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Weeks 27 – 29: Yuma and Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Yuma

This was our second year back in Yuma and this year was even better because my nephew’s family lives there now and we driveway surfed for a week.  The next week our friends Chyerl and Jesse joined us  camping in the desert off Sidewinder Road about 14 miles west of Yuma (which is actually in California).  I was surprised by the way I felt when I saw the “Welcome to California” sign.  I felt really happy to be back in the state I’ve called home since 1979.

We parked in Kevin and Mariya’s driveway where they an an RV spot. I still don’t know how Ralph backed our 33 foot Motorhome in the spot. As you can see from the photo below, it was a very tight spot, so tight in fact that we couldn’t get the door open all the way and had to squeeze through it for the week we were parked there.

Driveway surfing...we barely fit

Driveway surfing…we barely fit

We took advantage of Kevin, Kevin’s tools and the many RV stores in the Yuma area to complete a long fix-it list. Ralph installed a new toilet, kitchen faucet, water pump, check the slides, light fixture above the kitchen sink, valve extender on a tire, and hinge under the bed. I also purchased new curtains for the front of the rig. Yuma is an RVer’s dream. There must be 50 RV parks filled with mostly Canadian’s (seasonal) and many RV stores and dealers. Yuma also has three “swap meet” type marketplaces for you to spend your money in. We bought a sun screen to hang from our awning to block the sun and a roll up table to use when there is no table at the campsite. Both things we’ve wanted to buy for a while and they had very good prices at the swap meet.

We had such a good time with the desert Furtah’ s. Mason, my grandnephew, is almost four years old and was so much fun to spend time with. He warmed up to us pretty quickly and had Ralph playing with him and his toys in no time! After we moved to the boondocking site on Sidewinder, they came out to visit us twice.

Arizona Swap Meet...the desert Furtahs: Kevin, Mariya and Mason

Arizona Swap Meet…the desert Furtahs: Kevin, Mariya and Mason


An usie...Mason and I

An usie…Mason and I

We all went across the border into Los Algodones, Mexico for the day. Ralph was our tour guide because he has been there a couple times before. Mariya wants to get some dental work done at the same dentist that Ralph had dental work done. The seven of us (including Chyerl and Jesse) walked across the border and the four blocks to the dental office. Mariya met the dental staff and checked out the office and made an appointment for a full consultation in March. We then went to a great restaurant for lunch and drinks. For seven lunches, four beers, one margarita and a couple of soft drinks the bill was $44.00. We purchased several things from the vendors that like the sidewalks and then walked back across the border. There wasn’t even a line at the border crossing. We all had a fun time and I think the desert Furtah’ s will be returning in the future.

Mason's first trip to Mexico

Mason’s first trip to Mexico


Colorful Mexico

Colorful Mexico


Mexico

Mexico


A day in Mexico...great lunch

A day in Mexico…great lunch

Chyerl, Jesse, Ralph and I went Geocaching one day and found eight geocaches.  They were all located along Sidewinder Road and pretty easy to find.  We had a long walk and came across this marked grave.

 

RIP in the desert

RIP in the desert


Looking for a geocache

Looking for a geocache


We found it...actually eight of them!

We found it…actually eight of them!

The next day Kevin, Mariya and Mason came out to our campsite with the s’mores fixings and we had a campfire. Little Mason really enjoyed himself out in the “wild”. Jesse got out his drone and flew around the area video taping.  When I get a copy I will post it here.

Drone pilot and co-pilot

Drone pilot and co-pilot


Drone flying over the desert

Drone flying over the desert


Another perfect Ralph campfire

Another perfect Ralph campfire


Desert Furtah's at the campfire

Desert Furtah’s at the campfire


S'mores in action!

S’mores in action!

I never tire of the beautiful desert sunsets.  I was very sad to leave Yuma and the “kids” and look forward to my next time in Yuma.

Desert Sunset

Desert Sunset

Lake Havasu City

From Yuma we caravanned with Chyerl and Jesse up to Lake Havasu City and stayed in the back lot of Prospector’s RV, the same place we stayed last year. We took advantage of their pool and showers and had a pleasant three day stay. We took Cheryl and Jesse to the Desert Bar. They couldn’t believe we took the Mini Cooper up the Desert Bar road last year. This year we had the Honda CRV and it was just as bumpy! We also went to an old car show at SARA park speedway. Also we had to make a stop at the London Bridge.

We started the last part of our trip back to California and the next stop: Death Valley!

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Lake Havasu, AZ, Feb 11 – 16, 2015

We drove back to Quartzsite to get new shoes for our baby.  Six truck-size tires were installed in Quartzsite.  Ralph noticed the front driver’s side tire wall was cracking.  This happens to RV tires much sooner than the tread wearing out.  They “age out” before they wear out.  If one was cracking, the others wouldn’t be far behind.  Good tires are extremely important on a 22,000 lb vehicle.  A flat tire or blow out can cause a lot of damage to property and life!  Nothing to mess around with so we called around and received a competitive price from an independent tire dealer in Quartzsite. New tires along with our new Tire Pressure Monitoring System gives us a more confident feeling moving down the road.  When the tires were off they checked the brake pads and of course, we needed them too! So we asked for a recommendation in Lake Havasu City and made an appointment for Friday. It’s been an expensive trip with all the new gear.  We are now totally prepared for our country-wide trip this summer, if indeed we finally decide to go.  From Quartzsite, it is only around 90 miles north to Lake Havasu City, AZ, our next home for a while.

In for new tires

In for new tires

In for new tires

In for new tires

I don’t know what I expected from Lake Havasu…the only thing I did know was that the London Bridge was purchased, dissembled, shipped to Arizona and reassembled.  I thought that was the craziest waste of money.  But, indeed it is here in all it’s glory spanning the Colorado River.

The London Bridge

The London Bridge

Another View of the London Bridge

Another View of the London Bridge

Havasu seems to be a small city full of Canadian snowbirds. It is a nice size small city that even has a Dillard’s Department Store.  We pulled into town thinking we were going to boondock, but the places we were told about were too crowded and not level.  So we started calling around to several RV parks to inquire about open sites. No vacancies anywhere!  Finally Prospector’s RV Park said they had dry camping available in their overflow parking area for $10 a day.  SOLD! We parked in the overflow parking in the back, however, it was right next to the Clubhouse, pool, hot tub, showers and laundry. Score! We stayed through the President’s Day weekend. A couple of days hanging at the pool and reading was a welcomed change of pace.  If we hadn’t found this, I don’t know where we would have camped.  They say to always have a plan B…now I always will.

 

Sunset from our "campsite"

Sunset from our “campsite”

We hiked at SARA park, just south of town. It was a great hike up into the hills to a vista overlooking the lake. The trails were not well marked and we did get a little lost, but ended up back on the road about one-half mile from where we parked. SARA park is a giant park that has venues for the rodeo, R/C airplanes, sports fields and hiking trails.

 

Reward at the top!  Hiking in SARA Park.

Reward at the top! Hiking in SARA Park.

We attended the Rockabilly Reunion on Saturday. There were several bands, none of which we liked. And they had a classic car and old motorcycle show. Ralph and I picked out our classic cars to buy (wishful thinking). Of course, we picked different cars! I like the Bonnie and Clyde cars and Ralph likes the old muscle cars. We ate dinner at the food court and left there pretty early. I like almost all types of music, including Rockabilly, but it has to be good music. Unfortunately, this was NOT good music.

On Sunday we took a ride to the Desert Bar. I read about the Desert Bar in a couple of blogs I follow and wanted to go see the place for myself. There are two roads that go up the hill to the bar; one is a dirt road that requires a four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle and the other is a dirt road that an average vehicle can navigate. Both roads are about five miles long. As most of you know, I drive a Mini Cooper S…definitely not four-wheel and definitely not high clearance. So I thought, “No problem, we’ll take the “good” road”. We headed up the worst road I’ve ever driven on. They should actually call it a rock road, not a dirt road. Several cars passed us coming down the road, actually there was a bit of a traffic jam. In some places there was only room for one car at a time. Talk about white-knuckling the steering wheel. And do you know how long it takes to go five miles at 10 mph? A freakin’ long time! But, I wasn’t giving up. We finally arrived at the bar and were pleasantly surprised. It was a hopping place with a really good rock and roll band, food, and of course drinks. The bar is completely off the grid; it uses solar for power and the solar panels provide shade for the outdoor areas. We had a good time and I am glad we made the trip up the mountain. Ralph drove on the way down. We were very happy to finally reach the highway!

 

The rock road up to the Desert Bar

The rock road up to the Desert Bar

We made it...smallest car in the parking lot.

We made it…smallest car in the parking lot.

Some of the art at the Desert Bar

Some of the art at the Desert Bar

Miller Lite and a shot of Fireball...not for Ralph...for me!

Miller Lite and a shot of Fireball…not for Ralph…for me!

Colorful crowd!

Colorful crowd!

We also visited the Parker Dam.  The poor Colorado River is all dammed up!  There are lots of wild burros in the area and frequently cause cars accidents.  These burros seemed to be very happy located on the local golf course. There are several RV Parks in the area, but they are much too crowded for our tastes.

Parker Dam

Parker Dam

Parker Dam

Parker Dam

Wild Burros at the golf course

Wild Burros at the golf course

I like Lake Havasu City very much. I can see why so many people flock here in the winter. It’s beautiful mountains surround the fairly large lake and there are plenty of things to do. And the weather was perfect! Don’t know when I’ll get back here, if ever. We did enjoy our time here.

Next stop Lake Mead and Las Vegas.

Until next time.

Ralph's new co-pilot

Ralph’s new co-pilot

The Happy Campers

The Happy Campers

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