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Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Visits

     Greetings!  We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday!  Blessings!
     While in the Phoenix area, we so enjoyed a dinner and visit with Sandi and Jim… friends we first met in Quartzsite last year, and had last seen in Albuquerque in May. 
We chatted and got caught up (and talked about each of you in our Escapees Club!)
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     In Quartzsite, we had a quick visit from Sandy and Paul, longtime friends who stopped over for a night as we were all heading west… great to visit and see their new rig!  More RVing in their future!!!
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     Thanksgiving week in Borrego Springs, CA was spent with Dianne’s parents, who drove “over the hill” from Fallbrook, CA to visit for four days.  We spent many hours drinking coffee and visiting, went to a great farmers market, did some site-seeing and visited the Anza-Borrego State Park Visitor Center.  We particularly  enjoyed seeing all the metal sculptures in this area commissioned by Dennis Avery and crafted by Ricardo Breceda.  Truly beautiful and inspirational!        Mom and Dad stayed at a nearby motel and visited frequently at the rv park where we stayed… weather cooperated, and we had most meals outside.  For Thanksgiving dinner, they treated us to the holiday     buffet at a nice restaurant. Thank you, Mom and Dad :)
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     So now, on this last day of November, we are headed out to a boondocking area about seven miles east of Borrego Springs.  Looking forward to great sunrises and sunsets parked out in the middle of this open area.  Plus, many activities, lectures and hikes to look forward to during December here in the Borrego Springs area.  Not to mention… just relaxing in the desert!
     Best wishes to all as this last month of 2013 begins!Be well, everyone! 
Sending hugs, Dianne & Tom

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mid-November Update


The three-day Moab Folk Festival was a great start to the month of November… any day listening to music is a good day!  And, we discovered a couple of new musicians we like, in addition to seeing three we had enjoyed in the past.  We then said goodbye to the beautiful red rocks of Moab for another year.

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We had heard from friends about Goosenecks State Park, so made it our final Utah stop… breathtaking!

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After a couple of days in Prescott, Arizona, we are now in Cottonwood enjoying some great boondocking on National Forest land not far from town.  Mostly, we have just been hanging out and feeling blessed to have remarkable, warm weather and great views!

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We have explored this area, Jerome and Sedona.  The following are a few photos from Sedona… beautiful red rocks and the gorgeous Chapel of the Holy Cross.

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From here we will travel to the Phoenix area next week. Looking forward to meeting up with friends Sandi & Jim! Then moving on to Quartzsite for a couple of days to have a quick visit with longtime friends Sandy and Paul who will be passing through on their way from Texas to California to spend Thanksgiving with family. This is their first “real trip” with their truck and new 5th-wheel, and we are looking forward to the visit!  From there, we are headed to Borrego Springs, CA where we plan to enjoy the eastern California desert through the end of this year.  We look forward to visits with friends and family in the Southern California area who might venture out to visit us there… you know who you are :) and we’d love to see you!  Just write or call and we’ll make a plan!!!  My parents are coming to join us in Borrego Springs for the Thanksgiving week :)

We want to send out a big THANK YOU to friend Carol who took the new photo that we added to our blog profile. While in Moab, we were so glad to finally meet Carol and Steve after knowing of them through the Escapes forum for the past couple years.  Carol is a professional photographer and asked to make a portrait for us.  After some reluctance (and being a bit embarrassed), we told her to go for it.  We are most pleased to have this new portrait… thank you Carol! 

Well, that about catches you all up on things with us… we are well and happy, and wish the same for each of you.  Please stay in touch, and we look forward to seeing some of you in the desert of California in December, or in Quartzite in January!

Fondly, Dianne & Tom