P1020610.JPGTHE LEAVENWORTH GANG

We’re now just outside of Yuma at the Imperial Dam Long Term Visitor’s Area. Before coming here, we spent three days at Quartzsite with a bunch of Mary’s high school chums from Leavenworth: Ed & Peachy, Barry & Jan, Don & Glenda. A lot of the fireside chat was about old times at Leavenworth High which I never attended so it went over my head. I had a good time anyway; they’re a friendly bunch.

Like much of America, the Super Bowl provided our Sunday night entertainment. Jan is passionate about the Seahawks. She built a Seahawks shrine of sorts out of desert stones and she flew the Twelfth Man flag just beneath the Stars and Stripes on a flag pole attached to their motorhome.

I have only a mild interest in football and it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that I joined the others in front of the flat screen TV attached to the side of Jan & Barry’s motorhome. By that time the Seahawks had blown an early lead which had Barry in a foul mood. He had a lot of advice for Coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson who, unfortunately, couldn’t hear him. Judging by the disastrous last play of the game, they might wish they could have (the Seahawks lost.)

The morning after, Mary and I expected to find Jan in a deep funk over her beloved team’s narrow loss but she seemed unperturbed. I did notice that Barry took down the Twelfth Man flag (in disgust?) A special Monday-morning treat was the sight of the Goodyear Blimp motoring slowly westward over our camp after its stint at the Super Bowl in nearby Phoenix.
MARY WATCHES THE GOODYEAR BLIMP OVER QUARTZSITE

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Mary and I got to try out our new mountain bikes on a ride through the surrounding desert hills. The ride was perhaps a bit longer than Mary would have liked but the bikes are great. The rocky dirt roads put the bikes’ shock absorbers through their paces and we have the sore butts to prove it. We have Thudbuster seat post shocks on order which will hopefully remedy that particular issue.

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MARY “COMIN’ AT YA ON A DUSTY ROAD”

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