Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Anyone up for a milkshake?

Slept really well last night as if I didn't have a worry in the world.  It was around 9:30 while I was working on a Phrazle problem that Yuma and I saw a blue truck pull up to the White Lion.  It was Ivan, Road Trip 2022 and he had moved just four or five miles north on Sidewinder Road and read my post last night and saw I was having a problem.

He wanted to know if there was anything he could do to help.  I wanted him to hear what it sounded like, so I went up and turned the key and guess what?!!  The darn thing started right up!  What is going on here?

We talked for awhile as the WL ran.  Then we went outside to see if it still smokes and it does.  Plus, I noticed one of my radiator overflow patch jobs was leaking.  Not going anywhere till that's fixed, so shut the engine off for the day.  Of course, hoping it will start tomorrow.

Since I wasn't going anywhere in the WL today, and today is going to be such a beautiful day, I checked with Deb and Riley, On a long and lonesome highway... to see if they wanted to take a ride over to my old Mittry Lake haunts and I would treat them to a shake at the Date Shake Shop near there.  I go there every year to have a shake.  Their big item is Date Shakes, but I'm not into those.  A good ole chocolate shake is fine for me.

At 2 o'clock, we all jumped into Deb's spacious truck for a day of joy riding.  All, being, me, Yuma, Ivan, Riley and Deb as the chauffer.  Little did I know it was going to be a 120 mile circular drive.

First stop was an antique vehicle Museum.  We didn't go in, but took a few pictures of the antiques on top and outside the wall.




The man that owns the place loves scouring the country looking for antique cars, trucks, tractors, you name it. If it is old he'll buy it.
Cloud Museum

As we were talking to the lady that runs the place, I mentioned we were heading just down the road to the Date Shake Shop and she said, "It's been sold and is closed." Someone came along and bought the place and the 300 or so acres of date trees for $195,000,000.  I think the number of zeros made the sale.  It had been a family business, popular with everyone around, but the new owners closed the shop anyway.  No yummy milk shake today.

We then drove passed several dams and across the Colorado River into Arizona.  The river is not very deep or wide running through this agricultural area.

Laguna Dam.  Fast moving water.

We then crossed the Colorado River at the Imperial Dam into Arizona.

Imperial Dam


Finally, we turned onto the Mittry Lake road.  We were surprised at how fairly smooth the dirt road was.  Been on a lot worse.
Mittry Lake



Turned out to be an all afternoon event, but I think everyone enjoyed the ride.  We headed on into Yuma and made a quick stop at the Walmart and headed home as it was getting late in the day.

It was 6 o'clock and the sun was setting as we left Deb's place for home.  More chicken sandwich for me and dogfood and hotdog for Yuma.  When I publish my post and have dessert, we're calling it a night.

Looking west on Interstate 8

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Monday, December 5, 2022

Where do I go from here?

This morning when I peeked out my window, it looked different.

Fog!

It was so thick, this little guy was on the ground right outside my window waiting for skies to clear for safe flying.

Everything was wet from the very thick fog.  I did my games and it was so warm, I got up and got my coffee going while waiting for the fog to lift.

I have been having problems with my Stroopwafel falling into my coffee several times when I tried to do two things at once.  It ruins them because they disintegrate.  Today, I decided to fix that problem.


I'm going to sell these things and become a millionaire!  Now, I can heat both sides with the coffee steam with no worries that it will fall into my coffee!

The weather forecast called for the fog to lift by 9 o'clock, but it was 10:30 before the sun came out in earnest.
Getting there!

Finally!
After a leisurely breakfast I decided to start packing to go and take on water and then find a camp off Ogilby Road.  Wasn't in a hurry since the whole move wouldn't be over 20 miles.

Got everything put away and decided to start the White Lion and let it warm while I hooked up the Jeep.  Turned the key, and nothing.  No starter engaging at all.  Went out and tested the starting batteries and they were dead as a doornail!

Started the generator and let them charge for over an hour while I enjoyed the warm sun.  If you have to have problems, this isn't a bad place.

To make a long day short, the engine would turn over but would never start.  Did this all afternoon until around 4:30 when I decided to call it a day and just relax.

I'm watching Monday Night Football, and as soon as I'm done with this post I'm having dinner.  Tomorrow is another day.  It will be interesting to see what happens.

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

More cleaning and a visit with friends

 Yuma had to go out again last night, so we slept in this morning till 9:30.  There was a light cloud cover but the sun was peeking through and it was already 53 degrees with no wind.  Going to be a nice day with a high near 70 again.

We had our breakfast rather slowly as usual and it was nice sitting outside.  After breakfast, I finished the last of the cleaning of the Jeep and put the seat covers on and the mats down.  

I am very happy with the way the covers fit, both back and front.  They're made of authentic plastic leather and I can wipe hairs and dirt right off them with a wet rag.  Love it!

It was going on 1:30 and Yuma and I just had to test out our new duds in the Jeep, so we headed over to Deb and Riley's camp for our first visit.  Yuma couldn't wait.  


Only about 7 miles away, so didn't take long.  I was a little surprised at how few rigs were out there.  It's that way everywhere.  I guess the cost of fuel has scared many travelers off this year.

We sat and talked for awhile and then we took a walk around the area.  I've been way down on my steps these last few days.  There are a number of beautiful empty sites in the area.  Much nicer than where I'm staying.  I do need water and it is in this direction, so I'm thinking I may move over here.  Yuma won't have to walk so far to find a bush.

Deb and her daughter, Riley.

When we got back to camp, I cleaned up the mess I left outside when cleaning the Jeep and then I finally got everything put away on the inside of the White Lion.  I've been slow at this because of not knowing if I will be pulling it all out again.  

I'm feeling more comfortable the White Lion is going to start now, so finally getting settled in for the long haul.  Please don't let me down now!

I finally, pulled the meat off one of the barbecue chickens and had some tonight for dinner along with Yuma.  The rest I froze again for later.

At 6 o'clock, it was time for Yellowstone.  Now to finish my post and relax for awhile till bed time.

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Cloudy with sprinkles made for dreary day!

 This morning, we woke to clouds and a breeze coming from the east.  Stayed in bed working on brain teasers till after 9 o'clock hoping the sun would come out, but it didn't.  By 10:30 we were having sprinkles and calling for wet weather all day.

Thursday night I put five boiled eggs out that were past their eating date.  A month past to be exact and they were still there Friday morning.  Last night I heard coyotes and when I looked out this morning all five were gone.  At least they weren't wasted.

I had my coffee and breakfast inside this morning.  I remembered to make six Ritz crackers with peanut butter, but no cheese.  On my grocery list.  This is what I wanted for the day, but no luck!

I have several projects going that require running into Yuma.  I figured because it is a crummy day, that's what I would do.  It was close to 2 o'clock when I left.  First, I was in search of a plug fitting for my solar generator.  After going to Best Buy and Home Depot with no luck, I headed to Walmart to pick up a couple of cleaning items. 

I had decided to just get cheap seat covers and mats till I get home and Walmart had a selection.  I have no address so can't order what I want here.  Checked with their electronics department and of course good ole Walmart came through on the adapter.

Got home at 5 o'clock and fixed dinner.  Yuma had a hotdog with his meal and I fixed a pork chop, potato and green beans for me.  I was starving.

Been watching a little TV and resting.  Dolly, had to remind me to do my post for the evening.  This forgetfulness is getting on my nerves.  Probably would have come to me in the middle of the night.  Hopefully, tomorrow is a better day.

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Jeep is getting a good cleaning

Yuma needed a walk at 4:30 this morning, so I got my brain games out of the way before going back to sleep.  Woke around 7:30, but laid in bed till 9 o'clock since Yuma wasn't in a hurry to get up.  

It was already getting warm outside, but slightly overcast.  Luckily, there is no wind and the high will be a comfortable 70.  I'll take that.

As usual, I had a leisurely breakfast.  One of my commenters asked why I wasn't having Ritz crackers with peanut butter and cheese this winter.  I had to tell him I had forgotten about it.  Thanked him for reminding me and pulled out my box of Ritz crackers and peanut butter and made six yummy crackers to go with my coffee.  Thanks Phxxer.  Getting old is a bxxxh.

The inside of my Jeep is so filthy, even I can't stand to be in it anymore.  Had the outside washed and today is the day to give it a good inside cleaning.  I tried cleaning the carpets of hair, sand and dust, but gave up.  Instead, I ripped every bit of carpet out.  It is old and I will buy new carpet when I return home.  It will be a lot easier to keep clean without carpet.



It took all day getting it cleaned and I'm still not done.  Should finish before noon tomorrow.  I had to clean all the vinyl and spray vinyl cleaner on it.  Then I cleaned the seats as best I could.  They are saturated with dirt and hair.  Took forever to get it looking presentable.  My hands are sore from beating the seats.  Also, my eyes got all that dust and hair and now are itchy.  Lastly, I vacuumed and then wiped down the floors and sides.  Tomorrow, I just need to go back over things and catch stuff I missed.

Yuma was not a happy camper waiting on Dad.  We finally took a nice long walk, but the jets today were really making a low rumble taking off and that scared poor Yuma.  
Took forever to convince him to come along with me and he finally did.  Just as we were returning, someone off in the distance fired a few shots and Yuma high tailed it back home.  

When I got back I didn't see him anywhere.  I was just getting ready to get back to cleaning and there he was, all curled up on the floor in back.  I thought he had gone in the WL, but he knew I would go to the Jeep.

Tired tonight.  It is Gold Rush night, so just had a ham sandwich for dinner and sat back to watch TV.  Tomorrow, I will head to town to find hair and sand proof seat covers if there is such a thing and some rubber mats for the floor.  I don't want to go through this again.

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Sunset over the dunes

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Imperial Sand Dunes

 

Sunrise over Pilot Knob
Quick picture and then turned on the heat and then back under the covers.  Still chilly out this early in the morning.  Played my games and then around 8 o'clock we were up and getting breakfast going.  No wind so by 9 o'clock it was warm enough to lie in my lounger and sip my coffee.

We took a fairly long walk and then laid around and enjoyed the great sunny warm morning.  I was trying to set up my cell phone to receive the game this evening on Amazon Prime, but was having difficulty getting it to work.  Dolly called and got me set up and we had a nice long conversation covering what has been happening in our separate worlds.  It was great to hear her voice.

My brother, Richard called the other day to tell me his son, Jonathon had a healthy young son.  His name is Helios Rodolfo Laning.  He has two daughters and now a son.  Congratulations to Jonathon and Nathalie!


It was close to 2:30 before Yuma and I headed the 9 miles west to the Imperial Sand Dunes.  I-8 runs through the south end of them, so it's a nice easy drive.

The first place we stopped was Plank Road .


Yuma inspecting the recreation example of how it originally looked.

What it really looks like now.

Oops!  Some one slipped off the road!  Just kidding.  Saw this car at an abandoned house on the way to the dunes.
As I drove back toward I-8, I took a few pictures of the dunes in the recreation area.




This gives you an idea of how large these dunes are.
It was going on 4:30 when we returned to camp and we took a fairly long hike to get to my goal for the day.  The sun was setting behind the mountains that are behind the sand dunes.
Dinner time.  Yuma had his dog food with a hotdog and I had chips and two hamburgers.  I was hungry and they were delicious.  Now I'm watching the Bills and Pats play while doing my post.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The Wall

 This morning at 1 o'clock, Yuma decided to go outside.  Put on my robe and grabbed his leash and a small flashlight and headed outside.  I had no clue where the nearest bush was, so just started walking.  

The light was not strong and I kept walking and never ran into one.  Finally, Yuma just did his thing on the ground and we headed back.  I've learned over the years to leave a light on or I could lose the White Lion too.

I was now wide awake, so I thought I would be first with the Wordle games.  I went through them in no time and posted them at 2 o'clock and then went back to sleep, happy to have that done for the morning.

Was awake by 8 o'clock and turned on the heat to get breakfast going.  Finally stepped outside and it was warmer out there than inside.  Beautiful 70 degree day ahead with little wind and lots of sun.

At 10 o'clock, Deb and Riley stopped by to bring me a stick of butter.  Forgot the butter yesterday.  Deb was supposed to use my plug puller to pull the plug from her generator, but she called someone in town to tune it up and they will take care of the plug problem.

It was 12:30 when Yuma and I decided to run down to the U.S. border and get some pictures of the Colorado River and the Wall.  Only about two miles as the crow flies, but we took the road and that made it six miles.

The sandy road took us around the west side of Pilot Knob and then turned to the east on the south side of the mountain.

South side of Pilot Knob

Colorado River and the Wall.  Is that a raft I see on the Mexican side?

Yes, it is!

There's another one in the middle of the river.  See how fast that current is traveling toward the Imperial Sand Dunes?





Made sure my doors were locked while driving through this area.
Beautiful area of the Colorado River coming from Yuma, Arizona.  However, it is very remote and not seen by most folks unfamiliar with the area.
The Algodones International Border crossing to the left across the river.



End of the line.  Time to head home.

On our walk today, I zoomed in on the Imperial Sand Dunes west of camp.
The sand dunes may be our destination tomorrow.  It is now dinner time and I was able to get the Yuma CBS station on my local antenna, so tonight is "Survivor".  Missed last week, so catch-up tonight.

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