l o n g time and visiting with friends! Our usual style is to constantly be on the move, traveling from place to place, seeing as much as we can, but this past couple of months…we’ve just been slugs, and have plopped ourselves down! First in San Diego CA, then in Surprise AZ.
We always visit in San Diego in January, as we have lots of family and friends there. We just stayed there a lot longer than usual this time…although there never seems to be “enough time”. We did seem to see almost everyone this time. Being in Arizona has helped, because we’ve made several trips back and managed to see people each trip.
While we were in San Diego we managed a fun side trip to Palm Springs for the weekend with our friends who have a second home there. We jammed a lot into those two days! Spent one of them going to Joshua Tree National Park. We hadn’t been there in years, and what a beautiful day that was! So much fun to see all the various cacti and gorgeous scenery. I had to chuckle at the memory of when I used to take my children there when they were little and they used to climb the rocks, and now those rocks are a “big deal” for rock climbers from all over to come to! (A side note - for those interested, check out this guide: Complete Guide to Joshua Tree National Park by Scott Moses).
After leaving San Diego, we moved to Surprise AZ and have been parked next door to our friends who own a site at Happy Trails RV Resort. It’s been fun being next door “sharing” their patio, friends and good times. We haven’t ever done that in the four plus years we’ve been RV’ing. I can see why people settle down in these RV Resorts. There is a lot of comrade and a sense of community here. They certainly supply you with plenty of options of things to do, from wood working shop to sewing to crafts to more common ones like pickle ball and golf. They’ve got it all, and if they don’t, you can start a class yourself! ;-) Makes one think about staying…kind of…
We’ve not completely stayed put…we can’t. We’ve taken a few day trips…
First was to Wickenburg. That was a fun day! Cute little western town with lots of great sculptures all along the streets. Most, if not all, I think, were created by the artist Seward Johnson. He’s done work all over the world, and his work here is no less remarkable. His most famous piece here is The Jail Tree, it’s very life like (my picture doesn’t do it justice as the sun wasn’t doing me any favors, I’m sorry to say).
Desert Caballeros Western Museum not only had a wonderful western art collection, but downstairs it had recreated the small town of Wickenburg back in the early 1900’s. They give you headphones to wear that automatically are prompted when you approach a piece, so you don’t have to key it in. Very nice.
Another fun trip was to see one of our other long time friends who now lives in Prescott. We’d been here before, but many years ago. We love this quaint town. We came on their “4th Friday”, which is when all the galleries stay open late and serve beverages and snacks and socialize. It was a lot of fun. Our friend drove us all around showing us all the additions since we last were here, enticing us to consider moving here “one day”, had a wonderful lunch in the old saloon and enjoyed browsing through the galleries that night. Prescott forest suffered a nasty fire a few years ago, and that was so sad to see the damage it left behind. It was always my favorite part of the area.
Our friends took us to Cave Creek for a nice day trip. Next door is the small town of Carefree. Don’t you just love that name? They have the “largest sun dial”, so of course I had to go see it and take a picture! ;-) It was in their Desert Garden, which was truly lovely and had some of the most unusual cacti I had ever seen. Cave Creek had some fun shops that we enjoyed moseying in and out of. We discovered an absolutely wonderful restaurant there, called Tonto Bar & Grill. Hardly any parking, but boy was the food outstanding! Beautiful place, right on a golf course so we sat on the patio and really enjoyed the view and the weather.
I’m sure we’ll find a few more “side trips” before we leave. In the meantime we manage to read, to clean house, to take walks and to relax. All nice things before we get back “on the road” again. It’s been a nice re pass. Something different for us, and different is good. I think 2016 is going to be a different kind of year for us…I'm looking forward to it.
...kicking back in Arizona, Marie
If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip, you can at my Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74905158@N04/