Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mittry Lake for Thanksgiving

(Chuck) We are at Mittry Lake which is about 12 miles North of Yuma, Arizona. It is a place where the Boomers have held the holiday gatherings over the years. This year we have been able to join in on the Thanksgiving Rang. We arrived here on Monday and I think we were the first on site. Soon other rigs drove in and I think we had a total of eight or nine rigs and several drive ins from town. I have to report that we did eat a considerable amount of food. If Thanksgiving is for “giving thanks” and consuming food, then we did a good job.

Today several of us went on a maintenance trip for a geocache that Ken and Sue Pace had placed a year ago. It was a fairly difficult three quarters of a mile hike to find the Cache. We did not locate the cache box and we concluded that it had been either vandalized or improperly re-hidden. At any rate Ken brought along a new container and log and it is once again available for any who may venture out on a daring hike. Ken rated the terrain as a 4 out of 5, and all I know is that is should be listed as “difficult.”

Tuesday and Wednesday the Yuma area had one of the larger rain storms that has been seen in years. A total of two and one half inches of rain was recorded at Patsy Cooks place in the Foothills. It must be official if Patsy recorded it! Streets were flooded and many places were under water for a short period of time. Our rigs were safe and sound here on the overlook at Mittry Lake. The power was off in Yuma for a while, however at Mittry we can report that we did not suffer any loss of electricity. We had a heavy fog this morning that lasted late into the morning. Now in the late afternoon the sky is that wonderful desert blue and the plants in our view are bright green. I wonder how long it will be until the desert flowers come out and give us a great show. A rain like the one we just had is just the right thing for the desert flowers. We can’t wait for the show. (Jan) Several of us girls have been doing a morning stretch routine and then going for a walk along the lake. We also have enjoyed played Golf, the card game. This morning at 11:00 it was time for brunch for the six couples left at Mittry Boomerville. We used our Thanksgiving left-overs to make turkey and ham soup + we shared lots of other goodies such as sweet potato pie and cheese cake with cranberry topping. We've been having the daily 4:00 Happy Hour and many nights we sit and visit around the camp fire in the evening. Life is good!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Balloons in Yuma, Arizona

One of the great things about this lifestyle is the unexpected experiences that, as you turn around, just seem to jump up in front of you. This happened to us in Silverton, Colorado in August when we noticed billboards announcing the Great Western Rocky Mountain Brass Band Festival. It turned out to be the highlight of the summer. Once again this happened in Yuma, Arizona. Today we stumbled upon the Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival. It is not as large and famous as the Albuquerque Fiesta, but it was a great treat. We were able to wander in and around the balloons as they were unloaded and launched. It was a thrill and everybody from nine to ninety had a camera and a very large smile on their face. Saturday night is what was called the “AEA Federal Credit Union Desert Balloon Glow.” It is advertised as “A selection of hot air balloons are tethered, inflated and illuminated to music.” It was held in the Desert Sun Stadium and it was a great nighttime experience.The four of us attended Friday morning, Saturday morning and the Saturday night events. My mother Joanne, my sister Jackie and Jan and I felt it was a great event.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The 3 J's

Who says that too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the stew? Along with the serious stuff this past month, we have had a wonderful family time. One of the things we, Joanne, Jackie and Jan have been enjoying is cooking meals together. Chuck is out numbered being around his wife, mother and sister but he is well fed!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Life Goes On

(Chuck) It is now Sunday and our lives will go on. We would like to give a special thank you to all of you who have sent e-mails and notes to our family. Your thoughts and prayers will be rewarded many times over.
The weather in Yuma is once again going through a warm spell. It is over 90 degrees this afternoon and the beautiful blue sky is once again blanketing the desert. To the East of us are the Gila Mountains which provide a great backdrop for the Foothills area of Yuma. Two evenings ago we were treated to another of those beautiful desert sunsets. It just doesn’t get much better than the Southwest in the winter. This photo is looking East in front of our rig. In my log it is recorded as (Yuma, AZ 13660 53rd Street, Foothills (N 32 37.971 W114 23.871) 420’ elevation).

We are planning to go to Mittry Lake for Thanksgiving. We have not been to the annual Thanksgiving Rang yet, but I have heard about it from others. It will be a Boomer group and we will have a great time together. It will be 4:00 gatherings and watching sunsets with friends in the desert. I imagine several turkeys will have paid the price to help us with our enjoyment. Jan and I will take our rig to Mittry Lake for the Boomerang. I suspect there will be twenty to thirty rigs total. It will be a good time to meet new people, and re-acquaint with old friends. It is only about 10 miles North of Yuma. I am not sure how long we will be there, at least a week, maybe two. Any more definite plans than that would cause a bald spot on my hard drive.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Charles Gale Moore

(Chuck) Monday, November 10 at 4:45 in the afternoon, my father died. We had been with him and Mom for several weeks here in Yuma, Arizona. He has suffered from multiple very serious ailments for the last years, months and days. My mother has been a constant companion in the most difficult times and the happy times. Her strength has been a beacon for her children. In the months before Jan and I and my sister Jackie arrived, she was faced with a number of difficult decisions. In the last months Gale has been hospitalized in several Yuma facilities. His last stay was the Life Care Center on 19th Avenue in Yuma. The staff and administrators who provided him with care were excellent. We went back to them today and thanked them for their efforts. They are a professional group who seem to always have the care of their patients in mind. We sincerely feel that they provided the best care possible.

I was fortunate to be able to be with my father when he gave his last. It was a time that I shall never forget. It was a privilege to be with him in his death. My life would seem to be unfulfilled if I had not been with him. My father and I did not always seem to get along. It was not a bad relationship, but it was not as other fathers and sons seemed to be. We both knew of this and neither seemed to be able to solve it. It makes me smile to know that in his last time of his life that we did breach this gap and we no longer will harbor any uncertainty about our relationship. I am a better man for it and I think he is also.

He will be cremated here in Yuma and he will be buried in the family plot in the Manning City Cemetery in Manning, Iowa. His burial will take possibly take place next summer. Jan and I will stay in the Yuma area close to my mother for most of the winter. This is his obituary which I wrote.

Charles Gale Moore age 85
“Gale” Moore, son of Wilfred Dales Moore and Elsie (Vandeman) Moore was born December 31, 1922 at the home farm near Botna, IA. He attended rural schools and graduated from Manning High School in 1940.
On December 28, 1945 Gale was united in marriage with Joanne Grundmeier at Harlan, IA. Four children were born to this union, Jacquelynn, Charles, Gregory and Christi.
Through many years Gale and Joanne farmed the home farm near Botna, and owned a fertilizer business in Manning, IA. In the 1970s and 1980s they wintered in South Texas and Arizona. In 1991 they established their home in Yuma, AZ. Gale enjoyed selling cars in the Yuma area.
Gale has been in failing health for several months and has resided the last three weeks in the Life Care Center in Yuma, AZ, where he died November 10, 2008, aged 85 years.
A cremation and memorial gathering will be held in Yuma, AZ. A memorial service and burial in the Manning City Cemetery, Manning, IA, will be held on a future date.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by two children, Gregory and Christi.
Survivors include his wife Joanne of Yuma, AZ; his sister Beatrice Joy Doyle of Westside, IA; two children, Jacquelynn and her husband LaVern (Butch) Spieker of Renton, WA and Charles Moore, and his wife Janice of Manning, IA; five grandsons and fifteen great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Oct/Nov miscellaneous

The weather in Yuma October 16th when we arrived was up to 100 degrees during the day and high 70’s at night; definitely air-conditioner weather. The weather now is ‘just right’, 70’s and 80’s during the day and 50’s at night. More winter visitors arrive each day and the traffic here is getting much busier. We had been noticing a Microtel motel sign in October that advertised for $56/night. We had speculated on it rising for tourist season. Sure enough, as of November 1, the rate is now $76.

As many RVers know, many campgrounds and overnight spots seem to be very near railroads. We may have had our closest encounter to date. On our way down to Yuma we stopped at about 10:30 one night when we were too tired to drive any farther in Corona, New Mexico just off of the highway on the main street through town. Well, you guessed it…. We had just settled in for the night when the train came rumbling through. We knew the tracks were close but we couldn’t have been more than 8-10 feet from them. We felt the rig sway especially when the heavily loaded cars came by!

Ever buy a pair of shoes and get home with 2 different shoes? Yup, I did! On our way home from Chicagoland we stopped at an outlet mall because they have an Addidas store.
Got my shoes and then Chuck’s mom’s call came in so we were off to Yuma, AZ. I didn’t discover the error until we got down here! I called back to the outlet mall in Iowa and they asked if I could stop by to exchange them. Well, no……but since they had a sale for buy one-get the second one at half price and since they threw in a coupon and because they were just good people, they sent me the matching shoes for just $17.99 with no charge for shipping. I’m a happy customer!

At the beginning of September we bought diesel fuel in Colorado for $4.99 per gallon. Yesterday we filled up the truck for $2.69; much easier on the fuel budget.

We’ve continued walking. We have some friends who walk an hour a day, other friends who do 10,000 or 20,000 steps a day….very inspirational! Some days we get in 2 miles, sometimes 4 but usually do at least 30 minutes which for us is a mile and a half. Walking on the paved streets here in the Foothills is wonderful.

Last Tuesday we went to a Boomer gathering over at Patsy Cook’s house in the Foothills. Saw a few people we had met previously and found more new Boomer friends. Beautiful night, great food and good entertainment, too, as Patsy and her friend sang and performed for us. Yesterday we went over Arizona West to have coffee with Nancy and Gary Asplund; we had met them in Colorado this summer at Mosquitoville. So good to see them again and we had a wonderful visit.Our days continue to be spent with his mom visiting Gale at Life Care Center or at her house cooking the evening meal. It has been a privilege being here with them at this time.
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