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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
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11/24/2008, Greenlee Mountain Estates Property

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The Land
Warm and sunny, but not too warm or too sunny, just right
11/24/2008, Greenlee Mountain Estates

I'm parked at the entrance of development where the 40 acres is located. The picture shows the view from the fire pit Jodi and I constructed. That and the dirt road going to the land is all that has been developed on it. We took the motorhome all the way up to the acreage a year or two ago but I'm not sure the Rebounder is altogether up to that anymore. The hike there and back this afternoon was the toughest the dogs and I have experienced the whole trip. This is vast, rugged, open country. It is located in the southeastern part of Arizona, near Safford but closer to Clifton. I'm debating whether to stay here tonight or head down to Roper Lake and the hot spring bath. Can't believe I have internet access out here.

What Splurging Looks Like On The RV
11/24/2008

We had TV and electricity and everything.

Real Mexican Food
Great, windows open to let the cool breeze in
11/23/2008, Lordberg, NM

I'm parked tonight at the KOA in Lordsberg, NM. I thought I would get farther but the sun was setting and I wanted to get off the road and here is where I wound up. $31 more than Walmart, I'm splurging. Nice day driving through southern, New Mexico. Good southwest weather. I picked up this dinner in Hatch, the chili capital of New Mexico. It appears to be red even though its green chili season at present. I had a craving. It was so hot I didn't dare take down the Hachul.

Cable TV On The Rebounder in North Platte
Cold, but nothing like the last week or two
11/22/2008, Presently blogging from Las Vegas, New Mexico

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Back In The West/Southwest
Dry and warming
11/22/2008, New Mexico/Colorado area

This photo was taken at a rest stop hours south of Denver after a sleepover at the home of childhood friends Brett and Heather and their two little girls. Although no dogs live in the house, they allowed Jake and Anne into their home for the night. We slept in the guest bedroom on the 3rd floor. For the record, I did not sense any ghosts whatsoever. I was tormented, however, by the two dogs who determined to sleep with me on the otherwise very comfortable futon. Visiting friends in Denver was a very special little adventure. Back to the picture, traveled through this land for hours and it continued for hours after we departed this location. The highway between southern Colorado and northern New Mexico is awesome, especially leading up to and including sunset. I came this way years ago in a car with my mom. We enjoyed the same experience together. It has become much dryer and sunnier since we entered the west. Big sky, vast open areas of land. Almost like an inland sea.

Anniversary Dinner With Family
Really really cold
11/20/2008, Omaha, Nebraska

This picture shows (from left to right) Brother in law Andrew, sister Kimberly, niece Brenna, nephew Brett, niece Sydney, and me. Andrew and Kimberly honored their 19th wedding anniversary by including all the kids in their fancy dinner. That is so like them. How lucky are Jake, Anne and I to have immediate family in Nebraska and California and Arizona that are all so great.

I am blogging presently from the Holiday RV Park in North Platte, Nebraska, about 300 miles west of Omaha. It's supposed to get down to the teens tonight, colder with the windchill factor. So nice to be hooked up with electricity. I've got the new electric space heater going full tilt but the propane ducted heat system is still going on frequently to keep us warm and toasty. This place has 80 cable channels and the Rebounder has two cable-ready tv sets, so we're styling tonight. For $24 it's just not worth it to stay at the Walmart and run the generator to supplement the house batteries. Tomorrow we'll be heading on to Denver to hopefully visit childhood friends Brett and Heather and their two girls.

To the kind blog groupie who pointed out that I seem happier on land than cruising in the Bahamas... I think you may be right and I'm sorry for my defensiveness. Sometimes the truth hurts a little. Blog groupies are entitled to keep me real. I love cruising and adventure and I'm sure there will be many more adventures ahead... but I think I love being with family and friends and dry land even more. Now if I could somehow manage to combine the two, that would be something truly special. All in due time.

Flying the F-18 Simulator With Nephew Brett
Very cold and windy
11/20/2008, Strategic Air Command Museum

I just spent several wonderful days in Omaha with my sister, brother in law, nieces, and nephew. It was so nice to be with family after all this time and they were so kind to us. Jake and Anne were in heaven with so many people and other dogs to play with, not to mention all the rawhide bones. The last afternoon we sprung Brett from school an hour early so I could take him to the air and space museum. I almost made him hurl from too many high speed rolls, climbs, and inverted loops (this simulator literally rolls and inverts, thus the roller-coaster-like restraints), but we still had a blast. Never underestimate the aerobatic skills of a former two time speech and debate team captain. This morning Brett returned the favor by decimating me on the X-Box.

Morning At The KOA Kampground
Sunny but very cold
11/20/2008

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KOA Sunset From Inside The Rebounder
11/15/2008

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