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

Words of Inspiration

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

Classic Bumper Sticker #225

You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

More GPS Woes and Change To Our Adventure Plans.

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

As mentioned yesterday the Blogger-Fest for 2018 is being organized so if you are interested contact Shadowmoss to let her know you are coming. 

We are both slowly getting used to the Time Zone that we are in. The only thing that seems to be bothering Kathy more then myself is the short Daytime hours. The time between when the Sun rises and the Sun sets has gotten shorter. Gone are the Fifteen Hours of summertime days and even at the present Ten Hours of Sunlight the days are still growing shorter. With Kathy still recovering from a Bug she picked up, thanks to her taking the Antibiotics she has, watching the Sunrises is not on her to-do list at the present time. 

We were up shortly after 8:00 MST this morning and even though it was fairly cool we readied ourselves for our adventure. While Kathy made us some Sandwiches that we’d surely need on the trail I readied our Walking Sticks, Backpack and Hiking Bottles. After having read many Blogs that people out hiking had regretted wearing Short Pants and Lite-Weight Shoes we made certain we had Long Pants, Hiking Shoes and Hats to shield us from the Sun
Camp Verde Historical Museum and Tourist Information 
As we left the Dead Horse State Park we needed to stop for Diesel and surprisingly not all stations here carry it. Who knew how far we’d be driving today so Better Safe Than Sorry. With her driving instructions in hand and the GPS set to a silent mode we were soon on our way back out of Cottonwood the same way we had came in on 89A. We were heading back towards Camp Verde and I-17

By the time we reached that area due to the time spent finding Fuel it was already approaching Noon so Kathy suggest we get fast-food for lunch and save our Sandwiches for supper. Burger King was the easiest to get to so that’s where we ate. When paying for our meal the young Cashier was shocked when we paid by using Tap. She had never seen it done before. That happened to us last winter when another Cashier had thought that I’d broken his machine. There are things that the US is ahead on but when it comes to the Chipped Banking and Credit Cards they are years behind many countries including Canada
The size of a Five Story Building.
Leaving BK we started following roadside signs for our destination but when we stopped seeing more signs Kathy took the advice of our GPS and we ended up in Camp Verde. Tom was taking us down all the Dead-End Back Alleys it could before recalculating. We finally spotted the Camp Verde Historical Museum and Tourist Information and asked for directions. The volunteer was as helpful as could be but had us touring the entire town. When we left Camp Verde we simply ignored the signs and went back to I-17 and Ten Minutes later we were arriving at our destination. Looks like we need to update our GPS real soon. 
Kathy with Montezuma's Castle behind..
Now anyone that has ever been here is going to have a laugh. Remember all the hiking equipment we came prepared with. Our destination was Montezuma’s Castle. After parking the Truck and paying our Entry Fee we walked the Paved Paths and got to see the Cliff Dwellings of the Pueblo Inhabitants who lived here between the years 1100 AD to 1350. Before 1951 visitors used to be able to tour the Ruins themselves but due to Vandalism and Looting you can only see them from the paths below. 
Driving from one location to the other.
With all the Information Cards along the path it was easy to understand how this had been a thriving community near the Verde River that had grown their own food, made their own pottery and clothes. Looking at the Model of the Ruins it resembled a Modern-Day Apartment Building that had been built into the side of a cliff. It was a mystery why this location was eventually abandoned. 
Kathy climbing to the Well.
It was nearly 3:00 before we headed further up the highway to Montezuma’s Well. There were no Entrance Fees at this location though there were a couple of Rangers on duty to give information and to be certain people followed the posted Rules. This smaller attraction was more of a Workout then the Castle location. From the parking area you needed to climb up to the Rim of the Well where the Pueblo Inhabitants from the Castle would get their water from through times of Drought
Water down in the Well is speckled with Ducks.
The Well is fed from Underwater Springs that keep the water at 74 F and when we saw it today it was occupied by a number of Ducks. There were a few more Cliff Dwellings that had been used for storage purposes at this location. The ranger advised us to just take our time, rest when we needed and breathe. They also told us about the Paths that would take us down near the Water’s Edge where we could see the water escaping through a fracture in the surrounding rock wall. 
Kathy exploring behind the Well.
Rock resembling a Lion.
We somehow missed that first Path and found a second that took us to the outside of the Well. You could see the water escaping though a crack in the rocks and running to a nearby stream. That was interesting but Kathy wanted to retrace our steps to find the Path to get down near the Water. She always says “Who knows if we’ll ever be back here”? We made our way back to the top of the Well found the Path that took us 125 Steps down into the Well. There were more Dwellings near where the water was escaping through the rocks. Everywhere you looked you could imagine how an ancient civilization could have survived here. 
The Path down into the Well.
More Dwellings above the Yellow Tree.
More people on the Upper Left Rim.
After climbing the same 125 Steps back out of the Well as we were taking a brief rest when we met a young couple on their Honeymoon. They were traveling around visiting all the National Parks and Monuments while they could. 
Down near Water Level.
More faces in the rocks.
We took 89A through Cornville and were backing into our Site in Dead Horse State Park just minutes after 5:00. We enjoyed our Sandwiches and Snacks that had been packed for today’s adventure. There is no doubt that we’ll sleep like a couple of rocks tonight from all the Walking and Climbing we did today. 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

Words of Inspiration

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

Epictetus, Greek Philosopher