Saturday, February 9 to Friday, February 15, 2019 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

Steve headed off with Red and Earl to the Quartzsite RC Fun Fly first thing this morning. It was a cool cloudy day...too bad, it's much nicer when there is blue sky...especially for pictures!

I got out for a 2 mile walk and then worked on a blog update...and also sat down and did a little knitting.

I was surprised when Earl and Allison came home...and then noticed Red's truck was back...but no Steve...cold for them. Well I guess Dave had gone in to watch the Fun Fly later on, so Steve was catching a ride home with him. Allison had also gone in to watch.

I'll pass this over to Steve to tell you about the Fun Fly...

Spectators are allowed to wander through to view the planes on display and talk to the pilots...
F-82 Twin Mustang...
P-47 Thunderbolt...
Don't know what most of the planes are unless it's a war bird which are my favourites...
The National Anthem being played...members of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and young cadets on the runway. The VFW had a food concession set up for everyone too...

Navy T-28 Trojan Trainer...


P-47 Thunderbolt...
Coming in for a landing...


It was hard to get a photo of the fast moving jet...
This stunt pilot was very good!



Here he has the plane hovering just above the ground like a helicopter...

This was the only helicopter...he even did loops with it!





Both of the P-47's went up together...

The air show usually ends around noon then anyone that wants to fly can. Hopefully next year the weather will be a little nicer...at least wind didn't cancel the show.

It was nice to see the sun come out later on in the afternoon...it was still cool out though. We got out for a walk with Dave and Leslie...short though, Dave's leg is still very tender.

We all gathered at our place for happy hour and when the wind died down, Red suggest a campfire. So we had an impromptu campfire and hot dog roast over at the firepit by Harry and Vicki's...we said it was a goodbye party for Vicki because she is leaving in the morning to visit her mom in Pennsylvania...the only problem was, they weren't home! They had gone to Yuma for the day. But they got home just after 7:30. Left to right around the fire...Colan, Marilyn, Pam, Red, Earl, Allison, me, Leslie and Dave...
Sunday morning Steve went with Red to the Swap Meet at the RC airfield while Leslie and I got out for a 2 mile walk. It was sunny today...but windy with the wind coming from the south. We've had a lot of wind this year and most of it has been from the south...unusual since the prevailing winds are usually from the north.

The rest of the day was basically an inside day...staying out of the wind. Earl came over to help Steve with his glider. They worked on it and got the motor running consistently but won't know if it is fixed until Steve is able to take it out and try it...but it's way too windy for that today!

Dave and Leslie came over for a visit...only water was consumed by all of us today. It's good to take a day off once in a while!

After dinner we went over to Earl and Allison's to play Rummikub...Earl was the big winner tonight, followed by Allison...Steve won one game and I was skunked!

Monday (Feb 11) morning the winds were calm, so Steve was anxious to get out and try flying his glider. He and Earl were both out early. Unfortunately the glider still didn't work properly...so it will be back to the "work bench" for it. They decided to take the big plane out back into the desert and had a great time flying it. Steve even let Earl fly his plane...on Safe Mode and up high...he did great, so we think there may be a plane in his future :)

We met Bob and Karen at the Yacht Club for lunch. They are staying at Emerald Cove, across the Colorado River from Parker, and we always try to connect every year. We met them in 2012 at the RV Dreams Rally in Oregon along with Harry and Vicki. Left to right around the table...Bob, Karen, me, Steve and Harry...we won't see Vicki again until next season... 
We had a great 2 hour lunch catching up...so wonderful seeing you guys! 

After lunch we ran a few errands on our way home and then chilled for the rest of the afternoon...until happy hour. Roger, Cindi, Red, Pam, Dave, Leslie and Harry joined us for a couple of hours of chatting...always great fun!

Tuesday (Feb 12) morning after coffee, we did our exercises and then I got out for a 3 mile walk. Once back we received a text from Dave...ready to leave at 10? Hmmm....let's make it 10:30!

Our sightseeing tour today was south on highway 95...first stop was the Yuma Proving Grounds Open Air Museum...the sun is hard on the eyes!

Then we continued onto the Imperial Dam LTVA. For a more detailed visit to the Yuma Proving Grounds and Imperial Dam BLM we did in 2017 click here.
After touring the area, we took a secondary road towards Yuma...we think this is a fish ladder...
And stumbled upon the Imperial Date Gardens! That required a stop to pick up some dates...and a date shake too! So good, in fact better than we remembered them tasting!
Date Palms...
Our destination for a late lunch was Lute's Casino Restaurant in Old Town Yuma. We found a parking spot on the street behind the restaurant and walked to Main Street...where we unexpectedly found a farmers market...
After a bit of a wait, we were seated...we were amazed at how busy it was! Lutes is a cool spot...
The d├ęcor is early eclectic, what might be called interesting junk. And it is everywhere. The 12-foot-high walls are plasters with posters, paintings, murals and decals of every description. Over there is a poster of Laurel and Hardy. And there’s Humphrey Bogart. The “Babe” rests his famous bat on his shoulder in another. Suspended from the ceiling is a full-size Signal Gas sign, and another for Western Union. The eye cannot travel one foot without coming to rest on some unique piece of memorabilia.
After lunch, it was time to head home....a drive through Yuma and then straight up hwy 95. It was after 5:00 by the time we pulled into La Posa South...another fun day!

Wednesday (Feb 13) morning Steve was outside early to fly his RC plane before the wind started. As soon as he got back, we took down the sunscreen and put the awning up...strong winds are forecast again.

Earl popped over late morning to have another "go" at fixing Steve's glider. They worked on it for quite some time and finally figured out what the problem was...an issue with the connection to the motor, so it needs a new one. Glad the tiny motor for a glider is inexpensive!

We needed propane and so did Dave and Leslie, so we tagged along with them into town. We have been going through a lot of propane this year since it's been so cold. Guess we shouldn't complain though...this is what they are experiencing back home at our old place....
Back home, we joined Dave and Leslie for a drink and then went home for our usual evening of dinner and TV.

Thursday (Feb 14) I went to Parker with Dave and Leslie to stock up on groceries...leaving Steve at home to edit pictures for the blog. It was a cloudy and breezy day with rain in the forecast, along with a flood warning.

After shopping at Walmart and Safeway, Dave took Leslie and I out for Valentine's Day lunch. We went to Maya's Mexican Restaurant...and since it was a special day, Leslie and I decided to have a Margarita. Dave and Leslie ordered shrimp dishes that were quite spicy...especially Dave's. I had a beef dish that was spicy for me but a little sour cream tamed it down. It was a great lunch...thanks Dave!
As we left the restaurant, it was pouring out and totally socked in! Yup...the rain had arrived! And it poured all of the way home...continuing all evening. So we had an inside happy hour today...with Red, Pam, Dave and Leslie joining us.

Friday (Feb 15) Steve and I got out for a walk before breakfast. We were back home and just finishing breakfast when Red drove over and asked Steve if he wanted to go to the RC hanger and airfield with him....well, of course! So off he went. Red had purchased this plane from another club member so wanted to see if the gas motor worked...which it did, but he didn't want to fly an unfamiliar plane with so many people around...just in case...
While he was gone, I did the dishes and cleaned up and then did some baking. With that done, I worked on a blog update....and I managed to get it posted after Steve got home and reviewed it.

Steve wanted to show Dave some of the area, so I lent Dave my quad and they headed out for a ride at 1:00...
Steve showed Dave some of the local hot spots that most people would never see without a 4 wheeler...such as the Indian grinding holes called Mortars...
Gold Eye Mine and Erdman Cabin...

As well as a couple of stone cabins...
Of course a ride is never complete without stopping at Beer Belly's Adult Daycare to wash down the dust!
While they were gone, I worked on another blog update.

The guys got home at about 3:30...sounds like they had a great ride and Dave really enjoyed it. By the time happy hour came around, the sunny day turned into a cloudy day...but we all gathered at our place sitting outside.

Leslie had made a batch of her fabulous pasta sauce and invited Harry, Steve and I for dinner. Great dinner...thanks guys!

And that's it another week...





Friday, February 1 to Friday, February 8, 2019 (La Posa South LTVA, Quartzsite, AZ)

Today was a pretty uneventful day...for the most part. As Steve and I were heading out for an early morning walk, Steve saw a coyote run past from behind our rig towards Harry's rig. It's hard to see but it's on the far right of this picture. We later learned that there were 4 of them that passed by Jim and Cec's rig...
The rest of the day, up until 2:30 or so, Steve edited pictures and I knitted, finishing a pair of slippers for Vicki.

It was about 2:30 when we got notification from Dave and Leslie...they are here! Yay! So Steve jumped on his quad and went out to meet them...leading them in to a spot we had saved right next door to us. After big hugs, we left them alone to get situated on the site and set up.

Harry and Vicki are hosting happy hour, so at 4:00 we all gathered over at their place. Dave and Leslie have come out to visit us overnight a couple of times, staying in the back of our truck...so they had met Harry, Vicki, Red and Pam...and they were introduced to Colan and Marilyn. We all had a great time chatting and catching up...can't believe neither Steve nor I thought to take pictures! Sheesh!

With happy hour over, Dave and Leslie went home, picked up Margaret, and came over to our place for dinner...a quick, easy one...burgers and salad. I think another cold beverage or two were consumed before we decided to call it a night. Glad to have you back with us!

It was exercise morning Saturday, so after doing that, I headed out for a 3 mile walk. By the time I got home, Steve had showered and had breakfast.

Shortly after 11:00, we were finally ready to head out with Dave and Leslie to show them around. We started by going to the QIA for their Saturday craft sale. It was a cool, cloudy windy day...(little did we know it was the beginning of the worst weather we have ever experienced here!)...


After that, we showed them where the best place was to get gas, propane and drinking water. At this point, it was getting a little hungry out so Steve suggested we go to the Yacht Club for a late lunch. Yes the Yacht Club, you can just make out the sail boat on the left and there's a cabin cruiser behind the restaurant...

The guys said their burgers were really good...Leslie had Chicken Caesar Salad and I had Chicken Strips...they were just "okay"...

With our bellies full, we continued onto Lifestyles RV and checked out a few used fifth-wheels and a couple of motorhomes. Having satisfied our curiosity, it was time to jump back into the truck and take a drive out to Rainbow Acres. We toured around a number of the roads looking at all the different types of property...some with houses, some with park-models and some with RV's and/or sheds on them...and some with a combination of all. Dave is extremely impressed with this area...

It wasn't a very nice day weather-wise, so happy hour was inside at Dave and Leslie's...followed by a light dinner...thanks guys!
It ended up being a very blustery evening and night! 

Sunday (Feb 3) was a chore day. Steve dropped me off at the laundromat and ran a couple of errands before coming back to pick me up. Back home, I hung the laundry while Steve "pumped and dumped" the holding tanks.

Earl (the electronics specialist from his working days) came over later on to take a look at Steve's glider to see if he could figure out what was wrong with it. Steve's been able to launch it and it's electric motor would run fine until he got to gliding elevation, glide for awhile with the motor off but when he tries to activate the motor again it doesn't work.They worked on it for quite awhile. After lots of trial and error they think it was a loose connection to the circuit board as the motor seems to activate properly now.Thanks for the help Earl!

Today is Super Bowl Sunday...we're not interested in watching it but Dave and Leslie are, so they popped over at 3:30 for a quick drink with us before the game started at 4:00.

We hadn't talked to the kids for awhile, so we tried a video call with Rob and Angie...it wasn't a very good connection, so we gave up and ended up just having a regular ol' telephone conversation. So good hearing how excited Conner was about a science experiment he was doing at school.

After that, we manged a FaceTime call with Chris and Angela...and of course, Isaac! The video was a little choppy, but overall not too bad.

Monday (Feb 4) we headed to Parker with Dave and Leslie. We started by dropping off our laptop at Click It Computers...we think it's having battery problems with the new battery...then we continued on across the Colorado River and up the California side of the river. We showed them the Cross Roads BLM Campground we stayed at a few years ago...it was packed. Then we continued onto the Parker Dam.

Some beautiful (and interesting) scenery along the way...

Lots of beautiful riverfront homes on the Arizona side...
And RV Resorts on both sides of the river...


Parker Dam....
Our truck is too big for the dam crossing so it was nice to finally be able to do the loop drive back to Parker...

We took a side trip on Take Off Point Road that goes to a lookout... (gosh it's hard looking into the sun for a picture!)
This part of the river eventually becomes Havasu Lake...
Next was a drive through River Island State Park, a smaller beautiful park Steve and I had stayed at back in 2011. At that time there was no Internet/cell service... (no pics)...followed by Buckskin Mountain State Park. It's a much larger park that we've not stayed at...
Another RV Resort on the California side...


Then we continued south taking Riverside Drive along the river...

A Park Model Park on the California side...
Well that's cool!

And lunch at Stroke's Bar and Grill...
Completing our circle tour, the guys dropped Leslie and I off at Walmart and continued into town to the laundromat. Dave did a load of laundry while Steve walked over to pick up our laptop ...apparently the battery worked just fine...hmmm...Murphy's Law!

On his walk back he heard this cool sound then this beautiful ride drove by...
Steve came and picked us up and by the time we got back to the laundromat, Dave was ready to go...so we headed back home.

We had a short happy hour and then relaxed for the rest of the evening.

Tuesday (Feb 5) was a cold blustery day...the wind really had the trailer rocking at times! So basically other than an early walk, it was an inside day. Steve edited pictures and I cleaned up and puttered around a bit and then settled in my recliner with my knitting.

Dave and Leslie had gone into town to the QIA to play pickleball. Unfortunately, Dave strained his calf muscle badly while playing...so was in great pain when they got home. He's done it before on his other leg so knows he's down and out for a few weeks now. Too bad Dave...that sucks! What's amazing is he just ran a half marathon a few weeks ago.

We joined them over at their place for a quick happy hour and then headed back home to chill for the evening in front of the TV.

Wednesday (Feb 6) started off beautiful...nice clear blue sky, no wind but chilly! Steve went with Red and Earl to the Quartzsite Desert Flyers RC meeting ...
...and I went out for a 2 mile walk.

Back from the meeting, Steve went into town for propane and to pick up a couple of parcels from Quiet Times while I worked on the blog...managed to get 2 posted by late afternoon!

Unfortunately, the wind came up again and it got quite blustery out. We are definitely in another cold snap...with lows going down to freezing at night!

We had an inside happy hour at our place with Earl, Allison, Dave and Leslie...it was just too cold and blustery out.

Thursday (Feb 7) was cold and clear...well, at least the sun is shining! Steve waited as long as he could for it to warm up outside before heading out to fly his glider. Unfortunately it's acting exactly the same as before...back to the work bench (aka dining table), I guess. So he took his big plane out to the open area behind us on the other side of the wash and had fun with it.

After cleaning up inside, I tried to do some work on the laptop but the internet is very slow again. The show is over and there's not so many people here, so it's a mystery as to why. Some say "they" are preparing for 5G so are working on the towers...have no idea if this is the case or not.

We headed into town with Dave and Leslie to run a few errands...picked up parcels at Quiet Times, filled drinking water containers and a few groceries. With that done, we parked on Kuehn Street to check out a few vendors...and, of course, we ended up at Beer Belly's for a beer...
When we got home, we all sat outside in the sunshine at our place enjoying the late afternoon sunshine...Red, Pam, Harry and Vicki joined us. But once that sun went down behind the mountains, it got cold and our happy hour abruptly ended!

It was time to go in and get dinner going anyway...so I started up the Instant Pot. Leslie and Dave joined us for a fashionably late dinner. We enjoyed dinner along with a bottle of red wine...or 2! A great evening!
Friday (Feb 8) Steve headed out at 9:30 with Red to the RC airfield for cleanup duty...gotta get everything ready for the big Desert Flyers Fun Fly this weekend!

Leslie joined me on a 3 mile walk and as soon as Steve got home, he filled the fresh water tank so that I could have my shower.

The rest of day was pretty laid back...Steve flew his plane and after working on the blog for a bit, I sat outside knitting enjoying the sunshine.

There are a bunch of us going to Silly Al's Pizza for dinner tonight but before heading off, we enjoyed a beverage outside. Where's Leslie and Red?...they must be getting ready for an evening out! LOL
Our group at Silly Al's...left to right around the table...me, Harry, Vicki, Pam, Red, Colan, Marilyn, Earl, Allison, Dave and Leslie...
And then the band started...and Pam and Red got up to dance...can't keep them down when the music starts!
It was a nice gathering and great evening...only dampened a bit by the slow service. It was the first time that we have experienced that at Silly Al's...they seemed short staffed.