The big fall of AlFriday, February 12, 2010 – I started the day with another conference call with a colleague in Europe, trying to help me with some new features of a development tool I am using. It was a very productive call and that was a good start to a great day. At about noon I receive an email from The Bayfield Bunch (Al and Kelly)
Anyone who knows Al just a little, would know that something is wrong here. Something must have happened. He might have drank gasoline by mistake, swallowed too much Yogurt, or some Tahini got to his head, but the story was revealed shortly after that:
So now the story is clear and we have to go and make sure Al’s head is still in place :)
Patti and I thought it is a great idea! Most of those guys are not only RVers but also bloggers, and like photography, so you got already 3 common interest. That would be interesting.
The rest of the day we ran some errands, ran to Albertson’s in town and got some groceries, loaded some chairs and tables on the truck, and organized the RV a little.
RV Bloggers Desert SummitSaturday, February 13, 2010 – Today we get to see Al and Kelly again, and meet for the first time Donna and Stu that we follow each other’s blog for some time. We just got introduced yesterday to Ellie and Jim from Justravelin (by Donna) and found that Mike and Janna has a blog too! Tin Teepee/Log Cabin so needless to say – we were very excited to meet fellow RVers just like us.
So, got up in the morning, got some cleaning to do in the RV (vacuum the carpets, wash the floor, the regular stuff) and by the time we were done it was already time to go to the gathering.
We thought that Al and Kelly will probably not have enough snacks for everybody, as they are boondocking for few days now, and Al’s ‘accident’ just happened. so we Loaded some fresh bagels, cream cheese and lunch meat, some fire wood, got the Camera and together with Moe headed to the desert mountains.
So who was there?Well – of course Al and Kelly, who organized this meeting, Ellie and Jim, Janna and Mike, Peter and Patty, Donna and Stu and Patti and I. 12 people got here in a day notice – wow - That is a Rally!
Al and Kelly showed us their beautiful back yard, and Al rested on his siesta chair (The picture on the left). There is a name for it - Kelly mentioned it to me, but I forgot. Since we met Al and Kelly twice before, we felt very comfortable around them, they are extremely nice, and I know this is going to be a true long lasting friendship.
We really had fun there, and just started to get to know each other, but the ‘summit’ ended after 2-3 hours, much sooner than we thought. We planned on having some campfire and spend more time with our new friends.
We did not have enough time to talk to everybody (it takes time to get to know each other) and sure hope to meet again sometime. Now that we have exchanged blogs it is easier to follow the whereabouts of each other so I am sure we will get together again. It is a cool little group of RVers, Photographers, Bloggers, and nature lovers, just to mention a few of the common traits. Maybe we can start a social group led by Al, (LOL)
I am very bad at taking pictures in this type of occasions, as I am more interested in getting to know the people, interact and make new friends, so my mind is off the camera, but I did take some pictures (as you can see)
Kelly Jim and Janna
Peter, and Patty, Al and Kelly and Patti
The decorated porch
The Cactus Garden
Moe and Checkers
- Al from The Bayfield Bunch
- Dona from 2 Taking a 5th
- Ellie from Justravlin
- Janna from Tin Teepee/Log Cabin
The best Valentine I ever hadSunday, February 14, 2010 – I told you it is going to be a longer blog this time, so bear with me just a little more. This was a very nice day!!!
We woke up late in the morning without any plans. It is so great when you can live like that and still be able to work. It does not always work that way, and sometime planning is required, but for the most part – we live and enjoy the moment. Just have a general idea of what we are going to do, but even that is subject to change.
The PlanSo, as we set down drinking our morning drinks – (Patti has her Mocha, and I had a cup of green tea), looking for emails, blogs and news, I asked Patti – What are we doing for Valentine’s? I did not feel like going to a restaurant and celebrate with the rest of USA, so I said – how about taking a bottle of wine, some chocolate, and go hike somewhere, celebrate in the nature?
Sounds like a great idea, Patti said, but where? I dono, I said. We both returned to our screens searching for a place to go. At start we thought about Joshua tree or the Salton Sea and the Slabs area, but that was too far. Next we looked into some wildlife refuges and after a short research we decided on Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, about 50 miles south of us. We started to get ready to move, and just before we left Patti said - Did you read the comment Al left on your blog last night? No, I said – why? - Coz he mentioned the Palm canyon, he said we can’t miss it!
So – Palm Canyon it is! Changed our plans in a second, got directions, took Moe with us and left for the day.