March 31 – We left San Diego
for our second trip in our still new motor home. We came pet free! We did bring
our fake Parrott so we could figure out how he works.We planned on leaving on the 30th,
but we had a surprise visit from Holly, Bill’s daughter from WashingtonState. We had a great day with her
and her husband John. We had breakfast at Denny’s then showed them the town:
the seals in La Jolla, HortonPlaza, Coronado,
We had a fun dinner at our favorite Chinese Restaurant. It was a great reunion!
We also visited Lori, Ron and Billy. Too many years had passed. Holly was just
as sweet and kind as the young woman we spent time with years earlier.
Holly & John
Rosemarie was sick when we started our trip on Tuesday, 31.
This was a really bad cold and it took her down. Our first stop was Yuma.
We stayed at Rolle’s Lynda Vista RV park. This place had the friendliest people
we have ever met.
April 1 & 2, 2009 - We just settled in as Rosemarie blew
& blew her nose. Rosemarie settled in for a sick day. Bill played golf at
Cocopah Golf Resort. He had an eagle to top off his 77 score. He was a happy
camper. Rosemarie made some friends at the park and even though she was sick
she sang and told jokes to the locals. Not a good plan, but fun never the less.
We were invited to a party the next day, but we had to drive all the way back
to San Diego to get some very
important things we had forgotten. This was a seven hour drive. We did get back
and enjoyed the tail end of the party. Early to bed! Lots of cold pills, nose
spray and some healing started.
April 3, 2009.
We drove to Phoenix. The winds were
bad. Bill was stressed to the max. We wanted to get here early so we could go
to the State Capitol. The trip was grueling between sick O and the wind. We
decided to stay in Mesa because it
was the only park that had cable. It was 27 miles out of the way and when we
got here we discovered no cable after all. Asking “Do you have cable”, is a very important question to ask when making a
reservation. We got settled in at Valle del Oro and we made it to the capitol
at . We had just enough time to
see everything. The capitol is a museum in Arizona
now. It does house a few offices. They had a tribute to the ship The Arizona
that was sunk in the bombing on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
A Piece of the Arizona
This State Capitol has a great tribute to World War Two.
The highlight is about the Arizona.
The Arizona was the
Flag Ship for the Pacific Fleet
Model of the Arizona
This is a very small and unimpressive place. We were fascinated by the steel
staircase and railings. We covered a lot of history on this state. It was worth
the trip. Early to bed still in recovery!
Wrought Iron Stairs
Tribute to the West
Petrified Wood the State Rock
Capitol in Phoenix
Bill in Charge in the old Senate
Water Conscious Landscaping at the Capitol
April 4, 2009
– We had a late start and a great day. We drove all over the Phoenix
area. It is a beautiful city. The place is laid out really nicely. There is a
lot of brown building and fences, but beautiful. As we learned at our visit to
the Arizona State Capitol yesterday, the state colors are brown and blue. Brown
is very appropriate for this state. We drove to the MysteryCastle. There is a lot of
information on the internet about this place. The Castle was made by a guy who
thought he was dying. He left his wife and daughter, moved to Arizona
and got a mining clam for O dollars. The next time his family heard about him
he was dead. It took him 15 years to build this place. It is most unusual and
definitely worth the visit. He left the place to his wife & daughter. His
daughter still lives there. She is in her 80’s. There is a lot of art and
things you will never see any other place. The Castle is made of recycled
material. The windows are made of car wheels. All the bricks and glass are
second hand. He may have been one of the originators of glass blocks for light
Living Space in the Castle
The Guardian of the Treasure at the
The Over Fired Bricks Stacked to Frame Phoenix
in the Background
Life Magazine named this Place the MysteryCastle in 1943
A Different View of the Stares in 2009
Some Weddings Performed at the Castle. A LEGEND
One shoe of the bride Left Behind to Insure a Husbands Would
Made out of the covered Wagon that Brought our Sick Friend to
Lions Head Rock
In the Bar
The Piano Used for Weddings
Fun Art Work
We also visited The Hall of Flame. This is probably the best museum to fire
fighting equipment in the world. They have fire wagons that date back to 1790.
The volunteers that work at the museum were a really nice.
A Parade Wagon
We were so Impressed
Tribute to the Firemen lost on 911
We went out of our way to find Costco and this is what we
found in Phoenix
Bill wanted a picture of this car?
A Chicken Spotting in Phoenix
We spent a lot of time looking for The Heart Attack Grill. Bill saw a story
about it on the Travel Channel and wanted to eat there. They had moved 3 times
since the story came out. We were persistent and found the place. The
waitresses are all dressed like nurses. They do not have diet drinks or light
beer. The burger was OK and we had fun there. Lots of cool pictures and signs!
Here is The Beef
Triple Bypass Anyone
Your choices! No Diet Drinks or Light Beer. All the French
Fries You can Eat! Cooked in Lard! Delicious! We had the Single.
On our way to RoswellNew Mexico we stopped at WhiteSandsNational Monument. It was too windy to explore so we must
April 5, 2009
– We were planning on visiting our friend Lani in Tucson
today, but she has to work and her
friend Stan went out of town. We left the park at .
We arrived in good spirits at Rincon County East R V Park. It was voted Arizona’s
# one RV Park. It was extra nice. After we got set up we went to find a golf
course. On our second stop we found Randolph
18 a Tucson City Course. We golfed with Liz & Gariff.They were both professional trainers and were
nice to look at and fun to be with. (84 Bill 104 Ro). It was late when we
finished. We slept great after a full day of travel, food & fun.
April 6, 2009
- We drove all day. We stayed at High Low RV Park. When we got there, there was
a mistake with our reservation and we did not have a spot to stay in. The
people there were very apologetic and said we could boondoggle for $5.00. We
have never heard this expression in relationship to RVing. We headed out early
the next day to the Alien Capitol of the world. RoswellNew Mexico.
April 7– 9, 2009 - We stayed at the Town & Country R V
Park. There was a sign there asking us not to kill the tracheas if we came in
contact with them. I was not happy about the spiders and did not want to see
any. Well we did see one! There was this guy sitting on his bike looking down
at the ground. He was keeping the critter safe from being road kill. The spider
was taking his sweet time and we all three watched. He was walking away from us
so I did not freak out. After that every time we went out side we had out eyes
pealed on the ground. We only intended on staying in Roswell
for 2 nights, but the winds were so strong we could not travel because of the
high wind warnings. We ended up staying 3 nights.It worked out perfect. We went to the UFO
museum on the 8th. We did not think the museum would take very long,
so we got a tee time for at
Roswell Municipal. We stayed for one movie and saw most of the wall displays,
but had to leave too soon. We decided to eat at Long John Silvers before
playing. Bill thought that would be a healthy choice, BIG MISTAKE. The food was
served dripping in grease. It tasted great, but we paid for it with gas and
discomfort.Golf was great! Rosemarie’s
favorite conditions, the balls rolled forever! She even had a 200 yard drive.
Bill 84 – Ro103. It was the most fun Rosemarie had golfing for a long time. We
returned to the museum the next day. We did not have to pay the second day. The
museum use to be free; the girl remembered us and did not charge a second time.
We looked at the rest of the displays and saw two more movies, also did the
$1.00 audio tour, really not that good. The movies were great. A person would
think twice about the possibilities of extraterrestrials after this experience.
There was definitely some type of cover up by our government in 1947.
WOOOOOoooo! We would recommend this stop. I think it would be fun to go there
when they have the annual Alien Festival.
A map that shows where sightings happened
Display of what the ship looked like
A photo of the ship
April 10, 2009
– The winds died down and we are headed to Albuquerque.
We got to Albuquerque fairly early.
We decided to go play golf. After we got hooked up at our friends Bill &
Bee Bee we found a course about 3 miles from their
home. Ladera Golf. We played with a nice father & son. The dad was a
teacher and the son was a policeman. We both played great. Bill
82 Ro 96. It was fun. We got back to Brennen’s
fairly late and went too dinner. They took us to one of their favorite Mexican
Restaurants. Lots of good conversation!
April 11, 2009
–Bill Brennen made us a great breakfast and we 3 ate
while Bee Bee went for her morning run.Bill wanted to see the Masters on TV so I
decided to dress in clown and accompany Bee Bee to
one of her jobs at a retirement home. It was fun! We worked with Janet another
friend. Bee Bee did her awesome face painting, Janet
did balloons and I played the part of the hugging clown.Bee Bee took me
home and she went for another job while I rested. In the evening Bee Bee hosted a meeting for her group of clowns who want to
put on a stage performance in clown. I presented an evening of education on
stage presences, direction and movement. This was a great group of clowns. I
presented them with the idea that the most important elements that would make
this a successful venture was their relationships and the process. They have
the talent and the creativity to come up with an excellent program. I wish them
April 12, 2009
Easter Sunday – Bee Bee, Bill and I went to church. The format was just like EastLakeChurch.
It was good! Bill watched the rest of the Masters and Bee Bee
and I went to the MexicanCulturalCenter. This was an afternoon full
of art and friendship. Bill and I spent the evening together. I got to see the
rest of the Masters. We wanted to play the marble game with them, but they are
not into games.
Bee Bee and the 2 Bills
Bee Bee & Rosemarie at Dinner
April 13, 2009
– We headed for Santa Fe on Monday.
It was about 50 miles from Albuquerque.
We had a great day! We took an hour and one half tour bus ride. Santa
Fe has an amazing history. We saw the oldest house and
church in the US.
We also saw the Miraculous Staircase. Here is the story: This church was built
with no access to the balcony. (Mistake) When the nuns inquired about having
the stairs built after the fact the carpenters said the stairs would take up a
huge area of the building. The nuns decided to do a 9 day novena. At the end of
the novena a builder showed up and built a revolving staircase. The stairs are
not attached to any side walls and have no center pole. They are a marvel! The
builder disappeared without receiving any money for his work. WOOOooo! In the evening we took them to The Olive Garden
for dinner as a way of showing our appreciation for their hospitality. We
watched TV with them and then off to bed.
Capitol Santa FeNew
The State Seal
Art in the Capitol Made of paint brushes and other recyclables
Governor Richardson’s Collection – This art stands for harmony
in our world
Governor’s Collection - Painted car hood
This is the oldest house
Consideredone of the
The San Miguel Church
San Miguel Mission
Interior walls of the church
View of the Alter
Shopping – Burr Cold
At the Church
The Miraculous Staircase
Closer view in Loretto Chapel
The Cathedral Basilica of St Francis of Assisi
Brass art for sale in Santa Fe
Monument to the Santa Fe
A C Kitty
Virgin River Gorge
April 14, 2009
– We are on our way to Meteor Crater RV Park. It was another grueling drive. Bill
was holding on to the wheel like it was gold and diamonds and if he let go we
would lose everything. This trip will go down as the Windy Trip.The best thing that happened here was we got
to do our laundry, and believe me this was a necessity. We also got to see
American Idol. There is no cable here but they have a Dish and a TV Room.
Rosemarie held on to the controller so no one would change the station. We went
to bed early, only after all the laundry was finished.
April 15, 2009
- We now know what rock and roll really is. The winds blew so hard our coach
succumbed to the beating. We were both frightened and held tight too each
other. We have never experienced winds like this before and hope it will be the
last time. When we got up the rock and roll was keeping the beat to the gale
force winds. We decided to stay here even though there is absolutely nothing to
do. We observed all of the others around us leaving and we thought we the cowardly lion; so be it. As it turned out the highway
was closed down. A large tractor trailer was knocked of the highway. We can see
from our motor home hundreds of vehicles pulled of on the side of the road. The
winds have been bad all day. The news said the roads would be closed until . We are hoping to drive out of the
“Hole” area tomorrow. The restaurant here is called the Hole Enchilada.The use of Hole is in honor of Meteor Crater.
We visited there last year, awesome.
April 21, 2009
– We are heading home today.Las
Vegas was a great time. On our way we got to see the development
of the new bridge at the Hover Damn
Terri and Rosemarie
This is a real marvel.
We parked at Terry &
Keith Centner’s home. They had just enough room for us to open our slides and
they had 20 amps. It worked out perfect.
They were great hosts.
Terri and Rosemarie
Bill & Keith
Terri and Rosemarie
Terry Cuddles & Buddy
Face Painting on a Neighbor
The Centner’s waterfall
When we got there Bill Hupp (our son-in-law) and Austin (our
grandson) were there. Bill was doing some painting for them and Austin
was making up time with Grandma and Grandpa Centner. The couple had moved to
Vegas a few months ago from San Diego.
The first day we were there we went to play golf at one of our favorite places,
Craig Ranch. We were sad to realize this would be our last time there. It will
be turned into a park and no more golf. We made the best of it. We played with
2 guys. One was from NY, he was visiting his friend. We played good Bill 86 –
Ro 102. The weather was perfect. It was nice to be warm for a change. We all
talked and watched TV that night. Austin & Bill left for home late
afternoon the next day and we four went for a walk on the strip. The four of us
had a good time. We parked at Bally’s then walked to O’Sheas.
We enjoyed ice cold beer and got a bite to eat. We walked to the Mirage Hotel,
only to find out the white tigers were gone. We were so disappointed! We always
visit the tigers! We will miss them. We headed for the Forum at Cesar’s Palace.
They had never been there. It is quite impressive. By that time we had walked a
lot. That is the favorite pastime in Vegas. We did buy some candy at the Toy
store. Rosemarie did buy a Barbie Cher Doll.A whopping $60.00! We took our tired feet back to the car. On the way
back we lucked out because the water show at The Belliagos
started.We had a great view of it from
the pedestrian overpass.After we got
home we taught Keith how to play the marble game. We just hung out the next
day. Terry & Keith had some other company from San Diego Katy & Sigh
who joined us for dinner along with our son Shawn. We had a great evening. It
was great to spend time with Shawn. ON the 20th we played at The Las
Vegas Golf Club. You can not beat this place for price and it is in good shape.
We played with two 69 year old twin Brothers. They were originally from Holland.
They were really fun. Rosemarie was at the top of her game and the weather was
warm but nice. Bill 81 – Ro 96. After golf we met up with Shawn, Kayl and
Cedar. We had a nice visit. We took Kayl to Cedar’s soccer practice. We met Shawn
again at the park and threw a Frisbee around for a bit. We took an unexpected
hike at the park. Kayl told us to park after we pulled into the lot. The field
was a long way so we got in some extra walking. We were beat after all that and
just sat in front of the TV for the evening. We are on the last half of our
trip and we will be glad to get home.
We arrived home safely and are getting
ready for our next excursion in May