Monday, December 29, 2014

BY GOLLY WE’RE JUST SOMEWHERE WEST OF YUMA TONIGHT

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THIS EVENING’S GOLDEN TWILIGHT

Always keeping an eye on the weather we saw rains were predicted for Borrego Springs Tuesday & Wednesday.  In fact this whole southwest area is going for a bit of a weather schmaltz over the next few days.  Yuma’s forecast did look a little better than Borrego though.  Couple the weather with the fact our black tank was full & we needed to move the rig & dump anyway today we decided this morning to pull up stakes & head on down the road.  The big Arco station for dumping & taking on water was right on our way anyway so the decision was made.

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THIS IS OLIVIA

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AND THIS IS OLIVER

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We still had not got around to see Nan & John from Trippin With The Talleys & Linda & Howard from stillhowlyntravels so we sent out a quick email to see if folks were up yet.  Nan was home & said “come on over”.  We secured our rig but before hooking up the Jeep we headed off to find Nan & John in the desert.  Fortunately Tom had pointed out their location Sunday so we knew where to look.  John was outside to greet us when we pulled up.  And so was the 2 little cutesy PA tootsie's Oliver & Olivia.  It was nice seeing Nan & John again.  It was 2 winter’s ago we last popped in on them.  That was the time we were heading back to Congress from Borrego Springs after a disappointing 2 day shake down cruise in our ‘too small’ Class C 23’ Chevy Sunseeker.  We all did a little catching up this morning & of course Pheebs had a blast with Oliver & Olivia.  Seeings how we were once again on our way somewhere we didn’t overstay our welcome.  Thanks for that jar of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter Nan.  I’ll be hiding that away in a secret place :))

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I’M NOT SURE WHICH LITTLE FUR BALL I HAVE ON MY LAP HERE:))

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BUT I THINK THAT’S OLIVER STANDING ON THE PHEEBS

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OH & JOHN & NAN WERE HOME TOO:))

Not far from where Nan & John were parked we knew about where Linda & Howard were & sure enough we managed to weave our way around through the Creosote shrubs on a sandy Jeep road & find them as well.  Howard was just making it back from his 5 mile morning jog & Linda wasn’t too far behind him.  They do this about 4 days a week.  That’s Howard you saw jogging by this morning Nan.  We had met Linda & Howard briefly at the bus tour gathering a few days ago so we wanted to stop by & get to know them better.  Again, nice folks for sure who have been living the full time RV life for 20 years now.  They have just about been everywhere where everywhere can be including places like Grenada, Nicaragua, & Mexico.  They’ve been stopping in Borrego Springs for years & years.  Like full timers Nan & John they too much prefer the boondocking lifestyle & the freedom that kind of life gives them.  So many nice nomadic RV folks out here.

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THERE’S THAT PHEEBS SHOWBOATING AT LINDA & HOWARDS

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THAT PHEEBS IS SUCH A SCHMOOZE

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WE WERE DOING GOOD TILL SOMEBODY DROPPED A QUARTER:))

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LINDA & HOWARD HAVE HAD THIS COUNTRY COACH 14 YEARS & IT’S ONLY THEIR 2ND RIG IN 20 YEARS UNLIKE SOME OF US WHO………WELL YOU KNOW

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Within minutes of returning to our rig we had the Jeep hooked up & the big wheels rolling.  Always sad leaving Borrego Springs but for sure we will be back & I’m already looking forward to once more swinging down into that big sweeping majestic valley.  My main goal again this year was my annual trek up Ghost Mountain & Christmas morning that’s exactly where we were…………..

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EASTBOUND ON S2 HEADING FOR THE ARCO STATION WEST OF SALTON CITY

Dumped our tanks & took on water at the big Arco station & headed south down to Brawley.  We were needing a grocery stop so Walmart in Brawley’s south end it was.  Grabbed ourselves a 12” sub at Subway & split it.  Rolling out of Walmart I hung a left & 86’d it south down to El Centro.  That was not the smartest move.  Traffic light alley getting through El Centro but we’ll know enough not to go that way again.  Picked up I-8 & headed east for Yuma.  Sun was getting low in the sky by the time we reached our boondocking destination.  We didn’t look hard for a sight, just pulled in off the road aways & shut er down for the night.  We’ll unhook Jeepers in the morning & drive us around the area a bit & see if we can find us a nice location for a few days.  Knowing it may be a rainy day here as well tomorrow we wanted to do our travel day while we had a nice warm sunshiny day.  With a little bit of luck maybe tomorrow I will remember to tell you just where we are……………..:))  

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SUN GOING DOWN IN OUR I-8 EAST BOUND DRIVERS SIDE MIRROR

I especially liked Gaelyn’s post this morning about RV'ers Hide-Out in the desert.  We are indeed a curious mix of characters with our far from the maddening crowds boondocking ways.  Whether Fulltimers, Snow Birders, or Week-enders there are many of us who are drawn to the quieter side of RVing.  When I look out my window I see RV’s scattered solely about the desert floor without a lot of hoopla or fanfare going on.   With the exception of the RV groups of course which our out here with the emphasis on socializing in a desert setting.  For most of us though we all understand our fellow boondockers needs & desires for quiet privacy & we make sure not to park in each other’s space or face or hang out & bug each other.  Brief get togethers then we all scatter back like little rabbits to our hutches.  We’re quite a bunch but the friendships are special & they are lasting……and we wouldn’t have it any other way:)) 

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GROANER’S CORNER:(( A man, upon his release from prison, runs out the gates screaming, "I'M FREE! I'M FREE!"  A little girl standing nearby, looks at him and says, "I'm four."

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I was in the band at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. Our group was required to play for all generals who arrived on our base.  One morning, when our commanding officer heard on the radio that a General Frost was expected just after noon, he sent us scrambling to the flight line with instruments.  One of the musicians had also heard the radio announcement. He took the C.O. aside for a whispered conference. When they returned, the officer told us the performance was canceled. There was no arriving general.  We had almost played for the weather forecast.

8 comments:

  1. We saw you pull in just as the sun was setting.

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  2. Wondered where you'd gotten off to. When I returned from Aqua Caliente your space was vacant. Hope you get warmer weather. Looks like it might be a day, or two, of rainy inside activities.

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  3. Good to see John and Nan and the two little fur balls! Linda and Howard are sure an inspiration - jogging four days a week - good for them!! You're like the Oprah of the blogosphere Al - your shout sent over 300 readers to my blog yesterday :-))) Wow - thanks again! Used to spend New Years with my dad at the Buttercup dunes near Yuma, enjoy that great area.

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  4. We took the Brawley by pass when heading north, much easier.
    We actually enjoy the short get togethers as opposed to camping in a groups, no matter where we camp.
    You must be off Ogilby Road thats where Jean and Skip were when we met them at Pilot Knob. Have fun there.

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  5. Let's plan a run down to Bouse for a few days when the weather settles! There is lots of desert there and we can park far enough from anyone, even ourselves! :))) Everybody here in North Ranch is in a panic over the forecast--it might SNOW!!!

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  6. Thanks Al & Kelly...this is our 15 minutes of "fame", for sure! We have met really great folks over our 20 years, but you became instant friends.

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    1. Glad you are having so much fun! Happy New Year!

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  7. Looks like you will be in my neck of the woods for a few days. I may be here another week or so. Check my next blog and I will tell you all about my Tuesday. I have free time, so will be sure to stop by your camp when you're settled in. Love those two little doggies. They have Pheebs under control.

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