Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wandering With The Wrights 3/27/2016

Since our last blog we have been in Congress, AZ for a week and now in Tucson.  Have been here 5 days and will be here at least 5 more.  The main reason we traveled to Congress, about 70 miles the wrong direction, was because we wanted to get our new coach weighed with all of our "stuff" in it.  It is very important that the weight be equally distributed along all the wheels for safety as well as having the tires last as long as possible.  There are only a few places across the US where all wheels can be done individually and since we were so close we wanted to have it done.  There is a nice Escapee campground in Congress and we always enjoy being around other Escapee members.

Arriving at Escapee North Ranch in Congress, AZ

The members of North Ranch maintain a beautiful Cactus Garden that was just beginning to bloom - everyday it was more beautiful.

We took a day trip up to Prescott, AZ

Prescott Courthouse.  Beautiful building and plaza.

On the north side of the Courthouse there is a timeline embossed and painted into the concrete walk.  The timeline is laid out in an elongated U-shape and features events from the history of the county.  We found it extremely interesting.

We were caught with one entry in-particular - Wm. "Bucky" O'Neill, Sheriff as my dad, Wm. O'Neill was a policeman in Lake Forest, IL


After a week in Congress we had to return to Phoenix for one day for the hitch to be put on the new coach.  It had been ordered weeks before but the wrong one arrived and had to be re-ordered.  The stop over allowed us to have a picnic lunch with an old friend Dave Vanhook and his friend Susan and their dachshund Lana.
In January we spent 10 days boon-docking in Quartzite, AZ but that was in the old motorhome so decided while in Tucson we would check on a boon-docking area we had heard a lot about, Snyder Hill, and try boon-docking in the new coach.  In the old coach we had a small refrigerator that ran off of electricity or propane.  In the new coach we have a large residential refrigerator and were wondering how hard it would be on the generator.  We have been pleasantly surprised that it has all worked very well.  The picture above shows us off to the left.  There are about a dozen other campers here on Snyder Hill but we are very far apart which can be a nice change from some public campgrounds.
One of the things that has amazed us as we travel is how God guides us every Sunday to a church.  We look on line or see several on our drives and just seem to get a feeling as to where He wants us to go.  Today, Easter Sunday was no exception.  We have been to Non-Denominational, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist but today was our first Presbyterian.  It was a wonderful Easter Service.  We really had a great experience.

This is the gift bag we were presented at church this morning for being first time visitors.
 We spent last Thursday with a couple we met last winter in Texas.  We actually traveled with them for several weeks last year and have stayed in touch just waiting until our paths would cross again.  We spent a great morning with Warren & Dee Dee Eoff at Sonora Desert Museum.  We then came back to the RV, had lunch, and visited well into the evening.  We had a wonderful time seeing them again and can't wait until our paths cross again!!

In between blogs I write a note if there is something I want to add to the blog that I think I might forget and in the last blog I forgot to check my notes so this story is old but I think you might enjoy it.  The shower in our new motorhome has a very different closure than in our last RV.  What I learned, the hard way, as you have to make sure that the lock is totally open before closing the door or it locks.    Yes, I locked myself in the first morning I took a shower.  Fortunately Jerry was here and not out walking Teddy or I would have had to wait for his return.  It was pretty funny and of course at first he said he wasn't going to let me out :-) :-).

We plan to do some sightseeing while in Tucson however it is Spring-break time and things are very busy.  We had gone to take a tram ride yesterday up in the mountains.  One look at the lines and the cars waiting to go in and we just kept going.  Will try a few more places.  The main reason we are here as I am taking a motor coach driving class on Thursday.  I have driven a little, very little, but only in wide open spaces.  Jerry is a very patient man and could teach me more about turning, etc. but we decided the best thing for our marriage was for me to take lessons.  I don't plan on driving often but once I learn I will drive occasionally to keep my skill level up but think it makes sense for me to know just incase of an emergency.  So appreciate any prayers you might want to offer up on Thursday :-).

We will depart Tucson on Fri. or Sat. and head for Benson, AZ.  We will be there a week or two and then will start our slow trip back to Illinois - we plan to be home the first week in May in time for Mother's Day.  I am blessed to still have my wonderful mother and want to be with her that day.  Would appreciate prayers for her as she has Shingles and they are having a hard time finding something to help her with the pain.

So I want to end this on this Holy Easter Sunday evening letting you know that we have wonderful family and friends - if you are reading this you fall into that category.  So we send Easter greetings to each of you and pray that you know how much we love and care about you.  Hugs and Blessings, Carol & Jerry

1 comment:

  1. Easter Greetings back to you both. I find it so nice when churches give gifts to first time visitors. Make one really remember their hospitality. Safe travels.