Woke this morning to light winds and a nice warm 65 degree temperature. While I broke down the inside of the rig & showered, Larry headed over to wash two loads at the local laundromat. He was back about 90 minutes later and made short work of breaking down the outside. Archie came out to visit while we filled our fresh water tank and all too soon it was time for hugs and a final goodbye. We sure enjoyed our time here in Golden Shores. Hope we're invited back again next year!
We fueled up yesterday while we were out & about. Good thing, once we made the turn-off of I-40headed to Twentynine Palms we were on one of the most deserted roads we've ever traveled! We breezed through Amboy & 'better not blink' or you'll have missed it. We understand it was once a key stop on the old Route 66 until I-40 opened in 1973. Too bad, looks like it would have been fun to stop at Roy's Cafe, Motel & Gas Station. In its heyday, Amboy boasted a population of 700 but today only a handful of people hang around determined to keep Roy's and the town of Amboy alive. The café no longer serves food and it's impossible to book a hotel room. The school has been boarded up and the church has been left to the desert elements. All that is left is a place to buy some snacks, look at pictures from the past and perhaps buy some much overpriced gasoline. The bathrooms though are open to the public. It all seems very surreal.... Maybe that's why it's used as a location for film and television quite often.
And just down the road is the salt flat... Well actually it's a chloride field. It's an area of the desert where pretty much powdered bleach rises to the surface.
Crossing the salt lake, the road passes through a huge salt mining operation. Actually not sodium chloride salt, but calcium chloride. Water filled pits extend to the horizon between a gopher field of mounded spoils from past leeching's. Looks pretty, almost like the Salt Lake outside of Salt Lake City.
We arrived at my cousin Jackie's, got set up and enjoyed a delicious ham dinner. After visiting awhile, Larry headed out to the rig for a much needed nap while Jackie & I caught up. But not before we called Mom, as today is her birthday. She had a very nice day, went out to lunch & got calls from the grandchildren & my sister's too of course. Larry & I will go & see her when we return to Vegas, probably one day next week. Anyway, Happy Birthday Mom! We love you!!!
Wednesday morning Jackie's niece Kelly & two of her children came by to say hello. Kelly is actually my second cousin and I haven't seen her in many years. I do follow her posts on Facebook so knew a bit about what's going on in her world. But it was good to visit and all too soon they left so that Jackie could leave for her eye doctor's appointment. Carl dropped her off & stopped at the Home Depot for a few needed items while Larry & I did a few chores around the rig. When they returned I made tacos, mexican rice & beans for dinner.
Larry shared our DVD of son Jim's fishing TV shows with Trevor Gowdy & then Jackie & I spent hours going over old family photos. Jackie's dad & my dad were brothers. They are both gone now & we sure miss them, but we enjoyed reliving special family moments. I brought several photos out to the rig & Larry scanned them for me.
Well, that's it for now. We are heading to Parker, AZ in the morning. We don't have a reservation anywhere so we'll see how that goes. I know it's a popular area for the snowbirds but not as busy as the Yuma area. So, we'll see you on down the road....