Monday, February 18, 2019

80 Million Butterflies!

The day after I arrived, we went on a 2-day tour to the El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.

We had a choice of walking up to where the butterflies were, or riding a horse up. Since we were at 10,000 feet elevation, I chose the horse. But if I had it to do ever again, I'd walk. The horse I got didn't seem very stable.

There are supposed to be 80 million monarch butterflies spending the winter here. I don't know who counted them, but I wouldn't argue with them. The trees are covered with them!

A closer view -

And even closer!

Sometimes they get very attached to you!

I took lots of videos, but this one was the best.

After we walked back down the hill, we went shopping at all the booths by the parking lot.

You can find anything butterfly-related here!

Since this is a two-day tour, we spent the night in a cute little hotel. The rooms aren't that exciting, but -

The hot springs definitely were! Nancy, Janet and I are enjoying them here while Rosemary took our picture.

The next day we went on a couple of hikes. I even found some rusty stuff!

But the best hike was to Bridal Veil Falls! Here's Nancy, Rosemary and I with our guide, Pablo.

This was definitely one of my best trips ever!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

And I'm Off!

Before my big trip, I visited with my daughter and her family in San Diego. We ate out one day, and I got this fortune cookie. How did they know?

While I was there, my granddaughter went to a dinner/dance at her school. How did she get so big?

And my grandson had a gymnastics competition. He go 4 first places, a second, and a third in the 6 different events.

And so he also got first in All-Around in his age and skill level!

Then I was off! You can walk over a private bridge from the US to the Tijuana airport, where the flights are much cheaper. My round-trip, nonstop flight to Guanajuato, Mexico was a whole $71.69!

Taking off, I got a view of the long lines at the vehicle border crossing.

Lots of good scenery on the flight. We flew over the mountains of Baja -

And the Gulf of California.

I recognized San Carlos, where I visited last year.

I've arrived! My friend Rosemary picked me up at the airport. She and 2 other friends have been in San Miguel de Allende for 2 weeks already.

When we got to San Miguel, we walked downtown.

The main attraction here in the square is the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.

We relaxed for a bit-

Then went out to dinner. Wow! This was 3 meals for me!

After we got home, we went up on our roof balcony to watch the sun set.

Lots more to come!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Lots of Four Wheeling around Quartzsite

One day a large group of WINs went out into the desert where Patton trained his troops in World War II.

We were looking for remnants from the training ground - aka RUSTY STUFF! We wandered all over the area - and voila!

We all found some bullets, clips and casings!

I got 2 bullets (one in perfect condition), a clip, and some interesting rocks. Seems like a bad idea for an RVer to collect rocks, but I do it anyway...

On another day, we went into the desert to see this cute little arch.

Several people climbed to the top, but I was too chicken. I could probably have gotten up, but getting back down would have been a challenge...

Then on my last day there, about 12 4-wheelers went on a very long drive through the desert to see the White Tanks.

The scenery was gorgeous the whole way.

We finally got there, and it involved a bit of rock scrambling to see the tanks.

But we made it!

This is where wild animals come to get a drink. We were hoping to see some Bighorn Sheep, but no such luck.

After we were done scrambling, we sat around and had a nice lunch. Don even brought some grills!

Where am I off to next? Well, this fortune cookie that I got was right on the money!

Friday, January 25, 2019

On to Quartzsite!

One of my very favorite gatherings of the year is in Quartzsite, AZ. That's because it's our largest WIN gathering of the year, and I get to see lots of people I haven't seen in awhile.

I got there before the gathering started, and my friends, Polly and Doris, invited me out to see rusty stuff at an old ghost town. Sign me up! It was 40 miles away in the old town of Midland, CA.

Wow! Rusty stuff!!!

But if you go over to the wash, you can find lots of old rusty stuff -

And pieces of ceramic pottery!

This ocotillo was an unusual shade of red.

The WINs also went to see the Bouse Fisherman Intaglio.

It's a little hard to make out - it used to be a lot more visible.

And we saw the big Quartzsite directional arrow for airplanes.

Beautiful scenery all around!

And then the Big Tent opened. Lots of interesting stuff there.

This booth wasn't very popular....