Hubby Made A Good Choice!

Hubby did a lot of research on weather and the highways before deciding that last Sunday was the day we would cross the mountain passes. After watching what has happened over the last few days, he definitely did a great job! The Coquihalla and the Connector have been nasty, and there is even the possibility that we will get snow here in Kelowna before the week is over.

We received a picture of our plant pots in Yuma that we left behind for our neighbours to enjoy … they look better than when we left them!

I hope I will soon I will be able to plant some spring flowers at home 🙂

I sure hope all our friends and blog friends that are on the road heading home, or soon will be, have safe travels … and that the roads over the mountain passes cooperate!

Until next time …

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Starting Our Trek Home

We were both a little sad yesterday morning as we waved farewell to Cocopah and our winter friends 😦

Our two Bougainvillea’s will spend the next month guarding our neighbours golf screen and we left the two planters near the pad in place because they wanted to admire them from their windows ☺. When they leave they will put our planters behind our shed, to await our arrival next November.

We left home on September 21st last year so we have to be back in British Columbia earlier this year … and our fingers are crossed that the weather cooperates with this plan!

There was another sad moment when we crossed through our last Border Patrol checkpoint … you know you are heading north when the checkpoints stop.

Our first three nights will be spent in Desert Hot Springs. I think anybody who has complained about Yuma being to windy has never spent time in Desert Hot Springs … we always have heavy winds when we are here and yesterday was no exception!

It was nice yesterday when we pulled into our site and had no problems, and no squabbles 🙂 When you have been sitting in one place for four months that first parking job can sometimes be a challenge, but maybe because we have been doing this for so long, it now comes naturally. Okay I don’t truly believe that, I’m sure there will be an off day in our future but I’m happy it wasn’t at the start of our trip home!

Until next time …

Top Ten Pictures of 2017

Here are our choices for the top pictures of 2017. We would love your votes, on the poll at the end of the blog, to help us choose the best picture of 2017 🙂

And just in case you haven’t voted for previous years and would like to, here are the links … and just an FYI, all votes are anonymous, your name does not show up anywhere.

Top Ten Pictures of 2016

Top Ten Pictures Of 2015

Top Ten Pictures Of 2014

Top Ten Pictures Of 2013

Now off to 2017 …

Sunset, American Girl Mine Road, California. Picture taken 4 January 2017

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada. Picture taken 21 March 2017.

Duck, Bear Creek Provincial Park, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 4 May 2017.

Okanagan Lake, Bear Creek Provincial Park, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 5 June 2017.

Pend Oreille River, Montana. Picture taken 25 September 2017.

Butterfly, Denver, Colorado. Picture taken 29 September 2017.

Close-up of Balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Picture taken 14 October 2017.

Balloons at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Picture taken 14 October 2017.

Devil’s Bridge Hike, Sedona, Arizona. Picture taken 27 October 2017.

Snowy Landscape, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 20 December 2017.

Until next time …

Olympics 2018

One of the major downfalls of being in the US over the winter is not being able to watch the Vancouver Canucks hockey games, the World Junior hockey games (fortunately hubby was able to get me the gold medal game!), and the Canadian athletes in the Winter Olympics.

Yes we do get some Olympic coverage but about the only time we can see the Canadians compete is when the US athletes are also competing. I have also realized that hockey games are not as important to Americans as they are to Canadians … which I fully realized when we tried to watch the Gold Medal hockey game between the Canadian Women and the US Women, we got about five minutes of hockey and then NBC would switch to something else and back and forth. So when hubby managed to get the game online and put it on the TV we were ecstatic … and then the Canadians loss 😦 We followed that game with the men’s curling game at 4:00 a.m. the next morning, again the US won and the Canadians loss 😦

So yesterday I was working on four hours sleep that I got between a depressing hockey game that ended at midnight and a depressing curling game that started at 4:00 a.m. I was pretty sure a nap would be in order but I was busy and that never happened. We were invited to our neighbours for happy hour which is always entertaining with great conversation, so I think I got a second wind 🙂

We followed happy hour last night with an evening in front of the TV watching Canada get two more medals in short track speed skating and Kelsely Serwa from our home town of Kelowna winning a gold medal in Women’s Skicross and Brittany Phelan from Canada winning the silver medal.

Kelsey Serwa on the right, Brittany Phelan on the left

Our evening finished off with Women’s Figure Skating and a bronze medal for Kaetlyn Osmond, but by far our most amazing Olympic moment this year was watching Tess Critchlow of Kelowna finished in the top ten in her first Olympic Snowboard Cross last week. Why was this such a moment you may ask? Well Tess and my niece are best friends and I was fortunate to spend a girls shopping weekend with Tess five years ago. At the time Tess had her sights set on the Olympics and has worked hard, since a very young age, to get there, so we were definitely not going to miss cheering her on! We just couldn’t be more proud of how well she did and can’t wait to follow her in four years at her next Olympic run 🙂

 Now I have to go put on the coffee and settle down in front of the TV to cheer on the Canadian Men’s hockey team as they play Germany … GO CANADA GO!

 Until next time …

Boogie, Blues, and Brews … and Other Things

We have had a very busy week as our time in Yuma winds down. We arrived home from Palm Desert last Sunday and jumped right into a busy social calendar!

Monday night we attended the horse races again, but this time as horse owners … sadly our horse did not win, place, or show 😦 but we still had a great time.

Tuesday was a socializing day with friends and Wednesday was shopping day with a nice lunch out for Valentine’s Day.

Thursday morning I made my desert for our evening event, we then attended the park Town Hall meeting, then back home to do some chores before attending our block party. I think I have explained what a block party is in a previous blog, but just in case I didn’t, a block party is where everyone on our street and the street behind us (whose units back onto the sites on our road) gets together for a pot luck dinner, margaritas, and some fun visiting. This block party included a white elephant where everyone brings something they no longer need to give away. The wrapped gifts were lined up on the stage in the ballroom and after dinner everyone picked up a gift and sat in a circle … but you can’t unwrap your gift yet! Music is played and the gifts are passed around a circle until the music stops. At this point, without unwrapping your gift, you can choose to keep it and move your chair into the middle, or you can stay in the outer circle and pass your gift around again. You have three chances to pass your gift off but once the music stops the third time, you have to keep the gift you have. At that point everyone opens the gift they are holding. Hubby received a bottle of Ginger Beer and a bottle of Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water and I snagged a nice bouquet of flowers, which I used on the table of our turkey dinner last night.

Friday night was our weekly egg game and then Saturday arrived and we were looking forward to enjoying our Valentine gift to each other, but first we wandered around the Emergency Service Provider display our park was holding.

We watched the air ambulance fly in and land.

It was really interesting talking to these guys and we were surprised to hear they don’t actually live in Yuma. The fellow we were talking to is stationed in Yuma for two weeks on and then back home to Virginia for two weeks off, two weeks of warmth in the winter, two weeks of snow in the winter … although I imagine he is very glad to go home for two weeks at a time in the summer to cool off 😀

I was surprised by how narrow the stretcher was, but I was assured it fits everyone.

The metal platform on the right is where the patient goes, the two chairs behind are for the attendants, and the pilot is to the left of the stretcher.

The Cocopah police brought in their Emergency Response Unit and a police car.

And Border Patrol brought in one of their trucks and a boat. They also had some pretty interesting stories and pictures to share! Our grandson’s would have loved to have been here and talk to those guys.

They also had a fire truck but we didn’t see that until we were on our way out to the Boogies, Blues, and Brews festival, which was our Valentine’s gift to each other.

It was a perfect day for the festival, not too hot, just pleasantly warm with a slight breeze. The festival is held in Gateway Park in Yuma, and the line-up was really good.

 

But we really enjoyed the first group, they were so entertaining and their music was top notch. The group included a saxophone player who was amazing … we have no idea how he could play one note for so long without taking a breath!

I asked our daughter if she wanted us to find a visor like this dog was sporting for their German Shepard … she said no ☺

We ended up leaving before the final act because we were in the shade and getting a little chilled. Since we both had to go to the washroom we decided to stop at The Alement, a little bar that we have seen often but have never stopped into before. We were very surprised at how clean and nice it was inside, and they have twenty beers on tap … but most importantly they have White Sonoran Chocolate on tap and that is just my favorite beer and I don’t often find it. So we moseyed on up to the bar, where there were three other couples sitting, and had ourselves a beer. One of the women at the bar asked another lady where they were from, “Cranbrook, British Columbia” she says and the women who asked says “Funny we are from Kamloops, British Columbia”, of course now we are laughing and say “We are from Kelowna, British Columbia” which got us all laughing and now we are all looking at the last couple … they were from Minnesota. How funny that there are only eight people in a bar in the United States and only two of them are actually from the United States, and the other six are all from the interior of British Columbia 🙂 Yup that’s life in Yuma where Canadians really do appear in droves!

Our week ended with a much delayed US Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. This dinner was originally planned for a couple different nights last November but it just didn’t happen, but last night was a perfect evening for it … good friends, good food, and good conversation … the week doesn’t end any better than that!

Until next time …

Top Ten Pictures of 2016

A few days after I posted my Top Ten Pictures of 2015 I went into to look at the blog and I noticed the scaling on some of the pictures looked wrong … the cherries looked oblong and my sunflower picture didn’t look as good as it should. I mention this to my tech support … aka hubby and he took a look, sure enough there was something wrong. As far as he can tell the picture gets messed up when I add a caption, so for this blog I will put a description below the picture instead of a caption on the picture and hopefully that will fix the problem.

Hubby has also added a voting box at the bottom of each of our best photo posts … yup he is very techie savvy and I am so grateful. 🙂  Please feel free to vote for your best picture.  Below are some links to get you to each of the previous posts. I have to say as soon as he added the poll on the posts below we started getting votes and it was so much fun! If you click on view results you can see how the pictures are polling.

Top Ten Pictures Of 2015

Top Ten Pictures Of 2014

Top Ten Pictures Of 2013

So onto 2016 … seriously who goes to Sedona, Grand Canyon, and Antelope Canyon in Arizona, Zion National Park in Utah, and starts a trip across Canada all in the same year and expects to pick only ten pictures!!! This was the toughest year yet but we manage to cut it down to ten pictures. Here they are …

Serpent, Borrego Springs, California. Picture taken 17 February 2016.

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona. Picture taken 27 February 2016.

Bell Tower/Courthouse Rock Hike, Sedona, Arizona. Picture taken 29 February 2016

Sunrise at the South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona. Picture taken 05 March 2016

Antelope Canyon #1, Page, Arizona. Picture taken 07 March 2016

Antelope Canyon #2, Page, Arizona. Picture taken 07 March 2016. Try as we might we just could not narrow Antelope Canyon down to one picture!

Entrance to tunnel, Zion National Park, Utah. Picture taken 08 March 2016.

Kakabeka Falls, near Thunder Bay, Ontario. Picture taken 25 August 2016.

Sunset, Old Sacramento, Sacramento, California. Picture taken 18 November 2016. You didn’t think I would miss having a sunset picture did you? 😀

Sunset at Font Point #1, Borrego Springs, California. Picture taken 29 November 2016. Hubby and I actually disagreed on which photo of Font’s Point to put in, but it’s my blog so I reined supreme! 🙂

So there are our 2016 choices. Please feel free to vote using hubby’s new polling station. And just because we had such a hard time choosing and I did love hubby’s choice as well, I will give it an honorable mention, and let you decide which one you like best.

Sunset at Font Point #2, Borrego Springs, California.

 

Just for fun hubby and I are adding a little side bet to this post … which Sunset at Font’s Point do you like best, my choice or hubby’s choice … and as you can see hubby reins supreme when it comes to making up the poll!  Don’t be swayed by his undue influence. 😀

Until next time …

A Holiday From Our Holiday!

Being south for the winter is hard work, so when hubby’s cousin from Palm Desert invite us for a visit we jumped at the chance to take a break from the tough life we have been living.  🙂

So after breakfast we left Maxx to fend for himself and we hopped in the truck for a long weekend away.

Since we didn’t have Maxx along we decided to take a new to us route to Palm Desert. Shortly after entering California we left I-8 and headed up Ogilby Road to Highway 78. We made a left on 78 and headed off toward Glamis, California. I read lots of blogs where people take this route with their RVs, but we saw so many places where vehicles had gouged the road coming out of the dips, that I’m not sure we would bring Maxx.

The main reason I wanted to take this route was to get a better look at the sand dunes. You can see the dunes as you drive west along I-8 but Highway 78 runs right through the middle.

We came across Hugh Osborne Overlook so of course we had to stop, if for no other reason than to get pictures.

For the first time ever during our travels south we had a long wait crossing through the Border Patrol Checkpoint on Highway 86 north of Brawley. We were lined up more than a half-mile back!  We did see the dog inspecting a pulled over vehicle… just like on TV … our grandson’s would have found that so interesting. 😀

A few hours after we left Maxx we pulled into hubby’s cousins driveway. The guys worked on installing solar panels on their motor home while the girls chatted, took a few walks and enjoyed life.

Until next time …