Merry Christmas, 2016
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Our year was quite busy...a lot of travelling and a lot of fun visiting family and friends. We are now in Tucson, Arizona enjoying the sunny weather. We left earlier than usual this year with friends, Mark and Cyndi.
Below is our year highlighted with pictures and websites. You should be able to double click on any picture to enlarge it. Click on the web sites for interesting information. We hope you enjoy this tour with us, although it is lengthy. However, for Tony and I, it is a blog that we will read to help us remember what we did in 2016 when we are in our rocking chairs ~ hopefully many years from now.
This picture is of the group sitting around the fire, something we did most evenings. It is a little difficult to try to come home from Yuma in the dark. 😊
|Tortoise with initials on his back|
|Potluck dinner with Mark cooking meat|
|One of our ATV rides|
trip to Martinez lake to watch parachuters, trips to Mexico, dice and card playing in cargo trailer, potluck dinners, eating out as a group in Yuma, ATVing, entertainment at the markets, helicopters overhead practicing, smores at the campfire, lettuce fields, and gathering rocks (brother Ray and Judi had more than he bargained for in the back of his pickup on their way home). We found three tortoises near our campsite this year. Whoever spotted the tortoise first got to put their initials on its back. Now we wait to see if we see them again this year. Brother Bill and Janet joined us in the desert this year ~ their first year of retirement.
|One of our many potlucks|
|ATV ride to walk along this moonscape terrain|
|Air Force parachuting near Martinez Lake|
|Lettuce fields all around Yuma|
|Fountain Hills fountain|
|On side of building in Mesa|
|The horse and rider at outdoor restaurant|
|Too close to cacti|
|Saw this going down road|
|Snow on our way home to Moscow ID|
When we got home, after unloading motor home and doing all the laundry, we switched from the large motor home to our smaller minnie winnie and took a trip to Pasco WA for Cody's baseball tournament and to visit friends (Penny and Arnie; Bill and Rosa). Brother Paul came out to visit from Colorado. Picture shows Emily and Rose and Dennis and family at DWilly's when Emily and Rose came to Moscow for their yearly overnight visit. Other picture shows Jeanna at our house on "national beer day" opening sample beers with a can opener in the bottom of her shoe.
|Left to right: Dennis, Sharon, Emily, Rose, Casey, Tony, Jeanna, and Cody|
Picture shows tree trimming on cousin's ranch (Judy and Larry).
Picture is in south Dakota with cousin Don, Sharon, cousin Mary, and Uncle Bob (now 95 years old).
This is an interesting picture that Mary and Dallas have in their home. (reflection of rocks; turn picture sideways and it looks like a totem pole. Other side trips were to Torrington WY to see brother Jim and Kathie (saw a train museum there), went to top of Scottsbluff National Monument in Scottsbluff, had a week-end with brother Paul in Denver and on to tour Yellowstone Park in Wyoming before heading home.
Becky and Neil visited from UK. We were amazed at the similarities between Jeanna and Becky and Dennis and Neil. Although such a short stay, we had a great time with them.
As soon as they left, the workers started working on our sprinkler system, which made our yard look wonderful by the end of the season.
And....this was the month that Casey and Lindsay announced that they were making Tony and I great grandparents. A son to be born in mid February, 2017 to be named Landon Anthony Wilson. Of course, Tony thinks he's pretty special to get a child named after him.
|Caily, Sharon, Kierra|
|Phillip, age 21|
|Roger and Sharon in Helena MT|
|St. Helena Cathedral|
|Dinner party at Dick and Cindy's|
|Class of 1961, 55th reunion|
Made it to Alliance in time to attend the wine therapy group. After reunion we went on to Torrington to brother Jim's home. A tour of country side with them gave us an opportunity to spot an albino deer. Then back up to South Dakota to see all the relatives there.
On way home we stopped off to see Colleen, Hayley, Tyler and new baby Henry.
A couple of interesting signs spotted on our September trip.
|A restroom sign|
Obituary, Meeting the Need, Rapid City Journal, Black Hills Pioneer.
|Rosaries on tree at mission|
VLA outside Socorro NM, the gem and mineral museum at the university (our tour guides there were a wonderful young couple from Iran). At the university we came across a deluxe bike repair station.
|Flowers at motel in Albuquerque|
Picture shows an event that happened in Walmart parking lot where we were staying overnight in Albuquerque, and Tony and I in an over sized chair in Albuquerque downtown square.
No New Mexico tour would be complete without going to Roswell, the UFO capital of the world. There we saw Mcdonald's designed as a spaceship.
A sign near the UFO museum,
In Artesia, NM ~ they had a wonderful statue dedicated to the oil workers called the derrick floor.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Picture shows Tony dressed for the five mile walk through the caverns.
At Alamogordo we walked around the memorial gardens of the space museum, went to the white sands national monument. Picture shows Sharon's footprints in the sand. In the evening we took in the sunset tour.
The next day we went to the Toy Train Depot Museuem and McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch and then on to the City of Rocks state park, New Mexico.
Interesting pictures along our trip ~ Cyndi hanging mop out to dry, a small town sign, and a boot cleaner on the back of a pickup.
On to Willcox, Arizona, to see an AZ Pecan farm and the Rex Allen museum, see images of museum at this site.
Bisbee (see images) ~ Saw this guy's shop. He makes guitars out of everything ~ suitcases, hot water heaters, propane cylinders, etc. This one was made from a hub cap. His sign in the window reads "Sorry, We're Open". We also went to the award winning Bisbee Mining museum. This is one of the best museums I have seen in a long time. They even had a lunch box to show what the miners would put in their lunch boxes from the mine to take home ~ some homes were totally wired with stolen copper from the mine.
Tombstone ~ interesting character pictured.
And then we arrived in Tucson, Arizona. Old Tucson's best show was the elixir salesman and the mine tour that turned into a haunted tour. The Hollywood stunt demonstration was pretty good also. We stayed at a casino parking lot for the first few days and then moved to the Crazy Horse RV campground for the month of December.
After taking a break from our busy November, and having Thanksgiving dinner with Mark and Cyndi at the nearby casino buffet, we took in more of the tourist spots of Tucson. Tony and I took a ride up to Sentinel Peak, after having visited the railroad museum in downtown Tucson displaying Engine #1673 used in the movie "Oklahoma".
We visited the Tucson mini time machine. Look at images to see the fantastic detail. And then on to a tour of the Mirror Lab
|Suzy and Robert at Dutchman Museum|
|Rhonda and Jim at their home in Scottsdale|
Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum and display and then on to a local pub. Some of the attractions we saw were the 20 stamp ore mill, Elvis chapel, and miniature train museum Picture is of a fun sign at the Lost Dutchman. Introduced Suzy to geocaching while we were there.
Our Christmas plans will be to have Christmas dinner with Dick and Cindy at their Tucson home and then in a few days meet up with Bill and Janet to head to Yuma right after New Year's
To all our friends and families ~ Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
~~Tony and Sharon