I am still playing catch up and this one is long. Lots of pictures all reminders of the wonderful memories we are making. (Clicking on the pictures will open them larger in a new window.)
Sunday, February 10, 2019
We had beautiful blue skies as we drove into Yuma for Sunday Mass at the lovely little church pictured below, St. Thomas Yuma Indian Mission. (Side note: the parish we belong to in Escanaba is St. Thomas the Apostle.) This Catholic mission is located in Winterhaven, CA but the Masses said here are scheduled on Arizona time. Dedicated in 1923 it is a replica of the Mission Puerto de Purisima Concepcion which once stood on the site. It is up a hill from the parking lot but if you cannot do the steps there is a small parking lot up the hill next to the picture in the upper left below. The parishioners at this church are very welcoming and every time we have attended mass here we have been personally invited for coffee and donuts after Mass by at least one parishioner.
|Inside: on the left. a statue of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (below is the |
inscription on the picture below the statue), top right: Icon of St. Thomas,
bottom right: Picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
|The views from the parking lot just outside the mission door.|
|Inside everything is about the name. '|
The food was delicious but as usual no picture.
|The top picture is for Shirley and Ken, this quote is at the top of their blog,|
The bottom one is for George. If you know George you know he loves his hot
sauce. Plus, I thought the whole baby, mama, and papa burn theme was cute.
|On our way back we took a ride out to Mittry Lake to see where that road |
would eventually lead us. The road circles back South of the Yuma Proving
Grounds onto AZ-95. The black dot is a duck.
|Coming back around we again passed the Farm to Table restaurant we|
like to stop at for lunch at least once a season.
Plus they do have antiques for sale here.
|The Post's Gate.|
We finished the day back home with a Happy Hour enjoying Shirley and Ken's company. A perfect way to end our day. Kim and Ken had headed out while we were gone to their next adventure. Though, knowing we would probably not see them in the morning we did say so long with a couple of hugs the night before.
Monday, February 11, 2019
Today was another beautiful day. The skies were a beautiful blue though we did have some wind. Ken had mentioned a ride to see Ferguson Lake the day before so after they got back from running a few errands we all got into the Jeep and took off on the adventure. It was a great ride, beautiful scenery, and wonderful friends to share it with.
|Ferguson Lake Road in the distance.|
|Ferguson Lake taken at the Imperial Valley Hunting and Fishing Club|
that we came across on our ride.
|Looking out towards the right of where I was standing.|
|Heading back out the road from the club.|
Just a little ways past the Hunting Club we came upon this memorial.
|Memorial for four Marines lost in a helicopter crash.|
|Quite a few mementos and coins|
|have been left on top of this memorial|
|all with a very special meaning, I am sure,|
|to those that left them.|
|The ruggedness of the mountains|
|and the green crawling up the hills|
|with the blue skies as a backdrop all beautiful in their own special way.|
|The road ahead|
|well worth the ride|
|to see Ferguson Lake and the Colorado River in the distance.|
|We turned around to go back the way we came.|
|Stopped at the lookout we passed on our way.|
Two special people, Shirley and Ken, in front of a wonderful view of the
blue water, the beauty of the browns and greens of the desert, and the
mountains in the distance. Plus, the wonderful blue sky.
|Looking in the opposite direction is just as beautiful.|
|More pictures of Ferguson Lake|
|and the Colorado River in the distance.|
|Ken and Tom standing on the edge.|
Swapping interesting stories I am sure.
|A beautiful Ocotillo shining in the sunlight.|
You know there had to be one.
|Coming back we could see the area we are parked at in the distance.|
|We then decided to take a ride down to see how the other half lives|
parked next to the Senator Wash Reservoir. You do pay extra to do so.
|A view of the reservoir from a park just down the|
road past where we are parked.
|I love this picture of the Senator Wash Reservoir with mountains in the |
background.Those little white dots in the distance,
we are parked up there among them.
|Watching the sun quickly slip|
|behind the mountains|
|as we sit and enjoy a wonderful conversation.|
There may have been adult beverages involved.
A great way to end what had been a great day.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
I was up before the sun this morning and was determined to go out and take some pictures in the early morning light. It was chilly with a breeze and my fingers were freezing but no complaints. The sky was a beautiful blue, plus, the light on the mountains before the sun made its appearance was wonderful to watch.
|Our chairs from last night looked lonely in the early morning light.|
|slowly getting brighter|
|in the east as the sun slowly makes its way up.|
|The mountains around us|
|are slowly lighting up and the shadows are wonderful to see.|
|As the sky continues to light up|
|the colors and the shadows continuously change across the mountains.|
|Our home and Shirley and Ken's home on wheels just in front of us.|
|The light is getting brighter|
|and the show on the|
|The sun rising up over the mountains in the east.|
|The Ocotillo by us|
|the bushes and the green grass in between the rocks|
|glisten in the rising sun. The shadows add their special touch.|
This is my favorite time of the day in the desert.
|Leaving the US Army Yuma Proving Grounds.|
|Heading south on AZ-95|
|we pass fields of green vegetables.|
|We will pass several fields on our way to Pilot Knob BLM . Here on AZ-95|
then on I-8. Some being picked and some like this one just starting to grow.
|Our view of the desert and in the distance Mexico included clouds today|
as we sat and enjoyed wonderful conversation with friends.
Like I mentioned at the beginning I am playing catch up but I want all the wonderful days and memories written down so in the years to come we can look back and say, I remember that day it was a good one!
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