Miscellaneous Ramblings 2015

 

Anne-Marie has a new friend; Hank.  Hank weighs about 110 pounds and likes to sleep on the bed.  If Hank come to live with us, where will I sleep?  I’m not too worried, he is happy where he is.

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We found Hank when we were doing a beach walk that ended up at Wrecked at the Reef, a pleasant bar & restaurant adjacent to our campground.  Do not pay attention to the mobbed camping shown in their web site, that was boondocking are several years ago.

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This is morning we had a sand storm that would do New Mexico proud.  The winds were in the 40 m.p.h. sustained range with gusts well above that.  Photo below was taken at 9:00, the obscured building is a shower house about 100’ away.  I was not too surprised when the painting crew failed to show up.

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Painting Milestone 2015

Thanks to all of our friends who joined together and served our country during our time of stress.

After a long negotiating process, we have decided on the 3 colors (Background & 2 Stripes) that we will be using.  With respect to the feminine member of our committee, I will not reveal the color choices until the clear coat has dried!  As you can see below, all of the stripes have been removed.  All evidence of various driver errors is being repaired, thanks to liberal applications of new fiberglass.  Hint: the coach will no longer have a ‘2-tone’ paint job.

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20151110_135157Of course we have to eat sometime, yesterday;s treat was lunch at Rosie’s.  It’s a small family style restaurant that attracted my eye during one of our trips.  Anne-Marie is having a Mexican Style Shrimp Cocktail.  Imagine if you can a Virgin Mary chock full of shrimp, Veggies with lots of Diced Onions.

My 5 fried shrimp set a new standard of excellence.  Cost?  We’ve spent more for burgers in the states.  When we went outside we found that our car had been wonderfully washed by one of the Street People, our $3 tip made him very happy.

Just prior to this trip, I bought a new Garmin GPS, I just never got comfortable with our Rand McNally unit.  This model #2555 pleases me very much; 1) Sharper screen that is more touch sensitive. 3) Very fast calculations.  4)  Smart phone compatible. 5)  Came preloaded with street level Mexican Street Maps!

When we wander into I-net areas with slow i-net I have great trouble sending out blog notices as my mail list is 50+ folks.  My mail server & software choke and gag.  To remedy this I am setting up a Google Groups account.  This will save my list accounts on the cloud and reduce a great deal of the work sending out this blog.  You may have already gotten a form letter asking you to take part.  Please reply to it in the affirmative.  If you have issues, please contact me off list.

This weekend there is a major Fiesta advertised at the town center, more news to follow.

Painting Page #2, 2015

It’s been very windy the last 3 days, to the point that my satellite dish is not happy.  On top of that it’s has been on the cool at 55° in the morning going up to about 70° in the afternoon.  The 4 man crew works about 5 hours a day, did I mention that this is Mexico?  As of this afternoon, the decals have been removed on one side and the back.  The ‘ghosts’ you see under the driver’s window is the decal adhesive which is scrubbed off with lacquer thinner.

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My latest bit of grief came when I attempted to remove the tow bar.  It seems that the previous owner had a 5/8” pin installed with an attached pad lock.  He than went to have the electrical connection installed, they welded the 20151107_164223receptacle so as to interfere with ever thinking of removing the afore mentioned pin.  This is the first time I have had occasion to remove it.  I will try a locksmith and than a man with a torch!

We went to ‘Sam’s Club’ in town this morning.  Anne-Marie was running short on one of her prescription.  No problem, they sell it over the counter (it’s NOT a med one would abuse), the cost was $160p.  Following that,We went to the American Legion for lunch.  Good sandwich, cold beer & right price.

Posting this on Monday as I=net has been running ‘on Mexican time’

Goodbye Ajo, Hello Mexico 2015

Not sure when/if I will post this blog.  The I-net here is very slow, please do not send me jokes or files for a few weeks.  After a casual inspection by the Mexican officials we were sent our way with wishes of a great vacation.  The road to Puerto Penasco (Rt #8) is well marked and a comfortable ride at 50mph.  The predominate feature on the horizon of Puerto Penasco is a large wind generator, at the base of this is a rorory which you got go 270° around.  Following this you will enter the Sandy Beach coDSCN0534mplex, turn right and drive past several miles of condos, the into the campground.

We are camped in one of least desirable sites, about 150’ from the beach.  Why?  Our mission here is to have our motor home painted so we wanted plenty of room around in.

We meet the painting crew and managed to spent about 25% more that our budget, typical of our experiences with the cost of upkeep & maintenance

Last night, we broke our shrimp fasting by going to the of site restaurant. Anne-Marie dined on an appetizer of 5 of the largest shrimp we’ve ever been served, the were sautéed in garlic & butter,  I helped here by eating on, it was a 5 biter!  My dinner was angle hair w/olive oil, garlic, capers, and what seemed to be 1/2 pound of large shrimp.  cost with 2 drinks? $40.  There are plenty more shrimp in our little bay on The Sea of Cortez.

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 If this posts, I will be surprised!

Into Mexico Tomorrow 2015

I won’t write much on our time is Las Vegas.  We don’t gamble and party time for us ends at 9:00pm, must be getting old.  We did walk down Fremont St. and realized that all the great buys on steak dinners and $5 buffets have disappeared.  If you want to drop a few hundred at the tables they will comp you to a $30 Prime Rib.  Not my way of winning.

I enjoyed the races, 3 of the national champions were decided in the 2 days we were there.  That was interesting to me and boring to the rest of the world.  I do know a few fellows who would be interested in this grill, I bet you do too.

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This tractor may be just the thing you Northerners will want to push the snow this winter. Maybe you shouldn’t use it before 7:00 am!

We left on Tuesday hoping to make 357 miles to Ajo, AZ which would leave us a 120 mile drive to Rocky Point, MX.  We’ll, that didn’t work out.  At 4:00 I called it quits with about 120 miles to go for tomorrow.

Sliding of the exit at Wintersburg, AZ I noticed a group of motorhomes.  There were folks milling about.  It was 4:00, this was more than circumstantial evidence that a happy hour was about to happen! They were a camping club out of the Prescott Elks, we were asked to join them.

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There was plenty of food and B.Y.O.B. adult beverages.  Serendipity, just when we needed it!

We will cross the border tomorrow, our phone will work but all the data will be turned off.  We should have i-net down there but you must remember, this is Mexico.

Las Vegas for Good or Bad 2015

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Happy Halloween to all our followers out there, make sure to check all you candy for signs of hidden booze.

Also, please check with you local demigod authorities on the status of your day light savings status.  We in Arizona don’t have to be concerned, we have snakes to worry about.

We had a rather uneventful trip to Vegas after a slow start because I wanted to change to oil in our diesel genny, it was long past due.  I couldn’t do it as the drain plug was seized, I elected to have it sucked out at a shop in Benson which has been doing various work the I am unable to do.

We boondocked in Quartzite, not bothering to unhook,had a small dinner and fell into bed. 

On Thursday we were bums, reading our Kindles and relaxing at our rig.

Friday was the 1st day of qualifying at the drag strip, we had good seats at 300’ which is my preferred location.  Kudos to the track which had good handy capped parking as well as personalized shuttle which took us to the ‘Will Call’ window and than back to within 100’ of our assigned seat.  My walking ability is becoming a quality of life issue, medical help will happed in February

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The silly hat I am wearing is a $5 Safari Hat that is very light, well ventilated and keeps the sun off you neck.  Must have for out door activities in this area.

There was a messy oildown which prompted us to leave the track about a hour early.

At 2:00am on Saturday morning I was awaken by one of my infamous nose bleeds.  There was no stopping it, Anne-Marie woke up at about 3:00 due to all my fussing.

We went (3 miles) to Sunrise Hospital, this a BIG hospital that seemed to be terribly slow in my treatment. They gave me a nose clamp that stopped the bleeding in about an hour, they took bloods and required me to wait for 2 hours while they were analyzed.  It the took the doctor an hour to respond, she pronounced me cured after ordering a fluid replacement that took another hour.  We walked out at 8:00am, exhausted, hungry and just a bit punchy.

Now, for the rest of the story:  We feel asleep and missed the Saturday qualifying, about 30% of our tickets value!

Relocating Again! 2015

Sometimes the Crazy just keeps going on.  We went to Tucson on Friday to meet with my new Cardio-Doctor.  When we returned to the Co-Op, we went to the office to inquire about the taxes on our lot ($109/year!).  Wait there was a notice on the window which advertised the availability of a lot for sale.  It would be a significant up grade at a cost of about $500.  Further inquires revealed the notice had just been posted and the lot would go on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  We were first to ask.

These are the upgrades we will really enjoy;

  • We are on the front row with unobstructed view of the Cochise Redoubt, at sunset it has a great lightshow!
  • We have a washer dryer hook-up.
  • There are 2 small exterior storage area, the one in back contains the washer & dryer.
  • We have plenty of room inside to add a full bath
  • We do have to replace the aging roof.  Asphalt has about a 15 year life here, we will use metal.
  • The small storage on the left in a minimalist’s Man Cave.

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Below is a photo of our view, looking East at The Cochise Redoubt.

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Below is a screenshot of the Google Map that shows our new location.  Route #50 is about 1/4 miles east of us, out of site due to the landscape.

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We like this park and it’s folks so much, we envision our staying here October thru February in the future.  Financially it is a great deal as we will recover the initial cost along with any documented capitol when we opt out of our lease.

Schedule:  We have banking and tax paying issues for Monday and Tuesday.  On Tuesday afternoon we will start our 450 ride to  Las Vegas {NHRA Drag Race Event} after which we will travel to Puerto Penasco, MX where we are hoping to have our Bounder finally painted.