Tuesday January 26, 2016 Lunch at Lin’s Grand Buffet

Sunny and windy this morning. The wind did’t let up over night, but finally did about 7:00PM. Gusts today were up to 25mph out of the NW. Over night low was 45F and the high this afternoon was 68F.

Put the coffee in the microwave and took Joy for a walk. She likes to explore and has been going further every day. On the way back I got a nice view of Castle Dome.

Castle Dome

Did some work on the computer. Sketched a diagram for Mario for solar power and printed out specs and prices of the components.

Instead of a dinner at Octillo Flat we all went into Lin’s Grand Buffet in Yuma for lunch. We all got together at 2:00PM. It was good as usuall. I went through the buffet and then went to the Mongolian Grill.

Left Lin’s at 3:30PM and went to home Depot. Picked up two coat hooks to install in my closet to hang jackets on rather than hangers. Then went to Walmart in the Foothills to get root beer and some hor d’oeuvres at the camp fire. They also were out of root beer. There must have been a run on root beer. Both the Walmart on Pacific and the one in the Foothills as well as the Walgreens on Fortuna are out of it.

Got home and Mario came up to see my solar installation. We discussed the various components and he went home to look over the sketch and components.

Took Joy for a walk. We skipped dinner and just had ice cream.

Set up Mail Hold at home on USPS.com to start tomorrow. Really nice to be able to do every thing on line.

Watched TV and went to bed.

Monday January 25, 2016 Los Algodonnes, BC Mexico

Overcast this morning. Over night low was 48F and the high was 71F. It cleared off and was sunny mid morning and the rest of the day. Wind gusted to 15mph out of the NW.

Started coffee and took Joy for a walk. Came back and had coffee and cake.

At 10:15AM Alan and I headed to Los Algodonnes, BC Mexico. Alan had made an appointment to have his teeth cleaned for $20.00. We got into Algodonnes about 11:00AM. There were a lot of vehicles in the parking lot. They now charge $6.00 for parking. We started out by looking for the dental office where he had an appointment. We asked for directions at a pharmacy and found it on the outskirts of the business district. There was an unusual parking sign in the window.

Witch Sign

It says “Witch Parking Only – All Other Will Be Toad”

After locating the office, we went to the Paraiso for lunch. I ordered a Margarita and Alan ordered lemonade.

Drinks

Alan ordered Chile Relleno and I had Quesadilla. The entertainment played a medley of Beatles songs, Brazilian songs and some Johnny Cash songs.

Alan and Me
Alan and Me

While we were eating Bob W. and his brother Bill came in. On the street outside we ran into Lupita, Lucy and Jim.

We headed back to the dental office. We got there early for Alan’s 1:30PM appointment and he had to wait.

The office was nice and well equipped. There was a husky young man assisting and I told Alan his job must be to hold the patient down in the chair.

Alan was somewhat disappointed as the ad had a picture of the dentist that showed her as a very attractive woman, the picture must have been taken some time ago.

I went to a park a block away to wait.

Park

While I was sitting there an older woman came over and said hello. she said she had been married to a man from Idaho for 33 years, but he died a year ago without any pension. She said she owned a house in Algodonnes. She said she was waiting for her granddaughter to come from school in America. A man asked if I needed help. I met a couple of nice dogs including a Rat Terrier.

Dogs

Alan was finished at 2:30PM and we went to buy some Tekali Tequila Coffee Liquor and prescription drugs.

We then headed for the border. I’ve never seen such a line. It took us 1 1/2hrs to exit Mexico.

Line at Border

Once we got to Customs they just looked at the passport and sent us on. Alan used his Enhanced Drivers License, good for Mexican and Canadian border crossing.

We then headed back to Imperial Dam by way of the Walgreens on Fortuna where Alan had ordered some prints of the picture he took of the Lorenzo Family.

We got back about 5:15PM and went to Jerry and Lupita’s RV where dinner was being served. Lucy had made Tamales and Lupita Burritos. They were really good.

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Some of us sat around the camp fire until after 9:00PM. It got pretty windy and everyone rolled up their awnings.

Sunday January 24, 2015 Cathy’s Turn for Dinner

Another very nice day. Perfectly clear this morning. Over night low was 47F and the high this afternoon was 73F. Wind was light and variable.

Walked Joy and then had coffee and an apple fritter that I bought yesterday at Food City. Watched news on Fox and then Flip or Flop on HGTV.

Alan’s RV buffers called and said they would be there at 9:30AM, but didn’t show up. I finally fixed the vanity drawer. I then went down and fixed Jim and Lucy’s TV antenna. Got it going in time to watch the AFC game.

The two Bobs, Jerry, Alan and I carried the Hobo Camp table back to the camp fire area and set it up.

Hobo Camp Table
Bob L., Bob’s son Jerry, Alan and Bob W.

I went up to walk Joy and saw that the RV buffers had come and started buffing and waxing Alan’s motor home. They are doing it on their own time and didn’t finish, said they would be back next Sunday.

Went down to Jim and Lucy’s and watched the end of the Denver and New England game. Denver won 20 to 18, but New England almost tied it in the last minute.

Went up to motor home and loaded dinner into the Jeep. Cathy made Jambalaya with shrimp and Andouille sausage. Others brought vergetable dishes and salads.. Cathy also made a pancake mix cake with penoche frosting. Everyone enjoyed dinner and came back for seconds.

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Dinner buffet

Lupita made a real good salsa.

Lupita's Salsa

After dinner we all went over to the camp fire. We watched the full moon come up behind the camp fire. It was really beautiful.

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Went back to the motor home and watched Madame Secretary and NCIS.

Saturday January 23, 2016 Some RVs Get a Bath

It was predicted to be overcast today, but the sun was out most of the day. Over night low was 49F and the high for the day was 70F. Wind gusted to 5mph from the SE.

Got up early because they were coming to wash the motor home. Took Joy for a walk and made coffe and bagels.

Just as I finished breakfast Alan led the van from Benjamin’s Mobile RV wash up to his motor home. They were going to hand wax, but they told us we wouldn’t be happy with the look because we had too much oxidation. They suggested the foam wax. We settled on $100 for the washing and waxing. They started with Alan’s motor home.

I went down to Jerry and Lupita’s RV. Lucy was serving Bloody Mary’s and Lupita was inside making tortillas.

Lucy Making Bloody Marys
Lucy Making Bloody Marys

I sat and talked to Mario for awhile then went in to see Lupita make torillas. She made them from scratch. She rolled the dough into a ball and then worked it flat with her hands and the put in on the grill. Each one came out perfectly round and a uniform size. I had a warm tortilla with butter. Really was tasty. She made 80 of them. She gave some to Cathy to take home. Alan also made a torilla.

Lupita Making Tortillas
Lupita Making Tortillas

About this time they finished Alan’s motor home and started on ours. It looks a lot better, but I am going to have to deoxidize it and wax it this summer.

Washing the Motor Home

After paying for washing the motor home I went down for brunch. Had tortilla with refried beans and eggs.

After doing our motor home, Benjamin’s crew did Bill’s carpet and washed and waxed the out side of his motor home and then did Jim and Lucy’s carpet. They are coming back tomorrow to power buff Alan’s motor home.

Cathy and I went in to Yuma to do some shopping. We went to Food City, Dollar Tree, 99 Cent Only, Harbor Freight and Walmart. Got back to Ocotillo Flat at 5:15PM. Some had gone in to Arizona Market Place and that delayed supper. We finally had supper at Jim and Lucy’s RV. We had corn chowder, chili and corn bread.

Again we all sat around the camp fire. Gizmo, Jerry and Lupita’s dog sat on my lap. He is a Papillon and quite a character. Went back to motor home and watched figure skating.

Friday January 22, 2016 Tri Tip Beef Dinner

Bright and sunny again this morning. A little windy. Over night low was 55F and the high this afternoon was 70F. Wind from NW 12 to 15mph.

Walked Joy and came back and made coffee and bagels.

Tried the brackets in the drawer. They were too small.

Went to Yuma by way of Bard. Stopped and picked up mail at post office. Stopped at Lowes to gt brackets. They didn’t have them.

Went on to Arizona Market Place. Arizona Market Place is a large covered flea market. I was able to get the brackets there. Stopped in the food court for a beer. Jack Jackson and Friends was the entertainment. They are pretty good.

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Jack Jackson and Friends

We then went to the Foothills Walmart. Picked up some of the things we’ve been forgetting. We then headed for the Foothills 99 Cent Only Store. Got a few more things we’ve been forgetting. Headed back to Imperial Dam for the 5:00PM Tri Tip Beef dinner. Jerry did a great job of barbequeing the beef. Lupita made some unbelievable stuffed jalapeno peppers. There were deviled eggs, beans and potato salad. Alan baked beer bread for the occasion. Tomorrow Lupita is making totillas at 11:00AM for brunch. Tomorrow’s dinner is chili and corn chowder.

Tri Tip Beef Dinner

We all sat around the camp fire again. Bob and Doris’ oldest son Dan came out from Yuma, so all of their family was here.

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Went back to the motor home and watched Shark Tank and Blue Bloods.

Thursday January 21, 2016 Day of Repairs

Another gorgeous day. Clear and sunny. Over night low was 47F and the high today was 71F. Wind was variable gusting to 10mph.

Walked Joy, made coffee and bagels.

Alan brought over the clamp on meter that he bought on Amazon and had sent to the Christian Center. The Christian Center provides mail and package service for the RVers in the area. They also have a thrift store.

Went over to Alan’s and helped him unroll his awning, which was rolled too tight to release with the regular lever. While Alan pulled on the awning strap, I used a plier on the release lever.

Alan made some blueberry muffins, so he suggested he make some coffee and we could have coffee and muffins. The muffins were delicious.

Alan's Blueberry Muffins

After we had our coffee break, Alan came over to our motor home to help me with the solar. Found out it was just a bad connection. The connection looked clean and it was tight, however after taking it apart and putting it back together it worked.

Alan then brought his bedroom light over and installed a new switch. I tried to put an LED lamp in it, but it wouldn’t fit. Alan replaced it with the original lamp and it worked well.

Cathy’s A-Fib went away during the night and she felt a lot better today. She did a lot of cleaning and reorganizing today.

I gathered up all the garbage including a bag from Alan and took it to the dumpster on Quail Hill. The view of Castle Dome from Quail Hill is really beautiful.

Castle Dome from Quail Hill
Castle Dome from Quail Hill

I took Joy on a long walk which she enjoyed a lot. She likes to explore. We climbed up on a hill and had a good view of the surrounding area.

Coyote Ridge
Coyote Ridge from Hill

At 5:00PM we all gathered at Jim and Lucy’s for dinner. Jane made pulled pork. Alan brought a delicious rice dish. The was some good cake and salads. Everyone is taking turns cooking for the rest of the week, making a main dish and everyone bringing something to complement it. Cathy and I are doing Sunday.

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After dinner we all sat around the camp fire. The Bobs got a load of firewood today and will probably get another load tomorrow.

Wednesday January 20, 2016 Shopping in the Foothills

Beautiful clear morning. Over night low was 51F. The high today was 72F. The wind was variable and gusting to 7mph. After sunset it was calm.

Cathy awoke with atrial fibrilation. She still has it at 9:00PM as I write this.

Alan and I drove into the Foothills in his Grand Cherokee. We first stopped at Al’s RV Parts. Alan got a screen door latch and a short hose and I bought a pair of brackets to fix the top vanity drawer. Alan has installed his latch, I haven’t fixed the drawer yet. We then went next door to the 99 Cent Only store. We bought some produce, candy, cookies and other essentials.

Next we drove to Walmart. We got just about every thing we needed at the 99 Cent Only store, but they don’t sell beer. I bought a 30 pack of Tecate beer, paper bowls, waste tank treatment and coffee. I didn’t notice what Alan bought. There was a Rat Terrier Service Dog in Walmart and I talked to the owner. His name is Roco. They have a little 4 1/2 lb female Rat Terrier also. Roco likes to play, but turns professional as soon as his vest is put on.

Roco Rat Terrier Service Dog
Roco the Rat Terrier Service Dog

We then headed west on I-8 to Bard to stop at the post office. I had ordered switches from Digi-Key to fix the lights in the motor homes and they were there. There was quite a bit of mail that had been forwarded.

We had happy hour at 4:00PM at Jim and Lucy’s. Several went to the RV show in Quartzsite this morning, but got back just in time for happy hour.

I had my left over lasagna from Monday’s lunch for dinner. Went down to the camp fire until about 8:30PM.

Tuesday January 19, 2015 From Quartzsite to Imperial Dam

A clear sunny morning. The low over night was 44F. The high in Quartzsite today was 70F and in Bard where we ended up 71F. Winds were again light and variable.

At 10:00AM I went into Quartzsite to fill with gas. It was $1.97/gal. Stopped by the hardware store to buy some 4 awg battery cable, but they didn’t have any. Did get the 4 awg 3/8″ lugs I needed. It is a very nice hardware and lumber store.

Went back to motor home, checked the air in the tires and hooked the Cherokee to the motor home. Got going about 1:00PM. Alan was also relocating to Imperial Dam and I had arranged to meet him at Stone Cabin for ice cream. We decided to have a sandwich along with the ice cream.

Eating at Stone Cabin
Eating at Stone Cabin

We got to the Imperial Dam dump and water station at 4:00PM. Dumped and filled with water. They have new water lanes so that 9 RVs can fill at the same time. They also relocated the dumpsters.

BLM Water Fill Lanes

We went from the Imperial Dam service area to where we camp at Ocotillo Flat. We were welcomed by the two Bobs and Bill. Bob L. has a son and daughter visiting here also. Jim and Lucy are also here. Three burros also came to welcome us.

Three Burros

Alan and I parked our motor homes on top of the hill.

Motor Homes on Hill

We then went down to visit with everyone. The Bobs made a camp fire.

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Alan’s wife Angela had made some Chinese pastries and Alan heated them up and brought them out. We sat around the camp fire until 9:00PM. It is still in the 60’s this evening.

Monday January 18, 2016 Lunch With Chris & Joyce and Their Friends

Overcast most of today with some wind. Overnight low was 43F. The high today was 67F. Winds were light and variable.

We got things loaded up and left Plomosa Road at 10:00AM. Cathy drove the Cherokee and I drove the motor home. We checked into La Posa South and got in line to dump.

Lineup in Mirror
Lineup behind me in my mirror

Took 1 1/2 hrs. Cathy washed her hair while we were waiting. I had her wait, because I didn’t know if the water would hold out. For some reason the fifth wheel ahead of us took more than a half our to dump. The woman kept coming out and filling a gallon jug with non potable water.

Finally got dumped and parked. Shaved and changed clothes and drove to Silly Al’s to meet our WIT friends from Fargo, Chris and Joyce and their friends from the car club they belong to.

Group atSilly Al's

They took a charter flight from Fargo to Bullhead City. Their friends from Nebraska, Harold and Helen got there at 11:50AM and saved a table. They spend the winters in Hope, AZ. Chris and Joyce and their friends from Fargo, Jack and Helen got there before us. It was very busy, but the food was good. I had lasagna and brought half home.

After Silly Al’s we stopped at McDonalds for 69 cent cones.

Got back to the motor home and walked Joy. We met the woman camped behind us in a pop up camper. They are from Vancouver Island and have been here since October.

Had left over dirty rice for dinner. We got some South African Smoke Seasoning at Trader Joe’s and it was great on the dirty rice.

Watched Corner Gas the Movie.

 

Sunday January 17, 2015 Lazy Day

Beautiful morning. Not a cloud in the sky. Over night low was 44F and high today was 65F. Really no wind. The highs for the next week are supposed to be in the 70’s.

Took Joy for a few walks. She really likes to explore.

Tree in Wash
Tree in Wash Joy was Exploring

Watched HGTV most of the day and did some reading on my Kindle. As I looked out the windows, there was a beautiful panorama in every direction.

Panorama out Window
View Out Window to South Over Sofa

Cathy talked to Kathryn about the wedding. Cathy talked to David and found out his car wasn’t starting. It wasn’t plugged in and the temps are below zero.

At sundown talked to Bob and Jerry then went back for dinner. We will be meeting our WIT friends Joyce and Chris at Silly Al’s tomorrow for lunch. We will also will move to the La Posa South LTVA south of Quartzsite tomorrow.