We left Austin before 8 am on New Year's Eve. We had intended to go about 450 miles to Van Horn and stay at the truck stop, and then the next day go another 400 or so miles to Tucson. But the day was so beautiful and the drive so easy, that we pushed on. Anyone who has been in West Texas knows there is really nothing or no where to stop beyond Van Horn. So we arrived in Las Cruces, New Mexico about 6 pm. A record long day and distance for us at 626 miles. We stayed the night at Hacienda RV park which we had stayed last year. Unfortunately, there was nothing going on for New Year's so we were in bed by 10:00!
We left about 8 am. Another lovely day. We pushed right through to Yuma, arriving about 4:30. Just 511 miles this day!
We settled into Yuma Palms in site 181. This will be our home for the next two months. We've already connected with Joan and Eric that we met in St. Andrews, NB and the second night three ladies walked by who all have sites at Swan Lake in Vernon. There are many BC and Alberta plates here. This is definitely the go-to place for west coasters looking for warmth. Our nearest neighbours are Jim and Cheryl from Reno and their dog Rocky.
One night we had Don and Wendy for drinks and dinner. We have known them for 17 years - they used to own DJ's Mega Sound in South Surrey. They are at another park in the area.
The first Thursday we went to the Arizona Marketplace. We have been here a few times before so knew it was the place to go to get two new lawn chairs (with little tables attached). We also got two little plastic tables to attach to our lounge chairs and some strings to redo the lounge chairs.
On Friday the 6th Larry had the coach washed and waxed as well as having the roof waxed and the wheels and tires cleaned. He also had the car washed at the same time. Total cost $170.00 What a deal!
Saturday is the weekly Burger Bash at the Park. For $3.50 you get a nice burger and a bag of chips. You also can have as much beer as you want. The music was so loud (plus the Canucks were playing) that we didn't stay long.
Each day dawns sunny and quite cold (sometimes as low as 47 deg F) but warms up to about 70. Nice and dry!
On the 11th we went to Algodones, Baja California, Mexico with Joan and Eric. We all had little missions to accomplish - Maureen new lenses for her glasses, Larry and Eric haircuts, Eric some dental work. Haircuts were first - $3 with a $2 tip. Then we stopped at Eric's dentist and made an appointment for 3:30 that afternoon. Then we went to the optometrist. They do a good eye exam for $10 (if you buy glasses) and $20 if you don't. Maureen ordered new lenses for her existing frames ($140) and they would be ready for pickup in three hours. We then went for lunch to El Paraiso. It is quite a large restaurant. We all had combo plates for $6.50 with a $5 margarita. There was live music and the food was quite good. It's been around since 1947. It was very clean. Then we went back to the dentist and they began work on Eric's two crowns ($200 each). Larry and Maureen went back to pick up the glasses at 3:30 and then stopped at the Purple Pharmacy for some medications. We then waited for Joan and Eric, then headed to the border lineup at about 5:30. It went quite quickly with no trouble. We had parked our car in the big lot and it cost $5 to get it out. All in all a pretty good day. Eric went back on Friday for an extraction and it all worked out very well.
On the 14th it was the Harley Davidson Burger Bash. There were lots of beautiful bikes lined up out front. Don and Wendy came over with another couple (Don and Rhonda who are from Oliver) and we went for lunch and beer. Joan and Eric joined us too. The music was better this week and not quite so loud. After lunch we looked at the bikes and went through an open house. The lots are for sale here for $83,000. This price hasn't really changed in the three years we've been coming here. Monthly fees are $160 (includes water, sewer, cable and amenities). Taxes would be about $168 a year plus electricity which is about $.17 a kilowatt hour. The weather has turned a bit cooler and cloudy. On the 15th we even had a few sprinkles of rain.