We left Minnesott in late May, 2012 hoping to take a little over two weeks to travel through Texas to Phoenix and then up into Saskatchewan. The stop in Texas was to meet up with cruising friends on “Big Fun”, Wayne and Elda. In the summer they keep their boat in the Rio Dulce in Guatemala and head back to Texas to spend time with family.
Our first rest stop in Texas gave us a glimpse of this “bathing beauty”
Judy, Wayne and Elda try out a friends boat in Kemah
Dinner in Kemah with old friends (Wayne and Elda) and new (James and Carol)
Some Galveston waterfront muscle
Galveston harbour, a tall ship the “Ellisa” and this beautiful bronze
After leaving the Houston area and saying goodbye to Wayne and Elda we headed for El Paso.
Many years ago, Ron used to live and work in El Paso. Yes, folks, those were Ron’s velvet painting days! In El Paso, we spent a few days meeting up with Ron’s old friends and chasing down some of the Mexican artists that formed Ron’s production lines.
Ron’s old velvet painting warehouse in El Paso
Ron’s old house in El Paso
At one point we had thought to cross the border into Juarez, but we were advised many times against it. So, no trip to Juarez!
Lounging by the pool at the Marriott
Ron, stayed on his own at the Days Inn so that I could have time with just the girls.
Adventures in the Pioneer Village at Cave Creek
On our anniversary, the girls took me and Ron on an outing to Cave Creek, just north of Phoenix. Sightseeing and Mexican food were positive highlights of the day. The heat – well over 100 deg F. was hard to handle. We often tried to convince ourselves it really wasn’t that hot because in the desert it’s a “dry heat”!
Our “mantra” while suffering through the hot days
As per our usual format, the girls and I swam in the pool, shopped and went out to dinner.
Shopping for the famous western “cowboy boot”
Can’t escape the desert without a picture of an armadillo
The “girls” house hunt in the desert
Typical desert scene with some “nasty” cacti!
One day we headed up to Sedona to see the sights – Mother Nature can sure paint a beautiful picture!
Sonoma in the middle of a beautiful “painted” desert
Great rattlesnake country!
The desire to shop and relax was foremost in the girls minds. So…..we headed off to the resort spa for a pedicure and a pitcher of Margaritas!
Judy, Deb and Judy relax with a Margarita whilst their toes soak up a warm bath
New toes and a smile on our faces!
Shoe shopping was in order after the “new toes” look!
Ron and Evelyn visit in Shaunavon
After that it was two weeks in Lethbridge where we stayed in our former house while the new owner, a good friend, visited family in the USA.
Then we continued on to Salt Spring.