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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our other wheels. When we are not vacationing check in for updates, although less frequent, about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Saturday, October 29, 2022

On the Road Again

Writing a blog can be the biggest commitment a person makes. For the most part over the years I have been motivated to write about our adventures, at least on a monthly basis. Sometimes weekly or daily! But the bottom line is you have to have some motivation and be in the right head space to write, or it becomes mundane reporting of your day, what you ate even. So as you noticed I have missed months of blogging. Someone asked my recently if it was due to not going anywhere new, the adventures stalled? Nope - I just simply couldn't put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

So to get my jig back I decided I am going to start with reviewing last springs vacation. I'll try to summarize in months and hopefully get through to the current:)

Most important to note is that this felt like the most precious gift, after the pandemic, which may have drained my writing enthusiasm, to be able to freely travel again with the fifth, and rediscover our own passion for travelling together in our own way.

For myself, until we crossed that Canada/US Border it didn't seem real until then. It was almost like the first time we went years ago with our very first camper - a  bumper pull 22 foot, 2 na├»ve RVers who were going to travel down the coast to San Francisco. A trip that took many attempts to actually get to San Fran, as we never dreamt we would fall in love with Oregon and stay too long, or just long enough, at every stop. We eventually did get to San Fran, many times!

Back to this year it was almost surreal after the pandemic to be able to resume this part of our life.

Anxious to fit lots of adventures in between my travels back and forth for work, we left home a bit earlier in January than normal. We will see how that goes. Here's a little summary of February from the road.

Our first nights were spent at a Home Depot in Helena then a road side stop by Overton. That brought us to the "good weather" and we could relax and determine where we would go.

We went directly to Yuma and where we were our last time here, Sidewinder Road. This is a great spot, so accessible to Yuma, just at the California border, and the Mexican border. We stayed here for a week. Not that long ago we would never had stayed anywhere that long, but we are finally learning to SLOW down!

Besides the daily tasks that happen no matter where you are - home or RV - we really just chilled out and did close to nothing. It was so windy on Sidewinder we decided to move to Fortuna Pond (still our favorite Yuma location) and did more nothing for 2 weeks. 

We were hoping to catch our boondocker friend Ivan while in the area, but he was MIA. However, we were lucky enough to find our friends Ernie and Deb, and get in some quality walking, sightseeing and sharing of refreshments!

And on top of that we met a couple of times with my "co-op friend" Judy and her husband, as well as some old acquaintances from the home area, Cindy and Terry Tuks.

So we didn't actually do nothing, just lots at a slower pace.

Have you ever visited Valley of the Names by Yuma? Pretty cool place where for years people have written their names and memories in rock.

I may have had one margarita too many once or twice in Algadones as well:)

We moved to Craggy Wash at Lake Havasu the end of the month. It was there that I had SO MANY meetings. I even rented a meeting room a couple of times, and used the library facilities as well. In some ways I was fortunate my work was still all online due to Covid, as it meant I didn't have to fly back to Saskatoon as often as usual.

I spent my 60th birthday in the sunshine with a beer, and the day after at our favorite restaurant the Blue Chair in Havasu.

One last place to share that we visited and had some fun at was the Dessert Bar near Parker. It's a vicious drive in but very worth it! Totally solar operated, seats 100's of people, and live music.

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