Sunday, February 26, 2017

Plans Jiggle, Puzzle Time, Saying Goodbye, Smaller Happy Hour Group

Sunday, Feb. 26th at Pilot Knob RV Resort bought blue skies and the winds are back. Not too keen on the windy day but sure can’t complain about the weather. At 12:00 we are already at 67F, that is 19.9C for those of you back home on the metric system.

Funny how we grew up with Fahrenheit and then were ‘forced’ to change in 1971, we swore we’d never catch on to this new-fangled way of things. Now, after being in the U.S. for 4 months I’m falling back into Imperial measure again, just in time for the return home!
No sunrise today but I wanted to share this picture of Clemson 'begging' for Bill's cone the other night
He couldn't sit any better if he tried!
I slept in this morning until 7:15 am and was happy that the odor that was overwhelming to me late yesterday afternoon and evening had dissipated. My nose must be really sensitive as Bill didn’t smell it as much as I did and it disturbed me quite a bit. It is as if something changed when he was working on the valve yesterday but we’re not sure what. The tanks were empty so what was the smell? Right now it is gone, thank goodness.

Bill was ahead of me with his coffee and his reading but I soon caught up. We knew our two friends were leaving today as well as the park neighbours to the north of us. Since we didn’t eat a big supper last night, I felt hungry earlier today and cooked up bacon and eggs inside around 9:30.

People to the north of us pulled out as well
That done and out of the way, we read our books after dishes until we saw Rob and Pat about ready to pull out. They are heading to Yuma Lakes, so not far at all, and we won’t see them until April back home. So, we moseyed over to say goodbye with hugs and wished Pat a happy birthday. Two hugs!
Rob doing the last minute chores

See you guys in Ontario if not before!
After they pulled out we said goodbye also to George and Rose Anne as they were ready to head off as well. The park is beginning to look empty! 

Many people are preparing for their journeys home, just like us.

George and Rose ready to go 
Bill wanted to finish his book so I went up to the library to work on the puzzle. Nothing had been done since I left it last night but I made great strides in adding to it.

 About an hour and a half later I headed home and Bill was ready to go for a drive.

Just us two left, us on the left and George and Suzie on the right
We were scheduled to leave tomorrow, since tonight is our last ‘free’ night with ROD so we took a drive back to the free camping BLM area behind Pilot Knob. There is a really nice wide open space back there that would suffice for a couple of nights and we’d have NO neighbours at all.

Another option would be to drive down the highway 2 miles to the Quechan casino and camp overnight in their back lot. We drove around but unless we were just staying for one night I wouldn’t be interested. On the RV side they are packed in like sardines so we would go to the truck side. Thinking about one night brought up a new jello configuration.

The idea of sticking around this area rather than moving on to our next destination was so we could go to Los Algodones, Mexico once more. Bill and I both want to get our teeth cleaned before heading home. Here, we are only about 5 miles from the border.

Before we got back to the park we thought it made more sense to pay for one more night here at Pilot Knob and get up early tomorrow and nip across the border. Get that out of the way and one more trip into Yuma to stock up on any groceries we’ll need for the week and we can head right up to Lake Havasu on Tuesday.
We stopped at the office on the way in to pay for a night
That planned the rest of the day was more relaxing, reading and walking. Until we get to Bullhead City it will be my last chance to swim but today the weather is not conducive to swimming. Bill settled in with his laptop and Google maps and between us planned our route after Ridgeview, the ROD park we’ll stay in for two weeks.

Yes, planning the trip home. It has a certain melancholy sound to it. We both know when we start that trek on Mar. 21 that once we reach Canada, we will feel an urgency to reach our home base. We’ve been told it will be the social life that is missed the most because we have been around more friends here on a regular basis than we ever do at home. We never thought we’d connect with so many new friends.
Strange how this cactus grows
At 1:30 I went for a short walk around the park, gearing up for the Ice Cream Social at 2. We joined up with George and Suzie and had our choice of one or two scoops of Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry and an optional cherry, nuts, sauce and/or whipped cream. All for $1 or $2.
My one scoop vanilla with strawberry and butterscotch sauce, nuts and a cherry
I took a banana up and made a split out of it. Yum!

Bill's 2 scoops chocolate with sauce and nuts. I think he ate the cherry already.
It is really creamy ice cream.
 I grabbed another book of Lee Childs from the clubhouse library shelves and we walked back just about in time for Happy Hour. A smaller one today with just the four of us. Sad but happy at the same time. Our friends have left us behind so we’ll carry on in their absence.
Happy Hour to the stragglers at Pilot Knob

George read my post from yesterday and handed me a small can of sauerkraut for our ribs tonight. Thanks George! He was cooking up two chickens on his Weber and the smell was drifting across to my nose, making me hungry. It smelled great! We just need to heat and brown our ribs on the Weber tonight with sauerkraut and a baked potato.

We had a great time chatting about plans, phones, internet and the friends we’ve made until it was time to say goodnight. The wind kept the air on the cool side and once the sun went behind clouds I knew I had to come home to warm up.
These folk are from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
After supper (the ribs turned out really good by the way so thanks Donna) we took a walk with Clemson. 
There are some awesome toys out there
The boys returned home while I went on to the library. I have a puzzle to work on. Tonight, I was the only one there, no interruptions probably because there was karaoke going on in the other building.
got a lot done tonight
After about an hour and a half I buzzed Bill on the walkie to let him know I’m on my way. It’s dark out there after 7 and this park needs to replace a lot of their little street lights on the sites. I’m glad he has the blue outside lights on so I could find my way home.

I walked in and was hit once more by the odor from last night, can’t figure it out for the life of me. Garbage maybe? I opened a window and sat down to finish this post. No interesting tv tonight since the Oscars are on. Missing Madam Secretary again this week!
Across the road at the museum I noticed all the flags, including our Maple Leaf
So, the night is passing and I have enough life left in me today to read a few chapters of my book. Catherine Coulter’s Blind Side this time. Another page turner.
another pretty shot to the east tonight
Thank you for following us on this journey. I’m happy to read your comments, thank you.


  1. I do like the photos you take looking towards the east. We are moving tomorrow morning not far just out off of Plomosa Road. We took a ride this afternoon to scout out a possible site and saw Doug's (Miss Adventure Travelers) rig so we stopped for a few moments to say hello. He is parked on the eastern end and it is beautiful there but we will probably stick to our original plan and park on the western end so we are closer to Quartzsite. Happy teeth cleaning and safe travels on Tuesday.

    1. Thank you Deb. We like the same views! Take care moving, short jaunts are good too. The weather looks iffy today. It would be nice to see Doug again, we met him at Bloggerfest. Take care!

  2. You will love Havasu. It is a pretty area. Make sure you check with us when you head as far as Las Vegas if you are coming this way. We will be here for a while. Maybe 3 weeks.

    1. We'll probably stay a Havasu until we can get into the park at Bullhead City. We are there until the 21st and heading to Bakersfield. That is the jello plan so far!

  3. Always something to keep us busy but the hitch itch is happening again. When coming to the USA for the last 10 years, we are more used to the Imperial measure than Celsius so works well for us. Good luck with your teeth cleaning,

  4. It is funny, you don't want to start heading home but as soon as you do all of the sudden you can't wait to get there. We always say we are going to take a slow trip home and then we end up making a run for it. What a great life that we have so much to look forward to 😊

    1. Yes I'm sure that is how we'll feel once we get going. This is a great life! Even back home we will be on property out in the country with our rig/home so the life carries on. :)

  5. Fun to plan the next place to go. I'm sure you will like Lake Havasu City when you get there. March 21 is a lifetime away, so you have lots of time left to travel.

  6. Yes it is fun to see new places, heard a lot about the London Bridge etc. Mar. 21 will be here before we know it but we will be ready then for the journey.

  7. We have sunny skies here in Ontario again today with temperatures around +4 heading up to +8 by mid week. The yard is bare again except for the remains of the massive pile that was pulled from the back roof. We are hoping this mildness stays until the end of March and then warms up! Safe travels sis!

    1. Good luck with your wish sis but I think you need a cold snap to get rid of the sickness first. :) Glad the snow is going away, it is Feb. 28 already so you never know!