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 …

More Company, More Fun!

Late Tuesday afternoon friends of ours, from home, arrived for a four night stay. Now the question you might be asking is “are you crazy” or maybe you are more concerned for our friends and you are asking “are they crazy”? Well we are three nights into our visit and I know we aren’t crazy and they haven’t packed up and left so I’m thinking they are having fun so maybe they aren’t crazy either 🙂

No visit to Yuma would be complete without margarita’s in Algodones 🙂

If you live in an RV, even if you only do it for a short period of time, you know how little space there is … and I don’t think it matters if you have 35 feet or 45 feet, you are still talking about a small space for four adults.

Those that know me well will know that I am a bit of a neat freak, everything has it’s place and that’s were it needs to be, so you may wonder how could this poor couple come to visit and be comfortable?

Well I realized I needed to let go and just go with the flow and let whatever stuff was around stay there, but even more important was our guests were very comfortable living in a small space and making do with the space we gave them … honestly I think it was probably way harder for them than it was for me!

It’s January so the line up was long! We usually aren’t far enough back to see the river.

But it has been so much fun! They have gone with the flow, are so much fun to be with, and we have all had a great time.

We have taken them to see the new border wall, showed them some veggie fields being harvested, spent some time at the pool, made the obligatory trip to Algodones, and us ladies even found time for a pedicure.

Tomorrow we will hopefully visit the Garden Café for lunch, pick up our rental car (that is a whole other story), attend the egg game, have dinner, and then do some final packing for a new adventure that we will head out on Saturday morning.

But it’s nice that they have extended the shade cover further back.

We have had such a good time, and I sure hope our friends have as well!

Until next time …

A Tribute To Neil Diamond … Or Maybe Not

We have done the finishing touches on the outdoor kitchen and are really happy with how it turned out 🙂

Another awesome sunset 🙂

We have hosted a few informal happy hours … you know the ones where people stop by and you end up spending a few happy hours visiting … yup that is the life of snowbird whether you are in a park or out in the desert.

Tonight we went to a Neil Diamond tribute concert and I was really excited to go! So after the egg game, where we didn’t win anything 😦 we headed home for a quick dinner then up to the ballroom for the concert.

Well it didn’t start off very good, the sound was terrible and I couldn’t tell whether it was the singer or the music, or a combination of both but it was so disappointing. After a few comments from the audience the singer adjusted some of the sound and it started to get better … or maybe the gin and tonic I took with me was starting to kick in 🙂

Anyway the guy played for two hours and some of his songs were good, but he also played a lot of Neil Diamond songs that I have never heard of. We stayed until the end to get our $10.00 per ticket worth but I think I will play Neil Diamond off my playlist when I walk tomorrow and be happier with the real Neil Diamond music that the concert.

Although I do have an overwhelming urge to watch Jonathan Livingston Seagull again and hubby informed me he had it so I think that will happen before the weekend is over 😀

I watched this little guy one morning while I was making breakfast, I think he was contemplating climbing the stairs to Maxx so that he could reach those yummy green leaves but a golf cart drove by and scared him off.

Until next time …

A Little Of This, A Little Of That

We had a mixed bag this past week with lots of fun and some really sad news.

Let’s start with the sad news. At the end of November I wrote about a blogger friend who found out he had Cancer and sadly this past week his battle ended and he moved on to his next adventure. George Yates, who wrote the blog Our Awesome Adventures, always had a smile on his face and a positive outlook on life. He wrote loving of his wife Suzie and his children and grandchildren. George would walk early in the morning like I do and I often think of him when I am out walking. It is hard to believe that such a happy, positive man is gone so soon.

Rest in peace George, you are gone to soon but will be love and missed by so many.

After we built Momma Shed here at Cocopah a few years ago we thought we might add a small outdoor kitchen … mainly because we were missing the outdoor kitchen from our old house.

I also wanted somewhere to store our generator, propane fireplace, and extra leveling pads that sit under the back of Maxx and I think look junky. Of course that meant another project for hubby but, fortunately for me, he was up to the challenge and thus the outdoor kitchen came to be.

The counter along the back will be a space for serving and the angle counter to the right will hold our little Webber BBQ.

The picture above shows the dry fit for our Mexican sink, cause an outdoor kitchen needs a sink with running water … and an outdoor kitchen in the south needs a Mexican sink 😀

In the midst of our building frenzy we took time out to attend the Cocopah Horse Races where we had a fun time and walked away $10.00 ahead!

By Friday afternoon hubby had most of the outdoor kitchen complete and I think it looks great … and it has already hosted a few happy hours.

We spent Friday, Saturday and today with friends from home who came to visit us. We had a great time and lots of visits which included margaritas in Algodones today and a steak with fresh shrimp dinner tonight. It was so much fun to share our life here with our good friends!

We have lots going on this week and more friends from home arriving next week … life just keeps getting better.

Until next time …