© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Gates Pass, Tucson, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Gates Pass, Tucson, Arizona

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!

 © 2017 Louise Levergneux, Coachella Valley Preserve Thousand Palms Oasis, California, beautiful sand and one rock!

© 2017 Louise Levergneux, Coachella Valley Preserve Thousand Palms Oasis, California, beautiful sand and one rock!

 © 2017 Louise Levergneux, Sam Cobb Date Farm where we tasted and purchased dates, Desert Hot Springs, California

© 2017 Louise Levergneux, Sam Cobb Date Farm where we tasted and purchased dates, Desert Hot Springs, California


 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, sunset in January at the Desert Gold Resort in Quartzite, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, sunset in January at the Desert Gold Resort in Quartzite, Arizona

2018 started with a refreshing encounter with Cathy Greenblat, an emeritus professor of sociology and excellent photographer. We finished January by observing the Sonoran Desert setting in Quartzite, just 879 feet/268 meters above sea level by jeep with new companions Mary and Rex from RVillage

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, jeep tour in the Sonoran Desert, Quartzite, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, jeep tour in the Sonoran Desert, Quartzite, Arizona

  ©  2018 Louise Levergneux, Cholla cactus and Ocotillo and Saguaro Cacti in the background, Sonoran Desert

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Cholla cactus and Ocotillo and Saguaro Cacti in the background, Sonoran Desert

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, relaxing via Steven Colbert monologue in Congress, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, relaxing via Steven Colbert monologue in Congress, Arizona

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.

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Tucson Gem Show, look at the sizes of these gems!

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Tucson Gem Show, look at the sizes of these gems!

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Art Festival in Tubac, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Art Festival in Tubac, Arizona

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Michael making friends at the Art Festival in Tubac, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Michael making friends at the Art Festival in Tubac, Arizona

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Margaritas at the Wisdom's Cafe, Tubac, Tucso

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Margaritas at the Wisdom's Cafe, Tubac, Tucso

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Angel's work trailer, Wirled Traveler Massage, Tucson, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Angel's work trailer, Wirled Traveler Massage, Tucson, Arizona

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Sentinel Peak Park, Tucson, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Sentinel Peak Park, Tucson, Arizona

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, San Xavier Mission, Tucson, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, San Xavier Mission, Tucson, Arizona

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.

 © 2018 Julie Bennet, visit from Marc and Julie from RVLove in Pheonix, Arizona 

© 2018 Julie Bennet, visit from Marc and Julie from RVLove in Pheonix, Arizona 

 © 2018 Brian Decker, Safari Jeep tour on the Mogollon Rim with tour guide and singer Brian Decker, Sedona, Arizona

© 2018 Brian Decker, Safari Jeep tour on the Mogollon Rim with tour guide and singer Brian Decker, Sedona, Arizona

 © 2018 Javelina attendent, Javelina Wine Tasting, Sedona, Arizona

© 2018 Javelina attendent, Javelina Wine Tasting, Sedona, Arizona

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Putt-Putt at the KOA in Gila Bend, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Putt-Putt at the KOA in Gila Bend, Arizona

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.

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Violet prickly pear at the KOA in Gila Bend, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Violet prickly pear at the KOA in Gila Bend, Arizona

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, flowering Saguaro cactus in Maricopa, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, flowering Saguaro cactus in Maricopa, Arizona

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, photoshoot with Jeff Dow and crew for the KOA magazine in Gila Bend, Arizona

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, photoshoot with Jeff Dow and crew for the KOA magazine in Gila Bend, Arizona

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.

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Michael posing for RVLove video

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Michael posing for RVLove video

 © 2018 Michael Sutton, Louise posing for toilet video

© 2018 Michael Sutton, Louise posing for toilet video

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.

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Salt Lake City, Utah with spring flowering trees and snow on the Wasatch Range Mountains

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Salt Lake City, Utah with spring flowering trees and snow on the Wasatch Range Mountains

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Marty and Linda preparing our supper

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Marty and Linda preparing our supper

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, introducing Toni, Marty, Linda and Kaden's new family member

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, introducing Toni, Marty, Linda and Kaden's new family member

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Marty enjoying Michael's stories

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Marty enjoying Michael's stories

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.

 © 2018 Michael Sutton, the big red dot black boot, Oh! Joy?

© 2018 Michael Sutton, the big red dot black boot, Oh! Joy?

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!

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, enjoying pizza and margaritas with Dale in Avimor, Idaho

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, enjoying pizza and margaritas with Dale in Avimor, Idaho

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. 

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Michael with our new F150 at Henry Day Ford, Salt Lake City, Utah

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Michael with our new F150 at Henry Day Ford, Salt Lake City, Utah

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Marty and Michale installing the new mudflaps on the F150

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Marty and Michale installing the new mudflaps on the F150

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. 

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, dropping off Putt-Putt for a week of repairs at Nu-Camp in Sugarcreek, Ohio

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, dropping off Putt-Putt for a week of repairs at Nu-Camp in Sugarcreek, Ohio

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.

 © 2018 Louise Levergneux, Our new digs for a week at Wallhouse Hotel, Walnut Creek, Ohio

© 2018 Louise Levergneux, Our new digs for a week at Wallhouse Hotel, Walnut Creek, Ohio

We will write soon with more details and a video on activities of our journey in the past six months. See you all soon!