Monday, April 14, 2014

Going Home

We finally had to leave sunny Arizona for snowy Wisconsin.  Yesterday we took a lesser traveled highway, north from Flagstaff  through Utah.  I did manage to get a few neat shots I am sharing with you. 

Today, we are waiting a bit in Grand Junction Colorado for it to warm up.  It's 25 here, and colder in Denver.  Denver had snow yesterday, and our winter driving skills are pretty dull!!!

Getting reports from Wisconsin that Mother Nature is throwing a party including confetti to welcome us back home.  

Meanwhile, enjoy my photos from yesterday!!!


It was a bit windy, this was the only area (about 500 feet) that we experienced a dust storm.  


Rain clouds ahead, made for an interesting picture


This formation is called 'Mexican Hat'.





Traveling along the Colorado River.



This one says it all...."



And that's the way it is..............

Monday, March 31, 2014

More Flowering Cactus


Around noon, my friend Deb called me.  Last year  there was a cactus that had an unusual shape!  (Well -- to us old ladies and wild imaginations; it did!)




The nature of Deb's call was to let me know that this unusual shaped cactus was blooming. 
 It had four blooms today. 
 Each bloom would only last twenty-four hours.  


This afternoon I walked over to Deb's condo complex and took photos. 
 I think the close ups are stunning. 
 I don't know what kind of cactus it is but I think the blooms are beautiful.


Don't you agree?


And that's the way it is...................



Sunday, March 30, 2014

Drug Run!!!

Folks have been telling us how cheap pharmaceuticals are in Mexico.  We've never been to Aldegondes, Mexico and wanted to go down.  We weren't sure that we wanted to drive down, with everything one hears; and not really knowing the ropes.   I found an ad in the local newspaper about a company called Shakespeare Travels.  The company consists of a man and a twelve passenger van.  His line is 'have group will travel.'  I gave him a call we discussed price, date, and itinerary.  I typed up a sheet with all the information on it and posted it on the bulletin board at our condo.  Besides ourselves, I had seven other interested passengers.

We finally ventured south of the boarder.  Our driver took very good care of us, he walked us in and told us when and where to meet to cross customs.  And we were on our own.
First stop was the 'Purple Pharmacy.'  We loaded up on over the counter and prescription medication.

Lots of folks go down for dental work, they say its a lot cheaper than the U.S.  Not sure that's something I'd do!!!


After the pharmacy visit, it was lunch time.  We enjoyed margaritas and lunch with dear friends from our condo.


Vendors are everywhere, peddling their wares.  I soon learned that if I picked up something, the more I was badgered into a haggling match over price. 
 Prior to visiting Aldegondes, we were advised by those who had been there before,  "If you want to purchase something, start ridiculously low, then haggle with the vendor, even a walk-away technique works.  The vendor will follow you, saying "Senora" you want it for  X amount of dollars..?"  Hubby purchased this humongous hat  for $10.00.  He will get his money's worth in laughs!!!



And that's the way it is......................

Friday, March 14, 2014

Desert Blooms

A few of the cacti are starting to bloom.    


I couldn't resist pulling over and getting a few photos.







I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!!!

And, that's the way it is...............................

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Lighthouses of Lake Havasu

In 2000 the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club was formed.  The club decided to build 1/3 size replicas of famous lighthouses.  Since then 20 have been erected with additional lighthouses in the future.
In addition to serving as a safety function, the lighthouses have proven to be a popular destination for tourists and family.

We recently rented a pontoon for the afternoon to cruise down the Colorado river, I did manage to get photos of some of the lighthouses.

This is the inspirational lighthouse that started it all, its located at the Lake Havasu Marina entrance.

Umpqua River Replica - Oregon

Portland Head Replica, Portland, Maine


White Shoal Light- Northern Lake Michigan


Wind Point Light, Racine Harbor, Wisconsin

Split Rock - North Shore Lake Superior

Vermillion Light, Lake Erie in Vermillion, Ohio

West Quaddy - Lubec, Main

East Quoddy-Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada

And that's the way it is..............................

Saturday, February 15, 2014

More that Blue Skies

We love wintering in Lake Havasu.  Don't be fooled that we are only attracted by warm temperatures and constant cloudless skies.   There is another factor that draws us!!

FOOD.  

Yes, food.

It is such a treat to eat fresh fruits and vegetables that have not been picked partially ripe, and shipped half way across the country. 

And get a load of these prices.




Our hometown paper advertised  8 oz Lobster tails for $19.99!!!



Aren't those prices fantastic?

And that's the way it is.........................