Beautiful Catalina from the air

Trip Start Jul 21, 2016
Trip End Jul 15, 2017

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Catalina State Park

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

We spent several weeks here at the base of Catalina mountains just north of Tucson, Arizona encamped in the state park. 

What do we do during this time when everyone else is hunkering down in the wetlands of the west and north?

With majestic mountains out our front window, this camp is one of our favorites and we love its familiarity.  We know the trails which we regularly hiked, and, now that a bike path connector is available which goes under Oracle Highway, I could easily get in several longs rides per week.

We also were able to connect with the local Ananda Tucson meditation group and led several activities while in the area.  Sraddha has a project to repaint the front gate (see photo) which looks really beautiful.  We also frequented the local farmer's market.

We also traveled thru a blinding rainstorm over to Yuma to spend Christmas eve and day with my cousin and family. All had our Seahawks gear on.  Watched playoffs and will watch Super Bowl but football season is over until next August.  

Bring on Warriors and Giants now. heh heh.  Good distractions from the real world and lord knows we can use some temporary distractions.  We stay positive as possible here.

Last winter was quite dry here, however, this winter has given us several good rains, filling up the creeks and soaking the ground quite nicely.  And it stayed cooler longer than usual.  I would joke with my local friends that their 10 day winter is much longer this year.

We had some maintenance done on CharLi also.  Had our mobile RV repair guy, Ken, install a small awning on back side, and do a warranty replacement for the "jet engine" furnace he installed last winter.  The old main front patio awning was falling apart.  We limped into Apache Junction with it still attached.  The new awning was ordered last summer and installed in about 45 minutes.

Oh I played a round of golf for the first time in Arizona.  Actually we played only 15 holes because we ran out of daylight.  Had fun and can't wait til spring back in Nevada City to play more this year.

Of significance for my creative efforts was the addition of a new camera, a flying camera, or quadcopter.  Specifically a DJI Mavic Pro, a very compact device with amazingly clear and high resolution camera for photos and, most of all, for videos.  Coupled with the iPhone, it is enabling me to do some real fun things.  

I went out flying with some friends to learn the ropes.  Couldn't fly in state park.  Also road bike and hiked to places to fly which is why I bought this particular drone.
Here is a 7 minute video I made of my hike up to Romero Pools where I crashed the drone.  You will see it crash (sorta).

I am really getting into flying the quadcopter and now learn video editing.  Keeps the brain cells active.

For those of you still reading, we are now up northeast of Scottsdale and will post a blog about that soon where we will have some interesting news in next blog post for all of you in another week or so.

In the meantime, enjoy the photos, and by all means, stay positive, focused and happy.

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