Our Awesome Travels

Our Awesome Travels
Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Wrap up Sunday and a cold, rainy day for a Motorcycle tribute ride.

Where are we today ?
        Last night visited daughter number 2 and had an excellent meal. Cedar plank salmon, taters with spices and cheese, my usual salad that she loves what a wonderful meal it was.!
Cedar plank salmon, baked taters 
and a salad ,so very tasty
         Then after chatting for a while a tasty desert, raspberry cheese cake sure hit the spot!
yummy cheesecake
        Now I  did catch grandson number 4 on his I-pad. he is a real devil and you can see it in his eyes! Love him to pieces! As we do all our grands.
grandson  number 4, love his red hair!
        Today is a motorcycle ride from Plattsville  in memory of Tyler Todd, you can read about him below in the next paragraph. 
        Tyler Todd was a local young boy who served in with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan and was killed there over 6 years ago. A very active local boy in his younger years, hockey and a motorcycle rider as well. I did a posting April 4th this year for the hockey tournament done in his honour back in March this year if you like you can read the posting HERE.
all the Canadian Flags lined the street here
     Now the weather today is terrible to say the least, cold (highs 42 f= 8c) overcast and strong winds. But still over 70 bikes arrived today and participated in this ride.
This be the group that was here today
        At 1 pm they lined up (in the rain and cold) and headed on out for the ride. Bikers from many miles around this area.
ready to go

          Now 90 minutes later they were back and parked their bikes and under the pavilion in the park to for a bit to socialize . Cold and wet but we all had a  great time!
ride done time for more fun
Music, refreshments and lotsa food
pulled pork, salads and hot dogs
BBQ going with hot dogs
salads, beans pulled pork and hot dogs
      Then the MC Jed made a few speeches welcomed everyone here and and soon began the draws for the raffle prizes.
Tyler's Mom thanking everyone
pretty good turn out even with the cold wet weather
Raffle table
      I bought a few tickets for the raffle but failed grab a prize. Its all about a donation anyway.

     All the bikers were there and  a few motorcycle club members we all had an awesome time!
love this guy's camo rain suit, perfect
for the memory of Tyler Todd
     I waited for the draw tickets to be all drawn and had no luck, back home by 4 pm,. Cold and damp need to warm up in our house. Thank goodness for our Mr, Heater, sure keeps us toasty warm and dry. Suzie did not go today, she sprained her ankle last night so taking care of that with ice packs and stuff. Sure missed her but she would not have enjoyed the cold day anyway.
our Mr. Heater is awesome
     So with the much cooler weather we took advantage of it and a spaghetti meal for supper tonight. Thawed out some spaghetti sauce and cooked a pot of noodles, add to a salad with garlic bread. We had a feast!
 yep did the trick tonight
            That was our great day and hope yours was a good one too.
            Thanks again for stopping in!
Check out the interactive map below to see where we have been this Spring and Summer.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Its all about food, fundraising and a $42,000.00 Quilt !

Where are we today ?
        Friday night we wandered over the the Relief sale for a bit about 7 pm. Main reason Suzie wanted a Tea Ball. And to watch our nephew auction some furniture.
       I took a lot of pictures and posted to many but they do tell a story of this great day.
Tea Balls, fried cake balls with sugar
some entertainment too
had to try a Rollkuchen
viewing the quilts, some 200 donated to be sold
our Nephew is one of the Auctioneers
Suzie and her Aunt (her mom's sister)
      Then this morning back to the sale shortly after 9 am. Started off hot, humid and sunny, but did not quite last long enough.
Mennonite 9 passenger wagon
 doing the yard sales in town
         Came to the lights in New Hamburg but decided to take the back way into the fairgrounds, look at all the traffic.
Traffic lined up on the highway 9 am
        So Suzie dropped me off and I walked over the bridge a short jaunt and avoid all the traffic.
Playground for kids
more kids stuff
I tasted an Empanda 
very tasty
Korean Mennonites making spring rolls 
fresh baked breads and buns 
Candy floss
Sausage and Pansake breakfast
Menno Cafe,
 the last picture shows the flooded floor
lamb sausage on a bun 
making Donuts
Glazing the donuts
making the apple fritters
fresh cut fries
I had some apple cider and a small jar
of apple butter for Suzie's mom
lots of pies for sale
Maple Syrup and canning
Russian Mennonites

Out door Auction
Making the strawberry pies
we shared this huge pice of strawberry pie $3.00
       The 2 pics below taken from the grandstand of the fairgrounds.
even a whole row of Rv's parked here for the weekend
       Suzie got back from visiting her Mom at 11:30 and met me for lunch, a favorite of ours is the Pork on a Bun, BBQ'd back bacon with BBQ sauce very tasty.
our pork on a bun, yummy
       Then we went back in side the arena to watch a bit more of the auction waiting for quilt 125 to be auctioned off. This happened about 12:20 pm this is the featured quilt this year of the 200 to be auctioned off.  The arena was pretty full and people bidding on the quilts. So far the highest price paid this morning was $6,500.00.
       Then the featured quilt came up a one of kind very beautiful the auctioneer began at $10,000.00 but did not start the bidding until it got to $3,000.00 then quickly just kept climbing, $20,000.00 then $30,000.00 . Clapping from the crowd and it just kept going finally it was sold for $42,000.00, absolutely amazing!
this is it being displayed.
    Threads of Africa Featured quilt for 2015
This years featured quilt "Threads of Africa"
 sold for $42,000.00 !
Read the story behind it  HERE
        That exciting experience over we decided to head out about 12:30 just in time for the rain to start. Stopped by her Dad's tent to chat for a minute and then the skies opened up. We were carrying our fold up umbrellas and was just laughed at in the arena by this lady about us not needing them. Well the laugh is on her, I am sure she got soaked.
we have our bright umbrellas great for finding each other
        We stood there almost half and hour and did hardly let up at all. But the fairgrounds were getting pretty wet. Tents were flooded and rivers of water every where. People huddled out of the rain. Feet getting wet though. Needless to say this rain ended the day for the visitors and the vendors, usually done but 2 anyway, but with the flooding everybody just packed up and headed on out.
the water here about 4 inches deep
The cafe  with 4-6 inches of water
        Well eventually we waded through the water and made the way to our car and I dropped Suzie back at her moms. Stopped at the grocery store for a few supplies and back  home to whip up a large salad to take to daughter number's 2's for supper tonight. The heavy rains continued all afternoon, so no lawn mowing like I planned.
        Picked Suzie back up at 4 and made our way for supper.  Cedar plank salmon potatoes and  the salad, excellent! Good food, great family time and a nice way to wrap up another awesome day.
         Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed the sale as much as wee did, sorry for all the pics but I did get rid of most of the ones I took.
Check out the interactive map below to see where we have been this Spring and Summer.