Finally in California

After a few trials and tribulations, we drove the I-15 mountain pass yesterday.


Yes, that is snow. Yes, those are windmills, for miles and miles. Wonder what the farmers,  and cows are thinking..


We also spot what looks like a sea of solar panels (we already saw some) but we are told these are mirrors. 

Concentrating solar power (CSP) plants use mirrors to concentrate the energy from the sun to drive traditional steam turbines or engines that create electricity.  Impressive technology! 

Our destination? Yosemite RV Resort, 25 miles from the Yosemite National Park. The idea was to visit the Park as well as the Sierra National and Sequoia National forests.  Because of our late arrival  (and temperatures below freezing at night this week) some sightseeing might have to wait till the next time we visit the area, hopefully in October of 2019.

But for now, we appreciate the Resort, its views of the snow caped mountains, the silence…


Thank God for electricity (not sure how it is produced…) and Dan’s heavy and very warm blanket 🙂 Can’t wait to meet Dan and Jess and Mel and Curtis in San Francisco in less than a week!

They make us smile…

Or leave you perplexed

But they are always fun!

Personalized licence plates that is…

Some RVers consider their motorhomes Highway Yachts.

Some choose a personalized licence plate to express feelings

2 HAPPY            4 RELAXN        ILUVLUCY

we tired

Some car license plates leave you feeling nostalgic…

                                      MY 2ND57    or…..


Some leave you perplexed.

                 IN 2 MOR           NOT GLTY

So when Mel thought of this as my personalized plate,


I was very pleased of course! This would definitely be fun!

But when, walking out of the hospital at 9 p.m. one September, I found this note on my windshield, I knew why I liked personalized plates.

The note said :
Monsieur, madame,
J’aime bien gros votre licence. La mienne est    


 J’ai bien du plaisir à lire les licences bien pensées.

Sue et Marcel.

How was she to know?  The patient I was visiting in the hospital was my sister Sue…her note made me smile:)

I do hope to meet Sue and Marcel one day!

I do hope you look for fun plates when travelling!


Why does a prickly pear cactus


turn purple?

Purple prickly pear cactus

The less water it gets, the more purple it becomes… (usually during the summer here in Arizona).

We are having warmer than usual days obviously.

One word of advice. If you find a prickly pair cactus paddle at the grocery store and are tempted to try cooking it, beware ha!




One last day of repairs.

Since the motorhome will be at Mesa RV one more day, we decide to visit the amazing Desert Botanical Garden. You can walk the trails and discover mother nature’s art as well as unique sculptures by renowned artists. 

IMG_4614Cactus flowers


Desert scuplture 3

mother nature's art

Desert flowers 3

Glass sculptures amidst cacti…

Garden 2


flowers 3

There are thousands in the desert!

Saguaro hotel



You can spend the day on one of 185 golf courses in the Phoenix area,

or visit Taliesin West,  the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school in the desert. It is a National Historic Landmark and a School of architecture. We highly recommend a guided tour.


You can wander the streets of downtown Scottsdale. Always entertaining. As these photos attest, it is always a must when touring with visitors…  (Ron, and Ray and Sue visited in 2016). Great times in downtown Scottsdale.


Ray downtown Scottsdale

Ray and Sue-Scottsdale

What to do?

When the motorhome needs repairs and spends the day at the doctor’s office, what do you do…

Well, it turns out not to be a problem.

You can explore the area RV parks to find the next park you will visit and meet fellow RVers. Notice the trailer behind this fellow Canadian’s motorhome? You guessed it! A 62 Nova Restomod is safely stored in it.

But the golf cart Mater stole the show… Can you believe RV sites with their own mail boxes?


You can do what tourists do. Explore the area.  Superstition Mountain in Apache Junction is the start of Apache Trail. We visited the museum IMG_4582

and marvelled at the stamp mill used years ago for the extraction of gold.



We walked the trails


but did  heed the warnings….


Then again, you can visit…a classic car dealer, in this case, Streetside Classics


and see this colourful prowler


And all these beauties!


When you come back to the repair shop, they let you sleep in your motorhome. But better go to bed early. You will be woken up at 5 a.m. by traffic starting to roll…