Arizona 2021

YUMA 1/1/2021

It’s a new year and we are in a new place, physically sure but also mentally. It’s just not easy to feel relaxed and slow down. Paul always feels like we have to “get to where we are going” we can’t seem to stop and see things along the way. It feels like such a luxury to sit and read a book for a few hours, there are so many other things I should be doing…but should I? What are these things? We must slow down.

Something I’ve realized about myself is that I am somewhat governed by daylight. As we’ve traveled across the country (literally from one side to the other almost, Virgina to Arizona and we may go into California) I’ve realized whenever the sun comes up, I’m up and whenever the sun goes down, I’m ready for bed. (not good when the sun sets at 5pm) Depending on where we’ve been there have been different hours of sunlight, hence, my days have been quite short. Less time to do things, I am looking forward to the late evenings of summer.

Last night we enjoyed our first campfire in Yuma, we are at the Southern Mesa campground which has no street lights so it was dark when we turned off our propane firepit. We sat and looked at the stars, it was glorious to see them in the darkening sky.

At 2am I woke up and realized it was time to go outside for the Quadrantid meteor shower, should see at least one a minute, I’m never awake for these. We stood outside in our pajamas and looked up at the sky, there were so many stars, I’ve never seen so many stars. And yes, we saw meteors, again something we had never seen, and we saw them in the northern sky of Arizona.


We are staying for at least the month of Jan and possibly Feb in Yuma, at the Southern Mesa CG. It’s interesting how the few campgrounds we’ve checked out here are set up. It looks like they are just plunked down out in the desert, fencing of either trees, hay, or actual fencing encloses the square of the campground, sorta out in the middle of no where. Fields, acres and acres all around. I’m sure the closer you get to town that there will be more and nicer and of course more expensive campgrounds.

Several things have happened with Covid, the Canadians who come down for the winter, are not here, so some campgrounds are hurting for business, this campground is about half full. It is quiet and there is space, just the way we like it. We walked around yesterday, scoped the place out. Found the laundry, pool, clubhouse. They have a pickle ball court and we talked to a man named Terry who was helping with the pool, he plays pickle ball, no one else here does. We may learn to play pickle ball.

He and his wife, Janet, are camp hosts but for about 5 months they stay here and have for the last 6 years. He said of all the places they have hosted they like Dinosaur Valley State Park, in Glen Rose, TX. where they’ve hosted for the last 10 years. We also met a lady named Terri, she has two dogs and a smart car. We were particularly happy to meet her because we’ve been talking about getting something really small to tow behind a driveable rv if we get one, a smart car seems like an option.


The time change has me really goofed up, the sun rises at about 7:45 here, I rise much earlier, usually. I thought I’d sleep in here because the sun rises so late but its 6 am and here I am. So that totally blows my “I’m awake when the skies awake theory”. But sitting here in the dark I can see the sky starting to lighten, I’m very excited because I might have missed this whole sunrise thing, it might be “before” the sun rises that the sky is at it’s most beautiful. At any rate I’m here, we shall see.

This is a picture of our campsite, our chairs around our firepit. We are standing inside this little archway of bushes, they go all around our campground, on the other side is just wide open fields. And beyond that is Mexico.

Look at this picture of Paul standing by the park entrance, look at the palm trees and cactus, it’s huge! This is the pool that we will no doubt sit around and maybe get into, it’s heated but still… that requires a bathing suit. OK, I’ll come clean, I took a picture of a photo of the Saguaro cactus and desert flowers. But I would love to be here when the desert is in bloom, but i probably couldn’t handle the 100 degree plus temps.

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