Twas the season to be jolly that has just passed and I must say we’ve had a blast. Fortunately that’s about the extent of my poetic contribution for this post. I know you’d all like to hear more however to all of you I will not bore, except to say a Happy New Year and don’t be sore. Well who says anything the Captain says has to make sense??
It has been a fun filled time for DD and the Captain despite having an unprecedented 3 rainfalls in the past 11 days. And speaking of water we also had our water heater spring a leak, a storage compartment door spring a leak and trailer springs that need to be replaced. Welcome to “spring” time in the desert.
And speaking of spring DD in her ongoing quest for musical improvement and accomplishment ditched her old (1 year) tenor ukulele and decided to spring for a new Baritone. The downside to this move is that the Captain now has to listen to DD relearn all the same songs on the new Uke as the chording is now like a guitar as opposed to a ukulele. Have a listen as Stompin Tom sings his Uke lament.
Steve and Madelyn hosted another one of their renowned fish fry’s the week before Christmas. Everyone except for the Captain seemed to enjoy the fishy tasting morsels. I am endeavouring to have any future fry up held on a Friday so it will be easier to reference as a FFF (Fish Fry Friday).
Godparents to Gypsy
Lucky Lonesome Larry and Busty Barb the Believer, even at their respective advanced ages, have become new parents. The new addition to the family, a now 9 week old Springer Spaniel, appropriately named Gypsy (given their nomadic lifestyle) arrived at the motor home just before Christmas. DD and CC have been anointed as the puppies “godparents” and as such CC has christened her as Gorgeous Gypsy (GG). GG has requested that DD and the Captain get their act together and provide a canine playmate for GG. We are working on it, but due to the high standard set by our Kaseypoo the number of suitable puppies is by our definition limited but you never know.
Parade of Lights
Given the number of folks involved with the Parade of Lights who didn’t return to the desert this year, we had expected that the annual Parade of Lights might not shine as brightly or perhaps not at all. Much to our and everyone else’s delight on the evening of December 21st the 2016 edition of the Parade of Lights rolled down our street to much cheering and celebration. This year’s Parade included 9 or 10 decorated “floats” as it made its inaugural run throughout the LTVA. These folks really deserve recognition and our thanks for stepping up to fill the void. And as I love segues the foregoing allows me in my own refutable way to make a connection of this celebration to the passing of our beloved Canadian Leonard Cohen in 2016. The following lines from the Leonard Cohen song “Anthem “ seem appropriate to even this seemingly simple endeavour.
Ring the bells that can still ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
Video of Parade of Lights by Sue McKeown (start of parade)
Video of Parade of Lights by DD (coming down Music Row)
Christmas Day 2016
Debbie Dewdrops, in particular, and perhaps less so the Captain are creatures of habit. So first on our agenda for Christmas Day was our annual hike up Telegraph Pass. This year we coerced our erstwhile travelling companions LLL and BBB to join us on the hike with guide dog GG leading the way? Despite GG’s protestations she ended up being carried for most of the 5 mile, 1500 foot elevation hike up the mountain. We’ll expect better of her next year.
Following the hike we all headed over to Lins Asian Buffet for a not so traditional Christmas Dinner. Later in the afternoon neighbours and friends arrived at our camp site to enjoy snacks/drinks around the bonfire. Usually we host this event on Christmas Eve however this year 25+ mph hour winds and cool temperatures on the 24th necessitated rescheduling.
Weekly Group Hikes
Word must have gotten out that the hike on December 22, 2016 would challenge all but the hardiest of hikers as only 4 took up the challenge of the Painted Rock hike. More likely the inclement weather was to blame or at least that was the excuse given by Debbie Dewdrops. DD’s absence (official hike photographer ) means there is no photographic evidence of the splendour enjoyed by the Fantastic Four (Steverino, Bill, Pat and the Captain). Regardless the 6+ mile hike rewarded the hikers with some great scenery and challenges.
DD managed to struggle out of bed to join the Fish Camp hike on December 29, 2016. We were joined by a couple more hikers (John and Jean) for this 4.5 mile trek. With DD back in the fold we have photographic evidence of the outing.
The Biking Banditos (Steverino and the Captain) made runs on two consecutive Tuesday mornings into the backcountry. On December 13, 2016 we cranked over 18 miles searching for a new and exciting route for a future Thursday morning hike to the Little Grand Canyon. While not successful in this venture we did enjoy a challenging ride in very windy conditions.
Our ride on December 20, 2016 was less challenging but still took us through over 12 miles of off-roading in the canyons west of Ferguson Road. If Steverino or the Captain ever get their act together one of will remember to bring a camera along for verification for the unbelievers out there.