2013-6

I left Navajo Lake Park about 9 am, arrived at Bluewater Park about 1 pm.  My 2 friends arrived shortly thereafter.  We each got set up in a campsite and John decided the first order of business was a hike.  Sandra and I thought drinking margaritas should be the first order of business but we gave in to John’s idea, knowing there wouldn’t be any hiking after we started in on the drinks.  John, who shall from now on be referred to as ‘Maximillion Pathfinder’ took us on a cross country trek over rocks and gullies.  I felt a little like a mountain goat.  We did end up with a nice view of the lake and the dam.  We got to the margaritas after our return.

The dam site.

The dam site.

Sandra Carpenter and John Campbell, my 2 best friends 'by a dam site'.

Sandra Carpenter and John Campbell, my 2 best friends ‘by a dam site’.

2013-5

Fishing on the San Juan River

Fishing on the San Juan River

Houseboats on Lake Navajo

Houseboats on Lake Navajo

Marina on Navajo Lake

Marina on Navajo Lake

It’s been a really busy day for me today.  I drove to the town of Bloomfield to the local ‘Suds-Ur-Duds” to do my laundry.  I also had to stop at the farmer’s market for fresh produce (limes for the margaritas).  The park is filling up for the Memorial Day Weekend, there are lots of kids around the park.  In a few days I will leave here to go to Bluewater State Park, near Grants, NM.  I will meet some other people there.  A few days ago, early in the morning, 2 deer meandered through my campsite.  I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture but I enjoyed seeing them.

2013-4

It has gotten a little chilly up here the last few days.  I had to break out the long sleeve shirts and long pants.  I’m still loving the peace and quiet.  After another week, I’ll be ready to head to somewhere else.  I think it’s official, I have ‘gypsy’ blood.    My friends from Farmington drove up yesterday for a visit.  One of them, I won’t mention which one,(Beth) really liked my chocolate covered Bailey’s candy melted in her coffee.  I thought we would have to get Ann to drive her back home.  As I sat here last evening it occurred to me how nice it feels to be warm when it’s cold outside.  Curled up in a blanket with warm socks inside the motorhome while it rained outside and the wind blew was a comfortable feeling.  This morning the sun is shining and all is warm again.  Beth brought me some paperback books and I gave her a couple that I had finished.

Beth and Ann from Farmington

Beth and Ann from Farmington

2013-3

I don't know weeds from flowers but I know what pretty is.

I don’t know weeds from flowers but I know what pretty is.

Yesterday, I went into Farmington to have lunch with a friend.  Actually, she is my sister’s mother-in-law.  It was a nice break from the quiet at the park.  I have gone for walks, taken pictures, cleaned my BBQ grill, read a book, enjoyed the view and the weather and just relaxed.  This park is home to deer, elk, rabbits, foxes, coyotes, bobcats and lizards.  All I’ve seen is birds and squirrels.  IMAG0023IMAG0024Here are my grill baskets with steak, peppers and onions and my formal dining area complete with ‘Red Beer’ and metal ‘pie plate’.

The Navajo Reservoir lies within the San Juan Basin which is the second largest gas field in the US.  About 6% of the natural gas production in the US comes from the San Juan Basin.  There are numerous species of cacti including some rare and endangered ones.  It  is also a breeding habitat for an endangered willow Flycatcher and has a wintering population of the Bald Eagle.  The wildlife here isn’t like the ‘wild life’ I enjoyed in Yuma with the Foothills Singles group.  No wait a minute, maybe it is…..I did meet some people who were ‘flighty’ and some who were ‘squirrelly’.

2013-2

English: Tonto natural bridge in the Tonto Nat...

English: Tonto natural bridge in the Tonto National Forest just north of Payson, AZ. Largest natural bridge in North America, and possibly the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: taken at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

English: taken at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I left Yuma (sea level) at 7:30 am on May 13th with my air conditioning running, by 2:00 pm I was at 6000 ft elevation near Payson, AZ, driving without AC and my window down.  I crossed part of the Sonoran Desert with it’s many saguaro Cacti which reminded me of every old western movie I saw as a child.  I enjoyed all of the tall pines of the Tonto National Forest.  I arrived in Gallup NM about 5:30 pm and spent the night at Walmart.  I left Gallup at 8:00am and drove by Shiprock, NM on my way to Navajo Lake State Park.  I will be here through Memorial Day.  Just after I arrived, it clouded up and spit just a little rain on me.  All in all a beautiful park.  Now, time for a toddy!

The view in front of my campsite.

The view behind my campsite.

The view behind my campsite.

The view out my door.

The view out my door.

Summer Travel 2013

This is the beginning of a new chapter of my life.  I intend to blog about my travels in my motorhome.

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I am a retired single gal.  I spend the winter months in Yuma AZ.  I consider Wyoming ‘home’ even though I was born in California.  I grew up as a Navy brat, but graduated high school in Wyoming and stayed there, got married, raised kids, got divorced, and worked until retirement.  I live in Arizona now and intend to travel during the summer months. In a few weeks, I will head for New Mexico and will be checking out the many State Parks there.  I can’t say how often I will post, but I will attempt to do so at least once each week.