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Smokey Mountain National Park, Newfound Gap

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Dealing with the Winter Weather (Casa Grande, AZ)


Just wanted to give you guys the heads up.  I know you are dealing with cold, rainy weather.  Also, not to mention the SNOW.  We also are dealing with winter weather.  It is clear sunny 88 degrees and we will have to walk all the way over to the pool/hot tub to cool off.  

Ann in Pool (1 of 1)

It is hot, but it is a dry heat.  I know every one will wish us well as we deal with this winter weather here in Arizona.  In love

Now for a happier note, here is what we have been doing.   Our good friends Jan and Jim Leigh stopped by the RV park we are staying at for a few days. 

Jan and Jim (1 of 1)

We met Jan and Jim at a New Horizons Rally a few years ago in Florida.  Unfortunately, they went over to the dark side of RVing. they sold their New Horizons 5th and  bought a motorhome.   But we will forgive their transgressions and remain friends forever.  Surprised smile

We visited the Casa Grande Ruins that was built by the “ The Ancient Sonoran Desert People”  and lived there for thousands of years.  They farmed the land by building a vast  network of canals to irrigate the land.  Then around 1450 C.E.  they abandoned the land and disappeared.   No one can explain why.

The next day we took a trip to Florence, AZ.  Florence was having a “29th Annual Celebration of Historic Florence Arizona” day.  This happens the second Saturday in February each year.  The private homes and businesses that are in historic buildings open their doors so the people can see the many buildings

They also had a Gunfight in the street.

Life is Sweet on the Roan Road…

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy (Casa Grande, AZ)


Right now we are in Casa Grande, AZ for the month of February.  Verizon Cell service is good but Internet is slow.  I am trying out the local WiFi, which we have to pay for. 

Let me recap:

We arrived back in the Las Vegas area, got our home out of storage, and returned to Bolder City for a week to restock the camper with food. Also to recover from the 11 inches of show and 8 degree NY weather.

Before we left Las Vegas, Brad, Vic’s neighbor, made me a birthday cake.

Happy Birthday Roy (1 of 1)

That is one Yummy cake !!!  Thanks Brad. BTW we just finished the last piece.

We took of for Quartzsite, AZ and the Quartzsite RV show.  About 150 mile away.  There we met up with old friends and made lots of new ones.  The big attraction is the free boondocking and all things RV.  The whole town is goes from about 300 in the summer to 1,000,000 in the winter.  There is one huge tent with hundreds of vendors, thousands of people and all kinds of cars, ATVs and RVs.  What a mess.  Been there, done that, once.  The only way we will go back is to see all of our friends.

From Quartzsite we traveled to Mesa, AZ  We stayed in the same RV resort as our friends Sandy and Warren.  We had a great time seeing the sights around Phoenix.

We always thought the desert was nothing but rocks.  We pleasantly surprised when we went to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. They have an exhibit “ Chihuly in the Garden”. 

We made a special trip back to see the display lighted at dusk.

While in Mesa Ann, Sandy, Warren and myself went to the Heard Museum of American Indian History and Art.

The Salt River was dammed up to form the Saguaro Lake.  We took a boat ride on the lake and up the Salt River.

Last we drove a narrow winding road through the desert to an old mining,  town, Tortilla Flats, turned tourist attraction. It was one block long with a restaurant/saloon, gift shop selling the usual stuff, burger shop and a very small museum.

With many regrets and a heavy heart we left Mesa and traveled to Casa Grande.

More to come, so stay glued to your computer for the next installment.

Life is Super on the Roan Road….