Monday, March 30, 2015

The Falls...

Tucson/Lazydays KOA
Tucson, AZ
March 22-29, 2015

Our week has flown by with visits, yummy meals, and a few outings. Dave and Lynn and their son Richie moved in last Sunday right next door for a whole week.

Days have been rather warm...OK, hot! But after sunset, a nice, cool breeze danced across our space giving us a reprieve from the heat of the day. 

Don't you just love the meals when "We'll bring..." becomes the menu? And the infectious sound of laughter as stories and memories are shared?  

Richie and Sally

Sally has a new BFF. She waited patiently everyday...tail a waggin' when she spotted him...for her tummy rub. Spoiled or what? 

One of our outings was to find Chivo Falls. I am happy to report that after only one wrong turn and directions from locals enjoying their 4-wheelers, we found the falls.

 The creek beds Joe and I had crossed a couple of weeks ago were all dried up on this ride so I wasn't expecting any water at the falls. Nice surprise, though, as this 75 foot falls was more than a trickle... fact, we could hear the water from where we parked and had to walk in. Not your typical sight right smack dab in the middle of the desert! 

Having a jeeping buddy sure takes the level of fun and excitement up about 100 knotches...
Dave and Lynn's jeep, Rokhell, is a beautiful jeep. It's the jeep everyone wants a picture of no matter where it is parked. As pretty and as bright and shiny as it is, Rokhell is NOT all show! No IS all go! About mid-way down the hardest obstacle, the back passenger fender was chewed right off by the's part of the risk and I am sure the next time we see Rokhell, it will be as good as new... or better!

For a change, the color of the day was not yellow! It was purple! 

New Mexico Thistle...popping up all over the place.
Dakota Verbena in all it's glory enticing butterflies of all colors.
Sunset at Gates Pass

Gates Pass for the sunset was also on our list...not the most spectacular sunset we have seen there, but lots of fun waiting in the stillness and quiet as the sun made its way behind the horizon. There weren't any clouds to add interest and color...but I found the sky and silhouettes picture worthy. 

Richie flew his drone and did get some really cool pictures...

About 1,000,000 people cross Gates Pass each year.
One of the old stone buildings that dates back to the 1930s. 

 If one has not lived with a pup, then it would be difficult to understand the love between a human and a canine. One day a puppy comes into your home with tail wagging uncontrollably and from that day on, they become your loyal friend. Love grows...and one of the hardest aspects of your relationship with them is the difference in our lifespans. When you open your heart to a pup, you do so knowing that chances are you will outlive him/her. The joy that pups bring to our lives is worth the pain we feel when loosing them...

Allie, Lynn and Dave's pup, passed away on her 15th birthday. 

I took this picture of Allie in February, 2015 when we were in San Diego...
One more thing I have meant to mention, but keep forgetting is a change Joe and I have made...back in San Diego we bought a NutriBullet. Our youngest son has been juicing since last July and said it has been life altering for him. His energy level has greatly improved...of course he is an avid runner and visits the gym for weights as well. 

Anyhow, our fridge has taken on a whole new look these days as we have added lots of greens, fruits, and veggies, and nuts for the juices and removed processed foods. We now drink breakfast and lunch. We even bought a lunch cooler from Bed, Bath & Beyond that we freeze so we can take our lunch with us if we are on a hike or etc. Life is good!

Ahhh...California dreamin'...

 Hope your adventures are exciting, and your memories put a smile on your face...

Until next time, take care and...

happy trails!


  1. Spontaneous dinners with new (and old) friends are the best!

    Our pets really are family and have such a great, enriching impact on our lives.

    You have some amazing photos, as always. I love the colors of the mountains receding away.

    1. Thank you Lisa....I was pleasantly surprised when I saw those pictures...I wasn't expecting much.

  2. Fun times on the Jeep road again!! Too bad about that fender. I love all the beautiful photos especially sunset at Gate's Pass:)

    1. I love going to Gates Pass for the sunset Pam....thank you!

  3. The silhouettes are fantastic. Gay your close up shots are really vivid.
    One day I know I will be riding in your jeep and will live to tell the story of how exciting it is :)

    1. I sure hope so MonaLisa. It's not really that scary!

  4. I have a Ninja in our motorhome and being away from it for this last week has meant no fruit smoothies. When we come back for the summer, that's going to be my first purchase. I'm not sure how the NutriBullet is different but will check it out.

  5. Glad to see you are juicing it! We don't do anything like that, except drink fruit/yogurt smoothies. Good luck with this program! Sorry about your friend's doggie, so truly heartbreaking to lose a best friend. What a cute photo of her. Hope yawl had a great day today.

  6. Your photos are so amazing! Are you using your new lens for all the close ups? Steve and I are back in Moab. We can't wait to take out the new jeep. I'm going back through your posts to find some of those great trails you did.

    1. We can't wait to get there next month...happy (and SAFE) trails!

  7. After all my health issues in 2014, we switched up our diet and follow a "Paleo" based diet. It's made a huge difference in how we feel. Hope the juicing has the same effect for you two.
    It's always a sad day when we loose a fur kid. It's been almost 2 years since our little guy passed and I still miss him terribly. No plans yet to add a new pup.