I had a wonderful time seeing the Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo. Everything was decorated for the Christmas season. It was great to walk through the zoo and see so many wonderful decorations!
We had a wonderful time visiting Disneyland with the Griffins! We enjoyed visiting the fun rides from the past and we had a wonderful time making new memories!
It was very nice seeing Disneyland decorated for Christmas!
A special highlight was to visit with John, Michelle, and David!
The Splash Mountain was a very fun highlight!
Sometimes when traveling you discover fun, unexpected pleasures. Today, this happened to me as I discovered that the Las Vegas Highland Games were going on. I have been to other Celtic Festivals in Tucson and Phoenix and loved them!
For me, one of my favorites in a Celtic festival of the bagpipes and the drums! I cannot get enough of listening to live bands play the bagpipes and the drums. The beat resonates inside me and I find myself captivated watching them play. It is fun when bands from different areas are together in one festival. I loved it!
It was also fun to see people dressed up for the Highland Games! I asked several people if I could have my photo taken with them. It was fun for them to be acknowledged for their colorful outfit and fun for me to be with them!
Everyone was having fun! I enjoyed seeing new people, listening to the music, and seeing people dressed in Celtic outfits!
A good friend told me about some excellent mountain bike trails outside of Las Vegas. I had a wonderful time riding on these trails and enjoying different type of cactus from Phoenix and Tucson as well as the incredible colors in the mountains! The ride was fun and I thoroughly enjoyed myself! Well, maybe not riding up out of the town of Blue Diamond! It was steep riding out of Blue Diamond and I almost melted into a grease spot on the trail while I was pedaling uphill!
The colors of the rocks and the intensity of the cactus was amazing! I kept seeing amazing sites over and over. I loved this network of trails! Some people rode horses, some people hiked, but most people were riding mountain bikes. I loved riding here!!
I had an absolutely fantastic time visiting Disneyland and California Adventure. It was wonderful because Charlene joined Matt and Melissa in Phoenix and they all drove together to Anaheim. John, Michelle, and David were able to join us our first evening together and the second day when we visited Disneyland! It was wonderful to have everyone all together at such a fun place!
It is difficult to summarize all the fun activities, laughter, and rides. I used my phone to take photos, so the quality was not as nice as my regular camera, but it allows for more spontaneous moments to capture fun images!
Since Disney now owns Star Wars, one of the highlights of the time was to meet Star Wars characters and have our photos taken with them. Darth Vader was very tall and absolutely as intimidating in person as I remember him in the movies. Chewbacca was wonderful to meet too!
It was wonderful to be together with Charlene! I have been on this RV trip for about 6 weeks and it was great to be together. Although we talk on the phone daily, it is not the same as face to face communication. We had a wonderful time together. It was especially wonderful to have so many family members together in one place!
I have been in Phoenix for the past week and have been loving the spring weather. For the past six days I have driven to the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve and ridden my mountain bike on the Apache trail. It is a wonderful series of trails that are excellent for beginner and intermediate riders. I have loved riding on these trails! Many people hike, ride horses, or ride mountain bikes.
The weather has been spectacular this week and the desert plants are starting to bloom. I have really enjoyed riding along between all the cacti and the spring flowers.
One saguaro cactus is large and has an arm that has grown into the edge of the trail. Usually I have no problem avoiding the rocks and riding next to the cactus. However, two days ago, I rode a little too close to the cactus arm and my handlebars hit the cactus! It was like hitting a steel bar. There was absolutely no give at all to the cactus. Needless to say, my handlebars turned and I wiped out hands first in the dirt! I am glad I wear gloves when ridding! I only slightly hurt my hand and my bike was fine. When I looked closer at the cactus arm, I could see that I was not the only person that had hit the sneaky cactus arm!
I am sad that this is the last time to ride the Apache trail. Now I need to move the motorhome to get have the yearly oil change and other maintenance items checked. After that, I continue my route west on interstate 10.
After the end of the Escapade RV rally at the Pima County Fairgrounds, I went on a day trip to Picacho Peak State Park. It was a gorgeous day and an absolutely fabulous time to visit Picacho Peak! I was hoping to see more spring poppies as well as a range of beautiful cacti.
The high temperature was 71 degrees, so it was wonderful weather to visit Picacho Peak! I went to a couple different sections of the park and walked randomly along a range of trails with my camera and tripod.
I had a wonderful time seeing so many beautiful scenes!