Arizona-Camp Verde and area (1)

Arizona, here we come! We are booked in Phoenix the 1st of December and so Roger finds this campsite in Camp Verde, 90 miles north of Phoenix.  From our campsite, we view the Verde Valley and the Mingus Mountain. The sunsets are incredible.


We will spend the U.S. Thanksgiving here and we have much to be thankful for.

This campsite is close to Jerome (the kaleidoscope unique store), scenic Sedona, Cottonwood and Clarkdale.

In Clarkdale, the Arizona Copper Museum is housed in the former high school. When the school was first built in 1915 it cost 100 000$ and at the time it was the daily revenue of the United Verde Copper Co. who paid for the construction.  The company was mining copper in Jerome and refining it in Clarkdale.

What a museum! It combines the story of copper with stunning artifacts, 5 000 in all.


The kitchen room, fit for a castle…


The drinking room (100’s of beer steins and wine jugs dating to the 1400s).


The very rare trench art collection comprised of over 500 shell casings decorated by soldiers of World War 1





The museum curator, Drake, points out this casing decorated by a Canadian soldier. So many! (We find out later : Drake is the owner who worked 15 years on getting everything ready before opening to the public!)

It is easy to understand why this museum has a 5 star rating. A must for anyone to visit.

On our drive back to our campsite, we stop at Bashas for groceries.  As usual, Roger parks away, far away. A gentleman approaches Roger and informs him he would like to buy the 56 on the spot. Imagine! Roger explains that the car cannot be sold till the spring and that proper exportation papers would have to be done. He leaves with a business card and a smile on his face 🙂  Only time will tell the end of that tale!IMG_4136

We only have a few Television channels lol We have more time to read 🙂 and play Dominoes ha! Roger is quite lucky but when I do manage to win, he is in for a surprise lol (We play for who decides to do what in the coming days )

The next day is spent washing the screens and windows of the motorhome! But it does look fantastic now. A mobile washing service also washed and waxed it. After driving from the north, it is quite the job 🙂



Santa Fe

Driving on, we stop at Holbrook, NM. Those of you who accompanied us on Route 66 would remember Bozzo’s garage! Especially Jim who went with Roger to look for parts. What memories!

We stop in Santa Rosa.


The gentleman receiving us, Chris, is the owner and the cook. We enjoy a great fish supper after he threatens Roger of not serving us unless Roger lets him drive his 57 Ha! Ha! 


The park is beautiful and offers a 360-degree mountain view.  What sunsets!



At an elevation of more than 7 000 ft. (cooler summers) and with more than 323 glorious days of sunshine a year, 250 + art galleries and 400 + restaurants, no wonder Santa Fe has been rated one of the greatest smallest city to visit in the U.S.A.

We have two days in Santa Fe so we leave early and head for downtown. To our surprise, there is a lot of traffic and it is very difficult to find a parking space. Roger is not sure he will like this city! 
Today we discover why Santa Fe is amongst the top historic cities in the U.S and why it is referred to as The City Different. Besides being the oldest capital city in the U.S.A., it boasts the oldest church structure,

and the oldest house in the U.S.A.

We visit St.Francis Cathedral and admire the Pueblo style architecture.


Of course, we have to enter a few art galleries and museums. Imagine, our first stop is at the Touchstone’s gallery where ‘nature`s art is etched in stone’. This beautiful table top of petrified wood with quartz is only 37 000$! It weighs 300 lbs! Obviously, no picture will ever do it justice.


We have time to visit 2 museums : The New Mexico History Museum and Palace of Governors  (a must)  and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Of course the first is very informative. In the second we find an exceptional collection of Reza’s prints.
Reza Deghati is an Iranian-French photojournalist who has won many world awards. His photographs have appeared in National Geographic and Times magazines.
Along with his work as a photographer, since 1983 Reza has been a volunteer committed to the training of youths and women from conflict-ridden societies in the language of images, to help them strive for a better world. Our favorite photograph in the present collection was A breath of Life.

A Breath of Life

You may visit this website for more info.

The idea of going to a specific restaurant El Farol is mine, but Roger goes along. By then, the pedometer says we have walked 5 miles and we are o.k. to walk to the restaurant and take a taxi back to the car. The food is excellent. The skate wing fish tapas are tasty. All I have to do is close my eyes to forget I am eating raw fish lol
The grilled green chile cheese bread is to die for and the main course is delicious. 
The problem arises when the waitress informs us there is no taxi service in Santa Fe, only Uber. Well, we do not have Uber in Sudbury, we do not have the app and so, we eventually walk back. At the end of the day, we have walked seven miles, one step at a time 🙂  Tomorrow is market day and we will be there.

Saturday morning, we head out to find parking at the market, luckily, without too much trouble. As soon as we park, a mother walks by with her 3 year old son. She is in awe of our 56 Chevy and asks her son: Isn’t this car beautiful? And the son to answer…I like that white pickup (pointing at a very ordinary ½ ton Ford pickup) Ha! Ha! The beauty is all in the eyes of the beholder!

At the market, we pick up a good supply of fresh vegetables, especially arugula for Roger 🙂 Mel, I know you would like to see all this wool. Pure wool however and not too many of us can wear it, can we? 😦 


We’ve put on our walking shoes again and so walk the Plaza and downtown, visit more galleries, mostly from the outside…


By 4 p.m. we are back at the motorhome. Tomorrow, we are on the road again! 
However, we will visit again. We now know where the parking lots are…and there is still LOTS2SEE… 
We have to travel the historic Turquoise trail from Santa Fe to I-40
We have to do the Food tour or attend the Santa Fe School of cooking like we did in New Orleans 
We have to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe museum and more art galleries.
We have to visit the Loretto Chapel with its miraculous staircase…built with no nails or visible support…
We might even have to visit a spa!



Missouri to New Mexico-November 5th to November 10th

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And then we drive to St Louis Missouri, well, St Charles more precisely.

Roger and I both enjoy walking historic downtown St Charles. Old buildings, quaint shops, superb restaurants and friendly people.


unday is a great day to travel through Indianapolis but still there is a lot of traffic. Where is peaceful Route 66?????



From Missouri, we drive Interstate 44 to Interstate 40. We have never travelled this way going west. Well, not on 40 all the way at least. Last year, we travelled mostly Route 66 which we spot here and there. Lots of memories as we pass signs for Meramec caverns in Missouri and Claremore in Oklahoma.

Weather is cooperating (above 0) and so we go through Texas and New Mexico on 40 as well.
We read road signs that we would not see in Canada ;
Guns for in-laws and out-laws ; Next exit
Marriage = Man + Woman. Confused? Ask me, God.
One sign is one we should have in Canada :
State Law : Do not impede left lane     Actually, we find out it is a new Oklahoma State law as of October 2017!

In Oklahoma as well, funny coincidence. We drive by the town of Clinton, named for the late Judge Clinton Irwin, just as I am reading Hillary’s new book What happened…(Thanks Dan and Jess for the good read)

Cotton fields? We never thought there were some this far north.
Windmills? Endless for 50 miles and more in Texas and New Mexico. Can you spot them behind Roger?



Actually, 45% of Texas’ electricity comes from wind power! Impressive!

When we get to New Mexico, we decide to go north to Santa Fe. Travelleing Route 66, we went through Albuquerque. Santa Fe is the pre 1937 route.


Sudbury ON to Kokomo IN

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Leaving today for a month. But, we will be flying home early December till the 2nd of January.

Roger has made arrangements to see Tom’s 69 Chevelle in the Sault. The car is a good driver and so he will be bringing it home.   Tom also rebuilt Roger’s daily driver for the last two years, a red and white 72 Chevy pick-up.


November, 1st: Ideal day to cross the border. The agent asks us one question only…Do you have fruits or vegetables on board? Less than a minute. Roger is amazed. The agent was not curious enough to ask what was in his trailer. Ha! This year, we are towing a 56 Chevy Belair. After all, it made it all the way to California and back last year.

At the bridge, the lady collecting the fee (25$) says : Oh my, there have been so many snowbirds driving through today! No wonder the agent seemed so uninterested…
On the first morning, quite the discovery. Roger forgot to fill the water tank and I forgot to remind him:)  So, trucker’s shower it is.
From Michigan to Indiana, we could have gone to Peru, Warsaw, Athens, Mexico, Palestine or Geneva (seriously, all towns in Indiana) but we choose Kokomo, of course!

IMG_4046Kokomo, known as the city of firsts, boasts America’s first commercially produced automobile, a Haynes. The Kokomo Automotive Museum is a “ a trip through America’s automotive history”. What a treat! The Haynes Apperson collection of cars is of course the highlight.

Interesting to know that today, Hayes international is one of the world’s largest producers of high performance nickel and cobalt alloys, for aerospace mostly.

But wait! There just happens to be an auction on November 4th. Of course we attend and Roger purchases 3 cars, a 1939 Plymouth pick-up, a 60 impala and a 54 chevrolet convertible. Here are of 2 of these.




Day 14: Happy Birthday Canada!

Good intentions are there…we get up at 4:30 a.m. only to see it is pouring outside. We wish Canada Happy Birthday, from our warm bed lol.

(Ha! This photo was taken the day before obviously..)


We visit The Rooms later in the afternoon. Again, a must for anyone visiting St John’s. The newest permanent exhibition: Remember Them as We Do is very moving. It pays tribute to the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians at War and at Home 1914-1949.
Tonight we think of our family celebrating Jim and Jeanine’s 50th wedding anniversary. Wish we could be there… Happy anniversary Jim and Jeanine. Wish you all a fun celebration!

We have supper at Oliver’s. Again, no reservation, no supper (except at the poutinerie next door maybe…)

Tomorrow, we fly to Ontario. Cannot believe it is our last day in this beautiful province. Where else is everyone so friendly and welcoming!  We have enjoyed every minute of our stay. We will be back :

-To drive to l’Anse aux Meadows and see the Viking Village.

-To tour the Burin Peninsula. The communities of Colinet, Grand le Pierre, Brunette Island, Point Enrage, Beau Bois, Port au Bois, Presque, Jacques Fontaine, and Saint Annes certainly reveal some French influence.

-To travel the Irish Loop on the Avalon Peninsula. Because it is over 300 km, we would have needed another 2 days in St John’s.

So yes, to do so much more. Still Lots2see!!


Day 13: Exploring Signal Hill

To explore Signal Hill where Mr Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless message in 1901, we have to walk up and up and up…Surely the streets of St John’s (and most coastal towns of Newfoundland) can be compared to San Francisco’s…


But the view is well worth it.



Signal Hill was also visited by Jean Cabot 1497. The Cabot tower was built in his honour.


Tonight, we attend a dinner theatre by The Spirit of Newfoundland Productions. Where once they stood is a dramatic and comedic tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Beaumont Hamel during WW1. What an exceptional performance!

The plan is to be on Signal Hill tomorrow at 6 a.m. We intend to be the first Canadians to wish Canada a 150th anniversary….

Day 12: In the capital

As mentioned, Bonnie’s home in St John’s at 4 Bannerman St. (not Rd)  is perfect.


We walk to the harbour and to Water Street. Jelly bean letter boxes? Cute.


Of course a visit to St-John’s is not complete without a visit to Quidi Vidi, the historic fishing village.



We walk around the lake by the same name and have lunch at the Mallard Cottage, an 18th Century Irish-Newfoundland style cottage, one-of-a-kind venue. Fantastic atmosphere and food. Luckily, all this walking is keeping us fit ha!

We have supper at Raymond’s, one of the highlight of the stay here of course. Then off to George St where all the bars are. (Bourbon street in New Orleans? Not quite but close). At our age, we decide to go <home> for a final drink instead. lol