Toothless in Yuma on Valentines Day

Me and my valentine sleep in…

I awoke this morning late.  Chicka was still asleep but jumped up and demanded I let her out immediately to do her duties.  Good girl!!

Toothless in Yuma

My non tooth is doing well and healing properly.  Haven’t had to take only one pain pill the first day, but none since then.  Whenever I think of pulling teeth, it reminds me of when I had Chica neutered.  The vet mentioned that she still had some of her baby teeth and wondered if I wanted to have those extracted as well.  I agreed and when I picked her up the vet/dentist gave me a baggy with 6 extremely tiny teeth.  She was not a very happy girl and she would not let me come within 10 feet of her for almost a week.  Very hard to do in a 26 1/2 foot RV.  I wonder now if they gave her Novocain for dogs.

Back to some hiking

Jim and Gayle were going on a short hike and asked if I wanted to go as well.  I was ready to go after sitting out a couple of days.  We hiked past the lake and up to where we should have found the trail to cross the canal on our previous hike.

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We walked on the road next to the lake.

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We got to the canal which had been our nemesis on our last hike.

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As hot as it is there are still many plants and trees blooming.

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Hiking Great Egret

We even spotted this Great Egret just hanging out by the side of the road.  It did not seem to concerned by us walking so close.

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Record Temperatures

The news last night mentioned that Arizona was experiencing record temps throughout the state.  It is in the low 90’s here in the Yuma area.  Hot but not unbearable.  In the afternoon Chica likes to lay on a pillow which is a bit cooler.

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OUCH!!!!!!

Tooth Pulled

Tuesday I went to my dentist Dr Eva Urena in Algadones, MX and had a tooth pulled.  *$?@^!  It was not at all fun and no I did not stop and have a Margarita on the way back home.  Now I have to wait 3 weeks for my mouth to heal and then she will remove two crowns and take impressions for a bridge.  After getting my tooth pulled I had to go to the Pharmacia for antibiotics and pain killers.  Then unlike the previous time I was in Algadones the line going back into the US was wrapped around the block.  Oh well, I am glad that is over.

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Beautiful Sunset

Last night was a great night for the sunset.  The few clouds in the ski really accented the setting sun.

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Lazy Days in a Lazy Daze

The weather is really getting hot.  It is supposed to go up to 89 today and then into the 90’s this weekend.  But a lot of the time we have a nice breeze off of the lake.  Chica is certainly taking it easy as you can see.

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She loves the sun pouring in through the window.

Mittry Lake Hike

Short hikes

I took a couple of short hikes with Gayle and Jim just after I arrived at my new home overlooking Mittry Lake.  We found a trail that led up to some cairns and other interesting things.  On the way we crossed over a spillway on the canal.  This is a vital key to a hike we took later in the week.  I will get to that later.

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We followed a trail that led up into the hills.  There were several rocky points where we crossed a wash, but no big deal.

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Then we got to a spot with lots of cairns and even some Cristmas bulbs hanging from a cactus.

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We could even see Imperial Dam LTVA from here.

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This was the stopping point for both hikes as we then turned around and followed the trail back.  On the way I was able to get a pic of some of the beautiful foliage.

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Where did the trail go?

Yesterday Jim and Gayle Life’s Little Adventures Debbie and myself were met by Boonie of Occupation of Independence and Glenn of To Simplify as well as Ted of Life With Kurumi and Chris Ford who also camped with us at Quartzsite.  Plus the dogs Coffee Girl, Rupert and Elliot.  I didn’t take Chica as many of the rocks were bigger then her.

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We started out on the same trail as we had taken before.  Once we hit the cairns and Christmas bulbs we decided to continue down the trail.

The trail was well marked and somewhat easy for quite a while.

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We found many flowers in bloom along the way.

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Where’s a bridge?

Then it got confusing.  We could see the canal from the top of the hills, but couldn’t see any place to cross it.  Boonie, Glenn and Ted had gone ahead of us and we weren’t sure which way.  Remember the first photo in this post.  That’s the canal we had to cross.  So we took what we thought was the trail to a spot where we could cross the canal.  It wasn’t much of a trail, but it seemed our way out.  I saw Boonie, Glenn and Ted walking on the other side of the road.  They spotted me and were yelling to go higher.  So that is what I was doing.  I still could see Gayle on the trail much lower and she was telling me to go lower.  HELP!

Too Risky!

I took Gayle’s advise and went back down to the trail.  Then it got very risky and we decided it would be much easier if we went back on the trail we came in on.  You must realize that I am no where near the hiking ability of Gayle and Jim.  They are very experienced hikers.  So I was getting very tired and all three of us were running very low on water.  We really hadn’t planned to hike as long as we did.  It was now about 12:30 to 1:00 and it was getting hotter.  Then all of a sudden Gayle spotted a car on a bluff not too far from us.  The guy (Steven) said he would get us back to our camp so we made our way over to him.  I didn’t get a pic, but this was the terrain.

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Thank you Steven!!!!

All three of us piled into his car and he had to drive 4 miles back to the bridge that went over the canal which was the road leading to Imperial Dam.  Then 5 miles back to our camp.  He even gave us something to drink.  What a great guy!  He was just about getting ready to start fishing in this great spot along the canal when he spotted us.  What a good Samaritan!!! 

We all got back and sat around the camp for a while exchanging stories and relaxing.  It was a great day in that I met so many new friends and Coffee Girl as well.  Next time I go hiking I will be sure to take more water and a snack bar.

Mittry Lake

Left Quechan Casino

Monday I left the casino and headed to Mittry Lake via Walmart in Yuma.  Mittry Lake is on BLM land just about 5 miles from Imperial Dam.  At Walmart I picked up a few groceries and a set of trekking poles.  I had borrowed a pole while hiking outside of Quartzsite and found it very helpful so decided to get my own.

Then it was on to meet up with Gayle and Jim (Life’s Little Adventures) and Debbie.  They have a great spot on a bluff overlooking the lake and they saved a spot for me.

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It is a great spot and very level.  I am planning on being here for a few weeks as the price is right ($0).

Tuesday Jim and I drove over to the Christian Service Center just outside Imperial Dam to look for a lift kit for Jim’s solar panels.

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Unfortunately they didn’t have what he was looking for but they did have lots of solar panels, batteries and inverters of all sizes.  On our way back we decided to drive around and check out other camping areas and found several that had great views such as this one.

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Hiking in the area

There are a lot of great hiking trails in the area and yesterday we were looking for some nice trails.  We found one that went way up into the hills.  Someone had taken the time to decorate it with rocks and even had Christmas bulbs decorating a cactus.  I forgot to take my camera so didn’t get any pics.  I will try to remember it the next time.

Dental Appointment

I mentioned that I was going to go with Gayle and Debbie to the dentist on Tuesday.  I was wrong as their dental appointment was on Thursday.  I called the dentist to make an appointment, but the soonest I could get in would have been next week.  I then mentioned that my friends had dental appointments on Thursday so they fit me in at the same time.  How nice was that?  So tomorrow I will be getting up early (for a change) and heading to Mexico and my new dentist.

Weather has been great

This is the best weather I can remember since my first year coming to this area.  There have been a few cloudy days, but no rain and most of the days have cloudless blue skies.  Great solar!  It has been in the 70’s and next week it should be going into the 80’s.

 

Crystal Hill Hike

More Hiking

We decided to take a turn into the Kofa Wildlife Refuge that was on the road a few miles before the Palm Canyon turnoff.  It led to Crystal Hill on a long washboard road.  It was even further than the Palm Canyon Road which was about 7 miles.

At one time there was a campground back there, but only saw one camper.  The road is pretty rough so getting a rig back there would cause a lot of shaking of everything inside.

Here we are all making our ascent to the peak.

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We all made it to the top.  It was a very nice view.

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Sara at the top with the mountains in the background.

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On our descent we ran into this very small cactus.

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Also got a few flower pics but there weren’t too many flowers in bloom.

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We also found this old mine that had been blocked off so that you couldn’t enter it.

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The group all meeting at the bottom in the wash.

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It was a great hike and all 12 of us (and 2 dogs) enjoyed it.  The road was very dusty going to and from and my Sami is now covered in dust both inside and out.  Another GREAT day in Quartzsite.

Hiking to Palm Canyons

Palm Canyon Hike

The other day a bunch of us drove the 23 miles down to the Palm Canyon turnoff and the 7 miles on a washboard gravel road to the Palm Canyons trailhead. It was only a 1/2 mile hike up the canyon to the spot where you can see the palms growing on the walls of the canyon.

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This is looking in the opposite direction out to the Chocolate Mountains.

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A bunch of us gathered at the trailhead.

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You can see the palms growing out of the rock.

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A couple more pics of the canyon.

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Sara checking out the canyon.

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We met this couple coming down the trail.  I knew them from Amazon.  Funny how you always manage to find friends in the most out of the way places.

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Some of the group decided to hike further up the canyon.

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A better shot of the palms.  It is amazing how they grow up there among all the rocks.

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We are planning another hike to a trail we passed before the Palm Canyons trail so stay tuned.

Arrived in Quartzsite

Wonderful time with family and friends

I was really glad to see my family and so many friends for the holidays.  Bev and Bob were great hosts and showed me a wonderful time.  On the 3rd I left their house to return to my rig to get it ready for the trip to Quartzsite.  B & B had gone out to Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern and picked up some chili and deviled eggs for me and dropped them off at the rig.  This is a pic of Bev with Chica.

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I usually only see my family once a year at Christmas and it is always a great time.

Back on the road

I left So CAL on the 4th and landed in Quartzsite that afternoon.  I immediately drove to the RV Pit Stop and filled up with propane then headed to the La Posa West LTVA where I paid my $40 for my first two weeks here.  Then it was off to the dump station where I dumped my tanks and filled up with fresh water.  Now I am ready to go.  I found many friends who had just arrived that day and John led me to a great spot.  It sure feels good to be out in the desert again.  We have a great spot with lots and lots of room for anyone who would like to join us.

A bit chilly

The days have been nice with clear blue skies.  Yesterday the wind blew from the north.  Everyone was saying that it was blowing the cold air in from Fernley, NV where I worked at Amazon.  Last night the temperature got down to 31.  I didn’t run the furnace but had the catalytic heater running all night.  Here are a couple of pics showing how Chica stays warm.

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Her favorite spot is right in front of the Wave 3 catalytic heater.

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All of us are quite comfortable out here in the desert as you can see from the next pic.  Working on a rig you always need a box of wine handy.  HA!

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Come out and join us

If you are anywhere near this area (within 1,000 miles – HA!) stop in and join us.  Roger and John went into town and picked up a lot of firewood and we have fires every night under the stars.  During the day it warms up nicely and we always have a Happy Hour to BS about just about any subject anyone can think of.