Friday, March 13, 2015



Knew we were in for a windy day when I heard the eaves outside my bedroom window rattling in the pre-dawn hours.  Brisk gusting northeast winds made flying difficult for even our backyard birds this morning.  Our birdfeeder was swinging to & fro like an old boogie woogie metronome.  I was glad I had taken our long poled wind sock down a few days ago.  Kelly took down her set of ‘peace flags’ on the front porch as well.  Couldn’t help but think it was a good thing we were not headed anywhere with the Motorhome earlier today.  Winds diminished as the day lengthened & we ended with nary an evening  breeze.


Needing a few groceries for the road we slipped on down to Safeway in Wickenburg.  Another stop at TSC for doggy food & a last stop at the Bank Of America to make sure our $3 was still safely in our savings account.  Affirming it was we were soon back to Congress.  Stopped into Sarge’s (John & Jackie) to say good-bye until we’re back & see them again in the Fall.  They have been a big help to us since moving to Congress a couple years ago.  John is just one of those big positive thinking Jolly Green Giant guys always standing by to lend anyone a hand who needs it.  Still a few more people to see before we leave.


Took the Motorhome in & topped up the propane tank.  Added some gas as well & it was right back home again.  Parked the rig in front of the house for shorter loading trips to carry out food etc.  Since making the decision to leave this past Tuesday morning I’m anxious now to just get the show on the road & get rolling.





It’s kind of like leaving an old friend behind.  That is how I have felt these last 9 years leaving America’s southwest each Spring & heading back to Canada.  And especially these last 3 years leaving our little place in Congress Az.  It’s not a depression or gloomy feeling, just a wee bit of simple sadness.  Most people miss their friends & families but for me it has always been the material things.  The mountains, the deserts, our favorite places, taking photos of our backyard birds, quietly reading on our front porch, the sunrises & sunsets.  I’ll miss my clear night skies & Pheebs will miss her big fenced in yard.  We were just talking today on our way back from Wickenburg how much we like our Congress place & this whole area in general. I’m always a little sad when we leave our house in Bayfield all alone by itself for the winter & I feel even sadder when we leave our little old ranch style house here in Congress for the summer.  I always seem to develop an attachment to things & places.  Strange I know in the grand scheme of things yet I’ve been that way since ever I was just a little feller.  Friends seem to come & go but things & places for me have a trusting foreverness to them which can last just as long as I choose to remember them.  I am most comfortable with my things & places…….



GROANER’S CORNER:(( I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult:

I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8-year old again.

I want to go to McDonald's and think that it's a four-star restaurant.

I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples with rocks.

I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them.

I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer's day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't know and you didn't care.

All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.

I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good.

I want to believe that anything is possible.

I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.

I want to live simple.

I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones.

I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.

So, here's my checkbook and my car-keys, my credit card bills and my 401K statements. I am officially resigning from adulthood.

And if you want to discuss this further, you'll have to catch me first, cause "Tag! You're it!"


  1. I know what you mean about leaving places behind, I always say good bye when we leave a favorite place.

  2. I was wondering how you felt about leaving, but I guess you've told us. But isn't there a lot to do to leave the house safely for six months?

  3. I know how much work it is to leave our home in the late Fall...I would hate to have to do that twice! I really don't look forward to UN loading this thing..Cannot imagine doing it twice!!

  4. You will note that I was in Yarnell a couple of days ago, and i thought about stopping on by for a moment, but had this inclination that it wasn't a good time... And later that night, I found out that you had two visitors during that day... So perhaps it will have to be next year before we slip on by those big saguaro cacti on Ghostown Road..... Safe travels....

  5. With the experiences I've had this winter, I just can't muster up the same love of the southwest that you do. It's a good thing we all don't like the same things. I'm most happy in the north woods so far, but maybe the Oregon coast will call out to me this summer...

  6. This winter has been a nice one for my and Yuma too. I didn't think I would enjoy this year's journey as much as the first one last year; but it has been a more relaxing trip in some ways. Unfortunately, I have a short memory span, so what I love so much today will be forgotten within a week. That is just the way I am.

    I am thankful I have kept a blog of my journey, so I can come back to it later to relive the past. I can thank you, Al for giving me the fortitude to keep at my blog each and every day, whether I feel like doing it or not. Have a safe and fun journey home.

  7. You will miss and awesome spring here but I know you must get on the road. I do know how you feel for part of the missing. I love Northern AZ, White Mountains Lakeside/Pinetop I had spent 5 summers there and missed out on it last year. I will not let that happen again this year.

    I've enjoyed following along and watching the progress on your landscaping very much.

    Safe travels and I will be following you in Canada too.

  8. What a moving post that touched my same tender spot. Always hard for me to discover new places when I love the ones I must leave behind so much...

  9. I am not ready to leave, feels like I just got here. Safe travels.

  10. We have a lots of favorite places that why we enjoy moving about, sitting here right now in this huge house is not really what we enjoy.
    Travel safe and discover new places.

  11. Guess I'm not alone... I always say goodbye to the place we're leaving... the trees, the ground, the birds... whatever's there, as well as a little thank you for sharing their space with us. And I really enjoy looking at my photos of those places later. You must have thousands of photos to bring you back so many happy (or otherwise) memories.

  12. The cowboy and I are back at North Ranch, when are you guys leaving?

  13. It would be a different kind of sad to leave a place that didn't tug on your heart as you pull away. I know you'll be looking forward, not backward as soon as you get over the first hill :-) Love bottlebrush blooms - they're so unique.

  14. I think that is a natural feeling. We are always sad to leave our lake front home in Kelowna each fall and very sad to leave our ocean front home in Mexico each spring but are blessed to have two such wonderful places to enjoy not to mention all the places we discover between the two.

  15. Yep, I can totally understand what you are saying but just think how good you will feel when you pull into your driveway at your house in Bayfield. I bet right away you will be thinking of what you need to do to the place to get it prepared for spring and summer.

    I love that photo of the moon it is goregous!

    Safe travels and enjoy the journey!

  16. I. feel like I have run away from being a responsible adult by being retired. No house, no bills I cannot pay, no kids to take care of. rV life is good.

  17. I think it is good that ya'll are leaving a little early. It will give some time to do some exploring. I hope ya'll have a fun, safe and exciting trip back north. Make good memories. :)