It was actually after 6 when I woke up and crawled out of bed on Sunday, Nov. 11th. I think Bill got up just a few minutes before me. That is the latest we’ve slept in for quite a few days. It felt great. It was still dark out but I felt pumped to go for a walk. Bill wanted to go but wasn’t quite ready so we agreed to have our hot drink and then go. Clemson was still in bed but he had Bill up at 3:15 so that was maybe the reason.
|All 4 of us wore our Canadian poppies on the days surrounding
A few Americans were curious
We slipped out without waking him and walked along the river, looking for the source of the running water we could hear. We were surprised when we walked to the north end of the park when my phone started chirping with text messages. Woohoo! We found some reception but only briefly. By walking up the hill to the Bar & Grill at the road, it returned for long enough that I could text a couple of sisters and inform them that we were fine and in a valley with bad reception.
|We were parked within 100 feet of the river
and I walked along it often
I felt relief when we walked back down into the park, knowing that we were not causing concern back home. Bill was also able to post a quick message on Facebook. We had a nice walk and I took a few pictures of the area before we returned and touched base with Rob and Pat. We informed them of our success with our cell connections and we made arrangements to meet up after breakfast to go into Cottonwood.
|Up on the hill, when Bill and I walked, we caught the pink of the sunrise
I made us bacon and eggs and Bill hopped in the shower. Rob drove and we all did some shopping at Walmart before going to one of my favourite southwestern grocers. Fry’s is a great supermarket and with our shopper’s card, we always save a chunk on our purchases. It was turning into a beautiful day, with the sky clear and temperatures rising. We made sure to wear our poppies, as we have in the last week in honour of those who fought for and those who gave their lives for our freedom.
|Love the food value in this supermarket
We were back home unloading our groceries just before noon and Bill and I made ourselves a coffee and had a couple of Nutter Butter cookies. Our early breakfast was wearing off and we’d just splurged and treated ourselves to a package (or two) of these great peanut butter snacks. I took Clemson for a nice long walk through the leaves and we met up with Pat who was out taking pictures too.
|A jumbled collage of the beautiful park scenery
The boys had each purchased a new toy at Walmart and were in the process of setting things up. I’m sure Bill will be happy to write about his new CB radio when he next writes a post. Woops! I just let the cat out of the bag but I know this will make our traveling together even better. Pat and I were playing with our own toys, our Canon cameras. We, bit by bit, are figuring things out with Macro photos, Portraits, F-stops and Apertures. LOL I’m not good at all of this finessing!
|Selfies, closeups and fun with our friends
|Where are you going, big boy?
|If your eyes are really sharp you'll see where he landed
about the centre of the picture
|But if you still can't see him, try here
We gathered over at their place in the sunshine for an early Happy Hour and moved our chairs out towards the road, keeping ourselves in the heat. Pat put on a feast of crackers, cheese and summer sausage and Bill cut up some of our fudge to share. Clemson joined us for a bit, although shivering the whole time in Bill’s sweater. He had his own snack of cheese before Bill put him inside.
|It was a beautiful day as we followed the sun out into the
driveway and the leaves
|A nice little afternoon treat was shared
|Bill did his best to keep Clemson warmed up
by tucking him in his sweater
He's not spoiled! No way!
By 3:30 we parted ways and returned inside where it was warm. Bill and I had planned Bacon Cheeseburgers for supper and so our Weber Q was put to use tonight for the first time since we left home. They were so good! We cleaned up dishes and found a Christmas movie to watch on television. When you are ‘forced’ inside because of the dark and cool temps, you can only read so much.
|We loved the look of this tree that was overgrown with
We managed to get some shopping done today and we have ‘touristy’ plans for tomorrow firmed up. The rest of the evening went quietly. It is unfortunate that I didn’t get yesterday’s post sent off this morning, it was hard to do that while we were shopping in town. All in time and I hope you understand.
|Allow me a little vanity with these pictures that Pat took
|And some goofiness trying to take a selfie together
|Two buddies having fun
Thankyou for reading along.