Saturday, Dec. 31st, 2016 started out to be a mostly cloudy, partially sunny day here at Pilot Knob RV Resort, Winterhaven, CA.
|Sunrise over Pilot Knob Mountain|
The temperature was hovering around 52F by the time we got up and wandered up to the laundromat to do our two loads at 7:30.
|When the sun disappeared outside, I moved indoors to read|
|Only 4 washers but it seems to work for the park|
$1.25 per load
|Dryers $1.25 per 45 min.|
Perfect drying time for our stuff
Forgoing a walk this morning was no hardship, priorities take over and sometimes I just like to skip a day. There will be enough walking throughout the day anyway.
Laundry was almost done when Bill joined me for the final folding of the last and largest load of darks. I had taken my book and was actually sitting on the bench outside reading in the warmth of the sun while waiting. Unbelievable how that sun warmed me even though you could see my breath from the cool air.
After the clothes were put away Bill had some cereal and I fried up a couple of eggs for breakfast. We hopped in the truck with Clemson and went for a drive in the area. Crossing Highway 8 we ventured into new territory with our cameras.
you can go through for a small fee. If there was more to this town, we sure didn't see it. We chose not to stop other than for photos and kept on driving towards Olgiby Road.
|Unusual arrangement with no signs so we don't|
know for sure what this is a dedication to
|Well, it does lead somewhere.|
The end of the world, apparently!!
And I didn't even pack a bag!
|Back roads leading to nowhere fast?|
|Bill getting a close up of this George C. Patton monument|
|Found this signage so followed it|
|Gold Rock Ranch|
|An interesting read|
Coming back, we saw a familiar coach parked in the free area. It didn’t look like anyone was around and we wouldn’t have stopped anyway since we were on a mission. Perhaps another time.
After touring the area north of the highway we turned back towards Pilot Knob to look up friends of my sisters who are from Edmonton and are parked in the Pilot Knob free area southwest of the park. We’d never met them but knew they would be nice people. We found them easily enough although there was no pirates flag that I could see. That was Gayle’s hint to find them.
|Gary and Judy|
We met Gary, Judy and Little Jack who was not anywhere near little but a beautiful gentle black lab. Clemson got out to do his business and teased L.J. by trekking through his area and then aptly dodging out of his way. Our pooch doesn’t like being overly sniffed, well, who does!?
Bill and Gary soon got lost in the man’s world of rc model airplanes so obviously hit it off. We met Max and Shirley (?, I hope I have his wife’s name correct) and they invited us back for a fire to celebrate Judy’s birthday if we were looking for something to do later.
The sun burst through the clouds and we came back home for lunch. It is getting to be a habit but I knew the pool was waiting for me so off I went. The water is so nice and warm but when I first got out the cool air gave me goosebumps. That didn’t last long, as soon the droplets dried on my skin, I was in heaven on a lounge chair with my book open.
I made a final decision regarding the book I was reading, “Snow Falling on the Cedars”, that even though a supposed courtroom-type mystery, it wasn’t enough to grab me. My time is more valuable than that so 1/3 of the way through, when I left the pool an hour and a half later, it went back on the library shelf. I have better ones waiting back at the Suite for me to read.
Everyone arrived promptly at 3, with the exception of Melinda who arrived later to the sound of Bill’s laughter. We were all in great spirits and toasted to New Year’s Eve with a drink of some sort before calling it a day at 5 pm.
A few had agreed to go to the clubhouse for social hour/karaoke night but Bill and I opted to stay home and invite our Durham friends over for a drink. It worked out well, we all had someone to usher 2016 out with and welcome 2017.
|Pat, Rob, Patsy, Bill, Clemson|
brought 2017 in with a couple of glasses of wine, a lot of laughs
and good stories, getting to know each other
Because we are in a park and we are 90% seniors here, they celebrate the new year at 10 pm. We are too old to stay up until midnight Arizona time, I guess! It was a great evening and Gerry and Melinda stopped in to give us a howl or two for 2017 as well.
I hope you enjoyed some good times last night and that the new year brings you all good things.
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