"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Monday, February 22, 2016

Quite a Ride.



We had quite a ride the past seven weeks.  52 days away from home, to be exact.  This was the first time since I retired that we departed home with no definite destination.   I kind of like that way of traveling.

Some could say we have become snowbirds, like those from Canada and the Midwest.  But, as we have little snow in our part of the world, we were only leaving the damp, cloudy, and depressing days of Winter in the deep South.  Not sure what our moniker should be.

We followed the good weather more than a map.  It sent us South toward Big Bend for most of a week, and kept us in Organ Pipe for seven nights.  We had sunshine every day from the time we left San Antonio on January 7th, till we arrived home on February 19th.


We spent a week in Quartzite during the big tent event, and returned two weeks later for the Dome Rock Gathering.  We were guests at a wedding, and met a number of other bloggers at Bloggerfest II.


We made a couple of day trips to Mexico, and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was returning to the US, compared to a return from Canada. 

We passed a sign that said Oceanside California, 78 miles.  Maybe we should have kept going, and dipped our toes in the Pacific.

Once on the way home, there were few distractions.  Tucson; Columbus, NM; Balmorhea state park, Texas; Cranes Mill CoE, Texas; and Sandy Creek CoE, Texas.  Sunday through Thursday.  We pulled in our driveway at 3 PM on Friday. 

6300 miles and lots of memories; lots of friends.  The desert Southwest is like no other place we have visited.  The barren landscapes are said to be a place to avoid, devoid of life.  Until one has experienced them, that’s easy to believe.

But once you spend some time there and smell the air, listen to the wildlife, and watch the sunsets, you realize that’s just a myth.  There is life in the desert, and we enjoy being a part of it for a short time each year.

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Sally’s already looking forward to the next visit…..jc


  1. Already looking forward to when our paths cross again. Take care!

  2. How about cloudbirds or lookingforthesunbirds?

  3. What a great trip. Sure wish the Traveling Longdogs could have met up with you while you were at Crane's Mill.....maybe next time.

  4. Great summary....you got some magnificent sunset shots...hope all is ok with the homefront and that this current system isn't causing too much havic in your area...take care...Horst sends

  5. What a trip! And yes, the weather here over the last few days is pretty typical. Two choices. 1) rainy and warm or 2) sunny and cold. I miss the desert this winter!

  6. Seems like a great adventure no matter what the moniker.

  7. Since you come to the desert to dry out from humid Mississippi, how about "soggybirds"?


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