We’re on the road again, saying farewell

To Arizona and Voyager RV Resort. We’ve been here since December 1st of 2022. At first I was befuddled about being anywhere. But as things got better, it became our home away from home. We got involved in some of the 100s of activities they have going on and met incredible people from all over.

Dave is sitting at one of the Villas you can rent, the other pics are of the dog run and dog park.

The park has 16 pickle ball courts, an area for 12 shuffle boards Dave is in one of the 3 pools they have along with 2 hot tubs and a men’s and ladies sauna.

They also have different shops  with different creative things to do like, wood working , quilting, sewing, glass fusion,  ceramics, silversmith, Lapidary and stain glass.

Dave chose this class and he said “NO, NO,NO, I did not take a lap dance class. I took a Lapidary Class. What is that you ask, it is defined as such. Lapidary (from the Latin lapidarius) is the practice of shaping stoneminerals, or gemstones into decorative items such as cabochonsengraved gems (including cameos), and faceted designs. Below are two of his creations.

I made the two stain glass pieces on top.

I took stain glass never realizing how much it involved, especially cutting all the pieces of glass out with a small tool and getting all the pieces to fit back together. One of the talented people here did the one below. Learning all the hard work it entails I really appreciate the art. I plan on doing bigger and better stain glass projects next time we’re here.

Dave’s favorite cactus is called the Ocotilloor/ Flaming sword.  They  can reach heights of up to 20 feet. they appear brownish off season but when Spring comes they turn green and flower.

The Best thing in the park is Fat Willy’s. Dave & I came here often and the food was always good!

But the best time was when my friends got together every Friday night for Ladies happy hour. To my right is Bert, next to her is Saleen and her son Robert who was visiting from Alaska, so we let him join us. Marsha and Sharon and me. Missing from the group is Kathy. We had a lot of fun and I will definitely miss going. Till we meet again ladies. 😊

Voyager has so many different things going on all the time. Between all the sporting activities going on, the clubs, groups, entertainment, etc. you don’t have to be board, only if you want to. If your in the area give it a try.

We are truly going to miss Arizona and the West but we will return. The desert is beautiful with all it’s different flowering cactus and wildflowers.

Of all the paths you follow, be sure a few of them is through the desert.”

Things you might not know about Arizona: The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and the only one located within the United States.

The world’s first McDonald’s drive-thru is located in Sierra Vista, AZ.

Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where the iconic saguaro cactus grows. Cutting down a saguaro cactus is illegal. If you cut down an endangered cactus, you can face up to 25 years in prison.

Tequila was invented here! It’s made from the Weber blue agave plant, which grows in Arizona & Mexico.

If your driving through Arizona, the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and maybe a few other  states, keep a look out for this sign:

I’ve been told that “An open-range state means that cattle are typically free to roam at large” so if you hit a cow it’s your fault and you face a huge fine and sometimes your insurance won’t pay for the damage. So beware if your out here.

In Tucson they have  Sonoran hot dogs that taste really good!  It originated in Mexico and now they are in Tucson and other parts of Southern AZ.  It is a bacon-wrapped hot dog tucked into in a warm bolillo roll, topped with pinto beans, pico de gallo, jalapeños, mustard and mayonnaise.  If your in the area this is a must.

Tucson has break rooms or rage rooms,  a room designed specifically for destruction! It is a safe place where you can gear up and destroy items without any worry about the mess. I hear you can also bring your own stuff to crash. The Breaking Room in Tucson is suppose to be good from what I’ve heard.  I’m sure that they are in other states too, just never heard of one before. I haven’t felt the need to use it, but you  never know.

Our first stop was in Deming, New Mexico at Dream Catcher RV Park.

Is this suppose to be a Dream Catcher?

We’ve been riding on interstate 40 & 44 which runs along side The Historical Route 66.

I’ve never seen the series, we were to young but I found out that It was completed in November 11, 1926,a nd  winds 2,448 miles from Chicago to L.A. Through most of the Western states. It was one of the original highways in the United States Numbered Highway System. With its iconic landmarks, quirky roadside diners, retro neon signs, museums, shops and spectacular scenery. Finding out there is much to do on route 66 we’ll be coming back thru this way to see some of the attractions.

Our 2nd stop we stayed at Edgewood RV Park in New Mexico. Which was right off of Route 66.

It is Tuesday May 23rd, and we stayed two nights in Amarillo Texas right on route 66.

Amarillo is famous for all the Route 66 crazy tourist attractions. We aren’t doing really any sight seeing on our way back but we did have to see Cadillac Ranch since we were right there.

In 1974, local billionaire Stanley Marsh  teamed up with a San Francisco-based art collective named The Ant Farm to create Cadillac Ranch, which has now become one of the most famous roadside attractions in Texas, as well as along Route 66.

The group set about acquiring ten used Cadillacs, ranging in model years from 1948 to 1963. Built along with the tattered remains of historic Route 66, the cars represented the “Golden Age” of American automobiles. Most of the cars were purchased from junkyards and averaged about $200. The cars were then buried nose-down, facing west along the old highway. Those that could run were driven into the half-burial holes; the rest were hoisted in. In 1974 the project was completed, and in no time at all, visitors began to come from all over the world, leaving their mark on the ever-thickening graffiti-covered cars.

Right next to Cadillac Ranch is The 2nd Amendment Cowboy.

the Cowboy has Cadillacs right next to him, but you can’t paint these, darn.

John Wayne was driving this caddy.
Willy Nelson was in this caddy.
Dave remembers his Grandfather driving a caddy just like this
Elvis is driving this one.

Wednesday the 24th we stayed in Oklahoma at the Mustang RV

It was a very nice place and they even had Tornado Shelters just in case.

It’s now Thursday the 25th and we are now in Springfield, MO staying at a KOA.

We are here for two nights and there is a regional car show, I got to take a few pictures before a few of them left for the show.

I gotta say I like the red 1963Valiant the best.

Tomorrow the 27th we’ll be on the road going to Vandalia, Illinois

3 thoughts on “We’re on the road again, saying farewell

  1. Wow. You’ve experienced and have seen so much. I love your stained glass. Just beautiful. Dave did a great job on the rocks. Happy trails and be safe

  2. Sandy

    Great artwork! I must say, FL resorts can’t hold a candle to all the activities AZ resorts have. I agree with Dave on the coolest cactus. I’m sure our Cadillac graffiti has since been covered, but our names are on one of those cars. Luckily for us, some paint cans were left there for us to use, as I didn’t know to come prepared with spray paint. 😅. Glad your trip north is progressing well. See you in a few days!?

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