Sunday, December 30, 2018 (White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Waddell, AZ)

Matt and his partner from Camp Fridge were due to be here around 8 to 8:30 this morning...so our day was all planned out. Although we had no idea how long it would take for the repair, we were hoping it wouldn't be more that a few hours...that would give us the afternoon to do our grocery shopping.

However we received a text from Matt saying they had had "an issue" this morning and wouldn't be here until 9 or 9:30. Apparently they had a break-in at their warehouse where the thieves tried to steal some copper piping and now they have water everywhere. At 10:00 when they still hadn't shown up, Steve called...he was very apologetic and said they'd be be leaving in 15 minutes, takes about 30 minutes to get here...so we expected them to arrive around 11:00. Keep in mind we still had no food and hadn't eaten anything yet...other than toast and peanut butter. While we waited, we went for a short walk along a trail that was just behind the trailer. There are lots of hiking and biking trails here...we would like to return here sometime and spend some time exploring the area.
They finally arrived at noon just as Steve was about to call again! So much for having our day planned out perfectly!

They got right to work...fridge is out...
Old cooling unit...
Rebuilt cooling unit installed for $1,195.00 US and a 2 year warranty...
Sliding the fridge back in...
They had recommenced using non scented Fabreeze to get rid of the smell...

Three hours later they were done...and we off to do our shopping. Our first stop was lunch at Costco. Nothing like having to get a mountain of shopping to do...i.e. total restocking...and it's after 3:00 before you even get started. Oh...and it's about a 45 minute drive to even get to the stores!

It was 8:00 by the time we got home...then all the groceries had to be put away. We had a bite to eat...roast chicken from Costco...relaxed a bit and then went to bed.

We are SO looking forward to getting to Quartzsite tomorrow!!


Saturday, December 29, 2018 ( Travel to White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Waddell, AZ)

We woke to a cold windy morning...37F/3C...but it was sunny! Steve stayed inside until about 10:00 before venturing outside to start his packing up...and I got busy inside.

Once all packed up and ready to go, we went up to say goodbye to Dale and Chloe...thanks so very much for all your hospitality! It was wonderful spending time with you and we really appreciated being able to leave our rig while we flew home for 2 weeks. Dale insisted we pick some fresh lemons and grapefruit from their trees before leaving...thanks Dale!

My concern about getting out of their driveway was unfounded...we had no problem and were soon heading to highway 60 west...and then I-10...
Good bye Phoenix...
Gila River...

We arrived at Estrella Mountain Regional Park shortly before 1:00 and like last year, once through the gate, Steve pulled over on the side of the road so I could go into the Nature Centre to pay for a couple of nights of primitive camping near the horse arena. 
To my surprise, they told me that camping in the arena area was no longer allowed due to some construction...what?! Cec and Alan had double-checked for us a couple of weeks ago and were told it was okay...obviously something had changed between then and now! They suggested White Tank Mountain Regional Park, about 20 minutes away.

Back out at the truck, I called White Tank and found out that only camping in the overflow was available...$15/night, no services. That works for us...so we found a spot to turn around and headed there.

A little road construction along the way...

White Tank was a little further away than we wanted to be but with no other choice, we will make it work. After stopping at the gatehouse for our permit, we were given directions to the overflow...just follow the road to the very end of the pavement.
 It was quite a long roller-coaster ride in...

At the end of the pavement, you go through a wash to a huge parking area...
Overflow camping is on the east side of the lot. There were a few other rigs parked there and after checking out the area, we picked a spot, levelled off and unhitched. I did a minimal setup inside and then called Cec.
Alan and Cec picked us up just after 3:30 and we went back to their place...where we sat and chatted with a drink and then Cec prepared dinner...
 A delicious dinner!
 After dinner, the dishes were cleared and they taught us how to play Mexican Train...we've heard about it and know quite a few folks who play it but had never tried it. Lots of fun!
But alas the evening must come to an end...we all got back in the car and they drove us home. Thanks so much for a wonderful evening, Cec and Alan! So great being able to see you again and thanks for coming all of the way out to White Tanks to pick us up! Hope we see you again in Q!