AZ Adventures

We arrived in Arizona on Saturday. It was a long day of driving for me but uneventful.

The park is nice and quiet. We have great views and we are looking forward to exploring the area — but first HOCKEY.

We are going to Glendale tomorrow to tick Gila Arena off the must see list. One of my bucket list items “See a hockey game in all NHL arenas.”

Already missing Vegas — but we have been in one spot long enough. Time to get back to exploring.

I am a bad girl for not blogging more often but honestly I was too busy having a blast to stop and tell you about it. We took in a lot of shows and I can sum them all up with this one fantastic phrase: A Variety of Sexxy Evil Dead Zombie Chippendale Penis Puppetry and Elvis.

Why? Because VEGAS BABY!!

the BLESSING club

Saturday my cousin and I went to the Women’s Holiday Expo and we met Bella LaRocca. Bella decided to do something positive to help those less fortunate in her community. “The Blessing Club” provides backpacks filled with day to day essentials that are in such demand but often overlooked.

The Blessing Club is based on the dream of a nine year old girl, named Bella LaRocca who had a vision of helping the less fortunate in our community. Through her compassion and the love of her family, she found herself volunteering with a group that fed the hungry and homeless. While interacting with the less fortunate, she noticed the stress of those receiving food and clothing and the difficulty transporting all their belongs in ripped grocery bags. While preparing to start the school year, Bella had her AHA! moment…why not provide “backpacks” to the less fortunate?

These backpacks would include everyday necessities such as socks, underwear, toiletries and hygiene products.

The Blessing Club allows children the opportunity to make a difference and pave the way for all of our children to make this world a better place. We have ongoing projects, outings and events to support valuable life lessons such as managing money, understanding life goals, gratitude and respect for others. It is through parent involvement and family participation that our club will be successful. While we are learning the lesson of compassion we will be distributing backpacks filled with simple necessities to those amongst us in need.

Bella of The Blessing Club

You can help Bella make a difference by donating to their fundraising page at GoFundMe. Follow The Blessing Club on Facebook and Instagram.

OKC, OK

We spent 2 weeks in Oklahoma City. It is a nice stopping point and we have a lovely friend (Hi Brittany!!) there. The weather was fine – random thunderstorms but otherwise good.

We had some delicious meals. Got some shopping done at the Outlets … Le Creuset!! Cinder made a trip to the ER – scary stuff but she appears to be on the mend.  We have a follow-up appointment with our regular vet in Las Vegas. The other good thing was that we managed to get a lot of stuff put away and organized. We plan on doing a video soon of the “lived in” version of our coach.

There are some things that I wish were different but they are all minor and fixable. It is just a bit annoying that you spend so much money on something like this and the engineers and designers don’t think of it. I don’t think people who make motorhomes have ever FULL TIMED in one. Ah the price we pay for being Outliers and Fringe Folk. =)

I did make it to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum while Michael had to work – not really his thing anyhow. =) It was very nice inside and seeing “End of the Trail” stand 7.5 meter from base to top was very impressive. There also was a lot of artwork and a large walk through look at the life of cowboys. Well worth the price of admission. The gift shop was stunning. A lot of hand made crafts – I wanted to buy one of everything but living on the road, I settled for a smashed penny as my take away treat.

Best dessert in OKC was at Whiskey Cake Kitchen, best meal was at Republic Gastropub.

We stayed at Twin Fountains RV Park.  Since we initially wanted to stay for a month – they crammed us back in a corner on the perimeter of the park (our awning was a mere 4″ from the neighbor’s RV). The site was nestled into the exit off the interstate with little in the way of sound barrier.  You could literally walk 50 ft and be at the highway. There was a sad “dog park” that was filled with red ant mounds and a sink hole. It was fenced but it was closer to the interstate than our rig.  The rest of the park looked much nicer, but is reserved for daily/weekly rate travelers. The other thing that may be a deal breaker for some is that while the base pad for the sites were somewhat level — the entry/exit on many of them are quite sloped. We didn’t partake in any of the on site amenities and as always YMMV; this was just our experience.  Due to unforeseen external forces, we only ended up staying for 2 weeks instead of the full month.

Lastly and most importantly — so many thanks to Blue Pearl Emergency Veterinary Hospital and Dr. Whitesell for taking great care of Cinder and helping us get her back on her albeit wobbling feet.