After the big storm we had last night, on our walk Tuesday (Jan. 17) morning we found lots of puddles and evidence of water flows. It certainly will keep the dust down for awhile.
We had both old and new friends join us on the desert...yesterday, Dave and Cheryl (from Alberta) arrived and today, Dave's brother, Brian and his wife, Debbie (that makes 4 "Debbie's" here now) pulled in. They are from Manitoba. So our group is growing!
We all gathered at Ray and Deb's for happy hour and enjoyed great conversation as everyone got to know each other. Left to right, around the circle (okay, oval LOL)...Brian, Debbie (#4), Cheryl, Dave, Steve, Jerry, Debbie (#3), Jim (with Buddy), Deb (#1), Ray, Debbie (#2), and Greg...
Wednesday (Jan. 18) was a cool day with temperatures in the upper 50's F/mid teens Celsius but it was sunny with a light breeze from the northwest.
Deb made one of Steve's favourites, "Monkey Bread". She had a couple of failed attempts because of the difference between her microwave in the motorhome compared to the one at home, but after lunch, she had success and invited us, and those that were home, over for a taste...delicious! A teaser pic for Mr. Roche cause he loves it too, and he's not here! 😋
Thursday (Jan. 19) morning there was virtually no wind so Steve decided to go "out back" and fly his RC plane. For a change, I thought I would join him and get some pictures and videos...
It was good he got out flying when he did because by late morning the wind had come up again.
At 4:00 we headed over to Ray and Deb's for happy hour and dinner...
Friday (Jan. 20) was another cool day but still sunny! Today we went with Greg and Debbie on a tour through the Imperial Dam Long Term Visitor Area (LTVA) an area they've never been, then Yuma. Before touring the camping area we took a drive along the Senator Wash Reservoir to a rest area...
Then we continued on Senator Wash Road...
Fish and Chips for all at Lute's Casino in Yuma...one of our favourite spots and a first for Greg and Debbie...
Saturday (Jan. 21) morning was the start of the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show. Debbie and I were at the laundromat at about 9:30 and figured that everyone had gone to the Show because it wasn't too busy. Mind you, the owner had told me that Saturday is one of their slower days...so it could be that too. All I know is that the laundromat is usually an absolute "zoo" with the influx of people here to attend the Show. (They claim between 750,000 to a million people arrive here in the winter!) So we were pleasantly surprised...especially since we wanted to use the dryers too. It's just been too cold and windy to trust putting the clothes on the line.
I snapped some pictures on our way home...yup, its busy! This is approaching Kuehn Road. On the left is "The Big Tent" where the Show is (on the southside of Kuehn Road)...on the right (or northside of Kuehn Road) is Tyson Wells, filled with vendors...
Sunday (Jan. 22) and another cold start to the day at 34F/1C. A hard freeze warning was issued for this morning, and tomorrow. The daytime temperatures have been and will remain for the next week in the 50's/mid teens Celsius. However, if you are in the direct sun, out of the wind, it really isn't bad out. This seems to be the the coldest winter we've ever had here!
Debbie, Greg, Steve and I went to the "PowWow" being held at the QIA. In all of the years that Steve and I have been coming to Q, this is the first time at the PowWow. It is a huge gathering with vendors from all over the world selling just about everything imaginable made with rocks, gems and minerals. The vendors are setup inside and outside the QIA building,
Since there is a wind warning for tomorrow, the gang got together for Core Crash and happy hour this afternoon at our place. More great fun but we had to cut the last game short because it was just getting too cold and windy! The wind was to start at 5:00...I think it was a little early!
Monday (Jan. 23) started out cold...and windy! The wind had actually been howling all night with gust apparently up to 58 mph. We don't have a weather station to monitor wind speed but it was definitely windy...and it continued all day.
Consequently, it was an inside day. We did battle the wind and cold just after 10:00 to go over to Deb and Ray's for freshly baked banana/chocolate chip muffins and coffee...thanks Deb!
Other than that we were inside...Steve edited pictures while I did some knitting. Once he was finished that, he turned on the TV (thank goodness for the sunshine keeping our batteries charged!) and I worked on this blog update.
As we were sitting here, the fridge started beeping...out of propane! So off Steve went into town to fill the tank. When he got back, he pumped the black tank, ready for dumping first thing in the morning at day break. With it being so busy here now you have to be early or wait to dump in very long lineups, and Steve has two trips to make.
Just after 4:00 we joined Deb and Ray outside against their rig, out of the wind for happy hour. We enjoyed an hour in the sunshine before calling it evening.
And that's it...we are all caught up again!
Your group is growing! Hopefully the big crowds thin out so you can go enjoy the big tent.ReplyDelete
Our first year here we made the mistake of going on opening day and it was a sea of heads. Now we go Thursday at the earliest. Our group will be thinner by the time you guys arrive. Safe travels!Delete
Love the pics. I think there are too many Steve’s and Debbie’s in Q now! 😄. I’m sure things will warm back up. So glad we are getting a break from the rain and wind!ReplyDelete
Lots of fun times on the desert! Hopefully it warms up so we can enjoy it even more!Delete
So glad we got to spend time with you now that we are feeling better.ReplyDelete
For sure! Glad you guys are feeling better!Delete
Lol....we have a new Yuma Criminal!ReplyDelete
Steve texted that monkey bread picture to me when he was eating it. Not very nice buddy! Lots of good food I see. When is the core crash world championship lol? Fun food and the occasional beverage. Life is okay huh?ReplyDelete
Dave & Leslie
Yes life is good and we’re definitely not loosing any weight. You guys would need to be here for the Core Crash World Championship! Cheers!Delete