Going Back To McDowell

As most of you know, Bill and I planned to be at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills Arizona for the winter. We actually spent two days there before we were asked to come back to San Tan Mountain Regional Park in Queen Creek Arizona for a few weeks to help out because they were left short-handed after a couple of full-time staff members left.

We were happy to come and do whatever we could to help out. However, now we have been given the word that we are needed back at McDowell Mountain so we are busy pack things up and getting our rig ready to move out and head back to McDowell on Sunday 10/30.

Bill and I enjoyed the time we spent at San Tan last winter, and San Tan will always hold a special place in our hearts. San Tan is a beautiful day use park with unique cactus formations like the one in the picture below. It always reminds me of a Sea Horse.

Strange sightings (2)

San Tan has beautiful hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails.


And some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen.


I always enjoyed meeting the many visitors and volunteers that come to San Tan Park. Like this youth group that spent a week camping in tents next to our rig last winter. They would go out every morning and help clean and maintain the trails, but when they came back to camp in the evening they would unwind dancing to their music… Well I never want to miss an opportunity to dance, so I ran right out there and joined them, much to their surprise and delight… πŸ™‚


As much as I love horses, I was always excited when Matt, from MD Ranch, would invite Bill and I to go on a trail ride with him…


It’s been a year of fun and exciting travel for Bill and I, but it has also been a year of heartache and loss. I lost my mother this past March.


Then, in July, we lost my beautiful, and fun-loving sister-in-law Bea, the wife of my brother Danny. Bea is shown below with our precious daughter, Shantel. Danny and Bea have always been so good to Shantel over the years. While we were away each summer they would pick Shantel up and take her out to eat at least once a month,


And then, just a few weeks ago, we lost our beloved cat, Carmen.


Death is part of the circle of life, and it’s a hard fact of life… But I believe loving also means letting go when it’s time, knowing there is more to life than what we experience here.

Now, I’m ready to turn my thoughts to another new beginning, and looking forward to making new memories at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. I’m excited to meet our co-hosts there and all the visitors that will come to enjoy that Park. McDowell Park is three times the size of San Tan and not only offers over 65 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails…,but it also offers camping sites for visitors to enjoy… The picture below is our campsite at McDowell.


Yes, I’m ready for a new beginning, and definitely ready to let some good times roll! I even think I feel my altered personality, Bella (shown below), nudging me to let her out!!!Β For those of you that may not know… I discovered Bella on my very first trip to New York City, when I went to visit my frissy! Bella comes out when I need to let down, and really have some FUN:):)


Stay Tuned!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Oct 24, 2016 @ 21:33:17

    Glad you’re enjoying yourselves! We all need our outlet and you and Bill have found one dandy one.
    Your working, having fun and meeting people and even have time to have happy hour every night so keep on laughing and having fun and most importantly keep on dancing.
    We love you 😘😘


    • beyondcinderella
      Oct 24, 2016 @ 22:16:48

      Thank you Aunt Ellen. Yes, Bill and I have found the perfect retirement plan for us. We LOVE what we are doing, the places we are seeing, the people we are meeting, and the fun we are having along the way…Oh, you can believe, I will never stop laughing, and having fun, and I hope I will NEVER stop dancing… πŸ™‚ Love and hugs to all. XoXo


  2. gotham girl
    Oct 24, 2016 @ 21:45:52

    I so love you!!!


  3. Bill
    Oct 24, 2016 @ 22:15:23

    I also would like to get to McDowell, we need to get settled in and take care of business. I am sure we are going to have a great time at the new park.
    The nice thing is that we will be closer to our friends and family. The best thing is we’ll be together on this new adventure.
    Love you Girly


    • beyondcinderella
      Oct 24, 2016 @ 22:24:24

      Yes, Bill, it is going to be so nice to be “settled” at McDowell Park, and it will be so nice to be closer to family and our friends… And, yes, as long as we are together, we will be creating new memories for us to treasure…! I can’t wait!


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