Monday, April 25, 2016

Wandering With The Wrights


One of our last nights in Benson, AZ a neighbor asked me to go with her to bingo.  As you can see I was a big winner :-)

Beautiful red and yellow blooms on a cactus in Benson, AZ

Have been driving a little to get some practice - not my favorite thing but feel I need to know how.
We are on our way to Las Cruces, NM.  The beginning of our trip back to Illinois.

Went by the exit for the town of Truth or Consequences, NM.  Also saw the exit for Elephant Butte!
On our way to Albuquerque we crossed the Rio Grande River.  We normally don't travel on Sunday's but we were held up a day because of high winds so Sunday became a travel day.  We listened to 3 of our home pastor's sermons so felt like we did okay.  When we got into Albuquerque and plugged into the electric on our sight we had no power.  Jerry tested the pole and it was fine.  The problem was in our coach.  I am never ceased to be amazed at how Jerry figures out was in wrong, goes to the store and gets something to fix the problem and fixes it in no time-this time he even had to jury-rig the part he needed.  Amazing!!   
The weather in Albuquerque was pretty overcast, windy and damp, even had some rain - we have seen very little of those items this past winter.  We went to the shops at Old Town Albuquerque and visited a cute store called The Wild Rose.  Jerry's daughter's nickname is Rose so had to take a picture and send it to her.

Had fun looking around in all the stores

Also played around a bit

Our next stop was Raton, NM with a very high elevation - almost 8,000 feet.  We didn't think about the fact that our new coach has a sleep number bed and when we went to bed that night the bed was as hard as a rock!  We were very fortunate it didn't explode!!  We read the directions then and learned we should have deflated the mattress before ascending to such high elevations!  The day before we arrived in Raton they still had snow on the ground but we keep being blessed - seems like we are avoiding the bad weather and just follow right behind it.
Arrived in Colorado Springs (that is Pikes Peak in the distance) on Thursday the 21st and will be leaving in the morning the 26th.  The weekend before we arrived they had 14" of snow.  Like I said we just keep following along behind the bad weather.
Our neighbors have a dog almost the same size as Teddy and they have a ball playing together  Teddy will miss Jo Jo

We came to Colorado Springs to visit our grandson.  The 21st was his 10th birthday and we just kind of extended the celebration right through the week-end.  Adrian lives with his mom, step-dad and half-siblings.  We really enjoyed all of them!
Adrian watching them cook his dinner

He told them it was his birthday so they added a little excitement for us to watch

Adrian opening gifts at his kids party on Saturday

Sunday morning went to the Elks Lodge for breakfast with two awesome couples that are parked near us and then joined Adrian and his family at church

After church we set out for pizza, ice cream and just more fun times. 
The Flynt's - Adrian, his mom, step-dad and siblings.  A really great family raising well behaved children - a joy to be around.  After lunch everyone came back to see the motorhome.  We had planned on leaving this morning, Monday, but after three days of Adrian's birthday celebration and some high winds we decided to stay in Colorado Springs one more night and relax.  We will leave in the morning for Kansas, Iowa and Illinois.  There are storms ahead of us and behind us so we will watch the weather and travel when it is safe and stay put and enjoy wherever we are if we can't move on.  Still plan to get to Illinois State Beach Park on Monday the 2nd.  It is hard to believe that we have been out 6 months.  We have seen so many interesting places and met so many amazing people - can't wait to see what the future holds!!  

For all of our family and friends in and around Zion, Gurnee, etc.  Can't wait to see you - lots of hugging next week!

1 comment:

  1. Looking at the picture of the three couples around the table.... the first man on the left and the man standing look like twins. Which one is Jerry? LOL

    I remember the show Truth or Consequences and seem to remember when the town changed its name. Gonna have to Google what year that was. Wait a minute.... I might not WANT to know how long ago that was.

    Keep informed of that weather. Hear storms, hail etc up that way.