Weekend Coffee Share – Hoover Dam

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!  What’s been going on in your life?

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I took the liberty to pour our coffee into thermoses today, I hope that’s OK. We are having our coffee on The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, admiring the view of Hoover Dam.

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After a week of horrible air quality in the Las Vegas area it is so nice to get out! The weather is bright and sunny Nevada/Arizona style and 78 degrees. Doesn’t it feel nice up here on the bridge? What do you think about the view? 

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I think Hoover Dam is pretty amazing. This dam provides power for Nevada, Arizona, and California. To the amount of about 4 billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric power every year!

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The memorial bridge is an arch bridge that crosses the Colorado River between the states of Arizona and Nevada. We are actually standing right on the border, one foot in Nevada, and one foot in Arizona. I’m so happy we could get out here today, the last time I was here (not counting driving over the bridge) I carried my now 7 year old daughter in a baby carrier..naturally she don’t remember that. She did enjoy today’s visit very much. We have been doing research about Hoover Dam this week, and we are going to spend time next week writing about it for ur Nevada Homeschooling Project. I absolutely LOVE our field trips. 

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How is your coffee? I do have more in my backpack if you need a refill. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? We do have some plans for adventures in the Mojave Desert. I’ll tell you more about that when I get back.

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I sure do appreciate you taking the time to have coffee with me this week. I loved having coffee with you. Now it’s your turn, tell me about your week!

Love,

Maria

Photo Challenge – Back Catalog

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I stumbled upon a fun weekly photo challenge that I haven’t seen before, and decided to join.

My challenge to you is to find an image in your back catalog that still grabs your attention and share it! Of course, if you want to re-interpret the image with what you have gained over the years, feel free to do so. Any kind of image is appropriate for this challenge! Let us know why this image still gets your attention!

I checked out some of the other inspiring contributions, and thought about what I might want to share. I decided to share the photo above of a cheeky alpaca I rescued several years back. There was this old lady living on a nearby ranch that had to find homes for all her animals, due to her age. I was told that the lady had several horses, and that’s why I decided to pay her a visit. Unfortunately they were all in such bad shape that I thought it would be more humane to end their suffering, and decided to stay out of that. However, she had 4 alpacas. They were a little skittish due to not being handled so much, but I’ve always dreamed about having a small herd of alpacas and brought them home.

Very soon their skittishness was gone, and especially the one in this photo had a great sense of humor. They were so smart! I called them Eenie, Meenie, Miniee, and Moe. It’s Eenie in the picture. He used to sneak up on me when I least expected, and either steal something from my person, or blow warm air on my neck. I never heard him coming, and I swear he laughed when he made me jump high up in the air. Among the things he stole from me was; gloves fro my back pocket, my hat, a pocket knife, bale strings, and he even attempted to take my gun out of its holster but didn’t succeed with that. Eenie was a character. He used to follow me around as a dog. He would also do tricks. In fact all of them would do anything you suggested for a tortilla chips! When I showed young horses the horse trailer the first time I often used Eenie to make the experience a good one. He associated the trailer with tricks, and tortilla chip = his favorite place!

I don’t know about you, but I really liked this Back Catalog challenge! I would love to see what you have in your archives! I hope you are having a fabulous day 🙂

 

Love,

Maria

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Weekly Smile – Final Phase Of My Book Project

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My friend Trent shares a Weekly Smile, and encourage others to join! There’s so many things to be grateful for, small and big things.

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My smile this week goes to my book project The Desert Around Las Vegas – A Guidebook To Amazing Day Trips In The Mojave Desert, the final draft is on my editors desk as of yesterday. His initial feedback was very positive, which makes me insanely happy. English is after all my second language. I’ve had a couple people look over my work, and I’ve read it so many times that I stopped seeing any errors. I know that this is the best I can do without professional help. I am so grateful to have an editor who’s work I admire help me with this last part before my book goes to print. 

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The three photos is this post are featured in the first chapter about Red Rock Canyon.

It has been so exciting, and so much fun to work on this project. I started collecting material for my book, taking notes, and saving photos for it in August 2018. It almost become a friend of mine, like a relationship sort of, you know something I work on every day. It’s not completely finished yet, but I’m not going to add anything more now. I welcome the next phase of the process with a big smile!

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What makes you smile this week? Share some of your smiles!

Love,

Maria

 

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