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 …

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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 …

Leg Two Of Our New Adventure

We had a great time with hubby’s cousin’s family and at noon we headed back out on the road.

I love the landscaping along the streets in Palm Desert.

We had a lot of rain this morning but it stopped before we left.

Pretty well all you see along I-10 in Palm Springs are windmills, I don’t really think they are attractive landscaping.

Unfortunately the rain came back with a vengeance for the first hour of our drive.

I do love the scenery in Moreno Valley even with the rain. Just after this picture it came down so hard we could barely see the road in front of us ☹

As we neared Los Angeles the rain stopped but the traffic got heavy.

This was the start of traffic, it got much heavier … thank goodness we were doing this on a Saturday!

We were within five miles of our destination and the rain was torrential! By the time we arrived we were so happy to park the truck and be off the LA roads.

And here is where today’s blog ends.

Does this picture let you know where we are?

Check in tomorrow to find out where we end up 🙂

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 …

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 …

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 …