Saturday, November 27, 2010

Boomer Thanksgiving at Lake Mittry

Food being set up and Turkey being carvedThe Boomer Thanksgiving at Lake Mittry is an annual event. One never knows who or how many will show up but it’s always fun and the food is always good and plentiful. This year 15 rigs showed up and an additional 7 YumanBeings came for the day. We also adopted a a couple who was parked close by and they will be new Boomers soon. It’s been a fun week of reconnecting with friends we hadn’t seen since last season and meeting new ones. Patsy Cook baked 2 turkeys and along with the ham, a tantalizing variety of vegetables and very delicious salads and desserts, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast.

2010 Boomerrs-Thanksgiving at Lake Mittry

Pictured above are; Becky Hazen, Lonnie Hodge, Barry & Vanda Monkman, Jim & Gail McManus, Dean Jan & Chuck Moore, Becky Hazen, Ken & Jo Bloedel, Dee Reed, Nancy Elkin, Bruce Richmond, Steve & Pam RitchieCaldwell, Bea & Ken Marler, Dan & Jenny Sheppard, Tom & Margie Maloney, Dave Katsuk, Nancy Elkins, Ken & Jo Bloedel, Dee & Bruce Richmond, Chuck & Jan Moore, Dick & Carol Schneider, Norval & Kay Dahl, John, Julie & Taylor Black, John & Zoe Macon, Ernie Thomson, Chris Christiansen, Don & Glenda Wicks, Patsy Cook, Pam & Steve Richie, Loren & Kathy Webster. The group has kept busy in many ways, walking, shopping, the Q buffet, getting dental work done in Algodones and, the big thrill for many of us, hiking and geocaching. We’ve done two serious 003geocaching treks; one a long walk and one a hike/climb to check fellow Boomer Ken Pace’s cache across the canal and high up in the hills. Pictured above are Jan & Chuck, Becky Hazan, Ken & Jo Bloedel, Dee Reed, Nancy Elkins, Bruce Richmond and Steve & Pam Ritchie.  Today we headed to a cache at the topChuck along the Gila Canal at Mittry the ‘reflector’ hill. It turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny 70 degree day as the six of us followed a 4-wheel track up to the top. Pictured above is our group; Carole Schneider, Jan, Dee Reed, Chuck, Bruce Richmond and Dean Caldwell. We’re going to do a potato bake tonight at the camp fire. Half of the rigs have left for other destinations so will enjoy the camaraderie of those left. We’ve had a lovely spot to park here at Mittry right along the Gila Main Canal.  When we weren’t out enjoying all of our fellow Boomers, we enjoyed sitting in our little spot of heaven watching the egrets near the canal and the hummingbirds at our feeder. Tomorrow we head back in to the Foothills.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Full Week

 Ogilby Hills(Jan) We really do get a kick out of hiking and climbing in the Ogilby Hills!  Last time we went to the top we ascended from west and descended going east. This time we chose to climb up the water course from the east directly below the peak.  It was an exhilarating climb and of course, great views at the top. Going down we traveled southwest, followed a steep water course due south and then walked out south east along the main wash. We’d sure be interested to compare routes & notes with others who have done this hike.

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Google Earth Map of Ogilby Hills in the SE corner of California.
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Half way up!  If you double click on the photo, it will enlarge and you can see our pick-up parked near the wash in the valley below.
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At the top! If you enlarge this photo you can see our MH parked with a white 5th wheel and another MH to the left of Sidewinder Road.
       Chuck & Jan
While at Sidewinder we had a fun afternoon playing Pegs and Jokers with our RV neighbors, made a trip to near-by Algodones, Mexico and ate at the Q Casino on their 2 for 1 Tuesday Buffet where we joined Danny & Jenny Sheppard, Ken & Bea Marley, Mickey & Karen Bennett and Kaaren & Bill Payne. On Wednesday the Q gives $10 free play to their Players Club members so we stopped at the Casino on our way into Yuma to try our luck.  Chuck and I both came out a little ahead playing with their money. Fun!

Sheppards Happy Hour We arrived back on 53rd St. late Wednesday afternoon and are now officially ‘townies’ again until we head to Lake Mittry for Thanksgiving.  Thursday we had a delicious Lasagna dinner with Joanne along with an afternoon of playing cards and catching up on laundry. Yesterday we went over to Sheppards for a Boomer Happy Hour! It’s kind of amazing that there is always a mix of different friends, old and new but it is always a good time! It was great to see many of our friends that we hadn’t seen since last season. Pictured at left are Ken & Sue Pace, Ernie, Chris Christenson, Nancy & Gary Asplund, Patsy Cook, Joel Buchan, Dan Sheppard, me, Gene & Kathy Thaden, Chuck and Jenny Sheppard.

Ref/freezer. Out with the old, in with the newOne things we have been determined to do more of is walk so each morning and evening we get out and do a mile or two. The desert offers such dynamic landscapes but walking in the Foothills is a different kind of beauty; houses, landscaping, different kids of RV’s and casitas to look at along with the surrounding desert mountains. And on Thursday through Sunday there are garage sales!! This morning we came upon just the garage sale we needed. Our basement refrigerator/freezer quit last summer and we found a nearly new Norcold today at a very good price. It didn’t take us long to get back home, grab the pick-up and go back to pick it up. We cleaned it up and Chuck installed it in our lower bay. We’re very happy to have found exactly what we needed.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Life on the desert

  002 - Copy(Jan) Stark beauty. Spacious. Quiet. Music of the trains rolling by. Great hiking in the Ogilby Hills and walking on the desert floor.  Good Cell phone and Internet connections. All reasons that we enjoy living out on Sidewinder Rd. in California west of Yuma, AZ. Add some good RV neighbors and it’s just about perfect. We have a good water source close by at Gray’s Well, Yuma is about 17 miles away and Los Algodones, Mexico is 13 miles away.

Today we met some good friends at the Eat Chinese Super Buffet near the Wal-Mart on Pacific Street in Yuma. Catchy name, eh? The food was very good, the selection was excellent. Got to try several things we hadn’t tried before; octopus and dim sum. They had many kinds of sushi, shrimp and seafood plus the usual chicken, pork and beef entrees. After lunch, Kaaren & Bill, Karen & Mickey and Chuck & I headed over to the new AZ Indoor Marketplace. It was all very nice but not a whole lot of what we were looking for. We did stop at Super Fuels, usually the cheapest spot in town to fill up but on our way home we saw diesel fuel for 3.03 at Chevron on Hwy 95 North, five cents cheaper.  Tonight we’re back home again enjoying the quiet and making plans for next week.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More Projects

(Jan) Craig’s List is an excellent recycling resource; something no longer needed by one person is another’s useful treasure. Chuck had been wanting another roll out drawer for our the MH and found one on Craig’s List and the seller was just 3 blocks away. Yesterday he unloaded the bay in the basement and installed the ‘new to us’ Joey Bed sliding tray. What a nice improvement, it will be so much easier to get to things stored in there now.

Joey bed sliding tray Chuck installing rolling tray
tinted windows

Another great improvement happened on Monday. We had Armando from Supreme Glass tint the front driver’s side and passenger windows. On the driver’s side the upper windows are done in a medium tint, the lower done in a light tint.Armando with Supreme Glass Both are equally UV protective and heat retardant. On the passenger’s side the back window is medium and the window in the door is light. Armando did a excellent, professional job and we are sure happy with the result. We noticed that when we are parked and today when we were driving the MH, there was less heat and glare coming in. Supreme Glass can be found at 11456 So. Foothills Blvd.



Connie Carno and Art SauerstromBeside repairs and projects done in the MH, we’ve gotten to spend more time at Joanne’s playing cards, getting laundry done and eating pizza!  And back at the lot on 53rd Street we’ve had a very pleasant time with Art and Connie.  Last night we shared dinner and pleasant conversation again. We met them last year at the Coarsegold SKP Park in California and then spent some time together last winter in Yuma. They’re good people!

Sidewinder BLM ground off of Ogilby Road has always been one of our favorites and this afternoon we are once again calling in home. We arrived here to a nice view of the Ogilby Hills and are making plans for a hike tomorrow.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Foothill’s Color


(Jan) The bougainvilleas basking in the sunshine here in the Foothills are a delight to the eye!  Although the above photo does not do them justice, we just wanted to share their beauty. There are many other flowering shrubs and trees; the brilliant yellow one, below, is in Joanne’s neighborhood.006We are enjoying seeing the palm trees and cactus again as we do our daily walks in our neighbor hood.

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002 Yesterday we met Mickey & Karen Bennett and Bill & Kaaren Payne at the Paradise Casino for their prime rib dinner. It was very good to see them again and we sure enjoyed the visiting and laughter; the prime rib was pretty good, too. After church today we stopped by to visit Dan and Jenny Sheppard at their charming casita over on 47th Street before heading home to do a little lawn chair testing with our lot mates Art & Connie Carno-Sauerstrom. Ice Cream with Joanne and a walk after dinner filled out the day.  Good people, good times! 

Tomorrow we are going to have tinting put on on the passenger and driver’s side windows of our Motorhome. It’s a film that will be applied to the inside of the windows. That’s going to be a big improvement as we travel in the sun.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Repaired and Back on the Road

(Jan) Quartzsite, AZ in late October, early November is a mild, 016rather deserted sort of place. No fighting traffic, standing in line or waiting to get your order at a restaurant. But, our friends are not here yet, no Boomerville and  very few of the myriad of vendors that populate Q in December through Febrauary have moved in yet! Our time on Plomosa Road passed peacefully and very productively. We did quite a bit of walking in the desert, did some grilling and sunset watching, cut and trimmed our hair and also got a lot of miscellaneous projects done on the rig. After getting the exhaust pipe in Phoenix that we needed, Chuck got that replaced and we were ready to head off down the road. 

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We arrived in Yuma on hot, sunny Tuesday afternoon. It has been in the 90’s each day since and we are thankful to be plugged into electricity and the AC is humming away. Friends Art and Connie were here to greet us and we have enjoyed walks and dinners together. We’ve already been to the AZ Marketplace and several of our usual Yuma shopping spots. Last night we headed over to Del Taco with Art and Connie to join Boomers Thadens, Sheppards and Sheppards’ friends. Great to see everyone! Visiting with one of our favorite people travler-satellite-dish[1]has been tops on the list. Chuck’s mom Joanne lives here in the Yuma Foothills and we’re once again enjoying being able to spend some time with her. We had fun garage sailing this morning. Good times!

And our projects on the rig have continued. With this being RV central, it is a great place to get all of the parts needed for repairs; closet door latches, water filters, a fan for the refrigerator, etc. This morning Chuck ordered a Winegard Traveler Satellite TV Antenna. We’re sure looking forward to having that!

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