It's about time.

Many of you that can relate to this. Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" to follow our dreams.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Another Change Of Plans, Not A Scenic Area and Bright Dull Day.

Our Location today is at El Rancho RV Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

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Even though we are in a Park type setting we are also within the city-limits of Albuquerque, New Mexico which still has sections of the old Route 66 running through it. Think back when anybody who was somebody traveled that road in their Muscle Cars and what they sounded like. That was the sound we listened to through most of the night. To say our sleep was broken many times more then when we were in Kingman, Arizona would be an understatement. 
With the night-time low dropping below 41 F (5 C) last night we took advantage of the free Electric Power and ran our Electric Fireplace Heater keeping us warmer then in Shiprock. The one thing that seemed to be a constant was that I got tired of laying in bed and got up by 7:30 MDT this morning.
Visiting the Desert Bar last Saturday.
We enjoyed eating breakfast at our own table, having a Two-Cup morning while reading at the Computers. I had already seen the changed weather forecast before Kathy had but when she read it there was a slight gasp that came from her direction. Every one of the Weather Programs that we have on our Computers were showing Severe Wind Warnings for the next Two Days sweeping across the path we will be using in order to head for Home in Ontario.
Tuesday evening Campfire.
We know of lots of our Friends traveling in those areas in their RVs and can only pray that they are not affected by these Storms. We’ve already read a few of their Blogs where they said that the Parks they are in have given them Warnings of what to do in case of an Emergency and where the Storm Shelters are located. 
Tuesday Sunset on Plamosa Road.
The Office here at this Park is closed on the Weekends so I went over to the Managers Private Quarters and told them we’ll have to extend our stay. I was told to meet them at the Office in a while. I went there over a Dozen Times with no luck. Guess I’ll try again tomorrow. 
Lake Havasu ahead on Wednesday
Kathy and I walked down to Central Avenue to get a sense of direction as well as some Exercise. The area is very run down and everywhere we went there were Bars on the Windows and Razor-Wire on all the Fences. Walking along the outside of the Park we saw the same Razor-Wire as other businesses. We walked both the loops noting there were very few sites that could handle our sized RV and many of the Park Models were probably there when the Park first opened. 
Wednesday was slightly windy but a good travel day.
Kathy needed a Snap to catch up on some of the sleep she didn’t get last night. I made another attempt to extend our stay with no luck. I spent some time using my new Dumbbells in order to strengthen my weakened Neck Muscles. Not wanting to Overdo it and not having a Bench to use Twenty-Minutes was enough. 
Thursday Snow Flurries.
Going inside I turned on my Computer but woke up Kathy and she was coming downstairs. Guess I needed a Snap as well. We re-examined the Forecast and it seemed to include more of our present location. 
Thursday was Wet, Cloudy and Cold
We decided to walk down to the Pizza Hut for supper but stopped at Family Dollar for another walk. Leaving empty-handed we found out that Pizza Hut was only a pickup place so we walked down to Griff’s. It seemed to be a popular Burger Outlet but we ordered Chicken Sandwiches with Onion Rings instead of Fries. I finally had to ask where our food was after others that came in after were leaving and we still didn’t have our order. 
Pleasant drive Friday.
For some form of entertainment tonight we watched one of the movies we recently purchased at Walmart in Parker. It was titled White House Down. Once the action started it never stopped. We both gave it Two Thumbs Up.
Trails End silhouette on a hill.
We’ll explore away from this area tomorrow so we’ll be ready to hit the road on Monday. Being in this setting we really didn’t feel like taking Pictures so we look at what we did in the last week. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


Joke of the Day

I intend to live forever

so far so good.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Chilly Night, Sunny Travels, Helpful Associates, Tasty Meal and We’ve Got Utilities.

Our Location today is at El Rancho RV Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

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I waited until after 7:00 MDST to get up this morning. Being parked in the Shopping Center Parking Lot in Shiprock we were lucky in a few ways. Even though Shiprock is where a few Highways intersect we hardly heard the traffic and with the Wind hitting the Trailer from behind we could hear it on the Slide Covers but never felt it. The bad thing was the lot soon filled with Semis getting off the road for the night and it was 28 F (-2 C) but feeling more like 20 F (-6.5 C). Normally I’m the one bothered by the cold temps but last night it was Kathy and she didn’t want to get out from under the warm blankets this morning. 
After packing up the Computers and CPAP Machines it didn’t take long to close up the trailer. After loading what we needed in the Truck we walked across the street to McDonalds to grab a couple of Coffees to go but ended up each having a sandwich for breakfast as well. 

It was barely 8:00 when we started heading south on Highway 491. The Breath-Taking Scenery that we saw yesterday through the falling rain stood out even more with the Brilliant Sunshine we were getting today. 

That is snow in the Median.
We stopped for a leg stretch and to top off our Diesel before we got onto I-40 not knowing where we could get fuel along the road. Kathy even got us each a package of Hostess Twinkies as a snack wondering if they tasted the same as when she was a child. Not so much but not bad she said! 

By the time we arrived in Albuquerque we were ready to eat so when we spotted a Cracker Barrel sign we followed the sign until we got us off I-40. The signs however disappeared as soon as we took the exit ramp so we were left to look for a Shopping Center to pull into. 

Snow on the mountain.
We saw a Big Lots sign so managed to wiggle our way through a tight entrance. Our snack was still working and we needed to walk so we walked around inside for a while. When the Sales Associate asked if we needed help we told her we were traveling and asked “Where the Cracker Barrel was located?” She gave us perfect directions and after paying for our purchases we were on our way. 

Volcanic Rock in the Median and the side of the Road.
Just like yesterday there was scattered parking available in the Cracker Barrel parking lot but the area designated for Buses and RVs was filled with cars. It was after 2:00 when we were lead to our table and we were informed that the special of the day was Corned Beef and Hash in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow. Kathy ordered their Trout Dinner and I got the Spicy Grilled Catfish. We had to wait a bit longer then most times because they only had one cook in the back and he was doing mostly the Corned Beef meals today. 

It was after 3:00 when we got back to the Truck and tried to locate someplace to stay for the night. Kathy found a number of BLMs but there were no addresses or coordinates only their names. Not being familiar with the area that didn’t help us. She then decided to see if there was a nearby Escapees RV Park in the area and there it was. She started putting the information into the GPS and the location just popped up. 

It was nearly 4:00 when James was directing me to our site and showing us our Utilities. We chose to stay for Two Days but may extend it so we can rest up and hopefully the High Winds that are hitting Texas will be gone by the time we get there. We switched our Fridge, Water Heater and Heater over to Electric when we got set up and enjoyed slightly longer showers this evening.

We only traveled 243.4 Miles today which is more in line to what we want to do. For supper we were satisfied just having Toast with the last of the Rhubarb Sauce. Tomorrow we’ll do some cleaning around the Trailer before checking out some of the more local attractions. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.

Pictures taken by Kathy.


Words of Inspiration

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man.

William Shakespeare

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Change Of Weather, Change Of Plans, Beautiful Scenery and Darned Daylight Savings Time.

Our Location today is Shiprock, New Mexico, U.S.A.

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With last night being our first night spent in a Walmart Parking Lot this year it was a real change from what we have become accustomed to. The sounds of distant Traffic or Coyotes maybe even the odd Truck that would go idling by to get to their own Campsite in the Desert. We didn’t realize just how big Kingman, Arizona actually was. The Walmart is open 24/7 so there was a continual flow of traffic driving by our trailer along with the Sirens of all the Emergency Response Units driving by on the road. 
Starting the dsy off with Rain.
We were tired of listening to all the noise around us and finally just got out of bed at 7:30. Even though it is not proper Parking Lot Boondocking Etiquette but by having put the Rear Jacks and Front Landing Gear down on Blocks last night helped to stop the Wind from moving our Trailer. By the time we closed up and were ready to bring up the Jacks at 8:00 it was starting to Rain. 
Can't see the Mountains through the Rain.
Looking around we were one of Ten RVs that stopped for the night. There were signs saying “No Semi Overnight Parking” but because of the severe Winds in the area yesterday there were about Twelve Trucks that just got off the road for safety and Walmart didn’t complain. 

With the change of Weather came the change of our idea to walk over to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. As typical when we pulled into their lot there were a couple of Compact Cars parked where RVs and Buses are meant to park yet there were all kinds of spaces they could have parked in. We parked along the curb right by the street with no one else around. 

Feeling refreshed we had to drive back the way we came through the parking lot of the local Smith store to get to the Gas Bar. That is the problem with fueling the Truck with the Trailer attached in a City Setting. 
Snow by the side of the Highway near Flagstaff.
We were finally pulling on to I-40 by 9:00 with the plan to only drive a set distance each day but by the time we arrived in Flagstaff it was starting to Snow. It was just noon when we saw the sign for Denny’s so we exited I-40 and followed the signs right to the local Mall. Coffee and Soup helped to ease the stress as well as to take the chill out of our bodies but looking out the front window as we were getting ready to leave the Snow was really coming down. 
Snow in Flagstaff.
The outside temperature on the dash read 1 C (34 F). Figuring that it was still early and we didn’t feel like staying where it was snowing we thought we’d get to where it was warmer. We jostled our way around the parking lot to top off the Truck with Diesel before hitting the road. 
Even beautiful when it's raining.
I was going to head back to the highway in the direction we came but Kathy had the GPS on and it was showing to turn right. We followed its directions then we spot a sign that showed The Four Corners was just ahead. We traveled through some unbelievably beautiful Scenery and finally arrived at The Four Corners Monument at 4:20 AST only to find the Gates Closed. There were a number of other people there as well and they were all as frustrated but the Sign said they didn’t close until 5:00. Right next to that sign on the fence was another sign that read welcome to New Mexico. Last Sunday New Mexico along with most of North America switched to Daylight Savings Time which meant we arrived at 5:20 New Mexico Time. 

The temperature was to cold to stick around so we headed down the road. When we arrived in Shiprock, New Mexico, Kathy said she couldn’t go any further. We ate at Taco Bell and had to use their side door because the Wind kept blowing open their main entrance. We ask about staying overnight and they had no problem with that.

We might hear some road noise but not like last night and after driving 416.5 miles without reaching our second destination we should sleep soundly. With the Wind coming from the back of the Trailer tonight we are barely moving and with Below Freezing Temperatures Tonight we’ll stay toasty warm. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


You Might Be a Redneck If

Your Dallas Cowboys shirt was visible under your wedding tuxedo.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Then There Was One, Another Farewell, Wind At Our Backs, Rocking Where We Are and A Disappearing Blog.

Our Location today is Walmart, in Kingman, Arizona, U.S.A.

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It’s been quite a while but last night I had what we refer to as a Pretravel Night’s Sleep that kept waking me On and Off throughout the night thinking of things that I couldn’t do anything about until we would be hooking up. At 6:30 I just lay there trying to fall asleep but finally just gave up on that idea and got out of bed by 7:00.

I barely had things ready for Breakfast when Kathy joined me downstairs. There was no wasting time and the only thing we looked at on the Computer was the Weather Forecast for our planned travel route. While Kathy did the Dishes and readied the Kitchen for travel I went upstairs to close up our CPAPs and make the bed. By that time we were able to finish drinking our now cooled Coffees. 
Looking back at Steve and Diane's RV.
Look closely and you will see the Stinger B far behind them.
Once my inside chores were completed I headed outside to get things ready out there. I raised our Wind-Deflector starting to lift our Jacks. By that time Kathy was bring her Travel-Bag to the Truck. Once we had our lights checked and our Leveling Boards picked up, it was time to wish our New Friends Steve and Diane from Living The Dream safe travels. We wish we could have spent more time getting to know them this year but that’s what we can do next winter. It was sad looking in the mirrors as we were pulling out of our BLM Spot seeing only One RV left from all those that attended the Rally. Driving west on Plomosa Road we could see Tom and Deb's RV (Celebrating the Dance) not far away but their Jeep was not there. Until next time folks.

We headed south on Arizona 95 to go to La Posa South LTVA with a number of things in mind. As we drove up the main road we could see a short lineup at the Dumping Stations. It looked like others were getting ready to hit the road as well. When that was finished we filled our Fresh Water Tank since most of this trip will involve Boondocking and Nature Breaks along the way. 
Our friends Sue and Wayne.
When that was all finished we drove back into the area we have called Home for the last Two Winters to say our Farewells to our Friends Wayne and Sue from the state of Washington. When we arrived at their RV the Truck was gone and there was no response at the door so we wrote a note. Just as I was about to get back in our Truck we heard the sound of a Horn coming from the main road. It was their Truck and Wayne was waving. Our Farewell turned into an Hour of Thoughts and Plans for next winter. 
Arizona 95 heading north towards Parker.
It was noon and 86 F (30 C) by the time we left La Posa South for the last time this winter. Kathy wanted to make some distance before stopping to have lunch so we drove up Arizona 95 to Parker where we stopped at Taco Bell at 1:00 for our lunch. 
Another Canadian stopped for lunch.
We were back on the road shortly after 1:30 and only had to stop for one Traffic Light going through Lake Havasu. Trying to see what was around, I nearly missed the Eastbound Ramp onto I-40. 
Walmart in Parker was filled with RVs today as well.
It was 3:00 in the afternoon and 52 F (11 C) when we arrived at the Walmart in Kingman. Getting out of the Truck the Wind nearly blew us over. After getting a few supplies and getting permission to stay the night we headed back to the Trailer to put things away and put longer pants on. We walked over to a nearby restaurant to have supper. On the way back we were facing the Wind and Kathy had to stop a few times to catch her breathe. 

The Wind was hitting the Trailer broadside now and the rocking was making Kathy feel Seasick. We have never done this before but I went outside and put our blocks out and lowered the Landing Gear. It was still just as bad so I put out the other blocks and lowered the Rear Jacks again with no effect. I had to lift the jacks slightly and tighten the Stabilizers to make the Trailer finally stop rocking. 

When we turned on our Computers tonight they not only struggled to get On-Line but I was having issues just getting into My Documents. Filling in our Tow Log on Excel showed we only traveled 153.4 miles but the day was long. I had a detailed Blog of todays events written and was in the process of adding the Title when it disappeared. No matter what I did to bring it up today’s Blog was Gone. So here is the Second Version of today’s happenings 

This nasty Wind we are getting looks like it will hang around for a while but for us it’s a Tailwind so we’ll take our time and continue in the direction of Home. Thanks for following along, feel free to leave a comment. Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


The World's Great Proverbs

March comes in like a lion,

and goes out like a lamb.