March 21, 2008

Oatman, Arizona

Took a drive to Oatman, AZ today. It's an old historic gold mining town born in 1906 and it's located about 18 miles or so from Bullhead City, which is where we are living these days. A town landmark are the burrows that roam the streets. It's very much like Tombstone (only much, much smaller), right down to the gunfights and shootouts staged daily on Main Street (which is the Historic Route 66) by the Oatman Gunfighters.

March 8, 2008

Emerald Cove RV Park, Parker, CA

We left Catalina Spa on March 6th and met up with our traveling buddies, Rich and Tina at Emerald Cove in Parker, CA. It was good to see them again. They left us in Teacapan on February 9th and we hadn’t seen them since. We both had to do some juggling of reservations to catch up for a few days. It was great to be with them again for awhile.

While there, they took us to “The Desert Bar” which is a unique bar situated in the Buckskin Mountains on land that used to be an old copper mining camp. “In the middle of nowhere” actually, 5 miles off the highway into the hills. Ken acquired the land in 1975 and by 1983 he opened for business in a temporary 3-sided structure, and operated there for 5 years until the current saloon was constructed in 1988. The name of the saloon “Nellie E” originates from the old mining claim.

It is a very unique structure. It has windows that are old glass refrigerator doors, the bar stools are made of steel and sway from side to side. The top of the bar is brass, and the ceiling is made of stamped tin. The saloon is powered by solar. He’s only opened from Labor Day until Memorial Day; Saturdays and Sundays from High Noon until sunset, and most holidays. He has live music for everyone to enjoy from 1:00 until 5:00. And people from all over enjoy - the place is always full.

March 2, 2008

Catalina Spa Resort, Desert Hot Springs, CA

Good friends Chris and Mike drove from Escondito, CA to spend the day with us while we were in Desert Hot Springs. We drove into Palm Springs for dinner at our favorite Mexican Restaurant, Las Consuelas. Apparently this restaurant is rated in the top 10 in the world. Amazing!! We had a great visit, much too short, but it was great to see them again.
I got a big bad bug that started on February 24th and just hung on and hung on - for two weeks!! I didn’t think I’d ever feel good again. For someone who never gets sick - I sure did this time. Made up for all lost time….. Michel was lucky, he never got this one. But, he got a flu shot in Esquinapa, so maybe that saved him!!

February 23, 2008

Said good bye to friends Ray and Donna today. We’re reserved at Catalina Spa Resort on February 28th, so we dry docked for a few days just on the outskirts of Yuma at Paradise Casino. We went into Algodonas and Michel got some dental work done, and I got new glasses.

March 1, 2008

Back in the good old U.S. of A

And we have to admit, we're happy to be here. After driving in Mexico let me point out a few things we seem to take for granted: 1) shoulders on the highways; 2) not falling into a crater while driving down the highway; 3) good highways without toll; 4) being able to understand all the signage......5) no topes!!! I could go on, but

We arrived in the US on February 14th, and went to Phoenix to spend the weekend with good friends Jim and Sarah. No pictures this time - forgot the camera in the motorhome. OH - I forgot to mention, we left the motorhome in Tucson, getting a little service work done. So we spent a wonderful weekend in Jim and Sarah's suite. They showed us a very good time, as usual.

We then spent four days at Rincon East RV Resort in Tucson, where we caught up with friends Ray and Donna, from Greenwood.
While there, Donna took part in a comedy production - dinner theatre of skits and songs.
Here she is (left) playing Ethel Mertz from the Lucy Show.
Everyone got a lot of laughs. We all had a good time.