Sunday, November 27, 2011

Two weeks, Three locations

003We stayed in the Foothills until the 16th and had lot of fun riding our bikes around the area and going to garage sales and visiting Joanne along the way. Other activities were

  • Having a wonderful dinner at Jim and Diane and fun playing Pegs & Jokers.
  • Shopping at the Yuma Outdoor Marketplace
  • Designing and sewing a dash cover for the MotorHome
  • Hemming our cafĂ© curtains for the front window of the MH
  • Fixing a shelf in the bedroom cupboard
  • Shopping at the Yuma Indoor Marketplace

020For four nights we stayed at the Q Casino which positioned us 2 miles from Los Algodones, Mexico where Chuck continued his dental work at the Desert Dental Clinic.  We also

  • Went for walks around the casino grounds
  • Removed the stitches from Jan’s finger & it continues to heal
  • Had dinner at KOFA RV Park at Pam & Steve’s with Bruce & Dee and played Pegs & Jokers
  • Joined Karen & Micky and Kaaren & Bill for the buffet at the Q Casino

Sunday morning we drove to Mittry Lake to join our Boomer Gan016g and celebrate Thanksgiving. Lots of fun was had with the group

  • Going for walks to Betty’s Kitchen
  • Enjoying lively Happy Hours
  • Having girls day chatting and puzzling
  • Going to another dentist appointment for Chuck & Bruce
  • Coffee around the campfire for the guys
  • Playing P&J with Bruce & Dee and Pam & Steve
  • and also with Duane & Betty and Bruce & Dee
  • Hiking and geocaching

My brother Ron and Scarlet came to visit on Wednesday.  We enjoyed lunch at a neat little German Restaurant downtown and then drove out to the Foothills to show them a bit of our winter home. After a stop at a fresh vegetable stand in the agricultural valley north of Yuma, we headed out to Lake Mittry. Visiting, a short hike and joining the Boomer group for Happy Hour made for a very pleasant afternoon. We grilled our dinner, visited some more and then it was time to take them back to their hotel.  What a wonderful, precious time with family. Can’t believe we didn’t get a picture!

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126Thursday morning dawned cloudy, windy and warm. Twenty-nine Boomers gathered for a delicious meal of turkey cooked three different ways; on a rotary spit above a wood fire, in a trash can surrounded and topped by charcoal and a turkey oven baked. Nineteen Boomers boondocked at Mittry and ten more drove out from Yuma and joined us for cranberry margaritas and the wonderful turkey meal with all of the trimmings including five kinds of pie. An entertaining day was spent preparing food, drinking margaritas, eating and then visiting.

030Chefs Mark Thornton and Judie St Croix starting the coals for the trash can turkey 049Chuck and Jim in their Hawaiian shirts 120Our RVs along the canal098 
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128 122Cranberry Margaritas 127Turkey on the rotating spit slowly roasting over the wood fire.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

What a week in Yuma, AZ

(Jan)  We arrived in the Yuma Foothills last Friday. Since then it’s been a steady stream of spending time with Joanne, walking and riding bikes, seeing friends, playing Pegs & Jokers with Ron & Sharon, doing ‘fix-it’ jobs on the rig, visiting with Fran & Bill when they joined us here on the lot for a couple of days and going to Los Algodones for Dental work. 304057

Our trips to Algodones have been to Desert Dental Care for a check–up and cleaning for Jan and several crowns and bridges for Chuck. Dr. Rosario and Dr. Crystal came highly recommended to us and we are very happy with their knowledge, skill and care.

Projects around the house include the work Chuck has done matching the wood and cutting and gluing pieces to finish off the cabinets around the oven. It involved pulling out the oven and disconnecting everything and then replacing & connecting them when he had the woodwork done. It’s a nice job and we love having that completed.

304048_10150381987997973_567857972_8067007_204275042_n[1]A group of Boomers got together Wednesday to go to a movie matinee and dinner afterwards.  This week’s pick was ‘Tower Heist’ and it was a fun movie to go to with a group. At right, clockwise from the bottom, is our group at Five Guys Burgers; Jenny & Dan, Bill & Fran, Sharon & Ron, Gary & Nancy, Jan & Chuck, Pam & Steve and Jim & Diane.

304054Remember the work being done around the stove? When we got in from the movie that evening, Jan headed for the light switch in the dark, tripped over the stove that was waiting to be replaced in the cabinets and fell, cutting her little finger on a sharp metal edge. Two and a half hours and five stitches later things were back on schedule. Luckily we could go to the Prime Care Center on 32nd & 4th Avenue and avoid the emergency room. We’re also grateful that the fairly deep cut did not damage the tendon.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Devil’s Chasm Hike

007(Chuck w/photos & notes by Jan) Sierra Ancha Cliff Dwellings is a series of native American ruins that were built between 1280 and 1350 in an area which is East of present day Lake Roosevelt, AZ. The ruin we hiked to is known as Devil’s Chasm.

In April, 2010, Sheeley’s, Poutney’s and Jan and I were sitting around a fire in Rye and Dean was telling us about ruins in the area. Soon a plan was hatched and Ron, Dean and I set out to find a well hidden ruin on Cherry Creek. Long story, short reveals that this is no casual “hike in the mountains”. This is a difficult and possibly dangerous journey that not all who start are expected to complete. Back in April, 2010 Ron and I left the creek too soon and exhausted ourselves on the side of the mountain. We returned to the waterfall not defeated, but far more experienced.

On this attempt with Bruce & Dee and Jan & I, we researched the site and found GPS coordinates and photos from other people who had made the hike. This was very helpful and provided a good chance for success.

008Above, Bruce & Dee starting out fresh in the woods where we parked our truck. Dee & Jan hiking, center, and ‘the big rock’ that blocks the canyon about half way up at right. 151 014

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163The ‘Big Rock’ was about 20 feet high. To get to the top, we crawled/climbed….. 164with the help of a large nylon rope, up the right hand side of the wall…… 023through a small tunnel that opening to the top. From there we continued up the canyon to a high waterfall area.

There are five or six places that require very careful maneuvering along narrow rock ledges which are twenty foot above the rock creek bed. It breaks rules that Jan and I have used on hikes. We have always said that we would not do anything that would jeopardize our RV lifestyle. We broke that rule when we conquered the bad area with very careful and deliberate foot and hand placements up the face of the 20+ foot waterfall. We reminded ourselves that even though we were tired, safety was most important.

170 095The dry waterfall area, at right. The guys hiked across a narrow ledge above the falls because water was flowing down in the spring of 2010. 171This time we were able to climb up and later down the face of the waterfall, finding small cracks and ledges for our feet and hands.

180The “trail” is marked with rock carrions as it follows the canyon. A quarter mile past the point that Ron and I (April 2010) had left the creek and followed a false trail up the canyon wall, we came to the right place where we started a very steep ascent up the side of the canyon. This final climb is in excess of 45 degrees in thick brush and loose rock and dirt. After several hundred yards we were finally greeted with the first view of the ruin. Until this point there was some concern that not all three of us were going to proceed. It was a welcome sight in the sunlight. We made the final push after a brief rest and lunch while clinging along this steep path.

036It was at this point that Bruce and Jan nearly staged a revolt! Chuck’s encouragements of ‘it’s just around the corner’ were falling short. 032Our hearts were racing and we needed to decide if this was the end of our abilities. It was clearly evident that we needed rest and food. 033We found a small shaded spot right on the dirt trail where the three of us could sit to have our lunch without sliding back down the hill.

 186Bruce, Jan and I spent about 20 minutes exploring the ruin and taking photos.

 

080Entering the ruins. 074Chuck by the front door 196Looking up to the second floor and the overhanging protecting cliff
044A matate or grinding stone left on the floor in one of the rooms by the ancient peoples 055A hand print in the adobe ‘mud’ between the bricks and a door ledge. 045 Looking out a window

057Chuck & Jan at a window on the far side of the ruins that drops off down into the canyon below 050A dividing wall 081Jan & Bruce standing on the ledge right below the ruins ready to tackle our hike/slide down

We rejoined Dee below the Big Rock, and all safely returned to the pickup.

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This is trail is only four miles round trip, but it is easily the most difficult one that we have been on. From the start of the trail where we parked the pickup to the ruin there is a 2100 foot elevation gain. Jan and I carried a two liter Camelback and four 20 oz. water containers for a total of 140 ounces and we used all of it.

This journey requires a 28 mile, hour and one half drive on gravel through the mountains. Bruce, Dee, Jan and I set out on the trail at 10:00 and we all returned to the parking area (very tired) six hours later. Devil’s Chasm Ruins was a very satisfying accomplishment for us.

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Pictures are by Bruce and Dee Richmond and Chuck & Jan Moore. Click on any imagine to enlarge it.

 
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