Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Red Rock Canyon Vacation Day 3

April 19, 2011

Tuesday was a day with limited time in the canyon. We got up in the morning because we wanted to drive over to Elk City to visit with Alicia and Slade at Rolling Retreats. They are a couple that monitor some online sources for used DRV Suites products that have been repossessed and are being sold at auction.

Once they get the purchased units back to Elk City, they go through them cleaning and checking all the systems built into the coaches. We first saw them a couple of years ago and drove over on that occasion to see their units and see if they really looked as good as their online photos showed the coaches to be. They were definitely good looking units.

So far, in the last year and a half, they have sold about 20 different units. It has been my pleasure to mention them on three different RV forums for those that are looking for quality used DRV’s. While I’ve mentioned them often, I only know of one couple that has definitely purchased a coach from them, but I know of another couple that plan to in the fairly near future.

Should you ever be interested in dealing with a good Christian woman on a used coach, be sure and check them out. Here is their website:


While driving over to Elk City, my phone rang and even though I was driving, I had to answer it. Normally, when I’m driving, I hand the phone to Jo so she can actually do the talking. This time, she was sitting in the back seat with TJ and Lady. Now, at this time, I won’t give any details as to what that phone call was all about. All I can say is to stay tuned as there may be an announcement in the future.

After visiting with Alicia and Slade for a while, we left because they had just had a crew come in to start replacing the room on their home. While I would have loved to stay longer, we felt they would need to be free to deal with contractors and not with “visitors.”

We returned to Red Rock Canyon and did some more walking in the afternoon. Other than that, we didn’t do much on Tuesday. So, to fill in a little, let me share some more photos of the canyon.

Part of the drive through the canyon.


Now, if you are half squirrel, you could climb to the top of the canyon wall.


There were a lot of trees basically growing out of rocks.  Or at least, they appeared to be doing that.


This was another group of campsites.  The furthest set of sites included 50 Amp and sewer as well as water.  The closer ones on the right were 30 Amp and water only.


While we heard critters, and managed to get a glimpse of some wild turkeys, I just didn’t get many photos of wildlife.  This will just about have to do.


Next time, I will take solo walks so as to cut down on the noise, and then perhaps I can get more wildlife pictures.

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