About Maxxtrails

Hubby and I retired in 2013 and started our life as full time RVers in the fall of 2013. We hope you enjoy the stories of our travels.

Rain!

Wednesday evening it started raining and it continued until this morning, which is very unusual for Yuma, Arizona.

In the six years that we have been coming here we have never seen rain like this. The odd time we have had rain it was a few drops and that was it, if you blinked you would have missed it.

I did think my Poinsettia looked very pretty with raindrops on it’s leaves … yes folks back home it is warm enough to leave our poinsettias outside at Christmas 🙂

So I wasn’t thrilled when I woke up this morning and it was still raining but I donned my raincoat and flip flops and headed out for my walk. Yup I went in my flip flops but it didn’t take long to realize I might have to adjust my route as I was hitting some major puddles!

Hmm I can’t walk through that!

After a half hour, in heavy rain, I finally acknowledged defeat and stopped by home to put on my boots … my wet feet were sliding out of my flip flops 😦 My hour long walk took an hour and fifteen minutes today due to dodging puddles, stopping to put on my boots, and taking pictures, but my very wet self finally arrived back at Maxx … and guess what??? The rain stopped and that was it for the day, I would have preferred it stopped before my walk!

There are new water hazards on the golf coarse.

I checked our weather station when I got home to see how much rain we had but before I tell you I thought I would give you a history lesson on rain in Yuma …

  • In the past thirty years it has rained eight out of thirty times on December 7th.
  • The average rainfall for December 7th is 1mm/.03in.
  • The record rainfall was 8mm/.32in in 1997.
  • The record high was 26C/80F in 2012
  • The record low was 2C/35F in 2011.

And new lakes

Of course I’m not the person that makes the official declaration but from what our little weather station is telling me, we hit a new record today …

  • Since the rain started on Wednesday we have had 21.1mm/.83 in.
  • In the last 24 hours we have had 18.5mm/.73 inches which I think really beats the previous records of 8mm/.32in in 1997!
  • The highest temp we reached so far today is 17C/63F but it will probably go up a few more degrees.
  • The lowest temperature I noticed today was 11C/52F when I went out for my walk just before 6:00 a.m.

It figures that it would stop raining as soon as I get home!

Now the lack of rain and the abundance of sun is the main reason we spend so much time in Yuma, Arizona during the winter. On average Yuma gets a total of 76mm/3in of rain per year. The US average is 990mm/39in … yup that makes Yuma a pretty dry place 🙂

Five hours later the puddles are disappearing quickly!

And to put that in context for those of my readers that live in British Columbia, Vancouver receives an average of 990mm/39in per year … and sis-in-law, Abbotsford tops out at an average of 1538mm/61in! I couldn’t find any rain information for our home town of Kelowna, I guess that means we don’t get that much rain … nope that’s not true, but we don’t get nearly as much as coast of BC does.

Of course all of the above information comes from the internet so who knows if its true or not but it all sounds reasonable to me, but what I can attest to is our personal weather station said we received 21.1mm/.83in, and that’s a lot of rain for Yuma!

And we are back to the beautiful sunny weather we are accustom to 🙂

And who knew you could write a blog this long about rain … thanks for following along 🙂

Until next time …

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How Does The Garden Grow

I promised to keep you posted on how the vegetable fields, that I posted pictures of when we first arrived in Yuma, were growing … so here you go 🙂

Photo taken three weeks ago.

Photo taken yesterday.

Photo taken three weeks ago.

Photo taken yesterday.

Photo taken three weeks ago.

Photo taken yesterday.

I will post new pictures when we return to Yuma after Christmas.

Until next time …

Oh, What To Say

I really struggle with writing a blog when we are hanging out in Yuma because I just don’t feel like I have much to say. Yes we are having a great time and every time somebody says, “What did you do today” I am at a loss for words. No we didn’t sit around and do nothing all day, we did lot’s, but honestly nothing I think others are interested in hearing about. I don’t think you care how I made soup, or hubby spent the morning installing our new patio blocks, or he washed the truck, or I washed the windows, or we went for a bike ride or long walk, or we had happy hours with friends, etc. … and then I think … well I read blogs where they tell me all about that and I find it interesting so I should write about it … but no nobody will find my stuff interesting … and there in lies my blogging dilemma 🙂

Sunrise on my morning walk.

Anyway that is what is running through my head so here is what I came up with for today’s blog.

And a few hours later … Eddie the egret catching some shade 🙂

Today was the Welcome Back Party in Los Algodones, Mexico. I have written about Algodones before but to sum it up, Wikipedia describes it as … Los Algodones, Mexico is a popular tourist attraction that, due in part to inexpensive shopping and restaurants as well as inexpensive medical care and prescription medicines, attracts a number of older tourists from across the United States and Canada. Well I’m not sure I like being referred to as “older tourists” but the rest up the Wikipedia description pretty well sums it up!

Dancing at the Welcome Back Party

There is a large seating area under a tent to watch the stage.

A lot of people come to take in the free drinks and meals!

People who visit Algodones (you will notice that those that visit regularly drop the “Los” from the name) generally go down for dental, optical, prescription drugs or in our case the Margaritas. Yup we don’t need any of the other main reason for visiting but you just can’t deny that having a drink in one of the many plaza restaurants, sitting in the sun listening to music and people watching, isn’t a great way to enjoy an afternoon. Although I have found this year that Tequila just isn’t agreeing with me so a Corona has taken the place of the custom Margaritas, but the entertainment factor is still there 🙂

We decided to eat at one of the open air restaurants and the food was really good!

You can turn this sign either way depending on whether or not you want vendors to try and sell you stuff.

I was awake for many hours last night worrying about whether or not it was the right thing to do going across into Mexico given all the issues there have been at the Western US/Mexico Border Crossings lately, but hubby and our friends thought it wasn’t a problem, and I didn’t want to be a sissy, so I went. And since you are reading a blog from me tonight you can probably guess that yes I was being a sissy and there were no problems … well in this case I was happy to be the sissy that is sitting comfortably back in her RV in the US!

Apparently a lot of people agreed with hubby and our friends because there were a lot of people in Algodones for the Welcome Back Party. We had a fun day watching the entertainment, watching other people, and having a great lunch, before heading back across the border.

This young lady was on the stage when we headed back to the border crossing … she was very good!

If you have ever stood at the border crossing line in Algodones you will know how far back we were in line by the view in this picture!

I think it took us almost an hour and a half to cross back into the US, but the time seem to go quickly as we chit chatted with people in line … well hubby chit chatted a lot and I listened and chit chatted with our friends ☺

So folks that was the best I could come up with today, but trust me when I say each of our days are busy and full of things we like to do … even if I don’t think others would find our antics entertaining 🙂

Until next time …

Thanksgiving Times Three

Life in Yuma has settled into a nice routine and the weather has been warm and sunny 🙂

We were given this Finch feeder when we were in Palm Springs and we are really enjoying watching the Finches while they entertain us with their antics.

Today was a busy day preparing our third Thanksgiving turkey dinner this year. Our first was with my Sister and Brother-in-law before we left home on Canadian Thanksgiving. Our second was a few days later with hubby’s sister and her family, and today was our third, celebrating US Thanksgiving. You can never have enough turkey and we have so much to be thankful for so celebrating three times didn’t seem unreasonable.

I cooked a sixteen pound bird so we have lot’s of leftovers for sandwiches and a big batch of soup, which I will make tomorrow.

A few days ago I put up our Christmas decorations inside. I usually decorate on November 25th, whether we are travelling or not since our decorations have no problem moving down the road with us, but we are heading home for Christmas earlier this year so I decided to put up the decorations earlier so that I could enjoy them for the same amount of time.

The angel has been our tree topper since our first Christmas together.

Today was the day to put up our outside decorations so that is what hubby and I did while the turkey was cooking. It sure is nice to decorate outside in the warmth rather than during cold snowy weather 🙂

All of our decorations run off solar power, and a few like the wreaths on the screen run off batteries.

And that was our day today, I hope all of our American friends enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday … we certainly enjoyed your holiday, thanks for having us 🙂

Until next time …

Remembrance Day 2018

Our son asked us last year how we got our poppies every year … you notice he didn’t say do you wear poppies in the states, he knew we would 🙂 It was a good question because of course poppies are not a thing in the US. American’s recognize Veterans Day on November 11th but I don’t think it is as big a deal as it is in Canada. However nobody can say the Americans do not celebrate their Veterans, they do, at every turn and I think it’s great, I wish we could see more of that at home!

But back to how we get our poppies. Poppies do not go on sale in Canada until the last Friday in October and we are usually long gone by then. Poppies are free but donations are gratefully accepted. The poppies are a red, plastic lined, felt flower with a black center and a straight pin. They are meant to be worn the way they are sold, but people will often attach them with a small Canadian flag so they are more secure.

In 2014 and 2016 we were home for Remembrance Day and knowing we would most likely not be there in following years we gave a very generous donation for two poppies, and wear them proudly while we are south for the winter. Of course when you wear them as they are intended they often fall off, although I secure mine with a rubber earring back which works great. 🙂  Last year hubby’s fell off on November 10thh and he had to go without on Remembrance Day. I was able to get our daughter to make a donation for us and get us a few more poppies, which we used this year.

So you may wonder where the donated money goes?

The money collected provides financial assistance and support to Veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families who are in need. Definitely a worthy cause so we have always generously donated.

Please spend some time today, whether you are Canadian or American, to remember our veterans and currently serving members. Honor their courage, service and sacrifices that have kept us strong, proud and free.

Hubby and I will be thinking of our son, who is a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, and our daughter-in-law who stands proudly at his side. Today our son dons his dress uniform and attends services with his wife and children, which is followed up with a visit to the legion remembering and celebrating the friends he lost. Our daughter-in-law drops off their two children with her mother after the ceremony and then also heads to the legion to ensure our son gets home safely … I love her for that!

Some people wonder … if they have made a difference in the lives of others…. A soldier never has to!

Back In Yuma :-)

We pulled up stakes and left Palm Desert yesterday. We had an awesome time visiting with family, spent many evenings enjoying the mineral water in the hot tubs, and managed to get a few chores done. Our main purpose when we are in Palm Desert is to visit with hubby’s cousins but hubby always likes to wash Maxx when we are there because the water is so good, but something has changed and the water is now terrible! He did wash the truck and half of Maxx but will have to do it all again 😦

It’s nice to be back among the veggie fields!

On our way down Highway 86 just before Borrego Springs we noticed the semi we were following was all over the road. Just as I was picking up my phone to call it in the semi rear-ended the car in front of him and he just happen to do it behind a police officer sitting in his vehicle on the side of the road. Hubby had been debating whether to pass the semi but didn’t feel like it would be safe to do so … good decision as that would have been Maxx he rear-ended! Fortunately nobody was hurt, but both the car and semi sustained a lot of damage. Two nights ago hubby and I were driving back from Morena Valley when we saw a cloud of dust up ahead and it turned out a semi had gone off the road in the other lane and hit the rock wall. We were also stopped on I-10, on our way out to Morena Valley, for over an hour because of something happening on the interstate … hopefully that was our three, because you know the saying, things come in threes!

We are settled into our site in Yuma for three months and looking forward to catching up with our winter friends 🙂

This field is ready for planting. You will be able to follow it’s progress as I will post pictures as it grows.

Until next time …