More Arizona; Friends, Birthdays and An Election
After a fun few days in Prescott, we headed south to the warmer climes of the Phoenix area. Although we don't much enjoy this area of the country due to the urban sprawl, we do really like Lost Dutchman State Park. It's a stunning park with incredible sunsets and great hiking right from the campground. We decided it was as good a place as any to catch up on some chores and do some civilized things before heading back into the desert.
Iain is a big Beatles fan and we had wanted to see Ron Howard's new documentary about their touring years "Eight Days a Week" on the big screen. It was on a really limited release but we found a small independent theater in Phoenix that was screening it, so we went out for a night "in the city". The theater was cute and a welcome break from the regular multiplex environment with the added bonus of a great bar and restaurant across the street.
After our Phoenix week, we headed on to Yuma to see our friend Lauri & Jase. They are camped out there for the winter so we joined them for a while. It was election week, and we had decided as new citizens to make sure we were fully participating in the democratic process. We volunteered with the local democratic party who had a concerted effort to get the vote out. No matter what your political beliefs, hopefully everyone can agree that democracy is better if more people participate in it.
We spent the week knocking on doors, letting people know when and where to vote and make sure their voices were heard. We canvased in areas with a high percentage hispanic population and were met with friendly people who were mostly grateful for our efforts. It was great to feel part of the process and although our Spanish skills are pathetic we felt a kindred spirit with fellow immigrants who were taking part in the election. Many, like us, were voting for the first time.
Unfortunately the election didn't go the way we had hoped and that dampened our birthday celebrations. Iain and I have our birthdays a day apart, and we did our best to celebrate / drown our sorrows with Lauri & Jase. It was good to be around friends and remind ourselves how lucky we are to lead the life we do.
So what next? The election and the lack of good healthcare options for 2017 has us contemplating what is next in our travel life. We will spend the next few months in the nearest place we have to call home; California. Back in our favorite place in the country we'll think through all our options for 2017 and beyond.