More Company, More Fun!

Late Tuesday afternoon friends of ours, from home, arrived for a four night stay. Now the question you might be asking is “are you crazy” or maybe you are more concerned for our friends and you are asking “are they crazy”? Well we are three nights into our visit and I know we aren’t crazy and they haven’t packed up and left so I’m thinking they are having fun so maybe they aren’t crazy either 🙂

No visit to Yuma would be complete without margarita’s in Algodones 🙂

If you live in an RV, even if you only do it for a short period of time, you know how little space there is … and I don’t think it matters if you have 35 feet or 45 feet, you are still talking about a small space for four adults.

Those that know me well will know that I am a bit of a neat freak, everything has it’s place and that’s were it needs to be, so you may wonder how could this poor couple come to visit and be comfortable?

Well I realized I needed to let go and just go with the flow and let whatever stuff was around stay there, but even more important was our guests were very comfortable living in a small space and making do with the space we gave them … honestly I think it was probably way harder for them than it was for me!

It’s January so the line up was long! We usually aren’t far enough back to see the river.

But it has been so much fun! They have gone with the flow, are so much fun to be with, and we have all had a great time.

We have taken them to see the new border wall, showed them some veggie fields being harvested, spent some time at the pool, made the obligatory trip to Algodones, and us ladies even found time for a pedicure.

Tomorrow we will hopefully visit the Garden Café for lunch, pick up our rental car (that is a whole other story), attend the egg game, have dinner, and then do some final packing for a new adventure that we will head out on Saturday morning.

But it’s nice that they have extended the shade cover further back.

We have had such a good time, and I sure hope our friends have as well!

Until next time …

A Little Of This, A Little Of That

We had a mixed bag this past week with lots of fun and some really sad news.

Let’s start with the sad news. At the end of November I wrote about a blogger friend who found out he had Cancer and sadly this past week his battle ended and he moved on to his next adventure. George Yates, who wrote the blog Our Awesome Adventures, always had a smile on his face and a positive outlook on life. He wrote loving of his wife Suzie and his children and grandchildren. George would walk early in the morning like I do and I often think of him when I am out walking. It is hard to believe that such a happy, positive man is gone so soon.

Rest in peace George, you are gone to soon but will be love and missed by so many.

After we built Momma Shed here at Cocopah a few years ago we thought we might add a small outdoor kitchen … mainly because we were missing the outdoor kitchen from our old house.

I also wanted somewhere to store our generator, propane fireplace, and extra leveling pads that sit under the back of Maxx and I think look junky. Of course that meant another project for hubby but, fortunately for me, he was up to the challenge and thus the outdoor kitchen came to be.

The counter along the back will be a space for serving and the angle counter to the right will hold our little Webber BBQ.

The picture above shows the dry fit for our Mexican sink, cause an outdoor kitchen needs a sink with running water … and an outdoor kitchen in the south needs a Mexican sink 😀

In the midst of our building frenzy we took time out to attend the Cocopah Horse Races where we had a fun time and walked away $10.00 ahead!

By Friday afternoon hubby had most of the outdoor kitchen complete and I think it looks great … and it has already hosted a few happy hours.

We spent Friday, Saturday and today with friends from home who came to visit us. We had a great time and lots of visits which included margaritas in Algodones today and a steak with fresh shrimp dinner tonight. It was so much fun to share our life here with our good friends!

We have lots going on this week and more friends from home arriving next week … life just keeps getting better.

Until next time …

Our First Winter Visit To Algodones

We made our first visit this winter to Algodones with our Kelowna/Yuma/Agdodones friends. Last winter we found out that Sunday’s are a good day to visit as most of the dental and optical places are closed so the crowds are not there.

And yesterday was no exception 🙂 While the hubby of our friend couple went for a hair cut, hubby, myself, and friend wifey wandered around town. We really weren’t looking for anything in particular but hubby and I did want to visit a large ceramic store we found last year.

Hubby led us off in the direction he though we should go and while we didn’t find the store we did find an awesome car show! Okay awesome for hubby not so awesome for friend wifey and myself but we plastered smiles on our face and pretended to be enthused 😀

It was interesting to see the outskirts of Algodones which we have never visited before, we ended up in areas were locals hung out instead of the tourist area … and just so you know we felt totally safe.

Behind these bike is the town square were children were playing.

After wandering around, and never finding the shop we were looking for, we head back to El Paraiso to meet up with friend hubby and have a margarita. After lunch at what I call the Yellow Plaza (sorry no pic this time), we did a little more shopping … and maybe had another margarita … and then head back across the border.

Outside the shop area we came across gas stations and motels.

Sundays are a great day to go, especially early in the season as we walked right up to customs and were through in no time!

We saw this motorcycle, made out of the fender of a VW, drive down the street.

These table were set up down the alley of the car show. They were so fancy I thought they were set up for a wedding.

I was chosen for a special screening when we crossed … and had just enough margaritas to think this was truly a good thing … but it didn’t amount to anything 😦 I was escorted into a separate section, asked what I had purchased, and after I responded that I had only bought two bottles of vanilla I was quickly sent on my way.

Until next time …

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

We are enjoying an awesome week at Ocean Turquesa in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. The purpose of our trip to this all inclusive resort is to attend our youngest son’s wedding on Sunday and we have had a great time visiting with our family and really getting to know our soon to be daughter-in-laws family 🙂  The resort is great, the weather has been perfect, the company and events are entertaining, and I really can’t wait for the big day but today we decided to take a trip into the village of Puerto Morelos with my sister and brother-in-law.

Puerto Morelos is on the Riviera Maya, just 25 minutes (18 km / 11 miles) south of the Cancun International Airport.  The town maintains its charm and magic with a low-key atmosphere and very friendly locals. There are about three blocks of businesses, which include a few restaurants, many souvenir stores, and a beautiful beach area. The great Maya reef is located 500m off the shore and there is no shortage of entrepreneurs offering snorkelling or deep sea fishing excursions. The taxi ride from our resort was $20 USD to town and $17 USD back to the resort.

We spent our two hours in this village wandering through the shops and taking in the sights along the beach.

Town centre

One of the shopping blocks

Awesome Sand Sculptures

I loved this wishing well made out of sand ☺

Wow! That’s talent!!

I was pretty sure the reason this Lighthouse was leaning was because of a hurricane and when I checked Google later I came across this story “Once upon a time there was a lighthouse in a small village surrounded by a beautiful flower bed at the base, and that lighthouse lit the night and brought many a sailor to safety. Then, a hurricane hit and caused erosion which had an effect so strong on the lighthouse that it began to lean. Although a plan was set into motion to remove the lighthouse, locals decided to keep it and promote it as their own leaning tower.”

Before we headed back to our resort we enjoyed some time, people (and flower) watching in the town square 🙂

Until next time …

Algodones, Baja California … Mexico

Yesterday we made a final trip to Algodones … partly because we needed more cold sore and allergy medication and hubby need another new wallet because he gave the wallet he purchased last December in Algodones to our son when we where home at Christmas … but mostly because it is fun to see the trinkets, watch people, and sit in the courtyard and drink Margaritas 🙂

Every time we visit we are totally entertained by the shopkeepers and yesterday we heard two great lines that kept us laughing for the day 🙂

We were walking through a shop and I told the shopkeeper “I’m just looking” she responded “That’s okay I’m just selling” … I almost bought something because she made me laugh … almost, I restrained myself but if I ever need what she is selling I will buy it from that shop in the future!

We where sitting in the courtyard having lunch and I was admiring the metal art and wishing I had somewhere to hang it. I have found so many things that would have been an awesome addition to our outdoor kitchen before we sold our house!

While we are eating lunch a fellow was holding up his metal art and trying to sell it and when he approached me I told him it is beautiful but I have nowhere to hang it … “Nowhere” he says “Nowhere” I respond … he quickly responds “We do construction work on the side”! Seriously how can you not want to buy stuff from him!

Do you remember the blog I wrote a few weeks ago about looking at Algondones from the US side? Well yesterday we where lined up at the border shortly after 1:00 p.m. and the line was the longest we have ever seen.

We joined the line right next to the border fence … I could have ducked around the fence and easily walked back to our RV Park (I bet it would have taken me fifteen minutes at the most)!

But I was pretty sure if I did that you would be watching me on the next episode of Border Wars so I restrained myself 🙂  We did pass a very enjoyable hour of waiting in line talking to a fellow from a small town in Washington that is close to the Canadian border so I’m glad I didn’t make a run for it!

Until next time …

Algodones, Mexico

Yesterday we made a trip down to Algodones, Mexico which is only twenty minutes from our RV Park. The only reason we went was so that I could get new lenses, to replace the scratch ones, in my glasses. The total cost was $35.00 and my share of my extended health at home would have come to more than that!

We also purchased a bottle of tequila because we really liked the etched glass bottle and a red ceramic lizard, which our youngest grandson had requested. It wasn’t easy to find a red lizard but he was insistent that it had to be red so we persevered and finally found one:-)

I also came back with two fold-up poinsettias to decorate the screen in front of Maxx. They were only $8.00 for the two of them and they fold up really small so they are easy to pack away for next year.

Until next time …

A Visit to B.C.

Okay, we visited Baja California in Mexico, not British Columbia in Canada:-)  This morning we went to Los Algodones, B.C., Mexico.  Algodones, as is commonly referred to, is a town just over the Mexican border from Yuma and is a favorite among snowbirds.  The town has a four-block radius, which houses more pharmacies, doctors, dentists and opticians than any other four block area in the world … or so I have read.  During the winter it is a haven for Americans and Canadians looking for these services, particularly dentists and pharmacies.  We saw ads in our local paper that show teeth cleaning for $20.00 USD, a crown is $130.00 USD!  I’m not sure of the drug costs but again I’m told they are mucho cheap, but you can only bring back a three-month supply.

So armed with our passports we park the truck in a lot near the border for $6.00 and walk into Mexico … that’s right, we just walked right in, no questions, no showing our passports, no customs officials!

Walkway from parking lot to Los Algodones

At the end of the walkway from the parking lot you enter Algodones

It was an interesting town and if you just walk in and take a look you could be out of there in twenty minutes.  To really see what is there you have to be adventurous and walk into a doorway and see where it takes you.  Tucked inside is a warren of walkways and courtyards filled with medical services and shops selling jewelry, pottery, metal sculptures, hats, t-shirts … and the list goes on!

When you enter the town you are immediately bombarded with billboards advertising the services available.

With a little trepidation we decided to be adventurous so we walked into many doorways and saw lots of dental offices and souvenir shops.  There were Mexican’s standing outside dental offices offering no wait services and Mexican’s encouraging you to buy souvenirs.  On trips to other Mexican destinations I have found the sales people to be very pushy and often annoying but in Algodones all you need to say is “No, thank-you” and they leave you alone, absolutely no pressure:-)

I wasn’t able to get as many pictures as I would have like because they kept calling me “Paparazzi” and although they were friendly about it, I didn’t want them to think I might make them famous:-)

We spent a couple hours wandering around and also walked a little out of the main shopping area where we had no concerns for our safety.  As we headed back through US Customs the line was short and we were told this was because alcohol is not sold until 11:00 a.m. and many people were waiting to make their purchases before heading back.  We did check out the liquor prices but they were not really any different than prices in the states.

At US Customs, where you go through individually not as a family and after providing my passport, I was asked “What are you bringing back?”, “Nothing” I replied; “What were you doing in Mexico?”, “We just came to look” I replied; “Who is we?”, “My husband and I”; “Thanks, have a nice day”.  A very simple process!

Definitely worth the visit even if you don’t need medications or dental work done:-)

Until next time …