Highways and By-Ways

The occasional story, perhaps with a picture or two, from our road trips.

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Roughing it

roughing it


Our campsite during our stay for the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Shows in Tucson, Arizona. That’s our kind of roughing it!


The Tucson / Lazydays KOA has over 2 acres of solar panels covering some of the widest RV spaces we have ever had the pleasure of parking our motorhome in.

Quilts and Museums

Karen’s sister, Phyllis, who lives and works in New Zealand, is in town this week, attending a quilting seminar in Tempe, Arizona. A researcher of quilting in the South Pacific, she is one of the speakers there.


The conference had several tours offered, which included a museums in Wickenburg and Prescott, Arizona, that had quilts in their displays. …

Oatman, Arizona

On our way home from San Diego, we stayed a couple of nights in Kingman, Arizona, so that we could take a day trip to Oatman, Arizona, a former mining town along old Historic Route 66 in the mountains east of the Colorado River. The town was named in honor of Olive Oatman, a 14-year old girl who was taken captive by Yavapai Indians and forced to work as a slave. …

You never know what the weather will be

The problem with booking something weeks or months in advance is you never know how the weather will be on the day of the event. 


With reservations for a week-long stay at the Chula Vista RV Resort along San Diego Bay weeks ago, our departure was met with high winds that were expected to increase during the day. Had we left the day before, or the day after, we would have missed the winds. …

Black Walnuts

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While driving through a park in Iowa, Karen spotted something that resembled small, unripened citrus fruit under a tree and asked me if I knew what it was. I did indeed - black walnuts! We gathered some the soft, green fruit and brought them back to Arizona. We spread them out in a box in the sunlight to dry. The dried husks fell the off the shell easily. …

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