well, here we are in  beautiful downtown tulare.  ok, i’m only exagerating – i have no idea where ‘downtown’ tulare is.  we are across from the place where they do farm shows, etc.  in a small rv park.  yes, we ARE very close to home and could easily have driven home today.  except – not so easily.  we were both just too tired and hot and done.  so, we pulled into a rest area to think about it.  and it turned out to be even hotter and very loud!  howcome every trucker who came in for a brief break had to pick the spot right next to us???  and release his airbrake right outside the open door??? twice!!  poor sophie was tucked under the chair – i mean, with the skirt hiding her!  not to mention it was just too d_____ hot!

so, next option was to drive to next rest area and hope for better results.  or – just see if we could make it home by switching off very frequently.  then – thought about an rv park  and bobbie remembered this one.  had stayed here during the show that happens at the ‘fairgrounds’ across the street.  so, i pulled out the book and she made the call – and here we are.  seems we were just a couple miles away.

only problem – it was still hot!  so, have now learned how to use the a/c – now that’s a first!  this place is nice – tho small.  and a lot of permanent residents.  when i took sophie out there was just no place for her to even sniff that wasn’t part of someone’s tiny piece of grass (neatly surrounded  by a concrete frame!).  still, better than trying to make it home.  we just now have turned off the a/c – yea!!  i had had way more than i wanted of that noise and being closed in.  i mean – the cottage is small enough – this place – way so!!!

both of our side trips were successful at one level – we can say we have been there/done that/seen that – sort of.  but – stupid holiday brought a gazillion other folks to the same place.  so – we did drive-by’s in both santa fe and sedona.  i think, if we come back in two years, we will leave early and do sedona before – thus avoiding the holiday rush.  but – WOW, what a drive down.  i promise to post at least one picture tomorrow.  not going to try to download tonight.  too tired to think.  perhaps a touch too much wine as well????  at least i’m about ready to sleep!  we did stop very early – so it’s  been a bit of a challenge for me. ^_^  idle hands, etc. ^_^ have played a lot of games here.  can’t exactly run laps inside here or anything!  spacious compared with the van – yes.  in general – not so much. ^_^

oops! and WOW  TRAIN!!  ya know, for those of you who have not heard one for awhile – well, they are still loud.  now, i do love them, so not a real problem.  and this one is like across the street.  man, that’s a loud whistle! ^_^   one thing – out here in the ‘wild, wild west’ – you really can’t go anywhere without seeing the trains.   and you can definitely hear them from where ever you choose to stop for the night.  love it.  this one is the closest i’ve been, i think.  that was a very short one!  the other night – there seemed to be one right after the other – each one using a different ‘whistle pattern’ as he passed by the town/area.  (just wish they’d bring back the cabooses!  those trains look really strange without them.  did see one today – first one in years.)

this heat is a little harder for us because we have been in cool and raining ever since we left.  we even had rain off and on on the way home – till we finally came down the mountain from flagstaff.  by the time we crossed the border it was warm and sunny and getting warmer as we went.  guess it was close to 100 deg at home today, which means really toasty in the valley! ugh!  big change.

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