Off!! Like a herd of turtles!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

After months of planning, research and finally wrenching myself away from duties at home in Albuquerque, I hit the road, bound for Quartzsite, Arizona.

Let the adventure begin!! I had found a great used motorhome in October, and had gotten the kinks worked out, and had generally outfitted it.  I bought a car that I could tow behind the motorhome–a 2014 Honda CR-V in chocolate brown. My plan is to spend about 3-4 months on the road in the southwest, visiting beautiful sites. Hopefully I will also take some photos along the way.

As usual, I left late, so I planned an overnight stop in Holbrook, AZ at a Passport America campground. Good plan. The new hosts were a young couple who were brimming with friendliness and enthusiasm. They guided me as I backed into my site and asked if I needed anything. Turns out, I did. I opened my refrigerator to discover that the lid on the jar of Costco Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, that I would never leave home without, had come loose. There was red, gooey, syrupy chipotle sauce all over the lower three shelves of my refrigerator. OH NO! I LOVE THAT SAUCE!

I grieved when I picked up the sideways jar to see that only about one eighth of the sauce had survived the episode. It seemed to shrug its shoulders at me to say, “I couldn’t help myself.” Almost the entire contents of that 40 ounce jar was “displaced” (to put it kindly). It was everywhere. There was sauce in the containers on the door.

Raspberry Chipotle Sauce 1 smaller 300 px wide

It had oozed past the door jam seal onto the floor, and into crevices that you’d think were impossible to penetrate. It had slithered past the straw in my water mug and congregated in the bottom of the mug (which I didn’t discover until the next morning when I sipped from that mug. BLEGGGH!#@$. It actually tasted good, but it was so unexpected that I almost choked when it exploded out of the straw into my mouth. So, at 9pm, with the help of a donated roll of paper towels from the eager-to-help new campground hosts, I began cleaning up the gooey mess. I had to use a spatula on flat surfaces, then a sponge, then a cotton swab. It got on my shoes, shirt, on my jeans, it was everywhere, it seemed. The clean up detail continued until 12:30am. New Rule of the Road: Always check the lids of things you lay on their side in the refrigerator. They say you only learn by mistakes. I’m doing a lot of learning lately.

I slept well that night. The next morning, when I sleepily opened the refrigerator door, guess what greeted me? The pungent smell of Raspberry Chipotle sauce. As I recall this “adventure” several weeks later, that smell still lingers, although, thankfully it becomes more and more faint. It is a constant reminder of the very start of my journey. Life happens: the good, the bad, and the smelly…

27 Comments

  1. LeRoy
    Apr 9, 2016

    Oh Rhonda, If you had submitted the Raspberry Chipotle sauce into the Casual Critique Class I would have to tell you and the class that red is a primary color and you should never use it in the center of your image. Also, your yellow and green butter container is severely clashing with the red sauce.
    I would have to recommend that you never print that image for competition!!!
    Seriously, I’m so glad to hear from you and it sounds like you’re having a ball.
    LeRoy

    • Rhonda
      Apr 9, 2016

      Ha! Good one, LeRoy! I just decided that I was going to take photos for my own pleasure and to document life. Life sometimes really clashes with art! Thanks for reading! Great to hear from you!

      • Mary Lee Dereske
        Apr 9, 2016

        Actually, I’m surprised that he didn’t tell you it would look better in black and white.
        ** Mary

        • Rhonda
          Apr 9, 2016

          Ha Ha! Mary! So true! Great to hear from you!

      • Doreen
        May 16, 2016

        Life, art are one.

        • Rhonda
          May 16, 2016

          Who can this be?!!! So great to hear from you, Doreen. Hope you are well!

  2. Sharon (Kaul) Kermes
    Apr 9, 2016

    So far I love your blog, and the adventure of owning and traveling all over the USA in a motor home. I would like to experience that someday. Meanwhile,, it sounds fun, even with the spilled raspberry Chipotle sauce. I will continue reading tomorrow and the next day. Love and prayers, Sharon

    • Rhonda
      Apr 9, 2016

      Thanks so much, Sharon! So good to hear from you! I’m taking all the small setbacks as a part of the adventure. Throw it at me, baby!

  3. Sharon (Kaul) Kermes
    Apr 9, 2016

    What an adventure you’re having. I am enjoying reading about it! Hope to read more in the next day or two. Meanwhile, stay safe and enjoy the journey! !!

    • Rhonda
      Apr 9, 2016

      Thanks, Sharon! I am really enjoying things on the road. I’m taking everying in stride much better than I used to in my “old life.” Good lessons to learn!

  4. Barbara McGuire
    Apr 10, 2016

    What a great story! Though an inauspicious start, it promises to be a wonderful adventure.

    • Rhonda
      Apr 10, 2016

      It surely was a start to remember, and for that I’m grateful!

  5. Marian
    Apr 10, 2016

    Just got the email notice that you were blogging, read the first entry (January 17), admired the photos, and decided your blog was definitely more entertaining and interesting than many of the other items that fill my email. So I signed up and am looking forward to more great photos and stories…Really admire you for hitting the road on your own in a motorhome, but you are missing planting season here in the Emerald City…Take care, my friend.

    • Rhonda
      Apr 10, 2016

      Thanks so much, Marian! Every day I think about my landscape and wonder how it is doing…I have to say it is almost like having a pet–you want to take care of it and want it to be happy!

    • Rover Ronda(WA)
      May 14, 2016

      What?? Are you in Seattle? Or is there another Emerald City?

      • Rhonda
        May 15, 2016

        Ha! No–my friend and I are in a Xeric Garden Club in Albuquerque. Xeric is Greek for dry. She was being facetious!

        • Rover Ronda (WA)
          May 15, 2016

          Funny😃
          I was confused on two counts. Seattle is known as The Emerald City and I’ve never heard anyone refer to our growing season. Can it be a season if it’s 9-10 months, plus 1-2 months of starters growing in their kitchens and green houses? I say “their” because my thumb is NOT green. I’ve heard early crops, summer crops, and late crops.
          Sounds like an interesting club

          • Rhonda
            May 15, 2016

            Right now is the best time for green in New Mexico–except perhaps after our Monsoon Season in July! Beautiful place but it is a desert. Thanks for your comments and for reading my blog!

  6. Charles and Atha Nall
    Apr 10, 2016

    Well, you did it!! Such courage!
    We look forward to following your travel adventures. Stay safe!

  7. Louise Oyster
    Apr 12, 2016

    Dear Rhonda, thank you, thank you, thank you for the message you sent to our G-mail address on April 9th and which I saw just today. David and I look forward to keeping up with your blog and receiving the E-mails. You are a very special lady, and we wish the very best for you. May God bless and keep you. We pray for good health and safety and no more need for midnight clean-up sessions… With much love, Louise O.

    • Rhonda
      Apr 16, 2016

      Sorry that I don’t have a current email address for you, Louise! Is the email address that you subscribed to the blog your preferred one? So glad to be in touch with you both!

  8. nadine gaul
    Apr 27, 2016

    I’m just reading your blog for the first time.
    I remember years ago, stepping into our fifth wheel and finding a pound of ground coffee strewn about. Yes, cleanup does take the time. : -l

    • Rhonda
      May 8, 2016

      Wow, Nadine! That would be a mess! But hopefully you could vacuum most of it up! Always something!

  9. WilliamMype
    May 23, 2016

    Im obliged for the article.Really thank you! Great. Loura

  10. Bob Simpson
    Nov 23, 2016

    Rhonda, it was good seeing you last night at LeRoys’ Casual Critique. I didn’t realize you were doing all your traveling by yourself! You are very brave to do so. Sounds like you have or are meeting friends along your journey. Hope to see you again before you head out.

  11. Rhonda from Albuquerque
    Feb 12, 2017

    This is a test!

  12. Rhonda from Albuquerque
    Feb 12, 2017

    This is a test reply. Will it let Rhonda know there is a reply?

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