On Tuesday, Dec. 11th we were both awake around 6 when Clemson had to go out. He slept through the night, yay! and then decided to stay downstairs. Double yay! That means some cuddle time for his Mom and Dad without a little furball in between us. We were up by 7 to greet this bittersweet day. It was moving day for us and as much as we were anxious to get settled in a park for a month, it was sad to say goodbye to our hosts, George and Rose.
|Cloudy skies first thing|
It was light enough for me to go out right away so slipped on my jacket and go for my walk. I walked southeast on Kibbey and up around to Palo Verde N. right onto Inverness and then around to Daniel back on Palo Verde N. You don’t care but one day I might want to know which streets I took. It was a nice walk with some unique decorations and homes. I keep seeing the timid bunnies but can’t catch them on camera. Just their blurred fluffy white tails as they hop away from me.
|I didn't hear any 'geezer' play but love the sign|
|such a lovely bunch of cacti|
|By the time I walked home, this was what the sky was doing for me|
I couldn't choose just one or two to include so you get them all
Back at the ‘ranch’ I made my tea and George came out to say goodbye before he left for a doctor’s appointment. We wished him well, in case he wasn’t back before we left and busied ourselves packing up. I made us poached eggs on toast again as it was quick and filling. After dishes, we got washed up and dressed. We were parked over the sewer dump spot so pulled slides in and Bill moved to the street so Rob could pull up and dump as well.
|Getting things packed up|
|We finished up and parked at the end of the lane|
so Rob could use the dumping facilities
Just like a full service campground!
George made it back on time and Rose came out to say goodbye. We got some pictures of us at the front of their house and Rob pulled out of the laneway at 9:10 am. Such a fun visit. We’ll see George and Rose after Christmas in Quartzsite and look forward to that. Travelling with us in the lead, we stuck to I-95S and drove through the scenic area of Parker Dam. Our brains weren’t working this morning and we forgot to bring Bill’s Dashcam into the truck after charging it. Duh!
|The whole Happy Campers crew|
George, Pat, Patsy, Bill & Clemson, Rob, Rose
The rest of the 3-hour drive went smoothly and with a stop at Mcdonald’s in Parker and a break at the Yuma Proving Grounds, we arrived at the California Inspection Station. After hearing about a stop our friend had here and how particular the agents were by taking 2 apples, I was a little concerned. Do I tell the truth and lose my remaining apples or do we just say nothing? In 98% of the times we passed through here, we were just waved on.
|Bill Williams River which runs from Alamo Lake|
|Such a beautiful drive|
|Then a guy flashed his lights at us so we slowed down|
If you look close you can see why
|We were grateful for the warning because around the bend was this mishap|
blocking one lane
|Familiar sights along our route|
|The Big Tent location|
We'll be back
|The blimp near Yuma Proving Grounds|
Today, we probably would have been fine to just wave and carry on but Bill came to a stop (as the sign says) and the fellow looked friendly as if he wanted to talk to us. He wanted to make conversation about the license plate on Black Beauty. ‘“On our way” to where?’, he asked. So, we explained briefly and the question of do we have any fruit was posed. I crossed my fingers and just said no. I had 3 apples, 2 lemons and 3 key limes. Then we proceeded to ask for more info how much was allowed etc.
|this cauliflower field has been freshly picked|
|And the workers walk this one to see if they've missed any|
|I couldn't get my zoom lens on quick enough to get|
a good picture of this Osprey
We would have been fine anyway as he told us just enough for a couple of days is not usually a problem. They don't always (obviously) but tend to ‘look the other way’. He advised that a good practice is to buy Washington apples and you would be fine. Good to know. We don’t usually buy a lot of apples anyway so no biggie.
|Inspection Station - friendly guys|
After a bit of a mix up (us waiting for Rob and Pat and them waiting for us) we arrived at Pilot Knob RV Resort.
|Home sweet Home for a while|
Sue in the office was very helpful and we got the sites we wanted and were set up by 2:30 with the exception of our satellite connection. For some reason, it was being tempermental and just wanted to take its time coming in on its own. I made us each a sandwich and we planned a later supper for tonight. I’d bought a roasted chicken at Smith’s the other day. Rose and I split the deal of 2 for $10, we couldn’t pass it up. So, we invited Rob and Pat to share it with us.
|And we think Clemson is small|
That settled for 6 pm, we heard a couple of motorcycles nearing our site. Lori and Roland came in for a visit on their way home from shopping in Yuma. Oh, and of course little Shatzi. She looked adorable in her Santa coat and pink sunglasses on the back of Lori’s bike.
|Roland waiting to hear that Lori is ready|
|Lori and Shatzi are good to go too|
They stayed for maybe an hour and we caught up on each other’s lives. Rob and Pat joined us at our insistence. They are family too. It was about 5:45 when our company arrived and I put some tossed garden salad into a bowl.
|this view is so cute, with the little head twisting and turning each way|
and her ears flopping
Rob and Pat brought wine and garlic rolls. What a lovely cheap meal tonight! And no real prep time and no one had to cook. We put the dishes in the dishwasher and sat around and finished the wine.
|The guys gave us the table and they shared the raised coffee table|
|It was a great meal and there are leftovers for another night|
I added the bones to the freezer bag for soup
What a hoot, laughing and carrying on with these two. It was probably 7:30 when they went home, we were all pretty tired. This has been a great day, with a high of 70F/22C today and no wind at all. Absolutely perfect.
|All settled on Sites 79 and 80|
The night is young but after downloading my pictures, I could hardly keep my eyes open. I’ll need to finish this in the morning. I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit to my post. Tomorrow is laundry day and we both have lots.
I appreciate you stopping by.