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This, too, is Phoenix    (Click for full story)

Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of N 10th St area

Looking north on N 10th St from hill south of Carefree Hwy, showing lots of development

Most of us think of Phoenix as big city and urban and suburban areas. But in northern Phoenix, about 25 miles from downtown, a part of Phoenix looks quite different. Dirt streets, horse properties, larger lots, and a wide variety of housing types characterize this rural part of the city. When I last drove on Carefree Highway, the major road that crosses east-west through this district, it was probably 5-6 years ago and I was shocked at how much growth has occurred during that time. I saw much more residential growth, but more remarkable was the commercial growth of businesses and services to serve all those people who are moving there. But a large chunk of land south of Carefree Highway remains unchanged and will remain so; this is the Sonoran Desert Preserve.

Cricut Design Studio    (Click for full story)

Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

photo of Elaine at computer

Elaine working at her computer

Elaine has been getting more and more into working with her Cricut Explore die cutting machine, and this requires also learning how to use Cricut Design Space, a browser-based application. Design Space is needed to interface with the Explore machine both for putting together a project as well as for operating the machine itself. It has been a slow learning curve, partially because it was so foreign to her at the start she had to take it small steps at a time. But she is learning quickly, and now is comfortable getting some projects designed and cut. The concept behind this system  is that you create a design on the computer and send it to the cutting machine to cut the pieces. The project can be simply one shape or can consist of many shapes each cut one at a time.

Seat hog; new bandages; meat deal    (Click for full story)

Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of Kerby hogging seat

Kerby won't give up his seat and insists on forcing Elaine to share it with him.

Kerby is a seat hog! When we leave the car to do shopping or whatever, he often gets on the passenger seat (sometimes the driver's seat) and curls up to wait for us. And when we return he does not want to give up the seat. We will try to coax him off of it, perhaps to sit in Elaine's lap, but he won't move. Yes, we COULD shove him to the floor, but we don't feel comfortable doing that. So, we just push him over to the inside of the seat and squeeze in beside him. It can be a challenge to hook the seat belt, but we can get it done. Even that activity does not disturb him. And he will just sit right there, squeezed against the console, for quite a while. We think he doesn't move until he gets too hot.

Checking out Loop 303    (Click for full story)

Posted: Monday, January 26, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Map of Phoenix freeways

The freeways in the Phoenix area. Loop 303 is the one on the northwest.

The newest member of the Phoenix metro freeway system is mostly completed, and we drove it today. Loop 303 connects I-17 in the north of Phoenix with I-10 in Goodyear, west of Phoenix. The last time I drove this route it was a two-lane rural road (Cotton Lane) with some intersections signalized and some not. And the north portion did not even exist. Today it is a modern four-lane divided freeway with grade-separation intersections for the most part; some sections are still under construction and are still two-lane. Loop 303 takes its place in the system of freeways and provides easy transition from I-10, which runs east-west, and I-17, which runs north-south, and allows traffic to totally avoid the Phoenix metro area.

Stuff around the RV    (Click for full story)

Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Phoenix AZ

Photo of dash plug strip

We now have a plug strip on our dashboard, allowing various items to be plugged in more conveniently and without extension cords.

One lack we had experienced in both  our current tiffin Phaeton as well as our former Itasca Sunrise is the lack of electrical outlets around the dashboard area. Yes, there are outlets overhead for various items such as TV to be plugged in. And in our Phaeton there is an outlet near the floor and under the dash. But in both cases the only way we could get the power where we needed it - on the dash - was to run an extension cord from one source or the other. This was unsightly in the case of our Phaeton and had to be handled carefully in the case of the Sunrise to avoid blocking windshield vision. But I have come up with a solution for our Phaeton that gives us outlets where we need them - on the dash.

Rock Springs    (Click for full story)

Posted: Saturday, January 24, 2015 - Rock Springs AZ

Photo of front of store

Rock Springs Cafe and Store

We drove up to Rock Springs this afternoon. Now before our friends and family in Rock Springs WY get all huffed because we didn't tell them we were there, I'll tell you we went to Rock Springs ARIZONA. About 45 miles north of Phoenix, Rock Springs is a small community in the Black Canyon area, most notable for its famous old store and the pies they make and sell. We were amazed at all the changes that have been made there since our last visit maybe 3-4 years ago. The gravel parking lot has been paved and striped. The restaurant has been changed to a two-table snack area where you can buy pies both whole and by the slice and a gift shop. The eating area has moved to the north end of the building, and a saloon has opened in the south end of the building. What was an open and inviting eating place has turned into a tourist stop, I guess.