Thursday, January 01, 2015

TEMPS ARE COMING UP, WINDS ARE GOING DOWN, & WE BE GETTING WARMER NOW:)))))))

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SUNRISE OVER THE CARGO MUCHACHO MOUNTAINS

It is too far beyond my memory capabilities to think of the last time we ever made it to midnight on a New Year’s Eve.  Just something we kinda grew out of over the years I guess.  Just as well, had too many of those raucous nights years ago anyway & I sure don’t need or want any more of those wild & crazy times.

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YOU KNOW IT’S COLD WHEN AL WEARS HIS WINTER TOQUE & POLAR SUNGLASSES >>>

Our friends Dianne & Harry owners of Bayfield’s Stormrunner RV Sales & Service back home are spending a few winter months with their dog Sport & kitty cat Izzy in Yuma this winter.   They dropped out to see us earlier today & thanks to our improving weather conditions we were all able to sit outside.  Pheebs was happy to see Sport again & Sport was able to give Pheebs a few pointers on catching a Frisbee.  Harry’s an avid gun collector & is spending time traveling to all the major gun shows in the southwest this year.  Not a hunter or a shooter himself he just enjoys collecting, buying & selling older antique guns & probably owns more classic Winchester Rifles than most Calvary troops had available to them back in the late 1800’s.  It was a good opportunity to catch up on all the back home Bayfield news this morning:))

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SPORTS MAKING SOME FAST TRACKS TO CATCH HIS FRISBEE…HE SURE REMINDS OF US OF OUR DEAR CHECKERS YEARS AGO

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AND BY GOLLY PHEEBS HAS A FRISBEE TOO (AKA SOFT RUBBER WATER DISH)

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My bed is always warm every night when I crawl into it & I have the Pheebs to thank for that.  She faithfully lays in my spot until I’m ready for bed then politely gives up her place & moves across & curls up on our tub chair where she remains for most of the night.  Soon as she detects it is waking up time for me she bounds onto my bed & with her cold little nose tries to turf me out of bed.  Her exciting day is already well under way while my groggy day is still a grumpy blur.  But oh how I love starting my days with a happy little doggy face nuzzling me out of my sleep.

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TWO COWBOY HATS TALKING IN THE DESERT….Photo by Kelly

I’m thinking this may be the longest we have been out docking since back early in 2012.  We did make it to the Kofa Mountains twice last winter & up to the Sedona area earlier this year but I’m thinking it may have only been for a week at a time.  Two winters ago we spent most of our days working on our Congress House & only briefly made it over to Borrego Springs for a couple days.  Much better this year with the bigger rig.  We did regret downsizing twice to a couple smaller Class C’s but we have no regrets in upsizing to our current Class A 37 feet.  Technically it’s 36’11’’ but we just refer to it as 37 feet.  We are much more comfortable & at this age & stage of the game & that is a priority for us.  Only reason I personally would ever downsize again is if for some reason I was traveling solo.  So far our 37 foot length plus Jeep on the back has not been a hindrance to us at all & we’ve been able to slip into & out of the same types of spots we previously went & that has included a few McDonalds along the way.  We are totally satisfied with our Big EEE:))

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THIS LITTLE MOUNTAIN OASIS JUST WEST OF YUMA IS CALLED ‘PILOT KNOB’ & IS A POPULAR SPOT WITH MANY RV’ERS CAMPING NEARBY RIGHT ALONG INTERSTATE 8…THIS IS THE ONLY AREA WE VERY NEARLY GOT OURSELVES STUCK IN SAND ONE TIME WITH OUR CLASS A DAMON

No idea when we’ll head back to Congress yet but we do see the temps are getting into the high 60’s & low 70’s around the beginning of next week so we will keep that in mind.  And this late correction to my co-ordinates for finding the Great Stone Snake on Coyote Mountain beside the Clark Dry Lake Bed in Borrego Springs.  Fellow RV Blogger Dave from Going RV Way writes in a comment: Al, those new glasses are letting you down...the coords (co-ordinates) are really 33 18'02.23" N 116 17'35.12" W (you have 114, not 116 in the "W" portion....in your Google picture I barely made out the real coords and they worked just fine) Happy New Year to you both. --Dave (GoingRvWay.com)  Thanks Dave for that correction & I have since fixed the wrong number.  Boy I don’t know how I get things screwed up so much sometimes…………………Oh & Dave may not know this but it is my old glasses I am wearing.  My new glasses with a corrected lens are now back in Wickenburg & I’ll pick them up after we get home.  Maybe I wouldn’t have made that mistake had I been wearing my new glasses.  Nawww, I don’t think so……………….

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SUNSET OVER THE IMPERIAL SAND DUNES

GROANER’S CORNER:(( "Insofar as manifestations of functional deficiencies are agreed by any and all concerned parties to be imperceptible and are so stipulated, it is incumbent upon said heretofore mentioned parties to exercise the deferment of otherwise pertinent maintenance procedures."
In other words, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

14 comments:

  1. Well, that explains it! Now I won't tell ya how long I searched before I figured out the error. :)

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  2. Amazing how many folks find you out in the boonies. Been enjoying your posts, just did not comment. Glad that electric problem did not sour you on that nice RV.

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  3. I remember meeting Harry and Dianne at Storm Runner a couple years ago. He checked out our slide motor for us and she got us a good deal on a oxygenic shower head, a very nice couple.
    This sunshine and no wind sure makes it nice now.

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  4. Thanks for the correction! I looked and looked and couldn't find it. Figured I must have an old satellite image. We plan to "find it" ourselves next winter. ;-)

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  5. Now that's a rarity, a Canadian gun collector? Happy New Year Al and Kelly!

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  6. Love the pic of the two cowboy hats :-) and the one of the three of you. I'm always glad to hear that 37' and a Jeep gets around every place you want to go! Because we want to go to all the same places :-)))

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  7. I love reading how about why you like your bigger rig. How different we all are. I so much prefer traveling in our little Bungalow. I think I could probably go smaller but Jim says no. lol

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  8. I can imagine a big motorhome going through McDonalds, but not with a jeeo behind it. How do you manage those curves (or do you park and go inside for your order?)

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  9. Fun to see Pheebs having a great time with her pal. She might like a frisbee of her own. I'm wondering if you prefer the EEE to your previous larger rig that you sold to downsize. We love our 35' and all the places she can go. Happy New Year to you three.

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  10. I had a chuckle over your toque! Our Canadian friends, Dan & Heather, invited us over for New Year's Eve and said we should gather our toques and mittens?!! Good to get your review of "Unbroken". We had read the book also, but just wasn't sure about the movie. We are still freezing cold out here in Borrego but the sun is shining and no wind. Happy New Year, Al & Kelly!

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  11. You look like a movie director on your toque and sunglasses...You and Kelly have a great new year traveling the Southwest when you get a chance!!

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  12. Happy New Year!!! Nice to see you out having fun!!

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  13. Glad to see those warmer temps approaching. Might have to get a dog to keep the bed warm.

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