Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Isolation in Arizona - Not Too Bad

 AJ, AZ   High 63  Low 48

My dear friend and neighbor, Ginny, informed me that it had been a long time since I had posted a new blog. So here goes.

Let's talk about the weather. It's messed up everywhere. On Thursday, November 5, Phoenix had their hottest ever November temperature - 99 degrees. Today, November 9, our high is supposed to be 57. It snowed up in northern Arizona last night but thankfully we don't see any of that down here in the valley. 

Montana has snow and cold weather. Sorry you guys. Earthquakes in the East, hurricanes in the Southeast, fires still burning in California. Hope everyone is staying safe. 

Then of course there is Covid that is still running rampart in our world. Jim and I are continuing to isolate which we have done since March. We don't even visit with friends here in the park unless we can safely socially distance outside.  We have not been inside a restaurant but we do enjoy take out occasionally. Almost all of our grocery shopping is done on line and pick up at the store. The majority of the people here in our park do not wear masks but Jim and I wear ours. And we really appreciate those who care about us enough to wear theirs around us. I do not want to see any anti-mask comments. You have your own opinion and I have mine. Let's respect each other.

Our election is over, maybe. President Trump has not conceded defeat. President-elect Biden has hit the ground running so we will see what happens in the next year. My prayer is that we can once again be a united country instead of filled with so much hatred and vitriol. Your opinion is important and so is mine even if they are different. We are all children of God and it sure would be nice to be a family unit again.

Our only excitement is going to doctor's appointments.  I've actually been able to go to a couple of Jim's appointments with him. We've also both had tele-med appointments which worked really good for us. The results of all the tests and appointments are pretty good especially for old people. 

Skittlez has also made a few trips to the vet. She is doing good but she is also old. She is on an antibiotic for an inflamed pancreas and has to have another test on Tuesday. She still eats great, drinks lots of water and has a occasional day of bouncing around the house. But most of her time is spent like this.

The other day she rolled out of bed and ended up on her back. And yes, we had to help her get right side up.

Jim has had a couple of projects to keep him busy. The first one was not fun. We had a water leak somewhere. Took awhile to find it and we had to turn the water off for a couple of days til Jim got the right tool to be able to fix it. Hopefully no more water anywhere except where it belongs.

The next project was more fun even though it also involved water. Paula had this ugly fountain that she didn't want anymore and I told her we'd take it. Jim was really excited - not. First he had to repair a leak. Then we had to figure out what colors we wanted to paint it. I wanted to make sure it was bright and cheerful. 



I will leave you with some of the beautiful skies we've had this last month.

A side note that I found interesting. Normally my blog posts get around 210 or 220 views. My last post on fishing in AZ has 473 views. Guess fishing is really popular.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Fishing in Arizona?

 Apache Junction, AZ   High 101  Low 72

We had a specific reason for our stop in St. John's, AZ. We wanted to check out campgrounds in that area and we really wanted to check out Lyman Lake. According to a report I read there is some pretty good walleye fishing in that lake. Jim and I are thinking of maybe staying in Arizona next summer but up in the high country where it's a little cooler than down here in the valley.

Created as an irrigation reservoir by damming the Little Colorado River, Lyman Lake State Park is a 1,200-acre park that encompasses the shoreline of a 1,500-acre reservoir at an elevation of 6,000 feet.

We camped at St. John's RV Park for $20/night. The park was okay with lots of trees for shade. It is mostly weeds and the concrete pads are all busted and are definitely a trip hazard for someone as clumsy as I am.

Their monthly rate is $300 plus electric. $100 of your rent goes toward the electric and you pay anything above that amount. Not a bad deal at all. 

The drive to Lyman Lake from St. John's is beautiful. 

Lyman Lake looks like a fantastic place to do some fishing. 

The campground area is really nice and I bet it is packed on week-ends during the summer. $33 per night for a full hook up site with a fourteen day stay limit. 

It was all I could do to keep Jim from finding a boat and getting out on the water. We can buy a week-day season pass for $75 which is perfect since he doesn't fish on week-ends with all the locals.

After checking out the lake we wanted to check out Springerville RV Park in Springerville, AZ. St. John's is north of the lake and Springerville is south. We really liked the park and I forgot to take any pictures. It is quite new and does not have any trees for shade, but the lots are a nice size with room for our Bungalow, the truck and the boat. The rate is $300 per month plus your electric. 

So we have options if this is what we decide we want to do next summer.

We then made the journey down the mountain into the valley. All we've done since we got back to AJ is doctor appointments. And we still have several to go. People are returning to the park but most activities have been cancelled. We are still staying pretty isolated. We are not living in fear of Corona Virus but we are being cautious. I wish things were different.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Back to Arizona

 Apache Junction, AZ   High 109  Low 81

It was time for us to pull up the jacks and head south. We left Billings on Wednesday, September 10. It was hard to say goodbye to Todd and Michaela. We enjoyed their company so much. 

This was the view out of our window as we headed west. The snow is beautiful on the mountains as long as it stays up there.

Our first night was spent in Twin Bridges, MT at a quiet, pretty rest area. Well, it was quiet during the night. We had a semi, a few cars and a truck camper for company. As we were getting ready to pull out the next morning, a political rally arrived to take over the whole rest area. 

Thursday night we spent at the fairgrounds in Malad, ID. Another free stop but please call the county if you want to camp there. We had thought this was also going to be very peaceful but I need to warn you, you may hear cannons going off. We were watching some TV when all of a sudden we heard this horrible boom not far from us. I got a little worried but nothing else happened. About 30 minutes later another boom. That did it for me. I had to know what was going on so I called the Sheriff's office.

The view at the fairgrounds.

I explained to the women who answered that we were camped at the fairground and I was wondering what all the noise was about. She started to laugh and then explained there was a football game at the high school which was just across the road from us and every time the home team scored, they shot off the cannon. I figured they must have won the game because awhile later there were lots of cannon booms. Then all was quiet.

The next night we made it to Blue Cut RV Park in Helper, UT. We have stayed there before and it was perfect for a one night stay. Pull through and did not have to unhitch. 

A touch of fall color.


Saturday we headed further south into Utah. The southwest scenery is just incredible.

 Spent the night in Bluff, UT at the Coral Sands RV Park. 

After leaving Bluff we headed down Highway 191 through the Navajo Nation. A work of advice - don't go down this road. It is a very rough, roller coaster road and sometimes we could only do 35 mph. I was afraid to go into the trailer at the end of the day cause I wasn't sure anything had survived. 

The Navajo Nation has been hit extremely hard by Covid-19. They have implemented curfews and strict mask wearing. I called to make sure that we could stop and get gas in Chinle on Monday and they told us that they would be open. Signs everywhere stressing the importance of masks, the curfews, and absolutely no visitors. Everyone was wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing at the gas station. 

We finally reached St. John's AZ and pulled into the St. John's RV Resort for three nights. We have a specific reason for being here and that will be my next post. It has definitely warmed up.


Saturday, October 3, 2020

Big Sky Country

 Just some of the gorgeous sky pictures I've taken while here in Montana.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Bragging Rights

 We are on our way back to Arizona but needed to make one last post on Billings.

As parents and parents-in-law of very talented adults, that gives us the right to brag about their accomplishments.

Todd (like his father) is a car nut. He is really involved in remote control car racing which means he has to build and design and paint his own cars.I'm amazed at his abilities to create such realistic models. And he does it by finding really good buys at second hand stores and on sale. (We taught him well.)

This car won a 1st and a 2nd in races last week-end. Way to go.

He also has become very adept at stenciling. At least I think that's what is it. He made this for me.

Our daughter-in-law, Michaela, is beyond talented. I've shown you several of her works in the past but this one is by far her greatest masterpiece.  She painted this for Jim for his birthday. His velcro dog Rocky Joe.

Thank you Todd and Michaela. We love you and are going to miss you so very much.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Happy Birthday Jim

 Billings, MT   High 48  Low 32

It's way too cold for September 8, but it's headed back up to 90 by next week.

We celebrated Jim's birthday by having Chinese food with Todd and Michaela. He also got a huge birthday present. A totally unexpected birthday present.

We always take our truck in for service while we're in Billings at Denny Menholt Chevrolet. Jim retired from the dealership as the Parts Manager when we decided to go full time. They treat him really good.

However, when they were checking over the truck they found a major problem. The head gaskets were not in good shape at all. It would cost several thousand dollars to repair the truck and it was time for Jim and I to have a long talk. We decided that Jim needed to see if he could find a newer truck that we could invest those thousands of dollars in rather than fix the old one.

So he and one of the salesmen, another Jim, went to work and found one.

As you can see, our old topper doesn't quite match in color and this truck has a shorter bed, so we will have to replace the topper when we get back to AZ. Then came all the work. Those of you who have seen the inside of our truck bed know how much stuff Jim carries with us. All of that had to be moved from one truck to the other. The guys at the dealership helped him with some of it, thank goodness. But he still had to do a lot of the heavy moving by himself. It just so happens that it was 103 that day and the Moose's electric was having issues so our air was not working a lot of the time. Not fun.

But everything is done including getting running boards on the truck so I can get in and out. We plan on leaving here on Thursday. And it's none too soon for me. The Moose Lodge folks are talking about upgrading their electric hookups which they desperately need to do. We use our surge guard and it spends a lot of time not being happy with the power output. This is also one of the noisiest places in the whole world to stay. The railroad tracks are just across the street. I know lots of parks have tracks nearby but these trains make our Bungalow shake day and night. This intersection is also one of the busiest in the city. Sirens are going constantly along with motorcycle riders who feel the urge to rev their motors while waiting for the light to change. Just incredible, the amount of noise.

We left the spider infestation back in Canyon Ferry although we brought many of them with us. We will be bombing the Bungalow when we get back to Apache Junction. Here in Billings we have grasshoppers - thousands of them. 

I do love the sky in this picture.

So I am ready to leave, at least mentally. Still lots to do to get everything ready for the road.