The Good the Bad and the Ugly

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Some of the good

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Having a drink while enjoying that sunset. More of the good.

Not the movie, just the variety of things that occur while traveling this great country. And there wasn’t really anything ugly, I just like the title.

Great people everywhere. From the woman named Kelly who was eating at the bar and saved me from the very drunk homeless woman who wanted to sit with me to the woman named Barbara doing her laundry outside in the courtyard who knew all about altitude sickness. There were also my neighbors sitting out in front of our rooms at a lovely roadside motel in Yuma, AZ, drinking, smoking and just talking about the world. One couple included a private security guard at a Gentleman’s club and his girlfriend, a traveling exotic dancer home based in Phoenix. Stacy, the bartender at a local dive bar named Putney’s, where I went on Valentines Day was efficient, friendly & kept me company when she could. Then there were the newly dating couple who came into the same bar who chatted with me about life in general. She had just taken her boyfriend out to dinner for the first time and was quite giddy about it. And there was Don who was working in a cigar bar in Chandler. Probably one of the most down to earth people I had ever met. If I had been living in the area, I’m sure we would have become friends.

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Coronado Motor Hotel in Yuma AZ

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In front of my room at the Coronado

Now for some of the bad. I’ve already touched on the bad food in a previous post. My worst experience occurred while searching on Google for an old friend while waiting for my food to arrive in a small town in Texas. The first thing that came up in the results was her eulogy written by a good friend of hers. I was shocked and devastated for several days. Sometimes life is too short. Another bad event was my altitude sickness which started in Sedona and got much worse in Flagstaff. While trying to sleep, I kept abruptly waking up feeling like I was drowning and even considered going to an Urgent Care facility since I had no idea what was going on. I went down to the front desk and asked if anyone else had experienced such a thing before. She assured me that it happens all the time so I got a prescription from my doctor for altitude sickness sent to a nearby pharmacy. I also left for lower elevation the next day and have avoided staying overnight anywhere over 4000 feet.

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On my way down to a lower elevation than Flagstaff

Another update about people. After leaving Flagstaff, one of my dearest old friends Margaret had been imploring me to visit her and husband in Henderson, NV. I did that & spent five days at their lovely home. They were gracious, accommodating and treated me like family. And catching up with Margaret after 15+ years was most rewarding and enjoyable. My words of wisdom are to not let go for too long the friends you truly love. You may find it is too late to catch up.

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The view from on of the restaurants in my friend’s develpment

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Their house in Nevada

Visiting my friends George and Suzie were also highlights of my trip. I saw them twice while they were dry camping, ie. No electrical, sewer or water hook ups. I spent two enjoyable afternoons and evenings and had Weber Q prepared dinners.

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Suzie & George having dinner in their RV.

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This is dry camping

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More good food. One of the best burgers I ever had. Borrego Springs, CA

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Another great meal in Kingman, AZ. Who knew?





  1. Pretty sunset and such an expansive sky to watch it with. Not like here, that’s for sure!
    So sorry to hear about your friend George. Hugs coming to you. You are correct. Better not to let too much time pass without staying in touch and THAT is why YOU crossed my mind just a day or two ago ~ then tonight, I saw your post on fb. My cat & I have been gone since New Year’s Eve up until last Sunday so now since I am back in town, I was going to look you up.
    Thanks for explaining ‘dry camping’. I was eventually going to ask you or do a search to find out what that meant exactly.
    Wow, altitude sickness sounds scary. I had no idea what the symptoms were like. Sounds to me like the Universe was watching over you, putting Barbara in your path to teach you about it somewhat.
    Mexican & Seafood ~ quite the combination. Whatever works. haha

  2. We met you in Tucson at the Best Western happy hour.
    It was Ed’s birthday on 2-17. Had a great visit. Enjoyed reading about your travels!! Linda

    • Nice to hear from you. Since I met with you both, on my way out of town, stopped at an RV dealer & bought a 24 ft motorhome. Drove my car home & flying back to the RV to finish my trip. Part of my joys of traveling are meeting people like you both & enjoying the conversation.

  3. You seem to be having a wonderful adventure and was awesome that we connected 2 times
    The lifestyle is all about the journey not the destination. enjoy every minute of it we do !

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