Monday, February 25, 2008

Craggy Wash-Hi Jolly-Mittry-Sidewinder

(Jan) We’ve had an excellent 2 weeks since we left Casa Grande. Although we liked the Rally and met some good people, we are happiest it seems, in a less structures environment.

Craggy Wash was a fun surprise. We were with several other Boomers in a desert area surrounded by rocky peaks. Chuck and I spent part each day hiking and rock climbing. What great country to get out and explore. Saw our first wildflowers there and by the third day the hill sides were covered. We spent 2-4 hours a day out and about; up to 900 ft. climbs and several miles at one time. The views were awesome and we got some great pictures. We loved it!

On Saturday evening we went into Lake Havasu City to see one evening out of four of the Western Pyrotechnic Assoc. fireworks display. We were there at about 3:30 and visited with fellow Boomers as they started randomly shooting them off. The ‘official’ show began at 8:00. Music and show were all perfectly choreographed. Amazing! Loud! Beautiful! I’m sure we saw more fireworks that day that we have probably seen in our lifetime.

On Monday we went to the Elks Lodge for their Spaghetti Supper with the Johnsons, Maxwells and Knapps. Fun evening and the food was good, too. Also, enjoyed a camp fire one evening with the same group.

Wednesday afternoon we went into Havasu to see the London Bridge and take the ferry across the lake to the casino on the other side. We spent an hour or so over there and then as the ferry arrived for the return trip, the rain and lightening came in and we were delayed for about 20 minutes. Alls well that ends well…the ride back across was a little rougher but uneventful.

We left Craggy Wash Thursday morning after saying goodbye to the above mentioned Boomers plus neighbors Monroes and Lonn and Gwen from Utah. Stopped north of Parker and fueled the rig and did laundry. Dumped and took on water at Quartzsite and decided to spend the night at Hi Jolly. Nice level spot for walking. In the evening we caught up with e-mails and send some photos out.

Rain overnight, leisurely morning and we’re off again. To Mittry Lake to say hello to Paynes, Bennetts and Whites. Beautiful sunset, good visit, more walking and off again the next morning to Yuma.

Got to spend part of Sat. visiting with Gale and Joanne. They’re doing well and looking good. Had lunch and sat out on the veranda talking in the sunshine. Picked grapefruit off of their tree and then walked across the boulevard and bought fresh tangerines from a vendor. Yum! Got groceries at Walmart on 32nd Street and then headed out to Sidewinder.

So that’s where we are now; Sidewinder Road, two miles north of I-8 about 10 miles west of Yuma in California. It’s a big open space on the desert with more great hills or mountains to climb. The Monroes joined us on Saturday and yesterday the Kingsbury’s came in. Linda had several geocache sites printed off so we headed out and UP to find it. Spectacular climb over huge boulders and of course, the cache was at the very top! Good find and great afternoon.

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