March, 2018: I’m back in Tucson since it seemed like a likely place weather-wise to spend the winter. I haven’t even finished going through all the pictures I took of both the east and west side of Saguaro National Park last year, so I’m trying to remedy that, along with another visit to the amazing Sabino Canyon.
One of the reasons I’ve been here so long is that I’m working on a major update of my website and blog with newer theme, updated info and pictures, etc. When I discovered my current theme is so old it is no longer available and has some kind of php problem, I started researching what it would take to update it.
That’s when I started seeing how “old-school” the style and format I’ve used is. I didn’t really know that until a younger “new-school” friend was kindly honest enough to tell me. I was pretty resistant at first, but once I understood what she meant, I had to agree. I also didn’t realize how hard it was to navigate on phones and smaller screens, something I know is more and more important. I never thought I’d be an old lady who had to be dragged kicking and screaming into a new age, so that’s a bit of a daunting thought, too! 😉
Since I’ve had three websites since I started fulltime RVing in 2001, it’s turning out to be a huge project with many more twists and turns and complications than I imagined. I had hoped it would basically be as easy as pushing that Update button. I’m thinking it will take at least another couple of weeks to get it ready for prime time.
After that, my main focus will be getting ready for the nitty gritty planning for my next adventure. Leaving here in mid to late April, I’ll slowly mosey up to Grand Canyon since in two prior visits, I was not able to do even a little bit of the rim of the Bright Angel Trail, long on my bucket list.
Next stop will be Antelope Canyon, another thing that’s been on my must-see list and always got interrupted for one reason or another. I just have to see those light beams dancing on those slot canyon walls!
Monument Valley is another destination I must drive through again since I haven’t been there since 2002 when I didn’t even have a digital camera then!
After that, Mesa Verde National Park was recommended by a friend who knows how much I love these kind of ancient cliff dwellings.
But Colorado is the featured state for this summer and what I am so excited about! So many of my friends can’t believe I’ve never spent much time in that state in all these years, so this is the year to remedy that. Since I’ve always loved train rides, of course the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a must-do, as well as Silverton, Ouray and Telluride, just to mention a few places I want to explore.
But the main big destination is Rocky Mountain National Park. To see snow capped mountains again makes me giddy with excitement! Since one of my goals is still to see as many national parks as possible before I poop out, that is a must-see of epic proportion now.
That’s as far as I’ve thought ahead at this point. Once I have the planning better organized, I’ll share in another page and look forward to hearing your must-sees, too.
I’ve been staying at Justin’s Diamond J RV Park in west Tucson since early December. I got into the Holiday Spirit and that was the first time I decorated for Christmas since I was in Tennessee in 2014.
I really love my backyard that is right up next to the desert with miles of trails and amazing views!
A humongous desert moon beside a majestic saguaro cactus – I think I’m going to like this neighborhood!
But it wasn’t until I downloaded it from my phone that I saw I captured a flying saucer about to land! 🙂 Tell me that’s not what it looks like! LOL
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Old But Still Good News:
May, 2013: After a long period of research and trying to decide whether to keep my first motorhome — (“The Great Motorhome Debate“) — I finally decided to do what I really wanted in my heart and bought a new-to-me motorhome! Here are some public pictures I posted to Facebook (you don’t need an account to see them). My new rolling home: 2012 Winnebago Adventurer 35P. And I have finally decided the perfect name for her is “Kismet” given the miraculous way that she came to me. I continue to be amazed at the number of miracles and angels that still come my way to help keep my travel dreams alive.
I am also happy to announce I finally got rid of the nightmare Ford Escape and all the breakdowns and worries caused by it not being safely flat towable as was represented by Ford. I’m so happy with my little Honda Fit! Her name is “Serendipity” since it was yet another happy miracle.