Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fun on Land, Sea, and Air

I admit that the title of this post crosses over into hyperbole ... but not by much!


Jim’s good friend and neighbor, Rob, invited the Mittry Lake vagabonds for a Sunday cruise on the Colorado River.  Chris, Jimbo, Gayle, Suzanne, Debbie, Bradford, Jim, and I climb aboard Rob’s pontoon boat and motor away. 

Captain Rob and First Mate Bradford

The scenery is absolutely beautiful.  The banks of the Colorado are lined with rushes and desert palms.  This distinctive foliage against the desert mountain backdrop make it seem as though we are floating up the Nile.  One certainly wouldn't think Oh yeah ... Arizona.

Unfortunately none of that is conveyed by these photos.  I was too busy gawking to capture much of it!

Jim, Debbie, and Kim amidships

Suzanne and Gayle aft

We stop at 2 lakes along the way and later moor for lunch in a sheltered cove - a short hike away from this abandoned miner’s cabin. 

Suzanne and Chris

We encounter some gridlock in one of the narrow passages

and run aground on a few shallow sandbars.  Debbie disembarks and helps Rob push us out of trouble.

Debbie and Chris

We have a fantastic time and are so grateful to Rob for his generous hospitality!


Yesterday Jim takes Bradford, Debbie, and me to the annual Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Airshow.  

On the way to the Marine base, Bradford gives me a tutorial on Plants versus Zombies.  Even playing upside down, he manages to fend off a vicious attack of the undead.  

I was really looking forward to the event as I have fond childhood memories of our annual airshows at Minot AFB.  The entire town would show up for the occasion, as they seem to in Yuma.  It is packed!  Fortunately, Jim has a VIP pass for a quick entry and getaway.  And - bonus - the weather is great. 

Watching the Osprey perform is rather like an optical illusion, as it hovers and even goes in reverse!

 Stunt fliers wow the crowd

as do this wing-walking husband-and-wife team.  (Mister flies the plane).

The Search and Rescue Team gives an impressive demonstration.

Debbie and I spot this aircraft and have the same thought: An Airstream!.  

A team of paratroopers suit Bradford up for a jump as he struggles to remain upright in the heavy equipment.

There is even a Classic Car display.

And plenty of opportunity to climb all over and into the exhibits.  

And, BTW for you smart-alecks back home, here's proof that this blog isn’t all about the tacos.


Elliot, Debbie, Chris

The other day, three of us do a short hike from camp and enjoy the early signs of a desert Spring. 

Ocotillo Blooms

A bee revels in the blossom of a Beavertail Cactus

Rupert, on the other hand, is more concerned with his ongoing harassment of the lizard population.

Our stay at Mittry Lake is coming to a close as our most excellent nomadic group disbands (for now) and its members scatter in all directions.  

What a lovely home this has been! 


  1. What diversity of activities you enjoyed. Good food, good friends and great sunsets....You have found the good life!

  2. What fun! That air show must have been amazing. I'm always so proud when I see our guys overhead, but to see them in action must have been really something. It's going to be hard for you to leave Mittry Lake... but other fun things will come up for you. :) Love the sunset shot over the lake.

  3. Yes, a good time was had by all! We must do it again sometime;-)


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