Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Week of 2 Dec-08 Dec 2019

2 December -8 December 2019

We had good checkups and got our flu shots. Understand that shingle shots we got some 20 years ago diminish with age and that now you have to get another type in 2 injections so will check this out. I go back on 23rd to discuss lab results and John has his labs on 30th of January and eye exam on 31st January.

We ran errands this week and ended up at the Bagel Cafe on Buffalo for lunch..always a good choice. Took some photos of the decadent dessert area. After lunch we purchased a dozen bagels, some cranberry smear and a piece of coconut cake that is large enough for 4 desserts. For lunch John has a chicken salad sandwich and I half corned beef with slaw.





Hung my Christmas decorations and beautiful wreath that friend Alinda made for me last year. Will post pictures later when we have our annual Christmas photo taken. Thank you again Alinda. Get many compliments on the wreath.

On Friday we met good friends Rose Mary and Chuck for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Chuck recently had back surgery and is doing very good. They both looked great..never seem to age. Will see them often during our stay until the 18th of March. Always enjoy our visits and conversations.

Weather remains cool and had some rain this week. Trying to walk several times a day and get at least 5-6 thousand steps/day. Next week will start going to the fitness center on base several times a week.

Driving down to In and Out one night got a sunset photo. And one day on errands a snowcapped Mt Charleston.




Monday, December 2, 2019

Arrival Nellis AFB FAMCAMP

01 December 2019

Our drive from Wickenburg to Nellis AFB and our home until the 18th of March took us up Hwy 93 to Kingman and north to Las Vegas passing Boulder City and Henderson..around 200 miles and 4 hours with a stop for gas. The drive coming into Boulder City was somewhat scenic with the mountains and canyons.









We got a very good site #42 in circle 2. We had wanted to be in circle 1 with our annual friends, but this is a nice site across from the laundry..a plus for me. Spaces are wide and not on top of neighbor.

Site 42

Bill and Lorraine, Darwin and Pat stopped by for short visit. Pat and Darwin had us over for dinner. Absolutely delicious..homemade spaghetti, garlic bread and salad plus lemon cake for dessert. Thank you for the yummy meal, visit and interesting conversation. So good to see you again and Snickers. Bill and Lorraine brought Little One on their earlier visit. So guess I got my dog fix for today.

With Darwin..Pat took photo


Tomorrow I have my annual checkup at the clinic and John goes Tuesday. Dread the weigh-in and BP check. BP is always high when I go to Doctor or Dentist unlike when I check at home.

Good to be back..our 8th visit. Looking forward to our get togethers.

Hope sent photo with Holly. They went snowshoeing in Oregon.
Holly and Hope


Friday, November 29, 2019

Thanksgiving with Darin & Kerry

28 November 2019

To our Friends and Family we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and may your Blessings continue to be Bountiful.

Our thanks go to our family for the blessings they have bestowed upon us and for our friends who have brought us laughter and friendship.

We celebrated Thanksgiving with son Darin and son-in-law, Kerry. They got married in 2014 and we had a big celebration in Las Vegas with both families. Our last Thanksgiving with them was in November 2017. As usual they put on a feast that was enjoyed by all.Kerry's daughter, Erin came in from California and other members of the Tucson family were present. Thank you for a wonderful day.

With John, son Darin & Kerry

Kerry & Daughter Erin


My contribution was some hors d'oeuvres and a squash-zucchini casserole.





Hope sent in photo from their deck of Smith Rock. They are having a big snow storm.

View of Smith Rock
Austin Family sent photos of get together.

Son Eric, Granddaughter Parker, Cindy and her Dad Jim

Chris,Cameron, Jack & Dave

Liz and son Ryan



 All in all it was a good day. Tomorrow we are meeting Darin and Kerry at BJ's for dinner and our last time before departing on Saturday for 1 night Wickenburg, AZ and arriving Nellis AFB on 1 December until 18 March.

More rain tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Lunch at Tubac Jack's with Darin

24 November 2019

Today we drove with Darin to Tubac to have lunch at Tubac Jack's. We last visited this area in 2015 in order to visit the Presidio's and Missions and other historic sights.

We ordered the nachos with chicken for an appetizer to share. This was a meal in itself. Wish I had taken a photo... the best nachos we have eaten. Darin and I shared a pulled pork with slaw and homemade potato chips and John got the massive burrito which was also his dinner next night. Three could have shared.

Darin and John

Can I really Eat This..so Huge?

Sharing with Mom


We then walked around the town which consists of art studios and shops. It was a nice afternoon.

Last Thursday, I had Darin over for my homemade chili and visit. Made too much and we ended up eating for two more meals including chili dogs.

26 November 2019

I have been in touch with Brent who managed Roy  Purcells' gallery in Tubac which has since closed. I have two  Purcell pieces of artwork that I purchased in Las Vegas in 1981 and since we are full time and my children do not have the same appreciation for my taste in art, was able  through my contact with Brent meet with him and gift him the artwork. So we met at Starbucks on Duval Mines Rd near Green Valley. Thank you Brent, know they will find a good home.






I also have two Ben Hampton's that belonged to my Mother that is my next project. For now they are stored under the Bed as no place to hang in the iHome.





We are going to Darin and Kerry's for Thanksgiving.

We leave here on Saturday for 1 night in Wickenburg,AZ before arriving at Nellis AFB for our winter stay until March.Will be good to visit with our RV friends again.





Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Kitt's Peak with Darin

17 November 2019

Today we went with Darin up  to Kitt's Peak Observatory Visitor Center around 60 miles away. John and I were last here in 2015. Drive up to the observatory is winding to an elevation of around 6,800 ft for 12 miles. We had our picnic lunch and a bluejay was hovering over us hoping for some orts. Got a good picture as he posed for me.

Bluejay

With Darin in front of Solar Telescope


The Visitor Center has some interesting and informative displays as well as a gift shop. The walk around the area affords some good views of the different observatories including the solar tunnel. There were also bear and snake warning signs posted. Fortunately did not see any, although I would have liked to see a bear.

Visitor Center

Signage


Brief History:

After surveying more than 150 sites, Kitt Peak was chosen for the first National Astronomical observatory. It is home to the largest collection of astronomical telescopes in the world sitting on the Tohono O'odham Nation.The peak has 25 optical and 2 radio telescopes. It was founded in 1958 and a lease signed  for 200 acres with the Nation that is valid as long as scientific research is maintained. You can opt for a walking tour or do a self guided tour. Mayall 4-m telescope built in 1973 is the largest optical telescope on Kitt Peak. There are also night tours offered at different times of the year.


2.1 m Telescope

Mayall 4-m Telescope


Drawing of Solar Tunnel Telescope

Solar Tunnel Telescope



I wrote about this on my blog in November 2015.

If was a good day and upon returning to camp, spent more time with Darin in conversation. It is nice to have this time together. Sorry Kerry was not able to join us due to work.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Arrival Davis Monthan AFB-Tucson

13 November 2019

Before leaving Ft Huachuca Campground got picture of Bobcat and 3 deer.

Three Deer

Bobcat


Our drive to Davis Monthan AFB and our home until the 30th was easy..only 75 miles via Hwy 90 to IH 10 and exit 270. We were fortunate to get a site #264 in area back of office. We normally have stayed across from the office, but found we like this side better..gravel,long pull in and spaces are roomier. Our friends Dick and Deb are here as well as couple Millie and Regie we met at Kirkland AFB in ABQ on our way down. We also have friends Marla and Bill who live here and our other RV friends  Ken and Connie we met at Wright Patterson in 2012 will be here this weekend.

Davis Monthan AFB Site #264


Of course our most important reason for visiting is son Darin and son-in-law Kerry who moved here several years ago. Darin is a middle school science teacher and Kerry is a designer with Bassett Furniture.

Kerry & Darin


14 November 2019

Tonight we went over to Darin and Kerry's for dinner and as always it was delicious and enjoyable. They have a beautiful home decorated to perfection and warm. Relaxing to enjoy wine and nosh on the patio. We will spending more time with them while we are here. Thank you for a relaxing evening. We will be spending Thanksgiving with them.

Patio

Another View

Kerry, John & Darin

John, Darin & Kerry

With Son, Darin


Yesterday treated myself to a manicure..no polish. First time in over 20 years. Think I will start going once a month.

We are seriously thinking about spending more winter time here instead of Nellis AFB in LV. Campground has lots of activities and several of the RV dealers bring in RV's and food from time to time.

Weather is good..sleep with window open at night. John thinks he heard coyotes during the night.