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Wow...Sunday Ride (pics)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sunday my daughter, her beau and I along with all of our dogs went to a friend's cabin by the Gila Cliff Dwellings. The cabin is rustic but it has a pool beside it (enclosed) that is filled by a naturally hot spring. Perfect place to relax and play after my ride and walk up to the Dwellings. The foliage this weekend is perfect...I said I thought it would be and we were not disappointed.

The following pictures are some of the sites that I saw on my ride and the beginning of the hike up to the Cliff Dwellings. Tomorrow I will blog about the Cliff Dwellings and yes...there will be pictures.

Daughter Raelyn and boyfriend David. Two good looking kids and I am not prejudice at all!

And finally..........YES, Spanky who loves to swim. His heart condition keeps him from swimming very far but he is a real trouper. He adores the water. The little dude swims a lot smoother than I do!

David has the Yorkie puppy Cisco on his board and Raelyn has Spanky taking a rest on her board.

Hope all of you had a great weekend. Tomorrow I will show the Gila Cliff Dwellings and lots of changing foliage pictures.

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CZARINA_TV 10/23/2010 12:41PM

    Glad you had a good time out there with family!

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GOHUSKERS2 10/19/2010 12:40PM

    Such beautiful country! Family is the best....shes a beautiful girl! Probably takes after her Mom, ya think? emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/19/2010 6:54AM

    Your daughter is beautiful and she has a good looking boyfriend. Love the dog pics too!
I love that area up there. I was last up there I think about March or so, when there was still a lot of snow above Pinos Altos but when I got up that way there wasn't any. Maybe it was February. The bridge was still washed out to the Cliff Dwellings at that time but I did the walk to the station but didn't go up to the Dwellings themselves because it was close to closing time and I had already been hiking around some other areas a little. It's been about 6 or 7 years I think since the last time I actually went up through the Dwellings but they are really neat. Look forward to your picks!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 10/19/2010 12:52AM

    What wonderful photos!
Thanks for sharing...

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JUSTBIRDY 10/18/2010 11:58PM

    looks like you are having a great time.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

My father was a little guy. He stood about five foot five and was 97 pounds soaking wet when he graduated from high school. His father was a coach at WNMU and dad enrolled at Western but he went to war first. He had to drink a half a gallon of water and eat a dozen bananas to weigh enough...but he did it.

WNMU with the help of many people has started a picture wall for each year since it started in the late 1800's. This past Friday my father and many others were honored with an individual plaque stating their name and years they attended WNMU on a wall for Veterans.Many of these fine people started school and then had to leave. Many never came back, many were on the Baatan Death March....the class just ahead of him, and a few lucky one's like my father were able to come back and finish their education.

My father did his duty in the Navy and returned home. I have pictures of the Japanese signing the surrender on the ship my dad was on. My dad did what he had to do...but he told me he hated war and he never wanted any of his family to "have" to be in the service. He attained his degree in Industrial Arts from WNMU and went on to teach for 37 years...a duty he truly enjoyed.

It was tough for me to attend this dedication ceremony because I am still struggling with the loss of my dad, But I did attend and yes I bawled like a baby! I would do it again if I had to. Kinda neat because my father's plaque is right outside the door of my classroom at WNMU...a mere twenty steps away. I think I'll be stopping by to visit a few times a week. Teary...yes. Proud....VERY! So Dad these pictures are for you. I know you loved sunrises and sunsets.. In the navy---"Red sky at night sailors delight. Red sky at morning sailors warning".

Hope the rest of your weekend is happy, active and safe!

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MPALMER15 10/20/2010 2:50PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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GOHUSKERS2 10/18/2010 8:08PM

    That is beautiful. I almost cried myself. What a special day for you and the fact that you also teach at the same school is indeed a tribute to him all by itself.

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NUTRIGIRL08 10/18/2010 4:59PM

    Wow! How special is that!!! emoticon

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HUMBLEDAISY 10/18/2010 10:04AM

    What a nice way to remember your Dad!

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JUST_TRI_IT 10/18/2010 12:30AM

    A special day! :)


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BEYOURBEST1 10/17/2010 11:24PM

    What a beautiful and well deserved tribute to your Dad.
Thank you for sharing.

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CZARINA_TV 10/17/2010 10:09AM

    Wow! What a wonderful tribute... No wonder you were so moved!

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JUNEPA 10/17/2010 9:44AM

    Wow what a story, and what a tradition your family has at WNMU!! What did your grandfather teach and coach? Three generations of teachers, educators are a gift to society. Great legacy your dad gave you.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/17/2010 4:12AM

    great tribute to your dad!

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LINDAKAY228 10/17/2010 3:54AM

    Great tribute to your dad and so nice that his pic is so close to your classroom. I'm glad he was honored and you got to be there to see it, even if you did "bawl like a baby". A moment to be treasured and remembered for the rest of your life.

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SOCKITTOME 10/17/2010 1:42AM

    Wonderful tribute for your dad...thanks for sharing!

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DEBHAPPY2B 10/17/2010 1:14AM

    Wow, what a moving tribute to your Dad. And how very neat to be able to see his plaque so frequently!

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MMS354 10/17/2010 1:02AM

    I'm so glad you were able to attend the ceremony for your dad. Our town hosts a traveling Vietnam Vetrans Memorial every year and my dad's name is a plaque on one of the flags. We lost him nearly 3 years ago and I bawl like a baby every time I go there. Good for you and thanks for the pictures. Here's to amazing dads!

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DEVORA4 10/17/2010 12:36AM

  I understand how you felt and the pride you have. It is well deserved! My father flew a bomber over Germany and was shot down. He was put into a German POW camp. When his fellow POWs discovered that he was Jewish, they had him smuggled out to Switzerland, where he returned to the USA. He could have retired from the Air Force but went on to teach new pilots.

He really wanted to go back up again but there was a rule then that once you're shot down, you don't return as a pilot.

Your dad was NOT a little guy, he was a giant!

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Tiring Day......

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I am remodeling an old home (mothers) and it is a trying affair. My mom suffers from alzheimers and is no longer in the home. I started cleaning...did three rooms today and have 39 bags of trash to haul off tomorrow.
I am tired, cranky, sad and proud! I will discuss the "proud" tomorrow. I am going to bed. Goodnight!

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MPALMER15 10/20/2010 2:58PM

    Ugh, I hate the cleaning out part. I'm doing the same thing for my Mom right now. I counted 17 trash bags yesterday from one small room and that was just the papers, magazines, and newspapers. I am dreading the garage which is my next project. Good luck!

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CZARINA_TV 10/16/2010 6:11PM

    I don't know what the "proud" could be -- that sounds like tough work and a big accomplishment!

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GOHUSKERS2 10/16/2010 5:35PM

    She needed your help and you didn't let her down. Thats what families do.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/16/2010 8:56AM

    did you log it in as your exercise? That is nice of you to do it for you mom!!!

Great job! waiting for the proud blog ;p

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LINDAKAY228 10/16/2010 4:40AM

    What a way to spend your vacation! You're getting an awesome workout and doing a great project but hope you also got some rides in while the weather is so good. Next week I'm taking off from work and since my hip lets me walk pretty well I'm planning on some hiking but in areas with no hunters!
Have a great day emoticon

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TURTLERAE55 10/16/2010 1:59AM

    What a good workout. That's nice of you cleaning your mothers house.

Keep up the good work.

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DEVORA4 10/16/2010 1:44AM

  good night emoticon

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Long Ride South (High Desert) Cont..........

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sorry, had to take time out for class and dinner. Not sure which of those was the most important but I know which one I enjoyed the most.
So...the last pictures were of the first large hill. What goes up has to go down and at this time I am still heading away from Silver City going south.

Once you get down the is 1.5 miles long, you come out into an area of rolling hills, grass and lots of cattle. These cattle happen to be my father-in-law's cattle. Look at all of the wonderful grass!
This area is sparsely populated but there are sure some nice homes. Most of them are new as this area is just now being subdivided. Lots of people from off somewhere else that are retiring and moving to the area.

My father-in-law does not live in any of the houses shown. I turned around at the gate and I am now headed towards Silver City, lunch, and a nap....HaHa!

You get to ride past the dumps for the Tyrone Copper Mine and the last picture I took once I reached the top of the hill by the mine. At this point I am 17 miles from my house and I wish I could say it was all downhill and smooth sailing from here but that would be a lie. From the top of this hill, you go downhill for 2 miles and then up for a mile and a half before going downhill into Silver. From Downtown Silver I have 4.5 miles to my house and 3 miles is basically uphill.
Once I arrived home, hot and sweaty; my littlest buddy was waiting for me. Spanky wanted to play ball-----RIGHT NOW! So I played ball for a few minutes and then took a shower. Somethings never least about dogs and their complete joy upon arrival of their pet person!

Stay active, safe, and successful in your endeavors!

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DEBHAPPY2B 10/15/2010 11:43PM

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing with your Spark Friends!

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GOHUSKERS2 10/15/2010 11:31PM

    Hi there. I haven't been on much so I had to catch up with what's going on. Your pictures remind me alot of the countryside around Casper, Wy. I still don't know how you can do that many miles but I think it's awesome.

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CZARINA_TV 10/13/2010 11:19PM

    You are spoiled with those beautiful, wide open spaces... Really amazing...

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MPALMER15 10/13/2010 12:04PM

    Awesome! I love that you bring your camera and let us get a glimpse of your riding world. I was staring at my bike in the garage last night and am pretty sure I'm going to get that thing cleaned up and running again in the next few weeks. Now that both of my kids can ride their own bikes, I am looking forward to pedaling again. Although I don't know that I'll be quite as ambitious as you, lol! You are a bicycling warrior!

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LINDAKAY228 10/13/2010 3:28AM

    Spanky is so cute! I always love to see someone else's pictures of our area with a view from a different perspective. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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DEVORA4 10/12/2010 11:44PM

  Hello Nice pictures I doubt that I have ever seen a bluer sky than the pictures have shown. Your doggie is sooooooooooooooooooooooo cute,

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Long Ride South (High Desert) with Pics.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I rode towards Lordsburg today. I really enjoyed the weather as it was calm and balmy. I rode 76 miles and although some of the hills are rolling hills, others are long and steep. Here we go:

These are pictures of our "Boston" Hill area. It really is named Boston Hill and yes we have our own Boston Marathon as well as other runs and rides in this area.

These pictures show our "evergreen" forest. Notice that there is a lot of grass but it is turning colors. The animals still love it though!

These pictures show the route to the top of the first vicious hill. After parking my chariot at the top...I wandered into the bushes for a mother nature call.

I have to go to class and when I return I will post the second half of this blog. It is long on pictures and I have lots more. Please stand by............

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JUSTBIRDY 10/13/2010 11:46PM

    Wow, that is some kinda blue!

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BEYOURBEST1 10/12/2010 10:02PM

    The pictures look nice and peaceful. I will be waiting for part two. emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 10/12/2010 9:51PM

    Wow! It looks like you're out in the middle of nowhere. Love that blue sky!

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SOCKITTOME 10/12/2010 8:51PM

    Looks like good ridin' country. And 76 miles...whew!

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LIQUEURLADY 10/12/2010 6:35PM

    thanks for sharing these -- what a great trip!

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