Our Awesome Travels

Our Awesome Travels
Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thurs Dec 15 , A busy Day

Join us as we travel North America in our Holiday Rambler Vacationer, 
 since August 2006 

 Where are we Today ?
Picacho Peak Arizona

        Another great nights sleep, cool fresh dry air. After coffees, computing and a walkabout, secure our coach and we are at Lawleys' Ford Truck centre for 8: a.m. to have the new bushings installed that I bought on e Bay.
        These bushings are for the rear sway bar on our motorhome chassis. My mechanic had noticed they were worn just before we left Ontario. He checked for parts to repair and would be two weeks to get them at a cost of $350.00 (for the whole sway bar bushing not available from Ford) plus shipping and a couple hours labor to install. We checked various places along our way south getting the same answer. But searching the internet I found a source for these neoprene bushings (better than the original rubber ones). So I ordered a set $50.00 mailed to St. David Arizona. And once in hand found these guys would install. Not a big job but nobody would do it? And I didn't have all the tools. So ready to go to work our mechanic made quick work of this (maybe because it was so cold this early in the morning, he had to work outside) and we were out of there by 8:40 am and down the road to fill with propane.
before and after
        A block further to get an oil change and grease job on our coach, at Express Lube, they have been servicing our coach every winter since 2006, they even cleaned the inside of our windshield, always an awkward job. Now stop at Walmart and picked up a rotisserie chicken for supper then on to I-10 west. Just love the way the bridges and overpasses have such beautiful artwork on them.

        While driving thru Tucson we saw what looked like dust storms but apparently it was fog due to the recent rains. And before we knew it Picacho Peak (our destination) hiding in the fog, and its only 11:15 am.
the peak hidden in the fog
        We checked in, with our friend Jan still in the office. We chatted with many people we have not seen since last year, then set up on our usual site. A quick lunch then to visit, with Spud, Steve, Barb, Jack, Gail, Cookie and John for a catch-up get together on a now sunny warm afternoon.
our site by the Peak
Happy (Social) Hours
         A few hours of chatting and snacking Barb and Steve brought out a large casserole dish of pork chops, onions, potatoes and sauerkraut for everybody, we had a feast, we will save our chicken for tomorrow.  By this time the sun was behind the peak at precisely 4:11pm and the temperature drops about 15 degrees f almost instantly, so we go home to relax for a bit before the Christmas Production in the clubhouse at 6:30. Just as we are ready to go Spud stopped by with his golf cart to give us lift, so away we go.

        Ok now we  are settled in, and chatting with so many more familiar faces. Some looking older than others (of course we don't age at all). Well for a bunch of fellow rv'ers putting on these three different skits,  Bob's 75th Christmas, Dance of the Sugar PLUMP Fairies, and how to make Gradma's Christmas fruit cake we were in stitches for almost two sold hours. Thank goodness for two short breaks and some wonderful Christmas Carols sung by Levi.
really good lines
Dr. Ben Dover
the Sugar Plump Fairies
the cast and crew
        Now with the show over Spud and Jan gave us a ride back to their place and we had a chance to chat and catchup for a while on their patio, heated enough to take the chill off.
cozy table heater
        Yes it was a busy, productive and fun day, mostly spontaneous, the beauty of our lifestyle!
Lets see what friday brings for us.

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  1. I am so glad to have found your blog. I love the Picacho Peak area; it looks like you are in a wonderful friendly site! I hope to be able to travel that area one of these days!

  2. We loved the pretty overpasses! You guys are really having a good time at Picacho Peak. Didn't even know there was a CG there! Safe travels.

  3. Now that was a full day. The Christmas production sounds like it was a blast. Great shots.

  4. Such a quick repair after all that time.

  5. Jool:
    Thanks for stopping by!


    Always have fun wherever we are. What is a CG?


    Yes an awesome production.


    For sure but the wait and research saved a lot of money!

  6. Isn't is great to be back with such good friends !!

    Looks like you are having a great time !!

    Take care ... TnT

  7. super pictures but what a busy day you folks had..glad to see your there and settled once again :) enjoy

  8. TnT:

    Yep having a ball, two nights here then on the road again!

    Elaine and Rick:

    Busy but productive and fun! Two nights here then movin on, keep the wheels turning!

  9. Wow, that was a busy day. Glad you were able to get those bushings installed. Sure looked like they were needed. Sounds like a fun night but looks way too cold for us.

    Kevin and Ruth

  10. Kevin and Ruth:

    Yes was fun, but its only cold if you are out after dark, most of the daytime is shorts and t-shirts.


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