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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.

Friday, February 22, 2008

44 Years

Today, February 22, 2008 we have been married for 44 years. Looking ahead then it seemed as though we had a long life ahead to do and see everything. Now 44 years later we look back and wonder where the time went. We still have so much to do and see.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

On the way back to Lake Havasu we stopped overnight at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It is a beautiful park and we definitely want to revisit when we have more time to spend.
The Organ Pipe Cactus has several shoots that grow from the center like fingers.

There were also hundreds of the magnficent Saguaro Cacti, the symbol of the Desert Southwest.

Many birds like the ubiquitous House Finch

And a new bird on my life list, the Gila Woodpecker. They bore nesting holes in the saguaros.

Teddy took this photo of a Desert Poppy which were in bloom because of the recent rains.

If you should ever get a chance to visit southern Arizona, a visit to the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument should be high on your "bucket list".

Friday, February 15, 2008

Mexico '08

As I said in my last post we left Lake Havasu on Monday the 4th for Puerto Penasko, Sonora, Mexico.
We stopped for Monday night in Gila Bend, AZ at the Elks Club parking lot and entered Mexico at Lukeville, AZ on Tuesday morning. The border crossing was uneventful. Before crossing Jim Babcock, of our group, walked over to the border and told them that we were coming in with a group of nine vehicles. They then just waved us through without even stopping. We then headed south on Mexico Hwy. 8 and a couple of hours later we arrived in Puerto Penasco. Some of the folks in our party had been there before and knew the way to the resort so we followed them down this tree lined boulevard...

...to the RV park entrance.

We were located all together in the second and third rows from the north end of the park right next to a big high rise condo complex, shown here.
Note the rows of RVs to the right of the condo. (click on pict for a larger image)
There was a nice restaurant and patio on the ground floor. Here Teddy poses with a pirate while we enjoyed a meal there.
There were nine RVs and we rented a tenth site in the middle of our group and used it as a gathering point to set up camp chairs, grills etc. Here we are at one of our community breakfasts. We usually ate cookout breakfasts there of omelets, bacon, sausage, potatoes, pancakes contributed by various members of our group and a couple of nights we had steak fries.

The beach was quite broad and Mexican vendors were continually walking the beach selling their wares. They were polite though and didn't pester you when you said, "no" to their offers. Here is Teddy making a "Sand Angel" on the beach. We all walked the beach daily but Teddy was the champion beach walker hiking three to four miles up or down the beach daily.

Vendors would come into the park daily with fresh shrimp so we regularly pigged out on shrimp. I also picked up a new talent as I now know how to peel and devein shrimp.
Several shrimp boats were always in view about a half mile off shore...

...and these hang gliders were flying up and down the beach daily giving rides.

We ate well, here we are having dinner at an area restaurant which was high on a bluff overlooking the city. photo by Ed BristowAfter dinner the girls went out on the patio for this pict.
L to R: Donna Vig, Gail Bristow, Niki O'Hara, Gail Martinook, Eileen Weber, Carol Dingman, & Carol Babcock with Teddy Page kneeling in front. photo by Ed Bristow

Of course we also made several shopping trips downtown to bargain for and buy things that we most probably didn't need at all.

The street was lined with shops selling all sorts of Mexican trinkets, souvenirs and jewlery.

I went crazy and bought this Green Bay Packer poncho. Here I am telling this fellow what a great quarterback Brett Farve is but he didn't seem interested.

One of our great finds was this primitive bakery shop called The Hole In The Wall Bakery which sold delicious pastries, needless to say we made several trips there during our weeks stay.

However, Teddy and my coup de grĂ¢ce was this stained glass window made in the right size to replace the door window in our Cardinal. It is particularly beautiful at night with the light from the trailer shining through it.

But, alas, our time in Mexico finally ran out. Our last night there we all went to dinner at the Puesta Del Sol restaurant (part of the Playa Bonita Resort)
photo by Ed Bristow

One last dance with Teddy.
photo by Ed Bristow

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Mexican Excursion

Tomorrow morning, Monday Feb 4, Teddy and I along with eight other couples are off to The Playa Bonita RV Resort in Puerto Penasco, Mexico for a little fun-in-the-sun mini excursion. As we will be out of the US we will be off-line until we return on the 13th and I will blog details of our great Mexican adventure then. Till then, adios, amigos.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Games in the clubhouse

Just about every evening there are various activities going on in the clubhouse. Teddy and I generally go over on Monday and Wednesdays and play Pegs & Jokers, a board game played with cards. It's about 50% skill and 50% dumb luck. Last Wed. I snapped these picts of the games being played. Here is Teddy making a move in a lively game of Pegs & Jokers.Here Dick Martinook and Larry Weber are starting another game of Cribbage while Jim Babcock looks on.And these folks like to play Mexican Train, a game played with Dominos.