Wednesday. to Monday, January 24 to 29, 2018 (LaPosa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

We woke to another chilly morning Wednesday...and although it didn't end up being an overly warm day, the sky was blue and the sun was shining! All is good!

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.
Steve, on the left, talking to Brian and Red...Sue and Linda on the right...
The soup party is an interesting concept...everyone brings a can of "something" to pour into the pot. So there was quite a variety of items added including some fresh veggies. Pam also browned some venison burger and added it. Pam and Dawne also added some seasoning.

Pam putting the finishing touches on the pot of soup, with Dawne looking on...
Soup is ready! Pam thanking everyone for participating...
The soup was really good...and paired with some cornbread made for a wonderful dinner.

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 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. 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!
The array of bottles increased as others went back to their rigs to bring out more liqueurs for tasting. Ewe...that's good!
When the sun went down behind the mountains, Steve brought out our Campfire-in-a-Can and the shots continued.

Jim and Daisy...
I'm not sure what time we packed it in...all I know is that walking a "straight line" was very difficult. I did managed to make dinner but the rest of that evening is a bit of a "blur" LOL!

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...

Just before noon, the phone rang...Dave and Leslie were here, so Steve rode his quad out to usher them into our spot. Dave and Leslie are the couple from Bonnyville, Alberta who we met in August, 2016 when we were in northern Alberta. To read about our visit with them, check out our blog posts starting 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...
We spent the next couple of hours checking out the fifth-wheels and then parted ways for about a half hour while Steve and I picked up a couple of things in the tent. Steve wanted to replace our old TST Tire Pressure Monitor with their new 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!
Leslie, Steve (M) and me...with Roger behind us...
Dave and Leslie talking to another 'Dave', Faye, Debbie, Jim, me, Barb, Roger and Cindi around the food table...
Roger, Cindi, Jim, Jim, Ced, Barb, Jim, Dave, Faye, Vicki and Harry...
Dave, Leslie, me, Red, Pam, Cindi, Cindi Roger and Roger (sounds like I am stuttering again! LOL)
Dave, Leslie and me...

Saturday morning...and a cold one at 37F. Yes, Dave and Leslie had a cold night out in the truck...sorry, guys, wish we had had a small heater to put in there. We were also chilled getting up until we got our heater going.

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!

We actually had an early dinner tonight (getting smart in our old age LOL)...we were all finished by 5:30 when it was time to go out for a campfire. We're all getting together for Steve and Debbie's last night here at LaPosa. Steve brought out the favourite liqueur...Salted Caramel....and after divvying up what was left in the bottle, Debbie got the last drop! Pam, Red and Jim...
The gang!
Oh, Oh...Steve brought out another cool looking bottle for us to taste...some sort of spiced rum. It didn't taste too bad...
It was another great time around the fire....we're going to miss you, Steve and Debbie!

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??
It's under the branches...
Back home, we all sat outside under our awning/sunshade enjoying a cool bevie..."all" included Harry, Vicki, Red, Pam and Jim...who was having some "away" time from the grandkids (their daughter and kids are visiting for the week). Figuring that Jim was "hiding out", Barb also popped over for a quick visit...see ya Jim!

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....
Jim (R), Jim (N), Dillon , Pam and Red...
Time for marshmallows and/or s'mores! Harry, Dillon, Kendall, Jim and Cec...
The "crowds" thinned out slowly...leaving only Brenda, Jim, Cec, Jim, Steve and I sitting around the fire until shortly after 9:00. Another great evening here in the desert!

Thursday to Tuesday, January 18 to 23, 2018 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

I'm starting this blog post with pictures that Jim (and Barb) took of our site from his them, thanks Jim! Guess who wants one? Hmmm....drone or RC plane? Steve is definitely trying to wear me down...and you're not helping, Jim...or Red!

Thursday morning Jim and Cec picked us up at 9:00 and we headed to Parker for groceries. They were going to Walmart anyway, so asked if we needed to stock up too...and invited us to join them. Thanks guys...appreciate it!

After our shopping was done, we went to Stroke's Bar and Grill, just north of Parker, for lunch. Good food...and good company!
We were home just before 2:00...time to unload and put the groceries away.

When we arrived at LaPosa, we met a couple at the water station when we were filling our tanks. Well, it happens that Jack works in the parts department at Traveland RV in Langley, BC. We have been to Traveland many times and have even had work done on our rig there. Well, on another trip to the water station, Steve met Jack again and they got to talking about our shower stall. So Jack called seems they can order in a new stall but won't install it because we did not purchase our fifth-wheel from them! Sheesh! We seem to be running into this more often as dealers are becoming busier and busier. They seem to only be able to keep up with service to their own sales. Gee...when the economy takes a dive and they are hurting for business, they'll be changing their tune! Anyway, to make a long story short, Jack came over this afternoon to take pictures of our shower stall and get the vin number of our rig. He's going to see what he can do for us. Thanks, Jack!

While Jack was here, Jim and Barb arrived. As luck would have it, folks in a spot next to Harry and Vicki...just across from Deb and Steve and us...left just before they arrived. Good timing! So after Jack left, we walked over for a quick hello and hug...and then left them to complete their set up

Of course, 4:00 arrived...and time for a gathering! Happy Hour around the campfire behind our place...we actually started off in the shade and then moved over after the sun got lower in the sky.
Les and Sue stopped by on their way home and joined us around the campfire...
Friday morning Steve continued to edit pictures from our ride last Wednesday.

Late morning Red and Pam arrived...they had been over at Road Runner BLM for a Grand Design Rally. After big hugs, we chatted and gave them some options as to where to park. They chose a spot a little ways away but not far...still within sight, at least!

I checked out chili recipes for my Instant Pot...and then got to work on that. We are having a small gathering at our place to welcome all of our fellow RV-Dreamers to another season at Q.

We started off with happy hour in the shade. Left to right around the circle...Jim, Barb, Pam, Red Vicki, Harry, Steve, Debbie and Steve...

Red went back over to their rig to get the fixin's for "small beers" (they introduced us to them when we connected in Casa Grande. Pam making them with 43 Liqueur and liquid whipping cream...very smooth.

 Then it was dinner time...
 Followed by a beautiful Arizona sunset!

Saturday morning, Steve headed off  with Red, Jim and Steve to the Swap Meet at the RC Airfield. While they were gone, I went out for my 3 mile walk...and had just gotten back and was sitting with a bottle of water when the guys got home. Gee, they weren't gone much more than an hour...but I guess they saw all they needed to see. And Steve didn't come home with a RC plane...whew! :)

After my shower, I did the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen...and then Steve got to work on taking apart the electrical outlet that is against the wall beside the stove. When I had tried to plug my Instant Pot into it to make the chili, it wouldn't work. There didn't seem to be any power to it and all the other plugs are working and no breakers have tripped, so he thought there might be a loose wire or maybe a mouse has chewed through a wire.

Well, he had a hellava time getting it apart...there are four very stiff tabs that you have to compress for it to come apart. Which would be fine...if you had four hands! So in frustration he grabbed 4 screwdrivers and jabbed each one into the tab holes and forced it apart. What a stupid frigin design!!!!

Once he got it apart, there were no loose wires...he couldn't figure out why it wasn't working. Guess we will have to ask our neighbour Steve (an electrical engineer) who had previously offered his services to take a look sometime if we needed assistance.

While he was doing that, I worked on a blog post for a bit and then decided to do a little baking. Steve went outside to replace a broken key lock on the trucks small access door to the air cleaner.

He managed to get that done before the wind really picked up and we had a little was a much cooler day today with wind forecast for the next day or two.

Since the Desert Bar is only open weekends...and Deb and Steve wanted to make a trip out to it while was basically Sunday or not at all. So, although a cool breezy morning, we joined them for the day trip...along with Harry and Vicki.

As usual, Cienega Springs Road...the 5 mile route off hwy 95 to the bar...hadn't changed much. It was a very lumpy, bumpy ride that seemed a lot longer than 5 miles! (that's Steve and Deb's kayak they carry above their cab that is showing in the pictures)
It's a pretty drive but these pictures lie because the road looks smooth and it's far from it!!!
 The Nellie E Desert Bar coming into view...
We arrived to find the parking lot was about noon and with it not opening until noon, we certainly didn't expect it to be so busy already. The last time it had been that busy when we arrived, we learned it had opened early because there was a big desert naturally, I figured there must be another event today. But apparently was just folks getting there early.
 A new roof or floor above the lower area under construction...
 The band playing today was called Sidewynder...they were really good.

 We found a great table for six up on the cliff-side on the the sun and not too windy!
 Debbie, me, Steve, Steve, Harry and Vicki...
That's the original Desert Bar, they've come a long way since those days!
Leaving across the overhead walkway. There are many levels to this place...
Nellie E Saloon - The Desert Bar is such a cool, unique spot...a "must see" spot to visit if you are in the area...and can handle the road in!

Monday morning we had some errands to run in town. As we headed out, we passed a long line of RV's waiting their turn to use the sani-dump and fill with water. With the US government shutdown Friday night, the LTVA's have been closed. The gatehouse has been closed since then...and apparently they will be shutting down the sani-dump and water at 11:00 today. This is causing a lot of angst among the thousands of us RVer's the height of the season!

Our trip into town demanded much patience as we sat in heavy traffic. This week is an absolute zoo around here with the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show! About a mile up hwy 95 from the LaPosa South entrance, the traffic many vehicles trying to turn left into the show parking or onto Kuehn Road which is another couple of miles ahead. 

After inching through that stretch, we made it onto the overpass over I-10 and to Quiet Times to pick up a couple of parcels. We made a stop at the bank's ATM and continued onto our next stop which was the water kiosk by the VFW parking lot...and it was out of water. Well, we'll just have to try one of the other drinking water kiosks. 
Next was the RV Pit Stop to get propane...traffic was backed up for almost a block when we arrived as people were waiting to get in for propane, use their sani-dump and/or fill with water.
We finally made it in, had our propane tank filled and continued onto a new water kiosk that we had seen near the Arco station at the east entrance to Q. The access to it was blocked...hmmm...guess it's not open yet. We ended up filling our 3 five gallon water containers at a Glacier drinking water machine outside of the Dollar Store. By the way, we pay $1 for 5 gallons (or $0.25 per one gallon)...pretty reasonable. 

That afternoon Red and Pam stopped by for a visit. Pam and I finished off a bottle of red wine she had brought over the other night while Red and Steve had a beer. We had a nice visit and then they headed off.

A few minutes later, Steve from next door popped over with his electrical testing meters to have a look at our electrical outlet. He asked all of the right questions...and we soon realized that the only time we use that outlet is when we have shore-power. It is where I plug in our electric toaster. soon as Steve fired up the generator it worked just fine. Obviously that outlet is not like the other outlets that run off of the we learned something new today! After living in our rig for almost 8 years! LOL Thanks Steve!

With that chore taken care of, Steve cracked open the bottle of Canadian Mist Whisky that he received at the Christmas Party at High Chaparral. Drinking it "over rocks"...cheers!
Debbie joined us and we sat chatting until almost 8:00! Wow...that was fast!

Tuesday morning Steve jumped on his quad and headed out to the garbage dumpsters to meet fellow Cowichan Valley ATV club friends from Victoria and direct them into our place. Larry and Judi have rented a park model at a resort in Yuma for three months and have never been to the RV Show in Q. We sat outside chatting for an hour or so and then headed to Silly Al's for lunch. 
We figured it wouldn't be as busy at lunchtime as it is at dinnertime...wrong! The place was packed and they warned us that food would be about a 40 minute wait. An hour later, it came...we were starving by that time! We quickly devoured our meals and then headed to the show.

Still pretty busy on day 4!
Shortly after 4:00, Steve and I went to Beer Belly's while Larry and Judi made their purchases and took them out to their truck.
The place was packed but we managed to find an empty table. I'm on the far right....
 Once Larry and Judi had finished their shopping, they joined us for an adult beverage...
Of course, you must always get your picture taken in the huge chair at the entrance to the bar...
We thought we'd give The Grubstake a try for dinner...but of course it was packed too! We were standing at the doorway waiting when a fellow came over to me and said "Hi Dianne"...okay, we've met tons of people but his face does not look familiar whatsoever. After Brian introduced himself, he said he recognized me from our blog! Steve particularly remembers Brian's comments on our trip to Alaska in 2013. Wow...what a small world! 

We were waiting outside debating on just going back to our place and having a bite to eat when Brian came out with his wife, Heather. He said Heather would find us a table. Okay then...we went back inside. Awhile later, Heather seated us at a table and left menus. We waited and waited but no one came to even take a drink we decided to leave. We could tell that even if we got our order taken, it would be quite awhile before our food was served. The Grubstake is notorious for being short-staffed...and today was no different. I can't quite understand this, particularly it being in the height of the busy season with the show on. So...thank you, Brian and Heather. It was great meeting you both. I'm sorry we "ran out" and didn't get a chance to talk more to you.

So back at our place, Judi helped me put out some veggies and humus along with cheese, crackers and sausage. We continued our visit a little longer and then they had to head back to Yuma. What a great day we had! Looking forward to getting together in February when you bring your quad up to Q for that ride with other club members!