Fulltime Roadrunners

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

On the Road in 6 Days

August 28th, 2012

Been super busy getting ready to hit the road.  Thom is doing a whole lot more than me.  He started this morning around 9:30 and, now, at 7:30 p.m., he’s still going.  Tomorrow I hit the kitchen and try to find room for the ice maker, the Soda Stream, new toaster, fruit bowl, etc.  All those things that sit out on the counter when we are stationary.

One of the Workampers here is a lung cancer survivor.  He’s had a lung removed has been off of chemo for 6 to 8 months.  He doesn’t have a lot of lung power up here at 4200’ elevation, but does okay.  He is truly a work horse, and dedicated.

Yesterday a water main in our row of camp sites broke.  Rick, the survivor, and Mark, the owner, went to work digging up the pipeline (using a backhoe).  It took quite a while, but they found the break at just about sundown.  It was too late to finish fixing the leak.  Luckily all of us in this row are in RV’s with substantial fresh water tanks, so it’s not an issue to be without city water.  This morning Rick finished the job all by himself.  Good thing he had the backhoe to do most of the heavy work.  I just have to say he’s a real trooper when he gets left on his own to do a job.

We still have to work Friday thru Sunday, but will be ready to leave on Monday. 

Our plans are to go to Draper (south of Salt Lake City), get our black tank fixed, spend a few days seeing family and friends, then heading to Quartzsite… not before Sept. 12, but hopefully by Sept 15th (unless it’s over 105F still).

I can’t believe how wrapped up in the elections I am right now.  The TV is on the wall opposite to my computer.  I have a mirror on the table next to the computer so I can watch the speakers at the RNC while working on the computer.  I’m so afraid of how this election may turn out.

Enuff said.  Time to say g’nite before I get going where we don’t want me to go.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.

Toodles.

Since the Last Time

August 23rd, 2012

Not much has changed other than days have passed and we are closer to being ready to head on.

Thom has the trikes loaded on the rack on the 1-ton and tied down.  Here’s a pic of my trike being hoisted to the top of the rack.

I’m still dealing with sinus headaches and light headedness (over 2 weeks now).  When I get a chance I sleep in as late as possible (almost always up by 9 or 9:30), which at least helps in the mornings.  I’m hoping that when we leave this valley the sinuses clear up and I’m on the mends.  I’m slowly getting things sorted and put away.  Unfortunately I managed to let a whole lot of “mail” and paperwork build up because I didn’t want to take the time and energy to create folders and files to put things away in.  I got the important things put away today, and only have the area brochures to go through and decide what we want to keep and what we get to throw away.

We had a lovely day of rain today.  I woke up to rain about 6:30 this morning, fell back asleep to rain, woke up again to rain and listened to rain all morning long while doing indoor things… even dodged raindrops when we went grocery shopping.  It was a perfect day!

Only 2 more weekends of work to go and we are done.  It’ll be interesting to see if we truly are paying much more for groceries, or if they’ve gotten ridiculously high everywhere.  I’m anxious to shop the Harmon’s in Draper, UT and then down in AZ.  I did buy some peaches from Palisades, CO from a guy who dropped by the office last weekend selling them.  I’ve made two cobblers and have 4 peaches left.  They are so full of flavor it’s ridiculous.  In the stores the Palisades peaches cost $1.49/lb, I paid $1/lb.  Another local fruit here that is to die for is the Green River watermelon.  I’ve bought 3 so far and every single one has been outstanding, even the one I didn’t think was going to be good is wonderful.  I bought it yesterday so there’s a lot left in the fridge.  I hope to buy one more just before we hit the road.  One more for the road, so to speak.

We originally planned to bring out tomato plant with us when we headed for Q, but it has grown so sprawly and big, there’s no way we can find a way to transport it without breaking it all up.

Time to say g’nite now.  I’m rambling again.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.

Toodles!

It’s Only Been 2 Days…

August 16th, 2012

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… since my last post.  My next post will probably be 4 or 5 days from now, we work the next 3 days..

Yesterday we went for a drive.  We headed west on Potash Road, which follows the Colorado River.  There are a couple of places you can stop to see the ancient Indian art.  There is so much vandalism on these rocks, it’s really sad.

Just a couple of miles into the ride we saw 3 deer wading in the river near the far shore.
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Potash is only 17 miles from I-191 and the road ends at the Potash Plant, so we turned around and headed back towards town, turning on the road that follows the River going east.  It goes all the way to I-70, not too far from the Colorado border.  There are so many beautiful views along the river.  Here is an Arch Thom found while we were parked alongside the road.  The picture next to it is a sample of the rock formations we see along the river.
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Along the way, we saw a sign for Onion Stream Rd. and decided to turn on it.  It is a dirt road that doesn’t get too rough, just enough Thom kicked in 4WD.  We crossed Onion Stream at least 5 times.  It’s beautiful country with wind and water carved rock.
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I was hoping to see wild onion growing alongside the stream, but no such luck.

 

When we got back to the road along the river we started seeing several rafts and kayaks in the river.  This is a large group of rafters taking a lunch break.
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The following shots are just some views of the river, rocks and wildlife along the river, including a Great Blue Heron on a rock in the Colorado River.
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  This flower is the Sacred Datura, also called the Jimson Weed.

All in all, yesterday was a much needed great day.

I’ve been pretty disappointed in our weather the last few days, but only because it’s been cloudy and yesterday and today very hazy with smoke from some fire not too very far away… don’t know which fire or fires.  At any rate, due to the clouds and haze our view of the meteor showers has been totally blocked.  Maybe we’ll get a good one during the winter in Quartzsite.  We do see a lot of falling stars down there, just not in the numbers this latest fall was supposed to be.  Oh well, the opportunity will come up again sometime.

I’ve been sitting here almost drooling.  I got a cut up chicken and sweet potatoes with onion cooking in the crockpot and it smells so good.  I added about a cup of amber ale when I got it all going.  It’s now time to go make a salad and get dinner served.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Tah!

Time Flies

August 14th, 2012

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I can’t believe I haven’t posted since July 31.  Again, not much to share.  We’re not going anywhere, so I’ve nothing to report regarding the area.  My photos shot through the window are nothing to shout about so I don’t even have pics to share with you.

I did get my rock back a week ago.  He managed to get 1 slab, but the rock wanted to crumble too much so he quit trying.  I took a few photos of what he got.  This is a Septarian rock.  As you can see by the outside of the rock on the bottom of this photo, it’s pretty non-descript.

But you can also see the inside is quite interesting.

This is a shot of the slab.  If I’m careful to keep the cuts in the gray part of the rock, I might be able to make a free form cabochon pendant and wire wrap it.  Not until we get to Quartzsite though.

I’m also going to take the rest of the rock to the Gem ‘n Mineral Club in Q to see if they can get another slab.

The last few days we’ve had a Rufus Hummingbird in the yard.  He has taken over the hummer feeder, chasing all the Broadtail Hummers away.  He has even gone so far as to chase all the sparrows away from the yard.  Today there were about 8 sparrows trying to get to the seed feeder.  They are at least 3 times the Rufus’s size, yet he attacked each and every one of them.  He’s an immature male Rufus, so he doesn’t have all his coloring.  This is a shot of the little guy.  Not very good pic, but at least you can see his colors.  His throat, top of head, and chest will eventually be a beautiful cinnamon (Rufus) color.  You can see in this pic the Rufus color showing up on his tail and speckling his back.  The second pic is a very poor shot of the back of a mature adult male, but you can see the big difference in the coloring between juvenile and adult.

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We plan on leaving here Sept 3rd.  Our appointment at Ardell Brown’s is on the 5th.  Sept 3rd is just 21 days from now.  Thom got the cargo trailer cleaned out and rearranged.  We need to take all the things in the compartment in the RV and put them into the cargo trailer, so the techs at the dealer will be able to access our holding tank.

I’m so ready to get back down to Quartzsite… with a stop between here and there to see my son, his wife and Coen, my grandson.

The brakes on our cargo trailer went out and I’ve been really concerned about pulling it on Hwy 6 to Salt Lake City (Draper) without the trailer brakes.  Thom loaned one of his power tools to a guy here in the park who does repair work on RV’s.  This guy wanted to pay Thom for the use of the tool, but Thom said no, but you can fix the brakes on our trailer.  He came over this morning, took about 30 – 45 mins to fix it.  We’re all happy.

My boss gave me another dozen eggs from her chickens on their “ranch”, mentioning maybe I’d make another custard pie to share with them.  I made it today and gave them 1/2 of it.  Tomorrow, I plan on making a quick peach cobbler with some local peaches I bought a few days ago.  They are ripe and in the fridge waiting to be used before they go bad.  I think I’m buying too much produce.  I bought a local watermelon at the Farmer’s Market last Saturday and just today made room in the fridge for it by finishing a cantaloupe (local).  I may end up making watermelon popcycles… who knows.

The last two nights have been the best nights to view the meteor showers.  Unfortunately, we’ve had thunderstorms with clouds hiding the “falling stars”.  I can’t complain too much though, we’ve had some lovely rain and lightning shows.

Time for me to say g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.

Love ya Mom!

Toodles!