Lets Hope It’s The Right Pump

I am still w…a…i…t…i…n…g…

I spent the Labor Day Weekend in my room at InTown Suites online catching up on blogs and also watching TV.  Fun eh! – NO!  I would much rather be on the road making new adventures.  Besides TV dinners are not the greatest either.  YUK!!!

Part should be here today – HOORAY!!

According to the FedEx tracking system my fuel pump should arrive at the dealer sometime today.  I called Daniel at the dealer to let him know the pump will be coming in today and to let me know when it arrives.  With any luck it is the correct pump and I should be out of here in a few days.

Swype on my Droid is so fast…

I subscribe to a newsletter sent out by Geeks On Tour.  In it they describe how to type on your Android phone a whole word at a time without removing your finger from the keyboard.  WOW!!  I love new technology and just had to see how this works.  I read their article and within a half hour I was typing away on my phone’s keyboard with the greatest of ease.

I would highly recommend checking out the Geeks on Tour site.  They have a lot of FREE articles and videos that cover things like Picasa, computer tricks. organizing your computer, Google Earth, Microsoft Streets and Trips, etc.  Check them out.  Like I said many are FREE but you can also sign up for their paid membership for $39 per year and have access to all of their videos on how to do many interesting things using your computer.  I have a yearly membership and can’t begin to tell you how useful it has been.  I have really learned a great deal from them.  They also give seminars at many RV rallys throughout the country so look for them.

 

 

By the way, I am not affiliated with any of the above recommendations except to be a very satisfied user of all.

One Year On The Road

It has been one year on July 12 that I started my fulltime RV’ing lifestyle.  I can’t believe it has been a whole year.  I took the time to go back through this year and show you some of the highlights of my adventure.

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July, 2010 – Inyokern, CA –  My very first campsite at the beginning of my adventure.  I was really a rookie back then.

July, 2010 – Sequoia National Park – Boondocking in Fish Creek Campsite in the Sequoias.

August, 2010 – Sisters, OR – Camping on the Metolius River outside of Sisters, OR.  What a fantastic spot.

August, 2010 – Crater Lake National Park.  Words cannot describe this beautiful place.

September, 2010 – Eugene, OR – Getting my solar panels installed.  My boondocking will be much quieter and more efficient from now on.

October, 2010 – Albuquerque, NM – Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – 10 fabulous days with other fun Lazy Daze owners.

October, 2010 – Palomas, Mexico – Central park.  Visited there after attending Escapees Chapter 21 Rally.

October, 2010 – Deming, NM – Rockhound State Park – This a rock hounds dream park.  Lots of different rocks.

November, 2010 – Socorro, NM – Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge – Visited there during the Festival of the Cranes event.

December, 2010 – January, 2011 – Death Valley, CA – A beautiful view of Death Valley during an annual Lazy Daze Rally.

January, 2011 – Quartzsite, AZ – Got together with a bunch of Lazy Daze owners during the Quartzsite RV Show.  It was a blast boondocking in the desert.  Lots of food, a campfire every night and the BIG TENT RV Show.

February, 2011 – Anza-Borrego, CA – Boondocking in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

February, 2011 – Niland, CA – Boondocking with the LOW’s (Loners On Wheels) at Slab City.  Everyone should go there at least once.

February/March, 2011 – Benson, AZ – The winter SW Lazy Daze Rally at Pato Blanco RV Resort.  Lots of great food and people.

March, 2011 – Picacho Peak, AZ – A civil war re-enactment at Picacho Peak State Park.  Event lasted all week-end with gun battles and actual tents and other equipment during that era..

March, 2011 – Douglas, AZ – Visiting with friends at Bell Starr’s Silverado Ranch.  Belle is wearing the pink hat.  We all helped Belle work on her ranch projects.  A MUST see.  She is quite a lady.

April, 2011 – Alamogordo, NM – White Sands National Monument.  Very surreal.

May, 2011 – Carlsbad, NM – Carlsbad Caverns.  A MUST see.

May, 2011 – Melvin, TX – I just had to visit there.

May, 2011 – San Antonio, TX – The Alamo in downtown San Antonio, TX.  Another MUST see.

May, 2010 – San Antonio, TX – The San Antonio River-walk.  A really neat and fun place.

May, 2011 – San Antonio, TX – The Tower of Americas.  The view from the top is spectacular.

May, 2011 – Luckenbach, TX.  I just had to visit here because of the song made famous by Willie Nelson and Waylan Jennings.

May, 2011 – Blanco, TX – My campsite in Blanco State Park.  How about that for a back yard?

June, 2011 – Fort Worth, TX.  The highlight of my year.  Being able to visit my family.  It was sooooo much fun.

July, 2011 – Karnack, TX –   Caddo Lake State Park.  I spent a week here and loved every minute.

It has been a wonderful year.  I have traveled 12,702 miles in 6 different states and 2 different countries.  I have attended 8 RV Rallies where I have met a lot of people, learned a lot about things I never knew anything about, and spent money upgrading my rig.

This year has been much better then I even anticipated.  I met a lot of great people who I continue to keep in touch with.  I am looking forward this next year to travel to places I have never seen before and meet more wonderful people.

Blogs I Follow – “Lifes Little Adventures”

In between my journeys I am going to write about the blogs I follow myself.  I plan on telling you about each blog and the particular reasons I happen to be following them.  The first blog I would like to mention is “Life’s Little Adventures” .  This blog is written by Jim and Gayle who have been on the road fulltiming with 2 cats since Oct. 2008.

I first met Jim and Gayle in Albuquerque, NM during the 2010 Balloon Fiesta.  We were all introduced to each other since we were with a large group of Lazy Daze owners.  If you have never attended a Balloon Fiesta you are really missing out on a great time.  Lots of wonderful fun people, great food and of course the hundreds of balloons that go over us each day.  It was one of the highlights of my fulltiming adventures and I will be attending again this year.

After the Balloon Fiesta we each went our different ways and I didn’t catch up with Jim and Gayle until January, 2011 at Quartzsite.  Again it was a Lazy Daze group that was organized to meet by my good friend Roger.  We spent about a week boondocking about 1/2 mile from the big tent and everyone shared their experiences of the day at the campfire.  Again it was a great time.

After that there was a 4 day SW Lazy Daze Rally in Benson, AZ over Feb/March where we met up again.  It is amazing how you happen to meet up with perfect strangers and become great friends in just a matter of months.

I had scheduled to have my teeth cleaned in Palomas, Mexico by my new-found dentist some time in April, 2011 so spent a few days at Pancho Villa State Park.  Just before I was going to leave I got an email from Jim and Gayle.  They mentioned that they were staying at Rockhound State Park about 30 miles away and wondered if I would like to meet up with them there.  I agreed and met them there the following day.  While there we did a lot of hiking in the park and in the nearby parks as well.  It was great fun.

At the time this post was written they are camp hosting at Lake Wappapello in Missouri.  I don’t think they were planning on attending the Balloon Fiesta this year since they will be going to a Lazy Daze rally instead.

They are great friends and I have enjoyed both camping with them and reading about their adventures in their “Life’s Little Adventures” blog.  By the way I am horrible about remembering names but their names were really easy for me.  Jim and Gayle are the names of my parents.  How could I forget them?  LOL!!!!!

Petroglyphs and talent show

A group of us traveled north of Deming, NM to visit a petroglyph site.  We had to travel 11 miles down a wash-board gravel road to get to them.  They are located above a spot where the Butterfield Stage Coach used to travel.  It was a very interesting site with many petroglyphs. I created a short movie of our adventures to the site.

In the afternoon we all got together in the “chuck house” and were entertained my many of our LOW’s actors and actresses.  It was very funny and everyone really enjoyed it.

Our first group sang the song “Make an Ugly Woman Your Wife”.  It was hilarious!!

This is the wife.  She was UGLY !!!!!!!

The the Blues Brothers made an appearance.  They brought the house down.

I was also able to make a short video of their act.

Then Olga went into detail about her many problems to Carol.

They even had a demonstration of Will getting a mammogram from John.  Very serious stuff.

It was a great day and a great rally.  I really enjoyed myself.  I got to catch up with some old friends I had met here last year and also got to meet some new friends as well.  I hope I will run into some of them down the road in my travels.  If not, I am sure I will catch up with them at next years rally.  Meeting friends on the road is one of the most satisfying parts of being a fulltime RV’er.

Winery Tour

I have been very busy with the Rally so I must apologize for not blogging.  The rally is now over so I have no excuses.

A large group in our rally went on a tour of a local winery in Deming known as the St. Clair Winery.  It was very interesting and I got to see all the different processes that go into making that wonderful bottle of wine that I so enjoy.

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This man is pouring fermented wine into the kegs to be labeled and set aside for aging.

These are the containers used to ferment the wine.

The bottling line.  The orange labels are for the mimosa, which is a combination of fresh orange juice and wine.  I forgot to sample it but was told by others that it was very good.  Great for brunches.

These are the kegs that contain wine for aging.  They are usually left in these kegs for about 1-2 years before being bottled.

After the wine tour we all enjoyed the wine tasting as well.  There was no charge and they also had really great salsa.  After tasting many different wines I purchased a bottle of Cabernet and some salsa as well.  Delicious!!

low’s (loners on wheels) rally – deming, nm

From Rodeo, NM I drove Hwy 9 to Columbus, NM.  This is a fairly lonely stretch of highway.  Only one car passed me the entire 74 miles and most of the vehicles coming in the opposite direction were Border Patrol.  I also saw Border Patrol stationed at my spots down the highway.

I stopped in Columbus, NM at the Columbus Historical Museum to visit with my old friend Jack who I had met last October.  He was busy showing some people around the museum, but was able to talk for a while.  The people he was showing around the museum were also going to be attending the same LOW’s (Loners On Wheels) Rally as myself so I chatted a bit with them as well.  Jack will be busy working at the museum so will not be able to attend the rally.  However, I do have plans to swing back to Columbus after the rally to catch up with Jack and chat about our adventures since we last saw each other.

After my short visit in Columbus I headed up Hwy 11 to Deming, NM to the Lo-High RV Ranch where the rally was being held.  I decided to get here a day before the rally started in order to get set up in the boondocking area for only $3 per night.  I will be here a week in order to attend the rally and also get my RV serviced.

The next day I signed up for the rally and attended the opening ceremonies.  After that it was “Happy Hour” where we all introduced ourselves and told the group how long we had been in the LOW’s organization (I became a member in 2010).  Some of the group had been members for 20 years.

Here is a pic of the “Happy Hour” and a raffle.  The prizes were donated by area merchants and some of the were very nice.  I won a free large pizza at Domingo’s Pizza.  I will take advantage of that after the rally is over.  The rally also furnishes breakfast and dinner every night.  Not too shabby.

After the rally there was a workshop put on by Steer Safe who are located in Deming.  The build a steering stabilizer for your rig to help keep it going down straight when driving in winds or when 18 wheelers pass you or when you have a blowout.  It is definitely on my Wish List.

Later we all had dinner.  I am in the group that handles tonight’s dinner and Sunday’s breakfast.   We cooked bratwurst and chili and then had ice cream and toppings for dessert.  Our club president brought out a bottle of Sander’s fudge topping for the ice cream.  I introduced myself and she and I had a long conversation all about Detroit, MI where Sander’s was originally located.  It brought back a lot of old memories.  My sister Bev always orders a large bottle of Sander’s fudge topping for all of our family members at Xmas.  I still have some in my rig.  It is soooo gooood!!!

Next was our “mystery entertainment”, which was a local mariachi band from the Deming area.  They played and sang a lot of music and it was great fun.

I also got a short video of the band.

Tomorrow is more rally activities including a tour of the St. Clair Winery which is local to Deming.  It should be fun.

gypsy gathering rally

I woke up on Monday to very high winds.  The weather said winds blowing out of WSW at 25 mph.  However there were gusts that exceeded 40 mph.  Not the best weather to be traveling in.  I do not like driving in high winds, but the Gypsy Gathering Rally would kick off at 3:00pm today.  Normally I would never drive in wind, but because I needed to get to Yuma and also the fact I would be driving into the wind, I figured I would at least give it a try.

It was about 11 miles from the campground at Painted Rock to I-8 and figured if it was too bad I could always turn around and come back and stay another night.  Driving to I-8 was a real bummer as the winds were blowing sideways.  I came to a huge field that was blowing dust so bad I could only see a few feet in front of me.  However, once I got onto I-8 it wasn’t too bad as I was then driving into the wind.  My gas mileage probably took a beating though.

Anyway I got to Yuma, got parked and set up, in time for the opening festivities.  I read Nick Russel’s blog and also subscribe to his Gypsy Journal, but have never attended any of his rallies.  I am used to rallies on the smaller side, such as the Balloon Fiesta (28 rigs) and the Lazy Daze SW rally in Benson,  which I recently attended (16 rigs).  The Gypsy Gathering Rally had 175 rigs.

However, the two things I really enjoyed about this rally were the seminars and the vendors.  There were five time slots for seminars each day with 4-5 seminars per time slot.  You were always busy going from one seminar to another.  There was a nice group of vendors and you could get personal with them as you saw them many times in seminars as well as on the vendor floor.

This is where I was parked for the entire rally.  I was not hooked up to either electric or water.  I filled my fresh water tank and dumped my grey and black water tanks prior to arriving at the park.  My solar panels supplied me with more then enough electricity.

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The rally took place at the Yuma County Fairgrounds.  They had to fit in rigs wherever they could find room.

Here is Terry (Nick’s wife) serving pizza to the hordes.  They had 130 pizzas delivered to the fairground.

Here are the people lined up for the pizza.  It was really good.

This is Nick making announcements.  At the beginning of the rally he introduced all of the vendors and they were able to say a few words about their products.

The Yuma County Fairgrounds is located directly across the highway from the Yuma Marine Corps Air Base.  Every day there would be jets flying low over the fairgrounds.  As Nick said, “It is the sound of freedom”.

I really enjoyed the rally.  I met a lot of really neat people and attended a lot of really informative seminars.  I learned everything from many uses of Velcro, all the neat Apps I can use with my Android Smartphone, remodeling my RV, to many places I can camp overnight for free, to traveling south of the border.  I also enrolled in the Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge.  This will give me the opportunity to stay at any of the Elks or Moose Lodges on the road and enjoy their cooking and hospitality as well as their inexpensive camping rates.