Traveling – What we’ve got (tentatively) planned for 2017

February 15 ~ Southern California

Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!

We are hoping that this year will be primarily about exploring in our compact RV (Ellie Mae Camp-it), seeing more bits and pieces of the USA and Canada, including our desire to start checking a few more National Parks off of our every expanding wish list.  Continue reading

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A bookended week at three beaches in Southern California

February 12th ~ Back at our shop in Canoga Park, CA

Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach

Just came back from lunch at California Pizza Kitchen where I overheard a young boy and his mother having a serious conversation:

Mom: “Do you still have your crayons in the box”

Little Boy: “Yes”

Mom: “All of then”

Little Boy: “Well, not the white one. I threw it out. It does not work”

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Bisbee, Arizona ~ Queen of the Copper Camps

January 18th ~ Bisbee, Arizona

Downtown Bisbee

Downtown Bisbee

Bisbee, another rough and tumble mining town is just a short drive from Tombstone. Instead of the silver that put Tombstone on the map, it is COPPER that created the surge here.

In 1877, cavalrymen were doing reconnaissance in the Mule Mountains looking for renegade Apaches. Instead of Indians, Lieutenant Rucker found signs of copper. Shortly thereafter, claims were staked and prospectors came in droves, hoping to find their fortune.  Continue reading

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Tombstone, Arizona ~ The wild west comes to life for us

Monday, January 16th (Martin Luther King Day) ~ Tombstone, Arizona

Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, Arizona

Boothill Grave Yard, Tombstone, Arizona

A bit of a combination of tourist attraction and living museum, Tombstone certainly fills you up with facts and fiction about the wild, wild west. The town was inhabited with miners, cattlemen, gamblers, heavy drinkers, gunslingers, cattle thieves, a few lawmen, four churches, 110 saloons, and 2500-4000 prostitutes.  Continue reading

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Biosphere 2 ~ Oracle, Arizona

January 14th ~ Oracle, Arizona

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2

As is often the case, our travel plans are fluid. While driving toward Tucson, I spotted a billboard touting Biosphere 2. I remember reading a small blurb about it years ago and was curious to check it out. So, after a short stop to recalibrate our GPS destination, off we went in that direction.  Continue reading

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Arizona ~ Maiden Voyage with Ellie Mae and a few mishaps, Butterfly Wonderland

Friday the 13th ~ Somewhere in Arizona…

Close up of butterfly taken at Butterfly Wonderland, Scottsdale, AZ

Close up of butterfly taken at Butterfly Wonderland, Scottsdale, AZ

Tim and I are pretty much fair weather travelers. We love the sunshine, warm to hot weather and brilliant blue skies with the occasional white puffy cloud to perk up a picture.  Continue reading

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Binging on Movies and Snow

Tuesday, January 2nd ~ Arrowbear Lake, California

White picket fence

Perhaps a bit of a stretch – “White” picket (or rail) fence

Our last post was filled with reminiscing about the incredible travel year we just wrapped up. But being home for the holidays is always a special blessing.

Our long-time friends, Laura and Michael spent the extended weekend with us at our tiny cabin in the mountains and helped us ring in the New Year, something we have done together for the majority of the past 27+ years.  Continue reading

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2016 – Another Year Gets Wrapped Up!

December 2016 ~ At home in Southern California

Ready for another great adventure!

Traveling the world – one place at a time…

Whew, I feel like I am sliding into home plate after a ninth inning Grand Slam. Our year was once again filled to the brim with exciting travel and memorable moments. We managed to squeeze in trips that involved 15 countries on five different continents!

Here is a breakdown of our trips for 2016:  Continue reading

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CAMBODIA ~ Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat for Sunset

Tuesday, March 23rd – Full Day Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm & Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

EDITORS NOTE: In going back through my posts for 2016, while working on my “year in review” post to wrap everything up, I realized that this post never got published. So, to fill in a blank spot, I am going to share it now. This was from our time in Cambodia in March of this year.   Continue reading

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Birth Announcement – It’s A Girl!

December 2nd ~ Buckley Cove, California

Ellie Mae Camp-it

Delivered: November 30th at 4:00 PM

Weight: 9,564 pounds

Length: 24′ 11″

Proud Parents: Tim and Joanne Joseph

Well, we did it! After a relatively painless delivery, we are taking home our new baby girl – a 2017 Prism (by Coachmen) 2200LE motorhome!!!

Introducing our new baby, Ellie May Camp-it

Introducing our new baby, Ellie Mae Camp-it

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