Joined April 2018Living in: Apache Junction, United States
  • Day14

    National Trails Day

    June 1 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    Today we helped with National Trails Day. Volunteers came to help clear one of the trails. I helped register them and we both helped prepare and serve lunch. It was heartwarming to see about 100 people giving their time and energy to this project. Some came with organizations like hiking groups, mountain bikers, and businesses such as REI, while others came on their own.

    I helped register people, and after they finished their work, we served them lunch.
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  • Day13

    Hiking in the Coconino National Forest

    May 31 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

    I am learning about the National Forest so I can give good information to our visitors. Our campground is very close to Mount Elden, which has a fire lookout on top. I found the way to the nearest trail at the base of Mount Elden, which took me a while the first two tries. Now I can make it in about 7-8 minutes, and then hike one direction or the other to explore. The base of the mountain has lots of huge boulders along the trail.Read more

  • Day10

    Our Flagstaff Home

    May 28 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    Our friend Bruce has a 5th Wheel RV he wasn’t using, so we are living in it over the summer and doing needed repairs in exchange. We are volunteering for the US Forest Service in exchange for free camping. We work four half-days per week; Dean is in the shop making signs and doing repairs, and I am at the front desk interacting with visitors and helping wherever I can. There is so much to know about Coconino National Forest, that I probably won’t be able to answer all the questions by the end of the summer!

    Here is a view of our campground, which is an area behind the Ranger Station, set aside for work-campers like us. Our location is perfect: on the edge of Flagstaff across Route 66 from a shopping center, yet set away from the highway so it is not noisy. Our summer home is the second unit from the left. It is very comfortable!
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  • Day6

    Warming up in Apache Junction!

    May 24 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    It was chilly this week, with high temps only in the 50s, and it snowed several times. We decided to spend our 4-day weekend back in Apache Junction to warm up. This May has been unusually mild for the Phoenix valley. The temperature has only reached 100 twice! It was great to use the pool and spa over the weekend. We are so glad that our Summer “Home” is only 2 ½ hours from our Winter Home this year. We saw some cactus flowers that we don't normally get to see, as we are never there this late in the season.Read more

  • Day1

    Cool Flagstaff

    May 19 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 46 °F

    We are spending the summer in cool Flagstaff Arizona. With an altitude of over 7000 ft. it is a very nice summer escape from the heat of the Phoenix valley. The San Francisco Peaks are even higher, and have snow on them all year. It is a beautiful backdrop for photos.

  • Day183

    Back in the USA!

    October 31, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    Here we are in Naples FL, enjoying the sunset, as our adventure ends. Thanks for following!

  • Day182

    Historical Nassau

    October 30, 2018 on the Bahamas ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    At the History Museum is the story of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World by landing in The Bahamas and claiming it for Spain. Not much happened for hundreds of years afterwards. Eventually it became a British colony, and after the Revolutionary War, it was settled by Loyalists who didn’t want to be separate from England.

    The Queen’s Staircase, built in honor or Queen Victoria, leads up the hill to Fort Fincastle, a fort in the shape of a ship. Forts were needed due to the strategic location of the Bahamas, and to protect against pirates.

    The Balcony House is the oldest house in Nassau, dating from approximately 1788. It was the home of wealthy Loyalists, changed hands many times. The last owner was Josephine Bryce, an American heiress, who used it until the 1970s. These old houses were built with open joist ceilings, to keep the wood from rotting in the humidity.
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  • Day182

    Colorful Nassau, The Bahamas

    October 30, 2018 on the Bahamas ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    There are 700 islands in The Bahamas. Only 30 are inhabited, and the capitol, Nassau, is on New Providence, a small one. There are also 2,400 cays (coral reefs) in the archipelago. Many of the islands and cays are for sale; looks like the least expensive is a 6-acre cay for $795,000. We are definitely not shopping for one!

    The water around The Bahamas is such a pretty blue! Buildings are painted in different pastels, but especially pink. This is to look nice with the green tropical trees and to help people feel cool.
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  • Day178

    Transatlantic Crossing: 13 Relaxing Days

    October 26, 2018, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Altogether, we had eight days at sea. We set our clocks back about every other night after leaving the European coast. An extra hour of sleep would have been nice, but it was hard not to get up when we woke up around 6 a.m. Sea days consisted of a nice breakfast buffet, exercise (the walking track or promenade deck and/or the gym), Latin or line-dancing, reading, lunch buffet, naps if we wanted, and Dean went to a lecture series on forensics. After dinner was a view of the sunset over the waves, a wonderful show every night, followed by watching dancers or karaoke singers. Then we were rocked to sleep by the waves. Unfortunately, I caught a cold, but used some Chinese herbs bought at the spa/health center, and it was mostly gone in three days.

    The ship was full, and we met some interesting people. Many Europeans take this cruise to spend time in Florida, some for the whole winter! Some Floridians were on a Mediterranean cruise right before the Transatlantic cruise, so they were cruising for almost a month. Thirteen days was enough for us. We enjoyed it so much, but were looking forward to returning to Arizona.
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  • Day176

    Ponta Delgada

    October 24, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    The capitol city of the Azores, Ponta Delgada, is charming. One can see the Portugese style of mosaic sidewalks, clock towers, churches and fountains. People are mostly catholic and their faith is strong.

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