Our Day at London Bridge

A quick trip to Lake Havasu City in Arizona was just what we needed to feel like tourists again. We drove over the London Bridge and then walked beneath it shopping in the quaint village shops that line the banks.

Flags are flown from the USA and the United Kingdon

We strolled through the carnival feel of a time long ago.

Shopping below London Bridge

This was a special place for Phil because back in the 1970’s, his dad actually did some marketing trying to sell property in Havasu City before it was completed to folks in Oklahoma!  I can only imagine the struggle that must have been.

It was a huge endeavor to take apart the bridge abroad, numbering each stone, bringing it to Arizona with no water for it to build the bridge over! This is truly  lake front property in Arizona!

London Bridge in Havasu City Arizona

We visited the visitor center and was impressed with the long term planning that had to take place to make it all happen.

We purchased four hats from a gentleman with an accent. I think it from Australia, not England. He was delightful with his sales charm. We weren’t shopping for hats!

Fountain in the Square

We want to return and learn more about the area.

It was one of the pleasant days while visiting Havasu City, Arizona.

Wintering in Arizona on BLM Land was a first for us and we hope to do it again!

Our BLM Campsite View

Header back to Austin Texas

We really like our life on the road, but as others have pointed out, we still live life as it comes.  We hit a bump in our travels at Havasu City.  Judy became ill and after a couple of ER visits, we decided to head back to Austin, Texas for medical tests and to be near family.  Now, we have family in Oklahoma and in Virginia, but in February, it seemed to be prudent to avoid the cold weather as much as possible.

We are putting any immediate travel plans on hold while we deal with the medical, but the doctors assure us that this lay-over is temporary.  We hope to be back on the road soon.

Please continue to follow our blog as we start  our new uncharted journey .  We are planning lots of  short trips in and around  Texas Hill Country.  It is beautiful in the Spring.

2017 Winter so far

We have spent most of January and now into February in Arizona.  Our internet has been sketchy at times, therefore the long pause between publishing the Blog.  I find it frustrating to spend time trying to upload photos when the internet will only handle short posts or emails.  I do some writing off-line in my word files and put it all together on-line once Phil gets the photos edited the way he likes them.  However, we have been busy playing in the good weather that finally arrived this past week.  The following several posts will hopefully catch us up on the past month’s activities.

We left Medina Lake Thousand Trail Park just north of San Antonio after the Holiday.   We enjoyed dancing the night away and watching fireworks there.  The fireworks display was spectacular!  I spent the time there finishing up a quilt for one of my granddaughter’s birthday.  It is a T-shirt quilt from her daddy’s (and uncles) youthful athletic days.  She loved it!

img_0108reduced_2230We surprised ourselves by staying at a Flying J Truck Stop two nights in a row.  Then we continued west arriving in Benson early January and caught up with friends at the Saguaro SKP Co-Op Resort.  We are on the list to lease into a spot and we are  getting close enough to bid one of these days.  We just are not ready to settle down for any length of time yet.  We want to slow down our travels and enjoy each place a bit more, but not for months at a time yet.

We only stayed a few days to regroup and then drove on up to Yuma for dental cleaning and new glasses.   We stayed at the KOFA SPK Co-Op again meeting up with buddies, Donna and Bob for lunch across the border.  They are experienced tour guides to the Algodones dentist office, the eyeglass store, pharmacy (never use the word “drugs”) and the liquor store where  we bought Mexican Vanilla. We usually have lunch and head back shortly after.  It is always a fun and colorful day.  I love the vendors and the food.  We were told that the border was crowded with folks trying to get their papers together to cross over before the inauguration.  We did not see that at all. Entrance and Exit times were as usual.

We joined the Escapees Boomer BOF group for the movie “Hidden Figures” with a lunch or dinner afterwards.  This is a winter weekly event and such a fun time to gather with fellow travelers.  Donna and I attended the Annual Ladies Lunch too.  It is another good time to visit with other ladies who travel full-time or who used to travel full-time, but settled in the area when they got off the road.  It is one of the few times that some of us get to gussy up a bit.

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Judy dressed up and showing off new eye glasses

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Donna Huffer and Friends at the Ladies Luncheon

After a few days we filled the pantry with a variety of foods and supplies and drove the 95 miles to Boomerville in Quartzsite, Arizona.  Quartzsite is a small quiet town in the summer near the California border that swells in population in January for the Annual Big Tent RV Show.  RV Dealers come in with all kinds new, used, old and different RVs for sale.  If you can’t find what you are looking for here, it probably was never made.

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Lady Bug Camper at our Geo-Cache Rally

The Tent Show is a massive assortment of RV and non-RV products on the market.  Some items are new to the market, while others are the standbys that new Rvers must have.   We have such fun strolling the aisles for interesting products.  We don’t buy a lot of stuff, but never miss the ice cream truck!  Patrons stand in one line to buy a ticket for scoops of ice cream, then stand in another line to order from a large selection of flavors.  It may take 30 minutes to an hour to get your ice cream, but you may meet a new friend while in line.   Rver’s are just different people.  They are friendly, polite and kind.  Even when problems arise, they look at it as an opportunity to find the silver lining.  Most never meet a stranger, just like us.

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Campfires and friends in the desert

We spent two weeks in Boomerville which is a swath of desert BLM land inland about 2 miles from I-10.  This is dry camping, so most folks have solar or a generator to keep the batteries charged.   We have a nice propane stove to stave off the cold in the mornings and evenings.  It was colder than expected so we dressed in layers trying to keep warm. Boomers are an Escapee Birds of a Feather group with no dues, no rules (except come and be nice), no age limits that meet up several times over the year at various places for what is called a Boomerang.  Boomerville in Quartzsite is a  large gathering and offers something for everyone.   We had walks, laughing yoga, zumba (cancelled due to the wind and cold), movies, talks on lots of subjects, pancakes and an auction to benefit CARE and a daily Happy Hour to meet up and share our day.  It is a special event.

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Lots of rigs and one lovely sunset

We joined a group to kayak the backwaters of the Colorado River near Blythe, California.  It was sunny, but very cool.

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Backwater kayak trip near Blythe, California

From Boomerville, we moved over to the GeoCaching Rally to hone our skills.  After the rally, we continued to stay with our two traveling buddies Bob and Donna and Bill and Esther.  We explored Quartzsite’s historical places while the guys went to the Parker 425 Races near Bouse.

Quartzsite City Museum

Quartzsite City Museum

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Parker 425 Desert route near Bouse, Arizona

 

We  practiced our newest geocaching skills with Esther, and went dancing several times.  From here, the six of us are going to Parker to pick up our General Delivery mail, get the Walmart supplies and then go to a location called The Steps where our friends  hope to watch the Big Blast.  The Big Blast is a four-day long, nightly fireworks display put on by the large suppliers for potential customers, like cities, parks and other enthusiasts. Weather permitting they will watch from the desert at a distance for free.

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Esther Goodchild geocaching

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Parker 425 Desert Race Cheap Seats!

Ladies Day Out

Ladies Day Out