The temperatures are in the 90’s, the Saguaro’s and hedgehogs are blooming, and graduations are approaching. All are signs that it’s time to be getting back on the road.
|Saguaro in Bloom|
|Hedgehog in Bloom|
Our past couple months have been jam packed with activity. We went to Lost Dutchman State Park, by Apache Junction, for a five day mini-rang, as the Boomers call their rallies. There were about 10 rigs there, so it was a nice turnout. Our views were spectacular, as usual, and this year I was able to do some hiking as well, thanks to the new ankle.
|Gary and Pam lead the way|
|Views of Superstition Mountains from our rigs at Rally|
Everyone shared their talents. Leland set up a terrific telescope for a wonderful star star show, Ken brought his guitar to enjoy at the camp fire, Steve and Pam led some great hikes, and I even led a short session on Laughter Yoga. Of course we also visited Tortilla Flat and enjoyed the western atmosphere and great views out there.
|Ken and Joan|
The last day several of us rode Phoenix’s new lite rail system across town to the Old Spaghetti Factory for lunch. It was a great adventure and the ones who usually do all the driving in city traffic got to really enjoy themselves. Lunch at the Spaghetti Factory is always good. I’d forgotten how good their Mizithra cheese is and bought some to bring home.
|Lite Rail approaching.|
|Boomer Mini-Rang at Lost Dutchman State Park|
|Bags made from Selvages|
|Eleanor Burns and I|
|Classroom at Quilt In a Day Studio|
|Eleanor as Eleanor Roosevelt with Antique Quilt|
|Eleanor with Storm at Sea Quilt|
That night we went to dinner and a magic show at the Lawrence Welk resort. Then it was off early the next morning to Rosie’s Quilt store in San Diego, before heading back to AZ. One of the gals had the idea to pass a paper around for everyone to write down how much they had spent in just the 3 quilt stores. All done anonymously of course. We totaled it when it came back to us and all together we had spent almost $13,000 at the 3 stores. With 46 of us on the bus it was an average of about $282 per person. Yes, there was room on the bus for all our purchases, but we definitely made California a little greener with our visit.
In April, Riki and I attended the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation (NFFF) Annual Survivor’s Conference in North Phoenix. I picked Riki up at the airport on my way to the Hotel on Saturday, we attended Peer Support Training all day Sunday, and the Conference was Mon-Wed, with about 136 attending, plus staff from NFFF.
|Peer Support Training Group|
Tuesday night entertainment was provided by Yellow Bird Family Company, including the 2011 World Champion Hoop Dancer. They have performed all over the world and were fantastic. This is an interesting photo I took. Yes, he was moving that fast.
|Yellow Bird Dance Company|
|Hard Rock Cafe, Phoenix, AZ|
|Butterfly Ready to Fly|
|Riki & I at Grand Canyon|
|Bell Rock at Sedona|
|View from our suite!|
|Worn out Bandit|
We’re going to get the Motor Home Saturday to start packing, and hope to leave on Wed. May 1st. We’re going up to Show Low for a few days to look around some more, as that may be a future summer residence. Then we’ll meet Gary’s sister, Pam and brother-in-law, Jim for a fun few days at Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. We plan on getting to Evanston, WY around May 15th.
Dancing on down the road................................
Hugs, Katy , Gary, Rusty and Bandit