Saturday, January 31, 2015

Good Times in Q

Quartzsite, AZ

We were so busy I’m not even sure where to start.

After Jim and Tom finished working on Bill’s rig, we all went out to dinner at the yacht club. Amazingly enough we were seated as soon as we came in the door. That is unheard of in Quartzsite in January. Good food and good friends.


Mimosas were on the menu for breakfast the next morning thanks to Jeri and Toni. Not sure what they are but I think it was orange juice and Champaign.



Margaritas and Quesadillas were provided for dinner by Sue, Paul, Julie, Mike, Diane and Tom.


I put them to the challenge because I wanted mine done without cheese. Kind of hard to flip a quesadilla on a grill with no cheese to hold it together but Paul did a great job.

They also provided a piñata. And what a piñata. They had it made to look like the Escapees logo. Lee took a couple of good swings but it was Paul who finally brought it down. Look at all the candy.



Jan celebrated her birthday out in the desert and Toni made her a delicious chocolate cake.


jan and toni

We almost missed hot dog night because we were visiting with Denise and Barbara. Forgot to take any pictures. Good grief.

Lots of time spent visiting.

Do you know how many miles I’ve hiked in these shoes? Lots.


Nan, John and Lee. Definitely not enough time to visit with these dear friends.


Paul and Eric


Saturday was Blogger-Fest and we headed back down to Yuma on Sunday for more dental work. We did get to town for our water filters. Didn’t even try to go to the Big Tent. Been there, done that in previous years. I really do hate shopping.

Campfires every night and most mornings.


Friday, January 30, 2015

More dental and on to Quartzsite

Yuma, AZ

After all the great music in Blythe we had to go back down to Yuma for another appointment at the dentist for Jim. We knew it was going to be a pretty long day so I stayed home with the girls. Jim spent from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the dentist’s office. And then it took him over an hour in line to get back across the border.

Michaela – found this truck for you in Yuma. Just your color.


At this point he has temporary crowns and it was time for us to go north again to Quartzsite. We were going to park with the Class-less Class of Escapees. Turned out to be a huge group – over 20 rigs. Lots of new people and I didn’t get much of a chance to visit with them which is sad.

Dave Kersey took this picture of our group with his drone. Isn’t that cool?


Jan and Bill pulled up close to us and discovered a couple of problems that needed Jim’s expertise. First of all their generator wouldn’t start. Jim and Bill finally figured out that the choke wasn’t working correctly. Needs an adjustment that we’ll get taken care of before they do any more boondocking.

They also had a major water leak somewhere. Jim crawled underneath their rig and took off the underpanel. Discovered that the connections on the black tank were loose. So he got those tightened up and thank goodness Tom showed up to help him get it all back together again. Thank you Tom.



jan Jan really got around great with her knee scooter but her arms definitely got a workout on those rocks.

I’m going to do a couple of posts on Q because we had so much going on, but I wanted to share our first sunset from Q for 2015. No touchup at all. Just God’s artistry.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Blythe Bluegrass

Blythe, CA 

I now have to get caught up on my blog posting. So we’re traveling backwards in time.

We had a fantastic time at the Bluegrass Festival. We found three bands that we absolutely loved. The others were good and we enjoyed every group.


I don’t know how many people were in attendance but there were a lot of us and the vast majority brought their RV’s with them.



They had two stages set up and the bands played both sides. Can you find us in this picture? This picture was taken by The Bluegrass Brethren and we are somewhere in there. I can’t find us either and I know we were there.



There were also a few vendors and a few food stands but their prices were pretty steep. Jim bought me a small bag of kettle corn which was $5 and he bought himself a waffle ice cream cone and that was $6.50. That was the end of our purchases. Thank goodness our rig was not too far so we could go have lunch at home.

bluegrass5We went to the festival with eight other rigs from our RV Park in Apache Junction. We were able to park together and the festival folks delivered a fire stove for us. They are made out of old washing machines. They also deliver the free firewood to your site.

We definitely had a good time and we are looking forward to more bluegrass next year.

After five days in Blythe it was time for us to go back down to Yuma for more dental work for Jim.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Blogger-Fest 2015

Quartzsite, AZ  High 74

Well, I think Blogger-Fest was a success even if I do say so myself. At last count we had over 50 people. I didn’t get very many pictures because I was too busy running my mouth but if you check out other blogs you are going to see some really great photos.


I am putting together a list of the people who attended and their blog address. I am then going to send it out to everybody who joined us. If you weren’t able to make it this year and are interested in checking out other blogs, please let me know (and send me your e-mail address) and I will send you a copy of the list.

I did have one issue with how it went – I felt like I was speed dating. You know how that goes. You meet someone and the timer starts. In two minutes the timer goes off and you have to move onto someone else.

There just wasn’t enough time to visit with everyone no matter how hard I tried.

I am so glad that Jeri and George came up with this idea and that I was able to help out.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Solar or Gas

Blythe, CA  High 77  Low 49

I really need to catch up on blog posts. We are currently in Quartzsite but I am going to make a couple of posts about our time at the Bluegrass Festival in Blythe.

We arrived at the fairgrounds in Blythe on Wednesday afternoon. The actual Bluegrass Festival didn’t start until Friday. On Thursday morning the Festival offered a free tour and we decided to go for it.

We got to tour the Solar Generating Facility and the Blythe Energy Center.

George, our tour guide.


The NRG Energy solar facility was built in 2009 and has a capacity of 21 MW. It consists of 350,000 PV panels which generate enough electricity to serve the needs of 17,000 homes.


In the above picture, the building with the number 14 on it is an inverter. There are 21 inverters which are slightly larger than the ones in our RVs.

 DSCN0500Ginny and Mickey were on the tour with us.

The facility displaces over 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year which is the equivalent of taking 2,200 cars off the road.


There is no water used, it’s a silent operation and requires only one employee to run the facility.

One of their weather stations.


Next we went to the Blythe Energy Center which is a natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant. This plant burns natural gas to produce electricity.


Everybody was issued ear plugs because it is a noisy operation. The combined cycle means that they use a gas turbine generator which not only produces power but also exhaust gases which produce steam. The steam is used to run a steam turbine generator which also produces energy.

There are 75 people who work at this plant and it is capable of producing 1,100 MW.


I didn’t understand a lot of the presentation they made so I sent Jim on the actual walking tour of the plant without me. No pictures were allowed inside.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blogger-Fest Update


Jeri put together some updated information for our blogger-fest on Saturday. Sure hope to see you here.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Blogfest - 2015


Just wanted to remind everyone out there about our upcoming Blogfest in Quartzsite. I’m sure hoping all of you will join us. If you have a blog, we want to meet you. If you are thinking about doing a blog, come and learn from the experts (that would not be me).



Sure am hoping we see you there. If you have any questions, just ask. It’s going to be very easy to find.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dental Work in Mexico

Blythe, CA   High 74  Low 46

Our trip to the dentist in Mexico for Jim has now turned into three trips to the dentist.

We had an appointment on Monday with Dra. Yilka Gomez, DDS. Jim was very impressed with her and felt really comfortable with the work that she recommended be done. She went over the x-ray with both of us and explained everything that needed to be done. Her English is very good which is really nice.

Jim thought he might be able to get away with a couple of fillings but no such luck. He needs three crowns, a root canal, and a filling. The total for all that work is $1,141.00. Less than the cost of one crown here in the US.

While we were in Yuma we parked at the 14 day BLM land at Pilot Knob. Toni and Doug saved us a spot in front of them. Sure was good to see them again after almost a year.

Sunrise at Pilot Knob


On Wednesday we headed up to Blythe to meet up with a bunch of other people at the Bluegrass Festival. Most of our group is from our RV park in Apache Junction. But today, Karla and Eric pulled in behind us. We met them in 2009 at the Escapade in Sedalia, MO.

Sunday we’ll head back down to Yuma so Jim can go to his dentist appointment on Monday. Then Tuesday we’ll head up to Q. As soon as I know where we’re going to be I’ll let you know so if you are anywhere in the area we can get together.

Then on Sunday we have to head back down to Yuma for another dentist appointment on Monday. I’m not planning any further than that.

My Skittlez


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mission Accomplished

Yuma, AZ  High 68  Low 55

Friday we headed back to Apache Junction and sure enough, our passports were right where we left them. We said hi to Ginny and Mickey and stopped for lunch and then headed back down to Casa Grande.

Went over to check on Bill and Jan and got to meet Irwin and Kay who were also visiting. Found out that we parked next to each other in the Casa Grande RV Park. Nice folks from South Carolina who own a Montana fifth wheel.

Saturday morning we got a really late start leaving Casa Grande. Jim didn’t sleep very good and was really tired. We stopped at Dateland so he could take a nap before we headed down to Yuma.

We are out at the 14 day BLM land behind the Pilot Knob RV Park. Toni and Doug had saved a spot for us and it sure felt good to see them again after almost a year.

This morning Tina and Jeff came out to visit and the six of us had a fun time. Then it was time for some football. Well, except for Toni and Doug who had other friends to go visit.

Tomorrow is Jim’s dentist appointment in Mexico. I’m just hoping it’s not raining on us.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Still the Best Burger in Arizona

Casa Grande, AZ  High 68  Low 48

Scooter Update: She is back to feeling almost 100% again. In fact, trying to keep her slowed down is almost impossible. We don’t let her jump or use stairs so when we leave the rig, she has to go back into her cage. But she feels great.

Porter’s Cafe in Superior. Paul and I decided we wanted a hamburger and Jim said the only place to get one of those was to go to Superior. Beautiful day for a drive even if it was a little windy.

They had this Bud train sitting on the bar. Very eclectic collection of items displayed in Porter’s.

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This afternoon we left Apache Junction and made it as far as Casa Grande. We don’t want to push ourselves too much. Seriously, we wanted to stop and see how Jan was doing with her busted foot. Bill had made a big pot of chicken and noodles and we enjoyed every bite.

Got back to the rig and Jim looked at me and said, “Did we bring our passports?” Nope. They are back in Apache Junction. It would be a little hard to get into Mexico on Monday without them so tomorrow we have to make the trip back to Apache Junction. Looks like we won’t get to Yuma until Saturday.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 – Whether we’re ready or not!

Apache Junction, AZ  - Way too cold. High – 46  Low 28

We had a wonderful Christmas season in 2014. Jeff and Tina came through town and we were able to meet up with them for lunch. Great people that we will meet up with in Quartzsite this month.

Christmas Eve we got to have lunch with Paul, Dianna, and Bobbie. Christmas day Paul came to our house and helped us out with our turkey dinner. He brought a cherry pie from Village Inn that was fantastic.

We went to visit Aunt Happy a couple of times and she’s still going strong.

The weather man said that New Year’s Eve was going to be rainy and cold. We decided to celebrate by meeting up with Paul, Jeri, and Terry for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. The rest of the day we just hunkered down.

Today is the first day of a brand new year. 31 557 600 seconds to spend however we want to. Let’s not waste them – enjoy every single one of them – even the ones when you’re sleeping.

These are my beautiful Superstition Mountains covered with snow on this first day of 2015.


Lots of people out taking pictures of this beautiful scene.


January will be our annual journey to Quartzsite. This year it is going to be via Yuma and Blythe, CA. More on all that later.

Jeri has been busy putting together a blogger fest. If any of my readers are in the neighborhood, please join us. 

January 2015