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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mid-April Update… Arizona to Idaho

Good day to all!  For those of our U.S. friends, yesterday was tax day… hope everyone had their ducks in a row and filed on time  :) 

Leaving the warmth of Quartzsite, AZ was bitter-sweet for us, as we loved the quiet desert time with no agenda, great walks and abundant sunshine, but also looked forward to our travels north.  We never tired of the beautiful desert views, watching the sun rises and sunsets and, particularly, the full moon!
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Upon learning that friends Ruth & Dale were waiting in Laughlin, NV while their truck was in a shop for some major repairs, we headed their way for a nice evening of dinner and visiting, stayed one night and headed on from there.  Wishing them well with their truck issues!  In spite of that, so fun to cross paths with fellow RVers!
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For some time now, we had planned to visit Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, so were delighted to make a stop there.  After Tom’s years with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, knowing someone who worked there, and hearing about it from fellow RVers, it was great to finally visit.  Nice spot for the night!
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We traveled Hwy. 93 north through Caliente, Pioche, and on to Ely, NV.  Good to see the old train station in Caliente we had heard about from friend Bob, the train buff  :)  Beautiful old building!  
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In Ely, we parked at the historic Nevada Northern Railway Station and rode the steam train one day.  You must have had a ball here, Bob!
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After leaving Nevada, our first stop in Idaho was at a lovely little community park in Filer, ID.  Not far away, in Twin Falls, is Shoshone Falls… decided to take a drive there, and were certainly glad we did!  Such a beautiful park and spectacular falls, though we were a bit disappointed to find that the water was being diverted and not coming over the rocks.  We enjoyed the sights, commented that we would have to return another time to see the water at the falls.  Suddenly Tom exclaims, “LOOK!”  The water was released and began flowing over the falls!  Truly amazing to watch the transformation, and talk about good timing! Wow!  (bottom two photos of before and after)
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At this point we were an easy couple of hours to Boise, Idaho where we would be spending time with my sister and brother-in-law.  In addition to looking forward to seeing them, we had rushed a bit on our northern travels because several days back we learned that a favorite band, THE BROTHERS COMATOSE, were performing in Boise!  More good timing!!!!  Tuesday night found us at the Neurolux in Boise… a fabulous night of music, and the guys did not disappoint!!!!
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We will be in this area for a couple of weeks… exploring and enjoying visits!  From here, around the first of May, we will move on to Yellowstone and then looking forward to a long-overdue visit with our oldest son and his family in Billings, Montana before dropping down to our campground in Wyoming.  Life is good, and we are feeling truly blessed!  Sending good wishes to each of you!

Be well, everyone!  Dianne & Tom

Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods.  You can really like your material stuff.  You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you.  In contrast, your experiences really are part of you.  We are the sum total of our experiences.”  - Dr. Thomas Gilovich