Chilling Out in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

It looks like we’ll be staying in Lake Havasu City for a little while longer. Though our Hot Water Heater was working a tiny bit, it is now completely dead. Poof. It lives no more. As of yesterday it had a little life left in it and the manufacturer was going to send some parts our way. By last night, the Hot Water Heater was totally dead, so we went back to the local shop we’ve been working with, and more parts are on the way.

Since Thanksgiving is this week and Girard is shipping us parts via slow travel, we’ll be without hot water for quite a bit longer.

I have to give a quick shout out to the local shop we’ve been working with, Canyon Country RV, Truck & Auto Service Center. They have done everything possible to try to get us up and running, balancing calls between Pleasure Way (maker of our van), and Girard (maker of our hot water heater), and have spent a lot of time working on this issue. I overheard one of their calls today and they were requesting on our behalf that Girard overnight the parts because this is our home – of which I definitely appreciate the request! Girard declined though, but wow, huge thumbs up to Canyon Country RV! They are clearly acting as advocates on our behalf, not something I’m accustomed to at repair shops!

After spending a good part of the day at the repair shop again today, Dave and I headed over to Lake Havasu State Park for the night, and I have to say, it’s beautiful here!
Lake Havasu State Park

Though one of the reasons we chose this park was because of the high reviews of their showers (because… no hot water… remember?), we still chose to use our own bathroom this evening for a shower!

We have a Class B Van, with a wet bath. From what I’ve read, many folks (possibly even most) who have wet baths never use their shower, instead opting for campground facilities. We chose this van knowing the pros and cons of a wet bath and fully intended to use it as it is part of our home. I think by opting to take a full, 100% cold water shower, over using a shower just a hundred feet away that fully works – marks as completely and totally crazy. But you know what? That’s okay!

A Quick Glance: Columbia, Missouri

Today it was rainy and overcast in Columbia, Missouri, but in between a grocery and fuel run – we did manage to check Columbia out just a bit!

We’re both tired and run down, but we drove by Stephens Lake Park – so of course, we HAD to stop so I could take some photos! I’m so glad I did!

For one thing, I saw for the very first time ever in real life, a Little Free Library! Well hello Columbia! What a nice way to greet me!

Little Free Library

Stephens Lake Park is a beautiful place. There were people walking, running, and biking, and a few folks were there to walk their dog.

Stephens Lake Park

From the perspective of traveling with a dog, it is an excellent place to go hang out for a bit with Fido (or in our case, Frodo)! The park has a great sidewalk (super handy after a day of rain!), and trash containers never too far from reach. I didn’t notice any doggie-bag stations if they have them, but we always have those with us anyway.

The park not only had trash cans sprinkled about, they also had recycle bins! Lots of them! In fact, I noticed there were also recycle bins at the gas station, as well as clothing donation drop-off bins. Yay Missouri!

In case you are wondering, yes, Stephens Lake Park does in fact, have a Lake! A sign mentioned something about boating and fishing…

Stephens Lake Park_The Lake

What a nifty place to take in the Fall colors!

Stephens Lake Park_More Lake

Just a quite note about the grocery store. I shopped at Hy-Vee, a grocery store chain I have never heard of before and I thought it was important to mention what I found. HEALTHY FOOD! I’m adding those note so I’ll remember, but if any of you out there have dietary restrictions, this store (at least the one in Columbia) had great real food options. So if you are one who cooks from scratch, or reads the label carefully on anything that comes in a package, be sure to check out Hy-Vee, you may find some great snack options!

That’s all from here! We hit the road again tomorrow. Cherrio!

Earth Day 2015 & The Tree Who Lived

Earth-Day-2015

Today I learned…

A tree of ours is healing itself from the outside-in! The tree callus is visible now, where it wasn’t just a few months ago. I never knew trees had self-healing properties, did you?

I look forward to photo-documenting the tree as time marches on so the healing progress will be visible. Every “tree of distinction” near our house has been earning a name, and this one for our reference has been named Harry Potter – the tree with the scar. 🙂

Harry Potter Tree
December 2014

The photograph to the left was taken December 2014, and healing is not yet visible. Click the photo to see it larger…

Now, compare that photo, to the one below, taken today (April 2015). It’s only been a few months, isn’t that amazing!

Trees are wonderful. Happy Earth Day from our tree(s) to yours!

April 2015
April 2015

All photos above were taken in Asheville, North Carolina 2014-2015.

The Flight of the Bumblebee…

Caught my attention…

Flight of the BumblebeeI was on my way to photograph flowers in bloom in our yard, and did not have my camera settings prepared for an action shot. So this is what they call a “lucky capture”! Thank you Mr. Bumblebee for holding still an extra second longer!

And I must say, I’m ever grateful for Google Image Search. My intention today was Flower-Indentification – and I did it! Today I learned, these flowers are Azaleas! The pink ones above aren’t doing so well and I’m not sure why exactly, but the red ones below are quite healthy and happy.

Azaleas in BloomHappy Spring!

Just Around the Corner

April is pretty darn amazing. Definitely pretty. And absolutely amazing. I love that I can just step outside with my camera and grab some neat shots. Hopefully my neighbors don’t think I’m spying on them as I admire their gardens.

How does nature know what to do? 

April 4 2015 Spring 1

April 4 2015 Spring 2

April 4 2015 Spring 3

2014: A Year in Review (Photo Journal)

When you have two photography enthusiasts in one household, you end up with a lot of photos.  2014 is ending, leaving me with over 1000 photos in my Lightroom archives and that’s just the photos I kept. Most of what I take ends up in the trash bin. And of course, that’s just me – this doesn’t include the photos Dave takes as well! However Dave is more judicious with his shutter button, so he doesn’t have to hit ‘delete’ as often as I do.

With all these photos locked away in our computers, I thought it would be interesting to share some of our best photos from the year, but I wanted to keep the list to TEN. Do you have any idea how difficult that was? I see some interesting “Throwback Thursday” posts in my future where I intend to sneak some more in, but for the Top 10…. here they are:

March 29, 2014
March 29, 2014: Sharon, with a camera in hand (of course)! Photo taken by Dave.

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