We awake early, as usual, and I make my coffee and get back under the covers to drink it. I love to start my day that way. 🙂
A dog walk is next, and then I get ready to have breakfast with Ed, a fellow blogger. (His blog is called “The Peregrinating Graybeard” at edwardfrey.com. And yes he does have a big ol’ gray beard. 🙂 You may have seen his comments here from time to time. We talk over breakfast about the full timers life, our dogs, our RV’s, and the like. I get to meet his girl Patches, and he gets to meet Joy and Shiloh who are waiting patiently in JR for me. I also get a look at his Class C RV which compared to WS, is a mansion!
After we say so long, I head over to the post office to pick up my mail. I have two boxes of it!
Getting a months worth of mail at once can be daunting. Especially since I’ve retired, moved my residence, changed my vehicle insurance and health insurance. There is always something to clear up with phone calls. But this time it wasn’t so bad because I have Christmas in February!
After taking care of all the business its lunchtime, and then Laura and I talk on the phone for a good long while, catching up since we were together at new years.
Next it’s time to wash JR at the do-it-yourself car wash. JR is way overdue for a bath, even with all the recent rain.
I want to see the mine that Ajo is famous for, the New Cordelia Copper Mine. I drive just over a mile to the museum, and there Louie, a retired school teacher talks a blue streak about the history of the mine. He walks with another couple, their two kids, and myself through the place showing…explaining….answering my questions. I’ve been hearing that “Ajo” means “garlic”, and I was surprised because there is no garlic around here. Louie explained that “Ajo” is a corruption of another similar word that was the Native American’s word for “red.” It turns out that they were mining this area long before the Spaniards came and mined copper and silver, but the Natives were mining for red rock to use as paint. Thus….this became Ajo.
I leave the museum and go to the area where you can look into the open pit mine. It’s huge….just a big whole in the earth. There is some water at the bottom now.
After I finish at the mine, I head to Olsens Market again, and then home where we have a leisurely dinner, and have another dog walk. I go talk to Amy at the office here, because I see that I have run over the sewer cover at my site, and broken it.
Here are a few more pictures around Ajo.