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January 19, 2020
Campground Upcycled Art from Cat Patches

We decided to hang out at the campground yesterday. While we were hiking the day before, I thought I noticed Mike limping a little bit. This morning, he was gimping around on his ankle pretty good. He broke his ankle many years ago, and sometimes it bothers him. It seemed like a good excuse to relax for the day. By afternoon, his ankle was quite a bit better, and so we got out for a walk.

We were having a problem with our furnace. The pilot light wasn't igniting, and so it wouldn't light the flame to produce ...

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Campground Upcycled Art from ... Cat Patches

We decided to hang out at the campground yesterday. While we were hiking the day before, I thought I noticed Mike limping a little bit. This morning, he was gimping around on his ankle pretty good. He broke his ankle many years ago, and sometimes it bothers him. It seemed like a good excuse to relax for the day. By afternoon, his ankle was quite a bit better, and so we got out for a walk.

We were having a problem with our furnace. The pilot light wasn't igniting, and so it wouldn't light the flame to produce ...

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January 18, 2020
Joshua Tree National Park: Barker Dam Hike from Cat Patches

After spending some time studying our hiking book, we decided to head for the Barker Dam Hike, which could be accessed from the West entrance to the park, some 14 miles from where we are camping.


Once inside the park, the Joshua Trees are only half the story. There also are the most interesting rock formations with immense boulders. The area is also a popular rock-climbing location.


When we reached the trailhead, we found this informational sign.


Here is a map of the trails in the area. We were to take the one-mile loop in the center of the map ...

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Joshua Tree National Park: Barker Dam Hike from ... Cat Patches

After spending some time studying our hiking book, we decided to head for the Barker Dam Hike, which could be accessed from the West entrance to the park, some 14 miles from where we are camping.


Once inside the park, the Joshua Trees are only half the story. There also are the most interesting rock formations with immense boulders. The area is also a popular rock-climbing location.


When we reached the trailhead, we found this informational sign.


Here is a map of the trails in the area. We were to take the one-mile loop in the center of the map ...

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January 17, 2020
Joshua Tree, California from ... Cat Patches

The road was straight and desolate for our drive to Joshua Tree yesterday. It was a pretty good road with little traffic.


We enjoyed the ruggedness of the landscape,


and the many colors we saw in the layers of mountains.




As we approached Amboy, California, we saw the Amboy Crater off to the side.


Our friend The Google tells us that Amboy Crater is an extinct cinder cone volcano that rises above a 70-square-kilometer (27 sq mi) lava field in the eastern Mojave Desert of southern California, within Mojave Trails National Monument. It is estimated to be 79,000 years ...

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Joshua Tree, California from Cat Patches

The road was straight and desolate for our drive to Joshua Tree yesterday. It was a pretty good road with little traffic.


We enjoyed the ruggedness of the landscape,


and the many colors we saw in the layers of mountains.




As we approached Amboy, California, we saw the Amboy Crater off to the side.


Our friend The Google tells us that Amboy Crater is an extinct cinder cone volcano that rises above a 70-square-kilometer (27 sq mi) lava field in the eastern Mojave Desert of southern California, within Mojave Trails National Monument. It is estimated to be 79,000 years ...

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January 16, 2020
A River Walk and a Death Valley Ghost Town from Cat Patches

We got out for a nice little walk yesterday. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, there is a very nice community resource here in the Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails. Our first stop was to be Davis Dam, where we expected a short "overlook" hike.


We could see there was a barrier on the road, and we already knew it was no longer possible to drive across the dam, and so we parked the truck and walked from here.


This is an award-winning bridge, so show a little respect.

And please follow the dam rules.


There are ...

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A River Walk and a Death Valley Ghost Town from ... Cat Patches

We got out for a nice little walk yesterday. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, there is a very nice community resource here in the Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails. Our first stop was to be Davis Dam, where we expected a short "overlook" hike.


We could see there was a barrier on the road, and we already knew it was no longer possible to drive across the dam, and so we parked the truck and walked from here.


This is an award-winning bridge, so show a little respect.

And please follow the dam rules.


There are ...

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January 15, 2020
Some Errands and a Death Valley Hike from Cat Patches

We took the day pretty easy yesterday. It's nice to just relax after a day of driving. Our driving days are shorter this trip since we aren't tied to the calendar in any way, and it has made the whole trip seem more low-key.

Yesterday morning, Smitty helped me write my blog post.


After that much effort, he took a nice warm sunbath on his window perch.


Sadie prefers the cozy space between Mike's legs.


I worked on my hand quilting for a while and filled what remained of this hoop. I'll spend a little more ...

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Some Errands and a Death Valley Hike from ... Cat Patches

We took the day pretty easy yesterday. It's nice to just relax after a day of driving. Our driving days are shorter this trip since we aren't tied to the calendar in any way, and it has made the whole trip seem more low-key.

Yesterday morning, Smitty helped me write my blog post.


After that much effort, he took a nice warm sunbath on his window perch.


Sadie prefers the cozy space between Mike's legs.


I worked on my hand quilting for a while and filled what remained of this hoop. I'll spend a little more ...

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January 14, 2020
Laughlin, Nevada from Cat Patches

Good morning, my bloggy friends. I come to you this morning from Laughlin, Nevada, also known as a place with good cell phone signal. Yay! Oh my gosh...how I've missed my morning blather sessions. We left Death Valley yesterday morning on a trek across state lines and deep into the southern-most point of Nevada.

About an hour east of Death Valley lies the town of Pahrump. We've visited Pahrump many times before, and you might remember this is where Mike attended a Corvette driving school just after his previous retirement.


We stopped off in Pahrump just to ...

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Laughlin, Nevada from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my bloggy friends. I come to you this morning from Laughlin, Nevada, also known as a place with good cell phone signal. Yay! Oh my gosh...how I've missed my morning blather sessions. We left Death Valley yesterday morning on a trek across state lines and deep into the southern-most point of Nevada.

About an hour east of Death Valley lies the town of Pahrump. We've visited Pahrump many times before, and you might remember this is where Mike attended a Corvette driving school just after his previous retirement.


We stopped off in Pahrump just to ...

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January 13, 2020
Moving On from Cat Patches

This morning I'll need to type fast. I'm dealing with painfully slow internet, but also a wimpy battery on my laptop, or so it seems. It won't hold a charge for any length of time. After running several experiments, we've determined there must be something wrong with its battery. Even after being fully charged and turned off, my next switch to on shows only about half the battery life remaining. And so without generator power, my minutes are numbered...which I'm now wasting tell you so.  It's an old laptop, and so that isn ...

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Moving On from ... Cat Patches

This morning I'll need to type fast. I'm dealing with painfully slow internet, but also a wimpy battery on my laptop, or so it seems. It won't hold a charge for any length of time. After running several experiments, we've determined there must be something wrong with its battery. Even after being fully charged and turned off, my next switch to on shows only about half the battery life remaining. And so without generator power, my minutes are numbered...which I'm now wasting tell you so.  It's an old laptop, and so that isn ...

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January 12, 2020
Leisurely Day from Cat Patches

We've been relaxing during our time here in Death Valley, for the most part. It's a little too chilly to be outside much, although the bright sunshine is good for the soul, even seen from within the RV. And it's pretty much business as usual. I've been working away on Mulligan Stew. When I said I would work on it for one week, I had to redefine what constituted "working" on it. When it goes days with no action, the days don't count. I'd say I've given it four days of work since ...

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Leisurely Day from ... Cat Patches

We've been relaxing during our time here in Death Valley, for the most part. It's a little too chilly to be outside much, although the bright sunshine is good for the soul, even seen from within the RV. And it's pretty much business as usual. I've been working away on Mulligan Stew. When I said I would work on it for one week, I had to redefine what constituted "working" on it. When it goes days with no action, the days don't count. I'd say I've given it four days of work since ...

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Week 2 of 2020: Stitching Stuff from Life In Pieces

The first full week back at work was challenging. Lots of meetings.  I was ready for the weekend and spending more than 15 minutes playing in the sewing room. Was your first full week of 2020 a bit challenging?  




Being off work for two weeks over the holidays disrupted my typical schedule. It was hard to get back in the groove of working in stitching time in the evening. 

15 minute days/week = 7/7 days
15 minute days/January = 11/11 days
15 minute days/2020 = 11/11 days
Success rate = 100%

I did find my 15 minutes each ...

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January 11, 2020
Abandoned Mines and Ghost Towns from ... Cat Patches

We took a drive out toward the Northeast side of the park yesterday. There were a couple of hikes there we wanted to check out. The first we came to was the Keane Wonder Mine. It required driving out three miles of dirt road. Mike was very brave this time. I took more pictures than this one, but it will give you the "big picture" of what the place looked like. When we get back to internet access civilization, I'll tell you more about it and post some more pictures. For now, be careful here because I haven't ...

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Abandoned Mines and Ghost Towns from Cat Patches

We took a drive out toward the Northeast side of the park yesterday. There were a couple of hikes there we wanted to check out. The first we came to was the Keane Wonder Mine. It required driving out three miles of dirt road. Mike was very brave this time. I took more pictures than this one, but it will give you the "big picture" of what the place looked like. When we get back to internet access civilization, I'll tell you more about it and post some more pictures. For now, be careful here because I haven't ...

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January 10, 2020
What's Old is New Again from ... Cat Patches

Good morning, my friends. I'm writing to you from the stone-age where nothing electronic works any more. We spent some time yesterday experimenting, but cannot seem to bring our cell signal up to a level for anything more useful than receiving text messages. Mike has an idea that our phones might be the problem. When we switched service, we opted to keep our old AT&T phones. We hoped they would be compatible with Verizon's system, and so far, they have been. Here in Death Valley, however, we might have exceeded our limits. It's hard to say ...

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