Saturday, April 22, 2017

ARIZONA ROADTRIP

WE MOVED UP TO “THE MOUNTAIN” LAST MONDAY, AND ON TUESDAY AFTER WE FINISHED UNLOADING WE GOT TOGETHER WITH OUR FRIENDS, THE HUNTERS, FOR A COCKTAIL. THEY  WERE LOADING UP THEIR MOTORHOME FOR A LONG WEEK-END IN LAKE HAVASU…. AND… SO….

WHAT THE HELL, AFTER ONE DAY ON THE MOUNTAIN WE DECIDED TO JOIN THEM AT THEIR FIRST STOP IN SELIGMAN, AZ.

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WE’VE MADE PIT STOPS IN SELIGMAN, AZ BEFORE, BUT HAVE NEVER TAKEN THE TIME TO DO A WALK ABOUT. THEIR CLAIM TO FAME IS THAT THEY ARE THE HOME OF ROUTE 66, OR THE HEART OF ROUTE 66, OR IF YOU’RE YOUNGER THAN 14 THIS IS “RADIATOR SPRINGS” FROM THE MOVIE, CARS.

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SELIGMAN IS ALSO HOME TO THE WORLD FAMOUS “ROADKILL CAFE, YOU KILL IT, WE GRILL IT”"DSC05665

WE ENJOYED OUR EVENING WITH THE HUNTERS AND GOT CAUGHT UP SINCE WE LAST SAW THEM IN JANUARY. A FEW MORE PICS ….

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ON THURSDAY MORNING THE HUNTERS CONTINUED ON TO LAKE HAVASU AND MARY AND I TURNED THE HONDA SOUTH INTO A NEW AREA FOR US, AND WENT TO THE PRESCOTT VALLEY. PRESCOTT, AZ IS AN AN OLD WESTERN TOWN AND WAS THE CAPITOL OF THE ARIZONA TERRITORY BACK IN THE 1800’S. THE COUNTY COURT HOUSE IS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SQUARE DOWNTOWN. THE WHOLE SQUARE IS BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND GIFT SHOPPING. WE STAYED IN THE OLD HOTEL ST MICHEALS RIGHT ON THE SQUARE.

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WE LOVED PRESCOTT !! AND CAN’T WAIT FOR ANOTHER VISIT.

FRIDAY MORNING IT WAS ON TO PHOENIX TO MEET UP WITH DAVE AND CINDY WHO PROMISED LAST FEBUARY TO TAKE US BAR HOPPING ON THE LIGHT RAIL.

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IT WAS A GREAT DAY. WE CAUGHT THE LIGHT RAIL OUT IN MESA NEAR THEIR HOME IN GILBERT AND WITH AN ALL DAY $2 PASS WE SPENT THE DAY BAR HOPPING. WE HIT THE ASU COLLEGE CAMPUS, CHASE FIELD, DOWNTOWN, AND HAD A GREAT TIME!

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WE ENJOYED FRIDAY FISH AT AN IRISH PUB, STAYED OVER, AND SOBERED UP FOR OUR RETURN TRIP TO “THE MOUNTAIN” THROUGH THE SALT RIVER CANYON ON SATURDAY MORNING.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Birthday

Ok, I know my birthday was a week ago, but I wanted to show everyone the birthday present I got myself.  I was in a jewelry store, of all places, in January and saw a piece of art made out of horseshoes.   I have been thinking about it since I saw it in January, so I decided to buy it for myself for my birthday.

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Isn’t it the cutest horseshow butterfly you have every seen???  I’m thinking about painting the antennas with florescent paint.  What do you think??

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A little unexpected development…..this beautiful, colorful, horseshoe owl showed in the jewelry store.   What the hell…it’s my birthday and I want him too!!!  Isn’t he cool??

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Don’t want anyone to think that all I do is shop, so here is a picture of my winter painting project….the picture does not do it justice and it was my first use of stencils.  I will use them again.  It was fun and I liked the result.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

CORVETTE SHOW

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Friday, April 7, 2017

MARY’S BIRTHDAY

MARY TOOK HER BIRTHDAY OFF WORK AND WE SPENT THE DAY UP RIVER AT LAUGHLIN.

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WE TOOK THE CELEBRATIONS BOAT TOUR OF LAUGHLIN, WHICH CRUISES CASINO ROW AND TELLS THE HISTORY OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND THE CASINOS. AFTER THE CRUISE WE HAD FRIDAY FISH AT THE REGENCY CASINO.

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  “SUNNY & 90”

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DUST STORM

YESTERDAY MARY HAD THE DAY OFF AND WE ROLLED OUT THE SCOOTER AT 11 AM FOR A TRIP UP TO LAUGHLIN AND THE LIBRARY. WE FOOLED AROUND LAUGHLIN FOR A FEW HOURS IN SEARCH OF OUR 10,000 STEPS AND PLAYED A FEW SLOTS.

IT WAS A HOT AFTERNOON SO WE WERE IN SHORTS AND T-SHIRTS. ON THE TRIP HOME WE WERE ONLY 1 MILE FROM THE RV PARK AND I POINTED OUT TO MARY A DUST STORM HEADED ACOSS THE VALLEY JUST AHEAD OF US. THE PATH OF THE STORM AND US ON THE SCOOTER WERE ON A COLLISION COURSE. AT ONE HALF MILE FROM HOME THE STORM HIT WITH 50 – 60 MILE AN HOUR WINDS. WE WERE FORCED OFF THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND LITTERALLY DUCKED DOWN BEHIND THE SCOOTER FOR PROTECTION FROM THE DUST, SAND, AND ROCKS PELTING US. THE STING ON OUR LEGS WAS NOT COMFORTABLE AT ALL. VISIBILITY WAS ZERO AND WE WERE BOTH THANKFUL FOR OUR HELMETS AND FULL FACEMASK SHEILDS TO PROTECT OUR HEADS AND EYES.

AFTER 10 MINUTES A CAR STOPPED AND WE WERE THANKFUL TO STAND BEHIND THE CAR FOR MORE PROTECTION. AFTER 20 MINUTES WE WERE ABLE TO SLOWLY PROCEED THE LAST HALF MILE HOME THANKFUL FOR THREE WHEELS INSTEAD OF TWO OR WE WOULD HAVE BEEN BLOWN OVER.

AT HOME THERE WAS NO DAMAGE TO OUR TRAILER, BUT THE POWER WAS OUT AND REMAINED OUT FOR THE REST OF THE EVENING.

TODAY I HAVE TO HOSE THE DUST AND DIRT OFF THE SCOOTER AND SWEEP THE GRAVEL AND DUST OUT OF THE TRAILER.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

CAR SHOWS

T’IS THE SEASON FOR CAR SHOWS IN LAUGHLIN. THERE WERE TWO THIS WEEK-END. THE 30TH ANNUAL CHEVY SHOW AT THE TROP. I’VE BEEN TO THIS SHOW BEFORE AND PUT PICTURES ON THE BLOG SO I LEFT THE CAMERA IN THE SCOOTER. 90% OF THESE CARS ARE ‘56, ‘57, AND ‘58 CHEVYS, ABOUT THE TIME I WAS LEARNING TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN OLDSMOBILE AND A PONTIAC.

THE SECOND SHOW WAS AT THE AVI AND 90% OF THESE CARS AND TRUCKS WERE BUILT LOW TO GROUND. I DON’T GET IT. MUST BE A NEW FAD OF SOME SORT….. I SHRUGGED IT OFF AS ANOTHER GOOFY CALIFORNIA THING. MAKES ABOUT AS MUCH SENSE AS WEARING YOUR PANTS HALFWAY DOWN YOUR ASS…..

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I’M NOT SURE HOW YOU GET THE TWO STEP LADDERS LOADED INTO THE BACK AFTER YOU’RE SEATED? THE HEADLIGHTS ARE SIX FEET OFF THE GROUND……

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

19 DAYS

MARY IS ON THE COUNT DOWN WITH 19 DAYS LEFT UNTIL SHE’S DONE WITH CASINO WORK FOR ANOTHER SEASON. EASTER SUNDAY WILL BE HER LAST DAY.

IS SHE ALL DONE? IS SHE GOING TO RETIRE LIKE REX? NOPE, SHE DID THE PAPERWORK AND PLANS TO RETURN TO CASINO WORK RIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING NEXT NOVEMBER.

IT’S REALLY HARD FOR HER TO THINK ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN HER YARD AT THE CABIN ON THE MOUNTAIN. HERE ARE THE SEEDLINGS SHE HAS BEEN GROWING SINCE FEBRUARY.

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THE REST OF THE FLOWERS ARE HOLD OVERS FROM THE CABIN FROM LAST SUMMER THAT WE’VE TRIED TO KEEP ALIVE ALL WINTER ON THE DESERT.

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  “SUNNY & 80”

Sunday, March 26, 2017

FRIENDS

ANOTHER TYPICAL DAY IN RETIREMENT, AS I TOOK THE SCOOTER TO ROTARY PARK ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER IN SEARCH OF MY 10,000 DAILY STEPS. I ALSO STOPPED AT THE HOME AND GARDEN SHOW ON THE MIRICAL MILE. ON THE WAY HOME I DECIDED TO SWING BY AND VISIT AN OLD WORK BUDDY, NATE. I HADN’T SEEN NATE SINCE THE CASINO DAYS AND IT WAS GOOD TO CATCH UP.

THEN WHEN I GOT HOME I HAD A VOICE MAIL FROM MY OLE BUDDY DANNY BECKER FROM WAUKON. HE WAS LAYING OVER IN KINGMAN, AZ ON HIS WAY TO PHOENIX. I KNOW YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS, BUT WE GOT TOGETHER FOR A VISIT AND ONLY DRANK 4 BEERS !! YUP, NOT 40 BEERS, JUST 4 BEERS.

EVEN MARY WAS SURPRISED, I HAD LEFT HER A NOTE, AND SHE FIGURE SHE WOULDN’T SEE ME UNTIL THE NEXT DAY AFTER 40 BEERS.

CONSIDERING IT WAS JUST ANOTHER DAY, IT TURNED OUT TO BE OLD FRIENDS DAY WITH TWO SURPRISE VISITS.

TODAY IS ANOTHER TYPICAL DAY (“SUNNY & 80”) AND I’M ABOUT TO ROLL THE SCOOTER OUT OF THE TRAILER AND GO IN SEARCH OF MY 10,000 STEPS. THE ONLY THING BETTER WOULD BE A WALK ON THE BEACH AND A STOP AT WANNA WANNA WITH UNCLE HANS……

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Turtle Rescue SPI

By Uncle Hans

We were first on the island in 2010 and we have never done the turtle rescue. Today is the day........

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But Gerry came out to have a look at Renee

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Renee once had an experience while scuba diving in Grand Cayman where she came face-to-face with a huge sea turtle and it was an enchanting moment. I had to practically drag her out of the rescue before she purchased her way onto the board of directors. This may be something in her future

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Although she may just opt for the professional shell collecting position

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By Uncle Hans