Always fun meeting bloggers

Invited for dinner

I was invited for dinner by Sandie of Where are the Dixons fame.  I met both Sandie and Jim several years ago in Quartzsite and she always writes nice comments on my blog.  They spend their winters in Apache Junction, AZ and their summers on the road or in their home state of Montana.  They are always such fun people.  So I jumped at the chance to see them before they left the area.  I drove to Apache Junction, AZ and we had dinner at Superstition Skies.

More famous bloggers

I also met Rod  of Retired Rod fame.  We had some great conversation and then he mentioned a blog post he wrote that went viral.  In case you haven’t read about his experience with his Roomba and the dog poo you should check it out here.  It is a hilarious post and will keep you in stitches.  Rod is a very funny guy and I have added his blog to my list of “must reads”.

Then I met Diana of Life on the Open Road fame.  I started reading her blog a couple of years before I even started RVing and it is still on my “must read” list.  I have always gotten a lot of enjoyment out of her posts as they are usually sort and sweet and have many pics.  Lots of good information.

It is really neat when you meet up with the people whose blogs you read and enjoy.  Some people like Diana were my mentors even though they didn’t know it.  I got lots of great information and encouragement to realize that the fulltime RV lifestyle was the one for me.

Great Dinner

We all had a great dinner.  Several of us ordered the “all you can eat” chicken wings and legs. We all kept going back for more.  They also had a group that played a wide variety of music.  It was a great time and I was so glad I went.  Here is a pic of our table.  Left to right, Rod, Phil, Phil’s friend (sorry I didn’t get his name), Diana, Sandie and Jim.

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Thanks Sandie for inviting me.  It was so much fun.

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A great day in Apache Junction

Meeting up with Shannon and Sheba

On Saturday I drove out to Apache Junction to go hiking with Shannon and her dog Sheba.  I had originally planned this for last Thursday but had to cancel in order to get my car checked out and serviced.

Shannon is camped at the base of the Superstitious Mountains with many hiking trails nearby.  Here are a couple of pics taken just a few feet from her campsite.

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A few miles up the road we stopped at a lookout.  Great desert views.

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Further up the road was Canyon Lake.  It is a huge lake with a nice beach and marina.  It looks like a great place to kayak.

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Then it was on to Tortilla Flats where we enjoyed a couple of cool beers and listened to a great country western band.

We walked around the campground at Tortilla Flats, but it was already closed for the season.

Fantastic view from Fish Creek Overlook

Driving further you run out of paved road.  We drove on a washboard road for a few miles until we got to the Fish Creek Overlook.  What magnificent views and colors.

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This is a pic of Shannon and Sheba looking over the canyon.

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More pics of Fish Creek.

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I also liked the many plant and cactus varieties.

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Then we headed back to Shannon’s campsite where she made us a snack before heading out and a late afternoon hike at the base of the Superstitious Mountains.  I managed to get a couple of pics of the sunrise and the beautiful colors of the mountain.

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We just managed to get back as it was getting dark.

Pizza and another country western band…

We then drove a few miles down the road and stopped at the Hitchin Post pizza joint.  Shannon insisted on buying me dinner and we had a great pizza and beer.  They also had a great country western band that played some fantastic music.  It was really a fun day.

Only 5 games left in Spring Training

There are only 5 games left and I am planning on leaving Mesa on the 28th.  I have the itch and want to get out of the city atmosphere I am presently in.  After seeing Apache Junction I would like to return there and stay a few days.  Then it is off to New Mexico.