Spring Training

Back to the Tempe Elks

Before I left Yuma I called Liam, the camp host of the Tempe Elks Lodge.  He assured me that there was a spot available.   This is the 2nd year I will be staying there.  It is convenient for a few games and is in a location I am familiar with.  Plus the fact that there is full hookups will really make it comfortable in the heat.  So off we went.

It only took a few hours to get there and when I did I looked up Liam.  I mentioned that I had parked last year in the space right behind his rig.  However this year he said my rig would be hanging out too far and wouldn’t let me stay there.  There didn’t seem to be any other space available so i started looking on my GPS for other campgrounds nearby.  Then Liam came running over and said he had a space for me.  The guy on the end space was moving so I was able to take his spot.

After parking I went into the lodge, enjoyed a beer and paid for 9 days at $20 per day.  My son Curt will be flying in on Thursday so I will have a few days to myself to do laundry, shopping, etc.

Happy Saint Paddys Day

The Elks Lodge was having a Saint Patricks Day dinner so I planned to go to that.  Of course I had to have a couple of Guiness to start off the celebration then I had a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner.  It was one of the best I have ever had or was it the Guiness talking to me.  HA!

I was checking out my email on my iPhone when I realized that Barb and Chuck (my friends from my Amazon days) were in the area.  I called them and low and behold they were in Mesa just a hop, skip and jump from me.  So off I headed to Mesa to meet them at an Irish Pub.  It was great seeing them again and we had a lot of catching up to do.  Then we were going to another place they had mentioned and in the process of driving over there my car started to die on me.  Fortunately we were stopped at a light and I was able to get there attention.  Chuck and I pushed the car through the light and into a parking lot where I called Coach Net to get a tow back to the Elks Lodge.

Within an hour the tow truck was there and I was on my way back to the Elks with my broken down car.  I knew what the problem was since I had the same problem in Fernley when I was there.  ALTERNATOR!!!  I had my alternator changed twice while in Fernley.  The first time the alternator was defective and they replaced it again.  It has only been in the car for a few months and now is bad for the third time.

I wasn’t sure what to do with the car in the morning.  I looked on Yelp and low and behold there was an 5 star auto repair joint just 2 blocks away.  I walked down there to see when they could get to it.  They were very busy but would try to fit me in on Thursday.

So now I am without a car and my son was flying in on Thursday.  I decided to call Enterprise to see about renting a car for a couple of days.  I also contacted my son and told him to take a shuttle to the Elks Lodge as I wouldn’t get the car for a couple of hours. Then Gene’s Auto Worx called me and said it was the alternator and they would tune it up as well.  They said it would be done in the afternoon.  First I have 0 cars in the morning and now I have 2 cars in the afternoon.  DUH!  I called Gene’s back and asked them if they could hold the car until tomorrow after I return the rental car.  What a day!

Our Annual Spring Training Get-to-gether

This is the 2nd annual spring training we have planned.  We will be going to 2 baseball games and a hockey game.  The first baseball game was in Glendale which is way on the other side of Phoenix about 25 miles from the Elks.  We saw the Angels play the Indians at Goodyear Ball Park.

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The two best players on the Angels.  Mike Trout at bat and Albert Pujols in the on deck circle.

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Two of the best fans during Spring Training.

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The hockey game was also 25+ miles from home so we did a lot of driving on those days.  We also wanted to see the new Cubs ballpark in Mesa which wasn’t as far.

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Here are these same two goofy fans.  HA!

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CHA CHING!!!

Before we went to the first game we stopped by Arizona Casino to try our luck.  I was lucky right from the start.  I put $40 in a slot machine and won $90, then ran it up to $140.  Then I tried my luck at a progressive machine and low and behold I hit a jackpot of $522.  I couldn’t believe it.  I have never been lucky before except in small amounts.  I immediately cashed out and called it quits.

The ballgame was fun especially since the Angles trounced the Indians.  Lots of action and in one inning the Angels had 4 triples.  WOW!  The hockey game was very exciting and lot of noise.  It was a great time.  Our last game was a Padres/Cubs game at the new ballpark in Mesa they built for the Cubs.  A great park and another fun game.

We went to a Gordon Biersch Brewery where we had ate last year as well and sat on the balcony overlooking downtown Tempe.  It was a great dinner and capped of our 2nd annual spring training.  We are already making plans for the 3rd annual and discussed some options like different ball parks.

Back to Yuma

I was going to leave on the 24th and head to Yuma to exchange my hearing aids for a set that comes with rechargeable batteries.  I don’t want the hassle of buying batteries all the time.

When I got to Yuma I had a big surprise.  I pulled in the Casino parking lot right across from Chris.  He had just returned from a few weeks in Mexico and we had a lot to talk about.

Later in the afternoon Debby and Kim picked us up and we went to the Elks for a great dinner and lots of catching up with what everyone was doing.  It was a great time, but unfortunately didn’t get any pics.

Back to California

After picking up my hearing aid charger I made a beeline to the Oceanside Elks in Oceanside, CA  I will be here for several weeks to take care of business and just plain relax by the ocean.

More to come later.

Getting things done at Mittry Lake

Still at Mittry Lake

Since I arrived here I have replaced my GPS, Dish Receiver and pocket camera.  My camera stopped working last year but didn’t want to spend the money to replace it.  It was a Nikon CoolPix and I loved the camera but it just stopped working.  I had already sent it into Nikon during it’s warranty period and they were able to fix the problem, but since then it started the same problem over again and decided it was time for a new one.

I went to Best Buy where I was able to pick up a new Sony Cyber Shot.  I looked at them all but decided this one had many of the features of my Nikon and would be easiest to get used to.  So far I am very happy with it although the flash pics aren’t the greatest.  I guess I will have to read the manual for a change.  Sure Jim!

My next item was a new GPS.  My old one was a reconditioned unit I had bought through WOOT several years ago and it gave me many years of instructions on how to get where I was going.  Then on the way to Yuma I plugged it in and it never did come on.  I picked up a new Garmin at Best Buy also and am really please with it.  I looked at several different models including the TOMTOM but decided on sticking with the Garmin in the same size I had.  So far I like it much better then the one I had.

Last but not least, I set my Satellite Dish up but couldn’t get the receiver box to even turn on.  I contacted Dish support who determined that I might need a new receiver box.  They gave me the address of a local retailer in Yuma so I headed over to them to see if they could test my box.  They plugged it in and again nothing.  They did have a replacement box in stock which they programmed for me and now I also have TV.  Hot Dog!

Chica’s Teeth

When I was in So CA I took Chica in to get her nails clipped and saw the vet.  He mentioned that she had a loose tooth and possible Periodontal disease.  YUK!  Poor little girl!  He gave me an estimate of $800 – $1100 to get her fixed up.  I thought I would go to the vet in Yuma at Foothill Animal Hospital to get a second opinion.  Before I took her in I stopped by there with the estimate I received from the first vet.  They literally cut that in half and said it would cost less then $500, however they wanted to see her first.  Then next day I took her in and the vet examined her and determined she didn’t really have periodontal disease but she did need a good teeth cleaning.  It is common among her breed that plack really builds up.  I took her in to the same vet last year and they did her teeth then  so early Thursday we are off to the vet.  They will also bring her up to date on her shots and trim her nails again (they grow so fast).

 

Please Daddy, not the dentist again!

Please Daddy, not the dentist again!

Life is good at Mittry Lake

Lots of friends, great weather, good food, and its totally FREE.  What more could you ask for.

Off to Yuma

Thanks

I would like to thank everyone for the thoughtful comments concerning my Mom.  I am so lucky to have so many friends like yourselves.

Finally off to Yuma

I was finally able to pick up my rig at the Ford dealer where they fixed my steering box, upgraded my A/C and did my front brakes.  Then I went back to Doheny State Beach for 2 days to get organized and purchase food.  My sister Bev took me to Costco and Trader Joe’s where I really stocked up.  I packed up on Friday morning to make the drive to Yuma.  Glad to get out of all the traffic in So CA.

Cool driving

I am sure glad that the Ford dealer was able to fix the A/C.  Since my rig is an older model they could not just add freon, but had to upgrade to the latest freon they now use in all the new vehicles.  It was getting hot crossing the desert and both Chica and myself were nice and cool.

Mittry Lake

I headed straight to Mittry Lake where I met up with friends who were already there.  Jim and Gayle, Debbie, Chris, Jeanne, Barbara, Suzanne and Kim were already there and Chica and I moved right in.  Martin and Charlie arrived later and it was good seeing them.  It sure was fun meeting up with old friends as well as some new ones as well.

Chica also met here friends Sophie and Elvis as well as Rupert and Eliot, Katie and Riley.  She was really glad to see them.

 Visited Stan

The next day I drove over to the Paradise Casino to visit Stan who was a fellow camp host last summer at Baker Lake.  He had called and mentioned that he would only be there another day or two so decided to stop in and pay him a visit.  He is going back east to Mississippi.  It was good seeing him before he left.

I also need groceries so headed over to Fry’s to restock my new refrigerator.

Off on a hike

A few of us left on a hike about 9:00am to avoid the heat.  It was a hike I have done many times before so knew where we were going.  This is a pic of our rigs looking back from our hike.

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I will take more pics of the area and Chica once I get my camera charged up.

I am glad to be back on the road and meeting up with friends.

Southern California for the Holidays Brrrrrrrrrr!!

Off to sunny SO CA to warm up – HA!

I couldn’t wait to get out of Fernley and down to SO CA for the holidays.  I will warm up for sure down there and enjoy all the nice sunshine.  I stopped in Beatty, NV again where it was a bit warmer then Fernley but not much.  Then headed straight to Orange County to visit family and friends.

I stayed a few days in a pull through site at O’Neill Park.  But then realized it was not a good site for either solar or WiFi so moved to a back-in site where everything is good.  Great solar and 4G Internet.  How could it get much better?  Well as it turns out it could be much better.  The weather was freezing.  It seemed like I was back in Fernley.  One night it rained on the valley floor but snowed in the Saddleback Mountains just a short distance away.

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Chica and I went over to my sister Bev’s home and spent the holidays with she and my brother-in-law Bob.  We had a great time and Chica was glad to see their dog Lando. They get along great and loved to run in the park.

Visited my Mom

Bev and I took Chica over to see my Mom one afternoon.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any pics.  We did go back another day to visit her without Chica and I got this clip of her.  She put on Bev’s glasses and was interested in going through her purse.  HA!  She is doing well but is very frail and doesn’t talk too much.  It sure was good to see her though.

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Chica visits Santa 

Bev and Bob have a cute Santa in his sleigh.  Chica fit in there perfectly and she was very content sitting on Santa’s lap.

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I’m sure she was wishing for lots of cookies and fun toys to play with.

Here Chica is with Lando.

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Plus a pic of Chica, Lando and my sister Bev.

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Heading to the beach

In a couple of days I will be heading to the beach.  I will spend a week at Doheny State Beach right on the ocean in Dana Point, CA.  I have always wanted to stay there but it was always crowded and hard to get a reservation.  It is supposed to warm up this week so looking forward to it.  More pics to come.

Soon on to Quartzsite

I usually get to Quartzsite, AZ around the 4th of Jan.  This year I will be a bit late.  I intend to arrive in Q on the 14th just in time for the show.  I will be camping at Rogers 1/2 acre as I have done in the past.  I hope to catch up with a lot of my friends when there.  If you are heading there be sure to stop in and see us.  It is a blast.

1 1/2 Days To Go

Almost over

My term at Amazon is almost over with only 1 1/2 days remaining in my schedule.  By 11:00pm Saturday I will be done.  KAPUT!!!  I will probably be heading out Monday morning for So CA to see family for the holidays.  I can’t wait to get into some warmer weather.  This winter wasn’t as cold as last year (thank God) but it is still cold.

I go thru 5 gallons of propane a week trying to keep Chica comfortable.  I will really be glad to get to a warmer climate.

RV has new shoes

I got 2 new tires for the front end.  I checked out prices and the Purcell’s in Fernley gave me a great price on a couple of Michelins.  I had to set my alarm for 9:30am to get up and go to Purcell’s  after only three hours sleep.  YUK!!  I will be so glad to get back to normal sleep habits.  This night shift is for the birds!

Heading to Southern California

I will probably take my normal route down 95 when I head to California.  I always stop in the Beatty RV Park which is about 100 miles north of Las Vegas.  Then it will be on to warm climates.  HURRAH!!!

I am looking forward to seeing my Mom and sisters and their families as well as a few friends.  Then after the first of the year it is off to Quartzsite and Roger’s 1/2 Acre and all my friends there.  If you are anywhere near Quartzsite in January stop by for a few days and take part in the fun.

Back on the Road

Working is OK as it helps to get the money for tires and other RV repairs and a little bit in the bank as well, but it sure will be nice getting back on the road.  I really miss that when I am working.  Chica misses that as well.  See you all down the road!!

 

 

 

Anacortes Weekend

Old post

This is an old post I wrote but couldn’t post since the Internet connection was sooooo bad.  I don’t remember the exact dates.

Chica has the shits

Not sure what happened, but I think it was something she ate (maybe a bug or something) but Chica came down with the shits.  What a bummer for her and me.  She wasn’t a very happy camper for a few days as you can see from this pic.

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I took her to the vet and she checked out A-OK there.  They gave me some medicine for her tummy and she is much better now.

Met up with Marti and Charlie again

Marti and Charlie wrote that they were going to Anacortes over on Fidalgo Island and wanted to know if I could join them.  I made plans with my other hosts to fill in for me and off I went late Sunday afternoon.  The weather here had been raining all week so I called Charlie to make sure they were still going.  They were already at Anacortes and the weather was nice and sunny so I headed over there.

Parked at the marina

They already had a spot at the marina so I pulled in next to them.  What a gorgeous view!  I forgot to take a pic during the day so this will have to do.  Quite a difference from out in the woods where I have been all summer.

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Ferry to San Juan Island

On Monday morning we walked down to the bus stop where we caught a bus to the San Juan Island Ferry.  The ferry ride is well over an hour to get there as we passed several islands on the way.

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Friday Harbor on San Juan Island

We got off the ferry at Friday Harbor, the main town on the San Juan Island where we climbed aboard a tour bus.

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Our first destination was English Camp.

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This is the only place in America  where the British flag is the only flag flying.

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The gardens there are really beautiful and well manicured.

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On to Roche Harbor

Boarded the bus again and went on to Roche Harbor.  You pay one fee and you can get on or off the bus anywhere you wish.  It was great for seeing different sites on San Juan Island.

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What a beautiful harbor.  Lots of yachts and a beautiful hotel.

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Here is a great pic of Marti and Charlie in the garden path in front of the hotel.

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A pic of yours truly after landing his yacht in the harbor.  HA!!

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Then we boarded the bus to return to Friday Harbor.  We stopped and had a drink just before boarding the ferry for our return trip to Anacortes on Fidalgo Island.  I got this pic of a taxi out in front of the bar.

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This is our ferry.  If I remember right it was about a 1 1/2 hour ferry ride back to Anacortes.

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Our final day in Anacortes we got out the bikes and they showed me some very neat spots on the Island.

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Thanks Marti and Charlie AGAIN for such a wonderful weekend.  You guys are the BEST tour guides in the Seattle area.  I had a wonderful time.

Sleepless in Seattle – Part 2

Continuing my Seattle Weekend

This is a continuation of my weekend with Marti and Charlie in Seattle.  I would have posted it much sooner, but I have been experiencing Internet access problems.  I finally got them straightened out and will mention that later.

What a statue!

This guy painted himself grey and was posing in front of a shop just outside Pike Place Market.  You could not tell if he was a statue or a real person until he moved.  It was really amazing.

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Ferry to Bainbridge Island

After we ate lunch we walked down to the pier where we hoped the ferry over to Bainbridge Island.  It was just a short ride over but you really had some nice views of the city.

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Marti took a pic of me with Seattle in the background.

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Here is a pic of the island.

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Once we got to the island we turned around and took the ferry back.

Great view of Seattle

Then we took a bus back to the car and drove over to Kerry Park in the North Queen Ann section.  There I could also get some great pics of the city.

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Charlie and Marti overlooking the city.

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Theo’s Chocolate in Fremont

After that we drove to the Fremont section of the city and checked out Theo’s Chocolates.  They were the first free trade organic chocolatier in the US.  I had to get some while I was there and am still enjoying it.

Ballard Locks

The locks were very interesting.  They connected Lake Washington to the ocean.  There was a large tour boat going through as we were there.

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They also have a fish ladder for the salmon going upstream to spawn.  You could go under the lock and see the fish migrating, but there were no fish moving through at that time.

Seattle Mariners baseball

The next day we drove down to the Hospice where Charlie volunteers to meet some other people.  Charlie had organized an outing to see the Seattle Mariners play the San Diego Padres.  We all walked over to the Safeco Field just a few blocks away.

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Charlie and I were very lucky as the only people who joined us were girls.

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It was a great time.

A really great weekend

It was a very busy weekend and Marti and Charlie took me everywhere.  It was really terrific that they showed me so much of the great city of Seattle.  Thank you both again for being such great tour guides.

More Northwest adventures to come.