Monday, February 3, 2014

Clean, Clean, Clean and Clean

Yuma, AZ  High 77  Low 48

P1070770I had one more historical stop I wanted to make before our time was up in Yuma. How many of you know who Robert G. Fowler was? He was born in 1883 and died in 1966.

On October 25, 1911, he touched down in Yuma at this site, becoming the first person to land an airplane in Arizona under its own power. This site is on 4th Avenue which is now a busy street on the I-8 Business loop.

He left Los Angeles on October 19 and earned his place in aviation history by completing the first west to east transcontinental flight when he reached San Pablo Beach, FL on February 17, 1912. He purchased his plane from Orville and Wilbur Wright who taught him to fly.

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Before we left Yuma we had Benjamin’s come out to Pilot Knob and wash and wax our rig for us.

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This is really a bargain in my book. They bring their own water and do a hand wax of McGuire’s wax for $99. The guys had a blow out on their way to our site and didn’t have a chance to have any lunch. We fixed them a couple of ham and cheese sandwiches which they really appreciated.

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The rig looks so good and Jim doesn’t have to spend two weeks trying to get it done.

Friday morning we were ready to head out about 8:00. The wind was blowing but Toni and Doug came out to say goodbye to us. Thanks for being such great neighbors and we’ll see you next year.

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P1070776We are now back in Apache Junction and our first order of business were baths. For all of us. It felt so good to stand in that shower and just let the water run and not worry about the tanks filling up or running out of fresh water. Of course the girls were not as impressed. We boondocked for four weeks which is a record for us. Every year it gets easier.

We also had four huge loads of laundry and we now have clean clothes. Still have rugs to wash but we’re making progress.

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Tomorrow we start with doctor appointments and Jim is really looking forward to finding time to go fishing.

One more sunset from the desert.

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29 comments:

  1. Y'all are clean inside and out.
    Those kids just crack me up. Look at those poor little faces...lol

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  2. I can't tell you how many hundreds of times I've been down 4th Ave and I've never seen that statue!!!

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  3. Another interesting history lesson - you're so good at that! I'm sure you enjoyed your hot showers but the girls look a little unhappy lol! They were just starting to smell the way dogs want to smell! We have our first grooming appointment for our pups next week - don't think I want all that long hair going down my drain.

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  4. I agree you got a real deal with the cleaning of the rig. In Ireland, whenever you have any workmen at your house, you fix them lunch as well as tea for their breaks. I think it is a very nice custom.

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  5. What a fabulous time you all must have had in the desert... AND---to have so many friends there is awesome... Bet you have lots of friends wherever you go... SO NEAT!!!

    Well---back at Apache Junction --and you will catch up on many things you haven't been able to do in the desert!!! Fun Fun ---I call that: Getting back to LIFE.... haha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. Your puppies look like they're ready to disown you! :cD

    Amazing what a little soap and water will do...

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  7. So much fu in the desert that we really enjoy too, nut nice to be able get things all cleaned up again.
    Ready to back to the desert yet?

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  8. That's a deal on the wax job. I will be calling them.

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  9. We have an appointment for our coach to get spiffy on Wednesday. We still have that Quartzsite dirt on it.

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  10. We sure know what a blessing it is to stand in the shower and let the water run. Water is the thing we miss most when boondocking.

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  11. That is definitely the pitiful dachsie look to lay a guilt trip on you, lol, but they look so clean and slick now.

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  12. Boondocking for 4 weeks--not sure if I could every do that. Good for you!

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  13. Clean is good....and a squeaky clean home for $99 is great!
    I do appreciate all the posts from Yuma...we will arrive there tomorrow.
    I can't imagine boondocking for that long....I do love a long hot shower!

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  14. I love boondocking but I sure love letting the water run too!

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  15. I love a hot shower too! I'm looking forward to following you guys on your adventures. Glad I found your blog!

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  16. Thanks for the info on Robert G. Fowler as I'd never heard of him.

    Sad looking little pooches in the shower alright.

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  17. We did the truck today and the rig will get it tomorrow.

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  18. I hadn't heard of Robert G. Fowler either.. glad you educated me!

    love the sunset pictures ... ;)

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  19. I think the doggers preferred to stay dirty.....

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  20. I think after boondocking for four weeks you qualify as expert.

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  21. So good to be home, I'll bet! I'm going to call Benjamin, too, to wash/wax The Palms. I wonder if he would come to Hot Springs? I might call and ask him. :)

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  22. It's hard to get a car done for $99 so that seems like a great bargain. Four weeks of boondocking would have me alone in the RV and the girls in a motel for 3 weeks and 6 days :-)

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  23. So glad you had such a good time. Yep, it always feels good to get that desert dust and dirt off!

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  24. I too remember when a shower felt so good. Good luck with Dr appointments and I hope Jim can get out fishing.

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  25. An interesting post that I enjoyed reading. Good luck to you both.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  26. Great deal on the detailing. The girls sure don't look happy.

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  27. What a great deal on the wash/wax. I plan to get the same just before I am ready to leave the Yuma area.

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