Saturday, November 30, 2019

Rainbows in the Sky

Thursday, November 28, 2019 (continued)

I think I mentioned that today would be a quiet day and it was. Well except for later in the day when the wind picked up followed by some heavy rain. Here inside the Stinger "B" it was warm and cozy. I ended up making a pumpkin pie, well it is Thanksgiving no turkey but we do have pie, with a Keto recipe I have. I put it in regular pie crust for Tom and that was a waste. Neither one of us is eating the pie crust. Note to self in the future make it crustless. Tom ran into town to get ice. Fingers crossed we get some good news on Monday or we may need to invest in another good cooler, two of the ones we have are not for long term cooling just for taking on a day trip or picking up groceries. 

As the morning progressed the clouds started
to disperse and we saw blue sky.

Then around noon we could see the storm coming our way
from the south and the wind kicked up some what.

Yet looking towards the north there was blue sky and sun.

Plus, the sun was still shining over us.

Then we experienced sun showers and rainbows.
This one appeared around 12:30.

To the north the dark shadows in the mountains are beautiful.

The mountains to the east have disappeared into the storm.

Looking towards Dome Rock in the distance sunshine.

This rainbow appeared around 2:30 and

then about 10 minutes later I could faintly see
as short second one above it.

The one above faded and then this one appeared
a little after 3:00.

The mountains to the east are starting to reappear.

Looking to the west

then north.

Big fluffy clouds on the horizon looking south.
By now the wind had really picked up and I took this
through our small kitchen window . I was surprised
to find I had actually gotten a picture.

Looking South out the front window.
Just a hint of pink touching the tops of the clouds.

Not long after the last picture the wind seemed to shift or just really picked up and we were rocking. We already had all our slides in so Tom started up the Stinger "B" and aimed her nose into the wind. Just after total darkness the rain started and it came down hard. It was still raining when we went to bed but not as hard. I woke up once during the night and could still here it coming down. Tom went out once to move the car to the other side of the motorhome and he said in the car lights he could see the wash was filled and moving.

Friday, November 29, 2019

We awoke this morning to sunny skies and some wind but nothing like last night. The desert is again dry around us. When we drove in to Quartzsite the road was dry but we could see the washes filled on either side of the road. There was a sign up at  Kuehn Street stating the road was closed. So there must have been water across at the wash just past the vendors.

I did not venture outside today until we were taking off
to run into Quartzsite. We wanted to pick up water and
needed a couple of groceries.
Looking out towards the south

north and west

then towards the east.
Beautiful sunny sky but with the wind it was chilly out.

Just liked the clouds

late this afternoon

and the shadows they created in the mountains.

The sun going down

and some like pink color in the clouds

as the last of today's light fades into darkness.

It was a good day. The best part, Black Friday does not seem to have found its way here. Of course, the fact that there are no big stores here may have something to do with it.

Side note: Like always parked out here we have been hearing coyotes at night. It sounds like there are more of them and that they are venturing closer in.

We are glad you stopped by! 
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Thursday, November 28, 2019


Thursday, November 28, 2019

To all our Family and Friends

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 (Today's Sunset at Roadrunner BLM)

We were under cloud cover most of the day. Then just before
sunset the clouds started to disappear and the sun came out

just in time to cast beautiful shadows across the dessert floor.

The last of the light on the Stinger "B".
Kim or Ken, if you are reading this,
do you see anything missing?

Not a lot of afterglow tonight
but still beautiful looking North

and West.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The sun is trying to come through this morning.

Just a little south and the mountains looked beautiful
in the early morning light.
The sun is still trying to break through.

There is blue sky to the west
so there is hope for sunshine as the
day progresses.

It is a beautiful morning.

Yesterday was a quiet day for us and today will be much the same. 
As we think about our lives and our future. We realize we have a lot to be thankful for. We are not rich by any stretch of the imagination but there has always been food on the table and a roof over our heads.  We both were brought up by loving parents who became friends when they met through us and we have brothers and sisters along with their spouses who we think of as not only family but friends. We were blessed with  two beautiful children who along with our daughter-in-law blessed us with 9 little people who call us Papa and Nana.  Every day we get up to what was always our retirement dream; to be able to live in a motorhome and explore this beautiful country. We have good friends back home and we have met and made some wonderful friends since we started this lifestyle. Can we just say what an unexpected bonus. We have learned as we get older that every day is a blessing to be enjoyed. We thank God for every day, starting with beautiful sunrises and ending with lovely sunsets, and all our blessings which includes all of you.
We are truly blessed and for that we are thankful!

We hope you (have or had) a wonderful Thanksgiving 
and (get or got) to spend it with those you love!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Mass at a Casino and Moving Further South

Sunday, November 24, 2019

We had taken a ride one of the nights we were here and I never posted the pictures of a couple of casinos I took pictures of with all their lights.

Top picture: is the Riverside we are in their RV Park.
Bottom left: the Colorado Belle, we could see this one
from our front window when we first got here.
Bottom Right: the Tropicana we get an end view from
our front window.

We had heard from a friend that there was a Catholic Mass at the Riverside Casino. When I googled it to find out the time I found out that there are in fact three different Mass times at the casino. The are held in Don's Celebrity Theater.

The priest, Rev. Charles Urnick, says Mass three times here on the weekend.  He is the pastor of  St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Laughlin, NV

I do not think I have ever included a church's mission statement before but I really liked theirs:
To serve the needs of the growing faith community in this part of Southern Nevada, composed of residents, weekend visitors, and snowbirds who pray together, work together so as to build up the body of Christ; to be witnesses likewise, to the historical legacy of the first recorded Catholic Mass in Nevada celebrated in Laughlin in 1776 by Father Francisco Garces, a Fransican missionary.

They have a table in the back were they sell a small selection
of religious items. One of the things that caught my eye
were the poker chips. Both sides pictured above.

Looking out the dining room window at the Aquarius.
the sun reflecting on its windows as it sets.

Looking out the same window to the back the Riverside Casino.

The Tropicana out our front window.

Monday, November 25, 2019

After spending eight enjoyable nights here it is time to move on. We had the opportunity to get together with friends for lunch, and then drove over to Kingman for a lovely evening with friends. We experienced a first, Mass at a casino, and got to see a couple of shows in their theater, The Midway and The Good Liar. Plus, we got all the collected dust cleaned out of the Stinger "B" and caught up on our wash. Always nice to spend some time in a park with full hook ups.

Last view out our front window.

Pictures as we drive down Casino Drive towards US-95,
the Needles Highway.

Leaving Nevada in our rear view mirror and entering California.
This is the only picture I took along this road today. Did
not realize this until I was going through the pictures I had
taken. Probably just as well; this highway between 

Laughlin, NV and Needles, NV is probably the worst road 
we have ever taken with the Stinger "B". Enough said. 

A short few miles on I-40 and we turned South on to US-95.
Part of  Historic Route 66, 

This part of US-95 is a decent road.

We are going mostly up and following this truck
as he goes slower and slower.

This adventures first Ocotillo.
I may have mentioned it a few times in the past,
my absolutely favorite desert plant. 

Then there was quite a few out Ocotillos in the distance.

We are now on CA-62 headed towards Parker, AZ

Noticed quite a few washes, as we drove along today, filled
with water on US-95 and now on CA-62

We can see Parker along with dust in the distance.

We have seen dozens of signs warning about different animals.
This was the first time we actually saw the animals.
Several Burros up on the hill.

Train Bridge over Colorado River.

Picture taken out of my side window through the screen as
we cross the Colorado River and drive into Arizona.
(One of a couple of bad pictures I am including
for us and the memory.)

A familiar street and sign; we are driving through Parker.

Plomosa Road, we have dry camped on this road.
Right now we have friends out there.
Waving Hi to Melissa and Lyle as we went by.

This was the first Saguaro I spotted this adventure.

Pulling into Dome Rock BLM for the night.
We have an appointment at RV Lifestyle in the morning
to have our refrigerator looked at. Parked here so
we will be close by in the morning. 

Tonight's sunset.
There is a lot of dust in the air.

One more of the sunset out by Roadrunner BLM.

Except for the miles on Needles Highway between Laughlin and Needles the ride here was enjoyable. We are here to take care of a couple of things and will talk about them as they come up. Also, it will be really nice to spend time with those friends I mentioned out on Plomosa Road. Plus, we are looking forward to sitting in the quiet of the desert.

 Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Up and moving early this morning before the sun and I still missed it coming up over the mountain.
We had an 8 o'clock appointment at RV Lifestyles  to have our refrigerator looked at, since, it has decided not to be a refrigerator and keep things cold and frozen. Looks like there are two possibilities or both a defective thermaster and a bad cooling coil. They have sent all the necessary information to Norcold, as this refrigerator has been in the Stinger "B" less then a year, and now we wait because it is the Thanksgiving Holiday. Just really frustrated about the whole situation.  I keep thinking about the refrigerator that we had in the basement at our house that was at least 70 years old and was still still running. Oh well,,,:) we moved out to Roadrunner BLM and will enjoy our time parked out here it is what it is and there is nothing we can do about it right now.

Our first sunrise in Quartzsite, AZ this year's adventure.

Looking out towards the Southwest
this morning.

After dropping off the Stinger "B" we met friends, Melissa and Lyle, for breakfast at the Main Street Cafe. The food was good but the conversation was wonderful. Lets just say we met around 8:30 and the waitress asked at one point and she was laughing, (there were empty tables so they did not lose business because of our stay), if we would like to see the lunch menu. We will see them again on Thursday as they have offered to celebrate there "sister" country's Thanksgiving with us. Hopefully, we will remember to take a picture.

As I write this Tom and my thoughts go to Suzie and George, Our Awesome Travels, who we have had the fun of being parked by the last couple of years during January. Lots of good memories of our time together with them and other friends parked out in the desert. Lots of wonderful Happy Hours filled with stories and laughs. Our prayers and positive thoughts continue to be sent across the miles.

We are so glad you stopped by!
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