Fulltime Roadrunners

Fulltime Roadrunners
Staying Put at BLM Oxbow Campground on the Colorado River, Cibola, AZ

In Like a Lamb…..

March 31st, 2012

Out like a Lion.  March came in very calm and nice, but is going out very windy.  It will be warm today, high 80’s low 90’s, and windy.  Tomorrow it will cool down to low 70’s and very windy.  It’s supposed to be windy through Monday so I decided I better blog now before I might have to bring the satellite dish down for the weekend.

We went to Parker a couple of days ago to do some banking and shopping.  There’s a Mexican restaurant there called El Serape’.  It’s changed it’s location and this was the first time we’ve eaten at the new location.  It appears they may have changed their cook also.  Thom had a chicken burrito and all it consisted of was bland flavored shredded chicken wrapped in a flour tortilla… no sauces, very little seasoning.  I had a couple of tacos, again very little seasoning and flavor.  The Spanish rice was bland as were the re-fried beans.  The best part of the whole meal was the tortilla chips and salsa before the meal.  We even bought a container of salsa to bring home.

Yesterday we took apart the garden enclosure to store in the shed.  We moved a tarp we’d used to protect the garden from freeze and wind.  Most of the tarp was on the ground and when we moved it, we uncovered a bunch of scorpions.  They were all tiny babies except one.  The babies scurried under rocks and the big one went under a board.  Thom moved the board and I got a couple of photos then Thom stepped on him.  We don’t want Willow to get stung.  She probably will anyway with her penchant for sticking her nose under rocks and in critter holes.

Things are moving along nicely still, even though it’s been too warm in the afternoons to do much more than sit in front of the fan and chill.  Got up to 92 in the house yesterday.

I better say g’bye for now and get my fridge cleaned out before it’s too warm in here to be opening the fridge door a lot.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles!

Time Flies

March 29th, 2012

Al ‘n Linda left here just short of a month ago (3 days short).  Seems like yesterday, but as they say “time flies”.  Marv and Deb got back from the Good Sam’s Club rally in Phoenix on Monday and left for home today.  There’s a chance Ron and Deb will leave for Washington tomorrow.  I’d like to talk them into waiting 2 or 3 days.  The weather between here and there is going to be windy and nasty this weekend.  Of course, like everyone else, they’ll do what they want/wish to do, and probably fare quite well.

During the time Marb ‘n Deb were here between the time of the rally and their leaving, Marv got our new solar panel and controller installed on the cargo trailer.  The 12 volt freezer is in the cargo trailer, hooked up to the 6 volt batteries in there and doing fantastic.  During the day the batteries get charged up to 14.5 by the solar panel and in the morning when the sun starts hitting the panel again, the voltage is only down to 12.5.  In my book, that’s absolutely perfect.  Of course, we have the ability to run 120 in to the freezer via an extension cord on cloudy days.  While we are in Moab, we’ll move the freezer out of the cargo trailer to under the hitch on the 5′er behind the skirting.  It will be hooked up to 120 power since we will have hookups.  Marv did a fantastic job.  Very neat and clean and works perfect.

Marv and Thom got all our leftover pallets and firewood stacked on the old honey wagon trailer and moved it out to Lee and Ilse’s place to store for the summer.  We will be emptying out and taking down our garage/shed/tent  in the next few days.  Much of the things will be tossed or stored in the storage shed here in Quartzsite.  Getting ready to leave is happening quite nicely and easily so far.  I’m waiting for the shoe to drop and we get a call from our bosses saying they want us there in 5 days.  Things don’t usually go this easy for us.

The Ocotillo is in full bloom nearby and it is gorgeous!  Beautiful red flower spikes.

You’ll notice the lack of green on the branches… there was very little rain this fall & winter and the desert plants use their resources for propagation.  Even if the lack of leaves cause death to the plant the flowers will happen making sure seeds are produced and spread.  It was a very dry year this winter.

We don’t plan on leaving until around April 15th unless we hear different from our bosses in Moab.  With luck, I’ll get to see the Palo Verde trees in bloom and maybe even some of the early Cholla.

As the ones who usually arrive here first and leave here last, I find we seem to work together so much better when we only have each other to count on.

Okay, it’s time to say g’nite.  Don’t hesitate to email judy@jggrafx.com  if you have any questions, or you can register and write comments here on the blog.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Tah!

Keeping ya up to date

March 24th, 2012

We had an easy trip to Algodones, Mexico two days ago.  We left here a little after 7 a.m., walked into Algodones around 9:20 a.m. went to the “Purple Pharmacy”, bought 3 months worth of 6 prescriptions, and 2 over the counter pills; 10 bottles of vanilla, 1 bag of monster marshmallows… all for only $124.  In the states, it would have been over $1000.  We were out of there and back in the US before 10 a.m.

Our friend, Lee, mentioned to me on Facebook that they had lots ‘n lots of greens in their garden, so Thom and I went out there today and spent a wonderful time talking and sharing with Lee and Ilse and as a bonus, we got to raid their garden.  Whatever we have for dinner tomorrow will include Swiss Chard and a salad.

It’s been fairly warm here the last few days… we do our thing in the mornings and slow down a bit in the afternoons.  Highs have been in the mid to high 80’s, even up to 91 one day.  Tomorrow will be in the low 80’s, and a bit windy.  10% chance of rain tomorrow night… which only means high clouds and wind.  If we get rain, it’ll be a blessing.

We stopped at the “Q Town Cafe” for a late lunch/early dinner.  It’s okay, nothing special.  From what we’ve heard from others, we expected a “cut above”, but maybe we ordered the wrong things… or are just hard to please.  We give a lot more negative “reviews” than we do positive, it seems, lately.

Marv ‘n Deb headed to the Good Sam’s Club Rally in Phoenix last week.  They’ll be home early next week.  Deb is commenting on the heat in Phoenix and I’m afraid she’s gonna push to go home earlier than expected.  It’s not as hot here as it is in Phoenix and is cooling down starting tomorrow.  It snowed in Utah last week.  I sure wouldn’t wanna go to that!… but I’m not in the snow country during the snow much anymore.  We enjoy and appreciate our friends being here, it’s always hard to say g’bye, knowing we won’t see them again for anywhere from a couple of months to 9 months or more.

The British sitcoms that I love are on TV now, so I’m going to say g’nite for now.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Tah!

Quick Note

March 21st, 2012

Just a quick note.

Went for a lovely drive today in the Kofa Wildlife Refuge, saw a few wild flowers and had a good time away from every day stuff.

Tomorrow we’re leaving around 7 a.m. to go to  Algadones, Mexico for a last stock up on prescriptions, and Yuma for a few things needed from one of the big hardware stores… Lowes, Home Depot, etc.  If we get out of Mexico early enough I want to stop in at Fry’s store to check them out and take advantage of their good deals.  Again, if we have time, we may even hit the date farm and pick up some “cheap dates”.

Things are good.  We’re happy and still loving life.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles!

Been too Long Again

March 20th, 2012

It’s almost a whole week since I last posted.  We’re still slowly plodding along getting ready to leave.  Thom and Marv got the mounts for the propane tanks done in the cargo trailer.  Marv ‘n Deb left yesterday for the Good Sam’s RV Rally in Phoenix.  They’ll be back next Monday.

We had a storm come through here last weekend.  We were supposed to get a good bit of rain on Saturday and Sunday, but we only got a little Sat. night and very little on Sunday.  The desert did get a bit of a drink, but not as much as it needed.  We could see the rain falling on the surrounding mountains though.  I’m hoping we can go for a ride before the Ocotillo quit blooming, so I can get photos.

We’ve been getting several calls from people who have looked at our resume’ on WorKamper News.  I’m keeping track of them in case we need a place to work in future seasons.

Weather this week is going to be fantastic now that the storm has passed.  Highs in the 80’s, lows in the 50’s and a slight breeze in the afternoons.  We find we get out of bed earlier in the morning when the nights are warmer.  The last two nights it got down to below 40 and we stayed all snuggled in bed until 9 a.m.

Our new bosses haven’t called yet to ask us to show up early, so we are planning on staying here until April 15th and heading for Moab very slowly by way of US 95 to I-15 to I-70 to Moab.  There are a couple of Passport America campgrounds along the way, so we can boondock a few nights, then hit a PA campground to dump and take on water.  So far we don’t need to be in Moab until June 4th, but are fully prepared to get there early if asked.

Time for me to say g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles.

Time for Catch Up again

March 14th, 2012

Pretty much same ol’, same ol’ here.  We’re slowly getting ready to move on, but so far there’s no hurry.

Thom and Marv have been working on the new cargo trailer… installing the batteries, setting it up for the propane tanks, etc.  I’ve been clearing things up in the RV and things are coming together nicely.

We had to go to the hardware store in Blythe on Monday and stopped at the Sizzler for late lunch/early dinner.  We’ve been to the Sizzler in Ogden, Utah and it was not a place we wanted to go to again.  This one was really good.  The salad bar had all you could want in a dinner, and it included a soup bar and desert bar.  All for the huge price of $8.99 for senior price.  Salad bar includes chicken wings, pot roast, taco salad, Caesar  Salad, spinach salad, krab salad, tuna salad, pasta salad, Waldorf salad, bread rolls, & soft drink.  We both are ready to go back again.  We will definitely make it before we leave here.

I’ve decided to quit trying with all my garden plants other than the sugar snap peas.  I’ve taken the turnip, swiss chard and Anaheim Pepper plants out to the “yard” to let the critters enjoy whats left of them.  The turnips are clipped to the ground and the chard is not far behind.  The Harris Antelope Ground Squirrels LOVE the pepper leaves.

Time to get ready for bed.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.

Toodles.

Still Going…

March 10th, 2012

We had an uneventful trip to Phoenix and back… more or less.  We ordered our cargo trailer with brakes, but when we tried them, the brakes didn’t work.  No big deal, the mfg. of the trailer (where we picked it up) told us what the issue was and how to fix it.  We didn’t need the brakes driving home because the trailer was totally empty.  Driving home was a bit of a trial because it was windy and the wind was hitting us almost head on.  The truck was not happy pulling against that wind so it took time and plenty of gas to get home.  I’m hoping I can learn to optimize the power of the truck and save on fuel.

On Friday we went to the California side of the Colorado River by Parker, AZ for Fish ‘n Chips at a place called The Dock… I didn’t order the fish and am real glad I didn’t.  I got a sandwich and it was not very good.  The fish was Pollack, which is known to be fishy.  At least it wasn’t greasy.  We’ll not be going back there.

While we were in Phoenix we stopped at Sam’s Club and bought a couple of 6 volt batteries for the Cargo Trailer so we can leave our portable freezer in there and the batteries will power it.  This morning Thom and Marv went into town to buy some wire and things to make those batteries work.  Of course, it’s Saturday and snowbirds are leaving in droves so the shops were closed.

Instead, Thom spent the afternoon water sealing the plywood in the trailer… floor, sides and ramp.  It has to sit for 48 hours before they can start working on setting things up in there.

I went into town today for my last trim on my hair before we leave.  There will be plenty of places to keep it up in Moab.  Moab is pretty much a yuppy town so there’s lots of places that cater to personal upkeep.

I’m trying to keep focused on packing away and getting ready to roll, but what I really want to do is take walks and go for drives to see spring happening.

I’ll post again soon.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.

Toodles.

Busy, Busy, Busy

March 7th, 2012

Actually, yesterday wasn’t so busy… it was so windy none of us did much of anything.  Today was windy as well, buy not quite as windy.  Yesterday the winds got up into the 40’s mph range, and today no higher than 25 mph.

We got a phone call today telling us our cargo trailer was built and ready for pickup.  That precipitated a trip into Parker, AZ today so we could go to the bank and get a cashier’s check for the balance on the trailer.  Did a bit of grocery shopping too.  Got a pork shoulder roast that is just waiting for a good chilly day so I can crock pot it as a pot roast… lotsa veggies, etc.

We are all set to go to Phoenix tomorrow morning to pick up the new cargo trailer.  It will be nice to get it home and set up to carry our propane tanks upright, and whatever else we need to do.  After that we can pack up, stow away and get ready to move.

The more we learn about our new job in Moab, the more we like it.  I’ve talked to both of the owners of the park (husband and wife) and they both sound wonderful to work for.  This is what we understand our job to be at this point:

Thom works 9 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 3 days a week… the same 3 days I work.  Thom does maintenance in the morning hours and helps me with customers in the afternoon and leads them to their sites.

I will work from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. 3 days a week taking reservations, checking guests in and out, working the convenience store and keeping the store and laundry clean.  Our 3 days include weekends, which is fine with us.

Compensation for the 3 days work is a monthly wage and an RV site with full hookups, cable TV, wifi, and laundry privileges; and any days we work over those 3 days will be paid at $8/hour.  Unless we’re asked and agree to work more than the 3 days, we will have 4 days off every week to explore country we love!  Southern Utah is beautiful, spiritual country.

The Moab arts festival and farmer’s market is where I was first introduced to salad turnips.  Wonder if they’ll be back this year.  Sure hope so.

For now, we’re going to get our new trailer and start slowing down.  At this point we are scheduled to start working in Moab in early June, but hope to be able to get there early and learn the campround and get set up.

We initially planned on going up to Roy, Utah to spend time with friends and family, but that will more than double our miles of travel, therefore, costs, so we will just meander our way to Moab and hope our family and friends can come down to visit us while we are in Moab.

It’s 10 p.m. here and if I’m gonna get up early to head for Phoenix, I best say g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!

Toodles.

California Throat?

March 5th, 2012

What’s with California and my throat?  Last year when we visited, I came down with a sore throat shortly after arriving home.  This year, my throat started feeling scratchy on the way home and has been sore since then… no fever this time, just sore throat and headache and no energy at all.  Must be something in the air.

Yesterday was laundry day (7 loads).  Today we dumped tanks and took Willow to the vet in Blythe for her Corona vaccination booster shoot.  Tomorrow morning Thom and Marv are going to the shed to sort things and get things out that we want to dispose of.  It’s likely we’ll go to Parker in the afternoon to get the bank check to pay for the balance of our cargo trailer, which is ready to picked up this week.

We’re still missing Al ‘n Linda big time, but that’s the way it’s gonna be until we see them again.

As soon as we receive our agreement papers from the RV park in Moab, Utah, we’ll throw together a bunch of questions to ask when I call Mark and get them signed and sent back to them.  Will let ya’ll know if anything changes.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles!

Today

March 3rd, 2012

We had a very good day today.  Mom and my youngest brother live in California just a couple hundred miles from Quartzsite (3.5 hours), so we chose today to go visit them.  My brother, Ed and April, his wife, have provided us with 2 delightful nephews and 1 tremendous niece.  We got to visit with the niece and one of the nephews today, the other one (nephew) was working.  We also got to say hi to Mom’s best friend, Marie.  Marie has been, not only a great friend to Mom but, also, a great help.  We love her too.

We arrived at Mom’s a little before 9 a.m.  We all went to Ed’s for a visit and then the “kids” and Ed, April, Mom and we went to an all you can eat pizza place.  Food was good, fun was great!

We started our day at 5 a.m., trip started at 6 a.m., and we arrived home just minutes before 8 p.m. tonight.

Starting tomorrow we get back to normal (so to speak) getting finished up with preparing to head on to our new experiences for the summer.

Having at least the whole month of March to get on the road, and a couple of weeks of April (would be nice), we tentatively plan on going up to Roy to see Mike, Tiff and Coen; Mari ‘n Scott; ‘n Thom’s Mom. If time allows, while we’re up there, we’ll hop over to S. Dakota to renew our driver’s licenses without the RV.  To be honest I’m hoping Mark, our new boss, wants us early.

My brain is telling me I’m rambling again, so I’m gonna say g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles!

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