Tuesday January 1st 2019
Dean and I wish you all a very happy holiday season. May 2019 bring goodwill, good health and happiness to us all.
We racked up nearly 9 ,000 miles this year in the Beast. It was time to renew our South Dakota drivers licenses which we have to do in person once every five years. It was a good opportunity to visit Deans brother Monty and his lovely spouse Kathy in Chicago and also check out old family homesteads in Iowa. We even made a quick trip into Canada to visit good friends Tom and Jan.
Of course we managed to seek out three National Parks that we had never visited in the Northeast. Only two left in the lower 48 States and those are in Colorado. There are 60 National Parks altogether and we have managed to explore 50 so far, and many of them multiple times. We plan on driving back to Alaska this year so hope to snag a couple more on that trip.
Dean and I finally deleted our Facebook accounts. With the breaches, hacks and unwanted advertising it got to be a hassle. Sorry to miss any news and pictures you may post. However you can always catch up us with through this blog or email. I have a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I always enjoy seeing the huge windmill farms as we come through the Pass into the Palm Springs area. The Gorgonia Pass is one of the windiest places in California.
Jay and Maya popped down for a one day visit. We went on a pretty neat hike that had some ladders and twisty bits. Maya was in her element.
I was surprised how calm she was being hauled up ladders….
…and belayed down cliffs.
This hike was like a moonscape.
It flowed into a small oasis of California Fan Palms.
We were very happy Jay and Maya managed to spend a few days with us over Christmas. It was so much fun hiking the slots with them both.
Lots of scrambling through the narrow bits.
Of course we had Jay carry all the water and food on the hikes. Deans back appreciated the rest.
There have been many beautiful winter sunsets lately. This is the pretty view from our campsite. We are facing a nice little golf course.
Jay got to practice his short game. The Beast is in the background.
I made pumpkin and peanut butter dog biscuits for Maya and she enjoyed every one.
We had a tiny rainfall a couple of weeks back and now some lovely color is popping up in the desert.
Goodbye California, moving on to Yuma in Arizona.