Sunday December 31, 2017

Preparing for a Happy New Year!

We are getting ready - we went shopping this morning for some last minute provisions (including wine!) and we also look forward to heading over to Mary and Linda's place tomorrow evening to observe the "wolf" moon, the first full moon of the new year, we might even do some "howling" ourselves!

Borrego Springs and the area around is hopping, the desert areas around the town are full of off road folks, enough that yesterday there was a "sand fog" that obscured the hills nearby. We joined the local Facebook group, Borrego Springs 92004 and there was a negative comment about the sand from a local, she was drowned out by other positive comments indicating that this holiday is one of the two busiest of the year and a local business person indicating "the visitors spend more money on the holiday than the locals spend all year", so we we feel very welcome here!

We hope that the clouds don't obscure the moon this evening, today there are some clouds around,  but we had a beautiful sunrise this morning:

The picture would have been better if Al had figured out how to turn off the camera flash (it was before his first coffee!).

We hope to post some great pictures of the wolf moon if the clouds hold off.

Best wishes to everyone, have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday December 26, 2017

And a good time was had by all!

We had a very good Christmas day, quiet, but the turkey was good!

Murdoch had a good time too, he is really enjoying the times at the dog park with his girlfriend Lucy and we are hoping that his twice a day exercise will help him lose a few pounds (we have been "chastised" by our vet for his being about 10 pounds over his ideal weight!)

A couple of dog park pictures:

Preparing for "battle"!

Murdoch getting his ears chewed on!

When Murdoch is not at the dog park, he is "guarding" the campsite. What does he see?

Ah, there it is, Wylie coyote's enemy! Murdoch could probably not catch him either.

We got a beautiful Christmas card from our friends Ed and Karen, very appropriate!


Sunday December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

A brief post to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! We are preparing for the feast tomorrow with a small turkey and a quiet Christmas day. The weather is starting to warm up a bit, but we've become somewhat like the locals, long pants and long sleeve shirts, though not as bad  as some of them wearing touques and parkas!

I thought that I would post a picture of our updated RV and our campsite:

Since we are here in the US, a gun is a requirement!

Seriously, we got this image from a member of the Redwood Owners Group. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Al & Suzette (and Murdoch!)

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Christmas is Coming!

Yes, it' getting closer! Our presents have arrived at the grand kids places (except for a delayed shipment, Amazon apologized!). We bought our small turkey breast yesterday and last evening we had a parade of the Road Runner club's folks in golf carts:

This is a "strange" picture of our decorations, the place isn't green but you can see the lights shining on the tree:

Our neighbour's place looks much better!

Thursday December 7, 2017

"Shakin all Over!"

Interesting days here! we are used to an occasional shake, being in earthquake country, but yesterday we got a few additional events. It started yesterday after dark with a number of quakes in the area, most in Julian up the hill but we had a shake here in Borrego Springs as well.

Murdoch reacted to the quakes a few seconds before we felt them. There was no damage and our RV would survive a much stronger quake as it's said that RV's suffer quakes frequently while driving over bad road conditions. Still, it was interesting! The screen shot below may show the quakes yesterday:

This screenshot may only last 11 days!

Just in case, the picture below should stay:

On top of the quakes, there are fires near LA, and our AT&T phone just issued an alert for a fire in north San Diego county. Fortunately we are not close, although with the high winds our steaks on the barbie will have to be postponed until tomorrow!

It's always interesting around here!

Sunday December 3, 2017

Relaxing and enjoying it!

We are well settled, and the weather has been great, warm days and good sleeping temperatures. Murdoch is finally getting used to Pacific time, he slept in to 6 AM this morning!

A great moon rise yesterday evening:

Thursday November 30, 2017

Lots of Wildlife here!

We are settled in, most of the work required to get us to a comfortable position is now done (and Al is getting lazy!).

We have been awoken each night by the coyotes, they have been very close. Last night we think one of them disturbed some furniture on our neighbour's site by the sound they made and there was a "deposit" left on our site as well. The local newspaper also posted a picture of big horn sheep enjoying a local venue:

The local internet company can be connected via the local cable system in the park, so we signed up and have some high speed internet, this is the first trial of the connection, it's faster than our service back home!

While there isn't a competition here, we felt guilty about not doing a lot of Christmas decorations, so we put in a line of coloured LED's under the RV to give some appearance of Christmas. This is how they looked at dawn this morning We will add some more stuff as December comes. Suzette bought a couple of nice flower plants as well:

People are starting to arrive, two of our friends arrive tomorrow.

Tuesday November 28, 2017

Settled in Borrego Springs

We made it here yesterday and got blown around with the heavy wind gusts, today is calm and warm, but a little cloudy.

Most of the "stuff" is unpacked and even the hummers are already eating from our two bird feeders. We did some initial shopping in town and picked up the gossip about the change in ownership of the RV park here and the adjacent Roadrunner mobile home park, it promises to be a transitional winter. We look forward to hitting some local restaurants. We are trying out the high speed internet service here, it should be active on Thursday.

A couple of initial pictures of the site:

Thursday November 23, 2017.

Thanksgiving in Yuma

We arrived here yesterday and are in Fortuna de Oro, our regular "beer drinking" campground. We wanted to try out The Palms, but it being Thanksgiving here we knew that we could get in to Fortuna. It will be the last time we stop here, the combination of the paperwork burden (including two bundles if you have a dog, and why do they need your drivers license?) when signing in and the crowd isn't pleasant (but it's dirt cheap for seasonals)

The good news is that we can get our site early at the Springs in Borrego on Monday, so we will be off.

We are celebrating the Thanksgiving with a ham and some stuffing made by Cam back home at Paradise farms.

Murdoch has been very quiet here, maybe it's because of the heat, it's 32C outside and both A/C units are on, we love this weather!

An initial couple of pictures:

Yes, definitely laid back!

They still continue to push park model sales starting under $40,000:

Nice views of the foothills:

Tuesday November 21, 2017

Last day in Tucson

We have enjoyed our stay here, we took a patio site to see how we liked it. Not bad, but a little cramped with the additional stuff. It has a fireplace, not sure if we will have a fire tonight or not.

A couple of pictures:

Yes, we are enjoying some wine!

We had a great time with Ron, a retirement buddy from Quebec, and his wife Diane. We reminisced about work and discussed RVing, they are relatively new at it.

We took in a couple of dinners and enjoyed the talk. They left this morning on their run back to Quebec.

Murdoch even got into the picture!

Sunday November 19, 2017

In Tucson Arizona

We have been doing a bit of a speed run this year so we haven't posted a lot. We arrived here at Lazy Days KOA in Tucson a couple of days ago and we welcomed the arrival of Al's retirement buddy Ron and his wife Diane yesterday.

We've relaxed a bit and Murdoch has found a new girlfriend, Shilo, at the dog park, she's a slightly younger Golden and they are having a great time at the park.

We had our first BBQ of the trip, delicious, the bakers were already done:

The KOA has a new restaurant, not run by the KOA, on-site, basic fare but the brisket and ribs were good, and the company was great!

We will enjoy Ron and Diane's company here!



Thursday November 9, 2017

In Village Creek SP near Wynne Arkansas

We arrived here yesterday after spending 2 days in Natchez Trace state park near Jackson Tennessee. We have got some sunny weather today, we are outside for the first time in a few days.

Murdoch is in his element, there are 4 deer that graze on the grass nearby, Murdoch goes over after they run away and has his nose to the ground smelling the scents of the deer. Al tried to get a picture but the deer are very skittish and they ran. Here is the attempt at taking a long range shot, the remaining deer looks like a tree, in the center of the picture:

Murdoch has "graduated", he's not eating (and pooping!) whole acorns any more, the deer must be keeping him busy.

We got our normal pull through site which is satellite TV friendly and in spite of having only 1 bar on the AT&T hot spot we are on line.

A picture of our normal site:

Al refilled a propane cylinder today in preparation for a cold night tonight, almost freezing! It's still warm by Ontario standards though.

Sunday November 5, 2017

In Bowling Green Kentucky

We are on our second day here, we arrived from Columbus Indiana yesterday. We are loving the weather, it's 26 C and sunny here today, Murdoch is really enjoying being outside.

Up to yesterday he (and we) had indoor days, he really didn't enjoy it as the picture below shows:

Ah, that's better:

We may have another day or two indoor days due to the rain in Tennessee, but the weather person has been wrong before!

You know it's still warm when you hear the crickets chirping first thing in the morning.

Thursday November 2, 2017

On the Road to California Again!

We left home yesterday after we shelled out Halloween treats to the kids (we have plenty left over!). After an uneventful border crossing (the officer complemented Murdoch and admired our RV) we stayed in Monroe Michigan, today we have stopped in Bluffton Indiana at the KOA here.

It warmed up over the day, it's almost 20C here compared to +4C last night. We are looking to some sunny days (real sunny days, not Trudeau's sunny days!) as we head to Bowling Green Kentucky for the weekend.