11/30/2014

November 21–30, 2014 Casa Grande

Friday morning we were up early and on our way to our lot in Casa Grande.

Up and over the mountains:

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Into the valley:

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And desert:

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Back to where there are LOTS of saguaros:

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We made a stop for fuel (WOW!, is it getting lower, makes my Andy happy).  Then into the park where we filled with propane.

Over the past week, we have been getting caught up with friends, doing a little beading, cleaning out the sheds, doing some chores that needed to be done, and just having a grand time.  Did I say we were blessed – Smile.

The kitties have been enjoying watching the birds and bugs and sleeping, of course.

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Thanksgiving was here at the clubhouse and Jan and Ken came up from Arizona City to join us.  The park supplied the turkey and gravy and everyone else supplied the rest of the food – It was yummy and we all had a good time.

The latest upgrade was the bathroom.  Andy installed a new fan and I added a new shower curtain.

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We also removed the center back area of the theater seating and Andy added an outlet.  I am looking for a lamp to put behind the seats – checking the thrift shops first – Smile.

We will be here for the next few weeks so stay tuned and enjoy today.

Stats for the 21st:

Miles Traveled: 185 Miles

Routes Traveled:

Arizona: E. County 17th Street; South Avenue 4E; E County 14th; SR-195; I-8; Thornton Road; SR-84; Montgomery Road

 

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11/28/2014

October 26 to November 20, 2014 Our Time in Yuma

First my apologies for not updating the blog.  So to get caught up, I will give you the highlights of our last few weeks.

Our Motorhome

One of the reasons we have come to Yuma was to do some upgrading to the motorhome.  Last season we saw some items we wanted to purchase and decided to do it this season.

First, we took out our couch and replaced it with theater seating.

Before:

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After:

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Andy put in the little table on the right.  It comes out when we travel.

So with the seating there, we moved the TV.  I do not have a before picture.  The cabinet is my thrift shop find this past summer:

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Then I replaced all the curtains in the front and over the door.

Before:

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After (as well as the pictures above with the TV):

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Next was a dashboard cover for when we are parked.  We checked into a permanent one but it was over $400.00 and I was able to make one for less than $50.00.  I can live without the permanent one – Smile

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(It is a little messy in the above picture – sorry.)  But it does match the curtains.

We replaced our fan in the living area to a Fantastic Fan that pulls air out as well as in – Real Nice.  Another item was a water softening system – Very nice!

I did get two estimates for reupholstering our captains chairs – YIKEES!!  It is cheaper to buy new ones.  So not sure what I am going to do there.

We ordered new dinette cushions to arrive in Casa Grande sometime in December – will have pictures then.

And lastly, I am looking for a carpenter to build us wooden valences in the bedroom that I can paint.  I could reupholster the current ones we have but I have a cat that likes to climb them.  So wooden ones, painted, stenciled, and polyurethane may be better.  The carpenter in the park is busy until after the holidays so that won’t work.  Will try in Casa Grande.

I am still not sure what I am going to do with the flooring.  I put new carpeting in the bedroom in our other motorhome and will probably do the same here.  But in the living area, I do not want carpet and I am not sure how to do it with the slide.  Hmm, I will need to research.

KOFA COOP Escape Park

Another reason we came here is that we are number nine on the list for a lot.  We originally put our names on this list in 2010 because it was the warmest place in the U.S. that winter - every other place we visited was cold (for us).  Since we only stayed one night here in boondocking before this, we figured we better stay here a month to decide if we really want to take a lot.

Here is the lot we are renting:

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Our neighbors, Fran and Bob, have adopted us and over the course of the month they introduced us to folks, invited us to sit with them at the potluck and socials, and told us about many of the things in the park.  Thank you, Fran and Bob.

There is a pool and hot tub here that we have enjoyed (Andy has used it more than me).  There is a coffee hour for the men early in the morning and that is where Andy went most every morning since he is an early riser.  They also have crafts six days a week in the afternoon and I was there a few times to meet the ladies and see what everyone was doing.  It is early in the season so many of the activities here do not start until mid November.

Yuma

Yuma offers a lot to the snowbirds and we have many friends who winter here every year.  So over the past month we got together with Nora (who we last saw in West Yellowstone), Della and Bob (who we last saw at Bead Week), Sandy and Raul (who we last saw in Washington), Larry and Peg (who we last saw in Oregon).  There are quite a few beading/polymer/resin groups here and Nora took me to a few of them where I visited with a number of the ladies from Bead Week (Thank you, Nora).   Sue and Bruce came thru on their way to California and it was great to get caught up with them.

We are so blessed with the friends we have – Smile

Andy joined the local Amvets and we have been going there at least once a week.  He also helped them on Veteran’s Day, giving out poppies at the local Fry’s.  One of the days they had a meat draw and we had never been to one.  Frankly I didn’t even know what it was.  (For those who don’t know, you buy tickets and when your ticket is pulled, you win meat such as steak, chicken, bacon, etc.)  Our first one, we won chicken, steak, and a free lunch.  On the second week, we didn’t win anything – Oh well.

My Moose Lodge is also here in Yuma.  We only went there once but I learned that the Woman of the Moose Chapter in that lodge is very active so I will probably get involved there.

The weather, of course, is beautiful.  It was very warm during the day for our first two weeks here and then it cooled down and was very enjoyable.  There is the wind, although we only had bad wind one day. 

Looks like snow, doesn’t it:

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Health

We did make our yearly trip to Mexico for dental.  It was great to see Dr. Roberto again.  We met him a few years ago and since then, he has married and now has two children.

Andy and I both came down with what I call “the Desert Crud”.  We always get sick the first month here and I am not sure if it is the desert dust or the amount of people in the stores and markets and we just get exposed to a new strain of germs.  I had a bad stomach virus right before and had started on antibiotics so my “cold” did not get as bad, although I was down and out for a little over a week.

Speaking of Healthcare – I am losing my healthcare as of December 31, 2014 so I have been spending some time going thru the maze of options – oh my – and it is a maze.  My application is done on healthcare.gov but I still need to get thru to the insurance companies.  I am sure it will all work out.

So that is our highlights for our month in Yuma.  We left for Casa Grande on November 21st which will be in our next blog.

Stay tuned and enjoy today.

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11/27/2014

November 27, 2014 Happy Thanksgiving

 

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Andy and I are so thankful for the blessings we enjoy every day and wanted to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

(I will be updating the blog shortly.)

10/26/2014

October 24-25, 2014 Travel to Yuma and Friends

October 24th

We packed up early and headed on down the road:

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Through Quartzsite:

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In January, this intersection will be packed!

We are here too early – La Mesa RV isn’t even here:

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Empty Tyson Wells – In January, this will be filled with over 100 vendors:

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Aren’t they cute – Smile:

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The “Big Tent” space:

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Continuing our journey south to Yuma:

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What continues to amaze me year after year is that we drive south of Quartzsite and it is desert for over 50 miles.  Then we round corner and it is green…

Orange Trees:

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And Cotton Bales:

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The Little Church:

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In Yuma, they plant and harvest three times because of the ideal growing conditions.  This field is ready to go:

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And this one is in the process:

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We arrived at the Escape Park, KOFA, right before lunch and settled into a site on the outer wall.  We have been on their list to get a lot for a few years and we are now number 9 on that list.   Before this, we only spent one night here in boondocking a few years ago so we figured we better spend some time here to see if we like it.

The other reason we are here is to do some upgrading in our motorhome.  So after lunch, we went to Furniture Warehouse and ordered theater seating (two recliners with a compartment/cup holders in between).  On Monday, it will be delivered and they will take our old couch.  We are also hoping to reupholster our captain’s chairs and either get new dinette cushions or reupholster our original ones.  I have purchased new curtains but they need to be hemmed yet.  With the left over material, I hope to make a dash cover.  For now, we are leaving the flooring alone because I am not sure how I want it to look.

We also hope to see friends who are making their way south.  It should be fun.  Smile.     We think we are staying here for a month and then head to our lot in Casa Grande but you never know – plans can change tomorrow – LOL!

Stats for today:

Miles Traveled:  132 Miles

Routes Traveled:

California: Parker Dam Road; SR-62

Arizona: SR-95; Avenue 3E; E County 17th Street

Gas – $2.78/gallon at Sam’s Club in Yuma – WOW!!!

October 25th, 2014

I spent today with my friend, Kay.   We met Kay and Norval a few years ago in Quartzsite and have stayed in touch since then.  Norval had a bad stroke three years ago and has not been able to travel.  Kay came down for a week with her friend, Brenda, and we are so glad we were able to connect.  Last year, Andy and I went to see them in Alberta, Canada, so it was great to spend the day with her, getting caught up, laughing, crying and hugging.  What a wonderful day – Thank you Kay.

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What a wonderful day – Smile

I will not be blogging daily unless we play tourist but I will be blogging weekly.  So until then, enjoy today.

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October 22 - 23, 2014 Our time at Emerald Cove

Wednesday, October 22nd

This morning was a slow morning for us.  Eventually we took a walk around the park.  The Colorado River:

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Our site:

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When we are in the Yuma Lakes park, we usually have “Roberts” wash our rig.  Well we found out that “Roberts” is now operating here.  So this afternoon, we had our rig pressure washed and the roof treated.  It looks beautiful.

Thursday, October 23rd

Today was road trip day so we packed a lunch and away we went.  Our plans were to go to Bouse, then Quartzsite, then back home.  We wanted to check out some BLM land south of Bouse.  Every January, we come to Quartzsite and camp out with the Boomers.  It is very dusty out there and the last two years, I got sick from all that dust.  So if and when we go this year, we will probably stay in a different area – and that was our mission today – to identify other areas.

Our first stop was the Bouse Community Park to check on their camping, dump station, and water availability.  It is a nice park:

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As we were sitting there, our Tracker sputtered and quit!  Yikees, now what.  Andy checked a few things and couldn’t find anything wrong.  So we called Good Sam Road Service and they were going to send some one to tow us to Quartzsite.  As we were waiting, Andy started the car again and it ran!  Now what?   We decided to head back to Parker.  I called Good Sam to cancel, then the tow service who also gave us the name of a mechanic in Parker.   Then we decided to do some troubleshooting with the help of the internet.  All symptoms pointed to a bad cam position sensor.

First stop was the AutoZone.  They stock this part because it tends to fail in the Tracker.  (I guess we were blessed because our Tracker is a 2001 and it just started to fail!).  Anyway, back home, Andy changed the part, we had lunch, and then off we went again.  Smile

Wavy roads south of Bouse:

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We are back in the desert – isn’t it beautiful:

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Greenery – WOW!:

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We checked out a few sites.  My preference is out on Plomosa Road between MM2 and MM3.  We’ll see!

Quartzsite is still very empty.  We made a stop at the Gambler – he just opened and was cleaning out the store.  It is amazing to be here this early in the season.

Back home after supper we had visitors:

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The cats were fascinated:

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Especially Bella:

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After a while, they headed on down the road:

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What a nice treat!

Tomorrow we are headed south to Yuma, where we expect to be for a month. 

Stay tuned and enjoy today.

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