Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 25 - 31, 2016, AZ

Wednesday, January 27.  I am dragging butt right now, it's 6 pm, I'm in my recliner and wishing the clock was saying it was bed time.  I scrubbed for 2.5 hours this morning, shopped at Costco, got gas in my car, hooked up my trailer and brought it to my house, then proceeded to give it a good scrubbing.  It was 4:30 when I finally sat down and drank a cocktail.  Now, that might be part of the reason that I'm feeling so tired too.  Anyway, I'm going to bed early tonight and then getting ready for a couple of nights of camping at Lost Dutchman State Park with the Hoovey's.

Pat and Rog came over Monday night and we made new pillow covers and a cover for the sofa for their motor home.  Pat brought everything for dinner and I baked a pumpkin pie - it was a nice evening.

Last night, Arlene came over for a drink and then I invited her to join me for dinner, as we were both having fish but hers was still frozen and mine was thawed and ready to go.  I also shared pie with her and that way, I didn't have all of the leftovers to eat myself.

Thursday, January 28.  It is 7:15, I'm sitting here having coffe and catching up on the news.  The sunrise is absolutely gorgeous this morning, streaks of pink, orange, and purple clouds streaking through the soft blue sky.  I can't wait to see it from my campsite this weekend.

Saturday, January 30.  What a great camping experience this has been.  We learned, on our arrival that there would be a free concert in the amphitheater and we had a 2 hour concert with Randy Davis, a western kind of history story teller and Brady Goss, a young and very talented piano player.  The talked with the crowd, told stories, and gave us a great show.  During their show, we could hear the coyotes in concert off in the distance.  We also saw 4 hang gliders come off the mountain and glide toward us.  A good start to our stay here.

We hung out at my campsite, struggled to get a fire going, had chili and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner.

Yesterday, Pat and Roger's friends Gail and Rick joined us and we hiked the Treasure Loop Trail, about 3.5 miles, up to an elevation of about 2,600 feet.

Behind us, you can see the Praying Hands rock formation.

At one point, I spotted 4 elk, but my excited exclamation scared them away, although everyone did get a glimpse.  Later, at the Ranger station, we told them about our sighting and they were all surprised to hear that news - guess it is a rare thing.   

Pat fixed breakfast when we got back, scrambled eggs, bacon, English muffins, and Bloody Mary's.  Mmmmm!

I needed a nap after that exercise and drink, so the afternoon was quiet.  Rick and Gail came back in the evening and joined us for dinner and a nice campfire.