My Epic Cross Country Excursion

This is my first post via cell phone because my laptop simply will not cooperate! I have no idea how this will turn out, lol.

I made it 2,200 and change across our beautiful country in Ruby, and it has been delightful, despite yet another breakdown en route. I wish everyone could see the America I see instead of the one on the news every day. Friendly, helpful people, the kindness of strangers, the smiles, accents, flavors and scents of different places.

I’m currently in Arizona, trying to decide if I’ll backtrack to New Mexico or mosey forward into the Western side and drop in on Quartzite. Or maybe just drop anchor and float around every fourteen days! Possibilities, so many to choose from.

My original intent was to drive from here back to Florida to spend time with family during Thanksgiving, but trouble in Paradise has me rethinking that plan. Maybe it’s time for me to take a little time and do what I want to do for a short while and let things down there settle down some. Since I’m now estranged from the daughter I intended to park with, and other friends have pressing family issues, maybe elapsed time would take care of all of those things.

The sunsets here are all they are cracked up to be. The vistas are a relief to East coast eyes; it reminds me of how small we are as humans and allows for a recalibration of my human compass. Plus, my hair likes the lack of humidity! That’s reason enough, right?!?

Discovering the little towns of Bisbee and Patagonia was a delight for my art and architecture eyes. And the plant life! So different from back East in scent and color spectrum. I find it very calming. The Dust Storm warning signs, the ever present Border Patrol and the signs to watch out for rattlers and scorpions notwithstanding, this part of the country is full of enchantment. I can’t say I wasn’t forewarned that it might find a place in my soul that I didn’t know was lacking.

If I can figure out how to upload photos via this method, I’ll share some of my visual delights this evening.

For now, embrace the different. Look at people differently. Open your heart and mind to new possibilities. And give thanks for what you have every day!

Smiling from the road,

  13 comments for “My Epic Cross Country Excursion

  1. November 6, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    I just started following you…I am headed to Tucson, AZ on Saturday and have been camped up at dispersed camping near the Organ Mtns in Las Cruces. Close to town but totally removed, with cell service, the best camping is at Sierra Vista Trail (4-5 sites and shared parking at end). Safe travels! I have really enjoyed it here but time to move on…they allow 14 day stays. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • November 6, 2019 at 2:01 PM

      We’re close! Just trying to determine the next place to boondock, as I’m working right now and enjoying a hotel with hot showers, lol. Maybe we’ll cross paths, as I’m down south near Fort Huachuca.


  2. November 6, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    You beautifully written words make me feel I’m right there with you. I’m so proud of you, taking off in Ruby and hitting the road. That is the you I always knew and think of. You’re your own person and that it to be celebrated. Maybe this season, the reason is you, Ruby and whatever city you land in. God follows whereever you go.

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    • November 6, 2019 at 2:07 PM

      Thank you sister! Some days I feel like the road is already paved by Him. Love ya ๐Ÿค—

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      • November 6, 2019 at 2:12 PM

        he’s always there holding your hand, letting us stumble and helping us up when needed. Lots of love to you. Be safe.

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  3. November 8, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Sounds like an interesting adventure. I vote for continuing to explore. Enjoy every day.

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    • November 8, 2019 at 9:32 PM

      That it is! Thanks. I head out to them mountains on Sunday ๐Ÿ˜Š


  4. November 9, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Wonderful, wonderful. You are an inspiration and I look forward to the day when I too can see America in such a way. Congratulations ~ safe travels.

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    • November 9, 2019 at 5:01 PM

      Thank you, R. Come on out! Where in the world are you these days?


      • November 10, 2019 at 4:25 AM

        Off in the Czech Republic, but headed back Stateside for Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you well this Sunday ~

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        • November 10, 2019 at 6:59 AM

          Safe returns! Can’t wait to see the work you’ve done…


  5. November 17, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    So sorry I was not able to meet you when you crossed over into TN. Please let me know if you do head over to Quartzsite. My late in-laws had a mobile home there when they were snowbirding to the south of their ID home base. I observed many an “Arizona sky” as I referred to them, beautiful blue with white puffy and sometimes streaky clouds out there. The area was a pretty desolate and deserted desert back then, 25 or more years ago. I’d be curious to see if it is still like that.

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    • November 17, 2019 at 4:14 PM

      Recent stats say a regular population of about 20k, that swells to about 250k during the winter period. I’m heading out there next weekend and will report back! The skies are magnificent out here, and I love it.

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