Thursday, September 24, 2020

Back to our winter home

 We got back to our winter home. It's pretty hot, 103 today. We have been getting up at 6 am before it gets too hot to work on getting set up.

It's Really nice to have fast internet again. We have Spectrum Wifi here and it is blazing fast. When we are on the road we use a Verizon hotspot and it really sucks and cost way too much. Someday someone will come up with something better I hope.

The RV is on the wrong side of the lot, so it's not in the way to install the RV port next week. I had to put the battery charger on the car to get it to start. I got the washer and dryer all hooked up and running. We called Frank, the brick guy, to line him up to make the patio a lot bigger and put in a walkway to the shed.

Before we left Williams, AZ we went to the Raptor Ranch. This Harrier Hawk, named Hawkeye,  would fly from a perch to his trainer. He had him flying right over our heads. It came so close you could almost touch it. Peggy got this great picture.

                                         Here he comes! 

                        They had a lot of hawks on display. 

                               I think this is a Harrier Hawk.

                                       And this huge Horned Owl.

The Raptor Ranch is an old Flintstone's tourist trap. They are rebuilding it for the bird show. It has an RV park they rebuilt and added 50 amp hookups. It's only about 25 mile south of the Grand Canyon. It only cost $5 to see the show and it was worth it. It was a good show. I've never had a hawk fly so close to my head before.

                 Peggy being a good sport for some funny pictures.

On our way back we stopped at the Grand Canyon Brewery and met some real nice people from California, Chris and Terry. 

                    BGE picture of the Blog.

                           Pizza Time! I love Pizza on the BGE!

                Live Happy and Always Go Big.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

On our way home

 We are on the move. Our first stop is in Williams, AZ at The Grand Canyon Railroad RV Park. The trains run at night and they are loud.

                       Only a couple of yards from the park.

We have a nice big lot on the end of the road with a nice view into a field and some mountains.  

We walked to dinner at the Grand Canyon Brewery and Distillery. The food was good and they had outdoor seating.

Before we left Lakeside we had to stop at the Trump store one more time. They say this is one of only two Trump stores in the nation. I find that hard to believe.
        Katie got her mask on to go outside. She doesn't like it much.
I have mine on just to be safe. In the bars here they check your temperature and you have to have a mask on until you are seated and have a drink in front of you and NO dancing.
                We had a Labor Day party at the park in Lakeside.
We saw Nanook the Beer delivery guy at the world famous Sultana Bar here in Williams. 

We are heading back to Fortuna Foothills. We're not in a big hurry because it's still hot back there. But we'll be back by the 30th. They are going to start to install our RV port. It was supposed to be done already. But it will be nice to be there to make sure they do it right. 

                      BGE Picture of the Blog.
Heidi and Matt making Bacon Apple Crisp with Bourbon Caramel sauce on the BGE. Looks good. I'll have to try that sometime.

               Live Happy and Alway Go Big.  

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Best Little RV Park

Only got one more week here at the Best Little RV Park in Lakeside, Ponderosa RV Park. Kelley and Jeff that run the park are the best! We have been here for 3 mouths and the weather has been great. Not too hot and nice and sunny with a little rain mixed in. We have had a great site in the park, thanks to Kelley. We have a nice little apple tree to give us some nice shade to sit out in.

The town of Lakeside/Pinetop is a nice place to spend the summer. It's just a small town in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. 

Soon we'll be heading home to Fortuna Foothills. Hope it cools down a bit first.

We have made some good friends here in the park. Someday we may hook up with them in another place, you never know.

Alan and Trish from Lake Havasu, only a 5 hour drive from here.

Having fun whipping up some good food on the BGE.

Some meatloaf. I love meatloaf on the BGE.
I made my first Peach Cobbler on the BGE. It was really good. We will be doing that again! This was a small one, next time I am going to make a BIG one.

Phase III report. The footing are all in. They are finally in the right spot! But the bad news the RV port will not be built until after we get back sometime. It was Supposed be done before we got back. Just like most salesmen they lie to you to get the sale. 

BGE Picture of the Blog.

Heidi with her new Mini-Max BGE!

Live Happy and Always Go Big.



Saturday, August 29, 2020

Some Progress

 We got some more pictures of the progress on phase III. Thanks to Mike and Heather. I had to call and kick some contractor butt. They didn't put the footings in the right place, even though we talked about it before we left for the summer.

We had our contractor get a variance to put it 5 foot from the septic tank, so now it's in an even better spot then we had planned. Not sure why they didn't tell me that we could do that before we left. So they emailed me the paperwork to get it 5 foot from the tank.

They had to expose the tank and have a county inspector came and approve it.

So, now it's better then we talked about, by 5 foot. So I'm a lot happier. Now we'll have to get on the people that are going to build the RV port. So that's my next call on Monday.

Here was the original plan. But this isn't what they did.

We had a Margaritaville party here in the park. Here we are with our neighbors, Alan and Trisha.

It had a good turn out with live music.

The weather here the past couple of days has been a little wet. The morning starts out nice and sunny, then a little later in the afternoon the rain starts. It's not a bad thing, we don't see rain in Arizona very often.
And we can get a little hail with the rain.

Boston report: Bonnie is doing better with her broken leg. Here she is napping with Baby.

Look how cute she is.

Katie getting her morning banana. She will eat almost anything.

We went out to the Pinetop Brewery this week. Not all the bars are open here in Pinetop or have outside seating.

BGE Picture of the Blog.

Bill and his son finished Joey's table. Nice job guys. 

Live Happy and Always Go Big.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Feeling Good Again

 Not much to blog about. But I'm feeling good again. It took two weeks to get back to normal. It wasn't fun. This getting old stuff is not for sissies. We've just been sitting around here in the park. The only time I've left the park is to go to the drug store to get really expensive drugs to keep me going.

We got this photo from our neighbor back in Fortuna. These guys are starting on phase III at our lot. We ordered the work back in May before we left and they're just starting on it now. It's been driving us crazy that they didn't start earlier. Doesn't look like they are in a big hurry. (like most contractors). I count seven guys. They should get it done in one day.
We spotted the space station fly by the other night. I went to the space station web site and you can put your location in and it will text you what time the station is visible and for how long you can see it. Here is the site
It's pretty cool.
Peggy and Katie went for a walk this morning  and took some pictures of the area. This is the park office.
Some swamp.
A nice nature walk not far from the park.
A hummingbird on our feeder. Lots of hummers here in the White Mountains of Arizona.
Our neighbor, Petra and her dog Buddy.

BGE Picture of the Blog.

Brother Terry's New XL Egg. Just hacked off the end of the table to make room for the BIG one.  Good job Terry.

Live Happy and Always Go Big.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

I've had a little set back. I had a bad cramp in my leg that wouldn't go away. Turns out, it was a Deep Vein Thrombosis a.k.a., DVT or a blood clot in my right leg and to make matters even worse, add a Pulmonary Embolism a.k.a., a PE in my lungs. Peggy called the ambulance to take me to the hospital. She couldn't go with me because of Covid-19. The hospital won't let anybody in if you're not sick. It's so embarrassing to got hauled out of the RV park in an ambulance!

I took this picture in the hospital to read the monitor behind me. Just checking to see if it was flat lining.
Me, after I got back from the hospital with Katie keeping me warm.
Couple of days later Katie and I are having breakfast that Peggy made for us. I'm getting better every day.

Peggy has been taking good care of me. I love her so much. She has been doing all the cooking. She made a really good Pot Roast in the crock pot.
Ok, back to the fun stuff.
Here's Bonnie looking like a fake dog.

Katie met a new friend here in the park, Amy the 3 year old Boston. They've been having play dates.

BGE Picture of the Blog.
Pork on a stick. Pork tenderloin marinated in Soy, Honey and Dijon Mustard.  

Live Happy and Always Go Big.