2019 – 2020 Snowbird Year Wrap Up

Despite all our best efforts we did hit snow this year, fortunately Maxx wasn’t with us … remember he was chillin at the side of the road in Nevada while we had to drive into Utah for parts to fix our wheel.

Over the past six months:

  • We spent time in seven states (Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Idaho).

  • We covered 6,196 mi (9,972 km), once again down from previous years. Our first winter away still showed the most distance when we travelled 14,093 mi (22,663 km) from Kelowna, B.C. to Key West, Florida.

  • We spent $1,681 on fuel compared to $2,152 in 2018/2019, $2,719 2017/2018; $2,150 in 2016/2017; $1,526 in 2015/2016; $2,350 in 2014/2015; and $5,041 in 2013/2014.

  • On average we paid $3.047 a gallon for diesel; down from $3.252 a gallon in 2018/2019 but up from $2.598 in 2017/2018, $2.514 in 2016/2017, $2.096 in 2015/2016, and but still down from $3.128 in 2014/2015, and $3.813 in 2013/2014.

  • The most expensive diesel was $3.839 in Susanville, California. California was home to our most expensive fuel last year when we paid $4.249 per gallon in Rio Dell; our cheapest diesel was $2.169 in at Sams Club in Bullhead City, Arizona, which is down from last year when our cheapest diesel was $2.459 in Yuma, and can you believe in 2016 we only paid $1.559 per gallon in Yuma, AZ!

It is nice to be able to walk around the campground.

We are finally having a sunny, almost warm, day … I just want spring to arrive but old man winter doesn’t seem to want to let go 😄

There are a few signs that spring may be approaching.

The COVID-19 virus sure brought a crazy end to a wonderful winter. We hope all of you and your families stay healthy, do your part to self isolate, and that this pandemic is over soon!

Some of the Oregon Grape are about to flower.

Until next time …

Yes We Are Healthy And On Our Way Home!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

I was thrilled to come across this field of “shamrocks” when we drove down Avenue of the Giants a few years ago! Did you know that there is no such thing as a “Shamrock Plant”? The word shamrock comes from the Irish word seamrog meaning “little clover”.

I know all our family and friends are worried about us and don’t understand why we are not already back home and believe me we wish we were … but here is the wrinkle … trailers do not tow well in snow or on icy roads 😦 And while we both want to be home we also want to be home alive.

If the roads had allowed we would have left last week when our son’s planned visit was cancelled, but there were several storm fronts coming through and there was no safe route to take. As hubby always does, he has been monitoring our options and we planned on leaving this morning and fortunately things are still looking reasonably good so we are on our way home 🙂

Our hope is to be back in Canada by March 23rd, if not earlier, but we have a few days of possible snow coming up so it will be what it will be.

Our site looks so empty and lonely. Hubby planted my two bougainvillea along the fence so it will be interesting to see how they look next winter … I’m told many people don’t water them during the summer so we will see.

It always makes me feel loved when we leave the park and all our friends are outside to wave goodbye to us. It is sad to leave but I am always anxious to get home this time of year and see all our family and friends but never more than this year. Even hubby feels the same way because he is breaking his no more than three hours of driving in a day and we are going to put on some miles each day. We will just feel much better when we are home … albeit all alone, with maybe no food or toilet paper, for two weeks of self isolation … but hey at least we are home and I need to loose the cruise weight!

We have had so much rain this year so I expected to see lots of green and flowers along the way.

And I wasn’t disappointed the Ocotillo, which are one of my favorite cactus, are all in bloom.

We noticed along our drive today that almost all of the vehicles on the roads were Canadians heading home … just a long line of RV’s with Canadian plates. Even the poor fellow at the Border Patrol station was looking bored and waving everyone through with a “have a safe travel home” comment, a smile and a wave.

We did get stopped for construction and ended up shut down with some time to get out of the truck and stretch our legs.

Looking forward

Looking back

Nice to have the opportunity to stretch but not so nice to have a delay on a long driving day 😦 I think it added another half hour to our day.

But I got a few close-up flower pics 🙂

I don’t think we will have cell service where we are stopping tonight so I am posting this as we are leaving the Las Vegas around 3:00 p.m.  As of midnight all the casinos in Vegas closed down and if it wasn’t such a long travel day we might have towed the trailer down the strip just for $@#$ and giggles 😁

Of course there is a toilet paper shortage so we can’t afford the @#$ portion of that event!

But I will leave you with my thought of the day … Yesterday I ran into Walmart to pick up some milk before we headed out today and I noticed they were out of toilet paper, but also crackers, cereal, laundry soap, and milk. Now of course I was disappointed because I really wanted milk but what occurred to me on my drive home is that people are preparing to hunker down. While they are hunkered down they must plan on eating fibrous cereal which explains the need for all the milk, and crackers which also have fibre. Of course we all know what fibre does to a body so they will be spending lots of time on the toilet thus the need for so much toilet paper. Now most houses only have one or two bathrooms so some of the household members will have to wait for the bathroom and will have accidents and that explains why they need all the laundry soap. Of course this is just my theory 🙂

Until next time …

Top Ten Pictures of 2019

Here are our choices for the top pictures of 2019, and once again it was a tough choice. We started off with twenty-five real contenders and in the end we sadly had to delete some great pictures of Joshua Tree National Park 😦

We would love your votes, on the poll at the end of the blog, to help us choose the best picture of 2019.

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

Top Ten Pictures of 2018

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 2019 …

Beach View from our villa in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Picture taken 13 January 2019.

Sunset from the deck of our villa in Aitutaki, Cook Islands. Picture taken 23 January 2019

Bike ride from Kelowna, British Columbia to Vernon, British Columbia along the Okanagan Rail Trail. Picture taken 9 August 2019.

Sunrise at Bear Creek Provincial Park, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 7 September 2019.

Flowers along the dyke in Richmond, British Columbia.   Picture taken 16 September 2019.

My sister’s sunflowers, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 21 September 2019

Vaseux Lake Provincial Park, near Oliver, British Columbia. Picture taken 21 October 2019.

Barker Dam Trail, Joshua Tree National Park, California. Picture taken 4 November 2019

Hibiscus in my planter at Cocopah RV and Golf Resort … the first and last time that plant bloomed all winter! Picture taken 17 November 2019

The sky is on fire over Cocopah RV and Golf Resort, Yuma, Arizona. Picture taken 23 November 2019.

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Until next time

A Good Day For A Bike Ride

Yesterday there was a classic car show along the streets of Old Town Yuma so it sounded like a good place to go for a bike ride.

The weather was sunny and warm and there was a slight breeze so the conditions were perfect! 

We rode from the RV Park to downtown, a half hour ride (7.8m, 12.6km). After lunch we wandered around and looked at some of the cars.

A Willy’s Jeep with a Cummins Turbo diesel in it. That info is courtesy of hubby.

To be honest I was done about five minutes after we started looking but I hung out a while longer while hubby looked … he hangs out while I shop, I hang out while he looks at cars or wanders the aisles of home improvement stores 🙂 Honestly he hangs out more for me than I do for him!

I loved the colours of this vehicle.

Hubby says that this is a very rare car. It is a 1930 Durant built in Oakland California.

Once he had seen all the cars we made the (7.8m, 12.6km) ride back.

We stopped at our friends place in the park to get change for a Canadian $50.00 bill, cause where else are we going to get change for a Canadian bill down here! We need the money to send our youngest grandson a birthday card since his dad isn’t coming for a visit.

This truck, a 1955 Chevy with 350 CID, 4 Barrel Carb,  Headers and a 700R tranny with an overdrive is for sale for $29,500 … honestly none of that stuff means anything to me but I did think it was a pretty truck so I will show you more pics of it!

All in all another great bike ride!

Until next time …

Bad News 😦

We have been hit by the Coronavirus 😦 Well I am being very melodramatic and unfair to all those who are actually sick from the virus but I am feeling very sorry for myself. Our youngest son had a meeting in Phoenix next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and then he was going to come visit us for four nights. I was so excited that it was actually going to happen, it has almost happened a few times in previous years but then his meetings where changed or we had already headed home, so this was it! And then it wasn’t! Because of the Coronavirus his employer has cancelled all travel. Now I am happy that they are keeping my baby safe and to be fair I was concerned about airline travel with this virus but I really was looking forward to seeing him and showing him around our winter home.

A few days ago we had an intense half hour storm that came with hail! We have never seen hail in Yuma before and it was funny to see the green white!

So instead we will look forward to a visit with our oldest son who gave us good news last week, he and his wife are moving from Edmonton, Alberta to the lower mainland of British Columbia, a three hour drive from our home! In fact on Monday he started his new job, as the British Columbia Manager for the company he has worked for for many years, so he will be there when we stop to visit hubby’s mother at the end of the month.

We rode by this broccoli field the other day. At the end of the season they let the broccoli go to seed and then they harvest the seed for next year. It may look pretty but it does stink!

And the change to our youngest sons travel plans works out well for them because it looks like they sold their home in Edmonton on Wednesday, so since he is no longer coming down here they can now make a house hunting trip to Calgary next week. He also got a new job before Christmas as the District Manager for the Prairie Region for the company he has worked for for a long time and is being relocated to Calgary … three hours closer to us 🙂

And we came across a few white ducks. I have never seen them in the park before; actually I have never seen white ducks before.

So our children are all doing well and we can’t complain but I’m still disappointed about not having a visit in Yuma with our son. On the other side of the coin we can now start heading home next week like we had originally planned… NOPE, I’m still unhappy but I will get over it and we will get to see our older son sooner 🙂

And there was one white and black duck, never seen one of those before either.

Until next time …

And We Are Off 🙂

We left Maxx in the care of our trusty neighbours and the four of us, and all of our luggage, loaded into the rental car shortly before 8:30. It was fun to have the neighbours along our road come out and wave goodbye to us before we headed west along I-8.

Even the Blue Angels put on a little show for us around Seely, California, which is their home base.

We soon left the sand behind and headed up into the hills where the topography changes from sand dunes to mountains of boulders.

It was fun for our friends to pass through a border patrol check station.

Less than three hours later we arrived in San Diego and had enough time to drop off our friend and all our luggage before heading to the airport to return the rental car.

Have you figured out where we are going?

We are off on a two week Panama Canal cruise, a trip that has been on our bucket list for a long time. Our best friends invited us along last April and we didn’t hesitate to join them and another couple that we have know for years. After we booked our cruise we were talking about our trip during one of our Wednesday coffee groups and a girl I worked with and her husband decided they wanted to come along, they are the couple who have stayed with us for the past four nights. Also unbeknownst to us two other couples that we know booked the trip, so right off the bat we will know twelve people on the ship!

As I mentioned yesterday we won’t have Wi-Fi so you will have to wait two weeks to hear about our adventure but we have no doubt it will be a fun time :smile

Until next time …

Big Win 🙂

We took our friends to the egg game tonight and hubby walked away $250.00 richer! Which is great for us because tomorrow we will hop in our rental car, along with our friends, and head west. We will be back in two weeks and most likely won’t be able to tell you about our trip until we return due to a lack of Wi-Fi access.

Which also means I won’t be able to read the blogs I follow so we hope you all have a great two weeks and we look forward to catching up with you mid February!

Until next time …