Saturday, December 31, 2016

SCOUTING THE MEXICAN BORDER APPROACH AND MALL CRAWLING IN THE YUMA PALMS

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SUNRISE:))

Love the sweet smell of the desert after a rain.  Don’t love the soft goopy sand and fine gravely mud that is left behind and sticks like glue to shoes and paws though.  The rainbow after the rain formed a perfect arch from end to end with intensely bright colors close to the ground.  At times a faint second rainbow appeared close to the ground at either end.  No structures or obstacles in the way out here in the desert west of Yuma so we could see the whole rainbow from end to end.  It arced so far even my 18mm wide angle lens could not fit it all in.  It was the best rainbow I have ever seen and it lasted a good 20 minutes or more.  My rainbow photos are at the end of this post.

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LOOKS LIKE I MAY HAVE CAUGHT A ‘SHOOTING STAR’ IN THIS PHOTO

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THE IMPERIAL SAND DUNES ARE VISIBLE TO THE WEST OF US

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A SATURDAY MORNING FREIGHT TRAIN RUMBLES THROUGH THE DESERT ON IT’S WAY TO YUMA

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I THINK A UFO JUST BEAMED UP STRAIGHT THROUGH THOSE CLOUDS

After Friday afternoons rains the soft sandy wash alongside our Motorhome was a bit sqooshy so we took our morning walk on higher ground along hard packed sandy gravel.  We so love the long wide sweeping views that go for miles and miles here in the southwest.  Unobstructed sunrises and sunsets every day.  We so much miss that in Bayfield where we are surrounded by trees and greenery.  In Congress we could at least see the sunrises and sunsets better but they were always partially obstructed by a Mesquite trees, neighbor’s buildings and all kinds of power lines and poles.  Just can’t tell you enough how much we are enjoying our new freedom.

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WE SURE DO LOVE OUR WIDE SWEEPING VISTAS HERE IN THE SOUTHWEST

All 3 of us piled into the Jeep about 7:30 this morning and headed off to Yuma to scout out a few things, hit a grocery store, pick up some gas and pop into my very much most favoritist mall of ever.  The Yuma Palms.

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SPOTTED THESE FARM WORKERS ON OUR WAY TO YUMA

Our scouting trip hauled us off I-8 onto Algodones Road at the big Quechan Casino.  No, we’re not Casino people but we wanted to have us a look at their parking lot which is widely used by RV’ers when making day trips into Algodones a short distance away to the south.  We’ve never had an interest in going over to Algadonas over the years so this was our first time in this area.  Only reason for going there is that I have an early Monday morning appointment for new dentures at the Rubio Clinic across the border so we wanted to check things out before heading over there Monday.

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THIS IS CALLED THE ‘AMERICAN CANAL’ AND THAT MOUNTAIN IN THE DISTANCE IS CALLED PILOT KNOB

We had thought of moving our Motorhome to the big Casino parking lot Sunday but one drive through there quickly put an end to that idea.  We had not expected it to be so crowded with so many RVs.  No way Jose were we going to come over there and be crammed in slide to slide with lines of other RV’ers.  Nosireeee not a chance!!  Ok plan B.  Drove the short distance down to the border checking out a couple more boon-docking areas along the way.  Had us look at the humungus parking area on the American side of the border and decided we will probably roll out of our current spot on Ogilby Road early Monday morning and drive the Motorhome and Jeep right straight to the big American parking lot and stay there for the night Monday.  Think it’s $22 for an overnighter.

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LESS THAN A COUPLE MILES OUT THERE IS THE MEXICAN BORDER

I have 3 appointments for Monday alone and another one for Tuesday.  Our prime concern is for Pheebe and we did not want to leave her alone all day Monday in the rig.  Parked with the coach right at the border Kelly can come back and be with Pheebs while I wait out my second and third appointments in Mexico.  We bought a security ankle monitor at Best Buy today to put on my ankle Monday so Kelly can monitor my whereabouts if I get lost over there all by myself.  From the border area we slipped into the west end of Yuma sliding off I-8 onto 16th street heading south.  This is familiar territory for us as we slipped into a Chevron station for gas then a block or two south to the Smart & Final grocery store for a few things.

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Back out onto 16th and headed north overtop I-8 to the Palms Mall.  This mall is my favorite mall of all time for a few simple reasons starting with all it’s trees and greenery.  It’s like a mall in a forest and I like that feeling. I am always comforted by trees.  This is a very large mall but easy to get around in and I love the southwest colors used on all the retail stores and eateries.  Love the landscaping with it’s grass boulevards, and did I mention all the trees.

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Turning off 16th into the mall on Castle Dome Avenue our first stop was to our immediate left.  Kneaders is a bakery cafe, we have eaten here before, and it’s one of Kelly’s favorite places.  Usually we get take-out because this popular place is generally stacked to the rafters with patrons.  However early this morning there were only a few people about so we slipped inside for some eats.  Yummy stuff and reasonably priced.

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MY HALF TURKEY SANDWICH AND BOWL OF CHICKEN NOODLER SOUP

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IN THE BACKGROUND CAN BE SEEN THE MOVIE THEATER KELLY AND I LIKE

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Our next stop was Pet Smart for some doggy food and Pheebs really liked this store because she came in with us.  She loved all the new smells and especially in the dog food aisles.  People stopped to talk to her, kids came up and petted her and the cashier loved her.  Pheebs makes friends wherever she goes…….unlike her grumpy old Dad.

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CRUISNG PET SMART’S DOGGY FOOD AISLES

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I THINK THESE GUYS WERE EYEING OUR SLIGHLY OPEN WINDOW AS AN OPENING TO OUR GROCERIES INSIDE

A few stores down from Pet Smart was Best Buy and we had a few things to look at and pick up there.  A pair of Sony headphones for me to listen to my Sirius Satellite radio while Kelly watches her night time TV shows.  (although we set up our TV satellite dish Friday we only turned on the TV for about 5 minutes so far)  I also replaced both SD cards in my Nikon cameras.  Had some problems with them and I think I just wore the old cards out with my thousands upon thousands of photos over the years.DSC_0010

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My old trusty and exceptionally reliable Toshiba Satellite laptop computer is neary 6 years old and has exhibited some worrisome signs of it’s age recently.  The hard drive is nearly at it’s capacity and a sudden computer crash would totally sink me.  That worry has been on my mind for quite awhile.  I have to plug it in all the time too since the battery is shot.  Did we want to spend money on a new battery for an aging computer or spend money to add extra memory??  Not really so with everything considered it was decided a new computer was the right way to go and probably cheaper in the long run.  Kelly has an Asus Zenbook which she has been really pleased with so we decided to add a second Asus to the family.

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AWWWW NUTS!!  TIME TO PAY UP:((

DSC_0011My new Asus specs:  Q524UQ-BBI7T14 2-in-1 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - 6th gen Intel Core i7-6500U - 12GB Memory - 2TB Hard Drive……With my aging eyes the backlit keyboard is a biggy for me.  Great sound system and it even comes with it’s own separate sub-woofer which makes the already great sound even a whole lot greater.  Sound quality is another biggy for me.  As I type this tonight Kelly is working on setting it all up for me. IMG_0524

THAT’S MY ASUS ON HER LAP

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By the time we got out of Best Buy we were both needing some R&R so we hightailed it out of Yuma fast as we could and headed back to our quiet little people and traffic free sanctuary in the desert.  Despite some clouding in the morning the day finally got a grip on itself and ended up pouring an abundance of sunshine down upon us.DSC_0026

OUR DESTINATION HOME IS JUST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THOSE CARGO MUCHACHO MOUNTAINS ON THE HORIZON

So here we are at the end of another year and what can I say about it.  Well, sitting here for the longest while trying to think of something to say tonight I kind of came up blank.  Not that it was a blank year of course but my mind stumbles a bit trying to think of everything.  The sale of our Congress house which ramped up in the Spring and finally sold in late Fall is the biggy of course.  My many morning Jeep drives with Pheebs in the summer probably comes through as my best times for that period and our being back on the road traveling in our RV is definitely the highlight to end the year.  And of course a big thanks to all my readers for allowing me to embarrass and make light of myself for yet another whole year.  Happy New Year folks and I wish nothing but the best for all of you…….:))DSC_0065

FRIDAY AFTERNOON’S RAINBOW

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NEEDLESS TO SAY BOTH MY CAMERA AND I WERE A BIT ON THE SOGGY SIDE BY THE TIME WE RETREATED BACK INTO THE RIG

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I was just about to hit the ‘Publish’ button when I amazingly enough remembered some asked for questions regarding our recent coach battery swap.  Four wet cell Interstate GC2-XHD-UTL. 6 Volt 232 AMP/HR Deep Cell batteries.  $119.99 each.  Go Power 25 amp Regulator $129.00.  Total labor $60.00 and it was on the labor charge where I feel Mike cut us the break.  Their time spent on installing the batteries, trouble shooting the old regulator problem and installing a new regulator which took a bit of cutting to fit in was well over an hour…………

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GROANER’S CORNER:(( My wife still hasn't told me what my New Year's resolutions are.

- An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

- A new years resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

- If you make a New Year’s resolution to eat a healthy diet, and you keep it, you won’t actually live longer, but it will seem longer.

- Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.

- Who has time to party on New Year's Eve? It takes me all evening to set my clocks ahead a year.

- Deer readers, my gnu years resolution is to tell you a gazelleon times how much I caribou you! Sorry. Bad puns. Alpaca bag and leave.

- And last but not least may all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.

33 comments:

  1. Excellent rainbow pictures! Happy New Year!

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  2. Great rainbow pictures, and I really like where you are parked.
    Happy New Year to you both, it will be so much better, with that load off your shoulders.

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  3. That was an awesome rainbow you saw. Thanks for getting some pics for us readers. Happy New Year.

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  4. Happy New Year to you both and thank you for another year of great blogs
    and wonderful pictures. So enjoy what you share with us,
    I hope for many more years'. πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰☺️

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  5. Knowing you are not a person to peruse malls, I was surprised that you did enjoy the Palms in Yuma. But I agree the trees are nice there. I have been there at Best Buy and purchased a new Laptop --- for my niece though. The rainbow was indeed a grand view. Guess you need a fisheye lens to get it all in one picture. Happy New Year to you!

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  6. Hope your new computer works out well for you:) Let us know what you think as time goes on. It's nice to see the lettuce harvest has begun. The stores are ready for a better selection of greens. Awesome rainbow! I don't know why they make them so big! It makes photographing them so difficult. Can't they shrink them a little...haha! Nothing like rainbows in the west! Wishing you, Kelly, and Pheebs a happy, healthy New Year:)

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  7. Happy New Year,
    Have fun in Mexico. We always do, good deals on the new dentures.
    We were at that Best Buy the other day to pic up a new Sirius Satellite Radio.
    Enjoy the wide open spaces.

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  8. Nice Laptop! It sounds like you both had a great end to another year.

    I was curious how the ground in your boondocking area did during the recent rains. I'm sitting here in an RV Park in Mesa AZ and it is raining as I write this. I'll be heading to the Q, but a little worried about the ground when it rains.

    Thanks for the great reading this past year.
    Happy New Year to both you and Kelly...
    Gary

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    1. Ground is a bit soft but will dry out quickly. The Quartzsite area as a rule has a hard packed course gravely type of surface made up of small stones and rocks. Probably one of the best areas to be during rain storms. The rocky surface keeps mud out of the RV. If you see a soft sandy area it's best to stay away from it and especially after a rain.

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  9. Happy New Year. Thank You for a great blog and the beautiful photos.

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  10. Happy New Year to you and Kelly and Pheebe. Love to read your blog and the way you write. All the best to the Bayfield Bunch, may you have health and wonderful safe travels for 2017 and many more years to come.

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    1. Ditto to what Bill said above. Sometimes I let him speak for me. Ha ha. Your pictures are awesome and I especially love the hedge people! Cool!

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  11. Both Kathy and I wish You, Kelly and Pheebs a Safe and Happy New Year. Love the photos and your adventures in the past and looking forward to more in the future.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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  12. You three have a wonderful New Year traveling the American Southwest!! Lots of "gringos" get glasses, prescriptions and dental work in Mexico..good work and the price is right!

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  13. WOW, what a beautiful rainbow. Makes mine of last night over the MH look pitiful. So glad you guys are enjoying the boondocking travels once more.

    Don't get lost in Mexico.

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  14. Happy New Year AL, Kelly and the Pheebs. We just finished our dental visit, waiting out around Yuma for the weather to warm up! Beautiful pictures that are so enjoyable and we thank you for those! glad to hear all is well going into 2017. cheers. don and Kim

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  15. Make it a good year... you are free as birds :)

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  16. I think those were some of the best photos ever, really enjoyed them.

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  17. Love, love, love the rainbow pictures.

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  18. Happy New Year from KOFA! Great rainbow shots.

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  19. My best wishes for a happy, healthy and adventurous
    NEW YEAR ahead ....... What a great time you are having since returning to the road !!!
    It is fun to ride along with you two and the Pheebs ...... THANKS ALWAYS for your narrative and your photos ...... WHAT A DELIGHT !!!
    Roll on and know this passenger is happy to be along in 2017 !!!

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  20. Definitely great rainbow shots, and I love the first pic up top and the last one of the post. How fun are those people topiaries?? I've read such good reports about dental work in Mexico, I'm sure you'll be happy with your appointment. Of course everyone loves Pheebs :-)))

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  21. Happy New Year. I love your photos!

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  22. Best wishes for the coming year from Jim and me! We are hunkered down in snow while you are frolicking in the desert. Enjoy your travels!!

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  23. Happy belated New Years to you, Kelly and Pheebs. I am guessing that you are really going to enjoy the speed the new computer will process compared to your older laptop with a filled up hard drive. My iMac is over 6yrs old and I can tell a difference in speed compared to the MacBook Air laptop I bought in June 2015. As usual you have taken some great great photos.

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  24. That really is a spectacular rainbow, no matter which way you look at it! Glad you've got a computer techie to call on the set up your laptop and fix it when needed! Hope everything goes well tomorrow.

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  25. Good luck with all your appointments Monday. Man those rainbow shots were crystal clear with such a perfect arch...thanks for sharing. Hoping for you and Kelly a Healthy and Happy 2017

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  26. You and I have the same satellite tripod, Al. What device do you use to zero in on your signal?

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  27. GREAT rainbow pics!!! Have fun down in Algedones. We have been there for dental work too, and its perfectly safe as long as you stay in the touristy areas. The police are present to keep things in line. They rely on the US folks to support their people and tourism, they wont let anything bad happen to you. But one hint... do NOT take pics of any Mexican border agents butts like I did! I got in trouble. hahahahahaha here is my blog post of that day: http://kareninthewoods-kareninthewoods.blogspot.com/2011/03/vacation-day-in-los-algodones-and.html

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  28. That looks like the same train that went by my house yesterday. ;) Good to know you can camp in the American side parking lot. I've had wonderful dental work and glasses in Algodones and thankfully it's not a big town, just full of snowbirds. Worse part is waiting in line to cross the border back. Kneaders bakes great bread. I love my ASUS but you really should have some external drives to back up with. Ever consider panoramas to get in the whole rainbow?

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