Following the Balloon Fiesta I made my way back to Deming for some medical checkups and the LoW “Oktoberfest” rally. I dry camped during that time. While there I learned a couple of rummy games I hadn’t played before. I played a few hands of “31”, spent a couple of evenings playing bridge, and took in a couple movies. Dancing at the VFW was also popular.
After getting a couple of trailer maintenance tasks done I left town for Tucson, AZ, first to spend a few days visiting with my good friend. Our days were filled with exercise, good food, thrift store shopping and beads, and laughter. I began a project that feels quite exciting.
Then I traveled a little further west to attend the Desert Bluegrass Association (DBA) Bluegrass Festival. When I lived in Tucson I joined the DBA because it offered outlets for me to learn my banjo. So it was fun to see some of the folks I’d been with for those “beginners” nights.
I had a great time listening to three days of great bluegrass music. As an extra benefit I met another solo RVer who advised me on some of the event protocols and who was a great companion for conversation and good food for those few days. It’s always interesting to see who you meet when you’re on the road.
One of the highlights of the event was meeting the banjo player in one of the bands. He’s from Lynchburg, VA and attended the same Virginia universityas both of my children. As I wondered whether he might have known them, I waited to meet him after one of the band’s sets. He’d graduated a few years before my kids so they didn’t know one another. We had a great conversation, and he gave me a CD of the band’s most recent release, signed by all the members. It was totally unexpected and I was delighted!
Now I’m settling into life at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. As I write this I am outside watching the afterglow of the setting sun and night is descending. I volunteered with the National Park Service for the winter, as I really wanted to have a beautiful environment and warmer weather than the past two winters.
I left the bluegrass festival on Monday morning and am now experiencing remnants of the Sonoran desert summer heat. After three days now I’m getting better oriented. The biggest adjustment is once again being in the beauty of Nature without cell service or convenient internet. It seems there’s always an adjustment one has to make…good thing I’m pretty flexible!