Bill and I were up shortly after 7 but not in any big rush. Usually when we do laundry there is a push on to get going early before the crowds. Today we were going to Blythe to get the clothes washed and then on the way back, we’ll stop in Ehrenberg. Our good friends, Ken and Nancy, from Illinois are camped there for a week.
We had our tea and coffee together while the Suite warmed up. We left the heater off last night as a test to see just how cool 37F would be when we woke up. Bill was up around 5:30 for a nature call and turned it on low at that time so it wasn’t terribly cold in here. I was downstairs first and it was still only about 14C/58F inside. Still brrr-ish.
One issue we found with no heat through the night, is that the heater then runs steady as it takes that much longer to warm up when you do turn it on. For the little bit of propane sipping it does all night, we’ll probably go back to leaving it on if it is dropping below 40F. I know everyone is different, every unit is different so it is a personal choice, as is everything else in this lifestyle. We only need to worry about keeping ourselves happy!
We got the laundry sorted, got cleaned up ourselves and loaded Black Beauty. By 9:45 we were all in, Clemson included. He was looking forward to seeing Molly again, I’m sure of it! We stopped in Quartzsite at Discount Solar to buy the LED bulbs we needed for the scare lights. A good price at $5.20 each and 2 backup lights at $2.80. Much better price this year, so we've heard.
Last stop was at the Chevron to fill up the tank. Decent diesel price at $2.82/gal. It was about 10:20 MT by the time we hit the road again. The lineup to get into the Big Tent parking was bumper to bumper again so it proves why we go early.
|Leaving the Chevron were 4 Yuma Police on their motorcycles|
Out for a lonngg joy ride?
George was in town earlier and before we left camp this morning, he handed us a coupon that we were looking to pick up. Thanks, George, for picking it up for us!
We found the Blythe Laundry & Cleaners on 3rd Street and there were a lot of machines empty and available. Perhaps not the cleanest laundromat but the washers and dryers were at least. We were finished within an hour and a bit and drove to Dollar General for something I needed. We knew we’d need to eat out so went to Carl’s Jr. for lunch.
|Take out today|
After our Happy Hour discussion about bread I decided to try one of their Lettuce Wrapped Thickburgers. I did order the combo though so I could get some fries and a drink too.
This was a yummy alternative to a burger on a bun and I will definitely do it again. Bill still enjoys his Big Carl combo. We got 'take out' so we could sit in the truck with Clemson while we ate. He enjoyed a few of the end pieces of our french fries too.
|Heading east on I-10, the inspection station was slowing things down|
From there, we took the exit to Ehrenberg and the Arizona Oasis RV Park. We arrived at Ken and Nancy’s site at a few minutes past 1 MT. Good timing! Needless to say, they were huge wonderful hugs that we shared. It was awesome to see these guys again. It seemed as if the conversation picked up from where it left off last winter in Bullhead City, Az.
|I was almost too late catching this Ehrenberg sign|
I love it though, and the firetruck
Can you say Relics?
|Hey, we know that guy. Pick him up!|
Ken walked up to meet us
there are a lot of turns and bends in the park
We made plans to meet at the Big Tent/RV Show in Quartzsite on Friday and then took the pooches for a walk. Or rather, they took us. Molly and Clemson are adorable and it doesn’t matter that they are indifferent to each other for the most part. It is a nice park and very, very full because of the show.
|This is the old "are you sniffing me or am I sniffing you?" salute|
|Molly was immediately on my lap|
Santa brought her the same name tag as he brought for Clemmy
|And little Mr. Nose-out-of-joint, Clemson checks out who is on his Mom|
|Molly tries to get her Mommy's attention|
Please please please pet me more!
We walked down to the beach area of the Colorado River and it is beautiful. Molly is their water dog, apparently. She headed straight to the beach and got her feet wet in the not just chilly, but cold water. She's hilarious!
|The boat launch is straight ahead|
|The 3 men take the lead and us 3 ladies bring up the rear|
|It is very pretty along the Colorado River|
|Arizona, you say? Looks more like a tropical island|
|Molly waits for her photo shoot moment|
|Ah, there it is. See how the natural wind (no fan) is blowing her locks?|
|I added to someones collection of seashells|
|Lori, my friend, this is for you|
It almost matches your orange one!
It was just after 4:30 when we started saying our ‘goodbye for nows’. Nancy had to show off her contribution to their new truck for me and we all laughed and said “it’s a good thing Ken loves ya!” 😊 We sure have a lot of fun and giggles together.
|You have to laugh at some of life's events even though they aren't funny|
They are both such good sports
We arrived back ‘home’ around 5:15 and weren’t surprised that Happy Hour was just breaking up.
Deb popped over just after we got in and brought us a map of the 4-wheeler trails in the area. We’ll have to pick a direction and take them up on their offer for a jeep ride. Bill brought our clean clothes in and we took turns putting them away. Him, his, Me, mine.
Supper was another easy one. We knew it could be a late return so planned something simple. Chili and leftover cheddar biscuits. Maybe tonight we’ll have room for a dish of ice cream for dessert. I talk a lot about our deSert home but that is 2 ‘s’s this time.
|Oregon Strawberry and Peanut Butter Chocolate ice cream with walnuts on top|
With supper and dishes done by 6:30 I sat down at my laptop to finish my post. It has been a busy day but a great one in our world. I hope you can say the same.
|Happy Birthday beautiful Liz!|
Before I sign off with my sunset photos, there is a birthday gal out there. Back home in Stratford, Bill's sister, Liz is celebrating a special day. We called her this morning to wish her a good one so I hope that was the case.
|Good night all!|