Posts Tagged: ‘Arizona’

Thirteen Flights – Three Months

January 16, 2018 Posted by Deb

We sold the boat to spend more time traveling by jet … probably should have been careful what we wished for. The plan was to go to Iowa for Christmas and Deb’s family, Mexico on Christmas Day through New Year’s for Chuck’s family, a breather is AZ for a few days followed by a trip to Destin, Florida, for Chuck’s 70th with the Borchert clan. A bit challenging, and we both ended up with airplane flu but at least it waited until after the birthday party.

Last Hike 2017 – The Petroglyphs

These desert hike shots all look the same but the petroglyphs are unique. We stayed with the slow group for the petroglyph portion of the trail and liked their pace and the frequent breaks. May be a clue in there somewhere.

Petroglyphs Hugh Norris Trail

Petroglyphs Hugh Norris Trail

How Many Engineers/Computer Guys Does It Take to Find the Trail?

How Many Engineers/Computer Guys Does It Take to Find the Trail?

Christmas in Iowa

This is a can’t miss for Deb and its quite an event. The focus is now about two generations down from us and sometimes we’re the oldest in the room. But that’s OK. We had our time when we covered the nighttime living room in her family farm home with sleeping pads and cousins in every direction.

Gingerbread Houses are Being Engineered

Gingerbread Houses are Being Engineered

Some of Those Guys Can Really Jump

Some of Those Guys Can Really Jump

Haven't Had to Scrape Windows Like This for a Long, Long Time

Haven’t Had to Scrape Windows Like This for a Long, Long Time

Christmas and New Years in Mexico

Chuck’s sister Barb and Michael have lived in Ajijic (pronounced Ah-hee-hee’) about 40 minutes from Guadalajara for a half year now and brother Bill started the ball rolling for a group visit. He flew in from Anchorage and we flew in from Des Moines. The town was a hit, the weather was perfect, the food was excellent and everywhere. Ajijic is on 50-mile long Lake Chapala and is surrounded by mountains. Its altitude is about like Denver and the year around temperature bounces around 77F. There are around 30,000 ex pats living in the area.

Barb & MIchael's Back Yard Garden

Barb & Michael’s Back Yard Garden

Male Pole Dancers on the Malecon

Male Pole Dancer Ritual on the Malecon

Negotiating for a Boat Ride

Negotiating for a Boat Ride

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Folk Dancers at the Restaurant

Folk Dancers at the Restaurant

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Hiking on Mezcala Island

Hiking on Mezcala Island

Cat Attack When We Brought Out the Alaskan Smoked Salmon

Cat Attack When We Brought Out the Alaskan Smoked Salmon

Hiking on the Mountain Over Ajijic

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This Guy is Everywhere on His Horse, Even Takes It Into the Bars

This Guy is Everywhere on His Horse, Even Rides It Into the Bars

An Afternoon in the Hot Thermal Baths

An Afternoon in the Hot Thermal Baths

The Traditional Hot Dog BBQ Wherever We Are

The Traditional Hot Dog BBQ Wherever We Are

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Annual Arizona Relative Reunion – Phoenix

It’s been going on for awhile but we’re in Arizona now so we get to attend. Pizza, pickleball, bocci ball, and beer at Kerry and Cathy’s complex in Mesa. Deb saw relatives she hadn’t seen in 30+ years.GolfCartCathys

Sailing Reunion in Arizona - Gayle Suhich and Todd Duff Stopped By on Their Way to New Zealand to Buy a New Boat

Sailing Reunion in Arizona – Gayle Suhich and Todd Duff Stopped By on Their Way to New Zealand to Buy a New Boat

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A Big Number

We have vacationed with Deb’s cousins for decades so we accepted an invitation to join the group in Destin, FL for the big birthday event. We flew in did a fair job of eating our way down the coast. We loved the 30A stretch and would have biked it if we had had good weather. We got in on a real break in the cold weather but the cold did catch us on the last day.

Birthday Celebration at LuLu's (owned by Jimmy Buffet's Sister)

Birthday Celebration at LuLu’s (owned by Jimmy Buffet’s Sister)

A Project Boat?

A Project Boat?

The Emerald Coast View from Ron & Barb's Balcony

The Emerald Coast View from Ron & Barb’s Balcony

Picked Up a Pickleball Game in Destin

Picked Up a Pickleball Game in Destin

Cousins, Nephews, Pickleball, Hiking, and

December 15, 2016 Posted by Deb

We have had visitors in Arizona (or are we the visitors?). There are relatives on Deb’s side of the family all through the area, some permanent and some transient. We got together with all of them at one time or another and did Sedona one more time.

Throwback to 1960s Knust Family in the Southwest

Throwback to 1960s Knust Family in the Southwest

Ted, Ashley & Annalee Come to Arizona - Time Spent with a Little Ghost Whisperer

Ted, Ashley & Annalee Come to Arizona – Time Spent with a Little Ghost Whisperer

 Toys (Chuck's SUV Invention)

Toys (Chuck’s SUV Invention)

Sunset in Sedona

Sunset in Sedona

You Are Here

You Are Here

Spaceship Rock

Spaceship Rock

Chicken Point

Chicken Point

Vortexing (Maybe Faking It a Little)

Vortexing (Maybe Faking It a Little)

New Movie Promotional Photo

New Movie Promotional Photo

Cathedral Rock End of Trail

Cathedral Rock Trail Ends Abruptly

Vortexing Again

Vortexing Again

Dueling Cameras at Submarine Rock

Dueling Cameras at Submarine Rock

Hiking Sedona, Picacho Peak, and McDowell Preserve

November 20, 2016 Posted by Deb

The Cast Iron Canoe Club women made a showing in Sedona. Deb rented a nice VRBO with a Jacuzzi and the group did a power vacation in and out in a weekend. While they did Sedona, I did Picacho Peak and took glider lessons at Estrella near Maricopa.devilsbridgewithcastironcrewsedonahikingpathyogasedona

Top of Picacho Peak

Top of Picacho Peak

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Hiking the Superstitions and “The Kid”

November 4, 2016 Posted by Deb

OK, hiking pictures are pretty repetitive in the desert but we did generate a story in the Superstitions. The “kid” was taking a break near where we ate lunch in the main basin about 3+ miles up. Some of the ladies started commenting on his shoes. They were splitting out on both sides. The conversation evolved into our nomination for a future Darwin Award.The “kid” picked the shoes so water would drain out. He knew nothing about camping. He was on a mission to make three stockpiling trips to a camp that he intended to use one or maybe two nights higher up on the mountain. The stockpile is the story. He was carrying over 90 pounds that included gallons of water, a large piece of firewood (about 10 inches in diameter), a gallon can of macaroni, over 15 hand warmers, and loads of other less than helpful junk. We thought it was just BS until we saw his pack. Both hands were full of gallon jugs of water so good luck climbing. The concept of a tent and sleeping bag seemed lost on him. Worst case scenario is that he gets hurt. More probable is that he leaves a lot of litter on the mountain.

The Kid Heading Up to His Campsite for Next Month

The Kid Stocking His Campsite for Next Month

Siphon Draw

Siphon Draw

Closing Out Arizona

December 28, 2015 Posted by Deb

PSX_20151227_172449-700x700Arizona was an experiment. It’s been a whirlwind of “active adult” activities since mid-October and our pre-conceived notions about these places were pretty much all wrong. We liked it here and are sad about leaving. We met some nice folks and unlike sailing, we may never see them again (unless we come back). PSX_20151227_175306PSX_20151227_175416PSX_20151227_180341Of course, leaving from here for New Zealand presents its own set of challenges. We are leaving the RV in storage here until June. We are flying from New Zealand to Ft Lauderdale to get on the boat. So …. We aren’t hauling our filing system, laptops, hard drives, some clothing, misc electronics, and other stuff to New Zealand with us so we have to put together a shipment from AZ to FL for all that stuff. We also have to pickle the RV since it gets cold here and hire an RV watcher. On top of that, someone stole our slot in storage after we’ve been paying for it for months and not using it just to make sure we had a slot. Oops. They found another spot for us and gave us a month free for the hassle. We put saw horses on the slot so no one would take it and they got stolen. Oops.

Christmas, 2015

Deb flew to Iowa for her large family function which included activities like ice skating, old fashioned country church Christmas program, breakfast and lunch with Aunt Dorothy, annual Christmas volleyball games, party prep with sister Cindy, Star Wars movie with cousins, and catching up with lots of family and friends. I stayed here to work on the RV and deal with some pickleball commitments. Oh … we needed to barbeque up the rest of the hot dogs, salmon, and shrimp before we leave.PSX_20151227_180113

Guess Who Takes After Her Great Aunt Debbie

Guess Who Takes After Her Great Aunt Debbie

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While Deb Was Away

While Deb Was Away

Sedona, AZ

Sedona is kind of the AZ wonderland with magnetic vortexes, healing powers, and red rocks everywhere. We arranged a timeshare at the Wyndam for the cost of a cheap motel and had a Jacuzzi in the room. We hiked everday and tried as many restaurants as we could. On the final morning we woke up to 5 inches of snow and didn’t hesitate to get out of town and head south.PSX_20151227_173955PSX_20151227_174257PSX_20151227_174826

Migrating South

October 26, 2015 Posted by Deb

We pointed the RV south and there isn’t a lot of noteworthy stuff until the mountains. We were pretty much alone wherever we pulled in for the night and the park fees ranged from $10 to a real fancy place in Flagstaff at $50 per night. We hit a long 7% grade coming south on I-17 out of Flagstaff and hit 4,500 rpm on the Ford V12 and 85 mph at one time but on that whole leg we braked only three small hits due to slow traffic. We don’t know if we want to go back up that way … we don’t have a diesel. Our favorite side trip was Sedona and we’re going to go back and do it again soon.WashdownAftonLakeSedona_DebSlideRockStatePark_OakCreekCanyon

We have settled in Casa Grande for a couple of months. So we’ve been hiking, biking, swimming and playing pickleball. They offer us a long list of things to do every day, not sure what activities will get us addicted in the long run.CasaGrandeMountain_DebSaguaroCasaGrandeMountain_ChuckPickleBall_PalmCreekMorning