Fulltime Roadrunners

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

Still Lovin’ It

May 15th, 2013

It’s been two weeks we’ve been here.  Temps have been from the mid 80’s to low 100’s.  We’re learning to work in the cooler temps and move slow in the hotter part of the days.  So far we’ve been lucky, we haven’t had any long stretches of 3 digit temps.  We’ve had 2 to 3 days in the 100’s then the temps drop back down to the 90’s for a few days.  It’s only May though, I’m sure July and August will be scorchers… and in August we get the monsoons.

Thom has really cleaned this place up and there’s still more to do.  This last week Thom did the things that needed immediate attention like picking up garbage on the beach, sweeping gravel and rocks off the ramps to make them less hazardous and trimming Mesquite bushes back so the people using the handicap ramp can get past the bushes without being scratched to pieces by the 2” thorns.  His project now is to get all the “islands” free of weeds and get the bit of grass and the dying trees to grow back.  I go around picking up trash and when we have people in make sure they are properly permitted and are aware of and comply with the rules.

The Bureau of Reclamation has been working on the dam and replacing the pumps.  The water level in the reservoir has been the lowest ever in many many years.  Last weekend they apparently finished the work and started filling the reservoir.  The boaters and jet skiers are much happier now.  We expect to be extremely busy on Memorial Weekend.

Our friends/family, Scott and Mari will be here that weekend.  With luck we’ll have some free time to visit with them and have some fun.

We are right next to the Yuma Proving Grounds where the military train for desert warfare.  We have helicopters and planes going overhead all the time.  The other day we had a Marine Rescue chopper go over our area very low, giving me the opportunity to get a few shots.

Tomorrow we’ll be heading in to Yuma to do some shopping. I need to pick up some things so I can try that mosquito repellent recipe and I’ve got a couple of easy dessert recipes I want to try.

I’ve tried two crock-pot Chinese recipes I got off Facebook and they were both pretty bad.  They were Cashew Chicken and Sesame Chicken.  I might could do the Sesame Chicken again with a whole lot of modification, but I’d have to start from scratch for Cashew Chicken.  I have one more to try… Orange Chicken.  I now know that if it calls for rice vinegar to only use a dribble and not even try to make it with any soy sauce other than Kikkoman and cut the quantity way back.

I’m still getting lots of birds here and loving it.  I can’t wait to go for an early morning drive where the water birds gather.  Hope it’s soon.

Here’s a Black-headed Grosbeak.

I had a very nice Mother’s Day… learned I’m going to have another grandchild.  Mike ‘n Tiff are pregnant!

Time to think about dinner.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy.


Life is Good

May 7th, 2013

Been here 6 days now and loving it.

There is a bunch to do workwise!  The maintenance around this place has not been done at all.  The couple who host here in the winter are not capable of doing the work, but BLM doesn’t want to tell them not to come back because they have been doing this for 23 years.  It’s nice to know they have a loyalty to their volunteers, but I, personally, would prefer being told I’m just not able to get the work done anymore.  I would want someone else to come in and take over and take good care of the place I love.

Our little area is on a flat, but from here to the water it is all up and down.  Thom has shoveled the dirt and gravel off of the boat ramp from top to bottom… two ramps about 200 ft. long.  He has done the same on the walkway to the beach for the physically challenged which is even longer because it has a couple of switchbacks.

We have picked up garbage and burro, raccoon and dog poo that has been on the ground for quite a long time.

We have enough bush and tree trimming to keep us busy for the whole summer.

There’s enough wildlife and beautiful scenery and crazy people here to keep me happy with the photo ops.  The hummingbirds are keeping the feeder empty… with a little help from the Gila Woodpecker, Verdin and the Bullocks Oriole.

Verdin with 2 female Anna’s Hummingbirds

This is a shot of my view out the back window in the early morning, taken about 5:30 a.m.

My one complaint here is the wind.  We’ve had winds high enough every day except one that I’ve had to bring down the satellite dish for the internet.  It’s also been much cooler than normal… highs in the low 80’s.  It’s nice to be able to open windows and not have to be closed up and running the a/c, but the winds can go back to a light breeze any time!

Time for me to put up the flag and get busy with my day.  Tomorrow we’re going to Quartzsite to pick up a couple of things, including the honey wagon.  The watering system for the trees out here doesn’t work real well because the burros nip at the sprinkler heads to try to get water, rather than walk down to the lake to get a drink.  So we’re bringing the honey wagon back here so we can use it to water the trees.  I’ll get to take pics of my Ironwood tree in bloom, if it’s not done by now.

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!


Been Way Too Long

May 4th, 2013

But, we’ve been kinda busy!  We moved our cargo trailer here on Apr. 30th, then moved ourselves here on May 1st.  We arrived here about 11:45 a.m. and they weren’t out of the site.  We waited about 45 minutes before they moved their Motorhome and we could slide in.  Our RV is taller than theirs, and with the slides, wider, so we had to trim a bunch of branches off of the Fica trees on either side of the site.  All in all, though we were in the site, set up, and running the A/C’s by 1:30.  This was one of the easiest moves we’ve made.  Thom did perfect hooking up to the 5th wheel, and then… it only took 1 try to back into the new site right where we wanted it.  He’s getting quite good at working with tow trailers and placing them.

When we went into Fry’s for groceries a couple of days ago they had both a toaster oven and an electric fry pan on sale at good prices so we bought 1 of each.  I’ve only cooked with electricity since we got here.  Yesterday I cooked up a huge pork roast in the crock pot, and a bunch of broccoli in the elec. fry pan… steamed it.  Yummy!  AND we have the pork for dinner tonight and tomorrow night.  Tonight is just sandwiches… we’re both pretty tired from our first day on duty with day users coming in, and we don’t want much food.  Tomorrow I’m going to do a meat pie “thingy” with potatoes, carrots, onions and biscuits… in the elec. fry pan, or a pork stew with dumplings… again in the elec. fry pan (big fry pan).

For those of you who don’t see me on Facebook, this is our new home the first day.  The other RV left on Friday so our setup has changed a bit and I’ll get a new pic soon.  The class C is the Winter hosts’ RV.

I’m loving the birds here!  We have migrating birds coming thru right now, so I’m getting Bullock’s Oriole at my hummingbird feeder.  We also have the Great Tailed Grackle, which is considered an annoyance bird, but I love to watch them be annoying… until they are doing their loud screeches and calls after I’m in bed.
Bullocks Oriole

Great Tailed Grackle

We get our share of water birds here too.  I’ve seen flights of American Avocets, and White Faced Ibis.  I’ve been told we get juvenile Brown Pelicans up here.  I had a Killdeer on the shore this morning and a beautiful Snowy Egret came in early this morning to hunt food.

Speaking of early morning… We’ve been getting up with the sun… between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.  Usually 5:15 or 5:30.  We get a lot of the physical work done before the wind and heat hit and then only do what is required to see the guests here comply with fees and rules.  The water here is soooooo low!  It’s the lowest people have seen in many years.  They are replacing pumps and it will be a week or so before they can start filling the reservoir again.  Normally, for Cinco de Mayo weekend, we get a full parking lot, but only had a total of 15 users today.  I’ll let ya know how Memorial Weekend goes. 

We are really happy with where we are.  The power supply is totally sufficient for our needs in running A/C’s, microwave, elec. skillet, crockpot, etc.  Haven’t hooked up the toaster oven yet.  It’s still in the box.  Smile

I’ve gotten pics of a very young Desert Iguana, and a group of 7 Burros, flowers on a tree I’ve no idea what it is, and a couple of gorgeous bugs.  As my best friend would say… “life is good!”

Ya’ll stay healthy ‘n happy!