4/11/2014

March 25 to April 11, 2014 Bead Week and Casa Grande

What a wonderful and busy time – Smile.

I volunteered to be store manager for Bead Week and what fun it was!

Bead Week started on Sunday, March 30 so the days before were spent organizing, training, scheduling, etc.

On Sunday, we were up early to move the store from the cabinet in the club house to the stage in the activity center.  We were so blessed to have so many people that helped carry, set up and organize the store.  Smile   Thank you all so much.

At 1 PM, the doors opened for class registration and it was crazy until 4 PM.  Geri, Joann, Susan and I manned the store and did we get a workout.  About mid-way thru the afternoon, water and soda magically appeared before us.  Jan saw how crazy it was and went home and brought us drinks – how wonderful!

The rest of the week went much smoother.  I love working the store because I get to see and talk with so many people.  And I get to see all the beads and colors and the projects everyone is working on – oh my – my head was spinning.  There is so much creativity here and everyone just seems to build on each other.  WOW!   And that is also why I love coming to Bead Week – the creativity, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones.

All I can say is “What a wonderful week!”  Smile

Spouse activities were new this year and Andy participated in the golf scramble and the hike.  The hike was to the crested saguaros.

The cause of cresting is not fully explained;  biologists disagree as to why some saguaros grow in this unusual form. Some speculate that it is a genetic mutation. Others say it is the result of lightning strike or freeze damage, but whatever the stimulus, the growth point of the stem has switched from a geometric point, to a line, which folds and undulates as the crest expands. Though these crested saguaros are somewhat rare (1 in 250,000), cresting occurs naturally throughout the range of the Saguaro, and can be encountered in many other cactus species.”

This one looked like an elephant’s head:

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Can I say it again – What a wonderful week!

Bead Week ended with a dinner on Friday, April 4 and the next few days was spent saying our goodbyes and “see you later” to old and new friends – Sad smile!

On April 7, 2014, we made our way back to our lot on Casa Grande where we will be until after Easter.  The park is starting to empty as people are heading on their summer journeys.  The weather is starting to heat up – 98 today – so it won’t be long before we head north to cooler temperatures.

So stay tuned and enjoy today!

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3/25/2014

March 24, 2014 Harquahala Mountain National Back Country Byway

Road Trip Day – Smile

John planned a nice off road trip for us to the top of the Harquahala Mountain via the National Back Country Byway.  Harquahala Mountain is straight ahead in this picture:

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After a quick stop at the trail head, we were off and running, well, riding.  Lots of saguaros:

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And beautiful flowers:

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The byway:

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Sue driving:

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All the girls were in one jeep and Susan drove – she did a great job.  Congratulations Susan – Smile.   I was very comfortable with her driving and for those who know me as a passenger in any vehicle, that says a lot.

The road continues up the mountain:

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Notice the red in the picture below – the ocotillos are blooming:

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Yep, that is the road up to the top:

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And the road from the top:

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What INCREDIBLE VIEWS:

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Isn’t this just amazing what can be done remotely:

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Here is the observatory (we did not find more info at the top Sad smile):

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Our crew: Andy, Geri, John, Bruce, Susan, and Mollie:

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On our way back down:

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Yikees:

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On our way back to Congress we found this:

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What a great trip.  We finished the evening by having dinner at Geri and John’s – Thank you.

Tomorrow starts my busy time with Bead Week so I may not be blogging until next month.

Until then, enjoy today – Smile

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March 17 to March 23, 2014 North Ranch

On Monday, 17th, after saying our “See you Later”,  we started our journey to North Ranch.  I am still amazed at how green the desert has become:

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We arrived at North Ranch right before lunch.  Bruce and Susan came in right after us.  Here is our site:

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After setting up, we all walked over to Geri and John’s new place for Happy Hour – great time – Smile.

Stats for today:

Miles Traveled: 150 Miles

Routes Traveled:

Arizona: Montgomery Road; I-8; SR-85; I-10; North Aguila Road; Vulture Mine Road; US-93; SR-89

We are here for Bead Week which starts on March 31.  I have volunteered to be the Store Coordinator so this week has been filled with meetings, training, and getting caught up with things that need to be done.  Lila is my co-Coordinator and has filling me in – Thank you Lila.

Every day more and more folks are coming in and it has been great to get to see and get caught up with everyone – Smile .  So much talent – oh my.

Many of the cacti in the park are blooming:

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Aren’t they beautiful?

On Friday, 21st, we were invited to a private party at Organ Stop Pizza hosted by the Alberta Roamer’s Chapter of Escapees.

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Andy and I have been here a few times before with our Casa Grande Park but it was always at Christmas and it was for the normal show.  This time, along with the show, we were introduced to all the instruments.

Since I have written about this a few times, here is the link to more information:  http://www.organstoppizza.com/

The Mighty Wurlitzer:

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Some of the amazing pipes to the organ:

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Another wonderful time – Smile

And another great week!   Enjoy today.

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