What a week we have had here in Camp Verde.Good people here.I'm sure you've all read about the llamas,what a treat.The Pates were great host and did all they could to help us and our cause.Gail is very humble even though there are covers of TV guide that she was on and also TIME and VOGUE due to her Peace corp work and her dedication to animals of all natures.Milt himself is a cowboy through and through and they have been married 33 years. Thank you both for everything.
I know people talk about the weather when there is nothing else to talk about but I want to tell you,Arizona is crazy! Yesterday the girls rode out of town accompanied by Gail her mare Candy,Bill Dean and his gelding Prince , and the mayor of Camp Verde Tony Gioia on his gelding Promise. We were escorted across the highway bridge by The Yavapai Apache Police and the Camp Verde Marshalls office. Pretty cool. Anyway,it got up to 97 degrees.Everyone was hot and sweaty.Edie rode Tonto when she got in to see where we were going.When she got back,she said she got VERY cold.I actually have to get my leathers out for the next couple of days.Pretty wild I think!
All is well and we are moving along. I think I should share with you that all three of us are home sick .We've been out here just under four months and need a family fix!Life has definitely continued without us and we know it.We were all in a kind of funk yesterday.It is hard when we stay a few days with such wonderful people and they become our interim family and then we turn around and leave them too.We post these great stories and pictures for you to see but just know, that behind the scenes,we long for home. We had a great story done on us by The Arizona Republic which came out yesterday.It is a state wide publication and we have had a super response.Have gotten many e-mails and even some donations.Most times they come from folks who have been touched by strokes in some way.All of this lets us know that our word is getting out there and gently reminds all of us why we are doing what we do.Please remember to go to the "STROKE DETECTION" page on the site and refresh your memory of what signs to look for.You might need it today!Time makes a world of difference in the life of a stroke victim.
Hugs and kisses,