Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Has Sprung in Yuma, Arizona, USA

This is our first spring in the Yuma, AZ area and it hasn't let us down.  Yuma is know for farming.  As you can see in the screenshot I took from Google map, the city is completely surrounded by green fields.  Some of the crops that are grown in the winter are all kinds of lettuce, broccoli and cabbage. But year round the top two crops are citrus, oranges, grapefruit and lemons, and dates.  I'm including a link to the latest visitors guide for Yuma, it's filled with tons of useful and interesting information. Click here for the guide, and click here to go to the Welcome to Yuma web page.



Orange trees in bloom.

Can you smell them?

Sun setting to the west.

Full moon rising to the east.


Wild calendulas near San Diego.

Angel trumpets

Bougainvillea

Black spots on leaves of small desert flower.

Be back soon.

Evie and Joy


Young citrus trees getting a long drink of water.
















Tuesday, February 21, 2017

You Never Know Who You Might Run Into

We took a day trip from Yuma over to Anza-Borrego State Park.  I thought I had read online that the cactus had started to bloom over there so off we went.  It was president's day weekend so there were quite a few people on the roads and in the park.  

Being fulltime rver's and traveling around we meet lots of great people along the way.  Some read this blog and some I meet on various facebook groups and if we are in the same area we try to get together.  And then there are the friends who you run into quite by happenstance, like Greg and Karen who also write a blog that you can see here.  We were on our way back to our car after visiting the visitor center when Karen recognised us.  What an amazing thing that was.  We first met Karen and Greg a year and a half ago at Abiquiu Lake in New Mexico.  It is such a blast to run into friends along the way.

left to right, Joy, Evie and Greg.
Sadly Karen was taking the picture.


View from visitor center across the valley.





The flowers are almost here.

Soon, very soon.

We have finished all of our winter project on the car and rv and have left the Yuma area.  Right now we are camped along the Salton Sea and next week we'll go back over to San Diego to cat sit for my daughter.

Evie and Joy

I had a little free time last week and just so you know I don't take myself too seriously I added some color to the back of the rv.  That's my brake cable, for the Honda, hanging on the ladder.  Also that red solo cup sticker in the upper right side of the window shows that I'm a member of a facebook group for solo women travelers. 





















Sunday, February 5, 2017

Some Interesting Things We've Seen Lately

We spent a week over in Casa Grande, AZ.  We had passed through there last Oct. and had paid for 4 nights at an rv park but it was so darn hot that we left after only one night, but the manager said to remind them of that the next time we came through and they would give us our other 3 nights. So that's what we did and we ended up staying a whole week.   After a couple of months parked out in the desert sometimes it's nice to be in a park with lots of water and electricity too.  Then it's time to vacuum and wash everything inside. 

On day while driving around the Casa Grande area we came across this building.  We could see it way off in the distance and could see that it was something to see more up close, so off we went.



It's a skydiving school.



On our way back to the Yuma area we stopped off in Bouse, AZ for friday night all you can eat fish and chips at the local cafe.  Went there last year with the boondockers group and never forgot about it.  Yummm

While driving around the countryside there's always something interesting to see, whether we're in a town or out in the desert.  Saw this truck in Yuma, the other day, with a bumper sticker from my hometown in northern California.


See you down the road.

Evie and Joy


Here's a picture of my daughter, holding up her sign, marching in the Women's march in San Diego in January.















Thursday, January 19, 2017

Well Maybe We Should Have Replaced the Battery Too

Lesson learned, next time do the whole enchilada, alternator AND battery.


I had to walk about a mile to go flag down the tow truck driver.  Finding someone out here isn't easy.


This is why we carry towing with two different companies.  With AAA we have the Premier Towing and the other is with Geico where I have both the rv and Honda insured.  Your three towings a year with AAA can go fast if you are having ongoing problems. 

We are once again parked in front of Diesel Automotive, who have been so nice to me, and tomorrow we will be leaving the Yuma area headed to Casa Grande.

See you down the road.

Evie and Joy

How this lettuce field looked a couple of weeks ago.

How it looks now.  Fresh lettuce growing in the sunny weather.








Saturday, January 14, 2017

Maintenance, Repairs and Changes

Well it's been a busy two months for us in Yuma.  We've had a lot of maintenance and repairs done to both the rv and the Honda.  Let's start with the Honda.  The air conditioning system went out and that took our new found auto mechanics two days to replace all parts and get it up and running again as good as new.  Two days because the parts store sent the wrong parts over the first time.  Oh well, that happened at the same time we were having the rv painted.  I found this great rv repair and paint shop that would loan us his rv to hang out in during the day and at night they would pull ours out of the shop for us to sleep in and in the morning we'd move back into his Bounder while they worked on ours.  We did that for four days then we had to go to a motel while our rv was actually getting painted.  One of those days we were out driving when the alternator went out on the Honda.  We were headed up to Quartzsite and were only about 8 miles past the VFW on highway 95 when the first symptom occurred, that being the battery light lit up on the dash.  I didn't know what that was about so I drove another two miles before I decided maybe we should turn around and head back into town. Soon after turning around all dash lights and gages went out, it is very strange driving without any gages telling you what's going on, not even the speedometer. We were able to make it to within a mile of the VFW when I lost all power.  I was able to coast to a wide spot beside the road where we called for a tow truck and I called my new favorite mechanics to tell them we once again were on our way in.  Again the repairs took two days because the parts house sent bad parts, and the repair guys didn't charge me for that extra time.  And they ran me back and forth to the motel one time and rv paint shop the other.  Carlos and Jr. are the best.




Off loading at Diesel Automotive



This is the card for the repair shop, Carlos and his son Jr.  Their business specializes in diesel but they can and will do anything.  They build dune buggies and all sorts of things, they can do all types of repairs.

Let's move on to the rv painting project shall we.


Here are the guys washing the rv after they stripped all remaining decals
 and after sanding it as well


This was our loaner rv that we hung out in during the day.


First glimpse of our new paint.  Look we have strips at the top too.


Checking tire pressure for me.
 Notice new weather station on roof and window awnings.


Also had the roof coated.


And these guys even cut my new rubber mat into 4 one foot wide strips
to put under my leveling jacks feet to keep them from sinking into the sand.


Chris went above and beyond for us, cutting down a 10 day job to 6,
to make it easier on mom.

We also had our slide fixed, as it hadn't been going out all the way.  That was my fault, when I removed the carpet the transition strip of metal that I put down came un nailed and that allowed the carpet to get bunched up under the slide.  All fixed now.  And also a new water pump installed along with a new ano rod in the hot water heater.  And last but not least, we had window awnings installed and the big awning removed.  Just a bunch of things that needed to be done.  It sounds like a lot but this is our home and all homes need to be maintained.

We're in San Diego for one night to get mail from darling daughter then tomorrow we will head back to the desert, spending some time around Ajo, AZ.

Evie and Joy

Sunset from hotel window.
















Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bits and Pieces

Some things you see while driving around in the desert.


It just needs a new roof.


Look out for those UXB's
(unexploded bombs)



Jump down turn around pick a bale of cotton


Sunset


Yes, it does rain in the desert





See that rv way back there?  That's our friend Bette
who we first met three years ago at Eagles Nest Lake, NM.
She came out here west of Yuma for a few days.


And so did our friend Chris.


I'll be back next week.

See you around.
Evie and Joy

This palm tree is wearing grass skirts.