Regular readers of this humble wannabe tome know that since wintering in Arizona, I spend some time every year at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auto Auction. I like to pick Thursday for my day trip and I always enjoy the day’s selection of cars on display, many of which were sold earlier in the week. The SOLD sticker has a notation in marker as to the selling price of the vehicle. I’m always amazed at how some cars are “overpriced” and others are “stolen.” Continue reading
A two and a half hour drive from Buckeye brought us to Yuma for a Civil Air Patrol training activity. Of course, having not been in the area other than passing through to San Diego, we stayed the night and took in the sights of two state parks. On the way between two parks, we happened upon a steam engine, Southern Pacific Locomotive 2521 located at Pivot Point Park. Of course, I had to stop for a few minutes to capture a cell pic or two. A quick Internet search told me much about the engine that was built in 1907 at Philadelphia, PA. Continue reading
It’s an Arizona Autumn… but this photo was captured on 2 January 2020. It’s Hamilton Avenue in the Verrado neighborhood of Buckeye. This quaint development is fast on the grow after having some fits and starts through the housing crisis of the early 2000’s. Buckeye is now the fastest growing city in the United States and the Verrado neighborhood is one of the reasons for the city’s growth spurt. This may seem like a commercial for Buckeye, but after spending seven winters here in this community, I’ve come to call it our winter home and can’t help bragging on it. Continue reading
While on one of our weekly hikes a few weeks ago, we happened upon a couple of trail maintenance tools sitting beside the trail. Not being trained in that particular skill, I can only assume that the pick is used to remove or modify stubborn rocks that might be a tripping hazard. I’m sure it has plenty of other uses. Continue reading
White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Arizona.
For the first photo challenge of 2020, Ann-Christine asks us to share images of a special place. Gee, that’s hard! I’ve done a lot of traveling for Journeys with Johnbo and have come to find there are many special places around this United States, and though I have not been outside of the Western Hemisphere (yet), I know there are many special places waiting for me to visit in the coming new decade.
Last week, Amy asked us to put our images on display using the theme ‘On Display.” You can view her challenge post here. As there is no photo challenge theme this week due to the holidays, I’ve elected to submit a holiday version of “On display” for my usual Thursday Photo Challenge post. For two years in a row, we visited the Phoenix Zoo where every year they feature Zoolights, a holiday display that shines at night and draws big crowds. Continue reading
Regular readers know that I can’t pass up a classic car show. Earlier this year the car club I hang with when in Buckeye toured the Martin Auto Museum in Phoenix. As you can see by the opening photo, they have a few Corvettes. They also have a wide variety of custom and original stock vehicles. Continue reading
Fargo, North Dakota.
Lynn and I are back in Fargo for Christmas week (at least that’s the plan as I am still in Arizona while writing this post. >grin<) Our plane tickets are bought and we are looking forward to spending a few days with family and friends back in the “frozen north.” We are looking forward to putting up our tree and decorating it with those ornaments we’ve had for many years now.
There are many holidays for those of different beliefs during this time of year. I know from my stats that I have a world-wide audience for this humble blog. Please accept my best wishes for you and yours, whatever holidays you honor. Continue reading
Hiking season has started for me in Arizona. My first hike for the year is at nearby Skyline Park. Pyrite Trail and Pyrite Summit are two of the most recent trails constructed in the park. On December 5, our hiking club’s Thursday hike brought us to the peak that features commanding views to the west. Continue reading
Thinking about Arizona as I write this. Of course, on the 2nd day of summer when I am writing this post, and on 7 July, the date of publication here, I’m happy I’m not in the Arizona desert right now. Nonetheless, I do think about our hiking friends there, those who spend the summer and those who, like us, head back to cooler climates during the summer months. Continue reading