On the Road Again!

My life has quite frankly spun out of control.  I have so much to talk about, so much on my mind, and I have zero time to even put the thoughts into words… I have spent most of my online time on Facebook harvesting my farm because writing is just too draining right now…  I have missed you all so much…  I can’t wait to get to Texas and settle in so that my time is my own again… Know that I think of you often, that I miss you and that I can’t wait to catch up again one day!

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One week after my return from Del Rio, TX and Laughlin AFB I was off on an unexpected trip to Laughlin, Nevada with my Grandparents!

 

You see, when I arrived home in Phoenix it was to the news that my Great Aunt Betty (the wonderful lady who came, along with Uncle Mike, to visit me in Germany last summer while Ryan was deployed) had been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

 

She has Neurocrine hyperplasia and is one of only four people in the world who has it.  Basically what that means is that the lining in her lungs sloughs off and settles to the bottom of her lungs.  It slowly over time fills the lungs.  To complicate that, she is the only one of the four that also has something that makes the sloughed off material multiply.  She is currently on an experimental drug and we are waiting to hear how it is affecting the disease.

 

She is a strong and courageous woman.  She is one of my heroes and I know God will reward her for her strength and determination in the face of all of this… but all of us would greatly appreciate your prayers! 

 

Shortly after receiving this news I also learned that Aunt Betty and Uncle Mike were coming down to Laughlin, Nevada for an extended weekend and that my Grandparents were on their way to meet up with them and visit for a few days. 

 

I got a last minute invitation to tag along and I gladly took it!!!  Mom and Dad also hopped the bandwagon and we were off for three days in the summer heat of Nevada and some quality time visiting with family.

 

But first, the drive! (This picture was taken in the middle of Joshua Tree National Forrest!)

 

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 Oh how I love being back home in the desert… Crazy I may be but the desert gets into your blood just like green trees and snow… 

 

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 There’s just something about it!

 

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Do you know what is in the middle of nowhere? 

Well, now you do!  Welcome to Nothing, AZ!  (The middle of it to be precise!)

 

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“On the road again… like a band of gypsies we go down the highway…”

 

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 Stunning!

 

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 I just can’t seem to get enough of that blue!!!   

 

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 I love the rocks of Arizona!

 

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Every time I drive through the desert I can’t keep every Western I’ve ever read from echoing through my mind…

 

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One last peek at the majestic mountains of Arizona…

 

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 And then we were in Nevada!  Welcome to Laughlin…

 

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 We’re so happy to be here!

 

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One very long walk and a long elevator ride we found our room.  We ended up being on the 26th floor…

 

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What a view!

 

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 Once my grandparents were settled in their room I decided to use the few hours of downtime we had before Aunt Betty and Uncle Mike got in to explore the “strip”.  I took a stroll along the Colorado River

 

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Beautiful!

 

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 There were carp everywhere!  Can you see them?

 

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This spring was gorgeous in the desert… everything was in bloom!

 

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 And of course, there was a Starbucks!  WOOT WOOT!!!

 

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As I wandered along I saw Mom and Dad coming out to join me on my walk!

 

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We headed off to explore some of the casinos…

 

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…and some of the sights.  Can you see that sign?  Steamboat Wedding!   

 

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  We ended our walk at the Colorado Belle…

 

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 Where they have a moat full of the biggest Koi you’ll ever see…

 

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Mom and I 

 

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Dad and Mom 

 

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Me and Dad 

 

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 The Colorado Belle also boasts live music!

 

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After a few hours of walking around we headed back to my hotel to greet Aunt Betty and Uncle Mike.  Have I mentioned that they didn’t have a clue we were coming?  It was a complete surprise! 

 

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They had a riverfront room and I couldn’t help but take some pictures! Isn’t it beautiful?

 

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 That’s Arizona out there on the other side of the river!

 

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 After a visit we headed down to the Mexican restaurant in our hotel!  Aunt Betty loves mexican food and you know I’ve been missing it! 

 

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 Me and Aunt Betty, my buddy!

 

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After dinner we walked back across the bridge and I had a great view of the strip!

 

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 And the Arizona side of the river.

 

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The Riverside.  (Our hotel)

 

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I’ll be back soon with another set of pictures from the rest of our trip!

 

Courtney

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11 thoughts on “On the Road Again!

  1. It’s very cool here this morning… your pictures made me feel WARM!    It’s been a long time since I was out that way…. I do want to go back.  I NEED to go back.  I’ve got family and friends out there whom I haven’t seen in I don’t know how long!  Great pics. Sorry to hear about your Aunt.  One of FOUR people in the WORLD?!  And people think our world isn’t full of toxins wreaking havoc on our bodies.  I will keep her in my prayers.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your aunt.  I will be praying for her and for your family.  How neat that ya’ll were able to surprise her.  And it would be so cool if you guys got to come here to visit!  I would love that!  Please let me know if you think it will work out.  I know it’s a while from now, but it would be so fun to meet you in person!

  3. I am so not a woman of the desert like you are.  We went to Cali in May 2007 and that heat was enough for me.  It gets hot here and definitely humid, but it’s not like the desert.  I’ll take green & lush anyday!  hahaThat said, your pictures ARE beautiful.  I love how you capture everything and even though it’s not my choice of residence I can still admire the beauty it holds.LOVE the picture of your mom & dad (near the end).  They look very happy and IN love still.  Is that the case?

  4. Your A.Betty will definatly be in my prayers. Sounds like a wonderful “last minute” trip. The way you take pictures make the desert truely look AMAZING. (when my hubby lived in texas-his pictures made it look so baren…but with your artist eye you really bring the desert to life. Just a lil praise for your picture taking.) *HUGS*

  5. SUPER photos! I’ll have to introduce you to our friends Jane and Stan. They were former military…she was a AFN reporter in Germany. Now she teaches 5th grade and he is high up in Border Patrol. Anyway, Jane has the most amazing ideas for photography.

  6. What a fun trip!  I’m so glad you got to see your Aunt Betty and surprise her!  Beautiful photos!  It makes me want to go back to Arizona!  Nothing, AZ cracked me up.  That’s what the town my grandparents have a cottage in is like.  The town consists of a post office the size of my bedroom, and that is IT.  Haha.

  7. I am SO sorry to hear about your Aunt Betty. I hope the experimental drug works for her. That is insane that she is one of four. I’m glad she was able to visit you in Germany and that you were able to surprise her on this trip as well. It looks like you all had a lot of fun!

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