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Tuesday, December 6, 2022: Sort of a strange day today. Gwen had a haircut appointment in Quartzsite so I tagged along knowing the Salvation Army Thrift Shop was open today. Gwen was looking for a tea pot and I was looking for a French Press. Neither of us found what we were looking for but Gwen found a few odd things she wanted. While Gwen was getting her haircut I drove around town looking for a repair solution to the Blue Boy.  I decided to go the very cheapest route, get a replacement wheel. We will see how that works out. We then decided to go to a real grocery store, Albertsons in Blythe, California, only 22 miles away. Gwen found most everything she was looking for there. I had prepared to ride back to Bouse on my bicycle but by this time it was too close to dusk, not a good time to ride so that will happen sometime tomorrow.


The story about the photo on the right.  A few days ago Gwen heard scratching coming from underneath the refrigerator. I immediately knew it was coming from outside because I had stored a large bag of Abby's dog food in that location. I walked around the motorhome with my flashlight and discovered a small hole chewed into the dog food. I pointed the flashlight around the area expecting to find a coyote but instead, found a small white Fox about 50 feet away. To keep the Fox away from the bag of dog food I put a small amount into the blue bucket and walked it 100 yards from the motorhome. That did the trick. The next night I put a small amount of dog food into the bottom of a gallon water bottle and filled the blue bucket with water. I know it is not good to feed wildlife so I have been giving a smaller amount each night with the idea the dog food would end once I was able to put the bag into a safe location. Tonight will be the last of the dog food. I believe I will continue to provide water. We do our best to spot the Fox each night because it is so beautiful.   




Monday, December 5, 2022: My morning began with a $7 breakfast at the Bouse Booster Club. The breakfast happens every Monday through the winter months.  Click the breakfast photo for a panorama on the inside of the clubhouse. Next, I went to the one and only hardware store in Bouse. I carry all the nuts, bolts, screws, electrical supplies and more in the box above but I didn't have the ONE bolt and nut I needed to complete my awning repair. I needed a 5/16" x 2" bolt with nylon locking nut. The Bouse Hardware has no competition within 25 miles. Maybe for that reason no one cares to clean or organize anything inside. It took me 30 minutes to find something which would work. I finally found some flathead slotted 5/16" bolts 2" long. I almost gave up on the nylon locking nuts but kept searching through the junk pile of nuts/bolts. I finally found a rusted old 5/16" nylon locking nut, hurray! Saved me a 25 mile drive one way. The awning is now repaired and back to being useful. I picked up my first of three loads of water on the way home. Today was also poop day. I bought the Blue Boy at a yard sale 3 weeks ago for $35 and already used it once. It saves me a trip to the county park with the motorhome by using the Blue Boy to haul black water to the dump station. This time, however. one of the wheels broke so my poop is currently stranded in the desert. I'm going with Gwen tomorrow to Quartzsite looking for a solution to the broken wheel.





Saturday, December 3, 2022: Today is the only day before Christmas for the largest Swap Meet and Craft Show in the area. It happens in Quartzsite. Today was also an overcast and cold day so most are dressed warmly. We had several reasons to visit Quartzsite, about a 45 minute drive from Bouse. We had a few things to get for the grandkids was the biggest reason. The Swap Meet and Craft Show was just a bonus for the Quartzsite trip. Click both photos for panoramas.  Here is tonight's sunset.





Friday, December 2, 2022:  A busy day in Bouse. I first went to the Swap Meet which happens only twice each month. A horse trailer made into a coffee and bakery booth was advertised in the local newsletter and I wanted to try it out. As it turned out, the rolls came in a package of 4. I had already promised the lady at the garbage transfer station that I would bring her one. I also decided to take the lady in the post office two thinking her helper might be present. Both ladies were very grateful. I then came back home to pick up Gwen so she could visit the Bouse Booster Club craft show. It was a busy place also with some interesting items mostly made by the ladies of the club. Click that photo to enlarge. I did buy a T-Shirt since my old Bouse T-Shirt was worn out.




Thursday, December 1, 2022: This is our second year to get an Advent Calendar for Dogs at Costco. I think Abby remembers the routine of opening one drawer each day for a treat or a toy. I had to close the calendar to its current position because she wanted me to open another drawer. I'm hiding the drawers by closing the calendar.

Later this evening we toured one man's yard. He has a circle driveway which he encourages drivers to pass to see all the lights. Click the photo to enlarge. This photo shows only 1/3 of the decorations. He came out to greet us. He has a small shop with toys for any children which may be in the car. Since we had none he still offered his toys for those far away. We left the toys for the local kids.





Wednesday, November 30, 2022:This was a busy day with lots of utility items. I made two trips to the community park for 20 gallons of water each trip. This water goes into the freshwater tank. Later Gwen and I make a trip into Bouse with four things on our to-do list. Go to the library to use their WiFi to upload a video. Next, go to the drinking water booth to get five gallons of drinking water for $1. Number 3, go to the little dog wash hut in the south of Bouse to give Abby a bath. This is a small green house hut which the folks parked nearby have set up with supplies and equipment as a dog wash. Everything worked well and Abby cooperated so she got a good bath. The sign says "One Dog = $10". We considered that a bargain. The final item on our list was to go to the post office. I'm hoping for some directories I ordered to show us some potential RV parks we might use during the month of February. Nothing arrived in our PO Box.  Click the photo to enlarge.




Saturday, November 26, 2022: Gwen and I drove to the La Paz County Park along the Parker Strip to attend a flea market.  The market is usually large with many booths. Today, however, there were few booths, I'm not sure why, maybe early in the season. After leaving the market we drove along Riverside drive until it ended at a "Road Closed Sign", click the photo on the right for the end of the road. We found our way to Buckskin State Park looking for bike trails but learned they had none. From there, we drove back to Parker to visit a couple of retail stores looking for Christmas gifts. In the meantime, the Oregon Ducks vs Oregon Beavers game began and we listened on the radio as we drove back to Bouse. The Beavers pulled off an upset even though they were behind by 21 points in the third quarter. Click both photos for more views.




Thursday, November 24, 2022: Thanksgiving day. I had utility errands in the morning. Meanwhile, Gwen fixed a wonderful meal which would be ready for us after our desert hike.

Today we were lucky enough to find a beautiful Barrel Cactus. It stands about 18" tall and as much in diameter. Click on the cactus to enlarge. 








Tuesday, November 22, 2022:  We have a full day planned which began with loading the bikes and driving to Parker. On previous winters Parker always had the best fuel prices so we filled up the fuel tank. I didn't take long to learn that had changed, both Quartzsite and Havasu City have cheaper prices by at least 20 cents per gallon. Our next stop was a quick snack before driving on to Havasu City. We chose a 4 mile bicycle loop path on the island after crossing the London Bridge. Gwen was on her new eBike still learning how to ride it. After our ride we visited a couple of retail stores where Gwen found what she was looking for. Now we were hungry. Gwen chose Chili's where we found great food and even better service. I made a video of our bike ride

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Monday, November 21, 2022: Every morning Abby gets me up before the sun. It is always clear in the desert so I just watch for the sun to appear over the mountains in the distance. This morning it was 39 degrees when Abby and I stepped outside but it warmed nicely during the day and little wind. Wind is always the weather demon in the desert. The right photo has some glare off the windshield as the sun popped up.






Friday, November 18, 2022: Today was the Bouse Swap Meet and the city wide garage sale. The swap meet was well attended with and few good items but we found nothing to purchase except from the vegetable man at the far end of the swap meet. He comes every Thursday and Friday with wonderful fresh vegetables and homemade tamales. The yard sale had only a few residents participating. We did find ONE thing to purchase, a clothes drying rack ($5) to replace the PVC one which broke in the wind storm. Click the motorcycle photo to see it. Click the other two photos for the swap meet photos. 




Wednesday, November 16, 2022: During another desert hike we found a mining claim. The papers inside the glass jars describes the area claimed and warns visitors to take nothing. Click the photo for an enlarged view.

We also found the marker on the right for "Silver Arrow". It could be the name of a ranch, dog or perhaps, since the marker is horse shoes, a horse. Click to enlarge the photo.






Monday, November 14, 2022: Every Monday the Bouse Booster Club creates a breakfast for the community and charges $6. I got the homemade cinnamon roll, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy plus an egg/sausage/cheese casserole plus coffee. After eating such a breakfast, Abby and I took a long hike in the desert to the base of the three hump mountain. We did this on purpose because we intend to hike to the top one of these days. I need to remember to wear my hiking boots and bring water for both Abby and myself. You can see the desert gravel is not smooth and easy to walk. These roads are made by desert buggies which we see and hear occasionally. Click the photos for more views. 




Sunday, November 13, 2022: This is laundry day so I did a small load and hung out on our homemade drying rack. It attaches to a ladder, often to the ladder on the back of the motorhome. Today, however, I attached to my folding step ladder. The wind was blowing strong, about 10 mph when I hung out the laundry. I moved the ladder to stand in the protection of the motorhome. Unfortunately two things changed. The wind grew to 27 mph and shifted so the motorhome no longer protected the ladder from the wind. It hit the ground with such force, the PVC pipe broke but not so badly that it can't be fixed. My clothes did get dry, however.







Saturday, November 12, 2022: We have made it a point to walk the desert every day with Abby. Gwen walks after every meal. I usually walk between my morning coffee and breakfast. If we are lucky, Gwen and I get to walk together with Abby. Today was one of those lucky days. We took a new route following a wash to a crossing road then toward our mountains to the west. Click each photo for another view of the desert.



Thursday, November 10, 2022: Abby and I have made it a point to hike the desert every morning since we arrived on Monday.  Today we did our furthest hike to the top of the hill just before the three hump mountain. It is a good view point of the Bouse valley where we are camped. If you enlarge and look closely you will find our camp in the desert this side of the village.  The rocks we climbed today are rough volcanic rocks so I will give Abby a break tomorrow from this rough terrain.  Click these two photos for more views.







Tuesday, November 8, 2022: I watched the sunrise then after cleaning the solar panels, Abby and I hike about a mile to the lone Saguaro to the west of our location. After breakfast, I drive for propane and water. Then I check the post office for a box to rent. We now have a PO Box in Bouse, Arizona.  I learned that this little post office will accept a UPS and Fedx package if addressed to the PO Box. That means we are not cut off from Amazon shipments. We specifically purchased a T-Mobile Gateway for TV streaming and for Internet. Unfortunately it is not working as it should so I spent an hour on the phone with a T-Mobile Technician who did her best to get it working. We are still looking for solutions.





Monday, November 7, 2022:This was a travel day from Laughlin, Nevada to Bouse, Arizona. It is a relatively short drive of only 115 miles but we had several stops to make along the way so took longer than expected. The photo at left is our desert parking location before we moved the motorhome to this location. Click the photo to see the view from our windshield. A full moon appeared over the desert floor about 6 pm Arizona time. Then we got our first desert sunset, click the moon photo to see it. Tomorrow I will get some propane and check with the post office for a PO Box. First thing in the morning the solar panels need to be cleaned. I stood them up this evening to point them at the southern sky.






Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 4, 5 and 6, 2022: These last three days have been busy with a hike every day with Abby. Gwen joined us for those hikes. I also setup and did a Zwift ride with the Umpqua Velo group in Roseburg. Son, Ben joined the Zwift ride from Reno. We also took Abby to a groomer. After the grooming we found one of our favorite fast food restaurants, Culvers. Culvers is from Wisconsin and not quite nationwide yet. There are none in Oregon. Culvers serves frozen custard. We ordered three of our favorite flavors. Gwen got Reeses peanut butter cups in hers, I got coffee flavored and Abby got vanilla. We have been playing the card game, 5 Crowns with our friends, Bud and Anita every night. Bud has been winning every game until last night when Gwen and I finally took the night.  Click each photo for another view.




Thursday, November 3, 2022:This morning was a special walk along the path between the Colorado River and the Laughlin casinos. This time of year the whole area if virtually abandoned. The RV parks in both Laughlin and Bullhead City across the river are full of snowbirds from Canada and the colder states up north. There are several popular but older entertainers scheduled to concerts in Laughlin during the month of November. I imagine the snowbirds will be attending those concerts.

This afternoon we rode with Bud and Anita to a favorite restaurant in Kingman, Arizona about 30 miles away. The Golden Corral has special prices for seniors between 2 and 4 weekdays. We always find good things to eat at the Golden Corral.

Later we let Bud beat us twice in a card game called 5 Crowns. His first time to play but too good for us to match his play.




Wednesday, November 2, 2022: About 5 days ago, our solar charging system stopped working. I could see that we were getting power from the solar panels but nothing was going into the batteries. Our plan is to be in the desert beginning next Monday but without Solar we couldn't park in the desert. I knew there had to be a problem with the connection between the charge controller and batteries. I checked the wire splices and fuse. Nothing physical had changed I thought. I called Logan, the technical support person who had helped me install the system to begin with. Logan showed me how to read the history where we found an error message 5 days ago showing a connection at the charge controller has overheated. I checked those connections and found the positive wire showed signs of heat. I trimmed and reinstalled the wire. That fixed the problem.

The photo shows our parking spot at the Riverside RV Resort.





Monday, October 31, 2022: Today was a travel day from Saint George, Utah to Laughlin, Nevada. We passed through some beautiful mountains and Incredible engineering for Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Canyon. As we reached Las Vegas, Gwen found a Cracker Barrel  nearby. They usually have good RV parking but we didn't find it. Instead, we found ourselves to tight in the parking lot and had to disconnect the Forester so I could back out of my tight spot.  We eventually found a long spot right next to the building.

Click the photo to see our approach to Laughlin. You can see the Laughlin casinos in the distance. The Colorado River flows between Laughlin and Bullhead City, Arizona so all the houses you see on the opposite ridge are in Arizona. This is a very steep grade to Laughlin and the Colorado River as indicated by the warning sign on the right.



Sunday, October 30, 2022:This is our last day in Saint George, Utah. We made the best of it by Gwen, Abby and me hiking in the Snow Canyon State Park. The canyon is surrounded by red mountains. There is good pavement riding here and good gravel riding. We were passed by many mountain bikes and one gravel bike while hiking. This is the park the Ironman riders had to climb toward the end of the 56 mile ride. Click this photo for a large panorama. This was a narrow canyon so the left of the panorama is on my left side while the right of the photo is on my right side. Imagine a 180 degree photo.  The name "Snow" came from the two brothers with the last name "Snow" who discovered the canyon.






Wednesday, October 26, 2022: Just a bit over one hour driving time from St. George is the Zion National Park. We drove there today to take in the sights. Zion is a place for hikers and perhaps backpackers (but you would have to carry water). Dogs are allowed on only ONE trail which starts at the visitor center. Abby got to walk that trail.  Zion is also famous for its mile long tunnel to reach the east side of the park. We had to drive that too. They had a very nice visitor center with lots of souvenir items where I bought some Christmas gifts plus a decal for the motorhome. Click each photo for more views. 





Tuesday, October 25, 2022: There are many fine hiking trails around Saint George. Today, Gwen, Abby and I chose the Chuckwalla trail to hike into and among the rocks. It is a popular trail with runners, horses and bicycles, although we saw only hikers and runners today. The temperature was the high 60s but it felt much warmer since there was no shade.

Today I learned of the route of the Ironman to happen here starting the 28th. The running route will climb the hill next to us into the Elks parking lot. If we pay attention, we will get to see each athlete up close. The bike route is only one block from the Elks so I hope to see many of the bikers also.




Monday, October 24, 2022: Abby and I spent all day together. We found a couple of bike shops to look at. We also went back to Costco to get a replacement for the backseat pet cover.  Then we tried a "Dog Wash" attached to a Car Wash. It was a little different from Tractor Supply but we figured it out. Finally, we took a hike on one of the many hiking trails around. We didn't hike very far until we found why there were so many cars in the parking lot. This looks dangerous but these folks don't have to worry about getting run over by a semi-truck while cycling.





Sunday, October 23, 2022:Today was a cold shopping day after an overnight, wet storm.  St. George Costco was the first on our list where we stocked up for our desert campi1`ng. Our first surprise was Costco selling propane. We needed a tank so the first thing I did.  I searched this Costco for all the treasures I could find. Gwen and I follow a Facebook group titled "Costco Finds", all day today members have been posting photos of the 150 count candy bags sold at Costco detailing the count and kind of candy found in the bag. I had to do the same. Click the left photo for my count (158 pieces). After watching some NFL, I stepped outside to view the sunset over the lodge. Click the photo to see what it really looked like.




Saturday, October 22, 2022:This is a travel day from the Great Basin National Park and Baker, Nevada to Saint George, Utah. A winter storm has arrived. We got a few showers in the campground but for the entire drive the heavy wind played a big roll. It made driving this big rectangular bus difficult and created dust storms along the route. We would see another vehicle about every 5 minutes until we got to Cedar City Utah where the traffic became heavy on Interstate 15. Once we arrived at the Saint George Elks Lodge their RV park was full so we boondocked in their parking lot. Click the photo to see the full RV parking.

















Monday - Friday, October 17 - 21, 2022: Our first stop after leaving Reno is to travel the loneliest highway, US50, across the state of Nevada to the Great Basin National Park. I would imagine that hiking is the main adventure in this park, perhaps spelunking since there are caves scattered around the mountains. For us, we did a little hiking, enjoyed the good fall weather, explored the visitor centers. and took a cave tour in the Lehman Caves. Click all the photos for more views.  Our Baker Creek Campground is at 7,700 feet. The hike Abby and I took was from 8,000 feet to 8,600 feet. There is not enough air at this altitude to feel comfortable. I imagine it would take a month for my body to adapt to the altitude. I lived at the 6,500 foot level of Lake Tahoe for 13 years and don't remember feeling uncomfortable at altitude but I was in my 30s.




Wednesday, October 12, 2022: Joe and I finished the backyard artificial grass project this morning. We actually finished everything Joe wanted to do by 11 am (we started early to beat the heat). We picked another area and finished it by noon. The whole project went pretty smoothly using a pneumatic staple gun to secure the grass to the trim I laid yesterday. To go around the trees, we cut the grass to the tree then used turf seam tape to glue the grass back together. Click both photos for more views.





Tuesday, October 11, 2022: I spent nearly all day in son Joe's back yard preparing the area for artificial grass. It already had decomposed granite as a base so I just needed to add the edging around the perimeter of the area getting the grass.

Abby and Joe's dog, Casey tried to help with everything. Joe and I will complete the installation tomorrow.






Monday, October 10, 2022: Gwen is still visiting her daughter in Klamath Falls so I have only my bicycle as a vehicle. I rode 12 miles with nearly a thousand feet of climbing to visit my daughter and granddaughter. My youngest granddaughter, Elise informed me that she is now FIVE. We played Legos until Mom had to drive to pick up her older daughter, Lucy at school. I rode back to the Gold Ranch RV Park in Verdi. I moved there late yesterday.






Friday, Saturday, Sunday: October 7, 8 & 9: Son Ben and family drove to Folsom for two nights so we all could visit Apple Hill on Saturday. Apple Hill is located about one hour northeast of Sacramento, California. It has many farms with fresh fruit and entertainment. The local people sell their handmade craft items so many of the farms have vendors set up with booths. After finding Apple Fritters and Apple donuts for breakfast we went to one of the largest farms with endless craft booths and food. Click these photos for more views. I also took a short video of our time at the crafty farm.




Tuesday, October 4, 2022: Ben had to trim a lot of branches from his curb side tree so my motorhome could fit. He piled them on his front deck. I took much of the morning today to get them ready for recycle into wood for his patio fire pit. It was getting warm so I didn't finish the project but will finish in the next day or two.





Thursday - Friday, September 29-30, 2022: It is time to start moving south. Gwen took the car to visit with here children in Brookings, Oregon while I drove the motorhome to Reno, Nevada to meet son, Ben for the Sacramento Century Ride to happen on Saturday. It has been three years since our drive south due to pandemic issues. At the California/Oregon border I get a good view of the 14,000+ Mt. Shasta. My route will take me along the west and south sides of Mt. Shasta. I stopped in McCloud, California on the south side of Mt. Shasta for lunch (click on the far left photo). After 7 hours driving time I arrive at Ben's house and test the T-Mobile reception for our new WiFi device. It is working well. Click the center photo for a view of the motorhome parked in front. On Friday, we load the bikes and drive two hours to Sacramento to the motel Ben reserved. He picked a motel only blocks from the century start point so we could ride to the start rather than drive to the start. Click the far right photo.




Monday: September 26, 2022: We are leaving Oregon this week so we are concerned about getting our ballots for the November election. I called the Douglas County Clerk to ask about Absentee Ballots. I was thinking of having them mailed to us early. After explaining our situation the clerk said, "Just come on by and we will give them to you". We had no idea we could pick them up at the Clerk's Office. Now we can vote.We have since learned they are available 45 days before the election. Click on both photos for more views.





Sunday, September 25, 2022: Today I prepared our gazebo for renters. I put some furniture away but most is still there but I know where I will be storing it. I removed the gazebo TV and stored. I removed all electrical and stored. Then I trimmed our Willow tree training it to grow taller. I did get the chance to watch a couple of NFL ball games too.



 

Saturday, September 24, 2022: Today is football day, however, I thought I had scheduled my flu shot at Costco for noon. When I checked in, they didn't have my appointment. That was discouraging since their form takes about 15 minutes to answer all the questions and I had to do it again. Once the form was done, they took me right in and I got the 65+ dose.

While waiting, I noticed this gentleman walking with a "service cat". It is hard to believe a cat will willingly provide a service.

I had enough time to watch both the Oregon Ducks and Oregon Beavers games.

 


Thursday, September 22, 2022: I chose today to ride a metric century (62.2 miles, 100 kilometers). It is one of my favorite routes to the tiny town of Yoncalla with 3600 feet of climbing along the way. Yoncalla has one of my favorite destinations, the Main Street Espresso. It takes me 2.5 hours to reach Yoncalla through some of the best rural roads in Oregon. There is virtually no traffic. My Hammerhead K2 bicycle computer is on the left. It is showing a climb with 0.5 miles to the top which is 193 feet above me. My heart rate is at 140 beats per minute. After my rest break at Main Street Espresso I rode on through town to my finish. However, I left my phone sitting on the table in front of the building. When I drove back to Yoncalla, the young lady in the shop recognized me and rushed to get my phone which she had inside. I was grateful. Here is a short video of my ride. It was perfect weather today for this ride.

 


Wednesday, September 21, 2022: Gwen loves a unique salad dressing with the Kruse Farm label. However, the Kruse Farm country store has sold to another family and may no longer carry her favorite dressing. I called my friend, Evan Kruse, to learn if he had any more dressing we could buy. He told me of a store in the village of Ten Mile which might have the last bottles. We decided to search out the store today. I could remember the name of the store so we drove to Ten Mile hoping there was only one store. As it turned out, the store was about 4 miles before Ten Mile, we drove backward to find Porter Creek Mercantile. It turns out they have very limited hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, they weren't open. We still enjoyed our drive in rural Oregon.
 
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