Monday, February 13, 2012

Q, Bullhead City, and Mojave, Feb 6-13, 2012


While in Q, we had more shopping to do, see Bob’s new air compre3ssor hose, our old one cracked in two pieces while we were using it at Imperial Dam.  The goal today was to get all the tires aired up and install the Tire Pressure Monitoring System we purchased.


This is a Stink Bug.  Since we were in PA and VA this past fall, we picked up a few of these creatures.  About every week at least two crawl out of where they were hiding.   We have gotten very brave about squishing their hard shelled bodies.

On this trip back to California we now sport Texas license plates, so we were quite sure we would be stopped.  Actually we thought we would go through an inspection station after leaving Bullhead City, but this one caught us off guard.


The agent was very polite, asked to board the coach and see what fruits and veggies we had to declare.  The two plants passed fine, then came the fruits, two oranges, a huge kiwi fruit and a half of a grapefruit.  I told him the oranges were from CA, a friend had picked them from the Orange Grove RV park in Bakersfield.  He was surprised at the size of the palm sized kiwi, but it passed as well.  He also checked two sweet potatoes we had, all in all everything passed and we were on our way.  Whew!!

Our first shopping in Bullhead City, AZ was to a pet store to purchase another Betta, here is Blue Max.  The color below is a little off, but he is blue with some red in his bottom fin.


The reason we stopped in Bullhead City was to surprise our friends George and Kelli.  We first met before Christmas while staying at Betty’s RV park in Abbeville, LA.   We sure had a great time enjoying a couple of yummy happy hours.


Guess what is in this truck?   Bee hives, two truck loads full, all securely covered with a green netting.


Along, CA 58 in California we spotted this Joshua tree.



Since there are times our Garmin Nuvi 1450 tries to lead us astray, I also now use a navigation app on the DroidX as we travel.  So now Bob has three females telling him where to go!!   Poor Bob!

You can’t really see what I am doing in the photo below, but I am using our yard hand clippers to do some free pruning for the park we are staying in in Mojave, CA.


One morning while staying in Mojave we were blessed to a beautiful rainbow show for off and on for a hour.  Just how many photos can you take?  Hummm, don’t ask!



In a day or so we will be in the Sacramento area to see our kids and grandkids, plus work on cleaning out and working on our stick and brick house getting it ready to sell.

In this special moment in Life…look for and find rainbows

Monday, February 6, 2012

Our week at Imperial Dam LTVA, Jan 29-Feb 5, 2012


Imperial Dam LTVA is similar to Quartzsite LTVA, both are on BLM land, RVers have no hookups, and you can park anywhere you want. One difference is the Imperial Dam area has canyons, gullies and flat areas between the gullies and canyons and Q is mainly flat.

Below is our view out the windshield.



I love feeding the birds, so I have three different type of feeders, for hummingbirds, finches, and for seed eaters.


I almost forgot my other hummingbird feeder that attaches to our front mirror, I ended up buying a replacement while in Q for this one when my old one fell off and broke on a breezy day. I also mix up my own hummingbird food, 1 cup water (boiling-dissolves sugar faster) and 1/4 cup Sugar. Mix together and then cool. Fill feeders and enjoy the hummers.

This year at Imperial Dam we found their drinking water dispenser. The water here and in Q, let’s just say has some extra minerals added naturally, and doesn’t taste the best, so we have been buying drinking water at .25 per gallon.


They also have a Post Office there also. I asked how you received your mail here and she said that you just need to register and then use a special address, not General Delivery, like you use at other post offices. I’m thinking this is not an official post office, but someone doing a service. In fact, the address is for the Christian Service Center, in Winterhaven, CA. You can also get propane in this same general area.


One day we took a short drive to Date Gardens. Of course had our date shakes and bought some dates. Even have some to mail to someone having a birthday on Saturday, I am thinking they will arrive late, sorry.



These beautiful cactus were in the Date Garden’s parking lot.



My favorite is the ocotillo which was in bloom.


The photo below shows the gully or deep ravine beside our coach. Something you would not see in Q.


Leonard and Val, who we met in Q had also moved to Imperial Dam, so we caught up with them again, this time at our homeplace. We enjoyed a great afternoon visiting with them.


We have found that hummers like to drink quite a bit just before sunset, this one was no different.


I am thankful I am feeling better today (the 6th), I was not doing well for about 24 hours a couple of days ago. Some intestinal deal.

This morning (Monday 6th), this hummer can for a few visits, believe it is a Costa. In the photo the head color looks a deep red, but it was a purple color. Even as Bob was backing out the coach to leave, these sweeties were still trying to find that feeder that was just here! Tugged at my heartstring!


This is Castle Dome Peak (3788 feet), taken on our drive from Imperial Dam LTVA back to Q where we are staying a couple of nights in the Scaddon Wash 14 Day free area.


In this special moment in Life…Spread joy

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