Mum’s Day Weekend…

Well we landed in Minden Nevada,  its right on the border of California….one of many small towns in a row….we are about 50 miles south of Reno….and if you were to fly due east like a crow….you would almost land at our house…LOL  This is our second day here….not a bad spot, the Carson Valley Casino has a nice RV park, great wifi and amenities, plus its quiet at night….so we enjoyed just hanging out, since we have both the RV and my car, we did a couple little outings to the surrounding area….sure pretty, and cold here…LOL  it was 70′ yesterday, but didn’t get over 56 today and suppose to be in the 30’s tonight….Brrrrr……we stayed a little bump in the road (hwy  #395) on Thursday at a place called Olancha….we were just west of Death Valley….but huge mountains on both sides of us…..the Serra Nevada’s on the West and the Amargosa Range on the East…..lots of snow peaks on both….LOL

They had teepee’s they rented out at the place we stayed…

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These are the Sierra Nevada’s…breath taking….picture does not do them justice..

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Theres hubby following up behind…..I think I was wearing him out…he hasn’t been driving much as I love to drive…so we have been just going slow and steady….but sure nice to have all the comforts of home with us….

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We are headed to the American River in Gold Country, just on the other side of those mountains in California….we will be staying at a great place, Camp Lotus….our niece has been friends with the owners for 30 year….they do white river rafting from there….we will stay Saturday and Sunday, enjoy mum’s day with her and then head to Santa Rosa on Monday morning….excited to see my kids, family and friends and the house….

I will catch up with you all next week….have a great mum’s day…..

Hello along the way…

well we are on highway #395 on the east side of California….if we keep going east we would be in Death Valley to give you some perspective….we got away on Tuesday around 9a after a rainy night….lots of clouds to send us off

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Then we headed to the bottom of Joshua Tree National Park, its about a 50ish mile drive through the middle up to Twentynine Pines where we spent the night….

this is the Cholla fields….they went on forever….

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We were a little late to see the Joshua Trees in bloom, but this big daddy waited for us…18342194_10209012563331307_3545124776014641236_n

A huge pile of rocks, I think they look like Idaho Spuds…LOL18342172_10209012562691291_2538581278236669198_n18342065_10209012562411284_5759243250323282437_n

they have dry camping around the rocks, we did that the last time we came through and below is the what the road looked like most of the way through…sure pretty…we up at about 4000′ feet, still cool enough for bushes to bloom…18341830_10209012564891346_983393798787025503_n18342693_10209012559891221_810840842127353923_n

This was right at the north end….pretty spectacular sight for sure….

we got up and headed north….over to I-40/58 west towards Tehachapi pass, right before we got there we took #14 north to Red Rock Canyon State Park….

 

 

 

 

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18342272_10209019862913792_6403166791057503625_nAnother amazing place I will be back to see…it was pretty spendy for dry camping $25 + $6 for the car…we can get a full hook up for that up the road….so we spend some time amount mother nature and off we went…we are on 395 about 20 miles from Lone Pine….at a little, and I mean maybe 3 business, place called Olancha…..great Wi-Fi amazing…..so that’s it for now….

We are headed to Bishop tomorrow then on up to #88 West over the Serra Nevada’s to a place called Jackson…they have a huge RV park and a big Casino about 5 miles away…we can have dinner, swim and just kick back and watch the sun set…..then we will be in Coloma on Sunday at Camp Lotus on the American River….lots of rapids to watch and enjoy a mums day with our niece….then Monday on to the California home…..

Happy Early Mum’s Day to you all……

Happy Cinco de Mayo

A great day to stay home here….we went out for a great Mexican meal yesterday…I might have found a new Mexican restaurant…you would think since we live just 22 miles from the great country of Mexico we would have wonderful Mexican food here….nope!!!  I have been to 4 before this restaurant…incredible how bad the food can be….maybe I am just picky, I don’t think so…I am finding I cook better Mexican food than the restaurants…LOL  oh well….have a Margarita today in honor of there Independence….

We have started to fill the RV….we have chosen Tuesday morning right after the garbage truck picks up the can…LOL  we didn’t want to leave that for the neighborhood, heat garbage, not a great combo….LOL  guess we like our neighbors…LOL  but my excitement  is not containable that’s for sure…my husband sometimes can’t believe that I can act 12 at times…LOL  I keep reminding him he knew all this before he married me..LOL   I can’t wait to see my kids and friends…our house, green trees, dirt and plants that I can’t grow here….LOL   and just being out on the road….enjoying life, Mother Nature up close and personal….and seeing how the areas have changed since we were last there…so I will be absent for awhile after Tuesday….we plan on being back at our home in California by the 16th or so…

Life continues to be good in the Southwest…..I am eating healthy, well probably not the chips I had yesterday, but only shared a basket with hubby…but otherwise….healthy, fresh food…..my weight is slowly dropping….getting my exercise in running around like a mad women getting packed and the house put in order to close up for a while…LOL

I will be on here again before we leave…but everyone have a fantastic weekend….

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I believe we are getting a look at summer….however by Monday they are promising us mid 70’s…..and maybe a thunder storm…..I will believe it when I see it….

I hit the pool yesterday evening….so refreshing….2 hours later I had a good hour of water aerobic exercise in and was completely exhausted and felt like a million bucks…LOL  my knee and ankles are wondering what happen…LOL  I skipped today and will be back in the morning before the UV rays get high….

life is good…we are slowly getting the RV packed and getting ready to head back to California….I think we will spend a few days camping on the way…we don’t have to be there until the 30th….so Joshua Tree and Red Canyon National Park are on the agenda….then maybe a night on the Sacramento River…kinda blowin in the wind as we head that way…I am ready for a change of scenery…LOl and see my kids…

We are going to bust out of here tomorrow…..only suppose to be 103′ tomorrow…LOL dry heat is not had to handle, I couldn’t live in the East with all the moisture in the air….all I did was sweat when we were in New Orleans, so at least we have very low humidity here…not sure where we are headed but hanging in the house staying out of the sun gets old real fast….

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We did get a huge plastic owl up on a pole by the antenna to keep the doves off of it….the seem to leave quite a bit behind and it was getting old cleaning it up….so far it has worked perfectly….

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week….weekend is just around the corner….

 

Monday….

Well woke up to no wind on Sunday and we jumped in the car and off we went…LOL after being house bound for 2+ days it felt like we were breaking out….we headed for Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, about 3 hours south/east from us…7 miles from a border crossing…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kav2ZB1nTDQ if you want to go on a ride through the park….certainly a beautiful area….we have been there several times…if you need a quick fill up saguaros and organ pipe cactus….its the place to go…here’s a few of my pictures…. the mighty saguaros wear there bounty like a crown….

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They are beautiful….and were really putting on a show….

This is a mission in a little town called Ajo on the way to the park…we stay here sometimes….when were traveling around in the south….we found a building with lots of new murals….really well done too….

Life is warming up in the south….gonna be close to a 100′ today….but it is the Sonoran Desert after all…..

I am doing well…getting my act together and eating well….

Welcome to May everyone……

Thursday…..another beautiful day in Paradise….the wind stopped for the day and it was perfect….got a lot done outside…well as much as I needed…LOL  even watered everything…..I am trying to only water once a month and not the saguaros……crazy that I had to learn to garden all over again….amazing at how wet the sand stays when the temperature is in the high 90’s….love the way mother nature cares for her own….I am learning….LOL   still feels like we are heading into fall as all the spring flowers are dying, not from frost, but the sun is baking them…LOL well not really funny…but its so absolutely backwards here….I think about my friend Rowena ( her blog – beyondtheflow)  in Australia, when in July they are putting up Christmas trees and in December they are beating the heat….oh well…at east he heat isn’t really bothering us this year…so far…

Well I got on the scale this morning….status quo…haven’t gained, haven’t lost….just staying the same weight….so I need to step it up….this is silly…so I have a swim date tomorrow at 2p…will get a good work out there…and have been doing some of my home exercising….I did work outside for almost an hour this morning….I can tell you I did get a good sweat on for sure….so I count that for something….

Great drive the other day…we took a new route from I-8 up to I-10  beautiful scenery, we were on the California side of the Colorado…we were right beside the Imperial Sand Dunes imagesTZ6P20YCuntitled Its like being on the Sahara……another world…..

Then we were at Palo Verde, Ca.  a very small town by the river….I got the pictures off the internet, but its exactly what we saw…

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Then we were almost I-10 and came out at Blythe, Ca. crossed the Colorado and back in Arizona….heading East for 20 miles to Quartzsite where we had a late breakfast at our favorite diner and headed south on highway 95 to home…took a little over 5 hours…and the censor light stayed off…yay…so we are going to say its working fine…

So I am off to bed…hope everyone is doing well and getting some part of spring to enjoy…

Where does the time go???

Seems like it was just April 1st…..its the 25th already….spring in really zipping right by….

We have been busy getting it all together here for the heat…and we are leaving in a few weeks…I have the freezer under control…rather cleaned out…LOL….we have been eating whatever is getting thawed out….LOL  kinda like a surprise meal, I never label anything, thinking I can remember what I throw in there…LOL  so far its been yummy…..LOL  made the hubby a new quilt for the RV out of material that has campers on it….we are tired of hauling everything in and out again, so we are buying duplicates of kitchen items….something I have been fighting against doing for year…why?  I have no idea…LOL  so that’s been fun…I love to stock up the RV for easy, peasy care….especially since I am the cook and bottle washer…LOL

As far as eating…well I am having a love/hate relationship with my rebel….she’s such a night owl….loves to come out and irritate me late at night….I haven’t been on a scale in weeks…. I am very doubtful that it is a positive number I would be looking at.!!!  But then it is what it is and all I can do it carry on….seems like I am on a hamster wheel, going nowhere fast..I have been finding myself looking for the quick fix, catching myself falling back in my old ways….infact I noticed Weight Watchers was free to join, I am not kidding you, my heart rate raised, I was getting excited thinking about joining….then I remembered, oh wait…been there, done that…didn’t fix anything….along with I am catching myself looking and actually ordering books, I just got the Belly Diet by Travis Stork MD off of TV….WTF am I doing….I did order Dr. Gundreys diet revelation….it is an interesting read…not sure I am going to add any more minerals or herbs to my regime at this time, but I will go back and visit this book….I have also orderd the Good Gut Diet by Gerard Mullin MD, I reviewed and it looked like it might give me some insight to my gut…..and I know your all asking, we thought you knew what you were doing…..well..I.do know what I need to do…of course I do…sometimes its just easier said then doing…..I mentally count the calories of everything I put past my lips…I will get back to journaling, that does help keep you on track and focused……trying to eat healthy, real food….I am really on a salad kick….I am loving the Kale and cabbage bags of salad…I add lots of other yummies to them including fruit, some chicken, spinach, nuts and cheese…..we have been getting wonderful cauliflower and asparagus along with some great oranges….sweet and juicy….so lots of vegies and yogurt and fruit salads…..I feel good….lots of energy….I have been working out at home…I have my weights and have a 15 minutes morning routing I have started….I have made it easy enough for me to do in the RV….so there shouldn’t be any problem getting it done…after all, 15 minutes a day to start with is almost pathetic…but its a start…..really excited to be heading back to California…I am going to go to my old gym and get some workouts in…they are open 24 hours so it will work…and the pool is at the gym….hard to believe the in the desert, the major gyms including the YMCA do not have pools…crazy….

We are going for a long drive tomorrow in the RV as we had a censor changed today and they want us to drive it to make sure its what they thought it was….so I am looking forward to a day trip…..the cactus are blooming here and there so I hope to get some pictures……

Alls good down here in Paradise…..kat