Enjoying the Day in Los Algodones, Mexico

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Getting Ready to Move On

Where Are We Today 
Pilot Knob RV Park

I thought I should write something, before my blog disappears off the bottom of all my followers side bar.
We have been here at Pilot Knob for a month, tomorrow we are pulling up stakes and moving on. So today, I spent the better part of it, getting ready to go.
First thing was to dump our holding tanks and give them a good back flush. In the morning we will have showers and do a quick dump to make sure they are empty, as we will be boon docking for the next three weeks.
Dumping the black tank and back flushing

Next on the list was to check the tire pressure and torque the lug nuts on the trailer and the truck. 
Using my Viair air compressor that I got in Quartzsite last year. 

Checking the trailer lug nuts torque. All good!

Two of the trailer wheels needed a little
 air added and one of the truck tires needed some. The truck tire was the inside dual wheel on the driver's side. The last time the wheels were off, the outside wheel was put on without lining up the whole in the rims, so I couldn't get the pressure gauge or the air nozzle on the valve stem.  To solve that problem, I had to get the never used jack out to jack up the truck, remove the outer wheel, add air and then replace the outer wheel, lining it up so the inner valve stem is accessible.
When done, all tires were at 65 psi.

Outer wheel removed.

With those big jobs out of the way, I still had the weather station to get off the roof, put away the satellite dish, fold up our mat, fold up Pat's bike and stow it in the back of the truck and take down the flag pole.
Pat's bike folded down and in it's bag

Both bikes put away in the back of the truck

 A couple of weeks ago in a strong wind, the flag pole snap at the top bracket that holds it up. The other day I bought a piece of 1 3/8 dowel to repair it with, so I got that done also. Cutting the dowel to length, mixing up some 30 minute epoxy, I slipped the dowel in both ends and let dry. We will see at our next destination how it holds up.
Broken

Epoxied and slid together

Wrapped with masking tape until dried

One last thing, just after I started to write this, I remembered that I hadn't filled the fresh water tank. A quick trip outside to get that started and now it is done.
That's it for now, thanks for not giving up on me. Until the next time, take care and travel safe. Comment if you wish, always like to read them.

Good night from Pilot Knob. Borrowed the picture from Patsy.


Sunday, December 23, 2018

CHRISTMAS


Where Are We Today 
Pilot Knob RV Resort
Winterhaven California

Winter at "The Ridge"

CHRISTMAS
It is that time of year again, holiday, hustle, bustle, family, friend and gift giving, that's what time of year it is.
Come on Dad! Let's get the tree up.

One of our last Christmas's at the house. 

Did you have to wrap it so tight, mom.

Holiday time, for many this is a time off from school, or work, some for a short time some for longer. Then there are those of us who are retired, you may say we are always on holidays. I like the way my Dad would put it, I'm retired, I don't get any holidays!
The Suite ready for Christmas
Hustle and bustle time go together, that running around making sure you have that last gift, for that special someone. Or that last minute grocery shopping, getting all trimmings for Christmas dinner. Whether it is quaint little shops or huge shopping malls, everyone trying to do the same thing, people everywhere and don't forget about the cars on the streets.
Close and long time friends back home, Kathy and Derrick
Family and friends time, we hope that we have time for family and friends. The best would be in person, but that isn't always possible, either there are so many that you don't have time to see them all or you live too far away.
Who are my family and friends? For the purpose of identifying them, I'm going to put them in groups. 
Most of our family together before we left.

Family is up first, for obvious reasons. Parents, mine are both now gone. Step-parent, which I have one, Marilynne. Brothers and sisters, while no brothers, but two beautiful sisters, Carol and Elizabeth. I also have a step-sister, Caroline. Of course there are the husbands, Brian and Bruce,  and children (six in total) of those sisters.  My children, four beautiful daughters Yvonne, Charlotte, Krystal and Jessica, along with their husbands, Dennis, Cory and one fiancĂ©e, Matt. Along with two step-children, Bridgette and her partner Chris and Patrick and his wife, Chaela with a total of nine grand children.

My side, last year when my dad was still with us.

 Then the love of my life, my partner, my friend and my wife, the person who shares the good and the bad times, the one who keeps me grounded,  calm, humble, satisfied and loved, Pat, some of you know her as Patritia or Patsy.
Of course there are the in-laws, a list so long, Christmas would be over by the time I typed all their names.

Heading out to a Christmas party in 2014 

To name all the friends would take until next year, so let me put them in groups. The list goes like this: closest friends, far away friends, RC flying friends, CanAm RV friends, Face Book friends, RVing friends, long time friends who you don't see very often, blogger and friends through family and many of these are in more than one group. That should cover everybody.
So that time of year is Christmas, with many things going on for us all. Pat and I are away from our families and a lot our friends, but that doesn't mean they are forgotten and not missed. 
Living in our RV, which is decorated, including a Christmas Tree and travelling to warmer climates for the winter is a choice we make. This year, like the past two, we are in a camp ground in the desert of California, where we will celebrate with close, RV and camp ground friends. 

Our traveling buddies this year

Christmas dinner will be at 2 P.M. on Christmas day with turkey and all the trimmings.


Christmas in the desert, Pilot Knob
So while you celebrate with friends and family, sharing a meal, a sip of eggnog or quietly listening to Christmas Carols/songs, whether you are having a white Christmas or sitting on a sandy beach or here in the desert, take time to be thankful for all that we have and think of those who don't have family, friends, gifts and food on a table.
If you are celebrating this time of year, CHRISTMAS, remember why we celebrate it in the first place, no matter what your beliefs are. The gift of a baby, a saviour, the greatest gift of all. The gift of giving, of ourselves, not just for the day or season, but all year long. A tall order yes, but do the best we can.
In closing, from Pilot Knob RV Resort in Winterhaven California, Pat and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
As always, comments are welcome, take care and be safe.

HO, Ho, HO Merry Christmas