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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lesson Learned: Do Less or Blog More


I am not  doing a very good job at keeping our blog current. We have had a wonderful time the past few weeks in the Arizona Desert. Here is a quick run down of some of our fun adventures.

Like most big cities, Phoenix has an endless list of attractions. However, I think there are three that deserve special mention.

JoAnne  got to try her hand at paper flower making. 
Heard Museum – Interested in learning about the cultures of the Native peoples of the Americas? This is the place for you. This relatively small museum is impressive. Everything from the Spanish Colonial architecture to the exhibits is “first class”. A late lunch in the Courtyard was a perfect end to our visit here. More Pictures.

Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) – Even if you are not a “museum” person, you need to go here. Billed as, “The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum” it would be easy to spend days here. Everything from the most basic “drum” of an African tribe to a Fender Electric Guitar is on display – along with amazing videos celebrating music worldwide. A special treat for us, an exhibition, “Women Who Rock” was showing while we were there. The exhibition traced the important roles women have played in popular music. From Juke-Joint Mamas to Lady Gaga – Wow! More Pictures.

Taliesin – This was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and academy from 1937 until his death in 1957. To this day it remains the winter campus of the architectural school. While not as “impressive” as some of his other buildings (Falling Water for example) – the history is fascinating. If you are a Frank Lloyd Wright fan – put this on your bucket list. More Pictures

As I mentioned in previous posts, one of our main objectives this year was to stay in the desert long enough to see it in bloom. But even at that we did not think we would be here long enough to see the Saguaro bloom. Guess what… on our last day at McDowell Regional Mountain Park we spotted a Saguaro in bloom. Rick took a picture and uploaded it to the park and they ended up using it as their Facebook cover photo – how cool is that.

This was our second stay at McDowell and it remains one of our favorite parks. Like Lost Dutchman State Park, this was a good home base for exploring the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Of course, we took some great evening hikes and saw some great sunsets.

The only downside was saying good-bye to our traveling buddies Hal and Lois who left us here and headed back to Colorado.

On Saturday, before we left McDowell we took in the Pow Wow at Fort McDowell Casino. This was a much bigger event than we had expected – finding parking was no easy task but we were rewarded by world class dancing… and the Color! More Photos

After leaving McDowell we had a quick stop at the Escapees Rainbow Park – North Ranch. Our main goal was to take the RV through the Smart Weigh program. – Mission Accomplished and all is good.

Seeing the London Bridge has always been on JoAnne’s bucket list. So, from Congress we headed to Lake Havasu. Again…Mission Accomplished. More Photos

Next Stop – Boondocking on US Forest Service land South of Cottonwood, AZ. Stay tuned…

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lost Dutchman – Old and New Friends and Parting Shots


Yep, Lost Dutchman was a wonderful home base for lots of interesting adventures. It also gave us a chance to catch up with some old friends.

Rick, Carol, Paul, Lois, Hal, JoAnne
We headed down to Old Town Scottsdale to meet up with full time RVers Paul and Carol. We first met them last year in Alamogordo, NM where we spent a fun day with them at White Sands.

Judy, Chuck, Peg, Rick, JoAnne
Also, we caught up with two high school friends. Yes… High School! We had re-connected last year when we went back to Lombard for our 50th reunion. Peg and her husband Chuck live year round in Apache Junction and Judy and her husband Paul spend winters near Goodyear.

Mark & Emily
We also got to meet fellow RVers and bloggers Emily and Mark Fagan. We had been following their Roads Less Traveled blog for some time and it was great to meet them. Interestingly enough, this was the first campground they had stayed at in over 7 months. Yes, they are serious boondockers. Oh, they also had some very cool cameras and mountain bikes… Envy!

Saint Patricks’ day was celebrated with a great meal of corned beef and cabbage. Who says you can’t cook great meals on the road!

We came close to experiencing one of the infamous Phoenix dust storms.

Finally, we got to just hang out and enjoy the desert.