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December 3 to 9, 2018




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Monday December 3, 2018


I felt lazy today, no bike ride for me today.  It took a while to warm-up today.
We went looking for some geocaches in downtown old Yuma this afternoon.
 

One of the caches was at the Yuma Armed Forces Park.
 

Like many cities downtown area, this one is trying to revive itself.


So far, we found four out of five caches.  The next caches were in one of the Yuma cemeteries.


It is kind of weird to see a cemetery with sand compare to grass.
They sure do remember their dead.
 

This plant was sparkling in the sun and it was not from water, just from the fussiness that cover it.


Another cache was in this tree.  The key to open the lock was in the fake camera above it.
   

Another cache was in a shotgun shell in this post.
 

We also went near the Yuma Territorial Prison for more caches.


We did good at Geocaching today.  We found 10 caches and only one not found.



Tuesday December 4, 2018


Brrr, cool and cloudy today.

Today at the Yuma Civic Center, they were hosting a "Welcome Back Winter Visitors" event.  This is a chance to see what is offered in this city, for us people from the north.  Many boots were local hospitals, dentists, funeral homes and a few RV Resorts.


When we got back home, we mostly read.  In the evening, we did go to the hot tub for about 45 minutes.



Wednesday December 5, 2018


We have some friends who are spending the winter in a nearby desert in California.  We decided to check out if they have arrived.

Shortly after we enter California, we had to stop at the agricultural inspection station to make sure we did not bring any fruits back in California.  It is illegal to bring any fruits in California.  They are serious about protecting their crop from infestation.


We also drive thru the "Imperial Sans Dunes Recreation Area" which is part of the larger "Dunes Algodones".


After driving about 45 minutes, we arrive at the Hot Spring LVTA.  This is a place like Quartzsite where you can park in the desert without any services.  How much to stay in here?  $40 for 14 days or $180 for six months.


Obviously with a name like Hot Spring, you have to have a hot spring nearby.  This hot spring is not commercial, and it is a very basic set-up.  This is the not developed area.
 

And this is the developed area.  As you can see, it is very basic, but it works.


Our friends have not arrived yet.  We are still happy to have come to visit this place.

We kept going west to the next little town of Holtville, about seven miles from Hot Spring LVTA.


WOW!  Gasoline is $0.85 more expensive in California than Arizona.


Some Date Palm farm.


On our way back home, we stopped at the rest area located in the dunes.
We had lunch and watched two dune-buggies going up the sand dune.  This guy is waiting on his friend.


Here he is trying to get next to his buddy.  He made it.
 

From the Interstate we can see part of the wall between the U.S. and Mexico.


We made a little detour to see the Old Wood Plank Road.


Those planks are the original planks from the old plank road.
 

This is beautiful.


We also drove by the big city of Felicity, population 2.  This is where the center of the world is located.
 

Back in Yuma, we decided to go for a visit of another RV park nearby.
Michele is always impressed by the look of the tree by the road.  So square and neat looking.


What a nice painting on the side of this building.


This is the Cocopah golf and RV Resort.  Nice looking.


A Roadrunner taking a pose for us.


We see a lot of those irrigation canals around this part of town.


I am always impressed to see a big truck on rails.


This was a very good day even if we did not get to see our friends.



Thursday December 6, 2018


Happy Birthday to my love, Michele.

To spoil her a little, I took her to the very nice Chinese Buffet at Lin's.


Like all the Lin's we have been to, this one is just as good as the other.
 

Last night, we had some rain and it continued in the afternoon.


This is the warmest we had today, 13.5° C.


Michele wanted a cake split in four quarters with each quarter from four different types of cakes.


And as usual, we had the traditional shooter of Tequila for our youngest son, Benoit.
All is in place, the salt, the citrus and the Tequila.


First you lick the salt.


Next, you drink the Tequila.


You finish it off with a bite into the citrus.


Done!  After three tries.


Again, Happy Birthday Michele.



Friday December 7, 2018


Between yesterday and today, we received more than two inches of rain.  This is exceptional for Yuma.


In one of the newsletters I receive, they mentioned a quick way to bring back your plastic headlight on the car.
Wipe them with some WD40.  This is the before.


And this is the after with a good wipe with WD 40.  Now, this is not a permanent solution.  I probably will need to do it again in a week or so.


When I said it rained, this picture was taken before the rain.


And this is this morning.  The little pond has gone up two inches overnight.


I finally received my replacement battery for the laptop.  The bottom one is the old one.


The new one has more volts and more mAh.  I got it from Amazon.com and it was only $22 while at Staples it was $94.


The sun is back and it is warming up nicely.



Saturday December 8, 2018


The sun is out and the sky is blue.
After lunch, we went to the outlet store for some sandals for Michele and me.


We came out of there with a new pair of shoes and sandals for me and nothing for Michele.

On the way back, we stopped at Walmart and Michele found this gift box of Jim Bean for only $15.
 

Michele cooked us a super meal for supper, some Donairs.


It is bingo night at the club house tonight.  We did not win this time.


After bingo I tried the first day of Christmas, Vanilla Jim Beam.  Not bad.
 



Sunday December 9, 2018


Today, we went to the Arizona Market Place for a walk.  It is all new stuff.


We bought a Twist on waste valve (Gate Valve).  Why?  You will see tomorrow.
 

We had a great week.

Until next time.

Life is good...





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