This big guy came to say goodbye, so I snapped his picture. Momma was just ahead of him on the fence, making all their little calls to each other. How I am going to miss these guys. I'll be back little quail!!
THIS guy however, could have stayed hidden forever. After talking about adding some dirt to my driveway area, I began to move some pavers to the side of the garage. I know not to stick my hands under rocks. I gingerly picked them up by the sides and turned them over to find this guy staring up at me.
I quickly grabbed my camera just as he unfurled and started to move. WAIT little scorpion .... SMILE!! He was a fast little bugger, who when completely spread out and moving, quickly went from one inch to twice that size with his tail swiping at the wind. In this image, it's completely curled up.
SMASH!!! Sorry kid, but you're not welcome around here. Truly, I hope I don't run into many more of these guys.
This was the last Arizona sunset I saw. Anyone remember Arizona's Sunset magazine? It was the only subscription my mother had for about 20 years.
Finally we were loaded up and headed Northwest on Hwy 10 with Jonathan screaming the first 50 miles. Disco disco, kitty kitty kitty and SQUAWK rattled on for miles.
About two hours in, the wind came up and challenged me the entire rest of the trip. In the 20 mph range with gusts of 25 and more, I slowed down and let everyone pass me by. I'd rather be safe than sorry since my rig is lightweight compared to others.
We made a quick pit stop in Gila Bend, where I finally remembered to turn on the inverter to keep the fridge cold. It was short and sweet, because when you read that sign across the highway saying high winds and blowing dust, you suck it up and carry on to arrive as early as possible at your destination. The death grip I had on the steering wheel caused my arms to tire quickly, so the slower speeds helped considerably.
In 4-1/2 hours I finally arrived in Quartzsite. I probably could have kept going, but Jonathan requires a break from hanging on to his perch for dear life with beak and claws.
The kids wanted to know what the heck I was doing out in that wind. As much as they love to go outside, they are not any more fond of the wind than I am.
Heading out again this morning for Thousand Trails Palm Desert. Unfortunately, I heard some bad reviews and may have a hard time parking among the palm trees. That was enough to keep me up all night!! HOWEVER, there is a quilt store there that is a must stop!!
On the road again .............