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Friday, January 20, 2017

Wet and Rainy Day as We Deal With Another Issue.


Our Location today is La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A. 

By the time we had everything set up on our New Campsite yesterday the Sun suddenly disappeared behind a wall of Clouds. Just before we went to bed I noticed low numbers on our batteries and had planned on dealing with it this morning. At 2:15 AM MST I woke with a feeling of Shortness of Breath and that was when I heard the High-Pitched Whine that our Inverter emits when it has stopped working. Since both Kathy and I use CPAP Machines to sleep due to our Sleep Apnea it was only a few seconds later that she woke also not being able to breath. With the patter of Rain on the roof and the time restriction for running the Generator we figured I’d wait until morning to deal with this. 

Last week when we had left Quartzsite to attend the Lake Havasu Hot Air Balloon Festival we had the same problem after having Little to No Sunshine for our Solar Panels to charge our Batteries. Even though they were recharged with the use of the Generator we have still been experiencing Overcast Skies causing our batteries to struggle to be fully charged. 
How I found Kathy sleeping this morning.
Since Kathy can’t sleep lying down without her CPAP that stops her from choking, so around 3:00 she retreated to her Recliner in the Livingroom. We both managed to get some sleep even though I knew where she was. When I went downstairs to begin making breakfast at 7:40 AM she woke instantly. 

As we ate our breakfast I had to explain what the problem was and the need to use the Generator to fix it. Kathy has been reading about Generator Thefts that were taking place here at Quartzsite and recommended getting a chain to secure it to the trailer. It might not stop it from being stolen but it would Hinder or maybe Discourage that from happening. 

We needed to make a quick trip to Herb’s Hardware Store in Quartzsite and then stop for a quick look around the Vendors Area. Under Cloudy Skies with small bits of Drizzle thrown in for good measure this was the perfect day to go. 
This Picture was taken yesterday. If today's weather had looked
this good, we would have loved it.
Driving towards town as we got closer to the Vendors Area I suggested going there first. We actually found a parking spot fairly easy. After being told the Big Tent doesn’t open until tomorrow we stopped at K & B Tools where we got a few more Tent Spikes and a Chain. We walked around looking at the other Vendors that had bothered to open on another day that looked to be against them. We did find a different Wind Kite that we’ll be using when we get back to Wildwood Golf and RV Park in McGregor. We love birds but not what they do to our vehicles parked under the trees and this Kite should help the situation.  

Since we didn’t need to go to the Hardware Store we were Home by 10:15. Just as we parked next to the trailer Barb was walking her dogs Daisy and Dakota. She welcomed us back and we compared notes on having to use the Generator. After she left I got Kathy inside and set up the Generator but again it didn’t seem to want to charge the batteries. Inside to check the Breaker Box as I looked up there was the EMS Monitor. The minute I turned it off the Generator speeded up and started charging our Batteries. Kathy made certain that Soup was part of our lunch because we were both chilled to the bone. 

There is one thing I don’t like about this trailer and that is the way you need to turn Water Valves different ways for Using the Pump, using a City Hookup or Filling the Freshwater Tank. I thought that I had filled it the other day but according to our gauges it was nearly empty this morning. 

Heading down to fill our Freshwater Barrel I briefly spoke with our old neighbour Wayne before getting in line to fill our Barrel. As I got the water flowing I noticed the car next to me that had Ontario License Plates on it. Don and his wife live about Thirty-Five Miles from us just outside of Chatham, Ontario. It’s their first trip to Quartzsite as well. 

Back at the trailer as I transferred some water Wayne made a quick stop to tell me about the Young Party Animals that had taken over our Old Site the day we left. There were enough complaints put in that most of them got Escorted Off LTVA Land. 

The Wind was steadily increasing so when I went inside Kathy and I discussed getting a Wind Generator for next year to run along with our Solar Panels. With all the Cloudy Days that we’ve had it has always been Windy so it would only be logical. According to The Weather Network this afternoon we were getting Wind Gusts of over Forty MPH. 

Since we were still charging the batteries with Generator we also ran our small Cube Heater to cut the dampness from the air. Kathy hadn’t planned on this weather when she had taken tonight’s supper out of the freezer for which she apologized. While she prepped the Sides inside the trailer I was grilling and beautiful T-bone Steak on our Weber Q that we shared. The Wind blew the Flame out a few times but the Steak came out Perfect. 
We shared T-Bone Steak, Grilled Potato, Salad and Beets.
I just finished Grilling our supper and getting inside when the Wind started bringing a much Heavier Rainfall. We aren’t sure what we’ll be doing tomorrow but it will all be dependant on the Weather. I’m also wanting to temporarily disconnect our Batteries so that each one can be checked to be certain that it is not drawing the rest down. 

The Wind is Rocking the trailer as I go out to shut the Generator and turn on the Smaller Inverter so we can have a Good Night’s Sleep. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

Joke of the Day 

When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why We Came Back A Day Early and Set-Up Day.


Our Location today is La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A. 

When Kathy and I got up yesterday morning we expected it to be a relaxing day where we would enjoy looking around the mountains that surrounded Sedona on our own. We also had a few chores that we expected to do but that all changed rather quickly.  
Having filled up both our Fuel Tanks the day before we left Quartzsite to attend the Lake Havasu Hot Air Balloon Festival we decided to top-off our Fuel Tanks again before getting to Sedona. Anyone that has traveled I-40 recently knows that it is past due for resurfacing in some areas while finding fresh pavement in others. As we got further North and started seeing Snow along the roads the road conditions also were at the worse. Driving at Sixty Miles-an-Hour gives you little time to react where the road is Cratered like a Battlefield. We hit more of those holes than I wanted to.  
When I went out to go to the Park Laundry Room yesterday afternoon I was in shock to see a steady drip of fuel coming from our Auxiliary Fuel Tank. Checking all the pipe connections I noted they were all solid and dry which meant the leak was coming from the Tank itself. The Tank didn’t leak before, so the hard jolts from the poor road conditions had caused it to fail. 
We notified the Park Maintenance People who didn’t seemed concerned about it and just suggested we park the truck in their overflow area. The longer the truck sat the larger the diesel spread on the ground below. We discussed the easiest way to save the fuel was to use it. Even though we had already paid for the night we let them know we were leaving. We’ll stop using the Auxiliary Tank and fix it when we get back home to Canada. 
Leaving Sedona is not the easiest thing to do as many of their intersections are not Four-Way Stops. Heading down Highway 79 we went through ten Round-abouts before we finally reached I-17. We definitely used fuel climbing a few steady grades that changed the elevation by a thousand feet or more causing a number of semis to crawl upward in the slowest lane. 
When we left the Park our timing wasn’t the best because that put us going around Phoenix right at the end of Rush-Hour. There were a number of slowdowns caused by the Nine to Five crowd that figured they could weave their way from one lane to another with no consideration for others on the road. 
We finally stopped at 7:00 MST at a Cracker Barrel for supper. It must not have been our day as both the meals we ordered they had just run out but to make up for that after selecting our second choice they gave us Free Dessert. 
I had managed to transfer some fuel before going inside to eat but when we came outside the continual drip was still there. Instead of stopping I drove until 9:45 PM MST when we were parked behind the office at La Posa South LTVA. After Kathy was inside I again transferred more fuel before calling it a night. We were both exhausted so we made it an early night. 
We were both awaken by the Sun peaking around our shades at 7:20 AM MST and since the office wouldn’t be open until 9:00 we secured the trailer and headed in to find our camp. Our old site was occupied so we found another further north that is nearly across the street (If that’s what you want to call it) from our Canadian RVer Friends.
By 9:00 AM we were Unhooked, Leveled and Kathy had Repaired the Firepit. We didn’t think to have breakfast until 10:30AM. I raised our Solar Panels and hoisted our Windsock since we’ll be stopped here for the next four weeks. We actually saw the Sun on and off throughout the day between Rain Showers that was being driven by Twenty-Five MPH Winds. 
By Mid-Afternoon the Auxiliary Tank was no longer dripping and we were starting to feel cooped up so we headed into Quartzsite. Our first stop was Herb’s Hardware Store where I purchased a few fasteners for our Antenna Mast. We drove over to the Vendors Area but most had pulled down their tarps due to the rain and one vendor in particular that we were looking for has left his spot, tent and all. 
When we got back Home we seemed to be having issues with our Internet Connection. Any site we tried connecting to was taking an eternity to connect. As the clouds started to clear the connection started to improve. 
The weather will be more of the same tomorrow but we’ll find something to keep ourselves busy. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Pictures Taken By Kathy
All But the last two
were taken Yesterday
Krackers 

Office Jokes, Quotes, and Anecdotes 

Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Early Return To Quartzsite.


Our Location today is La Posa South, Quartzsite, Arizona, U.S.A. 

Due to an unforeseen problem, we had to cut our stay short in Sedona and are now back at La Posa South LTVA. It’s been a long day so we’ll elaborate tomorrow. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

Joke of the Day 

Classic bumper sticker # 619

Hard work has a future payoff. 

Laziness pays off now.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bouncy Jeep Tours and Learning About Sedona’s History.


Our Location today is Sedona, Arizona, U.S.A. 

After our 240 Mile Trip towing our Home through the Arizona Mountains yesterday we could have really used a day off but that was not to be. Our alarm had us up by 7:30  MST knowing we had a busy day ahead that we’d be playing Tourists. We’d had breakfast and packed our leftover supper from last night into a cooler along with a couple of beverages for todays lunch. 
In the Foreground of these pictures is the town of Sedona.
We were on our way to downtown Sedona where Kathy had booked a couple of Safari Jeep Tours that she knew we’d both like. Our first tour was the Mogollon Ridge that began at 9:00. We had made certain to dress in layers as we both have had difficulty adjusting to the cooler temperatures this year. With the fact that the outdoor temperature was all of 43 F (6 C) at the time and we’d be riding in an open Jeep we thought of dressing for Comfort and Warmth. 
Submarine Rock
Snoopy lying on his doghouse.
Our guide was Randy who grew up in Wisconsin but his love for the Southwest and Warmer Temperatures drew him to Arizona. After crossing town to pick up a couple more people we were on our way to ride the Mogollon Trail which was actually the original trail into Sedona over the mountains. With the installation of Modern Highways leading into town the trail has not been maintained in the last Forty Years. With Frost Heaves, Erosion and Falling Rocks the trail has become undriveable by anything other that Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicles. This tour would also give us quite the Bird’s Eye View of the area. 
Randy’s knowledge of Geology also showed as he was able to Scientifically Explain the Mountain Formations that surround the Town of Sedona. He would point out the Different Formations and their names. He also explained that most of the names had been given by Cowboys with lots of time on their hands. 
After driving in as far as the Winter Road Conditions would allow we stopped to take a short hike. Kathy took her time because of the thin air but said she wouldn’t have missed this for the world. When Randy pointed out a spot where both Elvis and John Wayne had posed for pictures it was a No-Brainer that two of their biggest fans would want their pictures taken at the same spot. 
See Kathy?
There she is.

Kathy and I having our picture taken at the same spot
as Elvis and John Wayne.
The rock bouncing we’d taken on the way up was the same we took on the way back down. Randy kiddingly called it the Chiropractic Ride because you’d feel the same way after seeing a Chiropractor. Another thing he also kidded about was after a ride like that we wouldn’t be complaining about Speed Bumps that we encounter any more. 
By the time Randy dropped the other two passengers back at their Lodge and got us back to Safari Jeep Tours it was past 12:30. He only had time to check his Jeep to be certain it was still intact before taking another group on the same tour we had just finished. 
That also meant that Kathy and I had less than a half hour to eat lunch and be ready for our Afternoon Tour that we would be sharing with a young family from Arizona that were on vacation. Our guide this afternoon was Cary who grew up in Texas but moved to Arizona to find Cooler Temperatures. This tour was known as the Outlaw Trail because of the many outlaws that used this area to hide from the Law. There were areas that they could hide out where any approaching Posse could be spotted from such a distance that by the time they found the Hideout the Outlaws were long gone. 
Water in the desert.
This morning’s tour had been what many would call Rock Climbing while the afternoon tour there was some stretches of smooth terrain as we drove on the Desert Floor and Traversing lots of Washes. Cary was equally as informative of the surrounding area and its history and how the Homestead Act had allowed one person to practically own over Ten Thousand Acres of the Sedona area of Arizona. 
The scenery was just as Awe Inspiring but giving you more of a Ground Level Look at the Topography. Both of today’s tours were all part of Coconino National Forest. The 52 F (11 C) was already cooling down by the time we got back to the Safari Jeep Tours office at 4:30. 
It felt good to be a passenger for a change so that we could both enjoy the scenery. Getting Up Early, the Fresh Air and all that Bouncing Around left us tired. Back Home we simply had a bowl of Vegetable Soup for supper. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.
Krackers 

Words of Inspiration 

A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally. 

Oscar Wilde, Irish Poet and Playwright

Monday, January 16, 2017

Breath-Taking Views and an Amazing Ride Like No Other! WOW!


Our Location today is Sedona, Arizona, U.S.A. 

With the Lake Havasu Balloon Festival coming to an end last night we knew that we’d be on the road today. Under normal circumstances whenever we have a travel day we spend most of the night tossing and turning or we can’t stop thinking about useless things that keep us awake. Blame it on all the Fresh Air that we spent yesterday breathing because we both slept like a couple of rocks. 
About to cross the London Bridge in Lake Havasu, Arizona.
Heading North on Highway 95.
Since Kathy needs more sleep than I do, I was up before 6:30 AM MST and had gotten the computers put away along with turning our chairs along the back wall of the trailer ready for travel. Kathy was downstairs before 7:00 so we didn’t waste any time in having breakfast. We didn’t rush but we had a Four-Hour Trip ahead of us. 
Once I had completed my normal Pretravel Chores on the inside of the trailer it was time to get the outside packed away. There were no Water or Sewer Hoses to deal with but to take their place was our One Hundred and Twenty Pound Generator that had to be stowed back in the bed of the truck. I made certain to wear my back belt which added to my Safety and the Enjoyment of the remainder of our Southern Stay this Winter. 
It was 9:20 by the time everything was secured and we were pulling out of the RV Camping Lot we had spent the last five days in. Due to the Cold, Windy and Wet Weather, we had the first few days, we never did get to look around the London Bridge Area of town even though we had driven over it numerous times. Maybe that’s a good reason for us to go back next year. By 9:30 we were heading north on Highway 95 and bidding Lake Havasu Adios 
The scenery on this trip has yet to leave us feeling bored. As we drove North the Hills and the Mountainous Landscape just kept leaving us in Awe. Even after changing our direction of travel when we turned onto I-40 Eastbound the scenery was unbelievable. The only thing we didn’t like was the Jarring Potholes we had to Avoid After being on the road for over two hours we found a Flying J to park and ate lunch at the Denny’s Restaurant. 
Feeling refreshed we were back on the Interstate before 1:00. We used to have a Window Shade on the Back Window of the Truck until last summer when we had to have the window replaced. The Shade had the picture of the Red Cliffs of Sedona. When it was new and colourful people would ask permission to take Photo-Ops near it saying they wanted to go there. Since we shared the same feelings and we were close by we planned on finally seeing our dream come true and what a dream it was!
We knew we were at Higher Elevations when there was Snow scattered along the side of the Highway. Kathy had a good laugh when the Electronic Message Board over the road that read “No Stopping To Play In The Snow At Anytime”. 
Kathy had researched our route using a Map and the GPS seemed to be working well today taking us to our destination of Sedona, Arizona. When it had us leave I-40 to take Highway 17 we followed its instructions. Then when it instructed us to take Highway 89A and the Roadside Sign indicated Sedona just Thirty-Five Miles away we again followed its instructions.  
That is Snow in the Mountains and along the roads.
This route took us directly through the middle of the Coconino National Forest. Kathy never stopped taking pictures on that road. She also thought she was going to have a Heart Attack any second as we took one Hairpin Turn after another on the Switchbacks coming down the Mountain. She even let out a few screams as she took pictures of the shear drop-offs next to the road we were on. We passed a number of Viewing Areas that single vehicles had stopped directly in the middle making it impossible for us to stop if we had wanted. Other Viewing Areas that we drove by people actually stood pointing at us as we drove by. 

What all the commotion was that people didn’t expect to see a Forty-Foot RV traveling a road that would have thrilled any Motorcyclist to ride. I kept the trailer inside the lane markings and just focused getting us safely to our destination. There should have been a sign indicating Vehicle Restrictions but there wasn’t any.


When we arrived at Rancho Sedona RV Park on Bear Wallow Lane in Sedona it felt good to be able to relax. The site was an easy Back-In that had all the Full Hook Up Utilities located at just the right spots on the sites.


After Setting up we went to town to have supper. “Word of Warning”. There are no Fast Food outlets or Mom and Pop Restaurants in Sedona and finding a spot to park a truck is a real pain. Our Meal was Delicious and we each have enough for another meal but it was Pricey. 
Our Campsite and the Sunset reflecting off the Red Rocks.
While setting up this afternoon we spoke with our neighbour who said he’d been told it was impossible to drive an RV down that stretch of Highway 89A. I told him to look at Kathy’s hands because her knuckles were still White and we have the pictures she took while we did it. Thanks for following along and feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy! 

It’s about time.

Krackers 

You Might Be a Redneck If 

You've yelled at a child during your voice mail greeting.