Sunday, March 18, 2018

Decompression - Day 1

6:55 am - Sunday - Wittmann, AZ - 47º F, 52% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the west by northwest......clear blue skies, and it does not feel like there is any wind right now.  The high today at Desert View will be 42º, however, the high here will be 66º F, and our forecast low will be 43º F.  I slept with the bedroom window open once again.

After working 8 of the last 9 months it is time for some serious decompression time accompanied by significant TSFF (T-shirts, Shorts and Flip Flops) time.......


Dressed and ready to drive into Wickenburg, AZ for the Webb Center BBQ challenge

......it was nice to walk outside and not immediately wish you were wearing more clothing.....I just stood there in the sun in my t-shirt, pajama bottoms and slippers feeling the balmy morning air.   I spent an hour, or so first thing getting the VW out of the trailer, straightening up the interior of the trailer, and tossing a few more things in the trash.  I'm going to spend the next few days getting rid of more unnecessary stuff.

We left Wittmann riding in Tom and Darlene's car around 10:40 am to drive the 20 miles into Wickenburg arriving there just after 11 am and well ahead of the 11:30 opening of the BBQ challenge we were going to attend this day.  We brought our own chairs as seating there was limited.  It felt wonderful to stand outside in the sun (again) in our shorts, t-shirts and flip flops (well, Keen closed toe sandals for me).  

The entry fee was $10 each for all the BBQ you could eat, and $4 for each beer ticket.  We found a nice place on the grass to set up our chairs and then began to go from tent to tent getting plates of BBQ....beef, pork belly, pork ribs (meat on and off the bone), tri-tips, BBQ'd shrimp tacos, chicken.....you name it. 


  Ready to taste some great BBQ!


TLE and I made several trips to obtain more plates of our favorite  pork belly BBQ, and by 1:30 pm we were stuffed!  There was a band performing the entire time we were there.....

....and we had music


.....finally about 2 pm they announced the winners of various categories of BBQ, and well as the winner of the raffle for a brand new BBQ.  We were on our way back to Wittmann by 2:30, and home by 3 pm.

I spent the rest of the afternoon watching one NCAA March Madness basketball game after another with the final game ending about 8:30 pm.  As I watched the games I kept glancing up at our altimeter and smiling.......


......one thousand, six hundred and fifty-three feet elevation.  I walked outside about 6:40 pm to snap a picture of the sunset in my t-shirt, shorts and flip flops......I could not have done that just a couple of days ago......


.....due to being surrounded by juniper and pine trees it was often impossible to really see the sunrise, or sunset at Desert View unless you were down at the Watchtower viewpoint.

Life is good, and we are beginning to decompress just a little.....thanks for stopping by!


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2 comments:

  1. Hi guys.....congrats on a successful departure from Desert View and your first day soaking up some warm weather. One day left and I'm off to North Carolina for my son's wedding and some vacation time.

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  2. Hi guys.....congrats on a successful departure from Desert View and your first day soaking up some warm weather. One day left and I'm off to North Carolina for my son's wedding and some vacation time.

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