One of the things we love about this lifestyle and specifically blogging is the people you meet. We have yet to meet a cranky full-timer, what do they have to be cranky about? This week we had the opportunity to meet a couple we have been “virtual friends” with for quite a while. John and Pam have been fulltiming for over 6 years and are probably the most active people we have met. Avid hikers, bikers and golfers it seems like they are doing something every day. We read in envy at many of the hikes they take hoping that someday we would meet up with them and perhaps do a hike with them and be included in one of their infamous "lunch with a view" pictures. I looked back and we have been following each other’s blogs since 2014 so when we found ourselves in the same general area we made plans to finally meet up. Where did we meet you ask? Well a brewery of course!
We did get out on one mini hike in the Saguaro National Park with Forrest and Lily earlier this week. Upon arriving in the park we went into the Visitors Center where Barb got her passport book stamped. Lily spent some time with one of the rangers who explained the Junior Ranger program. As part of this program you get a workbook which includes things to looks for in the park. Upon completion you return to the Visitors Center where you go over your workbook with a ranger, take an oath and get a certificate for completing the Junior Ranger program for that park. It is a really great way to get kids involved in the park and promote teaching opportunities for the kids (and parents/grandparents). On our mini hike we looked for several items required in the workbook (a 5 armed saguaro, an animal burrow, a flowering cacti, an animal print……) we just have a few more before we can return for her certificate.
|Off to the desert with the workbook|
Our Quartzsite friends Dale and Ruth moved down to this area for a few weeks and wanted to share their favorite brewery with us so along with Greg we met them for dinner Thursday night. Thunder Canyon Brewery is a great brewery with very good food. Highly recommend the chicken/bacon mac and cheese. Great to see Dale and Ruth one more time while they are in the area.
|Ruth, Dale, me, Barb and Greg|
My favorite was the 2nds one on the left, Aloha Brew while Barb liked the 2nd one
from the right,
The rest of the week was filled with chores around the campers. I finally got the replacement skylight I ordered in early January. Our existing skylight developed a number of cracks. It was originally supposed to arrive by the 23rd while we were in Quartzsite but after it did not arrive I contacted the company who said it should arrive on February 7th, well after we are gone from the area. So I had them ship it to a UPS store down here in Tucson where it arrived safe and sound on the 8th.
The first task was removing the existing skylight....
|Definitely needs new brakes!|
|New brakes, new springs and tensioner....ready to roll!|
|Both of our tables looked like this from being left out in the rain too many times|
|Baking sheet cut to fit!|