Week 42: Sonoran Desert to Bloom, Ditat Deus, Life without TV? (Jan 19-25, 2014)

Sonoran Desert Ready to Bloom

Sonoran Desert Ready to Bloom

We drive the Sonoran Desert near Quartzsite, marveling at cactus preparing to flower everywhere. Blooms are still a few weeks away. It’s going to be gorgeous.

Seeing a blimp-like object in the distance, curiousity draws us to drive to it, but it’s on the Yuma Proving Grounds! Yow!
U-Turn!

Stay Out!

Stay Out!

Dry camping in the desert turns out to be a nice experiment, but we need a rig with more water and solar energy to enjoy it for more than a week.

Bob and Peg at London Bridge

Bob and Peg at London Bridge

We leave Quartzsite, travel to Bob’s Cousin Peg in Lake Havasu City, AZ. A great time with Peg, taking the ferry across Lake Havasu to the casino, playing cards, reminiscing while viewing pictures, bingo, and just having fun.

Such a short visit, yet time to move on. Sherry’s Cousin Mike and Belinda live in Queen Creek, so here we go. We typically listen to Christian music while driving. For a change, we listen to a very good audio book, but we really miss talking with each other while driving, so we turn it off. Some people think we are deprived having no TV, but quite the contrary we find talking with each other far more entertaining than having the TV dominate. (An RVer once offered to give us one of his five TV’s from his RV!)

Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro Cactus

The Saguaro Cactus in Arizona are impressive, with their arms and stamina to endure harsh summers.

Belinda, Mike, Sherry at AZ State Capitol

Belinda, Mike, Sherry at AZ State Capitol

Gale, a full time traveler we met in Tillamook, said we should visit every state capitol. The AZ state capitol in Phoenix is excellent.

Ditat Deus on Great Seal of AZ

Ditat Deus on Great Seal of AZ

Arizona’s state motto “Ditat Deus”, meaning “God Enriches”,  accurately represents Arizona. The capitol has a piece of the USS Arizona hull on display. Wonderful park dedicated to the many individuals who gave their lives for freedom including military from each of our wars, police, K9 dogs, Jewish veterans, September 11, and more.

Friends and Family Dinner

Friends and Family Dinner

We finish the week over dinner with friends and relatives Bill and Cele, Dawn and Adam, Mike and Belinda. Every week is unique On Our Adventure. See you next week!

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