Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Visit with Jill and Cliff-Lake Havasu

15 February 2017

We departed at 730AM for the 140 mile drive to Lake Havasu to visit good friends Cliff and Jill.  We met them in 2013 at the Fleetwood factory in Decatur Illinois and later in St Ignace, MI and Missoula MT on return trip to Oregon. In 2015 we got together in San Diego and they took us out on their sail boat. They have since moved to Lake Havasu and  now have a pontoon. We drove down last year and visited over lunch. Strange how a fate brings friends together. I am so glad we have kept in touch.

In Front of their Southwind RV


Brief history on Lake Havasu and the town noted for the London Bridge. The lake itself is a large reservoir behind Parker Dam on the Colorado River between California and Arizona. Aside from recreation,the lake's main purpose is  water for pumping into two aqueducts. The lake and town were named after the Mojave word for blue. The lake brings in around 750,000 visitors annually. Robert McCulloch who purchased London Bridge, purchased 3500 acres of lakeside property along Pittsburgh Point that was eventually transformed into "the island". The town today has a population of around 60,000 and in the winter can swell to over 100,000. McCulloch expanded his land purchase  by purchasing another 13,000 acres and Lake Havasu City was established in 1963.

View of Lake Havasu  City

View of Area near Bridge

London Bridge

Beach area


After visiting, we drove to the Marina and  enjoyed a pontoon ride on the Lake over to a Casino on the California side for lunch. The day was so relaxing and enjoyable. Thank you dear friends for a wonderful afternoon, lunch and your warm hospitality. Until next time.

This is the Life

Steering Sideways

John Taking it all in

Cliff and Jill

Paddle Boarder and Puppy


Welcome to Paradise Sign

Casino at Havasu Landing

Welcome to Havasu Landing


Our drive back via IH40 to 95 north through Searchlight touching on 3 states..Nevada, California and Arizona. Not much traffic until Henderson and LV. On the way back, John found a marker for Camp IBIS established as a  desert training base during WW II 350 miles wide and 250 miles deep out in the middle of desolation. Must have been brutal, not  to mention coping with the rattlesnakes and other critters.

Camp Ibis Marker


Stopped at In n Out for quick hamburger. Long day,but  well worth it. This was our 3rd visit to Lake Havasu, the first in 2013 or 2014.

Valentine's Day

14  February 2017




For Valentine's Day we met Chuck and Rose Mary for lunch at Kneader's Cafe and Bakery. This was our first visit and very pleased. Cafe has a bakery filled with decadent delights..we passed, but may return for just dessert. The sandwiches and homemade soups delish. Definitely recommend.

In the evening we spent with some of our friends from the campground to Red Lobster thinking if we got there early we would not have to wait, but as it turned out an hour's wait. They were featuring Lobster Fest. Must say somewhat disappointed in the food and cost was outrageous, but getting together with friends was nice.

Red Lobster


Tomorrow we drive to Lake Havasu to visit friends Cliff and Jill. Really looking forward to visit.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Back at Nellis

11 February 2017

We arrived back at Nellis AFB Desert Eagle Campground on the 5th and have had a busy week gathering with friends and doing RV repairs and errands.

Site 11


It is good to be back as we enjoy our RV visits with good friends. On Tuesday we went with good friends Chuck and Rose Mary who live here to the Bagel Cafe..lots of laughs, good food and visit. Looking forward to many more visits while we are here until the 5 April.

On Monday what started out to be a run to the RV store for parts, ended up being a day of errands and not returning until 4PM. After having the mobile wash out for washing the RV, we went to two RV stores for parts. John then realized he had left his ATM card in the machine at the base Exchange so we went back to get it. We then went to Salted Malted for lunch, Walmart, Good Sam's for car wash, Dollar store for crossword books and finally home. Did get a good picture of snowcapped Mt Charleston.

Mt Charleston


Wednesday we joined Pat, Darwin, Bill, Lorraine, Deb, Warren at Olive Garden for dinner.

Thursday we visited with our group and later went to Pieology for Pizza. Fortunately we are all in the same area that makes visiting easy.

RV Group Lorraine, Deb,Warren, Bill, John,Judy,Dusty, Darwin and  Pat

Misty & Misty (Bill and  Lorraine's Dogs)


All this eating out has added a few extra pounds so we passed on the seafood buffet at Aliante on Friday.

Have been walking around the campground at least 4 times a day and sometimes Pat walks with me.

John replaced the broken screendoor latch and  pressure release valve on the water heater. Still  more to do in time.

It was 60 years ago today that John joined the Air Force and retired in 1979. Thank you, dear, for your service.

Missed the lunar eclipse, Snowmoon and comet last night due to cloud cover.

Have taken some photos of flyovers.

Thunderbirds

Thunderbird

B-1



Sunrise

Sunrise




Sunday, January 29, 2017

High Tide,Low Tide

29  January 2017

This time next Sunday we will be driving on IH 15 enroute to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas. This will be our home until the 5 April when we depart for Oregon to spend time with Hope and family until the 1 May.

Really hate to leave the beach and walks. It is interesting to watch the high and low tides during the day and how the beach changes. When we first arrived on the 6 January, the south end of the beach was very clean. After the storms it is now littered with seaweed and debris. Lots of trees, limbs, trash and even crab traps. Effort is being made to clean it up, but with every incoming tide,more washes ashore.










Of course we know that tides are caused by the effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun and rotation of the earth. This particular shoreline experiences a semidiurnal tide..two nearly equal high and low tides each day. As an example, today low tide is at 3:14AM and 4:13 PM and high tide is 9:16AM and 10:29 PM.

On our jetty walk, spotted a cute chipmunk gnawing on some seaweed.



We will return in December.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Walking the Beach

19 January 2017

Guess my blog has been rather dormant with the exception of 1 entry since we arrived Camp Pendleton Marine Base Del Mar RV Park 0n 6 January.

Have spent time just relaxing, enjoying the 4 walks a day on beach enabling me to get some 25 to 30 miles a week. The sunsets are beautiful.  No better place to enjoy a walk. Found a few sand dollars, shells,sea stars and even a heart shaped rock for Hope. The roar of the surf at night, the sand pipers and gulls are fun to watch. Think they are used to seeing me and don't scatter when I walk by.

Sand Pipers


Sea Star

Sea Star

Sea Gulls

Kite and Sunset


Beach Finds

Just Relaxing


Another beautiful and moving sight is to see the Marines and Amphibious vehicles pass by the campground on the way to training. One day more than 50 passed by during the morning.





This was taken in 2014


We have 5 days of rain and wind forecasted. Better than the snow family in Oregon has had.

Rainy Day

Rainy Day
Snow in Oregon


Yesterday we drove into Oceanside and did a walk on the pier where I had a conversation with a magnificent pelican. Saw some surfers waiting for the big wave.

Oceanside Pier

Oceanside Beach

Surfers

Beautiful Pelican

Conversation with a Pelican