And The Veggie Field Was …

Two people guessed what the veggie field below was.

Kudos to Dave from the blog Our Awesome View From Here and my sister, who both guessed that the above field was cauliflower.

We always have a hard time trying to determine which is cauliflower and which is broccoli. This cauliflower field was harvested just before I took this picture, but there are always some veggies that are left behind because they don’t make the grade.

Our park is surrounded by vegetable fields and you may think it would be no problem to walk up to them to check out the veggies, or help yourself to whatever is left behind after picking, but you would be wrong! If an unauthorized person or animal enters a vegetable field the farmer is prohibited from harvesting a specific area around the space that was entered. Entering a vegetable field is a public health hazard and is illegal and I am told the fines are pretty high. All the pictures I take of veggie fields are taken with my telephoto lens and I am a long way away from the field.

This is a cauliflower field being harvested.

Until next time …

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Top Ten Pictures of 2018

Here are our choices for the top pictures of 2018, and believe me it was a tough choice … we finally had to close our eyes and randomly hit the delete button to get rid of the last four pictures! We would love your votes, on the poll at the end of the blog, to help us choose the best picture of 2018 🙂

And just in case you haven’t voted for previous years and would like to, here are the links.

Top Ten Pictures of 2017

Top Ten Pictures of 2016

Top Ten Pictures Of 2015

Top Ten Pictures Of 2014

Top Ten Pictures Of 2013

Now off to 2018 …

Sunrise, Cocopah RV Resort, Yuma, Arizona. Picture taken 23 January 2018.

Ferb the Great Horned Owl, Bear Creek Provincial Park, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 26 May 2018.

Water Lilies, Kasugai Gardens, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 25 July 2018.

Kettle Valley Railroad Trestles, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 27 August 2018.

SR 101, near Newport, Oregon. Picture taken 23 October 2018.

Avenue of the Giants, California. Picture taken 25 October 2018.

Mattole Road, Avenue of the Giants, California. Picture taken 26 October 2018.

Redwood Forest, Avenue of the Giants, California. Picture taken 26 October 2018.

Sunset, Caliente Springs RV Resort, Desert Hot Springs, California. Picture taken 1 November 2018.

Outdoor Skating Rink, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 26 December 2018.

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Until next time …

Super Bowl Sunday

We have had kind of a crummy week 😦 We were both exhausted after our long flight and drive home from the Cook Islands, hubby ended up with a bad cold, and we have some stuff going on at home that we are worried about. We had been invited to a Super Bowl party last night and we almost bailed, but we didn’t, and it turned out be exactly what we needed.

It doesn’t matter if you have a small place you can still hold a big party! Everyone accepts that they will be outside so they bring warm clothes, and blankets if necessary. We all bring our own chairs and usually our own dishes, but our host kindly provided eating utensils for this party 🙂

It doesn’t matter if you don’t like, or understand, football it is more about the social aspect. Everyone visited, those that wanted to, watch the game, some of us women played three gripping games of Left, Right, Centre, we all ate a lot of food, and just generally had a good time. Yes it was exactly what we needed 🙂

I hope you all had a great weekend as well.

Until next time …

We Are Home 🙂

I have to say we are very impressed with Air New Zealand. Sure the whole gate/boarding at LAX was different, but from our first interaction, while obtaining our boarding passes and checking our bags, to our on board crew, we were treated with the upmost respect and politeness.

The flowers in Aitutaki where just as beautiful as those on Rarotonga 🙂

I mentioned in a blog at the beginning of our trip that our seats where changed to middle seats when I did the on-line check-in.  When we checked in at the airport the friendly agent changed us back to a window/middle seat and upgraded us. We were upgraded to Economy Skycouch seats, which turned out to be pretty darn nice. There are three seats, all of which are wider, recline, and have footrests. The foot rests pull out and can be raised to the same level as the seats, and the armrests between the seats can be raised. We were provided with a mattress pad, pillows, and blankets and there is enough room for two people to lie across the seats and sleep … I know it sounds strange but it really was comfortable (and of course the third seat is left empty otherwise you might have to sleep with a stranger 🙂 ) When we booked our trip seven months ago we tried to get seats in Business Class (first class was way to expensive!) but they were already booked, so we were pretty happy to be upgraded to the Economy Skycouch seats and we think they were just as good as Business class.

Once we were up in the air we were provided with a great meal. Hubby and I chose chicken pasta with a bun, crackers and cheese, a salad, and a cheesecake desert … and it came with free wine! I had two glasses of Prosecco and hubby had two glasses of white wine. We followed dinner up with decaf coffee and then settled down for the night.

Breakfast was served a few hours before landing in Rarotonga and Los Angeles. We had cheese omelets, fruit, yogurt, and a mimosa.

On arrival back at LAX we went through the same routine in reverse … I still don’t get the arriving on the tarmac and being bused in, but it went much faster on our return than on our departure!

Of course our luggage was the last to come off the plane, and yes I truly mean the last piece of luggage! This was very strange because we were the second people to check into our flight and drop off our luggage in Rarotonga and the couple who were first, the ones from Calgary, Alberta who we had dinner with before we all checked in, got their luggage as soon as we arrived at LAX … there is no rhyme or reason as to how luggage comes off a plane!

By noon we had cleared customs, pick up our truck from the parkade, and headed out into the Los Angeles traffic. We thought, being a weekend, the traffic would be light but we were wrong … so very wrong! We had stop and go traffic until we cleared San Diego, California 😦

As we were passing through Oceanside, California and we were treated to views of some Naval exercises.

Shortly after we passed Oceanside, California we turned onto I-8 and we finally finished the last little bit of I-8 that we have never done before.

Bumper to bumper traffic 😦

We arrived home at 7:30 p.m. and we were both ready for bed! We brought in our luggage, dumped it in the living room and went to bed … that is a really a big deal for me not to unpack and clean up before I go to bed, but we were both exhausted and needed to sleep!

I noticed a big difference when you go away for a vacation and you live in a house and when you go on a vacation and you live in an RV in an RV Park. When you live in a house your neighbours may miss you but probably not, but when you come back to an RV park after an absence everyone misses you! We hadn’t been back for a day and people were asking how our trip was and welcoming us back. Yes the life of a full time RVer is truly gratifying and so different than living in a sticks and bricks house 🙂

Now that we are back home I won’t post everyday but I will post whenever something interesting happens in our lives.  Thank you for following along on our travels 🙂

Until next time …

And We Are Off On a New Adventure – Leg One

Today we said goodbye to Maxx and left him in our wonderful neighbours care.

We hopped in the truck, waved goodbye to the vegetable fields surrounding our resort.

Passed through the California Inspection station, where they fortunately waved us through because I did have my lunch of peppers and celery with me. Although I remember crossing through another inspection station and they said they didn’t care about the peppers, celery, or cucumbers that I had with me that day. I think they are mostly looking for citrus fruit.

We waved goodbye to the Imperial Sand Dunes.

Made a quick stop at Dillards in El Centro to replace a pair of leggings I purchased on my birthday last Sunday that turned out to have two holes in them. I tried to replace them in Yuma but they didn’t have my size so we had to make this stop.

After El Centro, CA we came to the Border Inspection Station on SR 86 just before the turn off to Borrego Springs, CA.

We didn’t turn off to Borrego Springs, but carried on along SR 86.

Three and a half hours later we have arrived at hubby’s cousins place in Palm Desert. We will spend the night here visiting with them and I’m sure a bottle of wine or two may be consumed 🙂

Tomorrow we will be off on Leg Two of our adventure so stay tuned …

Oh and for those of you tracking fuel prices, we topped the tank off at Sam’s Club in Palm Desert for $3.589 a gallon for diesel, a lot more than the $2.599 a gallon we paid at Fry’s in Yuma yesterday 😦

Until next time …

Vegetable Field Update #1

It has been three months since I first posted pictures of the vegetable fields and they are doing well.

Here is the progress on field one.

Photo taken November 6, 2018

Photo taken December 5, 2018

Photo taken January 9, 2019

Here is the progress on field two

Photo taken November 6, 2018

Photo taken December 5, 2018

Photo taken January 9, 2019

Here is the progress on field three.

Photo taken November 6, 2018

Photo taken December 5, 2018

Photo taken January 9, 2019

I will post another set of pictures next month but I think some may be harvested before then 🙂

Until next time …

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Sunday morning we flew from Kelowna, British Columbia to Edmonton, Alberta. We had brunch with our oldest son and daughter-in-law and then they drove us to our youngest son’s place for the night, where we had another great visit and got totally worn out by our youngest grandchildren. It was just an overnight visit but we are so happy we were able to see all our children, and all but one grandchild, this Christmas 🙂

Yesterday afternoon our daughter-in-law drove us to the airport and we happily boarded our flight for Phoenix … we were looking forward to our own bed!

A nice Edmonton sunset.

We were doing great and were all set to make it home just in time to bring in the new year … but then our suitcase was one of the last to come out and we ended up being the last to get dropped off by the parking shuttle.

But even with that it was looking like we may still make it, until we started seeing signs saying I-10 was closed at 35th Avenue and we needed to exit. Now that probably isn’t a big deal when you live in Phoenix and know the area, but once we were forced to exit there was no further direction provided 😦 Fortunately Holly came to our rescue and helped reroute us. I then hit Google to find out why the Interstate was closed. Four hours before a bank was robbed and that resulted in a high speed chase along several freeways throughout Phoenix, all ending with an Officer Involved Shooting on I-10. From what I read it looks like nobody was seriously injured, but it caused I-10 to be closed for a very long time.

We were unable to make our next turn once we exited I-10 because of a serious accident at the off ramp. That accident was followed by another one just before our next turn. Phoenix had had some recent rain so we are guessing that maybe the roads were slippery … or the New Year’s Eve celebrating started too early :sad:.

And then once we got back on I-10 we came across another accident. Yup those Phoenix roads are dangerous, so we were happy to turn off I-10 onto Highway 85 and head down to I-8.

Even though it was dark there was no question we were back in the desert. The recent rain had filled the air with smells of creosote and mesquite bushes.

Since we were not going to get home before 1:00 a.m. on January 1st we decided what the heck, we should stop for a final meal of 2019!

We hope you can look back on 2018 with fond memories, or for a few, who I know it wasn’t a good year, we hope you can find comfort in moving on to a new year.

We wish you health and happiness in 2019 and Safe Travels 🙂

Until next time …