Jim and Richard were great sports, we stayed there for a couple of hours, then came back for a drink at our RV park. Do you notice some favourite colors here? Pink, green, aqua, it's so hard for a girl to resist. I took so many photos, I had to change my battery pack. Of course you know there are more to come.....keep posted.
This one is for my friend Shirley Howdle, who will be skiing here for a week of powder. She left this morning for Kaslo, BC and then will fly in by helicopter to the lodge at 7500'. We met in Feburary 1985 at Fairy Meadows, back country skiing for 10 days. We had a wonderful time, great powder, terrific runs, and made some lovely friendships that have lasted all these years. So, Shirley, ski your heart out, ski safe, I wish you a ton of powder, good food, and new friends. It sure brings back great momories those days of skiing together.
Globe is about 51 miles east of Gold Canyon on Hwy 60. We thought it would be a fun way to spend the day, and the drive was very interesting. There are wonderful rock formations, that looked like someone stacked them on top of each other. There still was some snow left over from a couple of nights ago. As we drove up this winding road we reached the top of the pass and the elevation marker said it was 4600'. But the most surprising was the huge Copper Mine, mined by Phelps Dodge, and the Austrialian company BHP. It must be at least 20 miles long and we could not see where it ended across the valley. We drove thru such interesting little mining towns called "Superior", Miami" and then into "Globe". They were really trying to keep the character of their towns alive, especially the historic downtown.
There is much better shopping in Scottsdale, to be sure.
Approximate developmental history of a saguaro (varies according to moisture availability) @ 65 years it might develop it's first arm and reach 18 feet, from 85 -100 years it will start to branch out and become a mature cacti. Gila woodpeckers make their homes in these giants. They look like wonderful sentinals guarding the desert.
Jim is 6'3" tall, so you can tell by comparison how truly big this Saguaro is.
These cactus are a small part of some of the ones we see on our morning or evening walk.
Jim was away at the Barrett/Jackson Car Auction in Scottsdale this week, when I took the "girls" for a long walk in the desert right behind the RV park where we are staying. The sun was close to setting, so the light was perfect to take a few photos. There are all kinds of game trails thru this big piece of un-developed land where we walk. We hear coyotoes at night howling just outside the 5th wheel, there seems to be a good size resident population right here.
The weather has been sunny, but really windy, and so we are forced to spend a bit more time inside. Usually, we are up to enjoy our coffee waiting for the sunrise. That is always the best time of day for me, I hate to miss a sunrise, it's something that you can never re-capture.
We hope that where ever you are reading this blog, that you are well, happy and keeping safe on those winter roads.
Thanks Shane for the wonderful comment on the blog, and to let you know "Jim" your man up north is ready for deployment to where ever you want to send him. Any region that is under your Australian Command, Pacific or Asia will do. He is trying to stay sharp and in shape while he waits for you call!! After living with me and 2 large dogs in less than 350 sq. feet, for the past 2 ½ months, I am sure it would be a welcome change!
Found this vintage Cocktail sign just outside Coolidge, AZ. Thought it was a great way to bring in the New Year, galloping right along into 2007. So, here is wishing all those of our buddies travelling to take extra special care on the roads. To my son, Jeremy, hope you are feeling better darlng... shall I send some chicken soup?
xoxo Love Mom
Here we are celebrating the last day of 2006. We had a fantastic dinner, starting with jumbo shrimp, breaded scallops, and a tri tip roast. Great green bean salad, potatoes, garlic bread, wine, champange, and ice wine. It ended with this roaring bonfire. Happy New Year to all of our friends out there that read our news.