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Cedar, Leelanau County, Michigan (near Traverse City), United States
I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Exploring The Desert

John Antonetti, one of our friends here in the park, tows a Jeep here behind his MH from his home in Racine, WI. He uses it to go exploring in the desert and surrounding mountain foothills. This morning he took Teddy and I on a four-hour trip into the hills overlooking Lake Havasu City. Here you can see Lake Havasu in the background from one of our many stops in the high desert. We started at an elevation of about 550 feet in Lake Havasu to over 2500 feet in just a few miles. The track you see in the photo is the one that we had just traversed in the Jeep.
Here are Teddy and I by one of the giant saguaro cacti that abound in the area. Some are 20 to 30 feet high. It is said that it takes over 50 years to grow one of the arms that grow from the main cactus body. The holes that you see, particularly in the far one, are made by Cactus Wrens who hollow out nests in them. (CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR A LARGER VIEW)
It is amazing the amount of flora that is growing out there in the desert. From afar the hills look barren but when you get up close there are many different kinds of cacti and bushes. We had a rain recently and there were many small flowers and grasses pushing their way up through the rocky soil.







John also took us to an old abandoned mine and while John and I stayed with the Jeep...








...Teddy, of course had to explore the mine.

Thanks John, we had a real good time.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Visitors from Appleton

Yesterday afternoon we were just sitting around doing nothing, as we are often wont to do and there came a knock on the door. Suprise, suprise it was Bob and Barb Heim, old neighbors from the Appleton Christine Street neighborhood. They had been in California visiting their daughter, Lynn and had opted to drive to Lake Havasu and suprise us. It was great to catch up on all the neighborhood gossup. We went out to dinner last night and met them again at the i-hop for breakfast this morning before they continued on to Scottsdale to visit some of Barbs kinfolk.Bob & Barb at the I-Hop

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Bazaar






Yesterday in addition to our regular Saturday morning Clubhouse Breakfast we held a bake sale and craft bazaar with donated items such as aprons, jewlery, etc. and/or baked goods. Profits to go to our party fund. Teddy made a Pound Cake (.45kg Cake Canadian) and some banana nut muffins. Teddy also worked serving eggs & sausage and I was a waffle maker. Lots of fun

Thursday, February 22, 2007

43 Years

Today, February 22, 2007, we haver been married long enough for the earth to circle the sun 43 times. Here we are on that blissful February day in our full battle dress uniforms...









...and here we are today,43 years later. As you can see, the years have been kinder to Teddy than to I.











We have talked it over and have decided to try for fourty-four.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Palm Canyon

There is a unique canyon area south of Quartzsite on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge called the Palm Canyon. Perhaps the only native palm trees in Arizona are tucked away there in narrow, rugged canyons. Yesterday (Tue. 2/13) along with two other couples, Bill & Donna Cutbirth from Idaho and Dan & Pat Martenson from Michigan, we went on an all day motor trip to explore the area.
A dirt road off of US 95 about 18 miles south of Quartzsite leads to Palm Canyon. We followed it east for about 9 miles toward a large, block mountain. The road was passable, but a bit rough. At the parking lot a half-mile foot trail leads to the canyon. I didn’t think that I could handle the trail so I stayed with the truck while the others hiked to the canyon. The trail was well marked but rough most of the way due to large rocks and has some steep sections. It’s took about an hour’s walk to make the round trip.
According to a brochure found there, the palms are probably descendants of palms that grew in this region during the last periods of North American glaciation. Some botanists theorize that the trees gradually spread into these canyons and other protected niches as the climate warmed to desert conditions. Other researchers have suggested that the trees may have been spread from other palm groves by birds or coyotes carrying seeds in their digestive tracts.
Since palm trees do not produce annual growth rings like shade trees, it is very difficult to say how old the trees might be. In Palm Canyon, the palm trees are able to survive in the narrow side canyons where direct sunlight is limited but some moisture is available. The probability of these trees surviving very long is directly dependent on the microclimate in that protected canyon.
The most prominent trail leads to a small sign on a slightly elevated area near the middle of the canyon. By looking upward in the narrow, north trending side canyon, you will see the palms clearly. For a short time at midday, the trees are well-lighted for photos. The rest of the time the trees are shaded.

On the way to the palms the we also visited an area near Quartzsite where General George Patton trained desert troops during WWII. There are still signs spelled out with rocks visible from the air for pilots in training to view. It seems that they also trained female pilots there and the boys in desert training were anxious to ingratiate themselves with the lady pilots. This one had large letters spelling out "QUARTZSITE" with this arrow pointing the way.

We also stopped to view a 30-foot desert intaglio (or geoglyph) known as the Bouse Fisherman. Intaglios (in-tal-yos) are large human, animal and geometric figures on the desert floor also best viewed from the air. It's believed intaglios were made by ancestors of today's Native Americans living along the Colorado River. Perhaps the drawings are messages to their gods or ancestors, a common theme throughout human civilization. it's not known if these geoglyphs are two-hundred years old or ten thousand. Many have withstood the test of wind, rain and time, others having fallen recent victim to motorcycles, SUV's, quads and General George S. Patton's tank-training exercises.

Monday, February 12, 2007

At The Desert Bar

Saturday we went with friends, Dan & Pat Martenson from Escanaba, MI, to the "Desert Bar". You take this unmarked, unimproved road five miles into the desert to a bar that this guy built out in the foothills of the Buckskin Mountains. We had some trouble even finding it but as you can see apparently a lot of people do find it. The ever indefatigable Teddy, climbed up to the top of a nearby mountain craig to take this photo of the parking lot. It is only open on weekends; it is entirely run on solar power as there is no electricity out there.



I'm thinking, the guy is either a genius or an idiot but from the size of the crowd that was there it must be the former.





Seating was at a premium but we managed to snag four chairs; Pat, Teddy & Dan saved me one so that I could snap this pict.


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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Valentine Party




On Friday night we had a Valentine Dinner followed by a basket auction to raise money for our activities fund. As you can see from the picts, it was also crazy costume dress-up night so I wore my kilt. For the auction we went around to various merchants here in Lake Havasu City (RV dealers, restaurants etc.) and got them to contribute donations; most of us residents also donated items which we made up into baskets. One of the snowbirds here, Gary Clark from BC, acted as the auctioneer. In the end we raised over $900 which we will use for dinners, entertainment evenings, etc.













I had written a little poem which I read at the Christmas dinner and I was again asked to write one for Valentines.

Valentine's Day at Havasu


Well.. once again we're gathered here,
full of love and holiday cheer.
This time it's in the name of love
to honor those we think the most of.

"Love?", you say, "What's the reason,
That love should occupy this season?”
Valentine's the reason why;
Not Gayle or Ray, but the Sainted guy.

Once more we get to drink and dine
on tasty treats and red red wine
Spread upon a big buffet
are salads, meats, and egg souffle

The desert table's piled high
with chocolate cakes and Babcock's pie,
cookies, puddings, candied sweets,
fluffed up jello, whipped cream treats.

The tables all are decorated
with things the ladies have created
balloons and little candy hearts
for the lovely ladies and their old farts

So sit right down and raise your glass
and drink a toast to your lad or lass
And one more thing, I must insist
Now, give your lover a big fat kiss.


Now they want one for St. Pat's day, apparently I have become "poet laureate" of the Havasu Falls RV Resort.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Waldies

A couple of weeks ago I bought this pair of Waldies for Teddy from their on-line store. Teddy already had a pair of knock-offs that she got last year at Wal-Mart and had been raving about how comfortable they were so I decided to get her a pair of the Waldie originals. You have a choice of 16 colors; I chose this color which they call mango, I call it orange.
Well, she liked them so much that I decided to get a pair for myself. This time in "blueberry". I'm gobsmacked...they are about the most comfortable shoes that I've ever worn. I can wear them in water, with or without socks, and I don't have to bend over to tie them. They're the only shoe that I'll ever need; I don't intend to ever walk in snow again (they might be a little cold for that) and if I have to wear a suit or tux, I'll just get a pair in black. I don't think that they put shoes on you in your casket but if they do...my Waldies will do just fine!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Maytag Mania

Most of the higher end motor homes and RVs are prepped for a washer & dryer usually available as an option and most fulltimers have them installed. There are about a dozen manufacturers that make laundry units for rvs. Because space and weight are primary considerations the units made for RVs are all 24" wide; some are stackables but most of them are combo washer/dryer, 110v all in one machines. When we began fulltiming in May of '05 Teddy was adamant in her desire to not have a built-in washer and when we upgraded to our Cardinal last July she reaffirmed that position. So I made nice shelves and turned the washer closet into a pantry. Well...About a month ago Teddy finally broke down and admitted that she wished that we had gotten a washer. So...I purchased a Maytag stackable (washer only, she still doesn't want a dryer) through Lowes, removed part of the pantry shelving, and installed it yesterday. As you can see, it is a snug fit but I was able to retain much of our pantry storage above it. It is washing it's first load right now, as I write this, and Teddy is a happy woman.
As Kathy Page on the phone told me last night, "a happy wife makes for a good life", and I can attest to that.
Hmmm...in 6 months she'll probably decide that she wants a dryer.