Back in Arizona

After two months in Los Angeles, we are back in Arizona for the winter. And I cannot tell you how great it feels. Not that we did not have a great window for Sharon to spend quality time with her 97 year old father. And not that I was not able to spend important time tackling many projects in conjunction with the motorhome. All of this, in addition to spending Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day there was a blessing.

In spite of all of this, however, was my total dissatisfaction with nearly all things California. Particularly, what California has become in recent years. I almost cannot believe that most of my life was spent as a resident there. From growing up in Northern California, to most of my military years spent there, to my 25 year corporate life there, to owning a business for 13 years there. The California of today is NOT for us. And although we are still official residents, THAT will change in the near future.

So, we’re back in Arizona. Quartzsite to be specific. Although we have enjoyed our time here for the past three winters, we know this is just a temporary “home” in winter. At all other times, it is too freeking hot here. Although we ARE looking at other more northerly locations within Arizona for a potential home base, we’re also looking outside of Arizona as well. We’ll see. We are not in any hurry, and the full-time RV lifestyle is something we love and plan on continuing.

Although we are presently hanging out in our favorite RV park here for a couple of weeks, later this month we will move about 4 miles up the road to our BLM boondocking area north of town. We will be joined by something close to 100 other RVs JUST IN OUR GROUP as part of Ooberfest 2018, the 3rd annual gathering of folks who for the most part, did not know each other prior to the event. You just sign up and show up during the third week in January coinciding with the BIG RV Show held each year in Quartzsite. It’s free and all self-contained RVs of any type are welcome. Just Google “Ooberfest”.

On another front, those that follow this blog know that we lost our longtime doggie companion “Bogie” at the end of this past July. As everyone goes through who have had pets and lost pets, we were faced with whether 1) to get another one, and 2) if so, when is the best time after the loss. For us, there was never any question as to whether we would get another doggie, but we DID wonder when that would be. We always said that it would be when it felt right.

During the Christmas holiday, we visited an animal shelter. Rescuing pets is all the rage these days. It’s almost as though it is politically correct. And I hate political correctness. Nevertheless, I AM in favor of rescuing a pet if the stars align. And the stars DID almost align with one particular doggie. But, unfortunately, we were 5th in line for this particular guy.

After getting over our momentary disappointment and chaulking it up to “it was just not meant to be”, I happened to come across a Recycler website pertaining to dogs for sale. That’s when, among the hundreds of ads, I came across an ad with THIS guy…

And after meeting his family (mom above, dad below), we negotiated a deal and drove home with him.

Ya, I know, he sort of looks like Bogie. Although that was unintended, we’re okay with it. His name is Quigley mainly because, of the list of names we came up with, he responded to “Quigley”.

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9 Responses to Back in Arizona

  1. Lou & Pat Adamo says:

    So excited for you and your new little guy. Its hard when you lose that special one. But there are those that come into your life and you can’t live without them. Next time you are in Colorado, look us up. Would love to see you guys.

  2. Ingrid says:

    Congrats on the new addition … what a cutie! We’ve gone 4 years without a dog and there are days it’s a challenge, but we’ve agreed to hold off as long as we’re full-time.

  3. Robin pence says:

    Well I read your blog with one eye class seed. It seems I can see better with my left eye. Oh! That’s right! I will be getting my right I done next Thursday. Can’t wait! OK that’s enough about me.

    Y’all truly have a jewel of a pup. Can’t wait to meet the little guy. There are few dogs our Daisy gets along with and I hope Quigley is one of them. She won’t hurt him. Just a growl or two, and that’s a maybe.

    So glad Sharon got to spend a lengthy time with her Dad. Hoping that went well. I know y’all are glad to be back in AZ. It’s starting to warm up here now. Upper 30’s for a low last night. High 71* for Sunday. I think our brutal cold is over with but we will see.

    Good-bye for now. Keep in touch!

  4. Welcome Quigley! You are very very cute! I look forward to reading more about your adventures!

  5. Emjay says:

    You are so right that today’s California is not the bargain we all used to have years ago, and it isn’t that we’re all getting older, either. It’s so sad. Yet, my family in Arizona tells me Arizona isn’t the same either. Too many Californians! My father used to say, “There are just too damn many people in the world.” He was right. And it’s worse now.

  6. Quigley looks like a cutie and we are sure he will respond to your love and attention.
    We’d enjoy meeting you but with our just getting over the Crud is not a good time. We decided to stay put for this season and are out at La Posa South LTVA. Maybe we’ll see you at the Blogger-Fest on January 27th between 1-4 pm.
    Be safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time

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