Winter Wanderings

Southern Arizona has been a little chilly these last few weeks.  How cold is it?  After a week or two of below freezing nights, I spring for the extra cost of a heated water hose. I get tired of filling my tank and hooking, unhooking water over and over.  Plus the whine of the water pump is a sound I can do without.

As it warms up this week, I happily join the mass exodus from inside homes and rigs and out into the sun.  Carol and Rob text me to suggest a day trip to check out Patagonia Lake State Park, tour the Town of Patagonia  and taste a little wine in Elgin.  This multi-stop itinerary makes for a very full day trip!

Wonders of Patagonia

Patagonia Lake State Park includes of course the lake plus plenty of camping and fishing.  I would have my hands full trying to weave my rig into these tight sites.  But there are much smaller rigs squeezed into every available campsite here. 

We talk to a few contestants in a bass tournament who are trolling near shore .  Now all the boat trailers parked at the marina make sense.  Seems the only things biting today are inquisitive tourists lining the shore commiserating with the fishermen about the lack of hungry fish.

Climbing to the top of this bridge over Patagonia Lake is a workout!
Gas Station in Patagonia

We return to Patagonia for lunch in the historic hotel there.  Afterword, we cruise this eccentric little town checking out the artsy sights.  By the time we make it to the row of wineries in Elgin, time is getting tight.  We can squeeze in only one tasting.  That is just as well because after 5 samples of some very dry wine, I can’t unpucker for an hour!

Rob and Carol at the Old Schoolhouse in Patagonia
A coot in the lake!

A Dire Warning!

I make a new friend in downtown Patagonia

Shivering inside my RV while it has been cold out is not the only thing I practice in order to fill my time this winter.  Sundance loans me a fiddle so I can join his ad hoc beginning fiddle class.  I assure my neighbors that no matter what horrible screeching sounds they hear emanating from my rig, no baby kittens are being harmed inside my RV.  Then I torture them (my neighbors, not baby kittens) with repeated unrecognizable renditions of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” on the borrowed fiddle.  A word of warning to my friends in NC.  When I return I will most likely be armed with both a banjo and a fiddle – Run for your lives!  You have been WARNED!

My first lesson - am I holding this right???

In Loving Memory

Stormy Weathers

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

6 Replies to “Winter Wanderings”

  1. jim Sandy dukeman says: Reply

    Banjo, guitar, piano and now the fiddle, girl you can be your own band in a short while. I remember how long it took you to learn the banjo, about a week I think. ;>) Congratulations you are having a ball. I have not played my guitar in so long I don’t even know if I remember how to tune it anymore or not. Our 14 year old grandson can sure pick out a tune though great kid. Nice tour of a town I have never hears of out there. Would really like to come back out and see the place again, we used to have some good friends in Phoenix. Good to here from you, stay safe have fun and can’t wait to here that fiddle. :>) GOD BLESS
    JD SD
    Jim & Sandy

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Well I don’t actually play the guitar – that was always Storm’s thing. But thanks for the encouragement! Unless I improve greatly, you might want to get some earplugs before I play a fiddle concert for you. You guys stay safe too!

  2. I consider myself duly warned!

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      LOL!! You should probably invest in some earplugs.

  3. N Clement Weathers says: Reply

    Perfect. Your fiddle and my baritone saxophone.

    N Clement

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I can’t wait!! Can you learn Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star? Not sure I will ever make it past that song :-)

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