Thursday, February 20, 2014

Another Good Week @ Ogilby

P2160066(Jan) Our friends Dean & Judy wanted to come out to the desert and join us so we stayed at Ogilby Rd for another week. We’ve known them since our first Boomerville and love it when we get a chance to spend a little time together! Walking, hiking, lawn chair testing and a trip to Los Algodones pretty much filled our days. God continued to grant us amazing sunsets and sunrises and clear night skies to see the full moon rising.

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On Saturday we drove over to the Ogilby Hills. The west facing dry wash was our hike of choice this day and continued on through the heart of the hills and then around towards the north. It was a nice sunny day for our 3 mile hike.

P2160003Monday’s hike took us to Pilot Knob.Chuck & I had done this hike several years ago and were happy to do it again with Dean & Judy. The cross at the peak is 897 ft. elev. From there you can see Yuma, AZ, Los Algodones, Mexico and lot of Arizona & California desert. From the top you can also see the US/Mexico Border fence stretching west into the Imperial Sand Dunes and beyond.P2160001

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We descended the same way we hiked up. Half way down there is a ridge (pictured below) to hike with a pretty steep drop off down into the valley to the right. Our friend Dean said it looked like a mountain bike trail.  What do you think brother Ron?  Does this look like one of your trails?

P2160005For several years Chuck and I have gone to Desert Dental in Los Algondones, Mexico. Tuesday the four of us ventured across the border for a dentist visit, some shopping and to have lunch. We were greeted at Desert Dental by Dr. Sindy, who had done my fillings & porcelain overlays last year, and by Dr Rosaria, the owner of the shop, who worked with Chuck’s mom when she got new dentures. Chuck and I both had a good check up and cleaning done by a new member of the staff, Dr. David. All for $60 for BOTH of us. We missed Chuck’s favorite, Dr. Krystal, however, who has moved to another office. She did his crowns and overlays two years ago and is an excellent dentist.

IMG_20140218_124319_873Next up, lunch!  We chose to go over to the colorful patio at El Paraiso. With live music, excellent margaritas and some delicious Mexican food, we were set to enjoy our time relaxing in the shade! We topped off our day with a trip to the Purple Pharmacy for Amoretto Tequila and to fill a couple of prescriptions. Then it was over to the waiting line to get back across the border. Many enterprising ‘vendors’ walk along the line of people selling everything from beads to wall art to bottled water. This day I purchased 3 bundles of asparagus. There are also many unfortunates that sell pkgs. of gum or ask for ‘a little money, please.’ Even as little as the quarters we leave in their baskets help to feed their families. That day the wait was about 1/2 hour to stand in line, go through customs and have our purchases and passports checked. Not bad. Some people drive their cars in but we chose to park in a secure lot on the US side and walk across.

When we are Ogilby we drive over to Greys Well to get our supply of fresh water. Greys Well is at a Rest Stop in the middle of I8 on the southern end of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreational Area. It’s always fun to stop and watch people buzzing thought the sand with their rails & quads. The Dunes are beautiful in the shifting sunlight and shadows.P2110016

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Hanging around Ogilby Rd, CA

(Jan) Moore-Ogilby -9386Last week we joined Mark & Judie in the desert and called Ogilby BLM our home for the week. We enjoyed the leisurely lifestyle but also took several side trips. Fist up was a great visit with long time hometown friends Nancy and Calvin. We met for a late breakfast at Penny’s Diner and then were able to spend the next several hours touring around the Yuma Ag Fields and then into the Foothills. We sure enjoyed their visit. Can’t believe I didn’t get a photo!

We also spent 2 mornings going to Los Algondones, Mexico to have an Eye Exam and get fitted for new glasses. We could have had our glasses in one day by waited the 3-4 hours that it takes to have them made but we decided to return the following morning.  We had an excellent exam from Dr. Luis Gonzalez at Algodones Optical and would highly P2050013recommend him.  Neither of us were happy with the glasses we gotten in the states several years ago. And this winter Chuck tried twice to get a new pair in Yuma. Neither prescription was right and he asked for his money back. So last week we went back to Algondones Optical where we had gotten a good exam and good glasses five years ago. We are now completely happy with our new glasses. Thanks you Dr. Luis & staff!

Two of the major outing we took with Mark & Judie were a hike to the Peak of the Ogilby Hills and a drive over Indian Pass to the Colorado River. Our Hike took us up the eastern dry wash to the Ogilby Hills Peak, elevation 788 ft., where we took quite a few photos and signed out names in the Cache Book at the top. Our path down followed another dry wash to the south and then back to the east and north along the base of the hill.

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The Indian Pass trail is about 7 miles to the north of us here at Ogilby. It started off as an interesting ramble through the hills and proceeded to a gnarly 4 wheel drive down the hill through the Gavilan Wash to Picacho State Rec Area and the Colorado River. We passed Picacho Peak, and then meandered through the State Rec area along the river and back to Bard, CA. We then traveled west on I8 and north to Ogilby on our 70+ mile loop.

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Crazy WaterThe four of us enjoyed several fun games of Pegs and Jokers and many very competitive games of desert Bocci Ball. Combine that with fun Happy Hours, gorgeous sunsets, walking here in the area and several dinners together such as the Halibut in Crazy Water that Mark made for us one evening! We would like to thank Mark for sharing his delicious culinary efforts and Judy for sharing her exceptional photos with us. It’s was a fun week!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fun with Friends

(Jan) We had a good stop in Yuma for 5 nights so we could spend time with friends. First up the Steve & Donna and Ed & Jan. We got to see these two couples briefly at Boomerville but scheduled a Happy Hour and Dinner in Yuma so we could have a chance to visit. It was a fun evening and a delicious dinner. The next evening we headed over to Mark and Judie’s for dinner. Mark is a fabulous cook and his meal was wonderful. We had a great evening visiting. On Saturday night John & Julie and Chuck & I walked over to the Paradise Casino for their $7.77 Steak which was quite good. We finished the evening with a couple of intense but fun games of Pegs & Jokers. Sunday was our day to drive into the Foothills to Ron & Sharon’s place.  We again played Pegs & Jokers, this time with new-to-the-game players Roger & Lila. The guys won the first game; the gals won the second. Fun time, good people. That evening we stayed home to watch the Seahawks dismantle the Broncos in the Super Bowl. Monday was moving day. We shared sour dough toast and visited with our friends John & Julie before we both head west. Chuck & I are going back out Ogilby for a short time. Sorry, no people photos this time; too busy enjoying everyone’s company. We are blessed with some pretty good friends!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Quartzsite Area 2014

P1230001(Jan) Quartzsite is buzzing with activity while the ‘Big Tent’ is in town. photo 1Lots of vendors, travel companies and RV Repairs Parts & Service are set up for ten days in and around the big tent. Our purchases were filters for the MH engine and the Aqua Hot water heater and a set of bed sheets. Also in town at that time are hundreds of small vendors and flea market stalls.  And over at the QIA is the annual Rock & Gem Show. Although it is all much the same year to year, it’s still fun to take several trips to see and buy. Below are a couple of photos from displays at the QIA.

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Roadrunners BLM or MM99 was quite crowded when we headed there after our stay at Boomerville. We weren’t able to IMG_20140128_152105_348get the spot that we wanted but found another okay spot not too far away. We, John & Julie, Loren and Becky enjoyed grilled bacon burgers and cards at IMG_20140128_151319_562J & J the first night and then salmon and dominoes the second night at our place. Mark & Judie joined us on Sunday. And Georgia join our group on Tuesday. We all enjoyed walks in the desert, shopping trips into town and Happy Hours together. Mark & Chuck went ‘junking’ several days and Monday morning Judie, Julie and I spend shopped at Gem World and then had ice cream sundaes for lunch! Wednesday morning found us enjoying Coffee in the sunshine before several of us moved south to Yuma. Here we are in the desert; Jan, Judie, Julie & Georgia, Chuck, Loren, John & Mark.P1280005

 
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