Fulltime Roadrunners

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

Still Surviving the Heat

September 29th, 2012

We’ve another week of triple digit temps predicted here.  Even Lee and Ilse, who’ve lived here for years, say this is unusual.

Thom gets a bit done in the mornings, but neither one of us is able to get out and work after the temps get above 95F.  We usually get the generator and a/c going by 9 a.m., when it’s up to 82F inside, and it stays on until we go to bed.  The first few days here, we ran the a/c ‘n generator all night as well, but it is getting cooler at night now.

We wake up and get up early because we want to get things done before it gets too hot.  Thom does well, I usually don’t get outside before it starts getting too hot for me to get much work done.  I do get things done inside though.

Thom’s Mom has asked me to make her a beaded Rufus Hummingbird, these are shots of the front and back so far with body and tail, but no wings yet.  I should only have about 3 hours of beading left to do to get the wings done.

Front:

Back

Yesterday Thom called me outside and told me to bring my camera.  There was a giant moth on a door in the compartment.  After a bit of research I discovered it is a Tomato Horn Worm Moth.  Those nasty tomato plant eating worms turn into this beautiful, huge, moth.  His wingspan was 4.5 inches and his body was 2.5 inches in length.

Phyllis called me this morning to tell me we need to stop by next time we head into town, they found a very interesting beetle bug this morning.  We dropped by today to check it out.  They thought it was dead because when Larry moved it with his toe it acted dead, but when they brought him out when we got there, it was very much alive.  It’s called a Desert Ironclad Beetle and it is also often called the Death Feigning Beetle because it plays dead when disturbed.  I think it’s kinda pretty.

I took advantage of a special from Audubon to download their Insect and Spider Field Guide, so when we were at Larry ‘n Phyllis’s I took advantage of their unlimited wifi to download all the pics and info on the critters to my Kindle Fire.  That’s how Phyllis an I identified this Beetle.  Next time we’re there I’ll download all the info on the Audubon Birds of North American.  Both of these field guides only cost me $0.99 for the Kindle Fire.  They are the main reason I bought it.  I’m waiting for the Reptiles and Mammal Field Guides to be offered on special!

We’ll keep ya’ll posted on how we’re fairing in this unusual weather and what we’re up to.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles!

It’s Been A Week

September 28th, 2012

 Written Sept. 27, 2012

We arrived in Quartzsite a week ago today.  We’re not getting much accomplished so far… it’s too stinkin’ hot most of the day to work outside.  We’ve had 1 day so far that didn’t get up above 100F.  I have to admit the last two mornings have been beautiful with a light breeze and the temp below 75.  It even got down to 70 yesterday and 72 this morning.

I’ll be glad when we can quit running the generators and the a/c.  It’s getting expensive… but a lot less expensive than being in a park with hook-ups.  It costs the daily fee plus electricity here and the power isn’t cheap!  Here it’s costing us about $8/day in fuel for the gennies.

Yesterday we went into town to Herb’s Hardware and bought 45 lbs of wild bird seed for $13.50, and a relatively large bag of Nyjer seed for just $7.50.  The Nyjer goes for no less than $12/bag at WalMart and other stores of that type.  We also bought a few other things.

We’ve been suffering through the plague of the fall flies here.  While in Lake Havasu, knowing the flies would be thick when we got here, I bought a fly trap in the Home Depot store.  It’s doing a good job but we still get a minimum of 10 to 15 flies clinging to us when we go out in the heat.  When we were at Herb’s I saw a sticky fly trap that isn’t that flap in the wind hanging thing.  I laid it in one of our white plastic chairs in the sun and it is covered solid with flies now with no room for another single fly (in less than 1/2 day – it’s a foot long tube).  For $3.29, I think I’ll go back and buy about 3 more!

Thom dumped holding tanks today.  We had at least another 4 days of room  in the black tank, but in this heat the odor was getting ripe in spite of our using that “stuff”.

Tomorrow we’re going to Parker to do a bit of grocery shopping.  I’ve been out of bread for 3 days, and I’m really hungry for p-nut butter ‘n toast!  Also need some eggs and easy to fix foods.  I have to be careful what I put in the fridge…. it’s not doing well at all.  We added a 12 volt fan to blow in the back of the fridge and we’re still not sure if it’s helping.  The freezer seems to be doing just great. The temp in the fridge got all the way up to 55 yesterday, and we’re doing good if it gets down to 40.  Today it seems to have been able to maintain between 40 and 45.  Of course, the way we have to park the RV is with the sun on that side of the RV almost all afternoon.  We do have an awning we put out, but Q is known to be quite windy, so it can’t always stay out.

I had 3 new bird sightings today.  We had a pair of Gila Woodpeckers on the bird feeder going for the sunflower seeds, then a pair of House Finch came in for drinks and bath, but only one stayed for food.  The moths are absolutely thick out here right now and I’m sure they are the reason the 3rd bird stopped by.  It was a Say’s Phoebe (flycatcher).  The Phoebe is the only one I got a pic of, and it’s in the shadows.
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Time for me to think about dinner.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Tah!

Cooler?

September 25th, 2012

It’s supposed to start getting cooler today.  I sure hope it does.  Today is supposed to get down to only 97F, then all the way down to 94F by Friday.  Yesterday got up to 107 and the winds came up so I put the internet dish down, which is why I didn’t post yesterday.

Because we were having problems with the generators running steady with the a/c going, Thom got an extension cord out plugged it directly into one of the generators, ran it through the window by the a/c and plugged the a/c into it.  Works perfectly and at half the load running thru the house electric system does.  Yesterday was cloudy so we used the 2nd generator to augment the solar power. 

On Sunday we were visited by a pretty good sized Road Runner.  My water hole pan is 15” long and he’s every bit as long as the pan.  He came back on Monday.  It’ll be interesting to see if he shows up again today.
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Sometime this morning we’ll be going in to town to the hardware store so I can buy a big 20lb bag of wild bird seed.  So far I’ve only seen 3 different kinds of seed eating birds.  Lots of Quail and Dove and we had 1 male Lessor Goldfinch stop by. 

I’ve also had a few hummingbirds come in to feed at the feeder.  Of course, 1 male Anna’s has taken over the feeder and tries to keep the others away.

Ron and Deb may be on their way here this week.  I’ve suggested they take their time getting here… let it cool down a few more degrees.

Time for me to say g’bye for now.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles.

Still Hot!

September 21st, 2012

Another 105o day.  That’s 3 days in a row and it feels like a week!  At least the generator hasn’t stopped all day.  Don’t know what the problem was yesterday.  I ran out of take out chicken and other fast foods so tonight I cooked.  Even though the stove was only on for about 1/2 hour the temp inside got up to 93o and is now only down to 91.6.  At least it was good food!  I made a ground turkey ‘n egg noodle “goulash”.

We had another early morning today.  Thom went back out to Lee ‘n Ilse’s place to pick up our trailer we had stored there.  I hadn’t remembered how very many pallets we had stacked on it.

Last Wednesday evening after we arrived here, I manipulated rewards points on our credit card and ordered a new Kindle Fire… at no cost to us.  I’ve been wanting one so I could download the Audubon field guides for all critters in North America.  For a while there, they were available for $0.99 each.  I hope they come back to that price.  I can’t afford all those apps for $10 or more each.  I was really surprised when I got an email from Amazon.com saying my Kindle Fire would be delivered today.  It’s here and I can’t wait for some good time online to do some learning and “shopping” for apps.

Apparently the temps won’t get down into 2 digits until Monday.  We only have to survive another 2 days.  We have enough goulash to last at least one more day, so I don’t need to cook… and there’s always Mickey D’s (not my 1st choice), Burger King and Karl’s Jr. Burgers.

Yes! we are tired of the heat!  Yes! we are tired of having to shut down activities by 9:30 a.m., and Yes! we know we’ll be wishing it would warm up a bit in a month or two… but… for now…

I looked out the window to the west and noticed a bit of color in the sky so I went out and managed to get my first sunset pic in Quartzsite.  They seem to be prettier here than anywhere else we go.
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Ummm… have I complained about the heat yet? 

Hopefully next week I can report cooler temps.

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

Toodles!

 

Home Again

September 20th, 2012

We made it to Quartzsite Wed morning around 10:30.  I almost cried when my GPS said “arriving at HOME” when we pulled into our spot here on the BLM.  I can’t believe how much I’ve missed it here.

We got set up in record time!  Less than 1/2 hour from spotting the RV to getting slides out and all leveled.  It was quite hot already, about 98F, so we did as little as possible outside.  I took my camera outside when I took Willow to go potty and right off the bat I got a shot of a local lizard.  I swear he/she was out there welcoming me home.

After we got here and set up, we went into town to pick up our mail and to see Larry and Phyllis.  They are the darling folk who took care of our storage shed when there was a fire out there.  The fire didn’t quite get to our shed, but apparently there was water that needed to be dried out, etc. 

I threw a 1/2 cup of the boys feed out for the birds.  Within 5 minutes we had a covey of about 15 quail and several mourning dove devouring it.

I can’t wait to get the watering hole put in and the bird feeders set up… especially the hummingbird feeders.

The Ironwood tree has grown leaps ‘n bounds.  My watering hole was in front of a creosote bush under the tree, now the tree has enveloped the creosote bush and the watering hole has to be moved at least 5 feet away from it’s old place. 

To adjust for the growth of the Ironwood, we’ve parked at least 7’ both west and south of where we were last year.

I’m not ready to post this now, so I’m going to save it until Thur and any additions I may want to make.

This morning we woke up early, about 6:30, and were too warm to get back to sleep, so we got up.  Thom got out to the storage shed bright and early to load a few things in the pickup and hook up the honey wagon to bring home and sanitize the fresh water tank so we can start using the honey wagon when needed.

After we quit doing for the day (due to heat) we hopped in the truck and went to visit Lee ‘n Ilse.  Their friendship means the world to us.  It’s so much fun talking to them and listening to their stories of the area and their lives in general.

The watering hole is placed but I’ve not run into a shovel yet to dig the hole for it to go in the ground.  The birds started using it to drink right away.  I swear these dove and quail remember us from last year.  They showed up yesterday within 1 hour of our arrival.  I was hoping to get a good shot of the quail, but every time it looks promising, Thom goes out and scares them away.  Maybe within the next couple of days.

We’ve not faired well today.  The generator has been running since about 7 a.m. and we keep losing power to the RV.  We think the generators are both old and tired.  Not sure if we want to replace them or start using synthetic oil so they run cooler.  In the meantime, it’s been kinda stressful today, with the house warming up significantly while we try to get the generator producing power.

For now, I’m gonna say g’day.  I’ve gotta fix food and it’s 91F in here, and I’m grumpy as heck!  Y’all are lucky yer not here!

Stay healthy ‘n happy.

Toodles!

So Close…

September 17th, 2012

I’m like a kid at Christmas.  I want it now!  Only have to get thru tomorrow and we get to head on to Q the next day!  I really and truly hope to leave here at 7 a.m. or so, so we can be there by 8:30 or 8:45 and be setting up in the cool of the morning.  Expecting temps of 102F in Q on Wed.

Todays drive was pretty easy.  Las Vegas was relatively calm.  We managed to get in between the morning and lunch rushes so it was up to speed and NOT bumper to bumper.  My truck did okay thru all the long climbs, but was still frustrating at not keeping up.  Thom wants to do a thing or two to beef it up, and I’m all for it if I think we can afford it.

Thom will be going to see Brian tomorrow about the gas pump, and I will stay home and do laundry and get my new printer set up.  I’m going to have to dig up a LOT of quarters!  I’m wearing my last pair of decent shorts and I have no more light colored tee shirts in the closet.  Everyone knows ya wanna wear light colors in the heat if ya wanna stay cooler.  I do love purple though!

The campground we’re in is quite nice… pool, hot tub, pull thru sites, etc.  Passport America campground so 50% off, we have a pull thru site, 50 amp ($3 extra/nite) and are paying $52 for 2 nights… reminds me of the campground we worked at this summer… hehe.  Unfortunately, we are close enuff together that we can’t put our awnings out to shade the afternoon sun and heat from our windows.  Thank heavens for 50 amp and a/c!

Gonna have to go into adjust mode again when we get to Q.  We’ve done it before, we’ll do it again… and since we’re in Q, we’ll be lovin’ it!

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy! 

Toodles!

Ready to Ride

September 16th, 2012

We’ve spent the weekend, parked at no charge, in the Casino RV parking area in Mesquite, NV.  We need to be in Lake Havasu City tomorrow so we can get the fuel pump on the aux. gas tank fixed or replaced… again.  We’ve no idea what keeps happening, but this is the 3rd time.  It’s driving both us and poor Brian crazy.  Hopefully we’ll be there early enough tomorrow to get it done tomorrow and head for Quartzsite on Tuesday.  The temps in Lake Havasu are going to be 102 and up next week, while Quartzsite temps will be a couple degrees cooler.  If you can call 100F cool.

We’ve run our generator all day yesterday and today so we could have our portable a/c running.  I guess when we get to Q, we’ll be running the a/c for many days until it starts cooling off.  I hope that’s not too far off.  I’m excited to get my yard set up for the critters and to visit Larry ‘n Phyllis and Lee ‘n Ilse.

I don’t know when I’ll post next, by Thursday anyway.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.

Tah!

If it’s Friday, This Must Be Mesquite

September 14th, 2012

We left Nephi relatively early this morning (around 8:30), and arrived in Mesquite around 1:30 p.m.  Lots of slow climb hills, a few steep climb hills, both up and down.  The gas tank in my truck is 35 gals and it took 3/4 of a tank to go 255 miles… not very good mileage – 9.7 mpg.

The temp here in Mesquite when we arrive was 88F, but since it got down into the 40’s last night in Nephi, the trailer was nice and cool (cold even) this morning.  We closed it all up with the cool air in it and when we arrived here it was still only 72F.  Of course by 5:30 the outside temp was in the 90’s and inside was 86F.  We’re staying until Monday morning and the temps are supposed to be in the 90’s & 100’s thru the weekend.  I’m sure we’ll be hooking up the Honda 2000 and running the portable A/C a bit (or even a lot).

The casino’s seafood buffet was this afternoon/evening, so we indulged ourselves.  There was cold prawns, cold crawdad, cold snow crab.  Hot snow crab, Tuna in an oriental sauce.  Breaded/fried prawns, butter clams steamed in beer ‘n garlic butter sauce, deviled crab.  On the non-seafood side – prime rib, roasted chicken, fried chicken, stuffed cabbage rolls.  Salad bar, dessert bar… the buffet was loaded!  Thom had some cole slaw from the salad bar, ate one bite and instantly told the servers the cole slaw was BAD.  He was feeling quite sick before we even walked out of the casino.  He’s now in bed fighting it.

After we got Thom settled, I walked back to the front room and heard a familiar sound but couldn’t quite place it until I heard it a 2nd time.  I looked out the window and there was a small covey of Gambel’s Quail in the parking lot grass strips scrounging seed ‘n bugs.  Now I really can’t wait to get to our place in Quartzsite!

I’m using up more electricity than I want to and I’m not sure Thom will feel like getting out there to hookup the gennie and get it started, so I’ll say g’nite.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles

On The Road–Headin’ South

September 13th, 2012

We decided to hit the road today (Thursday).  We had dinner with Mike, Tiff ‘n Coen last night.  We didn’t get to spend much time with the kids this time through, but maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to coerce them into coming down to Quartzsite for a few days in November.

We’d planned on leaving Kaysville by 9 a.m. this morning and would have made it, but Blaine Jensen decided to tear up their driveways and repave them.  By the time we were almost ready to leave we noticed they had the part of the drive we needed to use dug down to about 4-5 inches.  There was no way we could get out.  There is a road going out the other way but Blaine Jensen gated that off because there were crazy people driving thru their lot super fast and recklessly.  In order to get out we had to find the right person and ask him to unlock and open the gate for us to go through.  By the time we got out it was a quarter to 11 and we still had to circle the block, go back into Blaine Jensen’s dump station and dump the tanks and get fresh water.  We are now in Nephi, UT for the night and will get to Mesquite, NV tomorrow.  The drive here was only 104 miles so it was a very easy drive.

We’ve decided that we always feel like we could go at least 100 miles further from here, so I went looking on Day’s End database and found a couple of overnight boondocking places in Beaver about 120 miles further south from Nephi.  That would make the drive to Mesquite a bit shorter too.  As it is, it’s about 5 hours from Nephi.  I kinda like my 4 hour driving days.

We plan on staying in Mesquite until next Monday, then head over to Lake Havasu.  I dread driving through Las Vegas, but there’s no avoiding it.  If I can see my way clear to spending that much money, we will go to the seafood buffet in the casino in Mesquite.  The buffet used to be on Sat. night, but last spring on our way north, we arrived in Mesquite on Sat. and discovered they had moved the buffet to Friday. 

It looks like we’ll be in Quartzsite by Sept. 20 or 21.  Yay!  I’m so ready to get settled again.

Thom just turned the internet on for me so I better close for today and get this uploaded.  I’m sure I’ll be posting again in a day or two.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!

Toodles.

Progress Report

September 10th, 2012

The 5th wheel was finished Thursday, but certainly not in time for us to do lunch with Scott ‘n Mari.  They didn’t bring the trailer back to us until after 6:00 p.m.  It’s done now and we’re pretty much satisfied with the job they did. 

We had dinner with Scott ‘n Mari on Friday night at a Chinese restaurant.  I think it’s called Chin Wah.  Was pretty good.  I love doing Chinese because you get so much food there’s at least one more meal left in the leftovers.

Saturday we went to see Thom’s Mother and sister.  His sister is being treated for cancer.  If she survives the aggressive chemo and surgery, it’s predicted she’ll have 5 more good years.  She’s one of my favorites of his sisters.  He has 5.  Doing the math, that means he has 10 brothers, & 2 adopted sisters.  It’s hard for me to keep track of them all because we rarely get to see them.

We drove up to Kaysville yesterday morning.  Kaysville is about 6 miles south of Roy, where Mike lives.  The Blaine Jensen RV Sales is in Kaysville and they have spots a person can park for a few nights… with hookups… no charge.   Marv ‘n Deb came in for a visit early yesterday afternoon.  Was so nice to see them and catch up on their happenings and plans.  They’ll be down in Quartzsite for a bit, but not nearly as long as in the past. 

Thom and I will be on our own a lot this winter in Q.  Al and Linda won’t be there this year at all and Ron and Deb plan on being there, but not until after Dec.  (latest plans).

Yesterday we went to visit Mike, Tiff and Coen in the late afternoon.  Thom and I were both tired so we didn’t stay much past 6 p.m.   Coen has grown up so much.  Mike and Tiff grow a garden every summer, so they sent us home with carrots, cukes and tomatoes.  YUM!  The carrots are so sweet!

Today we did some needed shopping and after we got home we decided to see if we get any TV reception on the wind-up antenna… we did!  We didn’t even have to twist and turn the antenna to find channels.  First try, we got 30+ channels.  TV for the first time in a week.  Kinda nice.

Tomorrow we have an appointment in Salt Lake City at 4 p.m., but hope to have dinner with Mike ‘n family on Wed or Thursday.  We need to hit the road before too long because we have to spend a night or two in Lake Havasu in AZ.  Then we get to go to Q and set up our winter home!  I’m sure ready!

Will let you know what’s happening in a day or two.

As a final sharing… tonight’s sunset after thunder ‘n lightning ‘n rain all day.  (click on pic and new window will open with full size picture, close that window to come back to the blog)

Stay healthy ‘n happy!

Tah!

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