A few years ago is when I really started researching the full time RV lifestyle. One of the things I did was read the hundreds of RV blogs available online. Two of these blogs in particular have been a wealth of information about not only RV's but where to enjoy this thing we call retirement. Today Laurie and I were able to meet the authors of these two blogs in person....Al & Kelly are from Canada and winter in Congress AZ and Mike & Pat are from Custer SD and winter in North Ranch which is right down the road from Congress. It was fun to talk to them after reading their blogs for the past few years.
We heard from Al that the small town of Yarnell, AZ is worth the drive to go and see. As it turned out, the drive was the best part. Not that Yarnell is not a cool destination, but the scenery along the way is absolutely post card material. The population is about 600 or so and most of the economy is derived from ranching, mining, and tourism. I did my part and bought a diet Mt. Dew and some Doritos. I was going to buy Laurie some M&M's but she already has quite a stash in her purse. Something about "if we would ever get stranded in the desert she'd be prepared and wouldn't have to eat me if I died".
There are lots of shops and antique stores to browse but we had Lucy along so we didn't do much but look around. By the way, Lucy turned 6 years old today (Wed.) We ascended 2500 feet in four miles from the valley floor up to Yarnell and at an altitude of about 4500 ft, there was a dusting of snow that was barely visible on the shade side of buildings. I found enough to make a small snowball and that was plenty of winter for me.
Another fun day exploring AZ.......where the heck did February go?
On a COMPLETELY different subject........
I thought about doing a blog on the different road kill we've seen on our travels down here in the SW part of the U.S. Back in MN we're all used to seeing deer, rabbits, skunks, & raccoon's. Here it's a little different story, in the past few days we've seen road kill coyotes, javelins (wild pigs), hawks, & lizards. I didn't want to cause an accident by stopping and snapping pictures, plus that'd be pretty gross and I'd look like a tourist from MN. I 'll give a "Road Kill" update when we see an unusual one laying there waiting to be turned into stew. Here's a few pics from our drive to Yarnell.
|The temp here was about 62 degrees today|
|Heading towards the mountain|
|Some one did a nice job painting that rock to look like a frog!|
|Long way down|
|I found some of the "S" word|
|I guess if you like Blue.|
|Should be called the "Tiny" Two Dog Pottery.|
|Beautiful isn't she|
|Laurie said I was wearing same 2 or 3 shirts in all my pics...so I went and bought some new ones. Does this new shirt make me look fat?|
|Hard to believe this is AZ|
|I used to have a Suzuki Samuri like that|