November – Arizona — April – Campbell River
We are hiding out in AZ.. escaping the wet winter weather from the coast of BC. Here’s a few photo’s from the winter. I find that I’ve been drawn to create more black and white desaturated photo’s on this trip. Is it because I miss the blue and greens of home? Is it because there’s so many shades of brown down here? Whatever the reason.. here they are!
We’ve been in the desert now since Christmas. We’ve been in Mesa where we visited my Uncle Al and Aunt Jean. We travelled on freeways and other state roads and seen roadrunners, coyotes, and a bobcat. Different types of cactus appear as you go up in elevation and disappear and change as you descend.
There are mountains here, more than you would expect. They have cool names: The Superstition Mountains (Mesa), Picacho Mountain (Casa Grande), Black Mountains (Oatman) and the Chocolate Mountains (Parker). There are 194 mountain ranges in the state. There are lakes created by dams along the Colorado and Salt Rivers. We’ve seen boats in marina’s along the lakes and rivers and we know there are places to fish in the summer here.
We haven’t done a huge number of tourist attractions (and there are many here). I guess we are kind of “touristed out” after all our travelling. We have been to Oatman and seen the burro’s, taken the Dolly boat ride on Canyon Lake, driven to Tortilla Flats and saw the fountain shoot over 500feet in Fountain Hills, and visited The Pima Air & Space Museum all while in Arizona. There is lots to do here and it sure is nice to be warm and dry. I miss the green and blues of Campbell River, but I don’t miss the grey winter rain. We will be home on Vancouver Island in 30 days. Hard to believe our circle is almost complete!
After 3 days of driving thru rain / wind / snow and some sun we arrived in Bullhead City to ‘the house’. We managed to find the gate, entered thru and drove up the driveway to the house. We grab the key, review the alarm instructions, nod our heads in agreement, yes we know what we have to do! – we enter, dash for the alarm panel, make a wrong turn at Alberquerkie (while the alarm alert goes beep beep), key in the code (while the alarm alert goes beep beep), and still – beep beep while we look for the OFF button (it is located in very small writing on the top left ocrner of the alarm panel) – beep beep – We push “OFF” – beep beep – and then, that’s better – silence. Our elation turns to alarm when we notice that the ALARMED button is still RED and still ON — our suspicions are confirmed quickly when the whole house starts resonating “WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP”, Immediately the phone rings, hello ALARM COMPANY, no we don’t know the password, we give them our names and hang up.
Within 6 minutes, or less, a very nice policeman strolls up to the opened front door and gazes in at these two road weary Canadians who have packed half their house across the USA and have now unloaded everything into this house. Cooler, computers, camera, tripod, 9 pairs of shoes, blankets, pillows, golf clubs, fishing gear, kitchen knives, spices, food stuff, suitcases, beer, scotch, juice, groceries that we just picked up at the store — all of it scattered everywhere as we just got here and are getting organized for our stay.
Oh, HI we say. yeah, sorry, it was us who set off the alarm, sorry, we didn’t know what we were doing. he says
‘what are you doing here?’
‘who are you?’,
‘do you have rental papers?’
‘do you have ANYTHING that says you are supposed to be here?’
Randy looks at me, I look at him, I calmly drag out my Super Duper IPhone that DOES everything, and has everything on it, NOPE, can’t find anything at that instant.
In the face of all adversity, I maintain a calm demeanour, so does Randy,
the nice friendly policeman finally determines that we are probably not Canadian House Squatters, but is still searching for evidence…
Do you have a?
a house key?
YES! YES WE DO!
here’s our key! and after he made sure it fit the lock, and it turned the deadbolt, he was on his way! It is so nice to be here, finally, and know that we get to spend our time in the “sunny river house”.