The SBI (Senior’s Branch of Investigators) is circulating these photos and information in the vain hope of locating the following Most Wanted Snowbirds. Wanted for the crimes of escaping for six months, stealing more than their fair share of laughter, killing too much time, beating hard-working people to retirement and robbing the government pension funds, the Senior’s Branch of Investigators warns the public to be on the lookout for the following far too happy lawbreakers.

Mean Dean

Sleep Stealin' Sue

Illiterate Lynn

Deadbeat D.B.


They may be armed with false knees and/or hips and carry bags of dangerous prescription drugs so do not approach but report sightings to your local SBI who is equipped with backup hearing aids, canes and walkers that may be necessary in the apprehension of such individuals.

The above  fun and games was inspired by our visit to the Yuma Territorial Prison State Park, one of Arizona’s key attractions and right here in Yuma.  Unfortunately, cutbacks by the AZ gov’t may see this park closed by end of March.  There’s a big push on locally to find ways to keep it open.  The museum and history is fascinating and you can learn more here .  Enjoy some more pics…

Finally Got DB Behind Bars!


Prison Was Built By InmatesPrison Was Built By Inmates


6 Inmates to a Cell!

No, No I Don't Want To Go! Entrance to Museum



Entrance to Museum

Another trip out onto the desert was to an amazing place that has several names, among them ”No Name Canyon” so I will stick with that.

On the way we came across a stunning sight!

Miles of undulating desert floor where for many decades people have made commemorative signs of names, dates, etc. with the rocks and stones available.  Look closely at this picture and in the distance you can see these designs gradually fading from sight.  The oldest one found was done in the 1950’s. On both sides of the desert dirt road as far as the eye can see these extend to the horizon.

Desert Commemorations

Miles of Memories Sue suggested we make one for our very much missed puss, Sid. So we did.Sid on the Rocks


Sid in the Sand                                                                                                                     


And I get yet another opportunity to overcome claustrophobia.  Sue & Dean are determined to keep putting me to the test….so far I’m winning.
These walls run for miles and miles sometimes widening, sometimes narrowing, the ground rising to the sunshine or dipping lower into the shadows.  An absolutely beautiful work of Mother Nature.


Sid on the Rocks

Very grateful this is not an art contest!
On  to Name Canyon where the walls allow no vehicles larger than a  Roadrunner, well ok maybe Jeeps or ATV’s, access.


Jeep Squeeze














 Between earthquakes, sandstorms, torrential rains and below normal temps we are enjoying our third desert winter. About 2/3 of the annual rainfall pummeled us in January. Great fun taking Atma out to pee, me with an umbrella in one hand, leash in the other, dog twined around my feet and a wind trying to wrench the bumbershoot out of my hand but only succeeded in turning it inside out!

Friends Bob & Elaine deserted us, how dare they! They read this blog too and I cannot resist doing one more guilt poke, They bought a house in Phoenix (actually they ‘stole’ it), sold their 5th wheel and moved. The upside is they have 5, count ’em, five bedrooms (!) and we, including Solomon and Atma, can visit. Heaven help us if we came without Atma!

Speaking of said dog, we have friends and neighbours fighting over who is at the top of the list to get Atma in our Will. In order to not get murdered in our sleep over a dog, I just tell everyone they are at the top of the list and not to tell anyone.

Ahhhh, the citrus blossoms are popping out on the trees and a heady fragrance wafts tantalizingly past out noses. It is odd for us to see a fruit tree, which just after the fruit is picked, immediately blossoms.


Grapefruit Greg

The pink grapefruit were so juicy and sweet, DB got the squeezer out and within no time he had a gallon of the good stuff.  Hmm, wonder how you make grapefruit wine??

An annual feast around here is the Monnonite fund raising dinner.  Oh groan, I ate like a piglet!  All the food was made by the Mennonites and pretty much all if it was home grown.  For dessert there were eight different kinds of pies and all served with home made ice cream. Well, we had to help them raise money for their kids’ school!!

Are you familiar with the famous author and psychic Sylvia Browne?  If you are a big fan, you are going to be soooo jealous!  She was here in Yuma!  And I got tickets to go! AND MY TICKET WAS DRAWN TO BE ONE OF THE AUDIENCE MEMBERS TO BE ABLE TO ASK HER A QUESTION !! Fifty questions keep flashing, one at a time, like a neon sign in my brain.  We could only ask one and I couldn’t choose, so when I got to the mic, I just blurted one out.

I have been working like a sandbagger with water lapping at her heals. My book is done!  It is now in the publishing stages, currently on inside page design.  The covers are AWESOME! I can’t wait for you to see it. Feedback is also AWESOME! (For a writer I seem to be suffering from adjective-lack). My excitement knows no bounds as I imagine holding my book in my hands by the end of April.  Title? “Inspirational Goaling”, sub-titled: How Intuition, Passion, & a Taste for Adventure Create Goal Victory When Other Methods Haven’t. It is a weaving of the story of my Nepal adventure and what it taught me about a brand new way to set and reach goals. You’re gonna love it!  Of course I had help….


Who's the Author?

Oh! Did you want to know what question I asked Sylvia???  I asked how my book was going to do on the market.  She said “Very Well”.  From God’s mouth to her ears!

Other than a birthday party with free Margaritas and huge spread of delish goodies, I won’t tell you anything else to make you long for early retirement.  It’s getting near my bedtime so I’ll let Atma and Solomon say ‘Nite, Nite’

Heading home first week in April.




"Napper" Expert


  1. Hi Lynn,
    Lordy, you all look like you truly belong in the Yuma State Prison !! At the very least Lynn, you’re impersonating Harrison Ford and on an adventure again!
    Glad to hear you’re nearly ready to have a “book party opening”. Bravo, good on you.
    Solomon and Atma…what can I say ? Cute & cuddly.
    Take care and looking forward to reading more. Thanks for the entertainment.

    Hugs, Roni

    Comment by Roni Johnson — March 3, 2010 @ 8:38 am

  2. Hey Lynn

    Loved the latest blog as usual. You are having toooooooooooo much fun………….way to go. Will wait for your book party!! Sounds like your book will be a wonderful contribution to our world…………………

    Only 5 months of school left – can hardly believe it!

    See you in April!!


    Comment by Carole — March 3, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

  3. Loved the newest blog avec pictures. Will have to steer clear of the SBI, when I go on holiday, or are they not looking for casual travellers? SEe you in the Summer… XO Betty

    Comment by Betty D.. — March 3, 2010 @ 5:58 pm

  4. Never knew how photogenic you both were?? And why couldn’t DB handle that guard during his escape out the gate? …Hope you enjoy the rest of your time away,soon it will be back to Swan Lake…….


    Comment by Sandra Penner — March 3, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

  5. Hi Carole!
    Only 5 months to go…..Whoo Hooo! See you soon

    Comment by coachlynn — March 3, 2010 @ 11:04 pm

  6. Hi Roni!
    Harrison Ford???? Can’t I be Zena the Warrior?

    Comment by coachlynn — March 3, 2010 @ 11:06 pm

  7. Hi Betty,
    Just go in disguise as a teenager! (chuckle)

    Comment by coachlynn — March 3, 2010 @ 11:07 pm

  8. Hi Sandra
    Yes, stripes are very complimentary!

    Comment by coachlynn — March 3, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

  9. Hi, I love your stories Lynn and await your book. I leave here March 13, but I will keep in touch. Also, I read a wonderful book “Breakfast with Buddha” You will love it . It is very funny and enlightening too Joyce

    Comment by Joyce Anson — March 3, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

  10. I am in this jail for a reason..I will not mentione what..someone took my photo… beware… extensive abuse may follow…. oh, I have good friends in high places who may invite blog writer above to travel more…I have a camera too! All in good fun… but really I love our travels together….love ya… sue

    Comment by sue grimshaw — March 4, 2010 @ 12:14 am

  11. Thanks for sharing your adventures, always enjoyable to read and view. Good luck with your book.I see Atma and Solomon are enjoying your retirement life as well.Safe journeys.xo Catherine

    Comment by Catherine Shakespeare — March 11, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

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