Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Amsterdam

We finally got to Seattle and flew out to Amsterdam where we will be boarding our cruise to the Baltics tommorrow.We boarded our ship the Celebrity Silhouette and met up with some friends and went to the sailaway party.Good times ahead.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Engine,cruise,and Washington Aug 31 2016

Well this will be a long post so I’ll break up into segments.First will start with May.

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We were heading up to Washington for our summer stay at the Evergreen Coho SKP park when we got to Ore. and all hell broke loose.We were coming down the Siskyou Mts. and arrived in Medford Ore.to the motorhome pouring white smoke and  making lots of noise.Fortunately we pulled into Costco and Sam was able to get hold of a shop that was about 5 mins. down the road.After looking a the RV they determined it had to go in the shop.This is a very busy shop so we waited for 10 days before they could get us in.Come to find out we would need a new engine.Oh No. Panic time.They finally got it in the shop and we went to a friends house in Burney Ca. We were thinking that it would be ready in a week.Not so, there was something wrong with new engine so they had to order another rebuilt.After another week went by we told them that we were leaving on a cruise in 4 days and had to be in Seattle to fly out.So we left and went Seattle to fly to Amsterdam.When we got back from the cruise we went down and the motorhome was ready for us.We got back on the road and finally made back to Wash. to our lot in Evergreen Coho.

While waiting for the RV we we took a ride to Hells Gate Canyon on the Rogue River.It started out nice but as we continued on we found ourselves lost on dirt roads in the mountains.It was getting late and we were getting worried as it would be getting dark soon.We passed a couple guys and we were looking for this lodge but never did find it up in the forest. We did finally make out of there and the car was completely covered in dirt.Oh well in was an adventure and we enjoyed ourselves. Here’s some photos of the day.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Leaving Benson March 29,2016

Another month gone and it’s time to leave Benson and start heading north.It’s hard to believe 3 months of the year is already gone.Sam’s busy as always contantly working on different projects that need to be done. I’ve been doing some beading with the group here and have a couple bracelets finished.IMG_0004

San Xavier Mission

This mission is a historical landmark and the only remaining one fully intact in Arizona.It was founded in 1692 as part of the missions being built by Father Francisco Kino a Jesuit missionary. Since 1978 10 million dollars has been spent on restoration.The open everyday and free tours are given.If your in the Tucson area this a must see.

 

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Mortuary

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Inside mission

They started a photogorphy club here in the park and this was one of our outings.

One day we took a ride and came across Old Tucson Studios.There was a gate so we were unable to get close enough to get photos but here is one.

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We also went out Mescal road and was on a mission to go see some waterfalls to no avail. There was several washes to crossDSC00009 and we don’t have 4 wheel on our new car so couldn’t forge the water.Makes us wish we had old car.It was quite deep as we tried to get through but had to back up.

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We also had Ole Mexico days this month which was a three day affair.It started with a pet parade and they had some really cute dogs dressed up and some did tricks.On friday they carnival booths with games,chicken bingo,cantina,sold sweets,played blackjack and had a mexican lunch. People were dressed up for Fashions for Ole Mexico Daysthe affair.Lots of other things were going on and everyone seemed to have a good time.

 

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We also had a Mariachi School Band that entertained us.These kids were better than professionals and have been playing insruments since they were very small.Some also had great voices.

 

 

 

 

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Well now it’s time to move on until next season in Benson. Adios

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Feburary Happenings 2016

We left Quartzsite on the 1st and arrived back in Benson with cold tempertures and snow flurries. The first week was busy with Dinners,Bingo,Movie night,Annual Meeting and our leaseholders party.At our new leaseholders party we celebrated 27 new leaseholders. Everyone brought heavy appetizers and cake and ice cream ws served.It is always busy here.
The 2nd week started off with our superbowl party and served up 7 different types of soup and baked potatoes.This money maker raised 600. dollars.This week started with the meetings with new members and committees.It was very busy week reorganizing.We had our monthly Bunco night and heavy food for dinner.We also had a cookie and fudge sale for Valentines.Buy your sweetie  some sweets.On the 15th they had a Valentins dinner with steak and lobster.Yummy.The week we had the usual things going on,but also had crafter's nite out. Everyone brought food and was a lot of fun.We also had our annual food auction which brings in lots of money. Lots of food items made by leaseholders and several dinners and a Progressive dinner for 6. The progressive went for 800 dollars ,down from the last couple of years.All in all it was a great fund raiser and made over 6000.dollars.The last week we had a Casita tour where people sign up to show their casitas.There were about 17 that showed theirs and somm were beautiful. On the 27th we had men's night out and we servd them dinner and had a skit or two and they played games afterward. Poker,cards,ping pong,and pool.
Our son and grandaughter flew in from California and we took them to Tomstone on Friday.Since they've been in this area they enjoyed themselves.They came down to pickup our old Suzuki for Carli as we had bought a new car and didn't need it any longer. Seems like I can't get photos posted.That's all for this month.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Jan 2016 Quartzsite

We arrived in Quartzsite on the 1st and have been here for a month with friends.This year it’s been cold except for the last week.My sister and brother –in-law stopped by ow their way back to California. They have never been here and we went to Silly Al’s for lunch.They didn’t know what to think of Q,especially when we stopped by the book store to show them this one of a kind place.Of course this always is a interesting spot in Q.Pictures were taken with Paul but will refrain from posting them.

One Saturday we had to go to Parker to Ruberto’s for our breakfast burritos.These surpass any we have ever had.We also ventured to the swap meet to see what we could find.Not much.

Another day we went to yuma to the Arizona Marketplace and came away with a few things.

The Escapees have a Happy Hour social two days in Jan.with music.We always go to this because we meet up we people we only see once a year in Q.It’s lots of fun meeting new people and seeing old friends.

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Friends from Park Sierra

 

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Sam,Margie Maloney,Dennis Keeney Elaine Cannel Sandy Keeney !st row Mary Lane,Me,Brenda Neil,Dave Neil

We went to Parker another day and went to the Desert Bar.We’ve been coming here for years and what a change over the years.It has expanded over the years with several places to eat andplaces to sit.Everything is run by solar and is only open on the weekends.It goes back 5 miles on a dirt road.They have a band playing if you would like to listen,socialize,and dance.There is also a bar.This is a fun place to go and experience something different.

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Nachos for a group

This is a plate of Nachos and will serve 4.

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Church facade.Lots of people come out to get married in front of this chuch facade.

One day we went out to Palmosa road where lots of friend and clubs are boondocking.Our Escapees chapter #6 and #21 were having a social serving homade soup and Polar Bears.The soup was great but the Polar Bears were the best.Love them.

On the 21st Sam and I drove up to visit our daughter and son in law in San Diego.They just moved into a new house in Mission Hills.On Fri. night we went with them to a wine bar. They belong to a wine club group and they were having there annual meeting.Sat. Jim had to work so Sam,Jill,and I went to Mission Hills Regional Park.They have various hiking trails and a nice museum.There were lots of people out hiking on a beautiful day.

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Grinding Rocks

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Jill and Me

Next we went to San Deigo mission and walked around

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On Sunday it was Sam’s birthday so we went to the beach and Torrey Pines State Park.They have hiking trails there and went spent some time there then went to lunch In Cardiff By the Sea.A very enjoyable time with our daughter.

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Back to Q and time for Sam’s birthday party.His birthday was Sunday but since we were in San Deigo we had it when we got back.It was a great day and a fun time.

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The birthday boys. Sam and Al

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Friends at Potluck Birthday

It’s now the end of Janurary and time to move on to Benson.Can’t believe a month has passed so quickly.