It’s been five months since our last blog entry. We have encountered many fascinating people and have experienced significant challenges. Life continues in spite of being on the road. After twelve months of lifestyle changes, we are planning our following year of FAME, FORTUNE, FOOLISHNESS, AND ADVENTURE!
In December of 2017, as some of you may know, I sprained an ankle in a Palm Oasis near Desert Hot Springs, California. We enjoyed ourselves, eating fresh palm dates and visiting Palm Springs Midcentury homes and many cacti as my foot was trying to heal!
At the beginning of February, we visited with friends Dell and Ralph Wood in Phoenix. Afterwards, Michael plunged into a London, UK, conference trip stranding me with a swollen foot and a walking stick in Tucson. At his return, we attended the famous Tucson Gem Show and the Tubac Art Festival. Mid-February Michael was in pursuit of a massage therapist to help with the “foot” and our backs. Angel’s motto at Synergy Massage Works is “walk in, float out”—very true indeed. Our putt-putt required an adjustment as much as our spines. Putt-putt exhibited symptoms of a delaminated floor and we were not sure what to do to fix it. We visited the Santa Cruz Catholic Church, Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Sentinel Peak Park, and San Xavier Mission as tourists do.
In March we relished the opportunity to host Mark and Julie Bennet from RVLove for a wholesome meal and wine at the Pioneer RV Resort in Phoenix. For March Break, my dear friend Flavie Beaudet from Ottawa, Ontario, joined us for a week-long vacation. Flavie wanted to tent in Sedona and around Phoenix. This meant several phone calls to explore campsites that would accommodate both tents and RV’s. Starting in Sedona, we jumped into a great Safari Jeep tour climbing the scenic beauty of the Mogollon Rim. Then we traveled to a KOA campground in Gila Bend, outside of Phoenix where we took advantage of the year-round sun and warm temperatures.
March ended with a bang, starting with a delighted surprise of cacti blooming and then the KOA Campground inviting us to participate in a photo shoot for their magazine. We met Jeff Dow, a “fun” photographer. “Fun” translates into striking pictures and a truly enjoyable shoot experience.
April started with another video request. RVLove was producing a video on RV toilets and we joined in. We are about 15 min into this informative video. We had fun participating!.
The remainder of the month was consumed with income tax forms and entries. Michael expended many hours in an extensive study of relevant IRS publications. As we learned, it’s a worthy thing to be informed on what your accountants presumably knows.
By mid-April, it was time to go north and tend to said “foot”. We traveled through Camp Verde, Flagstaff, Lake Powell in Arizona; Kanab, Snow Canyon, Kanosh, to arrive in Salt Lake City, Utah, at life-long dear friends Linda and Marty. This was a phantasmagorical time filled with stories, love, and conversations. Ah! Definitely, lots of wine and laughs.
The days from mid-April to the end of May were monopolized by chiropractors, X-rays, an MRI and a DXA Bone Density Scan. Afterwards, the days filled up with appointments at the orthopedist and many sessions with the physiotherapist. I wobbled about with a sturdy black boot with a big red dot. On relaxed days we visited our respective doctors, naturopath, dentist, and ophthalmologist, and finally, a consultation with the optician. Six weeks later, we found ourselves spoiled by the comfort graciously volunteered by Linda and Marty.
After ten months of travel, we commuted back to Boise, Idaho, visiting my dear friend and Sheltie companion Dale. Dale resided five houses down from our home we sold in Avimor. We had a lovely two days, enjoyed each other’s company and reminisced of times together. Oh! By the way, Dale prepares fantastic margaritas! We enjoyed loads of those!
While in Salt Lake City, at the suggestion of Marty and months of research and questions, we traded-in our Kia Sorento for a Ford F-150, XLT. My dad would be proud, and my brother Denis is tickled to have twin Fords in the family. Next upgrade is from the Max-S, T@B putt-putt to a 2018 Lance model 1995 travel trailer.
We drove all the way to Sugarcreek, Ohio, via Moab, Utah; through Durango, Colorado; spending nights in Aztec, Deming, Albuquerque and Tucumcari, New Mexico. From Amarillo to Shamrock, Texas; through Prague, Oklahoma; a wine stop in Altus Arkansas. Boondocking in Byalia, Mississippi and Nashville Tennessee; driving by way of Washington Courthouse, Lancaster, Athens, Coshocton, Ohio. We finally arrived in Walnut Creek to get the T@B floor repaired, at the expense of the manufacturer.
Sugarcreek is the obscure location of the home of the Nu-Camp manufacturer where they make T@B trailers. NuCamp insisted that the type of clamity we epxerienced never happened to their trailers and volunteered to repair it for free, even though we were outside of the 1-year warranty. Putt-putt now has a new floor, toilet, black tank, piping and front rock shield.
We will write soon with more details and a video on activities of our journey in the past six months. See you all soon!