Fulltime Roadrunners

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


May 23rd, 2012

I mentioned last time I posted that we were taking Rick to Grand Junction, CO to pick up his new fridge… it’s a 1.5 to 2 hour drive.  Now, Rick lives alone, so when he has a captive audience he talks… and talks…. and talks.  He’s a fun person, and we enjoy him bunches, but being captive for a fairly long period and being nice people, unable to say “enuff already”, well…..

Thom spent nearly a whole day emptying our compartment and filling our black holding tank trying to find the “stink” we’ve been dealing with for so long in the compartment.  He filled the holding tank totally full and we found it leaked at the top.  It looks like we’ll need to go back up to our dealer in Draper to have it replaced.  I hate to think of the cost… maybe, if we’re lucky, our extended warranty will cover it, but, then again, maybe not.  Whatever happens, we’ll manage… you know, rob from Peter to pay Paul kinda thing.

I finished the hummingbird my co-worker ordered.  She specified the colors and this is what I came up with.  She’s happy with it.

The beads that look blue are actually dark purple.  The color theme was light ‘n dark purple, rose and very light salmon.

I bought a new pattern for a beaded critter and am really anxious to start working on it.  I may start it tomorrow to keep me occupied until Scott and Mari arrive.  They will get here tomorrow, early afternoon, and stay either thru Monday or Tuesday.  We have tomorrow off, work Fri thru Sun and will have Mon ‘n Tues off.  I’m so excited to see them!  I wish all of us could be together again.  Maybe next winter, if the stars all line up and the gods are happy…

Time to say g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy and happy!


Dang Me!

May 16th, 2012

I just can’t seem to get around to updating my blog lately.  Time just goes by and I don’t keep track of “when” I am.

This week, starting last Monday is Rally on the Rocks.  We have a gazillion people in here with little 4-wheel drive rock crawlers.

They are smaller than a dune buggy, but if you judge them by sound, they are absolutely huge!   Their wheels tear up the road (dirt ‘n gravel roads), and the owners are totally inconsiderate.  The louder the crawler, the better it is, the more they can tear up the road, the higher they climb on the “best rig” ladder.  The row behind us is what we call the “big rig row”, which will fit RV and tow vehicle or toad without unhooking.  A couple of the rigs are so long, it is difficult to navigate the road between us and their row.  The front of this rig is supposed to be back where the pole behind the front wheel is.  He’s a bit beyond where he should be.

When we worked the Ogden Canyon campgrounds we got frustrated by some of the inconsiderate campers, but they didn’t hold a candle to many of the people we get here.  As much as we enjoy Mark and Janie, the owners; and our co-workers, Leslie and Rick; we don’t ever want to come back here.  Although the sites are really quite large compared to other commercial campgrounds, for us they are too close together.  The worst part of working here is we don’t want to lose customers for the owners here, so we put up with the inconsiderate prima donnas and do our best to accommodate them, when what we really want to do is read them the riot act.   This is a perfect job for people who are used to staying in commercial campgrounds and have the skills to deal with prima donnas without stuffing their heads down the toilet.

I have been given permission to put one of my sheppard’s crook  plant/feeder hangers out by the tree, so I have a seed feeder, a nyger seed sock, and a hummingbird feeder hanging out by the tree.  I’m getting lots of House Finch, & House Sparrow out there, as well as the occasional White Crowned Sparrow.  The only Hummingbirds I’ve seen are a couple of female Broad Tail Hummingbirds.

We’ve made our site as much like home as we can.  I’ve got a pot of Pansies, and my round table has two pots of Salad Turnips growing and my garlic chives and a Early Girl Tomato plant.  The tomato plant has gotten thru the transplant shock and seems to be doing quite well now.

Rick, one of our co-workers, has had electrical issues in his motorhome and his fridge has quite working.  Tomorrow we are taking him to Grand Junction to pick up a new fridge for him to install (he doesn’t have a pickup).

One of these days we hope to drive south the evaluate the road down to AZ for grades.  We want to go back to AZ that way, but need to check out the road first.  Guess we’ll do that during our next 4 days off.

Time for me to head to the recliner.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


I Got Out the Wet Noodle….

May 8th, 2012

…but I couldn’t find anyone who would use it on me… they all wanted to use the cat-O-Nine Tails.

My apologies for going a whole week between postings.  I’ve been busy, tired, not feeling well, and just plain lazy.

The new truck is great.  I shouldn’t have any trouble at all pulling the cargo trailer with it.  We got home on Thursday and had to work Fri thru Sun.  Yesterday we went downtown to explore and see what’s there.  The only thing we were intrigued with is the Red Rock Tee-shirt shop.  They have some tremendous designs and the color is beautiful… dyed with the actual red rock of this area.  The price is a bit more than I like to pay for a “tourist” shirt, but I’m pretty convinced I’ll be going to AZ with a Red Rock T-shirt.

I managed to get my bearings around the park the farmer’s market is held so I can go there myself on Saturdays while Thom is working.  Fresh produce is a huge draw for me.

My turnips sprouted quite quickly after being planted and are growing great guns.  We bought a tomato plant yesterday while exploring town.   It need a new, bigger pot, but we took care of that today.

We decided to head to Grand Junction, Colorado today to try to find a new hand truck and check out the Sam’s Club.  We did find a new hand truck at Home Depot.  Our old one kept having flat tires, so this time we bought one with solid tires.  Between Home Depot (where we bought a large pot for the tomato, the hand truck, and potting soil), and Sam’s Club; we spent over $200.  Grand Junction is further than we were led to believe… (it’s 112 miles, and we were told 65 miles).  The drive goes fast though.  We were entertained by the prairie dogs sitting on the yellow side lines of the hwy, playing “dare” with the vehicles.

The job is going fine for both of us.  Rick is back and they’ve hired a guy to do bathrooms 3 days a week when we’re off, so we get our 4 days off now.  Tomorrow Thom will do laundry and I plan on doing floors… vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, etc.  Plus, I have a few dishes to do.

I’m telling ya’ll, this is a place to spend at a minimum, a week to explore the country.  You have the drive along the Colorado River going towards Colorado, which is beautiful scenery; the drive along the Colorado River going west, which has a wealth of Native American pictographs on the rocks alongside the highway… lots of turnouts.  The geological formations are unbelievable.  The colors and shapes are awesome.  Southern Utah is a part of the US you could spend a couple of months exploring and still want to go back for more.

I guess I’ve raved enuff.  I s’pose I ought to go spend a few minutes chilling before I go to bed.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


We Did It

May 1st, 2012

This morning we left Moab bright and early and drove to Sandy, UT (just south of Salt Lake City).  We stopped at the Dodge Dealer in Sandy to see what our favorite ever car salesman had found for us to replace the Ranger with.  He had a Ram 1500 that was the best deal, even if it was a 4WD.  After looking at a few others, we decided on the one he first showed us.  We arrived at the dealers a little after noon and left there with a new truck a little before 4:00 p.m.  This is a purchase we didn’t particularly want to make, but had to make.  I’ll try to get pics to post tomorrow.  It’s another white truck.

This evening Marv ‘n Deb dropped by the motel after their Taco Tuesday… to see the truck and visit with us a bit.  It was so nice to see them.

Tomorrow we will go see our Daughter-in-law, Tiff and Coen (grandson).  Drop Willow off for a good run in their back yard, do a wee bit of shopping, and spend the afternoon and evening with Mike, Tiff and Coen.  I need to make it a point to get pics of everyone.  I might even hand the camera to someone to take a pic of me.  I’m always the one with the camera so we never get pics of me.  I don’t like to have my pic taken, but it would be nice to have a decent one to share now and then.

We are both so tired tonight.  I’m not going to try to say anything more, because it’ll be garbled and not very understandable.

In the meantime, ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!