Thursday, March 28, 2013

We Brought Some Warm Weather Back With Us...

We left Casa Grande Arizona on Monday morning and arrived at our daughter Megan's apartment in Sioux Falls Wednesday afternoon. It's right at 1500 miles from the RV Park to Sioux Falls.We went through 34 gallons of gas (about $125.00...avg 40 mpg & 75 mph), 2 bags of sunflower seeds, 12 pack of diet Dew, bottled water, a stop at a Dairy Queen for Laurie, 24 hours of podcasts on the IPod and voila, we're here!

View Sioux Falls to Arizona...And Back Again! in a larger map

You have to really love each other to drive 24 hours in a little clown car like the Ford Fiesta. Lucky for us we do, and we had a lot of laughs on the way home (Yep, it will always be home back in this area).
It was somewhat of a surreal feeling without Lucy in the backseat.....I must have looked over my shoulder a hundred times expecting her to be snoring in the back seat. I caught myself starting to roll the back window down for her every time we'd slow down to go through a little town. She would always stick her head out the window and let her long ears flop in the wind, I'd speed up and she'd lay back down and be sleeping before I hit 60.

We didn't know what to expect from our first winter in Arizona but WOW, we couldn't have been more impressed. The beauty of the desert surprised us to no end and the sheer amount of things to do and see were overwhelming. We met people who have become friends, crossed off and added to our "bucket list", worked on our tans, and we're already making plans for next winter. 

The hardest thing is always being away from our kids, family, and friends who we love so much. We're not sure how long we'll be back here before heading to our "summer home" in the Colorado mountains, but we know the time will go by fast. Taking care of things like insurance, dentist & Dr.appointments, visiting family and friends, a wedding, and other misc...the time will fly by.
Keep checking the blog but it may be sparse for awhile until we get back on the road again.
Thanks everyone for following us our adventures and we hope to see all of you soon.

Bob & Laurie

Friday, March 22, 2013

A County Fair In...... March?

It would be too cold for a county fair in MN during the month of March, and it would be too hot for one in Arizona during, we got to enjoy the Pinal County Fair here in Casa Grande AZ this week.
I'm not huge county fair fan, but this one was pretty cool with so much to see and enjoy, I actually had a good time. It was clean, the people were friendly, and the family fun atmosphere was neat to watch as the kids and parents alike were having a blast.
It was different from most fairs I've been to, here you pay 8 buck$ to get in and all the entertainment is free. There was something going on all day and evening long such as singing groups performing ALL types of music, magicians, ventriloquists, comedians, dancers, K-9 Frisbee show, hypnotist, Kangaroo show, jugglers, bird show, I think you get the picture!
It was a long day and my turn to cook supper so we went to Eva's Mexican, what a good call that was. Great food and some of the best salsa I've ever had.
We're winding down our time here in AZ and will be heading back towards the tundra Monday morning. We'll take our time and let a storm pass through Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska that is predicted for Mon/Tue.
The hot tub is calling, we miss and love you all........Bob & Laurie

Perfect weather.....again!

I'd love to have one of these for my own.  The Footsie Wootsie, I mean!

He ended up juggling 8 rubber balls

Looks like a showdown for the fry bread!

Appropriate name for this yea man.

So much food, so little time.

Laurie said she found my twin. I fail to see the resemblance to buddha ! 

They lick their arms and legs to keep cool. I won't add anything else.

Polly want a......

The Dingo ate my baby. This one is about a year old.

At a County Fair?

Reminded me of the movie "Bubble Boy"

Old MacDonald had a farm.....E I E I O

Laurie haggled with this Mexican guy on the purse. Started out at $75 and ended up at $5.00

Group from Branson singing 60's and 70's. They were really good.

"Hay", what are you looking at!

You try saying "A boy bought a basket ball" without moving your lips.

I reminded him that Thanksgiving is only 8 months away.

"Kids" playing king of the hill

I think he's using Crest White Strips.

Even the Magicians wear Cowboy hats in Arizona :)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bored?......Not Gonna Happen at this RV Park!

Now, I'm not anti-social or a total loner as Laurie sometimes accuses me of being, Some days I like the peace and quiet of a long hike in the mountains or a walk in the desert with my IPod and it's 900+ songs.....other times I enjoy the total opposite, like the time I sang an Eric Clapton song to Laurie on stage in front of dozens of people, or when at a comedy show the crowd booed the not so funny comedian on stage. He asked if anyone thought they were funnier than he was and I raised my hand, got on stage and had the crowd rolling. The manager even asked what I was doing the next night. 
While Laurie and I prefer each others company and being in the outdoors, sometimes we need to be "sophisticated up" a little bit and hang out with other people. Here at the Casa Grande RV Park, there is so much to do on a daily basis that you'd probably never get all the activities done that are offered. They put out a monthly calendar as well as a daily "Briefing Board" that lists what's happening. A lot of social gatherings like Happy Hour, Potlucks, Poker, Texas Hold em, Pool tournaments, Exercise, Volleyball, on and on and on. We've done a few of these things but prefer to go sight seeing all the natural beauty that AZ has. 
One of the things I did last week was attend an RV Fire Safety class put on by "Mac, the Fire Guy". It was really interesting and he did a really cool (hot) hands on fire demo and showed how different types of extinguishers work. Chris Dybevick and Chris Heinrichs gave us a new extinguisher for our 5th wheel as a gift when I retired......Thanks guys, now I even know how to use it.
I went to a presentation on emergency medical evacuation, the sign caught my eye..."Free Pizza", yes, they had me at, I didn't buy what they were selling but, the pizza was awesome and I won a bottle of wine!
We're going to make the best of our 10 days left here in Arizona by squeezing as much in as we can. Probably won't get to do everything we want so we'll have save some for next winter.
As I write this, Laurie is at a craft fair hawking some of her crochet dishcloths, there might be a dinner date in my future. Have a great weekend, miss all of you............Bob & Laurie

The daily activity board.

Very informative 
Different types of extinguishers. 

We saw everything from grease fires to electrical.

Mac the fire guy

One of the ladies trying to put out the fire.

He even sprayed himself with a type of foam in case you have to run through  a fire.

Ah Yes, 2011 was a good year for wine
I thought of sisters Julie and Laurie :)
Lucy's paw print in clay that the Vet did for us before we had her cremated. We're going to scatter her ashes at some of her favorite places.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Just When You Think.......

Arizona couldn't get any more STUNNING, we went to Canyon Lake and took a steamboat cruise on the world famous Dolly Steamboat. Thanks to my buddy Tim Gaul who gave us some tips on where to go, we took a trip to the mysterious Superstition Mountains. After leaving the hustle and bustle of Mesa, we got on Hwy 88, also known as the Apache Trail, and drove some of the most beautiful winding roads this side of Colorado. Last week the area received about an inch of rain and the desert has just exploded into a bloom of springtime life. Cactus are sprouting flowers, plants are about every color you can imagine, and the different shades of green here are amazing. We went to Tortilla Flats and ate a little picnic lunch we packed,  and enjoyed the characters you can only see in small tourist towns like this. From there we went to the Canyon Lake Marina and boarded the "Dolly" for the 2 hour cruise of Canyon Lake. Not knowing what to expect, this turned out to be one of the highlights of our time in AZ. Canyon Lake is considered the "Jr. Grand Canyon", and at a depth of up to 150 feet, it offers fishing and all of the other water activities you can imagine. There were lots of people on the lake today, maybe the 88 degrees and sunny sky had something to do with that. We were hoping to see some wildlife and boy we weren't disappointed, Bald Eagles, Bighorn Sheep, Hawks, and much more. I decided after today, I need a new/better camera. It was a wonderful day, thanks again Tim, we'll check out some of the other areas you told us about.
Thanks everyone for the thoughts concerning Lucy. She was the best Basset Hound we could have ever hoped for, I know she's running and playing again.
Love and miss all of you..............Bob & Laurie

On the way to Canyon Lake

One lane bridge, I think 2 Ford Fiesta's could fit!

Damn, I wanted to dive in.

My honey

Neat story

He didn't pay his bill...or he's a Packer fan.

Water left over from the rain a week ago.

The metropolis of Tortilla Flats

Wow, the color matches my beard

Kind of blurry but there are over 110,000 dollar bills covering the walls

Hello Dolly

Ha! Take that you poor working stiffs  :)

Part of the Marina

Can you spot the Bighorn Sheep?

Holy guano, this cave is full of bats.

Spot the Bald Eagle?

Here's a closer Bald Eagle

Can you see all 4 Bighorns

Look at the middle of the pic, the rock forms an elephant

We saw these 4 people driving next to us having a great time. Look at the gas sign, how much do you suppose gas was when this car was new?