|How I love the sound of this big diesel engine as we leave Sacramento today, heading south in search of warm, sunny climes. Our family time is always special and cherished, especially with our wandering lifestyle, and Thanksgiving and Christmas were the best. Motorhome living is not conducive to rain and cold though, and our nooks and crannies are damp and moldy. We have eaten more than we can lift and I swear the sugar addiction will be hard to kick as will the pounds that need to be shed!
This has been a wonderful year for us and we are truly grateful and blessed. We took a leap of faith and ventured south of the border down Mexico way and enjoyed 3 months of this country's colorful culture, friendly people and of course, those beautiful tropical beaches. One more item was ticked off our "bucket list" with a train trip into the remote Copper Canyon in the Sierra Tarahumara, leaving our motorhome in the town of El Fuerte. We know NOT to question the ways of our host nation and accept the presence of searches, guns and endless bureaucracy. Yes, there were times, especially in Mazatlan, where gangs and Federales fought it out on the streets. We try to keep in mind that the drug cartels are fed mainly by the US demands.
Our health has remained good in spite of "advancing years", in quotes because we really don't think of age chronologically. Howard ran the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco in May and October found us in St. George, UT for the World Senior Games where he ran the 5 and 10K road races. I'm not a runner but enjoyed many hiking opportunities in our favorite Anza Borrego Desert, Tent Rocks slot canyon in New Mexico, Yellowstone National Park and Lewis and Clark Caverns in Montana. Yellowstone also provided an opportunity to take a photo safari and learn some new techniques.
We have decided that Port Townsend, WA is our all-time favorite summer location, providing us with waterfront parking at the Pt. Hudson Marina within easy walking distance of the charming Victorian downtown area and just a ferry ride away from Seattle, Victoria & the San Juan Islands. To make this even more special we had family join us.
New trails were blazed in the Star Valley area of Wyoming, just south of Jackson Hole. In September the mosquitoes have gone and the fall colors greeted us on the back-roads and slopes of the Rockies. We discovered the Periodic Springs, a phenomenon that occurs in only two other locations in the world....No, you'll have to read back!
We met up with friends in Clarkston, WA where we finally took the all-day jet boat into the wilds of the Snake River and Hell's Canyon. Then again in Santa Fe, Tucson, Yuma and Anza Borrego. Petaluma remains our most favorite town, providing access to our families, San Francisco, the coast, wine country, new friends and health care. This is where we also meet up a couple of times a year with traveling friends who gather at the Elk's Lodge en route to points north and south.
As we're driving south on I-5 we ponder the New Year; family situations with a baby boy on his way, the economy and fuel prices, and possible travel destinations. Will we once again go east, visit the Maritimes, maybe make it to Nova Scotia? We've never taken a "real" cruise just the ones where we pay a lot of money to drive the boat ourselves, cook our own meals and do the dirty work...Will this be the year? Hmmmmm.......!