the hang of the camera!!

    1. Thank you, Nancy...I am reading the book and learning new things all the time. Now, if I can retain what I learn it will be great...:)

  6. Yet another nice sum up of Bloggerfest, each one original and special.
    We have great happy hours and wonderful sunsets too!
    We, also, feel blessed with who we meet, where we are and the gorgeous weather we experience.

    1. Thank you, Patsy.
      Sometimes I can hardly believe this is our life right now.

  7. So glad we got to finally attend Bloggerfest. More friends made that day too! Gotta love the happy hours and sunsets :) Hope we get to see you two again, if not next year for sure! You write beautifully straight from the heart.

    1. Thank you, Shirley.
      Tom and I are so glad you made it down here and we had a chance to spend time together. We look forward to crossing paths again. It would be really nice if it happens again before you head back to Nevada. If not, like you said, next year for sure.