"Away" is a place not found on a map, but you'll know you're there when you get there. And then it happens. One day you wake up and you're in this place where everything feels right. Your heart is calm, your soul is light, your thoughts are positive and your vision is clear. Your faith is stronger than ever and you're at peace. At peace with where you've been and with what you've been through and at peace with where you are headed. A place called away.
Another beautiful day for us to enjoy with friends. We started the day out with coffee at Chuck and Angela's. Because all our rigs are parked in different directions, we spend time wherever we find the right shade or the right shelter from the wind.
After coffee Angie and I went for a walk and while we were walking we picked up garbage. I took along my pickup stick so when I saw my shadow it reminded me of the grim reaper kinda. Very fitting because today is Halloween.
Of course during the day we got pictures of all the kids in their Halloween costumes. Even some of the big kids dressed up and I think that is awesome. Dani and Sheri were ready to go for treats!! A hippie just like grandpa used to be and a bumble bee!! No picture from Donovan. I imagine he is at that stage where dressing up is not the thing to do.
Then we got some pictures from Abby, Silas, Emma, and Lincoln. A chicken and dinosaur along with a couple cops!! They all looked so cute. It is such an exciting time for all the kids.
And there was Grace and Max. Hobby Frog and Captain America. The smile says it all!!
We also have a couple other ones that are truly a part of our family. First is our chosen Mexican daughter Kenia. She is definitely NOT a devil in real life!! And we didn't get a picture of Oscar this year. He is Kenia's younger brother.
And the newest addition belongs to Stacey and Gord. Stacey is our daughter in law. We love her like a daughter and she is a lawyer so Daughter in Law!!! Lol Oaklyn is just a month old and was born shortly after we left so we have not met her yet. Her gramma Donna will be pleased that she is dressed as a calf I think.
We do miss seeing them all in person, but the pictures show they had fun.
Michael and Sandra will be heading out on more adventures tomorrow, but before they do, we talked them into getting out their smoker and doing up some meat for us. Everyone supplied their own meat to the chow down. There was salmon, ribs, pork chops, and chicken, all done in the smoker and then BBQ'd. Everyone kicked in a salad and we chowed down. We marvel at how well we eat out here in the desert. Every year we manage to celebrate something with friends.
Like I said earlier, we hang out wherever we need to be, and we needed a fire so everyone came to our house. Sue made some tasty little deserts for everyone.
Another day has come and gone and we spent it telling stories old and new. Part of what we do is share our adventures with others so they can decide if they would like to visit the places we have. We also learn a lot from the others stories as well. We hope you like our stories!! A little quote that I like.
“You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.” ― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
Well we got a couple good news messages this morning. Our friends Harold and his wife Pat have begun their journey to meet up with us. They left Wisconsin this morning and will head south and then west. We wish them a safe journey, and according to the weather, they should have good travelling with the exception of a little rain possible one day. Also our friend Kyra has almost made it to Parhump where she has some things to do. We hope to join her there soon so that will be another adventure.
If you read my blog you will remember our neighbours who were having some problems with some less than good chemicals. Well the lady was around here for a few days and finally yesterday she cleaned out her car and moved on. Problem is that she left all her garbage behind. Chuck and I got to work this morning and cleaned up the mess. We had to be careful cause we found a needle in the firepit right away. It was the only one we found so maybe it was the one that caused the commotion the other day. lol
While I was out dumping the garbage in a dumpster, the Rangers drove in so I flagged them down to tell them about a trailer that has been sitting near us empty for a while. One of the campers here said it has been here for at least 17 days. We thought maybe it was stolen. Well the Rangers called it in and it didn't come back stolen. They said they will keep checking on it and put a sticker on it to get the owner to call them if they show up. Chuck and I think maybe its being repossessed and someone just dumped it here. Its really none of our business, but I am a nosey person and need answers!!!
Michael and I headed out in the Jeep this afternoon to explore more of the area. We went to a spot called Boxcar Cove which is another boondocking spot just down the road. On the way we explored some of the back trails. We had fun for a couple hours.
Along the way we saw this camper. I wonder if he will wake up in the middle of the night and realize what had happened right next to where he is parked, and think to himself....hmmm could it happen again??
We finished our night up with an awesome sunset. The weather is perfect and we smile every time we think how lucky we are to be enjoying this weather. Hope you think about how lucky you are today as well.
We lazed around and drank coffee and chatted for most of the morning. Chuck and I headed out into town to replenish our water and propane supply shortly after lunch. I always like to keep a 20 lb propane around for backup and I have a hose to supply the MH from a bottle rather than the big tank underneath. Both of our propane bottles were empty so it was time.
We went through Boulder where they have a railway museum and I think they also do some train excursions. We saw some people pedaling some carts down the railway. It looked like something fun that we should look at doing sometime, so put it on our list to do. There were carts made for 2 people and also for 4 people.
When we got home again it was time to take on a few projects. One project was making a cloths drying rack for Sue. She likes to air dry some of her things and has always hung them inside. It is nice to get the fresh air blowing through them so I modified some awning clips and now she can hang the stuff out there. (2 brownie points earned!)
Next I moved inside to put in a couple 12 volt USB ports above Sues night table. She has had to keep the inverter on to charge her phone for a little while since the old 12 volt system with the lighter plug gave out. I stole the power from the light. (+3 brownie points)
Later in the afternoon we decided to invite everyone over for a campfire so I had to go and cut and split all of the lumber we had collected in the last week to burn.
We had an awesome fire with all of our friends on a beautiful warm evening. It was about 22C when we finally went indoors for the night. I think I appreciate the warm evenings the most rather than when things get cool as soon as the sun goes down.
We had a wonderful day again today. They just keep coming. Hope your day was as good! I couldn't resist this little chuckle I saw on Facebook.
Another beautiful day at Lake Mead. The girls headed out to Las Vegas to do laundry and some shopping. We also had some more stuff from Amazon to pick up. Amazon is almost like Christmas. I got some USB ports to install in the bedroom, and a selfie thingy for my phone. We are always trying to get our phones to stand up by themselves when we do selfies so this will help with that problem.
Chuck and I headed out in the Jeep to do some exploring in the desert to the east of us. We found some neat trails to follow and there are lots of little trails and stuff that people have spent a lot of time making out there. The Jeep is turning out to be a lot of fun for getting around.
We toured around for quite a while, lost and found Chucks phone and then headed back to the road and down to Callville Bay. Callville Bay is one of the few Marina's still operating, but at the rate the water is receding it won't be long before there is no water there. It is sad to see all the infrastructure that was put in place only to be made useless by the lack of water. There are some pretty big houseboats both for rent and privately owned there. The marina itself is floating so they just keep dragging it out into deeper water as the level recedes.
Hard to believe that the water used to come up to the rocks and trees by the lounge.
And this is what it looks like from the bottom. 10 years ago the water was up to the white tank on the right. The picture above was taken from the building you see way up there in the second picture. Its about 100 feet vertically to the tank and another 70 up to the building
There were a few casualties in the last years rains when it washed a bunch of mud down towards the marina. You can see some of the mud above. Below is what is left of a boat that was anchored in the mudslide area.
We got hungry from our touring so we checked to see if the lounge/restaurant was open. It was, so we stopped for a drink and some catfish and chips. It was a good meal and we needed a little break from the walking.
The food was great and the service was good. We got our bellies full.
We decided it was time to head back home and maybe catch a wee nap. When we got to Chucks place I saw a Motorhome had pulled up between us. I looked at it and then looked again!!! It was a Hurricane!! Only one couple we know with a Hurricane!!! Yep it was Micheal and Sandra. We met this super couple here at Lake Mead a few years ago and had a great time with them. Then we met them at Magnolia Beach after that. Well hugs were in line and lots of smiles and when Sue got back we spent some time catching up on all our travels. They are gonna stick around for a while so we will have some fun adventures I'm sure.
Days like today are part of what we enjoy most about out travelling life. It is so great to meet up with old friends like the Darbys, Chuck and Ang, Rowdy and Missy, and now Sandra and Micheal. Each meeting brings up different old memories and a lot of new stories. And we have lots more friends to run into as we travel the southwest and finally Mexico. We will also make some new friends I'm sure as we travel around. We are so blessed in our travels. Hope you find great comfort in old and new friends.