What did Santa give Bill for Christmas this year? Answer: a Dueling Tree – steel targets made for two in head-to-head competition or simply to practice speed and accuracy. Its best feature – the 6 target paddles reset by gravity.
It was a chilly, windy day for a Polaris 4×4 Off-Roading ride but our neighbors were up to it so off we went to find a few hills to practice our driving skills on. Hills turned into what I call rollercoasters here in the Arizona desert. Safety in numbers as we were shown how it’s done and we simply mimicked our way into success and a new found confidence.
Had an impressive 2-day, back-to-back jet ski adventure with The Armstrongs exploring parts of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy the outdoors in our desert summer heat waves which exceeded 100°F. But wearing / bringing sun protection, having ice cold drinks in a cooler and taking an occasional dip in the water helped keep our cool. Not a sunburn or feeling of heat stroke. Enjoy a glimpse of the area we visited with the videos I’ve put together.
How do we enjoy the outdoors with the high of 104°F here? We are up & at em at 5:30am. Get to Lake Mohave by 7:00am. Although, in hindsight, sunrise’s at 5:23am so, that would be the optimal time to arrive at the lake in order to beat: (1) any weekday crowd, if any (2) the heat (3) the winds.
It was 100°F+ weather, at home. We decided to have a shady, summer escape to cooler weather amongst the granite rock formations and in elevations of 6,000 to 8,400 ft in the Haulapai Mountains. With 10 miles and 2,300 acres of hiking trails, plus 14 trails to choose from, we hopped onto the Potato Patch Loop Trail.
We learned, from other locals, that a permit is required in this small stretch of land near the Colorado River that offers access to some fun sand dunes and a handful of little beaches. Sounds like a great reason to get permission from the Indian Tribes (only $100/year)!
Our last hurrah and early Valentine’s celebration in Tampa before we move to Arizona. After a 5 year hiatus, Michael Bublé starts his Don’t Believe the Rumors tour here in Tampa to a sold out crowd. What a wonderful show …