Hello to all of our dear friends and family.
We finished our summer travels and unhooked the RV at Valle Del Oro RV Park in Mesa, AZ. We have chosen this park to be our winter home base until further notice.
Since getting here, I have got the RV repaired. It needed body work after a tire blow-out just outside of Sheridan, WY on July 13th. Bummer! Tried to get it fixed in Sheridan, but we were told it would take a month to get it fixed and we did not want to stay in Sheridan. It was 95 degrees that day! So, we headed to Fun Valley for the rest of the summer since the RV was still livable. Tried to get the repairs done in Amarillo but the guy at a well-known dealership in Amarillo was so horsey, I told him I would take my business elsewhere. So we got the work done here in Mesa. It took about three weeks to get the parts in, but they did the repairs in one day!
I have also had to get yet another radiator for my F-250 pickup truck. This is the 2nd radaitor I have had to put in the truck. I expressed my displeasure all the way up the line in the Consumer Complaint department to no avail. I think that a pick up truck's radiator should not have to be replaced every 40,000 miles! I fired off a letter to Ford Motor Company's president - but it was totally ignored! Another $1600.00 spent!
We have had several parties in the park since we got here including a 50's dance, Octoberfest, Halloween and Welcome Back. Loads of fun!
We took a 90 minute tour boat ride on Saguaro Lake on the Desert Belle with several friends. We went to downtown Phoenix on the Metro "Light Rail" and then took a bus up to the State Capitol complex. Saw the State Capitol Museum (originally the AZ Territory governmental seat).
Over the Christmas holiday, we took Paula's mom to Laughlin, NV to play a little bingo and Texas Hold-em. She loves her games! We also took a side trip to Oatman, AZ on old Route 66. Oatman is an old gold mining town, and descendants of old prospectors' burros still roam the hills around the town. The little beggars come down to the town for handouts. They seem to be doing really well!
That brings this up to date.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR