Sunday, November 18, 2018

Walking in Bullhead City, Slide Satisfaction

On Sunday, Nov. 18th we were awake and up to new surroundings by 6:30. Still dark but I opened the blinds anyway. Only our friends to see in our windows and I doubt they were up yet. Behind us is a hill of rock, stone and sand and occasionally (depending on the time of day) our quail friends. We are in Site 9 and I’m blown away by how empty the park is this time.

Things are very neat and old rv’s that seemed to sit with no inhabitants have been moved out and/or onward to rv heaven. It was too dark to walk but the temperature was lovely at 54F already. Bill and I had our morning brew and read a few recent blog posts from our friends. I didn’t go back any further than yesterday, mainly at this time, I just wanted to see where everyone was and what they were up to.

this is one of the oldest outfits on the property
Then, with my tea finished, I went for a walk around the park. I do love this park. The wind doesn’t bother us and we were welcomed yesterday with some beautiful calm weather. The temperature today made a steady climb from the early morning 54F to mid-70’s by 2 o’clock. Perfect weather in our books. Bill and Rob had started yesterday on trying to fix our bedroom slide.

What's not to like?

I am never disappointed with the views here
This morning, they did a double-take to see exactly what they’d need and drove into Bullhead City. I asked Pat if she wanted to walk with me around 10 so we headed out as the guys were just returning. We had a nice walk around the perimeter and into the clubhouse to check things out. I'd signed us all up for the park's Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. It is a potluck so we'll need to have to come up with a contribution each.

From across the wash, against the north side are the 2 best looking fifth wheels
With the purchase of a cable, clamps, eye bolts, a pair of bolt cutters and about 5 hours of labour, there were 3 smiling faces. They were thrilled that they were able to replace cables etc. and with only one break for coffee and cookies, very tired and dirty. Our bedroom slide was now moving in and out. Not perfect, but close to it. It just needed an eyeball on it each time.

There they are, working hard and steady
These guys don't give up
and thank goodness for that
When they finished around 2:30 and the slide was out, I made us each a sandwich. Our breakfast of bacon and eggs was early and we were hungry. This, of course, would throw us off for supper and the chicken thigh dinner I’d planned would not be necessary. No worries, there is always tomorrow night to eat them since they are now thawed. Bill sat inside with Clemson and his book until he dropped off into a snooze. That didn’t surprise me.

Nothing wrong with this site
Nobody behind us, good friends beside us
and the sky is pure blue
I sat outside in the sun with my book and came very close to finishing it. I’ve been working on this Delusion in Death for a while.  It has been a slow read at times and sometimes I found more detail and too many people to keep track of, but a good story all in all and I was anxious to find out ‘who dunnit’. Bill joined me outside for a while with a Seagram’s cooler until the cooler air drove me inside. The sun was going down behind Rob’s trailer and I was already sitting out by the truck.

The clubhouse has been recovered in stone that has the look of
weathered wood - I love it!

the pool is nicely heated now and I will be in it a few times before we leave
 Once we decided that soup would be enough for supper tonight, at 4:30 I changed into stretch pants and a warmer top and took Clemson for a walk. He is quite a character, as they all are, trying to find that ‘perfect’ poop spot. My goodness! It is a good thing that us, as humans, don’t have to search then circle to satisfy the same thing. It was actually a nice walk and he got his exercise today.

I opened a can of low salt (noticeably so) chicken noodle soup and we had a couple of slices of freshly baked Italian bread with peanut butter. It was simple, tasty and filling. Bill was recording Madame Secretary while we watched American Pickers, one of the shows we enjoy. After all, we both visited their shop in Iowa last fall so we must like it.

Can you feel it? sitting in that heated outdoor pool
looking at that gorgeous view
I can!
The clubhouse is set up nicely for breakfast or ice cream social or just playing cards
I finally managed to get caught up on my blog posts today so I feel good about that. Whether you read them all does not matter to me. They are my memory of this trip and I need to have them on file, day by day. I hope you understand why I do a daily one to catch up instead of 2 or more days in one post. It’s the way I prefer reading posts and think maybe it is nicer for you too. That way, you can skip a day if you want to. And it also works better for me.

This morning, I contributed 6 pieces to this creation

There are 4 or 5 new rental cabins throughout the park
We cleaned up dishes and relaxed for the remainder of the evening. Bill has napped, I have not so I’m sure I will be in bed early. We have a busy day tomorrow of which I’ll tell you about …… tomorrow. 

a lovely picture of my lovely buddy Pat
And I had to include this collage from yesterday's pictures
at Alamo Lake State Park - Bill Williams Overlook
Pat sent these to me and I love them! (thank you Pat!)
Good night from all of us at Ridgeview RV Resort
Thank you for reading today, it has been a nice one. Your comments are always welcome.

Tough Park to Leave Behind, Heading Further West, How Did We Get So Lucky? (Did I speak too soon?)

After a wonderful night’s sleep with some pleasant dreams mixed in there, I woke on Saturday, Nov. 17th at 5. Bill seemed to be having a great sleep so I rested until 6 before getting up to have my shower. Oh, that water pressure is AWESOME!

Before stepping out of the shower stall, the last person is required to wipe it down either with a micro cloth or the squeegee. This keeps it clean and sparkling that much longer before it needs a real good scrubbing.  Just as I began this act, Bill called from the bedroom that he was having a shower too. Just in time, I stopped the wipe down. I made my tea while he was otherwise detained and then he joined me at the table.

wispy clouds today but it still got to 72F quickly
There is a recycle program here and the bins are in between our site, B17, and Rob’s, B18, so I took the plastic bottles and cans out of our garbage and walked them over when Clemson needed to go out. He was up at 7 this morning! That was a switch from yesterday’s sleep-in. It is moving day so we both had a bowl of cereal early. Looking out our back window and all around, we will be sad to leave this park. It has provided us with some amazing views and we couldn’t have better sites.

And as we are driving out Alamo Road, we spot these adorable little guys
We all agree that it would be nice, even without the immediate cell/wifi reception, to stay here for 1 – 2 weeks at this time of year. Our destination today is about 4 – 5 hours away (to be determined as we get on the road) and we have both been there before (us and the Aljoes) but never together so it will be another ‘new’ adventure. We are certainly enjoying each other’s company, presence, support and knowledge and at the same time not cramping each other’s style or space.

something about these power towers struck my eye in the sunlight
We pulled out of the park together at 8:30 and not far down Alamo Road, we slowed down to take pictures of a couple of pretty burros that were crossing the road. I texted Pat to explain the slow down so they could watch for them too. Such a nice morning at 54F with wispy clouds brushing across the blue sky.  The drive from Alamo Lake to Bullhead City today was absolutely gorgeous. There isn’t much else to say about it.

And then we entered the Joshua Tree Forest
There was no doubt where it got its name
With a stop for gas early at Aquila put a dent in our pocket book but at least we were topped up with enough fuel to get us easily to our destination. We received a nice welcome by a couple of locals. 

Can you say 'breathtaking'?
 By 11:45 we were all ready for a pit stop since we’d bought a coffee at the gas station. While we were there, we ate our lunch and bided our time because we couldn’t check in to the park until 1 o’clock at the earliest. They tend to charge you a fee if you are earlier than that. At least they did one previous time.

The boys went in the store to purchase some things they needed to get their cb’s up and running. Pat and I stayed outside with Clemson, watching the huge ravens hovering around us. They seemed interested in our apple, orange and sandwich but when we tossed them a piece, they were fussy and wouldn’t eat it. Who ever heard of such a thing? Fussy ravens!

this guy took a liking to Bill but the communication
was pretty difficult to understand
We followed Rob and Pat into Ridgeview RV Park and immediately, Bill and I noticed a variety of changes that have taken place since we were last here in November of 2017. We knew that at that time, new owners had taken over the park and we were told that there were big changes coming. One of the changes was regarding the pool. They had heated it last fall and that was wonderful. I sure hope to be using it over the next 9 days.

Yup, necessary evil
The park is looking awesome and I can’t wait to get out and walk around it tomorrow. We have been so blessed with so many things on this trip and it is almost as if ‘all good things must come to an end’. I mentioned early on that a cable broke on our bedroom slide. We have been lucky since then to have no issues bringing it in and out each time we needed it.

Following Rob and Pat down the 6% grade
Today, as I put it out, our blessings ended. The slide-out only went half way before it stopped completely. When Bill had a look, he said that a second cable had broken. It gave us enough room to squeeze into the hallway, bedroom and most importantly, the bathroom but it was a tight squeeze to say the least. We finished setting up, Bill outside at the satellite dish and me inside undoing clasps on cupboard doors.

When the boys were done, Rob announced that he and Pat were stopping for a glass of wine. Well, before he knew it, he was inside helping Bill and it was Pat and I that carried on the Happy Hour while they worked, tirelessly. The quail paid us a visit, many of them and Pat was thrilled. She had never been so close to them before nor had she heard their charming chatter before today. She enjoyed watching them up and down the hillside behind us, snapping pictures.

Turning onto Bullhead Parkway
 The guys stopped working on the slide and Rob informed me that they got the slide out for the night. Together, they found a solution and will have to pay a visit to town for the necessary ‘tools’ to finish the job. Rob said ‘Difficult, I can do, Impossible, it will take longer’. I’m feeling pretty confident that they’ll get this fixed one way or another before we need to pull the slide in to leave here.

As promised last November, a new very visible sign
We met inside their trailer for a drink together ant at 6:30 we headed home to cook supper. Bill barbecued us burgers loaded with bacon, cheese and all the fixings. I toasted the buns inside and they were delicious! We cleaned up dishes and relaxed for the remainder of the evening. It was 66F/18C at 7:30 so it was going to be a nice night for sleeping.

Isn't this a nice picture of entering the park?
This has been a great day. It is unfortunate about our slide out but we knew it was bound to happen and had to be dealt with. We will enjoy our time here in this AOR ($9/night) park with full hookups and all the fixings. I hope you’ve had a great day too.

Immediately we noticed wonderful improvements

This is my favourite
It is beautifully done and puts me in mind of Borrego Springs
Not quite matches the detail but very creative just the same
Thank you for stopping by. I believe we are caught up now!