I’ve been here for ten nights and the high winds and colder temperatures are finally gone and it’s time for me to roll along. I thought I’d share with you a final look of this nice state park…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view...

Approaching the park from about two miles away…

A closer view where the abundant pansy flowers cover the mountain side…

Through the magic of Google Earth a beautiful view of the Little Florida Mountains. X marks my campsite location…

Last Sunday we had sustained 45-50 mile per hour winds…with frequent gusts to 70+ miles per hour. To show the effects of that wind…compare the next two photos which are or less the same photos. This first on was taken on March 12th…with no wind…

And next on Sunday March 18th with winds gusting to 70+ miles per hour.  On the valley floor its blowing sand…up higher the resulting dust obscures the background mountains so that they are barely seen…

And how about just one more spectacular desert sunset photo…

Finally a Deming, New Mexico sunrise (about ten miles distant) as seen through the windshield of the motorhome…

The desert is such an awesome place. It’s been a very enjoyable stay at this scenic New Mexico State Park.

Today’s destination is City of Rocks State Park.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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You’ve probably heard that saying before. Well it also applies the life of one who writes a daily Blog. Most of the time we’re going and doing lots of places and things…so writing a daily Blog entry is a fairly simple task. But yesterday wasn’t that kind of a day. So, here’s an example of a Dust Blog day!

Yesterday was our second day at the Golden Sun RV Resort in Apache Junction, Arizona. See yesterday’s Blog entry for more information about this place…
http://wp.me/pDCku-3wM

I spent the morning doing odds and ends things, like cleaning up computer files, replacing a contaminated water hose, emptying our waste tanks, cleaning our solar panels, troubleshooting our tv antenna system, contacting friends to set up visiting times…those sorts of things. So what to write about today?

When I got up this morning it stuck me! In numerous previous Blogs I’ve mentioned how much Mary makes me laugh…so I thought I’d give you a couple of examples. A few days back in one of Mary’s Blog entries she wrote about a pack rat midden,

Here’s the link where Mary wrote about the pack rat midden… http://wp.me/pDCku-3w5

Being an ex-military guy and ex-engineer…I tend to be somewhat neat and organized. Mary…on the other hand…hmmm. Let’s just say she’s a “collector”. At her home in California she has lots of “stuff”. I’ve told her many times all she needs to do is put up a sign and she could open her own museum. She’s trying hard to break this habit…but she’s not there yet!

Here’s a photo of what our table looked like first thing this morning. Can you guess which side of the table is hers?  :)

Today it wasn’t too bad…it’s been worse! For whatever reason it reminded me of a pack rat’s midden. She also has several other “stashes” in our motorhome that I haven’t shown you. She’s really trying to get better. In the past she’s had my side of the table covered with her stuff. Since I’ve threatened to draw a line down the middle of the table…she’s gotten somewhat better.

Mary’s slogan is…”Bite off more than you can chew and chew it!” That can also be translated into…”Put ten pounds of stuff into a five-pound sack”. She just has a tendency to load things to their capacity and more. Here’s an example…

A photo of our refrigerator the day before she rejoined me about 2,5 weeks ago…

Here’s what it looked like a few days later…

She’s really trying to curb her stuffing tendencies…it’s been crammed tighter than this in the past.

Like I said earlier…she brings lots of laughter into my life. I wouldn’t trade her for the world!  :)

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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BACK TO LAKE HAVASU

February 6, 2011

We woke up to a glorious sunrise at Dome Mountain; a clear, sunny day. Jim wanted to show me a signature cactus, one of the largest saguaro type cactuses identified in the area. He knew the exact spot, but it was gone. We asked around and from all accounts, it had fallen.  We were told that Huel Howser, who programs for Public Television, recently did a program about the giant cactus with fifty or a hundred arms?  Jim wasn’t sure how many, except that it was an exceptional cactus much like these pictured above. One of them has 26 arms.
They do have predators as you can see from the base of this giant.

Its been chewed by some animal which will cause it to topple some day. From quartzite we spotted what looked like fog in the distance. I thought it looked like dust, hanging close to the ground, even though there was no wind. When we caught up with it, we found miles and miles of dust hanging in the air from recreation vehicles, those dirt bikes, racing through the desert foothills on the Colorado River Indian Reservation just north of Parker, Arizona. The destruction and air pollution was appalling but cheered on by an audience of aficionados sitting about the hillsides.

Our goal was to stop once more at Lake Havasu on our way back to Las Vegas. The country side is raw, jagged mountains,

with the appeal of desert next to water in this beautiful lake.

Some regard it as a vacation paradise.
Our goal was to hook up with Ted and Judy Price who are camped here in their RV.

They hail from Lacey, Washington, Jim’s former neighbors for 16 years. It was from Lacey he sold out and hit the road as a permanent RVer. Jim regards them as the best neighbors a person could hope to have. Judy still works, but Ted is retired from the Washington State Forest Service and likes to vacation near water. He loves his boat. We had a great visit over a couple of brewskis at the VFW in Lake Havasu. They commiserated with us over my bike. They carry a couple bikes with them as well.

In the shopping center near the VFW, this woman was working painting four windows. It was fascinating to watch and when I told her my talented daughter-in-law does murals and paints windows for free at her kids school and library, she offered a lot of advice on how to make it a business. The types of paint, house paint for the base, oil tempura colors, water washable. The types of brushes, rollers, sponge brushes cut to size, etc.

She told me how she charges and said the advertising is word of mouth. You make cards and if you can point to something you’ve done, your are off and running.

Everyone who passed by enjoyed watching her work. No office hours, little overhead and talent. Then, she very nicely offered to take our picture as Judy and Ted were leaving.

I met Ted and Judy at their home, in Washington,   the summer of 2009. I’m hoping to get them to come to Murphys and visit us. (I guess you can tell we are no longer on a megabyte restriction.)

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