Thursday, February 11, 2010

We woke up yesterday morning and somehow thought we had morphed back to the Oregon coast as it was raining and the temperature was in the low 50’sF, a typical Oregon coast day!! It rained off and on all day and was cool – certainly not a typical Yuma day.

We decided to do some inside stuff so headed out as I desperately needed a hair cut and a pedicure – boy do my feet feel good again and I no longer look like a shaggy dog! We stopped at Fry’s and picked up a couple of groceries and by the time we got home it was after 5 – where oh where do the days go!

Today was a beautiful, sunny day, typical Yuma weather. John did some work outside and I did some more stuff inside then about noon we headed out to do laundry – there is no laundromat in the park so we went to one on South Frontage Road. Noon was a good time to go as it was busy but I got machines without a problem, so was happy, and at a $1.25/load it was reasonable. It is a fairly new laundromat so was nice and clean. John dropped me off and then carried on to get his hair cut and stop at Wal Mart and he arrived back to pick me up just as I was finishing folding the clothes – perfect timing.

When we came back we took a drive through the park and Gail was sitting outside so we stopped and had a visit with her, Don had gone out for fuel so wasn’t there but we will catch up with them soon for happy hour.
We have developed a wicked leak around the door in the last couple of weeks so when we got back John started trying to figure out where the problem is – hopefully he has located it and will get it fixed tomorrow. It is supposed to be sunny for the foreseeable future so hopefully it will be fixed by the next time we see rain. Actually, we are having the Mexicans come to wash the trailer on Monday so John is hoping that will be a good test of his fixing.

And so ends a couple more great gifts of days and we look forward to another interesting day tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Today was a gorgeous day, sunny and warm but unfortunately I spent most of the day inside doing some major cleaning and still have some things left to do tomorrow. I will be real happy to see it all clean and shiny again!!

John spent most of the day outside getting things organized and put away, now, for the first time in 5 months we can actually see the back seat of the truck!

We left about noon and went to Time Warner to sign up and get the modem etc. for the internet, we are now all hooked up and it is nice to be in the cyberspace world again! We stopped at a couple of stores on the way home and including Fry’s but it was a zoo and I had left my Fry’s card in the truck so we left without buying anything. We saw a couple of good deals so will go back in the next couple of days and pick up a couple of things.

When we got home we picked up where we left off, John outside and me finishing a couple more things inside. Our next door neighbour came over and introduced himself and gave us a cauliflower and an extremely large radish he had got in California today, it will be interesting to try the radish. A few more people stopped to welcome us to the park and chat, it is certainly the friendliest park we have been in Yuma!

It is now bed time – where does the day go?

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.

Monday, February 8, 2010

These are Pictures from Saturday:
California Along I-5

Our Site at Kit Fox RV Park, Patterson (You Can See How Wet It Was)

This Funky Airstream Was at Kit Fox

Sunday turned out to be a nice day although it rained off and on all Saturday night/early Sunday morning. We checked the weather when we got up and it was only 28F in Tehachapi and seeing that it is at an elevation of 4000’ we decided not to rush leaving in the hopes it would warm up as we didn’t want to hit icy roads, as it was, it was 36F when we went through about 11 a.m. and the roads were wet so it probably didn’t hurt waiting. You can see from the pictures that there was lots of snow, and windmills, on the mountains as we went through. Once we got clear of there we hit sunny skies and had a lovely day the rest of the day.

Mountains At Tehachapi

We picked up I-40 at Barstow, CA, and there was a sign for Wilmington N.C. – 2544 miles – wow, that’s a long interstate!

We drove 435 km and stopped at Needles, California for the night. We stayed at Desert View RV Resort and it was a real nice park with hedges between the sites and the price was $33/night, not bad for California. Again, the internet was poor so I didn’t get my blog posted.

Our Site at Desert View RV Resort

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day, clear blue skies and a high of 68F, sure did like that! We had a good drive to Yuma, although it is pretty boring from Parker to Yuma and Quartzsite was pretty well dead although there are still quite a lot of trailers boondocking on the BLM lands.

Rock Formation Near Lake Havasu City

We arrived at Mountain Cactus Ranch about 2 this afternoon and are now all set up. Tomorrow we need to do some major cleaning both inside and out and go to Time Warner and get set up for internet as the park only has it at the office. We went out late this afternoon and got some groceries then went to Applebee’s for dinner – much easier than worrying about having to cook after a day on the road.

The people in the park here seem really nice, we were surprised by the number who stopped to talk and welcome us to the park while we were setting up.

After four days on the road we are both tired so it will be early to bed tonight.

And so ends a couple more great gifts of days and we look forward to another interesting day tomorrow.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

It would be too much to expect two nice days in a row and we were proven right by a rainy, cool day today. It rained off and on all night last night but fortunately it did stop this morning while John was getting us ready to hit the road, so at least he didn’t get wet.

We had an uneventful day, with a wet drive, and when we got to Bakersfield we had about a 20 minute period of stop and go traffic due to an accident but nothing to complain about. We arrived at Orange Grove RV Park on the east side of Bakersfield around 2 p.m. It is a nice park and the rate was $33/night cash or cheque or $35/night using debit or visa so of course we paid by cheque.

Dave and Janet had sent us an e-mail last night saying they were here and will be until Tuesday so we are parked across the road from them. We went over after we got here and visited then Dave drove us to a grocery store (so we wouldn’t have to unhook) and we both picked up some cooked ribs and I got a salad, so we had a good dinner at their place and as usual a great visit.

We had had an e-mail from them on Tuesday night saying they were going to cut over to the coast to come south so would stop in Port Orford for a visit but we never heard from them. It turns out it was pouring rain when they went through so they just kept on going as it was too early to stop for the day. They had as rotten a drive down the California coast as we did – lots of wind and rain so they have been one day ahead of us coming here. We are looking forward to seeing them again in Yuma when they arrive for the month of March.

It has stopped raining at the moment and I’m not sure what the forecast for tomorrow is as the internet here isn’t working so we have no way of checking it except to listen to the news tonight. No matter we will have to take what we get but it would be nice if it is a sunny day.

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.