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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Elva, this one's for you! Agua Caliente, AZ

 Aqua Caliente

We left Fred's place all in his car except Rose who opted to stay home. A nice ride through Dateland and country roads. We made a huge circle by the time we were done 😁

Omar, Ken and Fred 💙
They all used to work together and still friends after all these years! 

Our first stop was at "Children of Light".  This place was put together in the late
60's. Bible teachings, communal living and working went on at this place for
many years.  In looking at the internet it seems it was started by people from
British Columbia.  

Very nicely kept 

Hot springs pool

Lots of recliners to read in

It appreared everything was still from the 60's.  Loved the color in the flooring!

The formal dining room (our guide said it hadn't been used in years).

Ceiling and chandelier..

Fireplace in the formal dining area

Gosh darn I'd love to have that windmill!

Looking down at a waterfall pool and nice deck! 

The sewing room..

Looks like this is what they're working on..different

                 We had a very nice tour. At the end he gave us all bags of dates that they                   grow here. We don't eat them so gave our bags to Omar and Fred.

I have to admit, when I used the bathroom it was one of those feelings you see in movies where you tell the person, don't go!  Definitely a different place! Quiet and well kept in the 60's. Glad we went, once LOL. 
The long dining table..only a few are used now. 
The sect started with 18 members and now there is only one left Star, who
was in Yuma for the day. 

Part of the kitchen but there is a huge kitchen but not seeing the picture.
Note the wall paper 
This land has the only two "sweet" wells in the area which is how the dates constantly give to the place. They used to grow beets, carrots, cabbages and pomegranates. 

Once we left there our tour continued...

This used to be a part of Agua Caliente Resort 

There's the beginnings of the resort

I'm sure this place has lots of stories of the rich and famous. Fred said Greta Garbo and other famous actors from that era used to visit!

               The building through the fence looked to be freshly painted and looks like a small church
The Spa! gotta love those stairs...

What appears to have been some other building at the resort...there are remnants of cabins still

Pioneer Cemetary..only residents of the area are allowed to be buried there now. 

The oldest working depot in America..nice wooden benches out front but I missed that photo. :( 

It was a great tour! Thanks Fred! We love seeing the country around them and by ourselves we never would have discovered Agua Caliente! 

Once we got back to Fred's we all talked some more! Ken barbecued chicken and pork, we had potato salad and regular salad, a delicious meal with good friends!💖

Friday morning we got up and cleaned up as this was our go day.  We weren't in a hurry to leave as we knew we were headed for Yuma, less than 80 miles away. 

Fred cooked an awesome corned beef has which we turned into burritos. YUMMY! 
Rose was feeling better so we toured their "apartment" just too cute! Lots of ingenuity went into this piece of heaven they have near Aztec, AZ! Glad we got to spend some time there! 

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Kingman and friends! Aztec, AZ with Fred, Rose and Omar! Wonderful couple of days!

 Waking up here near Aztec, Arizona. How did that happen? Late last week we found that Karen wasn't going to be heading for Vegas and the trade show. That meant we weren't watching her pups while she was gone. 

What to do now? Load up the Mansion and get gone! I contacted our friends Doug and Michelle in Kingman to see what they were up to on Monday.  Come on down! So we did. 

Kingman, KOA

We left Sunday morning about 0700 and drove the almost 500 miles in one day. Something we don't normally do if it can be avoided, it could have been but we didn't want to. We pulled into the Kingman KOA just nearing 1800 and got set up. We were invited over for cocktails, but it had been a long day. 

Monday morning we stopped by Smith's and got gas and some $$ from the bank. Headed over to Doug and Michelle's and greeted each other with hugs and smiles. Sat in their beautiful living room until about 1200 and then headed to Hooch's Bar and Grill not too far from their home. Oh what a place! Kinda reminded me of a Silly Al's but different. LOL. Great service, excellent food and company! 

Too much fun! Doug's new project!

Yeah, way too much fun!! 💗

After lunch we headed back to their house for some more conversation and adult beverages. LOL. Totally over enjoyed the afternoon.  You know how you just click with some people? It's been that way every time we see them! 

I think we got home about 1830 and it wasn't too long after I was in bed! Thanks Doug and Michelle for your hospitality! Looking forward to the next visit! 💖

Tuesday morning we woke up and got ourselves going by 1030. We were headed to Fred and Rose's winter home near Aztec, AZ.  We were planning on heading out down 95 to Yuma and over, but Fred told us another way using 93 that was definitely shorter. WE headed down 93 and actually got quite near Wickenburg which we identified with through other bloggers. Then 303 and then I 8  west.  Beautiful drive all the way. We pulled over for a late lunch along the way. We used to think CA was the worst garbage lined highways, but AZ is certainly a close 2nd. Really sad. 

We found the exit and pulled off following Fred's directions but we weren't really sure where we were going so called him and he and his friend Omar jumped into their car to meet us. 😀

We pulled onto Tea Kettle Lane and there's their incredible home. Over the years they have built this piece of heaven to spend their winters at away from cold Wyoming. They really have the best of both worlds! I love their home in WY, but love this one too! 

We all settled in for a nice visit except Rose who's been under the weather these last few days! Feel better soon!! 

Fred and Rose's winter home..so awesome! 2 containers below..An apartment up top he and Oamar built   
along with 2 decks! All run by solar and generator..everything anyone could want!!

Their awesome outdoor kitchen where most meals are cooked!

The upper part is their "apartment" the lower is a bunkhouse
with bunkbeds, pullout couch, complete bathroom. 💔

Rose made the awesome solar lights!

Around 1800 Omar threw on some yummy burgers and fixings for a tasty dinner. Then we sat outside some more and chatted until I don't remember what time. We enjoyed watching the two kit foxes that come for dinner every evening. 

Wednesday morning Ken sat outside with the guys having coffee while I attempted to get started on the blog. A while later I offered to make breakfast burritos for everyone so that was our late breakfast 😊

We all sat around chatting and somewhere in there I came inside to make potato salad to contribute to dinner. then it was back outside. The temperature warmed, but not warm enough for shorts though. 

We all took a short quad ride nearing dusk and I didn't take phone or camera with me. His property of 180+ acres is beautiful! There is a place Joe, a friend of theirs, named Whiskey Falls. When they get the heavy rains it turns into a raging waterfall! I saw the video, amazing! 

Omar cooked up a brisket, so we had that potato salad and some chips for dinner. Yummy! 

Omar had started a fire, so we enjoyed that until I came in about 2330 and Ken followed near midnight. 

Tea kettles all along the lane to their house!

Great solar lights!

Solar lights everywhere!!

Nighttime views..but I've got to get daytime views before we leave tomorrow!

It was a beautiful but chilly morning. 36 degrees going for 71. Home it's 17 going for 49 so we'll enjoy these temps! 

We had a nice breakfast of beef ribs and eggs and then enjoyed the sunshine for awhile. Rose joined us, so we were glad to see she was on the mend! 

Fred asked if we'd be interested in a drive to Agave Caliente? Sure! My friend Elva had asked yesterday if he'd been there. Yes, they have but not in a few years. so off we went..that will be in the next blog.

Had a great dinner that Ken barbecued of chicken and pork ribs. About 2130 I was ready to call it a night. Great times with great people! 

We'll be leaving tomorrow and heading for the Yuma area. Time to stock up and then see what the days bring :) 

Have a great evening, it's bedtime!