Granddaughter flew out Christmas night. VA family left 3 a.m. Tuesday for Sky Harbor Airport. WA couple left at 6 a.m. driving to San Felipe, Mexico, for a few days. I arrived back at North Ranch at 11 a.m., unpacked the cooler, and slept for three hours!
Our somewhat misrepresented rental house was inadequate for our seven, but basically the facilities were fine. We have had excellent experiences throughout our 20 years of family Christmases in June, July, August, or actually at Christmas. We put all birthday and Christmas gift money to each other into a bank account and every two years (or so), we gather somewhere in the U. S. for a week.
I guided the group through what I considered a “routine” adventure only to have one have an anxiety attack, one get queasy, the driver saying over and over, “I don’t like this one bit,” and two who didn’t talk to me at all! My grandson thought it was “Awesome.” I took them on the narrow, (78 miles, 25 of gravel) Apache Trail out of Apache Junction. I have driven it several times in my 27’ motorhome so I thought of it only as an adventure. Hmmm. That 230+ mile round trip from our rental also included a healthy hike around the beautiful Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, a steep hike up to the Tonto National Monument, and a stop at Tortilla Flats for Prickly Pear Ice Cream (all future columns). They enjoyed part of it – I guess you can’t win ‘em all!
Having a 1,000 piece, very difficult puzzle to put together was the hit of the week. God Bless until next time. Happy New Year.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”