It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Recovery Accomplished, Astonishing Purchase, Updating, Researching, Evening Fire and Helping Out.

Our Location today is Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood, Arizona, U.S.A. 

After lazing around for a while this morning my back told my it was time to get moving at 7:30 this morning. I’d barely gotten the Window Shades open in the living area and the Coffee Cups set on the counter when Kathy was coming down the stairs. After a light breakfast we settled in to get caught up on our E-mails, News from back in Windsor and Blogs that haven’t posted in a while. We also talked about what we needed to accomplish today.
Not a promising start to our day.
While Kathy finished checking on what the kids have been doing back home I remade the bed and topped off our CPAPs so they’d be ready for tonight. When Kathy went upstairs to get changed I packed up our Hiking Gear and brought it upstairs to be stored.
We had our Supper at the Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant on Monday and we had room enough in the booth that we had laid our Jackets next to us with our Cap/Visor on them. After eating Kathy put her Jacket on and we left. It wasn’t until we were heading out the next morning to go visit Montezuma’s Castle that we realized Kathy’s new Petrified Forest Visor was Missing and she had it going into the Restaurant.

With our Shopping List in hand we headed out of the Park and into Cottonwood. It was only after 11:00 when we arrived at the Golden Dragon and the manager said he had it in his car but not in the truck he’d brought today. Asked why he said his son had found it and given it to him on their way home the other night so it was still in the car. We decided to stay for their Lunch Buffet knowing we wouldn’t eat much for supper. By the time we’d finished eating the Manager had gone home and returned with Kathy’s Visor.

After finishing our big meal of the day, we needed to buy a few more groceries so we drove over to Food City. We managed to get everything we needed and found a few other things that were Unbelievably Priced at this store. They were Garden Ornaments that back in Windsor would have been four times the price they were here. Garden Ornaments unfortunately don’t work too well in an RV Lifestyle.

As we were checking out when Brad announced the total I simply Tapped my Card and it immediately accepted it. Brad said he’s been doing that job for over Thirty-Years and never seen anything like that. As mentioned before there are things we take for granted in Canada that is just coming to the US.

We were home shortly after 1:30 and after getting the Groceries put away we both had things to do on the Computers. Kathy wanted to research things we’ll be doing while in Congress next week while I was busy updating our two Rand McNally GPSs. Last year when we had trouble with our GPS as soon as it was updated it began working properly. After the fiasco the other day we knew it was time to do it again.

We did enjoy a bowl of Kathy’s Homemade Chicken Vegetable Soup for our supper tonight. 
T. J> happy to sell me the wood.
While Kathy cleaned up the kitchen I busied myself getting things ready for our very first Campfire of our Winter Getaway. Having bought a bundle of Firewood at the Camp Host’s Site I soon had it going nicely. We also got to see a beautiful Arizona Sunset off in the distant Mountain Range just past Clarksville
This Arizona Sunset looks like the sky is on fire.
The lights of Clarksville in the distance.
As we were sitting enjoying our fire a 4x4 Van pulling a Trailer with an ATV on it kept on circling our Campground Loop so we figured they couldn’t find their site. Leaving Kathy to guard the Fire I used a Flashlight to get the driver’s attention. It was a woman traveling with her two dogs and she was tired but couldn’t see the posts with the site numbers. When I asked the number and she responded I pointed to her Site Number painted on the Asphalt right next to me. I explained how she could simply drive through by driving around the loop one more time. When she turned the corner, I signalled with the flashlight and she was starting to set up in less than a minute after parking. 
First Campfire of this trip.

Back at the Fire it was past 8:30 by the time the flames died down. We think we’ll sleep well tonight. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

Samuel Johnson, English Writer

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Another Adventure, A Quick Trip Up The Road and Cooking Ahead.

Our Location today is Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Cottonwood, Arizona, U.S.A.

We are finally getting rested up enough that we are waking a little earlier each day. I was up and getting everything ready for breakfast by 8:00 this morning before starting my morning reading on the Computer. That was around the time Kathy came downstairs apologizing for sleeping in. It’s not like we are on any schedule for the time being. We are Retired and even though this is our everyday life we are enjoying it. 

We were out the door later then we expected to be this morning. After having over prepared ourselves for yesterdays Adventure we were much more laxed about our plans for today. Today we each walked out with only our Hiking Water Bottles, Ball Caps, a single Walking Stick each and the Cameras
The Monument from the yard.
Where the grain was ground into flour,
We needed to make a stop before going too far but when I dropped Kathy off at the door she was met by a sign that indicated the place was “Closed on Wednesdays”. With Snowbirds migrating south for the upcoming winter that could be bad for business. 
Rooms surrounding the main Tower.
Kathy waiting for me to catch up.
It was nearly noon by that time so before leaving Cottonwood we stopped at the Dairy Queen to have lunch. Kathy had the $5.00 Meal Deal while I splurged and had the $6.00 Meal Deal. How many places do you know that serve you a Sandwich, Fries, Soft Drink and an Ice Cream Sundae for dessert for that low a price. 
Kathy entering the tower.
This shows how the ceiling was supported.
Our destination today was Clarksdale which is the community closest to the Tuzigoot National Monument. We had planned on visiting this Monument along with Montezuma’s Castle and Well yesterday but that got Nixed when we had trouble with our GPS
Rooms abutting rooms that abutted the tower.
Some Volcanic Rock used in the structure.
The red arrow points to Jerome on the mountain side.
Picture taken from the tower at the Monument.
Following the road to the Monument as you approach it stands visibly above the valley floor. Since no other vehicles were behind we made a brief stop to get a picture from below. Just then a car came speeding up from behind didn’t slow down just veered around us over a Double Yellow Line before stopping in the Parking Lot. There had been a Sherriff’s Patrol Car parked facing the direction we were coming from when that happened. He immediately turned on his Flashers and blocked that car and its occupants in. We never did see those people inside. 
The Picture we took from the road.
The Tuzigoot Monument is different from what we saw yesterday where they built Dwellings in the face of the cliffs. This 110 Room Community was built using Rocks and Stones mortared together on a Ridge that was 120 Feet above the Valley Floor. The village was built around 1100 AD and continued to grow for the next Three Hundred Years until people started moving away. As with the other monuments this was occupied by ancestors of the Hopi Tribes and had not been meant to be a Permanent Home. Listening to their Inner Nomadic Instincts they eventually abandoned these dwellings and moved on. After spending over an hour walking the paved paths of the Monument we were ready to head off.

Up the Road to Jerome
As we got back in Clarksdale we saw a sign that indicated the direction of Jerome just up the road. Even though Kathy didn’t think it was worth visiting from all the research she had done I had seen it mentioned in other Blogs and was curious so up the road we went.
If you noticed that I wrote Up the Road. That is because Jerome is built on a Mountainside and the road is a combination of Zig-Zag Roads, Switchbacks and Hairpin Turns. This would be a great road for anyone on a Motorcycle but there were even a few smaller 5th Wheels up there. It is an Eclectic Combination of old buildings that have living quarters upstairs and businesses downstairs. It’s mostly comprised of Bars, Eateries, with Candy and Souvenir Shops. Kathy’s description was that it looks like a place where “Time Stood Still”. We headed back Down the same Road we drove in on. We are sure it would be appealing for some but not for us. 

Back Home at Dead Horse Ranch State Park we had things we needed to do. After getting our Hiking Water Bottles and Hiking Sticks that we didn’t use today along with the Cameras inside we both had chores that needed doing. 

More streets of Jerome
While I assembled our Weber Q out by the Picnic Table, Kathy prepped the Bacon on the Cookie Sheets so I would have easy access to it. We grill the bacon this way so it doesn’t raise the temperature, there is no splash on the Walls, nor does it leave the aroma of Bacon throughout the inside of the trailer. While I grilled the 3 lbs. of Bacon on the Grill Mat on our Weber, Kathy was busy cleaning the last of the meat from the Chicken we purchased the other day. She also started boiling the Bones to make a nice Chicken Stock by the time I had finished grilling the Bacon. Kathy showed me how to take off the grease and repackage the Bacon so it could be refrozen and used quickly when needed. 
Grilling Bacon on the Weber Q.

Homemade Chicken Vegetable Soup
After getting a couple of Frozen Steaks out of the Freezer and removing the packaging I put them on the Weber Q on a very low heat so they would cook completely through. Kathy was still busy inside turning that Chicken Stock into a Homemade Chicken Vegetable Soup as well as making a Spinach Salad and cooking some Green beans to go with our Steaks.

Everything tasted great and we have some Homemade Soup that we’ll enjoy for some upcoming meals. Not sure what we’ll be doing tomorrow but when you are living the Fulltime Lifestyle every day is an Adventure. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment and click on the pictures to enlarge them. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Krackers

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