Sunday, October 16, 2016

Look at the Changes

In June we purchased our Airstream trailer. At that time, this is what the interior looked like.

By the time we returned to Arizona, we knew the seating in the trailer wasn't comfortable and we needed to do something about it. We connected with RV Renovators in Mesa to remodel the interior. We dropped it off two weeks ago on a Friday. That Monday, they called us to come look at the space after the couch and dinette were removed.

Three days later we were back in their shop, looking at how the work was coming. The cabinets were well on their way.

And Friday, just two weeks after we took the trailer to them, the job was done! Just look at what the interior looks like now.

We love it! We finally have comfortable recliners to sit in and so much more open space. There is more storage space and it is so much more convenient than pulling up one of the dinette seats to get into the space inside.

Good job cabinet maker Curtis and the staff at RV Renovators

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Second Hike

Today we hiked the 3+ mile round trip Hieroglyphics Trail in the Superstition Mountains. We have hiked the trail at least five times before. It was just as beautiful this time. I love looking at the palo verde trees and saguaro cactus.

There is a lot of rock art at the end of the trail.

This old, dead saguaro reminds me of an old, gray grandpa with green children a his feet.

Does anyone else think this balanced rock looks like Abraham Lincoln's head?

The Phoenix skyline was very hazy as we returned to the trail head. That is not unusual.

What was unusual for this mid-week hike was the large number of families with children on the trail. We didn't realize it was fall break in the Phoenix area schools! I just wish I had the energy those children had as they hiked up the trail.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

First Hike of the Season

We love to hike and we love the desert. We hope to get out regularly this winter to hike in the Arizona desert. We didn't do that much last year. We have been here for just over a week and decided it was time to start.

Our destination was the Wind Cave trail in Usery Mountain Regional Park. The temperature was in the low 70s when we started out, thankfully low for this time of year.  John stopped by the great saguaro.

Usery is at the right elevation to support a beautiful desert landscape.

Last week we had a good rain and it brought out the leaves on this ocotilla.

Wind Cave is a steep but fairly short trail--3 miles round trip. We have hiked it almost every year we have come to Arizona for the winter but we didn't go there last year. It was good to do it again today.

The cholla was really pretty today.

This is the rock face of the mountain  where Wind Cave is located.  Lichen on rocks here in southern Arizona is always this fluorescent lime green--so striking.

Scenery like we saw today is why we enjoy Arizona--when the weather cools down. It's so much better than snow back in Colorado!

John took a picture of me in the cave--which really isn't a cave but an overhang of rock above the trail.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Back in Arizona!

We arrived back at our winter home in Gold Canyon on Monday. The site looks empty, abandoned.

This looks a little better. Our truck and trailer are in place and we even have the patio mat and chairs in place.

In June when we bought the Airstream, we had 8 boxes of stuff that had been in our 5th wheel that wouldn't fit in the new trailer. We stored those boxes at our son Eric's house in Littleton and when we arrived here he shipped them to us via FedEx. They arrived Wednesday. Just look at the mess throughout the house as we unpacked.

We have most of it put away now. We have made one run to Goodwill, donating things we haven't used all summer and don't need here in the house. We have more of that to go. But things are shaping up.

So, what is this all about?

Today we took the trailer to RV Renovators in Mesa. We have purchased 2 recliners so they are making room for them, removing the original couch. We are also having some new storage built in place of the original booth of table and benches. We haven't found the Airstream comfortable to sit in the the storage was difficult to access. These changes will make the unit much better for living in six months or so each summer.

We're excited.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Campground Scenes

Ridgway State Park is one of our favorites in Colorado. We hiked on a trail that crossed then went above the Umcompahgre River.

We also saw some mule deer outside our RV.

After our beautiful drive south on the Million Dollar Highway, we checked into Riverside RV Park in Bayfield.  The have beautiful flower gardens.  And look at the face on the end of the log.

This is Al the alpaca at Riverside.  We were told he would be our friend for life if we fed him apple or cucumber. 

These morning glories were growing up the posts on the office building.

Friday we checked into USA RV Park in Gallup, NM.  Look at all the Airstreams here.

The  group is headed to Albuquerque for the annual Balloon Festival.  It was interesting to see all these various versions of our own trailer.  But we are glad we aren't part of the caravan.  We don't care to be part of groups like this. 

We have seen RVs with fences for their dogs or some way for cats to get some air without the owner opening the door.  Just look at this doggie door and fancy platforms and ramps for a dog (or cat) to get outside to this fenced yard.  Very creative.  It looks like everything may fold up into one compact wood box for storage.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Winding Through Beauty

After Blake and Julie's wedding, we drove south again, this time taking one of the most stunning roads in Colorado, the Million Dollar Highway (officially the San Juan Skyway) through Ouray and Silverton to Durango. The road took us to over 11,000 feet above sea level and around many sharp curves with no guard rails and steep drop-offs. But it really wasn't a problem for John pulling our Airstream.

September provides prime fall color viewing most years and we were treated to spectacular sights.  I will let the photos tell you the story.

Thank you, Lord, for the beauty of your creation!