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 …

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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 …

Well I’m Glad We Got That Sorted Out!

Holly, our GPS, and I had a pretty big disagreement yesterday morning and it took a lot of negotiating but we finally came to a resolution. Holly wanted to take us out to I-5 and through the Los Angeles area on our way to Palm Desert, I, for what I think are pretty obvious reasons … TRAFFIC … didn’t want anything to do with that plan! I thought we should take Highway 43 down to Bakersfield, I-58 to Victorville, and then make our way into Palm Desert. So in order to try and convince her I started adding small towns along Highway 43 as waypoints thinking she would get the hint, but she was stubborn and wasn’t having anything to do with that. So hubby drove along and ignored her while I gave him directions from our map book. It took about half an hour before she finally gave up on I-5 and LA but then she was pretty focused on I-99. Hubby doesn’t like I-99 because it’s concrete and very rough and we have used Highway 43 before and knew it was a nice smooth two lane highway … much more relaxing. That ensued another half hour of ignoring her until we finally got close to Bakersfield and she finally gave in, although I had to make a small concession and take a different turn into Victorville, but I felt I could concede on that point. After an hour of bickering and ignoring her, Holly and I both calmed down and we got along for the rest of the day. Just goes to prove you still need to travel with paper maps and double check your GPS routes.

Highway 43, isn’t it a nice road? And hardly any traffic!

And I-58 … why would we want to drive through LA traffic? The traffic once we joined I-10 in Morena Valley was bad enough without adding LA to the mix!

And that was pretty much our day. With a few stops for road construction we had seven hours of driving, which is more than double what we usually do, so by the time we checked into the RV Park in Desert Hot Springs we were ready to have dinner, go up to the hot tub, and then headed off to bed.

Until next time …

A Ho Hum Day

I really have no pictures or any interesting news to share of our day yesterday. It was a four hour drive mostly on I-5, so pretty boring. We spent the night in the parking lot at Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California. No trick or treaters at our door but there were some interesting costumes in the casino.

I did take this picture of a palm which I thought looked like it had just been dropped there … okay I was desperate for at least one picture to share with you 🙂

Today we are off to Desert Hot Springs to visit with family and do a little sight seeing.

Until next time …

A Day In Napa, California

We didn’t have much on the agenda today so we thought we would visit Napa again. We had been here four years ago in October 2014 shortly after the earthquake damage in August of the same year.   I thought it would be interesting to see the progress on fixing the damage.  My original blog about the earthquake damage can be found by clicking on this link.

I think this building had the most dramatic change!

There are now a lot of extra floors on this building!

It was nice to see the damage to this building was repaired.

I wanted to see how the damage to the post office building was progressing and I had some postcards to mail to our grandchildren so that was our next stop on the picture tour.

The Post Office Building two months after the earthquake in 2014

The Post Office Building today. A local told us that this will be a boutique hotel and no longer the Post Office.

When I mailed the postcards, at what is now the post office across the street,  I noticed a bar/pool hall that had 90 beers on tap. So I jokingly said to hubby, whom I thought wasn’t enjoying my walking tour of Napa, that we could stop for a beer. Yup day two and WRONG again, I thought he would totally foo foo the idea 🙂  Nope he was all into it! They had so many good beers on tap that I had a hard time getting him out of there, but we added a few more tasty beers to our list of favourites.

Honestly that little respite worked for me because during that time I was getting texts from our daughter who was spending her day in emergency with one of our grandsons and I was feeling very guilty because I wasn’t there to support her.  I think all mothers can relate to this, it doesn’t matter how old your children are as a mother you hurt when they hurt. The whole time all that was going through my mind was how I should be there to help her, and to hug my grandson 😦

I was ready to be on the next plane home but honestly I had to give my head a shake, our grandson has a mother who is so capable of looking after him and she probably doesn’t need her mother looking after her. Or that’s what I told myself to get through it.

A great view for beer tasting!

By the end of the day our grandson had been sent home and while I still hurt for his pain I know our daughter is a great mother and doing everything she can for him … and that is what I have to focus on!

Until next time …

A Day In San Francisco

Last time we were in this area, four years ago, we took our bikes on the ferry from Sausalito to Fisherman’s Warf and then rode over the Golden Gate Bridge back to Sausalito; you can read about that trip here. It was a trip of a lifetime and the memories will stick with us always, but this time we thought we would spend some time at Fisherman’s Wharf. We have done Lombard Street, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, and the Cable Cars on previous trips, this time we were more interested in San Francisco from the water and hubby wanted a really good seafood lunch.

After some research hubby decided we should take the ferry from Vallejo, California, a half hour drive from our RV Park, to the Ferry Terminal in downtown San Francisco. The cost was $58.40 return for the two of us but we felt it was totally worth it.

When we arrived in Vallejo we had a hard time finding parking as all the ferry terminal lots were full, we finally found a spot at the boat launch parking lot. It turned out parking for the day was only $5.00 in this lot, $2.00 cheaper than all the others and it was only a short walk to the ferry. By the time we found parking it was 9:45 and the ferry left at 10:00 so when someone in line told us we could buy tickets onboard, rather than going a little further to the ferry terminal, we jumped in line to board. Yup that was bad advice!  We had to run back to the terminal to buy our tickets and the ferry was leaving in nine minutes, but we made it so all was good. For the ferry and parking it cost $63.40 and I’m sure it would have cost us more than that for fuel, tolls, and parking if we had driven into San Francisco. Plus this was more fun, less stress, and we had great views.

Leaving Vallejo harbour

The ferry turned on the power once it was out of the Vallejo harbour!

This house is all alone on an island in the middle of the bay. A long boat ride if you run out of milk!

 

An hour after we left Vallejo we arrived at the Ferry Terminal in downtown San Francisco.

First view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

  We quickly found the Cable Car station and boarded for what we thought would be our trip over to Fisherman’s Wharf. The last time we were in San Francisco we were able to get on and off the cars but this time it was $7.00 for the two of us one way, no on and off.

It always amazes me that the cable cars can go up and down these hills!

And wrong again! It turns out the Cable Car we got on only went up the road and back so, with some advice from the conductor, we left the Cable Car at the end of it’s route and headed out on foot. This actually turned out to be okay, it was only a couple of miles and we walk through some nice residential areas.

The weather was absolutely perfect, warm and sunny and we had a great time wandering around Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39.

 

I thought this octopus was cute 🙂

Can you believe I waited this long to include a Seagull picture? I really had to hold myself back coming down the Oregon coast!

When we were in San Francisco the first time the seals were all over the wharf’s, now they are confined to a section that is left floating off the end of Pier 39.

Hubby got his seafood lunch, I had chicken, we wandered some more and then it was time to catch the ferry back to Vallejo. We chose to catch the 3:10 p.m. ferry because it left from Pier 39 before sailing over to the Ferry Terminal downtown and then onto Vallejo.

Alcatraz

We had a great day and highly recommend using the ferry!

Until next time …