Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Escapees Friends

Casa Grande, Arizona

I had a message yesterday from Julie and Don Klein asking if we were at the Escapees park in town.  No we aren't, but I had a full plate yesterday and today was even fuller. Just no time to go out and visit them. 

In the morning Carlena and Harry came over.  I tried to set up a blog template for Carlena.  I know it was simple, because I did mine.  No worries, I e-mailed Sharon Del Rosario and she said she'd help during the Escapade.  Aren't friends wonderful?   

We ended up just gabbing about the great adventure to Alaska.  When they leave Casa Grande on Friday, they are on their way.  They'll head west directly after the Escapade and we'll meet up with them before we cross into Canada.  

On the other hand, we have to return to Casa Grande for the annual doctor visits before we can head out.  

After they left, we drove over to Leslie and WC Ernst's new home.  Our visit was way over due.  As many of you know, Leslie has been battling cancer.  She's a fighter and has such a positive attitude.  Our intention was to take her some flowers and a pie since it was Pi day and just visit was a short time.  Yes, Fry's made it.  

When we walked in the door, Jodie Scales was there.  A short time later, in walked Julie and Don Klein.  
I could have sworn I took a picture of Leslie as she was the star of the party.  I have to say they have a lovely home with a parking place for their motorhome.

This morning I had an appointment to get my eyes checked again.  Good news, I don't have to go back until October.  

Our timing worked out that we could attend the last luncheon of the winter season for the Escapees Chapter 45 in Apache Junction.  

I received a text from Rick and Kathy Rousseau saying they were coming to Casa Grande.  Well darn, not again, we'll miss them.  Good thing they'll be at the Escapade.  

We plan to pull out early for the Escapade in the morning. Bill and I want to arrive before the heat gets too bad.  

It promises to be a very busy ten days.  

Here's some photos from today's luncheon.  Click on them to make them larger.

Mickie D's was a packed house and we were all treated to pumpkin pie.  
Turtle Safely......

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Playing Chamber of Commerce

Casa Grande, Arizona

We have really enjoyed having Harry, Carlena, Linda and George nearby.  It's nice to show others why we love this area.

Friday we all piled into the van with George at the wheel.
Harry grew up in Arizona and he knows all the neat places to see.

By the time we got up to the Apache Trail it was time for lunch.  We stopped at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants thanks to Jim and Sandie Dixon.  Unfortunately, everyone else stopped at the Los Gringo Loco too.  

We thought going on a Friday it wouldn't be as crowded. George was the perfect driver.  He stopped at all the little pull offs for views.  
I'm glad I have pictures of the sign so I know where we were.

This is how George took the photo with the camera turned around.
I know I keep saying it, but all that rainy weather sure makes a very green desert.

George asked if we wanted to shop at the stores in Tortilla Flat.  Dumb question to ask three women.

Harry and Boo did a lot of people watching.

Here's Bill paying for my purchase.

Here's what he bought.

This has been a huge tourist area for anyone coming to Arizona.

The saloon is very unique.  

Of course, Bill loved the saddles for bar stools.

The road turned into dirt but George navigated the switchbacks like every professional driver should.

Harry told us all the stories of where cars went over the edge.  

Finally Apache Lake came into view.  Boo, checked out all the smells.

I can't imagine pulling an RV up those dirt roads.

If you've never been to Arizona, would you expect it to look like this.

It was a perfect day, no wind and great temperatures.

The last time we were at Roosevelt Lake the dam was shorter and you could drive over it.

Do you know how a mud puddle will attract kids?  Well a no trespassing sign has the same affect on Bill.

The bridge was named one of the top twelve in the nation in 1995.  Not bad when you know the Golden Gate and Brooklyn bridge were on that list.
"Roosevelt Lake Bridge is the longest two lane single span, steel arch bridge in North America."

If you look closely you can see the difference in color where the dam height used to be.

We were having such a great time, I didn't think to take many photos.

We stopped at the Tonto National Monument to see the Petroglyphs but we were too late for the tour.

By now we had a search to find an ice cream place.  We needed Frank and Gloria King with us to find one.  We didn't find any in Globe, Miami or Superior.  Of course, by now we all wanted ice cream.

We ended up at the Sonic in Florence for our ice cream.  George was the big spender.  He asked for a glass of water with his ice cream and was charged forty cents.  We all had a few jokes to say about that.  No one else asked for water.  We all sat outside admiring the full moon.  The full moon, yes, we were out after dark.  It was a very long day, but we all had a great time.  

Yesterday we were out the door before 7 am.  Cabela's had the Frogg Togg's on sale for 50%.  We were there shortly after they opened at 8 am.  I immediately went to the women's section for the Frogg Togg's.  They had two rainsuits and the rest were separate pieces.  One of which was in my size.  I bought a large so it would fit over clothes easier.  

I went to the men's department and they didn't have any to fit Bill, but I did find some for Carlena and Harry.  They weren't the rainsuits just jackets and pants sold separately.  When I went to pay for them, they weren't 50% off they were 25% off.  

Since we were very close to the Avondale Camping World we stopped to see if we could find the cover that Dennis and Carol Hill have on their portable step.  Lucky for us, they were serving coffee and donuts.  Even luckier they had what I was looking for.  

The step cover and the rainsuits all in the same day.  Two more check offs on the Alaska list.

Today we went to tour the Casa Grande Museum with George, Linda, Carlena and Harry.  I mentioned to Barb and Tom Westerfield that we were going and they stopped by.  

We hadn't been in a very long time and it was fun to see it.  

Harry knew right away that this was a telephone booth.

This fire truck is always in the Christmas Light Parade.

Harry and Tom talking trains again.

Harry just loves anything to do with trains.

The Westerfield's went out to find a cache but Harry ended up finding it.

I had a cake that I bought from Sam's Club and invited everyone over for cake.  We knew we'd end up eating out so everyone suggested we go back to the Hong Kong Kitchen first.

Why is it we never run out of things to say?  

Everyone was full when we left the restaurant but we still managed to eat the cake.  

Now the Morey's and Schoolcraft's will know someone else when the attend the Escapade.  

Turtle Safely.........

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Jewell In Our Backyard--The Dwarf Car Museum

Casa Grande, Arizona

Bill and I have traveled all over the USA exploring unique places.  Today we didn't have far to go to find one.  The Dwarf Car Museum is about 25 miles from us and we have lived in this area for over 20 years and never been before.

One time I saw a show about a man that makes miniature cars on TV.  They were nice and looked interesting but nothing like the experience.  Sandie and Jim Dixon visited it and I knew we had to go see it.  

George and Linda are in town, and knowing how George loves to invent things, I thought he'd enjoy it.  Little did I realize what a unique and fun day it would be for all of us.  

When we pulled up out front, I wasn't sure what to expect.  Sandie has never steered me wrong and she didn't this time.

Here's Linda standing by one, so you can see that they aren't regular size cars.

There was lots of stuff to see and enjoy.

We entered from a door on the side and this was the first car we saw.  Little did we know there was a lot more.  Ernie makes the parts from anything he can find including refrigerators. 

Ernie came by and started this one up.  You should have heard it.  Why didn't I take a video of it?

Every piece is handmade by Ernie.

All the lights work and all the cars are run on a regular basis.  Ernie drives to a lot of car shows.

Ernie showed us the current car he is working on.

Ernie opted not to paint this car, just to let it rust.

We did learn that Ernie does have a sense of humor.  You couldn't help but laugh at all the extras on this one.

He had some cute sayings written on the car.

The back end of this one had a chicken in a crate.

Not only does Ernie make dwarf cars but he made a matching boat with this one.

He loves all kinds and all brands.

Since this one was a convertible I thought maybe I could get my body into this one.

The seats all roll back so you can fold your body up and get into them.  

Next to that red Coca Cola door is a donation jar.  We almost missed it.  George and Linda bought some DVD's that explained the story of Ernie Adams.

We watched the video play in a small "theater area".

You just have to see this to believe the size and details.

They are truly works of art.

Linda, George, Me and Ernie.  Doesn't Ernie look like a normal person.  I can't believe I'm standing next to a genius.  Ernie is also very humble.

We walked out back to view the Adams Cemetery where he has headstones for his pets.  On the right is his garden.

Ernie said he spent the first 30 years in this shop building his cars.

I think this must be work in progress.

I couldn't figure out where this photo came from.
I didn't see these.

Now I know where Bill found them.

Yes, Bill was in the "rust room".

Linda and I checked out the tow truck.

George made a call from the phone booth.

It was a wonderful experience and one that I'm sure we'll repeat again.  

We stopped at Plaza Bonita for lunch.  We've been there before with the Del Rosario's and it was just as good as we remembered.