Monday, December 31, 2012

Lake Havasu - December 2012

We took a trip to Lake Havasu for New Years Eve party.  On the way, we stopped at Mom & Dad Robinson's.  We celebrated Mom's birthday, and went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner.  We also played cards, and looked at Christmas lights in the area.  Then, we visited Mom & Dad Rodda.  We went to lunch, played some more cards, and helped to fix their bathroom shower valve.  I actually enjoy working on that kind of stuff. On New Years Eve, we made our way down to Lake Havasu where we parked the RV at Dave & Tammy's house.  Their back yard is set up pretty nice for entertaining.  Their patio was converted into a 'Tiki Bar'.  It was really cool.  We actually stayed awake into the new year!!!This was the final trip of 2012.  Looking forward to 2013...

Here's the whole crew...

Dart Tournament
Tim & Cindy

I think Tim found a new friend...
Lori & Donna 
Lori & Phillip
Duncan & Donna

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lake Mead Thanksgiving November 15-25, 2012

We had a great Thanksgiving week at Lake Mead with Mom & Dad Robinson and some other friends and family.  Linda towed the RV out to the lake on Thursday at lunch time, and I met her out there to help park it.  It wasn't too busy yet, but by Friday it started to fill up a little.  We were fortunate to get spots 102 and 103.  The two best sites overlooking the lake with some nice trees for shade.  Mom and Dad came out on Saturday, and they stayed until the following Saturday.  We had lots of good food, played cards, had a few campfires, relaxed, and even watched a movie to test our inverter.  One evening we had dinner at the Dillinger, and one morning we had breakfast at the Coffee Cup in Boulder City.  Dad grilled some filet mignon steaks.  They were perfect.  We cooked salmon and we also made a seafood boil with shrimp.  The daytime temps were at about 70 degrees and the nighttime temps in the upper 40s and lower 50s.  All in all, the weather was quite nice.   I was afraid we would get bored after 10 days at Lake Mead, but we never did.  We had a lot of fun and relaxation.  It would be fun to do it again!
Beautiful view from our campsites

Afternoon conversations at the campsite

Hey, Where is everybody!

Breakfast at the Coffee Cup in Boulder City 
Dinner at the full hookup sites at Lake Mead RV Village
A lonely fisherman across the lake

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Williams, Arizona - October 2012

We left Thursday morning and stopped for breakfast at the Iron Skillet just east of Kingman.  We had a delicious order of biscuits and gravy.  That gave us the energy to complete the last 70 miles or so...We pulled into the Canyon Motel and RV Park.  It was a pretty nice park with full hookups, heated pool, store and gift shop...but not many trees in the actual RV park.   The days were perfect.   It was in the mid 60s during the days, but the temperature really dropped at night - down to the lower to mid 20s.  It was a good test for our new electric space heater.   It worked OK, but the electric blanket was the best!
While in Williams, we strolled around the town and did some window shopping, etc. It's a real cowboy town. Most of the folks were pretty friendly. We visited one of the older establishments.  The Sultana Bar and Theater.   This place has some real history. The bar has the oldest liquor license (AZ) that has never been dropped...even during prohibition (since 1906).  They simply sold their goods from the basement (by invitation only). The theater showed the first 'talkie' movie in Northern Arizona.   And this is the location that the sheriff was shot 5 times (in the 50's), and the bullet hole is still in the tin ceiling.
On Friday, we went to a newer attraction called 'Bearizona'.   It's only been open for a few years, and they have big plans to continue expanding.   It consists of a wildlife sancturary that you can actually drive your vehicle on a 3-mile safari.   Then, you can take a lieserely walking tour, and finally take in a raptor (bird) show. It was well worth seeing this place.
On Saturday, we drove about 30 miles to Flagstaff, and did a lot of window shopping, and stopped for a pizza lunch.
On the way home on Sunday, we took Route 66 through Seligman. That sure is a nostalgic town. This was a great trip. We should go more often, because it's less than 4 hours from home.
Entrance to campground with vintage firetruck, caboose and cabins.

This hawk flew over our heads.  His wings actually touched Linda's hair. 

Now that's a wise old bird!

These crows were pretty smart.  They know how to take your money, and put it in the tip jar.

It looks like a police lineup...3 masked bandits.

Hey, I ordered Baby Back Ribs!!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

New England & Canada Cruise October 2012

We spent 3 nights in New York City before enjoying our 7 day cruise up the New England Coast and into Canada.  The highlights of our trip included:
  • 3 Nights in New York City
  • A day at sea on the Carnival Glory.
  • A day in Boston, Massachusetts
  • A day in Portland, Maine
  • A day in Saint John, New Brunswick - Canada
  • A cold, windy day in Halifax, Nova Scotia - Canada
  • Another day at sea
Our Cruise Route
 Historical Graveyard in Boston

Downton Boston

Coast Guard protecting our waters

View from the ship entering Portland, Maine

Another view when entering Portland, Maine

Fishing Boats in Portland harbor

City Market in Saint John, New Brunswick

Beautiful church in Saint John, New Brunswick

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Historic Brewery we visited

Saturday, October 6, 2012

New York City - October 2012

We flew to New York City and spent 3 days before our cruise up the New England coast.  The weather in New York was perfect.  Our first trip to the Big Apple will be a memorable one.  I'm sure we'll visit this amazing city again.

View from the ship as we were starting our cruise
Empire State Building
Verrazano Bridge
Times Square area

in Queens...near our hotel

Battery Park
Central Park


View from the Cruise Ship as we were leaving New York