Desert Center, California - Buckeye, Arizona
Boo-hoo and Yay all at the same time! Sad to leave the grands and kiddos - it gets harder every visit, but so happy to be back on the go after seven weeks.
The route to our friends' place at Lake Tamarisk, California, is very familiar and soon we're set up and catching up with the gang. Nearly 50 years and we still have so much fun!
|Bill, Kevin, Donnie and Jimmy start with a few games of Cribbage.|
|Anna, Maggie and Bridgette join them for 3-13.|
|Stacy and Eric arrive late with grandson Liam, and join in the fun.|
|The dogs are not impressed with all the frivolity - Winston,|
|Anna gets some baby time.|
Saturday Anna and I take Bridgette (Kevin's wife) for errands in Parker and Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Part of the route is the one I rode the school bus for four years of high school. They can't believe how far that 50 miles is!!
|When I was a teenager this was a gas station and convenience store, 20 miles from my home.|
|Bridgette and Anna at the "remaining wall" in Rice, California.|
|When the "Shoe Tree" was burned down, travelers quickly took over the chain link fence along the highway.|
|Some look like they've been tossed from a passing vehicle!|
|The geography along the Colorado River is majestic under wispy skies.|
|We enjoy a quick stop at Buckskin State Park.|
|Wild flowers look like gold flowing from the mountains.|
|The sky puts on an amazing show.|
Stacy and Eric head home Saturday night, as do Anna and Donnie on Sunday. That afternoon we take Kevin with us on a short Jeep drive to the Desert Lily Sanctuary. The lillies aren't blooming yet, but the verbena, lupine and daisy blooms carpet our desert.
|I never tire of the unique beauty.|
|Nothing but bird song.|
|Sand yes, beach no.|
Monday we add more friends to our route. We stop in Blythe where we're able to park in front of the restaurant. Always fun to meet up with high school friends Mike and Rita, and today their grands join us.
|Almost a drive-thru!|
|Kylee and Colt|
|Jodee, Cyndee, Patti, Kristi, Rocky and Bill|