Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The rv show starts up this coming Saturday and goes for a week. We cannot wait to go look at the big big tent they have set up!!
We have a get-together starting tomorrow with the FOTR (families on the road) group we belong to. A few families will be pulling into our campsite tomorrow.
Our friend's Joe and Betty Ferguson could not make it down with their tent this year so they called a friend of theirs. We went over and met David and his family and hit it off. We have joined them in their ministry here in Quartzsite and will travel to Parker, Az with them in a few weeks. Looks like we may be doing a lot of traveling with them also.
Well it looks like after a full day on here I finally got caught up with posting. For now on I will try and stay on top if it (yeah right LOL).
For New Year's we went to Lake Havasu City to camp with my parent's and my aunta & uncle. We were there just about a week.
My dad and Derrick sitting by the fire talking
Rion (my dad) and Riona sitting by the fire
We took a short drive over to Oatman on old Route 66. The town has wild burros that come down out of the hills. You can feed them carrots and apples. Michaela and Riona went last year and Michaela loves the burros. Riona wants no part of them. Dylan just was not too sure about them. They get a little aggressive over the carrots and Dylan was skeptical of feeding them. They do not bite just push each other trying to get close to you.
In Oatman we met a lady that invited the kids to look at some tortoises. Michaela was too scared to feed them so Dylan gave it a shot. The tortoises were VERY aggressive with each other. They kept trying to flip each other over. And they run super fast.
Before Dylan had to head back home we took im to see the London Bridge. Yes, the ral London Bridge (that was falling down) is now in Lake Havasu. It has been since the 70's.
She earned another Jr Ranger Badge
We toured the town of Tombstone on an authentic stagecoach.
After Tombstone we headed to Bisbee. We camped on a ranch owned by Belle Star (relative of the infamous outlaw Belle Starr). She owns 40 acres and invites campers to come stay with her. She has a variety of animals on the ranch that you can pet. Horses, mini donkeys, peacocks, chickens, dogs, birds, and more.Petting one of the horses
The next day was spent in Douglas, then exploring area ghost towns such as Gleeson and Pearce.16 miles east of Douglas is the ranch of Texas John Slaughter. We drove out there and spent a few hours walking around. The historical society has done a great job of preserving the ranch. The house is full of antiques, toys, clothing, and more that belonged to John and his family as well as tons of old photographs from his life in Douglas.
From there we headed north to Tucson. We went to the visitor center and bought a Tucson Passport for $15. It was well worth it!! It is loaded with 2 for 1 admissions to all major attractions in the area. We saw so much!!
On the first day we visited Old Tucson Studios and the Titan II Missile Museum. No pics from the missile sorry, but it was one of the best places we have been. We got to go down in the missile silo and see the missile, see the equipment, and even simulate a launch (Michaela was the lucky one to get to do it!).
Tucson Studios was a blast!! It is still used as a movie studio where tons of western films are filmed each year. Most of John Wayne's movies were filmed there as well as the tv show High Chapperal We rode the mini train several times as well as the merry go round. We saw a few shows in the Saloon, a gunshow outside and a really good comedy stunt show at the mission (the mission was in the movie Tombstone).
Michaela and daddy on the merry-go-round
We saw a Christmas musical in the Saloon. "Trixie" came and danced with Derrick. The girls really got a kick out of it.The next few days were spent at the Arizona-Sonora Dessert Museum (a must see!!), the San Xavier Mission, The International Wildlife Museum (headquarters for Safari Club Internnational), the postage history museum (where they gave stamps and stamp albums to the girls), the Reid Zoo (for holiday lights), and the T-Rex Museum.
After their birthdays we headed out to Quartzsite where we spent 2 weeks. Then we headed back to their house for Thanksgiving.Riona making yummy pumpkin cookies
The owner was a arcitect in California and has built several small cartoon style buildings that you can walk through.
Next stop: Nevada!!!!! (as close to home as we will be since May, 2008)
Her 2nd Jr Ranger Badge
Zion was just as beautiful as Bryce. The canyon was formed by water.
The Junior Ranger program has been real good for Michaela. It helps to her focus more on what the parks have to offer and the history of them. It also teaches her to respect nature and to help preserve the parks.
Me and Derrick at Checkerboard Mesa
My mom and Riona on the tour bus
My dad and Derrick