Well, February’s Blog is going to diverge quite a bit from January’s! Life has gotten hectic, exciting and breathless. Right at this moment, I am in Golden Valley, AZ., sitting at the window looking over the valley lights, and waiting for starlight. For those of you who only follow me by blog, my husband and I were offered, and accepted, the job of caretakers here. Max and Gaye are snowbirds who spend Spring and Summer in their home in Michigan. So although we will be living here year ’round, we are obligated to be here Summer and Fall. And yes, before you tell me, I know it will be hot. I would have not expected this to be a life choice for me. But the stark, majestic beauty here has a different scent, a different beauty and a different appeal.
We will be living in a 30 foot travel trailer, with a 14 foot super slide pop-out. Full bedroom, nice bathroom, comfortable living for two. Well, four, but Dixie and Kadie are having a ball, enjoying the new animal smells and sounds. Wild burros pass through frequently, there are three road runners who stop by for a dinner of meatballs (raw, small balls made by Gayle), long eared jackrabbits bound through, and quail scurry across the road every time we drive (on dirt roads some of the way) into town.
My sister Betty and her sig-other are the owners of the trailer, which they are renting to us for a nominal amount until Bobby is ready to live in it while he builds on his property, which is nearby. Dear friend Karl lives a couple of acres over, and we met another couple our age who will be building a snowbird retreat here soon as well.
We have explored the area a bit with our son David, who came with us on this initial visit. Golden Valley is small, but growing, and nearby Kingman, about 15 minutes away, has everything you might want – although we don’t want much!
Yesterday we visited a unique place called the “Secret Pass.” It is a 16 mile trail, mostly intended for four-wheelers, although hikers enjoy it too. At the end of the pass, there is a sort of watering hole for the local mountain goats, burrows and wildlife.
The trailer will be put in place, hopefully, tomorrow, and we will get it set up and ready for our return, after we pack up and store a lot of things! We are looking forward to this new adventure and new home, and hope that those of you in the tri-state area will come and visit during the cool weather!