Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Winter Homebase in our Future? Yuma, AZ - November 7, 2017

Time for an update. It is hard to believe that a month has passed since I posted last. We are still moochdocking at Tim & Bev's house in the Yuma Foothills. Boy, do we appreiciate their hospitality!

We have been helping them on their home improvements. From re-doing the Arizona room, to painting the whole house and cassita.

It really isn't work though, it is fun to help out and it passes time (till we get a house?).

Thankgiving came and went. We drove out to Tacna, where my sister works at Copper Mountain RV Park, and visited with them. Then we had Thanksgiving here at Tim & Bev's. They invited a few others and we really pigged out. We have had many blessings this year and have much to be thankful for.

The pics.

I heard about the Pecan Cheesecake that Linda Payne, from had made. So I tries to do one in my Instant Pot too. It didn't look as pretty ... but was pretty tasty!

We have been walking a lot these days. This is my latest hike up towards Telegraph Pass. I love the desert.

Finally got our health insurance for next year figured out. I signed up for the AARP United Healthcare Medicare Supplement insurance, with a prescription plan through Humana. I think that is a good choice for me. For Donna, we signed up for a catastrophic cost sharing, faith based plan through Aliera Healthcare. We will pay out of pocket for doctor visits and prescriptions. At least she is covered if something big happens. We couldn't go through 'Obamacare' this year. We won't qualify for any healthcare government subsidy this year due to an up coming IRA distribution (for a house?). Through, the cheapest insurance for her would be $1200.00 a month, and only good in Texas. Health insurance sucks!

Oh, and we found a house to buy. It is also in the Yuma Foothills. It is a fenced area with a 14 x 65 mobilehome, 3 outbuildings, with RV parking with hookups. Pretty cool. We made an offer and it looks like it may close on Dcember 12th. Now we will have a nice place to stay each winter. Looking forward to living in a little bigger place, even if it is for just 4 months of the year. We haven't had a 'sticks & bricks' since July 2012. Pictures coming in next post.

Fergs .... out!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Yuma, AZ - November 4, 2017

We have been here in Yuma, moochdocking at our friends Bev & Tim, for two week now. Time seems to be flying by lately. The weather has cooled a bit, from the mid 90s to now in the mid to lower 80s. Much nicer. We are fortunate to have such good friends. Their hospitality is wonderful.

And the sunrise and sunsets are typical Arizona awesome!

They bought a nice winter home last winter. They have a 14 x 65 mobile home, with a cool Arizona room on one side along with 2 RV spaces with hookups. A nice covered carport for their car. They have some cool Arizona cacti, including a saguaro. I have been helping Tim fixing the place up.

They got a great deal on their place. And since we are always down here in Arizona each winter ... we started looking for a winter place for ourselves. There are many places for sale down here, at really good prices too. Tim & Bev are really helpful and we have seen quite a few places so far. We will see what happens...

Besides going to flea markets and yard sales, we all went down to Los Algodones. We found a great place to have lunch, and had some killer shrimp tacos.

And Donna had some dental work done there. Can't even come close to US dentist prices.

We all also took off on a mini getaway to Laughlin, NV. We stayed in the Colorado Belle one night (for $24.74!!) and had a great time. Didn't win anything, but had fun trying.

And that's about it for now....

Fergs .... out!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Yuma, AZ - October 23, 2017

Leaving Casa Grande, we drove 128 miles west on Interstate 8, to Tacna where we stopped at Copper Mountain RV Park. We have been here before and stopped this time to visit with Karen & Cliff (my sister). We saw Cliff's brother, Wayne & Sharon also as they were there too. We had a good visit. Just a quick stop, one night. A good stopping place, FHU for 28.81. This is Veterans discount plus tax.

Then bright & early the next day, we headed further west a whoppin' 29 mile drive, to the Foothills area of Yuma. Bev & Tim, who just bought a place here, invited us to park at their house.

So we are moochdocking here in Yuma for a bit. Don't know how long we will be here, but their place has 2 spots with RV hookups and it is pretty hot here at the present time, so we are enjoying the company ... and our AC.

We have finally made it to our winter spot. Between here in Yuma, Quartzsite, or maybe even southern California, we are here for the winter.

Not missing the snow and cold weather...for sure!

Fergs .... out!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rover's Roost RV Park, Casa Grande, AZ - October 19, 2017

Our 10 days here in Casa Grande are coming to an end. It has been a good stop. The temps were in the 90s everyday. Thank God for our 2 AC units. The price was right too. We paid for a week ($90.00) and the special gave us 3 extra days. We do pay for the electricity we use, so we will find out what that is in a couple of days.

The only downside of being here, is that in the evening, it stinks! It must be an upper air movement causing some cow dairy somewhere to innundate us with the smell. After a week, we are kinda getting used to it ... almost. Some days are worse than others.

Casa Grande is actually a pretty good sized city. They have all the restaurants and shopping you could want. It is a nice clean area.

Last weekend, we drove into Tempe for their Oktoberfest.

The drive wasn't bad, Tempe is a cool city, and the park was nice. Not much of an Oktoberfest though. There was a carnival going on, some craft tents, and a band was playing. Not too German, I thought. They just wanted to sell you beer (American beer).

We did partake and bought a tasting punch card for $20.00. We shared the eight 4 ounce tastings between us. I enjoyed the Four Peaks Oktoberfest and Donna liked the Pumkin Porter.

I also have been getting my Medicare health insurance in order for 2018. I have gotten mine figured out, but we don't know what is in store for Donna this next year. I'm sure that costs are going up. It is a real pain.

Our friends, Tim & Bev drove over from Yuma and spent one night visiting us here in the park. We will see them again in a few days. We are heading towards Yuma Saturday. We plan on stopping one night at the Copper Mountain RV Park in Tacna to visit my sister. She and Cliff are working there again this year.

Looking forward to a little cooler weather.

Fergs .... out!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Leaving the Balloon Fiesta on Day 4, Now in Casa Grande, AZ - October 11, 2017

The balloons all took off again on Tuesday, the 10th. This was day 4 of the festival. I took a picture of the mass of balloons overhead (last one, I promise) as we were packing up and getting ready to head out.

We actually cut short our stay here. We did 2 nights just down the road at the Route 66 Casino, and 4 more at balloon field. We saw all we wanted to in Albuquerque and the balloon festival and decided to head out a day early.

South on Interstate 25, and across on highway 26 to Deming, NM. A 250 mile travel day. Weather was perfect, no wind and temps in the 60s.

We decided to stop at the Escapee park in Deming, Dream Catcher RV Park. This was a good stop on the way to Yuma. $20.39 for a nice FHU spot.

We dumped our tanks after boondocking 4 days, and Donna did laundry while we were there, and that's just about it.

In the morning, we headed further west towards Yuma.

Entering Arizona.

Our plan was to stop for a couple of days at the Del Sol Casino in Tucson and boondock in their parking lot. But the temps were going to be around 96 degrees. I think our cats (and us) might find that a little uncomfortable, so we went to plan B. We chose the Escapee park in Casa Grande just off Interstate 8, Rover's Roost. We had never been there, and they had a special deal for first time visitors. $90.00 for a week and you get 3 additional days (plus taxes and electricity). So we will do 10 days here.They were very friendly as we got checked into space 22.

We have both AC units on and we are happy ... so are our cats.

Going to go explore the Casa Grande area tomorrow.

Fergs .... out!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Day 3, Albuquerque, NM - October 10, 2017

Yesterday was festival day 3. Saturday and Sunday was opening weekend and there were things happening all day, each day. Now Monday, just a few things happening in the morning. The wind was blowing away from our RV parking lot again so I walked to balloon field and took my last pics of the balloons.

OK .... I'm done taking balloon pictures now.

Then Donna and I went to check out the Balloon Museum. Pretty amazing! The place was big and packed with balloon history and stuff.

Well worth the admission ($6.00). A great museum.

Then we headed off to another museum I wanted to see, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. This place was awesome! It had everything from splitting the atom, the Manhatten Project, the bombs created and used over Japan, to military uses of nuclear technology, and medical uses as well. It had everything you can think of that benefitted from the nuclear discoveries. I especially liked the outdoor aircraft displays.

Los Alamos lab

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs

Trinity bomb




Two cool museums in one day. How cool is that!

Colder weather is comming and we have seen about all we have came to see, so we are leaving Albuquerque this morning.

Continuing southward.

Fergs .... out!