Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Visiting friends in Arizona This is the1/25-2/13/2016

On the road again Monday Jan. 25 to Riverside Adventure Trails RV Resort, Fort Mohave.
We camped next to our friends, Mike and Sue Lynaugh for the next two weeks.  We have kept up our friendship with Mike and Sue since we lived in Marquette, MI 1972 - 1974.  We joined them for these weekly activities at the clubhouse:  card bingo, Bridge, hamburger lunch and Bingo.  We also went to a Casino on Tuesday morning.  They gave us a tour of Laughlin, NV.  Sue and I went for a good walk along the Colorado River.

On both Thursdays we went to Laughlin Senior Center to play Bridge.  It was interesting to play Bridge with people we hadn't played with before.  We shared our bidding techniques so we'd understand each other.  There were 9 tables of Bridge.  A really friendly group.  We went to a Casino for a buffet dinner.

Both Fridays we went to Connie's (a friend of Mike and Sue's) for Bridge and lunch.  There were 12 players.  Once again we shared our bidding techniques.  We had a good time.

Both Saturdays we went to Mass at Riverside Casino.  Rev. Charlie Urnick of St. John the Baptist Church gave a meaningful homily asking us to substitute our name when reciting 1 Corinthians Ch 13. patient .... is kind, ....etc.  It is a homily that has stayed with me longer than most.  There were over 600 in attendance each Saturday.  This large conference/entertainment venue is crowded for Mass with snowbirds and local people.  We talked to people next to us and found they were from the U.P. (Upper Peninsula of Michigan).

Every night we played Bridge with Mike and Sue in their RV.  We got a lot of Bridge in. Near the end my cards turned sour.  Getting poor cards made me easier for us to hit the road.  We also watched the Super Bowl with them. Were glad Denver won.  But as soon as the game was over we were back playing Bridge.  What a great 2 weeks we had.

On the road Monday Jan. 31 to Lake Havusau to have lunch with John and Lu Lokeman.  He's from Phil's hometown of Merrill.  John often took Phil hunting and fishing as a kid.  John and Lu have been coming to this area for 20 years.  They live in Jamestown, ND.
We had lunch overlooking the famous London Bridge.  The bridge was purchased Robert McCulloch for $2,460,000 on April 18, 1968.  It was dismantled and numbered.  After being shipped through the Panama Canal it was erected in Lake Havusau.  It was rededicated on October 10, 1971. 
On Tuesday Feb. 1 Phil and I had lunch with Evelyn Miller.  She was the Activity Director when I worked as one of her Assistants at a nursing home in Palatine, IL.  How great to visit with her in person.  She's been coming to this area in the winter for over 10 years.

On the road again Monday Feb. 8 to Flagstaff, AZ to have lunch with our Roadtrek friends, Barb and Richard.  We traveled through Newfoundland with them in Aug. 2012.  Again great to visit in person.  We stayed overnight at Cliff Castle Casino near Camp Verde.  Flagstaff is higher elevation so we had to be somewhere we wouldn't have freezing temperatures.  We don't want any frozen pipes in the RV.  We registered at the casino and played on their free $5.00.  I won $1.75 but Phil won $16.  We're not into gambling so took the our winnings and left.

On the road again Tuesday Feb. 9.  After a stop at a rest area as Phil accelerated varoom!!! What a lot of noise. We were heading to Bev and Bob's our friends in Sun Lakes.  Long story short we had the muffler replaced.  Our vehicle has over 133,000 miles.  Guess we can't complain too much.  Replacing the muffler meant making 4 bends of the connecting the pipes to go around the plumbing.

On the road again Wednesday Feb 10 Bev and I went to the Music Instrument Museum in Phoenix.  

Wow, what a fantastic place.  Wish we had gotten there earlier in the day.  This is the introduction area with ancient and unique instruments.  There are instruments and information from over 200 countries.  There are sections of different types of ethnic, folk and tribal music.
Explanation of the step in making player piano music was so interesting.
The printing or cutting of the music rolls for the player piano music.
There was a Hands on Room.
Playing a theremin.  An early electronic instrument.  The music is controlled by movement of the hands near but not touching the theremin.

What a great time we had.
Instruments on display and flat screen video showing the musicians playing.

Video about making steel drums and the musicians playing.  The entire Museum was so interesting.

On the road again Thursday Feb. 11.  I went to Yoga class with Bev.  Interesting.
We met our friends Judy and Hank for lunch.  We call them our RV parents.  They are full timer RV'ers.  They visited us after I retired and said now we can RV. They said  look at a Roadtrek.  Well.  It's been a great adventure of almost 117,000 miles since July 2010.  And we are still finding so many new places to discover.

After the RV muffler was finished we arrived at our friends, Ron and Anita.  We knew them when we all lived in n apartment in Madison, WI in 1970.  They have visited us in Illinois and this is our second time visiting them.  Lots of memories shared.

And we all are Packer fans.

On the road again Saturday Feb. 13.

We had lunch with Dick and Dawn in Oro Valley, AZ.

We attended Mass at Immaculate Conception in Benson, AZ.

We are staying overnight at Saguaro SKP- Benson.