Saturday, December 27, 2008

December 26, 2008 Friday

This one is a Saguaros cactus.

Friday we went to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Park

What an amazing place. Much like the national parks in Washington, Wyoming and Montana but instead of lodge pole pines, there's millions of these Saguaro and organ pipe cactus. We took a road that was around 20 miles around a one-way loop. Once you got into it, there was no turning back. It was mostly gravel so the going was slow but that was ok with us. The scenery was amazing.

Those were all saguaro cactus....can't see them very good but they're there. The one next to me is the oragan pipe cactus outside the visitor center.

Then just 7 miles south of the park was the Mexico border. We had to go see it and they all look alike.

December 25, 2008 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Christmas morning we decided to go to the show and see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Cute show, very good acting but actually a weird story. We enjoyed it. The theather was in a super huge mall and I can't wait to go back to shop. I still have to find a few Christmas presents for when our family gets together after we all get home.

Jen and Dan are on their winter trip at this time also. Check out their travels at They're actually heading to Minnesota to spend New Years with family in Plymouth. They've come across some real wintery roads but so far are doing fine.

There was a dinner in the clubhouse for everyone Christmas day so at 5pm we went to that and had fun visiting with the people at our table. Everyone is so friendly and willing to share their travel stories. Many are fulltimers so we always have lots of questions.

I must tell you something about this resort. It's very small but only a few feet away from where we're parked, there's a railroad track that is used quite frequently during the day and night. Here's a picture. See the white horizontal line through the dark gray area behind the bushes. This is taken from our RV door. Actually, it's not as bad as you'd think. The trains are extremely loud and even shake the RV a little but they don't seem to bother anyone. During the day, you almost don't hear them anymore. It's kind of a neat sound and watching them scream by really facinates us. I'm going to try to get a video sometime today. They haven't kept us awake even one night.

Christmas dinner was the works. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, etc. It was a potluck so we also had lots of jello salads, of course, cabbage rolls, turnips, chicken noodle hot dish, homemade candy and tons of pies, cakes and other desserts.

We went back to the RV and got ready for our walk. We walked about 45 minutes so that helped our over eating some. We try to walk everyday but miss a day now and then. I have an exercise CD I've been doing in the RV and it claims to burn on one whole meal if you do the whole 4 miles. It's a walking CD and it doesn't takes very much room to do so I can do it in the in the RV.