I guess it’s time to post an update here. Over on the right, it says that my last literary effort was back In March of 2016. I don’t have numerous adventures to relate, but we’ll see how it goes. If you doze off part way through, I’ll understand.
Just adding things as I think of them, since my memory is somewhat unreliable. We’ll start with our 2016 Grand Canyon trip. Nothing exciting happened – I didn’t fall in or anything, but I managed to get some nice photos. I will never tire of going there, just wish it was closer – it’s about 4 ½ hours’ drive for us.
On that same trip, we took a swing over to Sedona – first time we had visited that attraction. It was OK, but not all that riveting. Too hot, too many tourists.
In January 2017 we made a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and got to visit with some of the relatives on Kate’s side of the family – Greg & Nicole, Gabby, hubby AJ and baby Harrison, and Paige, with baby Matthew. Tulsa is where Maya and Aaron live, but I don’t remember why their family didn’t make it into the photos.
In December 2017, I got to put on the Santa suit and go to Lakeside, Arizona (right up the road – connects with Show Low). We visited the fire station there and got to have a photo shoot with the fire fighter families. Lotsa fun!
December of 2017 was a busy month for Mr. and Mrs. Santa – we visited with one of Kate’s co-worker families, we also went to her Christmas party put on by the hospital she worked for, and we also attended the Show Low Senior Patrol Christmas party. Again, fun times!
Over the last year or two, I’ve been dabbling in the theater world, starting with auditions for my first play, “Machinal”, put on by Northland Pioneer College at their Snowflake, AZ campus. Just summarizing, I wound up appearing in a total of 3 plays, “Machinal”, “9 to 5”, and “The Government Inspector”. I had only small parts, which was something of a blessing (my memory is really starting to show its age), but I enjoyed the experiences, with new things to learn, and I really enjoyed interacting with all the young college folks who were on stage with me in the productions. My thanks again to Dr. Michael Solomonson, the director of the plays, for taking me on and guiding me through.
Kate reached a milestone in her career and was able to retire in May of this year, and immediately following this event, we left on a 1-month camping road trip, pulling our newly-purchased 1958 Terry trailer, pulled by our newly-purchased 2014 Silverado.
Everything went smoothly on our 4000-mile journey, no major injuries, although I did wind up taking a fall while trying to navigate our dark campsite. Fortunately, I landed on my face, so no harm done. We left Show Low, drove through to Amarillo for our first stop, then on to Tulsa, OK, followed by a week-long stop in Vine Grove and Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Departing Kentucky, we drove to Ft. Mill, SC, which is very near Charlotte, NC. After visiting with family there we then headed West, finally arriving home, ready for some comfortable beds. The sleeping arrangements in the little trailer were ok, but there’s no place like home.
Most recently, we drove to Phoenix to pick up some neighbors who were arriving from Maine. We had some extra time available and were able to hook up with grandson Blake Patterson, who lives in Tempe, I believe.
We made connections with our passengers, no problem, and headed back toward Show Low. We passed through Payson, AZ, night time by then, and started hitting rain showers. We were trying to be watchful of large animals on the road, either deer or elk, and unfortunately, a large elk strolled in front of us and we impacted the animal at about his front shoulder, neck and head, sustaining significant damage to the car, but none of us were hurt. The car was drivable, so we left the scene as quickly as possible in case of traffic coming up behind us. The car is in the body shop, awaiting repairs, and I believe the elk is on medical leave.
Well, I know I left out some stuff, including names of some of the relatives, maybe some of the things we did, things we saw, but I suppose this will do for now. Life is good in Show Low, Arizona – beautiful summers, very low humidity, lotsa pretty trees, tolerable winters. Come see us! 🙂