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Monday, 24 April 2017

Money Issues

Today was a normal run of the mill day in our daughters household after spending the weekend in Brooks.  Sheri was back to work and the kids were back to school.  Sue and I got busy and did some book work and cleaned up the Ponderosa a bit.  One of the things that I did was get the piggy banks in order.  While working on that I realized that there are some differences between a Canadian piggy bank versus a USA piggy bank.  I will explain how.  First of all when you dump your pockets to put your change in the piggy bank in the US this is what you may find there.  That is about a normal amount of change to be in my pocket.  $1.63 to be exact.  Now I know that is worth about $2.25 Cnd. but we won't do conversions for this story.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Back to Lacombe after Tournament

Well we haven't done so well in this tournament.  We are 0-3 after the round robin and just figured that we would not be in any playoff since every other team has one at least one game.  Well we were informed that we have to play off for bronze tomorrow at 1:30 pm.   Now I have a little problem with how they do this.  Lets just take the team with the 3rd most points and give them the bronze and let them go home.  No, thats not how it works, there are no losers here and we all have to get the proper medal (which they didn't have any of anyway).  So rather than going to check out the dinosaurs at Drumhellar, we had to stick around to play another game, which none of the boys even wanted to play.  The score was 15-1 after about half the game and they were all just playing around.  What a waste of a day for everyone because even the kids didn't want to play this game.  Just my opinion.  Guys overall had a good time at the tournament so the weekend was fun.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Tournament in Brooks Alberta

We spent all day at the Lacrosse tournament today.  The kids had 2 games today with the first at 12:30 pm and then another one at 8:30 pm.  Sheri joined us for the later game.

Dani spent most of her day in the swimming pool..Brooks has a great Leisure Center with all kinds of activities and the swimming area includes a wave machine, water slide, and lots of areas where water squirts and gushes out of.  It made an ideal place for her to spend the afternoon.

Other than watch Lacrosse, we didn't do much else for excitement.  After the late game we headed back to Wally World for the night.

Tonight we are Wally Docking in Brooks, Alberta, and this is the view from our other window.

Friday, 21 April 2017

A Lacrosse Roadtrip

Today we are heading to Brooks Alberta for Donovans Lacrosse tournament.  We will be taking the Ponderosa because we have to stay for 2 nights.  If we didn't it would cost us for 2 hotel rooms plus we would have to eat all our meals out.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

It's a Miracle!!

Now the strangest thing has happened to me.  As reported on Wednesday I was fully enveloped in a "Man Cold" which is normally a long and painful disease and comes with moaning and groaning and bed rest.  Now the strange thing is that I woke up this morning without any symptoms at all, save a bit of a runny nose and that subsided later in the afternoon.  Strangest thing that ever happened to me.  I was sort of looking forward to just lazing around under the guise of being deathly ill, but now I will have to go back to doing chores etc. like normal. Oh well, maybe if I am out lots and get my feet wet and cold, it will come back.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A Man Cold

Well all of this winter weather has resulted in me getting a nasty cold.   I have felt poorly for most of the day and I know a man cold is one of the worst things a person can experience.  For all of you women out there it is probably fitting that I give you the 3 stages of the man flu so you can recognize it well in advance.  Only with your help will a man make it through this nasty ordeal.  I am currently in stage 2.

If you find yourself in the position of primary carer for your boyfriend or husband then DO NOT PANIC.   Rest assured that all of you women are completely immune from Man Flu, so do not worry about providing the care needed.  Your beloved will shortly become completely dependent on you, requiring you to tend to his every need. Do not shun any request, don't forget that the affliction that he's suffering from is hundreds of times worse than the simple affliction which you know and understand as the common cold.

There are three distinct stages to Man Flu and it's important you know your responsibilities :

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Winter Winter go away!

Well, it did it again.  Winter just will not let go of Alberta.  Although it wasn't too cold this morning, it was snowing like there was no tomorrow.  Great big fluffy flakes, the kind that my mother used to say signaled the end of winter.  Hope she was right.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Grandpa is getting OLD!!

Today started out as any Grandpa would like it to start on his Birthday, with breakfast in bed.  Dani and Donovan prepared a nice breakfast of toast and eggs and even a tart along with coffee and delivered it to the Ponderosa.  During the course of the day all of my kids and grandkids wished me Happy Birthday so that made my day.  I am now old enough to get a Geezer pass in the USA but because I am Canadian, they won't give me one.   Perhaps I should call Donald and see if he can get that fixed for me.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Frost on the Pumpkin - In fact the Pumpkin is frozen stiff.

When we woke up this morning we were surprised by the temperature outside.  Our water line from the hot water tank to the pump is frozen, but will thaw out quickly when I switch the heat over to that compartment in the basement.  We did not bargain for these kind of temperatures.  And the forecast does not look that great for the near future.

17F for my US friends

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Easter Preparations

This morning we had a rude awakening.  The whole reason we go south for 6 months is to escape the snow. Well it finally caught up to us.  Just enough to cover the ground and make us shiver.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Charlie is back!

Well today we got up an headed in to Sheri's house for breakfast as usual.  Something was different we thought and then we realized that Charlie was back to walking, actually running on all four legs.  He was acting like nothing was wrong with him.  He was obviously in no pain whatsoever and just wanted to carry on with life.  The vets diagnosis seemed to be right when he talked about the little pieces of calcium just floating around and lodging in weird places, and then moving on again.  We hope they don't get into his joints too badly any more, but will wait it out if it happens again before spending a bunch of money on x-rays.

Charlie was moving so well now, that he was slipping on Sheri's slippery hardwood floors.  So we had to head down to pet valu to buy him some socks with little rubber pads on them.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Charlie's prognosis

Not much to report in our world today.  The kids were off to school and Sheri was off to work.  They have to continue with their lives even though we are here.

We took Charlie to the Vet at 8:30 and dropped him off.  The x-ray machine was still down but there is a tech coming so they will just keep him until they can do the x-rays.  They called us to come down to pick him up at 2:30.  Good news is that Charlie has nothing broken in his front or rear leg.  Bad thing is that he has really bad arthritis which is mainly caused from the Prednisone he has been taking for his allergies.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Hockey Award for Donovan

We didn't have a lot of miles to go today so we were a little late getting on the road.  Charlie is worse today than yesterday and is hobbling around on three legs and showing a lot of pain.  Sue phoned a vet in Lacombe and they will take some x-rays at 3:30 this afternoon to see what the problem is, so that is our schedule to stick to.  I figure we will be there by 2:30.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Back in Canada

We have one last push to make it to the Canadian Border at Coutts Montana.  This is the same border crossing we came across last year.  A lot of people seem to think that we are home now, but in reality we still have about 1000 miles to travel yet.  We are actually going to spend some time with our daughter Sheri-Lyn and our grandchildren Donovan and Dani in Lacombe, and then head back to Manitoba to spend some time with our son Derek and Nicole and grandchildren Abby and Silas.  We really need a good dose of granchildren after being away so long.

Monday, 10 April 2017

The Tale of Galena Gulch

Our travels today took us to near Boulder Montana by the name of Galena Gulch. This is near Basin where the Merry Widow Health Mine is located.  This is where people come to receive radon spa therapy.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Churches Churches everywhere

We are just having bad luck when it comes to the weather.  We looked at the forecast a couple weeks ago and thought this might be our window to head north because the temperatures looked to be on the rise.  Well that is not how it is turning out.  This morning we awoke to snow on the ground although once the sun came out it melted fast.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Odd job day

Woke up this morning to scattered clouds and no wind to speak of.  Nice break after a night of rain showers and lots of wind.  We put the slide in last night, not because we were really concerned about them, but rather because the wind makes some weird flapping sounds in the slide toppers and it wakes us up sometimes.   Charlie and I headed off for a walk and passed this sign which is one of the reasons we picked this spot.  There is not target shooting allowed.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Windy Day in Utah

Today was a great day to start out with.  About 20C and sunny so we sat outside and had our coffee.  The forecast was for wind this afternoon so I got the drone out while I could to take some shots of where we were parked.  The mountains were not as spectacular this morning as they were yesterday but still something to see.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Beautiful Lake in the Mountains

I have been having a terrible time getting internet that is strong enough to do a post so I am sadly behind. If you are interested I am posting the last 4 days today.  We have had some interesting travels and it may be worth the read.

We are trying to watch the weather and be in the best spot possible for the ugly weather that is going to plague us for the next couple days.   Starting on Friday the winds will increase and the rain may start on Saturday.  Now we are not against driving in the rain but as we go farther north there is a possibility it will turn to snow and I hate snow.  So we will head up to around Salt Lake City and see what happens from there.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Bryce Canyon

We got off to an early start today because we had a lot of miles to cover today.  We need to average 100 miles a day and we are a bit behind.  Today will help out but we will have to make sure we tour Bryce Canyon this afternoon and be ready to move again on Thursday.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

I found my own Dinosaur

This morning started out to be beautiful but the wind was a little over the top.  The wind would sure dry things up on the beach in a hurry and that is a good thing because right after supper we have to move out of here.  Our time expires at 8:00 pm.  Even with the rough weather we have enjoyed it here just because we are near water.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Dinosaurs are Everywhere

We knew today was supposed to be rainy so we didn't get in a big hurry to do anything.  Life on the beach looked a little wet this morning.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Great Canadian Field trip begins

Today was moving day.  Our trek north has begun.  We have decided that we need to be at our daughters for Easter so that means we need to average 100 miles a day for the next 13 days.  We decided that we are going to follow Highway 89 for as long as we can and stay away from I-15 as long as possible.  Our first stop will be the Lone Rock Beach camping area west of Page UT.  I actually learned of it from fellow Bloggers Jim and Barbs RV Adventure.  They wrote a great post on the Lake Powell/Page area and got us wanting to come here and explore.  Check out their story about it here.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Solar Scrubbing

Another great day in Arizona today.  We have had some wind and rain lately but it seems to be over for now.  Time to resume Morning Happy Hour on the deck.  Sue was the first one out this morning.  Still a tad chilly but that changed quickly as the sun peeked over the Ponderosa.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Tents and Wind don't mix

Overnight the winds came up with a vengeance.  The poor guy next to us is in a tent and I'm sure he had to hold on with both hands all night.  He said he had no sleep while worrying he would blow away.  As far as I know this guy lives in this tent.  I don't care that the weather is good most of the time, the times when it isn't would make me go looking for something with walls.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

I'm not going anywhere

We had planned to start our trek northward today but after looking at the weather forecast we have decided to stay right here until about Sunday.  The first part of our journey north will include some higher elevations and that means possibility of snow and ice and we don't like that stuff anymore.  Flagstaff is not that far north of here and it is snowing there right now.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

SmoHoes with friends

Pat and Harold decided to take Julie to the Grand Canyon today and because we had just been there, we decided to head the other direction and check out Prescott Arizona.  We headed up through Jerome to experience highway 89A, which is the scenic route to Prescott.  I took this nice scenic picture looking down from Jerome over the valley below just for Kyra.  Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, 27 March 2017

A Touch of New Technology

Today was a typical Monday and we had no real plan for the day.  There was no sign of any more mouse activity in the Ponderosa, so I packed up all the traps and put them away.   Hope we don't need them for a while again.

When we were shopping yesterday, we decided to pick up a new microwave for the Ponderosa.  The old one was like a boat anchor and weighed a ton.  It was one of those convection/microwave ovens and in the 3 years we have owned the motor home, we have never used the convection part of it.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Got Him!!!

First thing to check out this morning is the mouse traps.  Yahoo!!!  We got the little varmint.  He must of got greedy and forgot to lick the traps carefully.  Well that makes me happy because mice can make such a mess of everything and they leave poop everywhere.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

A Smart Mouse

Saturday started out really nice.  I don't usually get up early enough to see a sunrise, but this morning I sort of  opened my eyes about 6:30 and this is what I saw out my bedroom window.  I reached over and grabbed the phone and took a picture and promptly went back to sleep.

When I finally arose for good I checked all of the mouse traps that I had set the night before and to my surprise everyone of them were licked clean and none of them were sprung.  Remember I had set 6 traps last night so the odds were against the mouse.  But just like in Vegas, sometimes you win, and this time the mouse won.  I will have to re-think my attack.

Friday, 24 March 2017

There's a Mouse in the House

One of the things that sometimes happens when it rains is that a poor wee mouse is driven from the outdoors into the warm dry environment of our house.  Well thats what has happened to us except that we don't believe this guy is wee by the huge sounds he makes.  He is like a bull in a china shop and knocks things over in the pantry and rips and tears at the chip bags with a vengeance.  We heard him  tonight over the sound of the TV so I found  6 mouse traps and set them with a tasty treat of peanut butter.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Rain Rain, go away. Come again another day.

It rained all night off and on and made for quite a soupy mess outside.  The red dirt seems to track in everywhere and makes for steady floor sweeping. One of the things we have to be aware of here, is that it can rain in the desert, and when it does the ground does not react like it does at home.  You can become stranded by either really slippery ground, or if there is enough rain it can wash down the gulches fast and furious and strand you on the other side for a while.   This rain was more of an inconvenience than a danger of any sort.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Checking out Fellow Bloggers

Not much happening around the Ponderosa today.  Everyone went their separate ways to get some chores done and Charlie and I went for a walk.  While on our walk we ran into a couple of fellow bloggers.  The first is a person we have followed for a short while on youtube.  Panda Monium lives in a very unique motorhome and does most of her blogging by video.  We saw the unit first in Quartzsite and then again in Williams.  Now she is here in Cottonwood and I hope to get to talk to her for a while about her travels.  She uses a drone in her videos a lot and I need to learn a few things from her about it.  Stay tuned and I will write more about our meeting if it happens.  In the meantime check out all her travels on YouTube videos at Panda Monium facebook page.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

I See the Light

Today started much like yesterday with everyone up to see the hot air balloon appear over the hill.  They load up down in the valley west of us and rise up slowly and float over top of us.  We are not in a position to see the balloon until it comes up over the hill, so it is like watching the sun rise.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Can you make Wine from Fuzzy Strawberries

Woke up this morning to a whishing sound and then silence, then a whishing sound and then silence.  Suddenly I remembered what it was from last year and jumped out of bed and went outside.  A hot air balloon.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

On to Cottonwood AZ.

Moving day started out cool but nice.  Susan has been after me to get some more practice with the drone so I got it charged up and did a flight.  I still need a lot of practice figuring out what the best angles are for taking the best pictures.  I also have the ability to play with the exposure in flight but haven't mastered that skill yet.  Here are some pictures of where we were parked this morning near Williams AZ.  It was a really nice setting in the pine trees on the edge of a pasture like clearing.  Reminds us of home on the farm.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Amazon explained

Today we did absolutely nothing of interest to anyone.  I fixed a few things around the Ponderosa, did the dishes and made lunch.  Sue cleaned up our filing system and made an awesome supper.  I could have taken a bunch of pictures of all this but it would have bored you to death.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Grand Canyon trip

We headed up to the Grand Canyon today.  On the way we went by a little air museum called Planes of Fame, that might be interesting to check out on another journey this way.  It is a few miles north of Williams on the way to the canyon.

When we got there, we parked and had a little hike to the rim.  Sue and I were here a couple years ago so we knew what to expect, but Pat had not been here since she was young, and Harold has never been here, so it was interesting to watch them anticipating what they were about to see.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Battery troubles

For quite a while now we have been having some problems with our chassis batteries.  Sometimes we would have to use the boost button to start the engine especially after we had operated the slides which run off the chassis batteries.  I have procrastinated on doing anything about it because I didn't want the expense of new batteries.  Well the last couple times we have tried to start the Ponderosa it was a no go and we would have to start the generator to get enough power into the batteries to start, so I said enough is enough.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

More Canadians Eh?

Woke up this morning to some chilliness outside and a layer of frost on the lawn chair.  Thermometer shows -1C outside and 9C inside.  These are the days we heckle each other to see who is going to get up and turn on the kettle for coffee.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

We got our Kicks on Route 66

We headed down the road again today and decided to keep with the Route 66 theme.  It is a quiet road with some nice country to see.  Its like a break from the Interstates but does take a bit longer.  Time is not a factor for us so we like the back roads.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Don't tell me it can't be done!!

Today we decided at morning Happy Hour to do some exploring around the area.  We were told there was an interesting hole in the mountain right beside where we are parked.  Sure enough.  Upon closer inspection it is a hole that has been used over the years for a shelter and looks like at one time it had a door cemented in it.  There is probably a story behind it.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Chloride Murals

Today was moving day.  We said "seeya later" to Kyra because we hope to hook up with her again in a week or so after she gets some routine maintenance done on her rig.  We didn't get a real early start because we had morning Happy Hour before hitting the road.  We stopped to de-sewer and water the rigs and took our time because both P&H and us needed to really flush the tanks good because its been a while.  Nice to do that once in a while to keep anything from building up.  Kingman AZ is our proposed destination today.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Somethings burning

Today was a really warm day at Lake Mead.  Lots of people are starting to come here for the weekends now and there is lots of boat traffic on the lake.  This must be quite a busy spot in the summer for everyone to come and play in the water.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Spring has Sprung

Today we can feel the heat starting to rise around Lake Mead.  Spring is coming fast in these parts and what they call spring is like our summers back home.  Because we are Canadians we relate to Celsius temperatures rather than the foreign heat (Fahrenheit) used down here.

Thursday, 9 March 2017


We have been at Lake Mead for quite a while now so are starting to repeat the things we do.  It seems like after about 10 days at one place, it is time to move on to see new things.  Charlie and I can only walk the same road so many times and it becomes a chore instead of an adventure.

Thats our compound on the the top of the hill.
While the girls were in Las Vegas shopping yesterday Susan bought some bed sheets at a place called Holy Sheets.  One of the things they do there is give you free tickets to the show "Divas" which is playing in the Linqs (old Imperial Palace).

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Where did the water come from?

Today was another of those odd job days.  Charlie and I started it out with a walk down to the water.  There are usually some boats around and fishermen trying to catch the big one.  It was no different today.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Goodbye Kevin and Rhonda

It got fairly chilly last night.  Harold said his thermometer said 3C at 6:00 this morning.  I had to kick on the furnace for a while just so we couldn't see our breath. Charlie looked cold in the middle of the night so Sue covered him up and he stayed that way until morning.

Monday, 6 March 2017

How to Sell a Tire

Up at 7:30 am and coffee on the deck with all the neighbours.  We have noticed that the mountains to the west of Las Vegas have some snow on them.  I think they got a little more snow last night as well.  It was a great morning with the sun shining and only a light breeze.

Did some chores and hauled some water and then noticed the back tire on the Jeep was low so started the Ponderosa to get some air to pump in it, and Harold and Kevin and I headed into town to get it fixed.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

A Dust Storm

The girls had some things to do in town today so the boys took the opportunity to stay home and do nothing.  We did go for a walk down to the water but the wind was terrible and blew dust so hard that it hurt our legs when we were outside.  Good day for inside things (like naps).

Sue has been researching the new AT&T Mobley internet device that is out and is convinced that this will be the system for us.  It is way cheaper than the Verizon we now have and has just as good of coverage.  It still will be no good for us in Canada but we can just revert back to our MTS internet there and supplement with our Rogers plan on our phones.  If you want to see some good information on this go to Technomedia's Blog and read up on it.  This is what they do for a living so they know what they are talking about.  Any how that is what Sue went to get in Vegas.  You can see it on the AT&T web site as well.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Fixit Day

Today was a day to hang around the Ponderosa and get caught up on a bunch of projects.  It was electrical day today.  I love to tinker around with all things electric and see what gadgets I can hook up to make lights blink and things whistle and whirr.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Valley of Fire

Today we tried out Harolds new Drip coffee maker.  This one uses propane to work.  It would be an ideal unit for anyone that tents or doesn't have access to any power.  The boys put it all together and got it out on the table and screwed on a little propane bottle.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Kids fly back to Manitoba

This is the day that Kaitlyn and Grace fly home.  It has been 17 days since we picked them up in San Diego and time has just flown by.  We had a nice morning Happy Hour today with everyone enjoying the warm sun.  Lots of happy conversation about everything that we have done, and some planning what we will do in the next week while Kevin and Rhonda are here.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Back with Pat and Harold

It is starting to warm up slowly.  We sat outside for a while in the morning and then had to do some chores around the Ponderosa.  Kaitlyn and Grace will be leaving us tomorrow so it is time to chase down all of the things that are hiding in every nook and cranny of the Motorhome.  Gramma and Grace went for a little hike while Kaitlyn cleaned up.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The girls visit Fremont Street

Today was a nice morning so we spent some time outside.  We are perched on top of a hill on a plateau, so we can see all around us.  We feel like Kings and Queens of the castle.  Nothing happens around here without us knowing it.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Walking the Strip

I told you yesterday that Kyra wanted to move before it got windy and she was so right.  Today was a nasty day with cool temperatures and windy so we are glad we listened to her.  We decided to head into Henderson to Costco to get some supplies and to kill some time.  Our first view of the Las Vegas strip from the hill out by Henderson was nice and always makes us think of wandering the Strip.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Las Vegas here we come.

Moving Day today.  We are heading to Lake Mead because Kaitlyn will be flying home from Las Vegas on Thursday and she would like to see the bright lights of Vegas.  She has never been here before.  Kyra looked at the weather and said there was wind coming tomorrow so we opted to move today to avoid traveling in it.  We headed out about 11 am with Kyra taking 40 west and we took 40 east up to Kingman and then on to Lake Mead.  Kyra will meet us there and pick out a nice spot.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

London Bridge is NOT falling down

Lake Havasu is a really pretty spot to be in.  We are a bit north in a dry camping area quite close to the highway but far enough away that we don't hear any traffic.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Solar Magic

Today we woke up to a beautiful morning.  We ran the furnace all night to keep us about 63F but as soon as the sun shone in the windows it warmed right up.  We sat outside for a while awaiting Brian Boone who is coming to look at our solar problems.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Back to the desert

This morning we woke up without having decided where to head next.  P&H are in Vegas, Kyra is in Lake Havasu, Rowdy & Missy are in Tucson, so where do we go.  We also wanted to go to Lancaster CA some day to visit the Rexhall service center to check out a decal package for the Ponderosa.  Lancaster is about 70 miles north of San Bernadino CA so would be a fair little bit out of our way.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


Today is Disneyland Day.   Time to visit the Magical Kingdom.  Once again Kaitlyn had us up at the crack of dawn and had us shining our dancing shoes before 8 am.  We are parked right beside the Disney shuttle pickup and it is only a 5 minute ride to the park from here so off we went about 8:30.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

It happens in 3's they say.

Because we wore ourselves out at Universal yesterday today was a down day for us.  I was just going to putter around today and do some odds and ends around the Ponderosa.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Universal Studios

Today we headed out to Universal Studios with Kaitlyn and Grace.  Now if it was just Susan and I we would have slept in till 8:30 or so and left at 9:30, but not with our Kaitlyn around.  She had us up at 6:30 and washed and shaved and in the car by 7:50 am for the 45 minute drive to Universal.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Happy Hour at 9 am

Today is moving day for us so when we talked to Bill and Patsy last evening, we decided we would all get together for a morning Happy Hour.  Now I know that my cup had straight coffee in it, but I can't vouch for anyone else.  Harold and Pat and Deb and Tom who write the blog Celebrating the Dance joined us as well.  We had a great visit and soon realized that time was slipping away and we needed to pack up and move on.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

A Spy in the Sky

It was a bit of a rainy morning but Harold and I set out on a 3 mile walk down by the old dry lake bed and back.  We marveled at all of the things that are buried in the desert from gas lines to telephone lines.  One thing we did notice here was the lack of garbage even though there are lots of people using the desert to dry camp.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Too Close Neighbours

So while reading some blogs Thursday night I ran across a blog of a friend of ours who writes Chillin with Patsy. I knew they were out around Borrego somewhere but didn't really look to see where they might be.

Now lets go back to when we arrived here earlier that evening we were in a hurry to get set up and comfortable before dark.  As I was outside doing things I mentioned to Sue that we had probably parked a little close to our neighbour, so maybe we should look at moving tomorrow.  She said we will deal with it in the morning.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Taking the road less travelled

Moving day is always a fun day for us.  It is a usually an exciting day of exploration.  We like to take some back roads and see some country and there is so much country to see that is not on an Interstate.  We use Interstates when we want to move quickly, but only if on a schedule of some sort.  And today is no exception, except for the fact that there are mixed reviews on the route we will be taking.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Beach Day

Today was beach day.  We had no plans for the day other than to hang out on the beach.  We started the day with coffee on the sand in front of the MH.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The Zoo

We were welcomed to the world of Grandparents this morning.  Grace was up at 6 ish this morning and Kaitlyn and Sue got up soon after to supervise.  I didn't have the energy to roll out at that time of day so stayed in bed until about 7 am.  Now remember we normally don't  rise until about 8:30 so this is a real shock to our systems.  But it is nice to wake up to a little one running around and being quite cute.  Today was Zoo day so we had to be ready to head out by 8:30 am.  We arrived at the zoo at just after 9 am.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Surfing story

I will be posting our location at the end of our post from now on, so that everyone must read our blog to find out where we are.  Kind of like trickery I guess, but I will do anything to increase readership.  Ha Ha.

Today was the big day that Kaitlyn and Grace arrived from Manitoba.  They left Winnipeg for Calgary way before we were even thinking of waking up and then hopped another West Jet flight to San Diego about the time we were having coffee on the beach.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

San Diego finally!!!

Where are we tonight?  Silver Strand State Beach - San Diego California

Woke up in the parking lot of the Viejas Casino just east of San Diego.  It was a cool night and we were glad to see the sun shining bright.  We were in no hurry to leave this morning so Harold and I washed all the windows in our units and I fixed my light cord to the Jeep.  By the time we were ready to roll the parking lot was kinda empty.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Carrot Festival Parade

I was told that it is not always clear where we are at any time so I am going to start to post our location on each blog.  Let me know what you think.

Where are we tonight?  Viejas Casino just east of Alpine CA

Moving day today.  Time to head farther west on our trip to San Diego.  Before we headed out we went in the Holtville to the Carrot Festival Parade.  This is a big event in town and there were probably a couple thousand people on the streets for the parade.  I took some pictures to share with you.

Friday, 10 February 2017

RV Chat room is the place to be.

I want to do a little promotion for a chat site that I visit as often as possible.  It used to be the RV Dreamers chat site which was run and funded by Howard and Linda Payne.  These are the people that go around doing seminars on everything RV.  For years they have hosted a chat site on their page and a group of us have been going there each evening for a long time.  It was a place to talk about RVing and get some support from others on different issues.  It is a lot like reading a blog but way more personal. Over the years almost all of us have met in person somewhere in North America and it has been a platform for making friends from all over the continent.  For instance, I met Rowdy and Missy on chat a few years ago and we went through the "should we go full time" dilemma. We both retired about the same time and both went through the process of selling our houses.  We have become quite good friends, but we had never met them until this year.  If you have read our blog you know we spent the best part of a month living in the desert with them as they tried out dry camping.  We spent some time with Dee and Jim this winter, who we met on chat as well as Anna, Lessie and Ed and many more.  Any way about a week ago Howard decided our group was not worth supporting anymore and cancelled the chat room without even telling anyone.  (Most chatters have at some point donated to it, or attended his seminars or bought product from his Amazon site).  Thank you very much Mr. Payne for kicking us to the curb.  Anyway one of our chatters took it upon herself to set up our very own chat room and fund it herself so that our friendships would carry on through chat.  We are now hoping to attract more chatters to the site, so I am inviting anyone who would like to investigate it, to go to her blog "Tumbleweed" and click on the "Chat" button on the right side.  Someone is usually there starting about 8:30 EST.  You need to make up a name for yourself, either your own name or a fictitious one, and add your location to the end of it.  For instance mine is "Boo-Holtville CA.  If you don't see me there just mention that Boo sent you and they will give you the big welcome. There is no sign up or any obligation to stick around, but try it out once to see what you think.  I may even be there.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

A Drive in the Country

We headed back into Holtville this morning to continue with haircuts.  All of us ended up in the chair, even the girls.  Dianne was our hairdresser and she did a wonderful job on all of us.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

What a smile!!

Moving day is always viewed as a double edged sword.  On one hand we are excited about moving on to new areas and seeing new things, but on the other hand we don't like leaving good friends behind.  This was the case today as Kyra and Joan will be staying on Ogilby Road and P&H will be moving on down the road to Holtville Hot Springs LTVA with us.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Drone Flight

Harold and I played with the drone a little bit today.  I changed from using my Iphone for the screen to the Ipad which made a big difference in navigating using the screen rather than just by visual.  Susan got the exposure right and now I can see what I am doing.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Mexico trip

We decided that today was a great day to head to Mexico for the day.  It was a little cooler so would be nice for walking around down there.   We took the dogs to spend the afternoon with some new found friends of ours in Yuma.  They have a park model in a park on the west side of Yuma.  They are from Saskatoon Saskatchewan and love dogs so asked if they could look after Charlie and Lexi for the day.  Thanks Sandra and Monty.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Blogger Fest 2017 Review

Blogger Fest 2017 was held on Saturday January 28th 2017 at the Ramada “Pavilion” in South La Posa LTVA south of Quartzsite Arizona.  The day was a little on the cool side but was much warmer than the weather we had been experiencing.  Sue and I were pleased to host the event along with some help from some fellow bloggers.

We turned off the Super Bowl at half time

Well today is Super Bowl Sunday and I can tell you right now that it means nothing to me.  I don't have one sports minded bone in my body and with a name like GaGa why would I want to watch the half time show.  So to relieve my boredom, I took the drone up for a little sight seeing.  I am still getting used to flying it and tend to forget to turn on the camera lots.  I got a shot of our circle of four in the desert.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Bra Shopping

Today was Bra shopping day.  So why did all you guys come to check this out?  Did you really think I was going to post a bunch of pictures or do a commentary on the fine art of choosing a bra? Shame on you guys. Ha Ha.   But now that you are here, I'm going to tell you what Harold and I did while the girls went bra shopping.  Before everyone left we all discussed the days plan around the fire pit.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Candle lit supper with my sweetheart

Friday Harold had an appointment for some service work on his truck at the Chevy dealer in Yuma.  He made the appointment for 7 am so the rest of us said he was on his own for that.  However we did agree to meet them around 10 for breakfast at Cracker Barrel.  We are only about 15 miles from it so we will go there a few times while we are here.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

A Gnarly old Tree in the Desert

Internet has been tough in the last while so the blog has suffered by not being published on time.  I hope we can keep up to it from now on and keep you informed as we travel along.  I will also have a Blogger Fest Report with pictures ready to publish soon.  I appreciate your patience.

Today was moving day.  We are going to go and join our friends Kyra and Joan on Ogilby Road.  They have a nice little spot there and we have decided to join them for a few days on our trek to San Diago.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

We love Shopping

Today we decided to head down to Yuma to explore the route that will take us to Ogilby Road on Thursday and then do some grocery shopping.  It was a pretty drive down through very lush agricultural land.  Lots of activity in the fields and for those of you that are not Trump fans, perhaps you should come and witness all of the field help from our friends in Mexico, who by the way come across the border every day.  They are duly processed workers and I would suspect they encounter no difficulty crossing the border.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

A trip to the Liberry

Charlie and I headed out on a morning walk as usual today.  Difference was we walked down the wash from our site and the sides were cliffs so we had to walk all the way to the other end to get out.  We didn't know it yet, but we had a neat experience awaiting us in the middle of our walk.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Kayak day

With the cool weather behind us we are kicking into high gear when it comes to things to do.  We got out the kayaks today and headed across the Senators Wash Dam to Squaw Lake.  Its like a little oasis in the desert and has Palm Trees and all.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Quartzsite in the Rear View Mirror

Now that Blogger Fest and the RV show are wrapped up in Quartzsite it was time to move on down the road.  A 70 mile move is a walk in the park for us.  We are used to longer moves.

Friday, 27 January 2017

The Naked Book Store guy

As forecast today was a miserable day with winds gusting up to 40 mph and the temperatures staying in the low 50s all day.  I spent most of the morning doing more chores and topping up our water supply.  After lunch the girls headed to town to check out the Readers Oasis Book Store.  This is the home of Quartzsites naked book store owner. Use the link to check out a review of his establishment.  The store itself is a normal book store with a quaint flavour to it.   Now don't get me wrong, I wasn't there, but only repeating what I have heard.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Fixit day.

Today was one of those days where you just finish up more and more of the honey do list.  I had to modify the TV antenna, fix the electric stairs, finish a couple things on the solar, put a door on the dog food cupboard and deal with some grey water.  While I was on the roof I did take a picture of the mini golf course that Missy had constructed in the wash next to our site.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Blogger Fest is coming

Todays blog is going to provide a nudge to everyone concerning BLOGGER FEST 2017.  Remember it is this Saturday from 1 to 5 at the Pavilion at South La Posa.  If you get to the gate we will have it marked from there on.  The GPS coordinates are 33.62478   114.2115.  You don't have to write a blog to come.  Even if you just read blogs of the RVers, come down and meet them in person.  There is such a wide variety of people doing blogs and they all will share their time with you.  Can I ask any of you bloggers out there to post the following on their blogs to let everyone know it is happening.  Thank you and see you there.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A Desert Tour

Charlie and I went for a little walk in the desert this morning.  We haven't been heading out east across the wash much lately so we decided to explore there this morning.  The old trail is still there and there are lots of rock monuments erected.  I think it is a neat way to mark your presence here.

Monday, 23 January 2017

More Solar installation

Today I worked more on the solar installation.  I am glad I am doing myself because I am learning a lot.  Solar is such a neat way to provide power for our unit.  Most of the components are fitted under the bed in back of the Ponderosa in close proximity to the batteries.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Another day in the desert

As if the opening day of the Big Tent wasn't enough, we went back again on the second day.  Once again we snuck in the back way which saved us a lot of time and stress.  On the way we saw a couple of Tiny houses out there.  Sue and I are interested in this for our future needs back in Canada.  We want to have a look in one at some point.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

A Dog watching day

Today started out quite cool.  I checked out the window and Missy was out and about.  I had to shake my head to make sure I wasn't in Manitoba.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Game day

It seems that as the number of people in the area increases in anticipation of the big RV show, the access to good internet slows down to a crawl.  I have been having great difficulty with the blog and downloading pictures so have gotten quite a bit behind.  Because we write this blog as a journal for us and our family and friends, rather than for economic gain, I refuse to stress myself out over getting it done when the internet is so sketchy.  Sorry for that but I will catch up whenever I can do it without a lot of hassle.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

There's a storm brewing

We have been running back and forth to town getting all of our solar supplies as they are shipped to Quiet Times here in Quartzsite.  Quiet times is a wonderful spot to get stuff shipped to and they hold it for quite a while if you are not here to pick it up.  I even had my solar panels shipped there.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Fixit and Fire

Today was a fix it day around our camp.  First off Harold and Rowdy patched some spots on Harold's roof because there is rain in the forecast.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Starting solar

It was COLD this morning. 4C on my thermometer.  I know your going to say that I am a Canadian and should be used to these temperatures and way worse, but the fact is that I paid a lot of money to come down  here so I wouldn't have to.  So because I paid, I think I have the right to complain.  So there!!!  At least my coffee was hot this morning.  You can see the steam rising from it.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Quartzsite RV Show

Today was a really slow day around the Ponderosa.  Most of the day was just sitting and enjoying the sun shine.  Part of the day was spent looking over all of my solar parts that have arrived so far.  We have all the stuff we need to start the installation.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Dog Park outing

We took Charlie out for a rare treat today.  Quartzsite has a lovely dog park where a lot of the snowbirds take their dogs for exercise.  Charlie is in need of some interaction with other dogs because he loves being around them, but doesn't get much of a chance on the road.  This park segregates the big dogs from the little dogs so they can run around without anyone getting hurt or trampled.  We hope to take him here lots in the next while.  The park is on the Northeast corner of town.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Hi Jolly Daze Parade

Today we attended the Hi Jolly Daze Parade in Quartzsite.  It is a parade that involves groups of interest as well as just people who want to be in a parade.  It had about 50 entries and was very entertaining.  As with every parade the local police made a showing.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Quartzsite at last

Today was move day.  We love to sit and look at Superstition Mountain here at Apache Junction, but after a while we get what RVers call Hitch Itch.  Thats when its time to move on.  We are looking forward to spending some time at Quartzsite so today we headed that way.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Fixing and Bonfire

Today we helped get P&H set up.  Their 5er is a new one to them as they just bought it last fall and never really had time to try it out.  We had a great breakfast at their trailer and made a plan to head into Mesa to do some shopping.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Trip to Tortilla Flats

Today started with coffee on the deck.  We had to spend a couple hours catching up on the local gossip with our friends Pat and Harold from Rivers Manitoba.  They arrived last evening after a 3000 km drive over 4 days.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Canadian Snowbird friends arrive

We spent much of the day today doing a lot of odd jobs around the Ponderosa like dishes and a good clean job.  We tend to get so busy enjoying ourselves that those things get a little behind.  Also our friends who are traveling from Canada will be arriving later today so we need to be presentable.  Sue got out the paint brush and finished up painting some of the cupboards in the front of the MH.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Laundry Tale

Today we did even less than we did yesterday.  The highlight of our day was a trip to Superstition Laundry.  This is a great place if you are in a hurry to get done.  There is someone on staff at all times to help you.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Mesa Market and Swap Meet

We are enjoying our time at Superstition Mountain near Apache Junction AZ.  Because it is so nice here we are not doing much of any interest other than relaxing.  This afternoon we did head over to the Mesa Market Place Swap Meet.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Superstition Mountain

We headed from Snyder Hill, just outside Tucson AZ, up the back way to our favorite spot across from Superstition Mountain near Apache Junction AZ.

This is the same place we stayed for about 3 weeks last winter and is a a great spot to be.  It is a rough road for about half a mile but is worth it as the spot amongst the cactus is second to none.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Solar and Sun ahead

It's official.  We are going solar.  We ordered 4 - 165 watt solar panels and a solar charge controller and all the switches and things that we need for the install.  We are getting it all shipped to Quartzsite where I am going to do the install.  I have asked Brian Boone of RV Boondocking with Solar to be my consultant.  He is currently doing installs at Quartzsite for a number of his customers.  So far he has been real helpful in confiming what will work best for me.  I would recommend him for your solar needs.  I'm hoping he will come and look at my RV before I start, and go over my plan and pick holes in it, and when I have finished the install, look at it to make sure it is right before I turn on the switch.  We are excited to get started.  Heres what we ordered.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

The Aircraft Boneyard

Today is the birthday of a special guy from back home.  RJ is part of our family, and he likes to read our blog to see what we are up to.  RJ is 10 years old today.  Happy Birthday Buddy.  The reason I mention him, is because I bet he likes airplanes so he might be interested with our travels today, as we checked off another item on my bucket list.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Hike up Snyder Hill

Today was a toes up day around the Ponderosa.  Charlie and I did some walking up Snyder Hill and exploring.  You can see for miles from up there.  There are some beautiful mountain ranges all around us.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Snyder Hill AZ

We decided to move out to Snyder Hill which is a 14 day free camping area on BLM land just outside Tucson.  We don't mind RV parks but short term stays are really expensive.  It was costing us over $50.00 a night, so it was time to move on.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Colossal Caves and a new game

Spent the morning fixing some things around the Ponderosa.  We extended our stay in the KOA by one day so we could hang with Rowdy and Missy today.  We decided to do an afternoon tour today because the sun promised to shine for a while.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2016 recap

Well another year has come and gone.  Lots has happened to us in 2016.  We took the Ponderosa south for January, February, and March and then spent some time in Alberta with Sheri, Donovan, and Dani on our way back to Manitoba.  We met a lot of real interesting people in our travels and look forward to meeting up with them lots of times as we continue to travel.