After our usual start to the day, we got out for a walk...stopping for a chat with Jim and Barb (and Daisy and Dakota) along the way.
The rest of the day was spent getting our blog up-to-date...and I was happy to have it all done and posted by 4:00! Just in time to load our chairs onto our quads...and head over to Pam and Red's for happy hour and a 'Hobo Soup' party. Actually we all gathered at Mike and Dawne's spot, just across from Pam and Red's.
Pam putting the finishing touches on the pot of soup, with Dawne looking on...
Thursday was one of those days where all of a sudden it was 3:00 and you're left wondering how that happened! It was almost noon by the time I had showered...that was after exercises, a 3 mile walk, breakfast and dishes.
Steve was outside cleaning out the back of the truck, our guest room, so I could set up our air bed for Dave and Leslie. They are making a quick trip down to Phoenix from northern Alberta and are going to come out tomorrow and spend a night with us. We also took down the sunscreen, put the awning in and took the flag off the flagpole...it was a "breezy" day.
Once that was done, I spent some time on the laptop. Steve found the dash camera he wanted on Amazon, so I ordered that for him. Over the years we've had a few close calls on the road and our trip south this year was no exception. This will give us a little more assurance in the case of an accident. I did some banking and then cooked a pork shoulder roast in the Instant Pot to make pulled pork sandwiches for tomorrow night.
And...next thing I knew, it was 4:00! Time for Steve and I to take a drink outside and enjoy the last of the afternoon sun...behind the trailer, out of the wind. A few minutes later, Jim and Barb walked over to say hi...we were chatting with them, when Harry and Vicki joined us. A little while later over come Debbie and Steve...Steve with his arms full of liquor bottles...and little red shot glasses. Next thing we knew, we had an impromptu happy "hour(s)".
Steve poured shots for everyone to try...don't think Debbie liked that one!
Friday morning I woke up feeling surprisingly well...I think having dinner (and not just a snack) was my saving grace. Whew! Thank goodness because we have company arriving today!
At first light, Steve was outside...he wanted to dump our holding tanks before it got too busy at the sani-dump. I cleaned up inside and then made up the air bed in the truck...all ready for Dave and Leslie. It's supposed to go down to 39 F/4 C tonight...all we have are two sleeping bags to use as blankets. I put one on top of the airbed, then the sheets...and one on top. I hope they will be warm enough! These are pictures of our "guest room" we took last year when they were here...
August 12, 2016.
After big hugs and letting them put their suitcases in the "guest room", we headed off into town to the RV show. Battling the traffic and finding a parking spot was challenging...but we managed to get a spot arriving just as a vehicle was pulling out.
Our first stop was at Beer Belly's for lunch...
colour monitor. Our old one has a defective pin connector but still works. On Amazon the price is $129.80 so the show price was a good deal at $99.95
We were back home just after 3:00...time to get ready for the potluck happy hour we had arranged so that Dave and Leslie could meet fellow RV-Dreamers and bloggers.
Me, Dave and Pam...with Debbie coming up behind us...oh, oh, here we go again, Dave brought some Canadian Whiskey to share!
We had a relaxing start to the day, visiting while Dave and Leslie warmed up with their coffee. After breakfast, we headed out for a walk...and then sat outside chatting until it was time for our guests to head back to Phoenix. Such a wonderful visit with them...thanks for coming out for a visit, we know that your trip down to Phoenix was a short one. Next year you'll be here as full timers too!
After disassembling our guest room, we rode our quads into town. We hadn't been able to find the Tough Top Awnings booth in or around the big tent, so we thought they may be with the vendors on the north side of Keuhn Road. We have a slide topper we purchased from them 3 years ago that is starting to tear along the seam.
We walked up and down all of the isles of vendors, but no Tough Top...hmmm...their website said they'd be at the Quartzsite show this year. Oh well, I guess Steve will just have to phone them. We had one final walk-through the tent and then headed home.
A couple of interesting sights we saw while in town. Side-x-sides are sure getting big and it's not even one of the 6 seaters!
Sunday morning we went outside just as Debbie and Steve were all packed up and ready to go. After big hugs, they were on their way. Great being able to spend time getting to know you better this year!
Steve and I headed out for a morning power walk...I wanted to ensure I got at least 3 miles in, so on the way back, Steve took a slightly shorter route so he could get home and have a shower. I continued on ending up walking 3.5 miles by the time I reached our trailer.
While we were gone, Red and Pam moved in next door, taking the spot vacated by Steve and Debbie. It is a bit difficult getting in around the many bushes spread out over the area, but they did it...and pretty soon they were basically all set up.
We were sitting outside when Red and Pam joined us. Pam was putting together a replacement container for a geocache that she and Debbie had found yesterday...the original container was smashed. There didn't seem to be any response by the owner regarding maintenance of the cache and since it was a cache that had been placed quite a few years ago, Pam thought she'd just replace it.
Once she had finished covering the container with camo-tape, I went with her to replace the smashed one. See it??
That night I decided to make ribs in the Instant Pot...they were a hit! I'll definitely be making them again!
Monday was chore day. We headed off into town with 4 bags of laundry. Steve dropped me and the laundry off and went to get propane and water while I did the laundry. About forty minutes later he was back and we loaded the clean bags of laundry into the truck. Then it was onto more errands...diesel, gas, and then Quiet Times to pick up some packages.
Once that was all done, we decided to stop at La Mesa RV to check out a new fifth-wheel...before they move all of their inventory out. They didn't have the Vanleigh Beacon that we wanted to see but we did wander through the Vilano, Big Country and Big Horn fifth-wheels. We actually found a floor plan we really like...being similar to our current one. It was a Big Horn (by Heartland) but when I checked into it online, I found out that it is 43'8" long...yikes! That's a tad bit long...about another 5 feet longer than we already are. Our total length (including the bikes on the back) is 66'...add another 5' and that would make us 71' long!!
It was shortly after noon when we got home...time to hang the clothes on the line to dry. While I was doing that, Steve opened up his new "toy"...the dash camera. After reading all about it, he spent considerable time getting it all set up and installed in the truck.
The laundry dried almost as fast as I hung it on the line. Once it was all done, Pam came over and we both worked on our projects...she crochets very cute "recovery buddies" and I sewed together slippers that I had knitted.
Then it was 4:00...and time for tonight's gathering. We're having a wienie roast over the campfire tonight! Before starting the fire, we all sat in the shade until the sun had dipped low enough in the sky...and then Steve got the campfire going. Jim, Barb...and their daughter and grandkids, Jessica, Dillon and Kendall...Red and Pam, Harry and Vicki, and Jim and Cec all started off our evening. Jim and Brenda, and Cindi (Roger is away), all joined us a little later.
Pam roasting her hot dogs (and self) over the the fire, with Vicki watching on....