Sunday, October 17, 2021

Last 2021 Sunday in Idaho

Our 2021 Idaho Season is rapidly drawing to a close.  We've been busy for the past month tending  to details, prepping The Mosey Inn (our tiny travel trailer) and making ready for our annual Snow Bird migration South to Ol' Airy Zonie.

Every day has been filled with the issues, challenges and opportunities that can only arise when we move our lives 800 miles down yonder to set up housekeeping in our straw bale abode beside Montezuma Well National Monument in Beautiful Bubbaville Rimrock.

We're actually ahead of the game this year which is good because we're almost certainly going to have to depart ahead of our target date---Saturday, October 23rd.  As of this morning's weather window forecast, Friday looks like our departure but it might get moved to Thursday depending on how the next stormette evolves.  You see, La Nina has decided to visit early and often this season.

Yesterday, we picked up our "Party of Two" sign from the Farmers Market wood burner guy, Aaron.  He's great and reasonably priced as well.

Most of our spare time is now spent studying and writing various esoteric history stories to post on one of our Facebook history pages for Arizona, Utah and Idaho.  Lately, we've been focused on only Arizona, much to the neglect of Utah and Idaho.

Most of the time our main mode of operation is to find an intriguing postcard on eBay and then let the postcard dictate our study and writing.  We like to say "every old postcard tells a story."  You'd be quite surprised at just how complex those stories can become.  One of our recent finds created a pleasant stir in Globe, Arizona.  Most of you know we love Globe, its neighbor Miami and Gila County, in general.

Anyway, as is often the case, one thing led to another and then another and we wound up doing something we'd never even though of before.  Funny how that happens.  The upshot is that we found nine compelling paragraphs in the July 5, 1908, "Arizona Silver Belt" newspaper and produced and audio file reading those paragraphs.  It was quite a fun project but took huge gobs of time.

When we're not studying something from the Globe-Miami-Gila area, we generally pick on Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, and sometimes Tucson, too. In a history-rich state such as Arizona, there's never a shortage of material!

Today will be our last visit with Dear Friends Mike and Camille.  They are coming at noon for a mini cribbage tournament.  Mike has the distinction of being our Best Customer for Big Board Cribbage.  I think he bought maybe six boards...maybe more.  Mike's Story began on November 20, 2007, when we meet him for the first time on a cold, windswept day in Freeman Park beside the State's Vietnam Veteran's Memorial overlooking The Snake River.

Mike had a mountain bike for sale on Craig's List for $50.  I knew I wanted to buy the bike even before I saw it or rode it so I brought along $50.  Mike let me ride the bicycle and I loved it so I rode back to his van and said, "Here's Your $50."  Well, Mike just looked at me with a blank stare and asked, "Have you ever heard of Bicycle Karma?"  Of course, I hadn't ever heard of Bicycle Karma so I was perplexed.  Then Mike said, "Well, I am in need of some Bicycle Karma so the bike is yours and I don't want your money.  It's Bicycle Karma."  WOW!  I drove home that day with tears running down my cheeks.

We became fast Friends and our Friendship and endured and blossomed over the past 14 years.  Mike and his wife, Camille, are so fun, fascinating and delightful!  I recently gave Mike a cribbage board that I named   The board had so many flaws that it reminded me of that Famous Dog, Lucky.  You know that dog, right?  RIGHT!  Well, if you didn't know Lucky before, you sure do now.

1 comment:

Sue Malone said...

Blessings to you two on your trip south.