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 …

Hello Flip Flops, I Missed You

I started 2020 by ditching my winter boots and putting on my flip flops and just like that winter was gone 🙂

We had a great time at home with our daughter and her family and I already miss being with them but they are heading to Mexico tomorrow for ten days so there really was no point in staying longer. We also had great visits with my sister and friends which all made the two weeks fly by!

A generous pile of snow greeted us Tuesday morning as we headed to the airport but it was to dark to get any pictures. Fortunately our flight got out with only a short delay but I did hear that many others were not so lucky.

We had another delay on the runway as our plane was de-iced.

That delay did have us hoofing it from one side of the Vancouver Airport to the other side to catch our flight to Palm Springs but we made it … but not with enough time to have the breakfast we planned to eat in Vancouver 😦

By late afternoon we were at hubby’s cousin’s place enjoying a New Years Eve drink and a yummy steak dinner. Most years we spend New Years Eve driving home from the airport in Phoenix so it was nice to get into Palm Springs early and celebrate with a great group of people instead of siting in the truck driving back to Yuma.

Certainly a different end to the day than the start of the day!

New Year’s Day we drove back to Yuma and found a new route, there was hardly any traffic and it shaved almost a half hour off our drive.

We are not fans of driving through El Centro, CA to connect up with I-8 since it is a long stop and go drive through town, so a few years ago we found a turnoff before El Centro that took us into Holtville and then onto I-8. That route has worked well for us but this time we decided to drive down the east side of the Salton Sea for some different scenery.

Our plan was to join up with our regular route near Brawley, CA but as we drove through Calipatria, CA hubby noticed a sign that said Holtville, CA so we made a left and a new … and better … route was born.

Once we arrived back at our winter home and caught up on the news with our neighbours we unpacked our suitcases and head out for groceries. I was surprised that the grocery stores were opened, at home they are all closed on New Years Day, but it was nice to be able to pick up a few things to keep us going for a few days.

And we are back to desert sunsets 🙂

I will leave you with a quote I read and really liked …

With each New Year we get a fresh, clean page to start over. Here’s hoping that life writes a beautiful new chapter for all of you this year.

From our house to yours Happy New Year and safe travels in 2020!

Until next time …

On Our Way Home

We woke up in Yuma yesterday morning to a very blustery wind! It was a hard to convince myself to finish my 6K (3.75mi) morning walk but I did it 🙂

After breakfast we finished our packing and then pushed the door open … it was a hard push against the wind … and headed outside to take down our outdoor Christmas decorations 😦 It was sad to take them down but the wind this morning convinced us they would be safer in the shed while we were away for Christmas.

Hubby was shutting off the power to the RV while we are away so I moved everything from the RV fridge into the fridge in the shed.

Once we had battened down the hatches we had lunch and then loaded up the truck and head for Palm Desert, CA. The first part of our ride along I-8 from Yuma to Holtville, where we turned off on to Hwy 115, was very windy but once we turned off the wind died down and it was a nice drive.

We spent the night with hubby’s cousin and his wife and enjoyed a great dinner, a few glasses of wine, and three rousing games of marbles … unfortunately the guys won but we did give them a run for their money!

Now we are sitting at our gate in the Palm Springs airport waiting for our flight home and I can’t wait to see everyone!

Hubby’s cousin dropped off us at the Westjet entrance at the terminal. Once we dropped off our bag we quickly cleared security (we were pre-checked so it was easy peasy) and then head toward the gates. We were surprised when we ended up back outside!

The Palm Springs Airport is very pretty and so easy to get around, although I’m sure it did help that we arrived just after 6:00 a.m. and there was hardly anyone here ☺

 

We headed up this escalator to our gate. This picture was taken at the top of the escalator looking back toward the main building.

The gates are ahead.

We were treated to a beautiful sunrise once we arrived at our gate. The gates are in a covered area.

Hopefully the next pictures I share have some snow in them, sorry sis 😀

Until next time …

A New Border “Fence”

I have always been fascinated by the border wall/fence and the border patrol check stations … and watching the TV show Border Patrol. So when we stopped at the outlet mall in Calexico yesterday I had to check out the new border fence. And I say fence on purpose because of things I have read on the Internet, maybe true, maybe not, but here is what I found out.

This section of border fence use to look like this.

Border fence in the parking lot of the Calexico Outlet Mall.

I took the above picture in 2015 but it still looked like the same last year when we visited the outlet mall.

Apparently US Customs and Border Protection had always planned on replacing an eleven mile section of border fence in this area last year, it had been in the budget planning for years. When they began to build the fence last year President Trump made an announcement that this was the beginning of the new border wall he had promised during his election campaign and he made a visit to Calexico to officially open the new wall once it was built.

The powers that be in both Calexico and US Customs and Border Protection insist that this is not a wall, it is just a new border fence that they had plan to install all along.

I’m not sure what the real story is but the new “fence” is much more imposing and taller than the old fence!

I only took one quick picture because as you can see Border Patrol was sitting right there and I’m not sure if I’m allowed to take a picture … fortunately I’m still here so I guess it was okay 🙂

Until next time …

Happy US Thanksgiving 2019

We wish all our US family and friends Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

One of the fun things about our life is the chance to celebrate thanksgiving twice! Once with our family at home when Canadians celebrate thanksgiving on the second Monday of October and again when the US celebrates thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November.

This year we celebrated with hubby’s cousin and family in Palm Desert. We were treated to a heavy rain storm and a power outage … fortunately their daughter and son-in-law live close by and they had power so they took the turkey to their house to cook. The power was only out for about an hour so dinner was saved and we indulged in a big dinner, a few drinks, and lots of great company.

Until next time …

Heart Wrenching News and Goodbye Borrego Springs, CA

So let’s start with Borrego Springs …

If you have ever had the opportunity to boondock at Clark Dry Lake along Rockhouse Road in Borrego Springs I’m sure you will be as sad to hear this news as we were 😯 This 160 acre parcel is now closed to boondockers as the property has been sold and the new owners are no longer interested in sharing it with us boondockers.

Ruffin It With Rufus has more information on the closure but what also scared me was a reply to a comment on his last blog that indicated Alabama Hills may also be closed to boondockers soon. I guess it is a good thing we had a good visit there this year!

Hubby also went onto Campendium, which we routinely use to check out places to stay, and they no longer list Rockhouse Road as a boondocking option 😦

This is a hibiscus flower. I love it because it is so different from the usual flower.

And the heart wrenching news …

I follow a blog called Our Awesome Adventures about the travels of George and Suzie. The thing about bloggers is we have many great friends who we know so well only through blogging. You develop a friendship through your mutual blogs and comments back and forth and it is not unusual to feel very close to bloggers you have never even met in person, although we have been fortunate to meet both George and Suzie a few times at Bloggerfest.

Last night’s sunset.

At the beginning of October George had a sore back that he thought was because he had used the gym and over exerted himself. In just over a month they learned he had cancer, put their snowbird plans on hold, rented an apartment for the winter, George ended up in the hospital, and yesterday Suzie posted that they are now looking at hospice 😥

Our hearts go out to George, but also to Suzie and their family who all of the sudden are facing a heartbreaking situation. George has always been so positive, even while going through all of this, and his blogs always put a smile on my face.

As I do my walkabout this morning George you will be in my thoughts and as Suzie says, “take one day at a time”.

Until next time …

We Have Arrived At Our Winter Home 🙂

Some of you may have noticed I am a few days behind on my blogs; I did that on purpose … why? Well I didn’t want to leave Maxx alone at Caliente Springs RV Resort for two nights and have that information current on cyberspace. Most people will think I’m being paranoid but I’m okay with that, I would rather be safe than sorry.

Road markings on I-10 near Palm Desert … what lane should we be in???

So in current time we are now in Yuma, AZ at our site in Cocopah RV Resort and have been here for four days. We are now all settled in and spending time catching up with friends.

The dates are almost ready … if you like dates … and I definitely don’t!

I will probably go back to posting once a week since most of our time here, while fun for us, is pretty boring to write about in a blog 🙂

Until next time …