Saturday, February 25, 2012

Even when I’m busy, I feel lazy

Boy does the time fly by when we are busy.  And it seems that we have been real busy lately, too lazy to blog Open-mouthed smile.  First, I find myself doing some computer work on the road. I love it, in fact I’m thinking of hanging out a shingle saying, “Will fix computers for Food”; sort of like the “Will work for food” signs we see at stop signs.  I’m thinking of this because I have now fixed dinner 3, did I actually say 3, nights in a row.  We’re talking about another new record here folks!  What’s up with this? This has got to stop. Oh wait, Nick Russell is in town and we know what that means: weather changes and dinner out.  I love it when we meet up with Nick and Terry, Jan and Greg because we find the yummiest places to eat in Yuma. Note: I think we will still have good weather, or so the weatherman is reporting, so maybe the Nick Curse is finally broken.

Back to reporting on our latest adventures since leaving Quartzsite.  We made the quick drive up SR 95 to Cattail Cove SP, near Lake Havasu, AZ. We just love this park. The rangers are the best, friendliest, and most accommodating we have met, the views fantastic, and many of our RV friends also camp here: CoolJudy and Luke, Theta and Gerry, and Margie Rogers  (Goosygal). This year we camped in Space 60 with a clear view of the Amphitheater and the clear view of Lake Havasu AZ and the hundreds of quail.  They match the color of the terrain so you cannot make them out up on the mountain, but I got some pictures of them walking by our front window.


In Lake Havasu City, we ate out – a lot, did laundry – a lot, and cached – not so much.  The real reason we come to Lake Havasu is because the Western Pyrotechnics Assn., WPA, holds its ‘Winter Blast’ fireworks celebration here each President’s Day Weekend.  It is 3 nights of fantastic fireworks.  Even though we thought other years’ displays were better, they are still the best you will ever see.  What made this year even more special is my Mom and our daughter, Jennifer, who is a member of WPA and a professional Pyrotechnic, came from Fresno and stayed with us.  That’s Mom between Tom & I.


Since this is the highlight of our time in Lake Havasu I’ll bore you with way too many pictures – I just love fireworks.

In between the fireworks show we did do some touristy things like visit the London Bridge.


Did you know that each of the stones on the bridge are numbered, just like a jigsaw puzzle so when the bridge was moved from London to Lake Havasu it could be reconstructed just right.


Also, did you know that to detour crime against the crown in England, men and women who spoke against the ruling monarch could be drawn and quartered, beheaded and their heads were posted (that’s right, on a post!) at the entrance to the London Bridge for all to see. A display with information on the beheading of each offender is in the Mall in Lake Havasu next to the Bridge.



We also visited the Queen Anne Carriage Reproduction at the Resort near the Bridge.


After 14 fun filled, busy days we left for Yuma to prepare for the Gypsy Journal Yuma Rally which will start in a very short 8 days. Whew, I’d better get cracking on the 4 sessions that I have a responsibility for. For now We are On the Road Again Caching Places that We’ve Never Been.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Last night I set a personal record… NOT eating an entire 1/2 gallon of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, NOT winning 1896 games of Spider Solitaire out of 5417 (a win percentage of 35%), I visited the bathroom over 10 times between 11:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.! What’s up with that?  I might have something to do with the fact that last night I drank a 24 oz. glass of diet cola that Tom made for me with our new SodaStream machine that makes all kinds of delicious soda on demand.  We never run out of Cola, Orange, Root Beer or any of 10 different flavors we have – no cans, no storing 6 packs, 12 or 24 packs of different kinds of soft drinks any more.  It might also have to do with drinking a big glass of diet soda last night while having dinner at the Moose Lodge with Cool Judy and Luke Rinehimer and friends.  And it also might have to do with drinking a bottle of Joint Juice as I got into bed to down my pills.  All I know is THIS HAS GOT TO STOP: I need my beauty sleep.

The last week has just flown by.  I was part of the Admin Team for the SKP Geocaching BOF (Birds of Feather – special interest groups in the Escapee organization) that met for the 3rd annual rally in Quartzsite.  That’s Sky Renfro, Cool Judy Rinehimer, Sue Pace and me. We are waiting for the registration to begin.


We had a group of about 120 RV’ers participate this year.  We had sessions for Newbies as well as the Old Pros.  We shared the kinds of things we have in our Cache Bags, we shared tricks of hiding and finding caches, we played several caching games like Geo Bingo, Abbreviation Quiz, and Place your stick (closest to the Cache Marker), I did the GSAK 101 session twice in our rig with the computer tethered to the big screen RV.


We shared “discoverable” Travel Bugs and Coins; some are vehicles, some people and some that are things that people collect.



There were lots of caches around the area where we were parked at mile marker 2 on Plomosa Road.


When it was finally over, we were pretty pooped, so the Admin Team went out to dinner at the Quartzsite Yacht Club. Don’t ask me why there is a Yacht Club in the middle of the dessert with no bodies of water anywhere around. There’s a story here somewhere.


After the Rally was over we went caching.  We did the Old Yuma Road Run and Tom found this cache very cool.

We also did the SKP Run that had been set out for the Rally. It was an off road run and we had a good time

We were almost the last ones at the Rally Site when we left for Lake Havasu City and Cattail Cove State Park.


This is where we will stay until after the Western Pyrotechnic Assn.’s Winter Blast event over President’s Day Weekend.


So far while here at Cattail Cove we have watched the quail run, read, eaten dinner out, filled Tom’s CO2 canister, and had pedicures. Not too much to talk about, but the quail are worth a final picture.