Home At Last!

29 July 2017

 

Aw-w-w-w! Nothing beats stretching out in your own crib!
That is NOT to say that we didn’t have a good time this Summer, but it still involved living in the home of someone else.

Upon our arrival in Flagstaff Wednesday, we found a camping place in the Coconino National Forest about 4 miles from the Orthopedic surgery Center to park the RV. We were no more than barely set up when it began to sprinkle, then shower, then a full-blown thunderstorm. Jolie got her “Merry Meds” to calm her anxiety and promptly went to sleep.

Thursday, mid-morning, Evelyn met with the doctor for the pre-surgical interview for removing some hardware bracing that was left in her leg during an ankle replacement about a year ago. Friday morning the deed was done.

My Honey’s Hardware

Honey Hardware

 

 

While in WA I attempted to interest some of my grand kids in Geocaching, but they never really got into it even though we made several successful finds.

Stops along the way yielded three Geocaching finds to add to the ones that I located while in Washington.

 

One was a “virtual cache,”

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one was in a stump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geocache 3

and one was dangling from a tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our camp near Flagstaff I tried to befriend a family of chipmunks, but they mostly just took my proffered crackers and ran.

Chipmonk

 

 

In one of my previous blogs I showed several examples of Nursery Logs, those rotting logs that provide nutrients for other plant life.

NurseryTree 1Here is one example from Oakridge, Oregon.

 

At our camp in Flagstaff I found a rather unique example of a Nursery Log, and I couldn’t resist showing it.

Someone had dumped several pounds of dry Pinto beans onto a rotting log where the Monsoon rains soaked them to life and they are growing and taking root.

Our 100 lb. baby (Jolie) had a good time with her brothers, but even she was happy to be home. As we approached the city limits of Holbrook, Jolie began to take serious notice of her surroundings. When we got to the place where she takes her daily run, she REALLY got excited and we could hardly keep her in the truck. As soon as we got tho the house she was ready to make her rounds of the yard checking, it seems, to see if everything in her kingdom was still there.

Tomorrow is unpacking day. Wish me luck and sustained strength.

Loaded Truck

 

 

 

 

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Almost Home

July 26, 2017

After spending a relaxing evening in Las Vegas yesterday, we awoke this morning to the curious taste of a new granola. This one contains no grains! …. mostly just nuts and honey.

However for a guy that is hooked on HoneyNut Cheerios and Honey Bunches of Oats, I didn’t think that the makers of this granola were standing close enough to the honey pot! One half of a peach sliced over it helped with the flavor. Be warned, it takes a lot of chewing to get it down.

 

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Finding a nice place to set up camp in the Coconino National Forest, about 4 miles out of Flagstaff, we got ready to kiss this Wednesday goodbye.

 

 

 

 

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We discovered a little trail and set off to see what we could see. Both Jolie and Evelyn were eager the stretch their limbs after nearly 6 hours on the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found these two hikers tagging along in the sunbeams keeping us company.

 

 

 

 

 

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Couldn’t resist bringing home this towering thunderhead in a blue sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow a doctor’s appointment followed on Friday by a minor surgery on Evelyn’s ankle. Saturday, a day of rest so she can recuperate and the final 90 miles will get us home to Holbrook and a “normal” life at hissda.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeward Bound

We are off to a jolly good start on our journey home. First stop for the night is Oakridge, OR. We arrived just before dark. Jolie cooled off in the Mackenzie River and we made a loop of the park.
We spent the morning doing a week’s worth of laundry and loading the pickup to over-flow with stuff that someone donated to the Holbrook Indian School, plus things that just happened into our possession at more that a few Yard Sales.

Last week we were attending the Gladstone Camp Meeting. The evening keynote speaker was Ty Gibson. Awesome! His evening presentations were live streamed and can be found here: https://livestream.com/accounts/13746337/en-camp-meeting-2017/videos/159973372

I understand that audio recordings were made of all the seminars each day, but so far I’ve not been able to locate the link.

Jolie was a orphan all week and has been as eager to hit the road as we are.