Thursday, November 28, 2019


Every once and awhile one of those days comes along and knocks the feet right out from under me and it's difficult at times to get myself right back up again.  Usually takes me 3 or 4 days.  I walk a rather narrow emotional beam each day and some spots on that beam are slipperier than others.  This morning I unwittingly stepped on a slippery spot and tumbled headlong off the beam.  Despite knowing why and where those slippery spots are I am still prone to stepping on them.  Didn't take any photos when out with Pheebs.  In fact I didn't even take my camera with me.  First time in years I went anywhere without a camera.  However, at the time of posting tonight I am back up on that beam and I will definitely have myself out and about Friday morning camera and all.
I've been kinda discouraged with my blog for quite awhile now.  I set it up over a dozen years ago and not much has changed about it since.  I've slipped behind the times and have done very little to promote my blog with part of the reason being my own complacency and aversion to some of the newer social media stuff which my often muddled mind has trouble figuring out these days.  Thanks to Kelly this afternoon for coming to my rescue with a pep talk and adding a few new features to my sidebar along with a few suggestions on how to improve and update my  rather tired blogsite.  Watch for more changes...………...
::Memory Lane::  March 17th 2010 found us again in Arizona at the Lost Dutchman State Park.  We were camped in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains.  On Wednesday the 17th we drove The Apache Trail and you can see my post for that day here at Driving The Apache Trail.  My photo album for the day is here at The Apache Trail Drive.
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A woman answered the front door to find a workman standing on the porch and carrying a box of tools.  "I'm the piano tuner ma'am" he announced."  But I didn't send for a piano tuner.""I know, but the neighbors did!"

- Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do "practice"? 
- Just "before" someone gets nervous, do they experience cocoons in their stomach? 
- It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial cost and blamed it on the cost of living.
- We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.
- The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
- It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try and pass them.
- Laughing stock - cattle with a sense of humor.
- You can't have everything, where would you put it all?
- Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world's population.
- If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.


  1. I found your blog style and content to be just right to me.

  2. Hi Al, have you heard the latest on the Apache Trail? After the major fire that burned much of the summer through the Superstition Wilderness, the heavy rains they had in late summer nearly destroyed several sections including Fish Creek Hill.
    The road is closed indefinitely. I saw a video taken by some guys who went through on mountain bikes and used a drone. Lots of washouts and debris on the road and on Fish Creek Hill there were major rock slides completely blocking the road. Very unfortunate as it is a superb drive to take friends and family on.

  3. In regards to changing your blog style:

    " If it ain't broke,don't fix it! "

  4. I, for one, don't think you need to do a thing to promote your blog. It promotes itself. Nowhere else are there such wonderful photos, and posts written by such a dependable, sensitive, and sensible guy!
    I hear you say that you are getting bored, and you feel the need for change. Something to keep YOUR interest up. OK. Go for it, Want you to be happy. But, being totally selfish, I hope you don't change things too much. You know. How Google changes things that we don't think need changing? But you should do whatever helps keep you on the beam. I think the "memories" idea is a good one, for you and for us. I have been following you for so many years, that your memories are mine, too. Good times.

  5. Sorry to hear you're down in the dumps Al. Enjoyed the Apache Trail photos and narrative. Sorry to hear it is closed but good to know.

  6. Brought back memories of when we stayed at Lost Dutchman, such a wonderful trail through the wilderness. Shame about the fire.

  7. Just remember that when the sun sets on a down in the dumps day, it will rise again tomorrow and everything will be better.

    With regards to your wonderful blog with its spectacular photos, I'm with Gumo: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

  8. Always do enjoy your blog. As a former RVer, You take us back to places we have been and enjoyed, like you have. Sad to hear about The Apache Trail, was beautiful there. We are in Illinois just south of St. Louis. We usually get a preview of your weather.

  9. Your live feed listed a visitor from Pearce, AZ right at the top when I clicked onto your blog--bet you can figure out who that visitor was even if I didn't leave a comment!

  10. As everyone else has commented your Blog is a shining example to others. You should be proud of it. Maybe consider it a legacy that will be view by generations in the future. Once it's On-line it never comes off.
    Be Safe and Enjoy a fresh new day.

    It's about time and what we do with it.

  11. Pictures 1, 3, and 4 are worthy of a award! Felt I was standing there beside the camera and could sniff the air, walk around. I LIKE the blog;that's all I've got to say about that.

  12. Nothing like memories to make us wish of other times and other places. Falling off the beam is a fact of life and you seem to be getting better at picking yourself back up and getting back on the beam. That is a major accomplishment any day of the week and any moment in time. We all love the photos but we enjoy the humour, wisdom and honesty that fills each post Al. We keep coming back because we like what we read and perhaps we all see a little of ourselves in what you post. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Your blog is the best one out there! I've always liked the colour scheme especially. So why fix it?

  14. I agree with everyone else, I don't think your blog needs to be changed. First thing I learned about computers is, if I'm ever going to find anything that I put on my computer it had better always be in the same place. And I feel the same way about the websites that I visit, I'm more comfortable if I know where everything is, and how it works. I guess that's yet another side of me getting old.