Thursday, Mar. 9th we woke up to gorgeous sunny skies on the horizon. I was up just before 7 for my tea and reading blogs.
Peeked out the window next door at around 7:45 and saw Ken with his coffee. Man, this is the life! Bill and Nancy soon joined him. I took Clemson with me for my walk this morning, he is so slim and trim now with less hair, he needs to show it off.
|Don't look now, Ken, the paparazzi is watching|
|Lori and Roland across the road|
|Judy and Oscar down the way|
|Nancy and Ken beside us|
|And then our Home Sweet Home|
Once he does his business 3 or 4 times he is a much better walker and we jogged the last 200 feet back to the Suite. Today we have plans to take Ken and Nancy into the small western town of Oatman. We loved the experience in November and want to share it with them. So much of it is about the burros. Forgive me for all the pictures, they aren't in any order, I just wanted to share the fun.
|They were being fed at their normal spot|
|These two must be siblings or lovers, so playful with each other|
A couple of very long hot showers later, we had breakfast. I finished off my skinny muffin with some cottage cheese and that should suffice until lunchtime. Clemson will be looking after our house today as I’m sure Molly will be doing next door. If they liked each other better, we could almost leave them together.
|Ken and Nancy loved Oatman|
|Too funny, we never checked after the shootout|
Today is my daughter in law’s birthday so sent off a text and a Facebook wish, we know the card we sent will be late and wanted her to know we are thinking of her. Happy Birthday, Chaela!
So, by 10:15 we were pulling out of the park with Ken and Nancy headed to Oatman. It was a perfect day and even though we brought jackets along, we sure wouldn’t need them.
|Loved this store with so many old memories on the shelves|
|and memories across the floor|
|Bridgette, aren't these pretty? sorry, they are still in the store, this time.|
The burros were as plentiful as ever, making themselves at home and making new friends along the roads and walkways. A lot of people fed them but we chose to watch others instead of participating in their meal today. Nancy found some cool things at some great prices and I even found a few items that I ‘just had to have’.
|this fellow was tired of the paparazzi|
By 1:00 we decided to stop in at Olive Oatman’s restaurant for lunch and while inside we could hear the gunfight on the street outside.
|At the Olive Oatman restaurant for lunch|
Quite the crowds assembled to watch this fun display of the old time west.
|Love how this saguaro cactus was left to grow up through their store|
We headed back on the other side of the street towards the truck and slipped out of Oatman the back way, down old Route 66. Nancy and Ken enjoyed the scenery through Cool Springs and into Kingman and home on S68 to Ridgeview.
|The boys were happy just sitting in the shade chatting|
|As the sign says, "I found my sweet ass in Oatman, Arizona"|
I found myself, yet again, snapping even more photos of the views. I know we are going to think fondly of those craggy mountains in a month so I’ll be happy to have the memories in pictures as well.
Had to check out this place, covered in between
$150,000 to $200,000 in dollar billsBefore I left, I bought a 1/4 lb. of chewy praline fudge
The little town pleased our friends as much as it did us and we enjoyed touring in again.
We returned home by 3:30, all of us sated from the great day and the great food. My quesadilla was very tasty and quite filling. Another easy supper night for all 4 of us.
|I had to check out the mine|
The temperature has hovered around 85F all day with a slight breeze. This is the kind of day we love but don’t expect. Just being in the southwest for the winter is everything we’ve hoped it could be and this type of day is a bonus in our minds.
|This fellow didn't make it out of the mine|
|thankfully, these two did|
|Met Nancy on my walk so she posed for me|
Bill was finishing his Lee Child book, Night School, and when I returned we took Clemson for a walk around the park. Hmm, now it is 7:30 and we’re feeling a bit of a nibbling for something to eat. You guessed it, we finished off the last of the Vanilla Chocolate Chip and poured ourselves a glass of Livingston’s White Zinfandel.
|These beautiful shrubs are in full bloom|
|Ken pointed out this dust ball/bowl|
|Nancy liked this Finger Rock|
Perfect way to end an evening by eating it outside under our led lights and the light of the moon. It is a warm 75F out there so a nice night to sleep with my window open.
I hope you’ve had an awesome day too and grateful for every day you are given.
|Goodnight from Ridgeview|
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