Tuesday, Feb. 28th was our day to move, so without any argument, we moved. We packed up the rest of our stuff, had breakfast, Bill showered and I finished dusting the Suite.
I missed the sunrise this morning but I was awake 3 or 4 times before actually getting up out of bed. Once at 5:15, then 6:15, 6:30 and finally arose at 7. Part of that time, I must have dozed off but the other part was my mind wandering. Some of the best or better ideas come from our semi-slumber, right?
I grabbed the camera and the garbage and went out to snap the sun anyway. I was amazed at how many puddles were around the park, it didn’t seem to have rained that heavily yesterday. I met George out for one of his early walks.
I took a couple of books back to the library and picked up another of J.A. Jances’, even though I haven’t read any of hers yet. They come on high recommendation. I have 3 to work through now. George and Suzie pulled out ahead of us so we said goodbye to the last of our Pilot Knob friends. So, with our friends gone, a cooler day and cleaner teeth, we have no reason to stick around any longer.
|George directing Suzie with hand gestures|
|Nice and easy, Suzie|
We were pulling out at 10:15 (AZ) with an approximate 3 ½ hr. drive ahead of us.
|All ready to go|
|Bon Voyage from Pilot Knob RV Resort|
We took Hwy 8 towards Yuma turning off to catch I-95 on which we stayed until we reached our destination of Lake Havasu. We were blown away by more desert scenery, now covered with lush green foliage.
|Last time through here, the desert was dry and brown|
| I believe this to be Castle Dome Rock Mountain?|
The cacti disappear for a short time and then we see teddy bear cholla, then saguaro and another of our favourite, ocotillo.
|Teddy bear cholla making footprints on this hillside and ocotillo in front left corner|
|Driving through Quartzsite for the last time this winter put us in a melancholy frame of mind|
Lots of great friends here and good times
|Bill was blown away by this empty lot at La Mesa RV|
where did all the rv's go?
Now, the area we are in, there aren’t many cacti of any kind in sight. The climate and elevation make all the difference in the world as to what we see out our rv windows.
|Clemson settles in with my sweater, can't wait to see where we're going now|
Lorne and Sue of A Place Called Away recommended this BLM spot at mile marker 195. Once we got to Parker, the scenery became even more beautiful. Definitely a must see.
We found Lake Havasu to be even more breathtaking than ever and can’t wait to drive back into town to explore in the next few days.
|Buttercups on the rocky cliffside?|
|Bill Williams River at Lake Havasu|
Okay, so we drove past mile marker 194 but also unknowingly drove past the driveway into the free area. Woops! the turn off is between 194 and 195, we should have went by Lorne's coordinates.
|saguaro cacti standing proud and tall, we've missed these|
We got as far as m.m. 197 before we were able to pull in and turn around and then we easily turned in and found a spot facing the mountains and overlooking the highway, way down there. Some of these mountain ranges are so craggy and sharp, I can’t help but wonder if they have changed over the years or always been this way.
We have a nice spot for sure and happily have our Verizon connection BUT we are not happy that we do not have cell phone service AGAIN! This plays havoc with our plans and instead of staying here for 6 nights, we might stick around for a couple of days to sightsee and move on. Having a connection with home only be email is not a good feeling. I like my texting capabilities at least to keep in touch.
|Such a beautiful home in Lake Havasu|
Once we got set up, I set a timer to open Facebook so I can call my son on video chat and talk to the birthday boy. Nathan isn’t much of a talker but at least I hope to see him face to face. I just needed to remember to call two hours ahead of the time we set up.
|My son, Patrick and grandson, Nathan|
|Mountains to the southeast of us|
I had planned on having leftover chicken in a salad for supper and making Bill his chicken in a sandwich. Then I got a reminder on Facebook that it is Shrove Tuesday and since I had mini breakfast sausages in the fridge, we had pancakes and sausage instead! Yay!
Now we’re full, I caught the sun going down out here in the middle of nowhere and Bill and I tried to see the International Space Station but the sky was too blue that we couldn’t see it. I hope to get another email tomorrow telling us where and when.
|Our maple syrup from back home, made just down the road from our place on The Ridge|
Inside now watching the 2nd night of The Voice. Lots of excitement and laughter in our house tonight. When the hour is up, we’ll turn it off and read our books.
I hope you enjoy some of the travelling pictures today and had a great day.
|Our view to the south|
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