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Sat. Nov. 14 to Fri. 20- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  We had the garage sale from 8 to 12. We sold a few small items, but not enough of what we wanted to sell. Oh well! Our rule is nothing goes back into the condo, so we loaded the car and took everything to Good Will. At Good Will, we had to wait in the Starbucks line, before we could pull into the parking space. Fortunately, after the GW workers unloaded the back of the car, the next people in line had left room for us to back up.

We returned home and had a quiet rest of the day.

Sunday- I rode my bike this morning and it was beautiful out. Bright blue skies and warmer temperatures.  I cleaned a bit. At 11, I went over to Bonnies condo, and she showed me the tips and tricks of the Diamond Painting. I returned and worked on it a bit, after eating lunch. I played Maj with MaryAnne for about an hour.

Bob continued to work on the toilet. He cannot get it to stop leaking. He turned off the water to it and is going to call the company, again.

I went grocery shopping, as Bob still does not feel well. He found the results of his Chest X-Ray, and he has walking pneumonia. So he is taking it easy as much as he can. The Codeine makes him sleep. I have no symptoms.  Bob has no Covid-19  symptoms.

We watched TV in the evening.

Monday-  The antibiotic seems to have kicked in for Bob, as he is feeling better, but still trying to take it easy. He continued to work on the toilet. He called the company. It turns out the” toilet pressure assist tank vessel” is a knock off and will never stop leaking. The only part on it that can be replaced is the cartridge, and he replaced that. In fact, he tightened it so tight I could not flush the toilet and it still leaked!  Obviously, this is not the toilet  “innards” that I had ever seen before!  Bob ordered a new one from the company; it should arrive later this week.

Toilet 1

I worked on the Diamond Painting. I am also still working on a puzzle. Anything to combat the boredom of staying home.

At 1, I played Maj with MaryAnne, Donna, and Allen. We did a conference call at the same time and it was much more fun that way. More like being in the same room. When we finished playing, we talked for about a 1/2 hour with them. They are still in Ohio and both have been having some health issues. We are hoping that they fly back soon.

Bob napped for awhile. At 4, we went to the Condo social. It is outside with everyone social distancing and wearing masks. There were 14 people there, including us, and 3 dogs. We did not take our dogs. It lasted until 5 pm. It is a way for us to meet some new people.

We ate dinner and started watching The Crown , season 4, on Netflix.

Tuesday- I rode my bike, Bob walked the dogs. We had the Posse Operations Meeting at 9:30. We were in a large room, socially distanced, with everyone in masks. They went over the long range plans. It was interesting to see that they used to have 110 volunteers, now they have 55. Their goal is to get back to 110 by 2024.

We returned home, ate lunch and Bob had a Doctors appt. at 2. He asked me to go with him, so of course I did. We stopped at Brusters for ice cream after the appointment.

We returned home, ate dinner and continued watching The Crown on Netflix.

Wednesday- Our usual mornings. I am having an issue with a medical bill. So I called the insurance company. Then called the Urgent Care billing. Then the insurance company again. Then the Urgent Care billing. Obviously, I am stuck in the middle. I finally did an appeal to the Insurance Company and called to let the Urgent Care billing know that I had appealed the decision.

By that time I was very frustrated. I sat outside reading my book. Bob got on the Roadrunner Zoom. He found out two more of our friends had the virus.

At 5 we had the Condo social, with our small group. We socially distance and all face forward. The dogs attended this one.

We watched some regular TV that we had recorded.

Thursday- We had our Posse class at 8 am. It was Vacation Watch and Map Reading.  Sun City is a little crazy. Streets are not in order and there are a lot of lanes, streets, roads etc. Plus the house numbers are the same.

We also went outside to one of the cars, and looked at the check list that we have to complete each time we leave.

We stopped at the Library and returned home for lunch. We had a quiet afternoon, taking a nap.

We continued to watch The Crown on Netflix.

Friday- We had our 3rd class. Since we had done the outside in the car yesterday, Bob had asked if we could start a little later. So we started at 9. Today was Communications and Vehicle Services.

Now I really have to learn the darn codes! There is a cheat sheet in each vehicle, but I really need to know therm. Bob knows them, since he was on the Indian Head Vol. Fire Dept. for almost 15 years.

We finished The Crown on Netflix this evening…

Sat. Nov. 7 to Fri. Nov. 13- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  I was able to ride my bike this morning. A front moved in and the wind picked up and the temp dropped. We started with the windows open, but soon had to close up,  as it became too cold.

We did tasks around the condo, then went grocery shopping at Fry’s and Walmart. We started at Fry’s and it was pretty open. Then went on to Walmart, where it was busier. We returned back home, on the way, I saw on my phone that the Presidential race had been called. We were happy with the results! Whew we arrived everyone was out in the alley behind the condos. Some happy and some not so happy. It is what it is… We spent the rest of the day doing laundry, reading, working on our puzzle.

At 5, we had our usual Saturday afternoon Zoom with our Virginia and Georgia friends. We are changing it to earlier, as it interferes with our cooking dinner, due to the time change last Sunday.

After dinner, we watched President-elect Biden’s speech. We then continued watching Agatha Christies ABC murders on Amazon Prime.

I had noticed that the second bathroom’s toilet was adding water to the bowl. Not the usual fix, as it was only in one spot. I called Bob and he came in and took a look at it. Problem to fix tomorrow.

Sunday-  We did out usual Sunday morning tasks.  I cleaned the master bath while Bob was working on the toilet. It needed a new cartridge/valve. None of the hardware stores have the part, so Bob ordered it online. Nice to have two bathrooms! The hardware stores wanted to sell us the whole apparatus, for $150! He paid $19.99 plus tax! We expect it to arrive by Wednesday.

We worked on a puzzle and read. It was cold for  AZ, with temps in the high 50’s low 60’s with a fierce wind.

After dinner, we watched some TV.

Monday– Bob felt worse today for some reason. He still walked the dogs and I rode my bike. I ran to Walmart to pick up some distilled water and a new basket for our Instapot.

I stopped at Bed, Bath and Beyond for a new pillow. I have a displaced disk in my neck, and if I sleep wrong, the nerve makes one arm or both arms go to sleep. The pins/needles wakes me up. It happened five times last night, so I decided that I needed a better pillow. I found this out from the Chiropractor, when I went to him because my right hand was going numb when I was riding my bike. He told me not to look down when I ride my bike. That stopped it! So that is why I think it is the pillow.

I found a nice new pillow, with the assistance of one of the workers. Not even the most expensive one; and not from the pillow guy! LOL

When I returned home, I worked on the puzzle and Bob has been napping. His sinuses are still clogged.

At 1 I played Maj with MaryAnne, until 3. We swear that the computer cheats! We play against 2 computers. MaryAnne won one time and should have won a second time, but the computer would not let her put up a tile, which would have given her Maj. It took her awhile to get over that! We also decided to talk to the phone while playing. We miss the socialization we have when we play in person.

Bob continued to nap; then he made a spaghetti squash casserole for dinner. We finished the Agatha Christie  ABC Murders and watched The Pilots Wife, both on Amazon Prime.

Tuesday- Bob is feeling better, which is good, as we have our 2 hours with Dispatch, at the Posse. We arrived at 8 AM. We chose Tuesday morning, as Mary Ann is the dispatcher. She is excellent, as she can work in chaos. The phones were ringing and the radios were going off. The printer, connected to the fire dept. was printing. Very busy, then quiet. At 9, another gal came in, just to answer the phones. The main problem turned out to be a women, who calls frequently, saw a pile of blankets and coats against a wall. She was afraid that someone, was under them, dead. She called, then she got her neighbor to call. We do not pick up trash, which basically what it was, but Mary Ann, did a reverse address and sent the Patrol commander there. The woman was very impressed and hopefully will stop calling.

The uniform room is open from 9 to 11, Tues, Wed, Thur, so we stopped in and picked up our uniforms. What a pain that was! They only have men’s pants and tops. They do not have women’s sizes, so they pay for alterations. Bob found pants and shirt that fit him perfectly. With my hips and chest, I had to go big! Do I need to tell you that the uniform room is run by men?

We left and returned home for lunch. After lunch, we took all the clothing to the tailor’s shop, who deals with this. The gals there were great. When I requested that she alter the shirt, she said it would be expensive. I asked how much? Just $25, so I had her pin the shoulders. She said to me, that I am going to end up being the envy of the other women at the Posse, as I will have a shirt (and pants) that fit! 

We returned home and I rode my bike my usual route. We ate dinner and watched TV.

Wednesday-  Today was our first class. We arrived at 8. The first part of the class was basically orientation to the Posse. Then we had a break. The second part was more about the services offered. Another break then a tour of the building. The third part was who is who and defensive driving. Our next class is next week.

Tina, the gal teaching, was wearing a polo shirt. I asked about it and she said I could buy one. They have used ones for $10. So during a break, I trotted into the uniform room and bought one. Of course, they guys yesterday never mentioned that! I have to have the usual uniform, but I can wear the polo on days that I am working. When it is cold, I am allowed to wear a black long sleeve shirt underneath. YES!

We were told to sign up for one of the General Meeting times. They have split the times due to the virus. so that there are less people attending the meetings. We were also told to sign up for the Christmas Party. Again, split, so that there are less people attending. It is held at a Golf Club, and is catered by them. Big tables, only a few people. IF  the state is not closed down by then.

Our pictures are on the bulletin board. Great Pic’s! I hope to be able to keep mine!

After class, we returned home for lunch. Bob went to the various hardware stores and I rode my bike and worked on a puzzle. We went to the Condo social. We found out that Rosie had been exposed to Covid-19, and is in self quarantine. She  is waiting for her results. Bonnie, Todd and Mary Ann were talking about Diamond Painting. I asked what it was, as I had never heard of it. It is basically like a counted cross stitch canvas that you glue small pieces to, at the holes, to make a painting. So I returned home and ordered a kit for $12.99. It has all the pieces.

We ate dinner and finished the movie Einstein on Amazon Prime.

Thursday- Bob woke up not feeling well this morning. The temp was 43 degrees, so I did not ride my bike, I did my Cardio workout DVD. We went to Costco, early, and I was first in line at the Optical Center. I have a bit of trouble with distance, watching the TV in the living room, so I was choosing glasses and dropping off the new prescription.

We stopped at the Tailor’s to drop off the polo shirt, as I need the previous owners name covered with an embroidered cover, with my name. The gal said she hopes to have them all done by Dec. 1.

We returned home and Bob settled in. He had called the Doc office, as this has been going on since Nov.1. He had an appt. at 2:30, with a PA. He was sent for a Chest X-ray.

I spent time talking to Rosie and MaryAnne. Rosie tested negative, thank goodness!  A little before 11, I took off for Macy’s. I need a black top to go under the polo shirt. They have re-arranged Macy’s since the last time I was there. I finally found what I was looking for, $14.99. Of course, I had to guess at the size, as all the dressing rooms are closed. I guessed right, as I tried it on, when I returned home.

We ate lunch, and my computer decided to do a Microsoft update. Grrrr! I was scheduled to play Maj at 1. It took until 3:15 to complete the up date! I was not happy! We are going to try to play tomorrow.

Friday- The Condo General Meeting was at 9:30 today. We decided not to attend. It is held at the Posse, and in a big room. but why take the chance. We already are out more than we like.  We were also not sure that everyone would be wearing a mask, although they were supposed to be….

Bob still feels lousy. He is on an antibiotic and the Phenergan with codeine. So he is sleeping a lot.  I worked on the puzzle. My Diamond Painting kit arrived. Now I need to learn how to do the painting. We did prepare for the garage sale tomorrow.

In the morning we priced everything. In the afternoon we worked on the signs. Bob rested in between.

We watched some recorded new shows on TV.

Sat. Oct. 31 to Fri. Nov. 6- Sun City AZ.

Saturday-  We had a quiet day. Nothing special. We did not go anywhere. I did a lot of laundry.  We had our Zoom at 4 pm AZ time.

Sunday-  Another quiet day. More laundry. It was and Redskins bi-week. We read our books, watched some TV, and worked on a puzzle. Basically pretty boring. Time changed everywhere except Arizona. That is always a treat!

Monday-  Our usual mornings with me bike riding and Bob walking the dogs.  We went to meet up with Paula and Charlie, who were down from the TT in Valley Verde for a doctor appointment at 2. We met up with them at Paradise, at MaryAnne and Ray’s site. We each brought our lunches and socially distanced.

We had a great time visiting with our old friends until about 1:45. Charlie had a Doc appt. at 2.

We returned home and at 4, we went to the Condo Social. This is a social for the entire condo association. The other social is for people on our courts.  It was nice to meet some new people. We all socially distanced.

We returned, ate dinner, and watched TV.

Tuesday- Bob woke up not feeling well. He had a low grade fever and his head felt heavy. We ruled out Covid, as his only symptom was his sinuses and his  fever. We decided he had a sinus infection. I kept a close watch on him.

I went to Costco and Walmart. I picked up some Naprosyn (an anti-inflammatory)for Bob’s sinuses.

I played Maj online with our usual group from 1 to 3. Bob basically slept on the sofa. The Tylenol brought down his fever. He felt a little better in the evening.

I finished this puzzle.

Balloons 2

Wednesday- Bob’s fever  was down all day. He still stayed home. I went to the meeting at 2 PM for the Posse. We have four classes to take, then we start our Patrol Car  training. By then it will be early December.

We had the Roadrunner Zoom at 4, although we forgot about the time change. It was really at 4, but others had the same issue. Arizona does not change times. 

Thursday- Bob coughed up something disgusting. He has no fever and his sinuses are no longer bothering him. He feels back to normal; so he is back to his usual routine

I played Maj for an hour with MaryAnne, on line. While walking the dogs, Bob ran into Diane and Jim riding their electric bikes. They stopped and talked for 10 minutes and we were invited to their home at 6 PM for a chat.

At 6 we went to their home and visited, socially distancing. It was nice to catch up with them.

Friday-  Bob cleaned up the patio after I had trimmed his hair. I cleaned the bathroom drawers. Bob worked on his ax, which needed a new handle. We ate lunch, and Bob spotted that the fire truck went thru our alley. We went outside, along with everyone else. Shirley, who lives two condos east of us, on the other side of the alley, had fallen. She was on the phone with her son when she fell. We are not sure who called 911. She did hit her head, and she was bandaged by the EMT’s when they arrived with the ambulance. They packed her up and took her to the hospital. This is her second fall. She does have a Lifeline, but no one was sure that she was wearing it. She tends to forget to wear it.Each condo has a lock box, which is only able to be opened by the fire department, and the key to the condo is in it.

Mary Anne lives across from her, and she texted Shirley’s grandson, who lives in Phoenix. The son, who she was on the phone with,  either lives in Michigan or Oregon. as she has two.  The Posse also arrived, but they had nothing to do, as we all stayed away from the area, just being nosey watching the excitement.

We left and went to the Container store and purchased new boxes for the refrigerator.

I worked on a puzzle and read my book. Bob had his Posse ride-along today.

Sat. Oct. 24 to Fri. Oct. 30- Sun City

Saturday-  We were slow getting up this morning, as both of us were tired. I did a lot of laundry. I did more Biden/Kelly phone calls. We took a nap in the afternoon. No Zoom this week.

Sunday-  It was another quiet day. I continued doing laundry and cleaned up the condo a bit. The Washington/Dallas game was today, and surprisingly, Washington won! We went to Bruster’s for some ice cream. We ate dinner at home and watched the 60 Minutes , Trump/Biden interviews.

Monday-  The weather was very windy and the temp was in the low 60’s. I had tried to ride my bike, but only made about a mile. sue to the wind. I returned home and did an aerobics video. Bob was cold while walking the dogs.

I quickly finished a puzzle.

Welcome puzzlee

We ran over to the library and picked up books. Then we stopped at the Post Office to drop off a package, then we went to the rig. There were a few items that we had forgotten to remove when unpacking the rig.  

We had a quiet afternoon. We did not go to the condo social, as it was too cold and windy.

Tuesday-  It was still cold and windy, so I did my aerobics video again. We had a quiet morning, ate lunch, and went for our Ophthalmologist appointments. We were both taken into the room and eyes were tested by the techs, then dilation eye drops were put in. We sat for an hour and a half. I was ready to walk out! We were sitting in a waiting room with other people. The chairs were separated, but not 6 ft. We were not happy! We were finally taken in to see the Doc. My eyes become very tired when I read and I have trouble seeing the TV in the living room, due to the distance. He checked my eyes, and I have a film starting on the right eye. I had the left eye lasered for that years ago. This is a post cataract surgery issue, which happens to some folks. It is not a big deal. The Doc gave me a distance prescription. Bob’s eyes are unchanged which is great, as they are watching him for glaucoma! We returned home and ate leftovers for dinner.

Wednesday-  The weather was still cold, 49 degrees this morning. I did my aerobics video again this morning. I had my hair appointment at 9. I stopped at the library on the way home, then I had my 2 hour ride along at 10:45 with the Posse. I checked in with the gal at the desk. Dan came and got me and we went to the morning meeting. There were 4 of us. Dan is the Patrol Commander. He gave them their assignments. We checked in with  communications, then went out to the car for the ride along. We both wore masks the entire time and had the windows open. The car is cleaned before and after each shift. Dan had already cleaned the car.

The first call was for a homeless man sleeping on the side of the road on 107th drive. Dan had me stay in the car. He told the guy to move on. There is nothing that he can really do, as they guy was not on private property. The guy kept asking for a ride. Dan explained that the Posse is not doing rides right now. The guy moved along, but I am sure that they will find him somewhere else asleep on the ground.

It ended up being pretty boring. We just checked various banks, driving thru the parking lots and checking the folks at the drive up windows. They wave that they are okay.

We stopped in at the new satellite office that the Posse has opened on Grand Ave., Hwy. 60, which separates north and south Sun City. Dan asked me if I had ever seen the Ranchettes. No I had not. So he took me thru that area. What a surprise! It is a bump out in the south area. The homes are built on larger plots of land, so that they could have horses. There were a few that still did, but most of the homes are in the million dollar range. Big houses, with big lots. There were a lot of RV’s stored on their property. We had thought that Sun City does not allow RV’s on property, but in this area they are grandfathered in. Then Dan returned me back to the  our car. I stopped at McDonalds for lunch, as it was after 1, I returned home. We finished this puzzle.

Christmas kittly puzzle 

Thursday-  Bob had his cardiologist appointment this morning. This is a new doctor, as his previous doctor left the practice. He liked the new guy. His EKG was perfect, so he returns in a year. Bob has not had any A-fib since the second ablation.

At 11:30 we went to see Bob’s PCP. Bob wanted me to go along, so I did. They let me in with him.  The Doc had asked for an in person visit this time, as we had requested that Bob’s B12 injections be increased, as we noted that he was having symptoms at 3 weeks.  

At 1:45 I had a Zoom mtg. with my PCP. Nothing new for me. Time to schedule Mamogram and Bone Density tests.

We had a quiet evening. We finished up the Worst Witch on Netflix. We had a movie from the library to watch.

Friday- Roxie had her yearly Vet visit. Much to her dismay, she is going to have to stay on the eye medication for the rest of her life. We put it in each evening. She doesn’t run away, because she gets a treat afterwards, but she does let us know that she hates to have it done. I hold her and Bob puts it on her eyelid.

I cooked Devil eggs and decorated them. I wore a mask and gloves while preparing them. That was a pain, but better safe than sorry…

Halloween devil eggs

At 3:30 Bob went over to assist with setting up for the party. It was already done when he arrived. So he returned. We put on our costumes, such as they were. We still have our chicken hats and we put on yellow boas. There were some really good outfits. We socially distanced, but some others did not, but we had a nice time.

Condo Halloween party 1

Condo Halloween party 2

Halloween party 3

We went as chickens…

Halloween party 4

Below is Mary Anne  in the chair, Todd is standing, and Bonnie who was pretending to be pregnant/

Halloween party 5

Below is the other Denise. She is a “cereal killer”.

Halloweend party 6

We went home taking our stuff with us. We returned to help with clean up.

Sat Oct. 17 to Fri. Oct. 23- Sun City AZ

Saturday- Since we had the vaccinations yesterday, we decided to have a very quiet day today. Bob still walked the dogs, but I did not do my bike ride. We read our books. At 12, I did phone calls for Biden/Harris/ Kelly. They are just, get out and vote, calls to Democrats. Most people were not home or were not answering their phones. We BBQ’d a steak for dinner and watched some movies on Netflix. We also made signs for a “Ridin with Biden” tomorrow morning.  We had our usual Zoom at 4 PM. Jackie and Bob will be going to the beach next weekend, so no Zoom next week.

Sunday- We did our usual Sunday tasks, then left around 9:15 to head to the gathering site for the “Ridin with Biden” parade. There were about 35 cars and golf carts. The “PBS” from Denmark was there, doing a segment on us! How cool was that!  Below is our Highlander.

Ridin for Biden 1

We left at about 10:10 and drove for about 45 minutes around Sun City, honking our horns and waving at people. Many Biden people came out, waving and giving us thumbs up. The Trumper’s gave us thumbs down or frowns. We just waved and smiled at them!

After the parade, we stopped at Dollar Tree, then picked up subs for lunch at Good Cents. They have the best subs with really fresh bread. Bob thought we still had a free 8” sub, so he ordered that for me. Turned out we did not, so I ate half, and saved the rest. We had a quiet afternoon. We ate all the leftovers for dinner.

We finished this puzzle

Water wheel puzzle

Monday-  I had a package to be delivered today, so we waited to leave until tomorrow for short trip. We worked on packing for a the trip to Saguaro National Park tomorrow.  My package was delayed until tomorrow, so I asked Mary Ann to pick it up for me.

We went to the Condo social at 5:30.

Tuesday-  We ran over to the storage unit to pick up the rig. Bob stopped and dumped and took on water on the way out of the storage facility, so I just dropped him off , unloaded a few items, and put them away. Then I returned to the condo to pack up more items.

Bob arrived and we loaded the refrigerator and the clothes. We left at 9:45, heading to I-101, to I-10. We picked up I-202, which is newly completed. This is our first time on the road, heading east. This took us around the “curve”, which is a busy area in downtown Phoenix, and we turned back onto I-10 east, ( which at this point is traveling south towards Tucson).  We stopped for a couple of groceries at a Safeway along the way. We turned off of I-10 north of Tucson, and headed west to Gilbert Ray Campground. The campground is a Pima County facility, located in Tucson Mountain Park, just south of Saguaro West National Park.

We stopped at the Red Hills Visitor Center, in the NP, but it was closed and did not open until Thursday. Hmm, guess they cannot accept payment for the NP if they are not open! Since we have the NP Senior Pass, we don’t pay anyway….We were able to pick up a NP map.

We continued on to Gilbert Ray Campground, turning on the second part of McCain Loop. There was a self-serve check in, so we grabbed the paperwork, and rode around section H, which is the non-reserved area.

Last Saturday, I had checked the registration section, online, and it was mostly empty, so we took a chance on not making a reservation. We arrived to find lots of open spaces in the “H” section which was “1st come-1st serve”.  We picked site 21, which put the shade in the afternoon on the passenger side of the rig, so that we could sit outside.  We parked, set up, completed the paperwork and wrote them a check for $60. It was $20 a night, for 3 nights of 30 amp electric.

We had a quiet afternoon, sitting outside with the dogs. Roxie did not like it there, as there were lots of rocks, and she has “tender tootsies”. She hates walking on rocks! 

We came prepared and had cooked dinner in advance, so all we needed to do was heat it up. We were surprised to find that we had great internet and satellite.

Wednesday-   Bob went to walk the dogs. I was doing the breakfast dishes, and I looked out the window, at a coyote in  our site. I quickly texted Bob to not return with the dogs. Then I went out and “shoo’d” him away. He was very skinny, so he was looking for food.

When we looked at the map, we were disappointed to find that the ‘scenic loops” were open, but not to us! They are dirt roads and have a weight limit of 12,000 lbs.  We are 20,000 lbs. They are not designed to large rigs. We are 25 ft, 10” long. The maximum length is 24 ft .  We had planned on doing the scenic loop in this section of the NP and the one in the East Saguaro NP, which was 33 miles away. Oh well…on the map and directions that we had seen, there was a road, Golden Gate road, that was listed as not drivable in large vehicles. We had not been aware of the loop roads., and had not brought the car with us.

We stopped at the Desert Museum, but there were a lot of kids and adults there. Plus the cost was $23 each, senior rate. It is not part of the NP, it is a private museum. We decided to pass on the museum.  This car was outside the museum.

Desert Museum

So we drove to Tucson. We stopped for diesel, $2.34 gal. It is so nice to be able to go a regular gas station. It gives us options of less expensive fuel.

We stopped at Costco and Walmart. Then we ordered dinner on line, at our favorite Mexican Restaurant, El Charro. We stopped at In’nOut burger for lunch. Interesting, that it was also the Border Patrol employees favorite restaurant.  The restaurant was crowded with lots of Border Patrol employees and lots of their vehicles. We only do carry out, so I waited for our order.

We ate lunch, then went to El Charro to pick up dinner. We returned to the campground and sat out reading and enjoying the nice weather. It was clear, and in the 90’s.  We ate our El Charro dinner and watched some TV.

Thursday-  We went to the Visitor Center and spoke with the park ranger. He said that the reason that we could not go on the scenic loops, was that they had a lot of dips, and large vehicles get caught on them. He said to do the McCain loop which we did. There was also a nice garden walk at the Visitor Center. So we walked the garden walk. \

Saquaro NP sign

Visitor Center building.

Saguaro VC

This is the view from the Visitor Center entrance.

View from visitor center Saruaro NP

Do not feed the coyotes

That is not a sign that you see everyday!

Not all Saguaro are like you think, some are crooked.

Crocked cactus

This sign was the first in the Garden Walk.

Desert Life sign

The funny looking creature on the right in the picture is a Javelina.  They sort of look like a pig, but are not one. The sign said they are found at 4000 ft, but we have them in Sun City. I have not yet seen one, unfortunately.

Garden walk 1

Saguaro sign

Below is a Prickly Pear cactus. The  locals make lots of items from Prickly Pears. It is one of my favorite Margarita flavors!

Pricly pears

Prickly pear sign

As the Ranger suggested, we drove the McCain Loop, on our way back to the rig.

McCain Loop We stopped to check out the dump station and water at the campground. We also drove around the reserved areas. The park was mostly empty.

We returned, ate lunch, and sat outside reading in the afternoon. We ate dinner and watched the debate. Ugh…

Friday-  We packed up to leave and left our site around 9 AM. We stopped on the way out at the Desert Discover Nature Trail. We walked the trail, with the dogs. We had to keep a look out for coyotes and rattle snakes, but we did not spot any of either. We did see this interesting saguaro…

interesting saguaro

We drove back to the condo, stopping for diesel at a QT market on the way. $2.28 gal.

We unpacked the rig, and took it back to the storage facility. Bob dumped at the facility.  We returned home and I sorted laundry, which I will do tomorrow.

We picked up Coconut Shrimp at Georges for dinner, worked on a puzzle, and went to the Condo social at 5:30. Everyone wanted to know about our trip. Our socials are outside and socially distanced.

Sat. Oct. 10 to Fri. Oct. 16- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  Bike riding, walk dogs, read, laundry…our usual. We worked on a new puzzle. It was generally a quiet day. We have the windows and doors open to get the fresh smog into the condo. LOL. In the morning, we worked on our ballots, which had arrived yesterday. We will drop them into a drop box on Tuesday, when the library is open.  From 2 to 4, I made 50 phone calls for Biden/Harris/Kelly. At 4, we had our weekly Zoom with Dr. Bob, Jackie, and Mary. We BBQ’d dinner and watched more of Travelers.

Sunday-  I do not exercise on Sunday, I give my body a rest. We did not turn the air conditioner on until 5 pm, when it finally reached 80 degrees inside. We kept the doors and windows open until then. We did more laundry. We BBQ’d chicken for dinner and watched 60 minutes, then the movie SWAT, which we had recorded from free Showtime/EPIX.

Monday- The usual, bike ride, walk dogs, read books, do puzzle. I did some ironing. I had to dust off the iron and ironing board, since I do not use it very much!

Around 9 AM, we went to the rig to put in the new mattress that had arrived on Saturday. Because we have a murphy bed, it folds up. So we purchased a custom mattress, for the area that folds. It is gel foam, so it needed to inflate.

New RV mattress

We arrived at the rig, and took out the old mattress. It was attached to the base with straps. We are going to have to see if a strap is needed. By doing the custom mattress, we have the short top of the bed that stays in place. So we need something for that area. I though maybe a body pillow, but they are only 54” long, and the bed is 60 wide. We have two bamboo pillows, which are queen size, on the spare bed, so we took those over. They fit well, so we will replace them on the spare bed, and purchase regular pillows for the spare bed.

We also hung the curtains. We left the slide open, which is actually not allowed, but we did it anyway. We went back in the afternoon to put the slide back in. The rig in the next site is a boat, attached to a truck camper. Actually, they have two sites. The slide stays inside our line, so we did not worry about breaking the rule for a short time.

New RV curtains

We now had the problem of what to do with the other mattress and foam topper. The mattress went in to the spare bedroom, temporarily, and the foam mattress is in the garage.

We ate dinner and went to the condo social. Only Sally, who is a healthy 90 year old, showed up. We all left after 15 minutes.

Tuesday- We went for our Posse interviews. Mine was at 8:30 and Bob’s at 9. There were 4 interviewers. They asked us different questions. We both passed the interviews, filled out the background check paperwork and an information card. We now wait about 2 weeks for the background check’s to return. Then we do a 2 hour ride along. Evidently they weed a lot of people out on the 2 hours tour! Finally, we have a class. We will be on probation for 6 months.

Here is a snapshot of the Posse.

Posse

We went to the library to drop off our ballots. Their drop box is not arriving until the 19th, so we drove to the Surprise City Hall, and dropped our ballots in the drop box there. Then we went to JoAnne’s to purchase some strapping to keep the new mattress in place from there, we went to Costco and Walmart.

We returned home, read and worked on the puzzle. We had our dental appointments at 2 PM. We returned and had a quiet evening.

Wednesday- When I returned from my bike ride, Mary Ann pulled up in her electric cart. She said that she was praised for bringing in great volunteers. She was beaming. We talked for awhile and Bob had spotted us so he stopped with the dogs. Unfortunately, Mary Ann’s service dog wanted to play with them, but she is not allowed to….

We continued to work on the puzzle and read. I sewed the clip on the strap. and we had the Roadrunner Zoom. There were 15 people on it, including our friends Marvin and Marian from Colorado Springs. It was really great to see them! I almost did not recognize Marian. She had always had Lucille Ball red hair , but she had gone gray, like I did. We invited her to play Maj online with us, but she has had several strokes and she is not sure she will be able to play. She did say she had taught Marvin and her daughter how to play, and they have been playing in the evenings.

We finished this puzzle. For those of you in Charles County, if you went to Dr. Nesbitt, the dentist, I\we think this was the poster that was on the ceiling in one of her rooms.

Nesbitt puzzle

We ate dinner and watched a movie on Netflix.

Thursday-More of the same. Bob took the car to the Toyota dealer for its service and oil change. I stayed home and did assorted tasks. At 1:30 I played Maj online with MaryAnne.

We BBQ’d dinner and sat outside and read for awhile.

Friday-  Bob took the rig for a 7:30 appointment at the Cummings dealer, where he had the generator serviced, per its schedule. When he returned we went for our flu shots and our second shingles shot. This time they gave it to us. The Pharmacist asked if I wanted them both in the same arm. Remembering ( how could I forget) the horrible pain for two weeks in my left arm. I told him no, flu on the right, shingles on the left.

Both arms are sore. I played Maj with MaryAnne at 1. I ran to the library to pick up a book. We worked on a puzzle. We watched a movie on Netflix.

Sat. Oct. 3 to Fri. Oct. 9- Sun City AZ

Saturday-Happy birthday Bob! We went over to the rig and tried the curtains we had bought at Costco. Then to Home Depot to get a pole to put up the curtains. We returned and had lunch. Bob had a free cheeseburger from Habit for lunch. For dinner he had a free sub from Jersey Mikes.  At 2 we went to Brusters for ice cream, where he had a$3 coupon for his birthday. We are working on a very difficult puzzle. We watch Morning Glory on Netflix.

Sunday- The weather in the morning has improved so much, that that we opened all the windows and doors to air the condo out. We had to close up at 10, but that was okay. I still sat out on the patio until lunch.

We had a quiet afternoon and evening. We started watching Travelers on Netflix.

Monday-  We stopped at the Library. They have changed their format. They have set up the self checkout kiosks, you pick up your own books on hold, and they had some books to choose from, on shelves. I grabbed several books, plus the one on hold. They also have CD’s, DVD,s, and the puzzles.

We went to the rig and worked on changing over to the curtains. Bob hung the bar, and took down the current bar.  I checked the length of the curtains and took them home to shorten them.

Bob curtain

When I arrived home, I realized that I did not have any thread that matched them, so I need to purchase some thread.

We read and worked on the 1000 piece puzzle. We ate dinner, then went to the condo social.

Tuesday- It was 72 this morning.  Bob took a toilet seat back to Home Depot. We had purchased toilet seats that self drop, and this one stopped doing it…the company said to return it to Home Depot and they will give us a new one.

It was so gorgeous this morning. We had the windows and doors open. Bob returned, we closed up the condo, and we went grocery shopping. We returned in time for lunch.

At 1 I played Maj with Allen, Donna, and MaryAnne, online, until 3. It became very embarrassing, as I won 3 games in a row, missed one game, then won again! That was just my lucky day

At 3:30, I went to the walking pool at the Bell Center and walked in the pool for 30 minutes.I forgot to put on my Fitbit, so I do not know how far I walked. The water felt so good!

Bob had been reading and we worked on a 1000 piece, very hard puzzle. It is taking us a long time to finish this one. We BBQ’d pork chops for dinner.

Bob had a West Valley Astronomy Club Zoom meeting from 7 to 8:30 pm. I watched a movie on Netflix. Then we moved back to watching  Travelers on Netflix.

Wednesday-  It was 68 this morning.  Monday and Tuesday I wore a short sleeve shirt and shorts. This morning I moved to a long sleeve shirt and Capri length yoga pants to ride my bike. I need to start looking for warmer clothes for when the morning temps drop further.

On the first Wednesday,every other month, the bug guy comes. This is included in our Condo fee. So we had to wait until he arrived before we could close up and leave. Then we went to Total Wine for some beer for Bob, Costco, and Fry’s for the Senior Day. We arrived at around 11, and it was not super busy.

I sewed the hem on the curtains. We had picked up chicken tamales at Costco, so Bob took them and split them up. I took some to MaryAnne, as there are 15 in the pkg. Bob kept 8 and we gave( she paid for them) the other 7. Bob repackaged ours and put them into the freezer.

At 3 we had our Roadrunner Zoom. There were 16 people on it today. We ate a quick dinner, and went to the Condo social. It has been moved from 6 pm to 5:30, because it is getting dark so much earlier. It is social distancing, but because of the VP debate, there were only 5 people there. We have started taking the dogs with us. They really enjoy going!

Thursday-  I rode my bike, Bob walked the dogs. Then we did the dusting. The Shark Ninja runs on Thursday and Sunday, so it will vacuum today. Bob worked on a wood paper towel holder that came with the condo. It had water stains, so he sanded and re-finished, primarily the base.

I read sitting outside. We have all the windows and doors open, airing out the condo, while the weather is perfect. We finally closed up at noon! It was 11 yesterday. Our temps have been dropping daily. Today only reached 101, later in the day.

I played Maj with MaryAnne at 1. At a little after 3, I went to the walking pool. Bob took a nap. I walked for 1/2 hour. There were a lot less people at the pool today. Everyone has to walk wearing masks.

We ate dinner and continued watching Travelers on Netflix.

Friday- I rode my  bike in the early morning. Yesterday, there was one hot air balloon traveling across the area, today there were about a dozen. It must have been a good flying day. Fun to watch them as I was riding.

We had the windows and doors open as long as we could.I read outside for several hours, enjoying the cooler weather. It was 68 this morning and the high is 96.

We worked for several hours on finishing this 1000( should I say 998, as there were 2 pieces missing!) piece puzzle. It has taken us over a week to complete. Whew!

Birdies 1000

We ate dinner, then went to the condo social. The dogs are so funny, they let us know when it is 6:30 and they think it is time to leave!  They had a good time sniffing the other dogs. We came home and watched more of Travelers.

Sat Sep. 20 to Fri. Oct. 2- Sun City

Saturday-  We had a quiet day, staying at home all day. At 4, we had a Zoom with Jackie, Bob, and Mary. Jackie is doing better and better.

Sunday- We ran to the grocery store. At 10, we settled in to watch the Washington game. Hmmm, they wanted to charge us $2.99 for the game! Huh! We had an email last year, at the end of the year, from Direct TV, that we had the rest of the year and the full next season for free. Hmmm, so Bob called Direct. He was on hold for an hour. He was told that it was a fake email. Well, since we were given the last games of last season.  We are upset with Direct, so we chose not to purchase the package. We know they are lying to us, but we cannot prove it, as we no longer have the email. So we listened to the game on Bob’s iPad.

Other than that, it was a normal Sunday. This is the puzzle we finished.  This one was very hard!

Middle east puzzle

This was the last puzzle from Paradise. The next ones are from the library.

Monday-  We ran over to the rig to do some tasks. Then we went to Sam’s Club. We purchased gas, $1.99/gal. I get the light Baby Bell’s there, in the large packages, and they did not have any. The employee said that they are just out of them. They are still carrying them.

We returned home and ate lunch. Bob had a virtual appointment with his primary doctor at 1:15. At 3:30, I went to pick up his prescription while he set up the crock pot. The temp today was in the high 90’s, so I was able to sit outside. We finished Haven and started  the Enola Holmes movie on Netflix.

Tuesday- I called Paradise to check us out over the phone. The gal I needed to speak with had to call me back.  We will still need to return the mailbox key and the puzzles.

Bob went over the rig and put in a shelf in the bathroom, under the sink and tried to put on the hub cab. We lost a hubcap somewhere. We think it had it when we purchased the rig. Bob had ordered one, and it was too big. He could not get this second one on because of the position of the valve stem. He is going to need to take it back to the tire store.

Bob added air to my bike tires. At 11 we went to our first appointment at the Sun City Posse. The Posse is a volunteer organization which does a lot for the community. I used them a lot when I was a Case Manager at Del Webb hospital, for transportation of patients home. They also patrol the city, do block watch, welfare checks, vacation watches, funeral watch, traffic control, community events and other tasks. Its an awesome group. Our neighbor Mary Ann is a dispatcher. We met with two of the folks for about 1/2 hour. One was the recruiter and the second one was the watch commander for the day. We could not tour the building, due to the virus. We brought home the applications and we will return them tomorrow.

We returned home, ate lunch, and I made more calls for Biden/Kelly. At 3:30, we left and went to an MVA contractor, Quick Title, to purchase the tittle for the rig. Last Friday, we finally received the paperwork we needed. Every time we drive past this place, we have seen long lines. They close at 4, so we got there just before closing. We had a short wait, and then paid almost 7K in taxes and licensing fees. Whew, that was a dent in our savings! Good thing we were prepared for that. We knew basically what we were going to have to pay, before we purchased the rig.

We returned home, ate dinner, and watched the crazy debate. After the debate, we started watching Away on Netflix.

Wednesday- What a difference having air in my bike tires made. Bob also tried to fix my blinking red light, but I need to replace that. I went so much faster on my ride today! We went to Walmart and I purchased new bike lights. I made more calls for Biden/Kelly.

At 2, Bob took Koda to the Vet. She has been licking her self terribly. Its her allergies. So the tech gave her an allergy shot. Meanwhile, Roxie stayed home with me. She was not happy. She whimpered most of the time. She would only sit on my lap for a few minutes, then she would go stand at the garage door whimpering. 

When Bob and Koda came home, she raced over to check Koda, then greeted Bob. I had kept telling her that Koda was going to the Vets, and that Roxie did not really want to go to the Vet! Koda slept most of the evening.

At 3, we had our Roadrunner Zoom. That was fun, with a lot of laughter. We BBQ’d some chicken for dinner and watched Away on Netflix.

Thursday- I ran to the library to pick up a book. Then I returned and picked up Bob. I had noticed several garage sale signs, and so we went to those. We did not find anything we needed.

We ate lunch, then Bob left and took the rig over to the tire place for them to put on the hub cap. I played Maj, online, with Allen, Donna, and MaryAnne. Bob texted me that they had to move the valve stem, and it would take longer. It turned out, that they still could not get the hub cap on the tire. They think that we need to purchase a hub cap directly from either Sprinter, Mercedes, or Winnebago. Bob is going to research where we can find one.

We BBQ’d a pork loin for dinner and finished watching Away on Netflix. Then we started the original Mulan on Disney+. We still have Disney+ until January, for free because we have Amazon Prime. I refuse to watch the new Mulan movie  and pay $30 to do so. It will eventually be free on Disney+.

Friday-  I moved up to riding over 5 miles on my bike again today. That felt really good. The morning temps are dropping, it was 70 this morning. Bob had put our problem with the hub cap on the FB group and found that it is an issue that continues. They have a poor design and fall off. So we are not going to replace the hub cap. There is no sense wasting the money. We have been refunded for the other two, when we returned them.

It was cool enough for us to go to the condo social. This is outside, social distancing.

Sat. Sep. 19 to Fri. Sep 25- Sun City AZ

Saturday-  We did laundry and basically relaxed most of the day. The hurricane had hit Gulf Shores AL, where my elderly cousins live. I am the youngest of my generation, and the next oldest family member ( fathers side) is 5 years older, then 10, then old enough to be my parents. So I had contacted my 1st cousin, 1x removed, by IM. She said that her parents were okay. They had stayed in their condo, and it was a mess. Her sister was moving them to her house. They were supposed to have left the condo, but refused to do so. No electric, no water, in their late 80’s and he is not well. My cousin Gloria is his full time caregiver. She did not know about my 90 year old cousin,Claire. So I IM’d again, asking about Claire. Debbie told me she would check on Claire. She did and Claire called me. I was very relieved. Claire had only minor damage. When the tornado alert came, she took pillows and a quilt and hid in her bathtub! She is a spunky lady! This is my cousin who was in the Foreign Service and traveled all over the world.

We have been watching binge watching Haven on Netflix. Finally getting to season 5, the last season! This is based on a Stephen King novel.

I finished this puzzle today. I started taking it apart before I took the picture….oops! It was actually easier than it looks!

Fruit puzzle 1

Sunday-  We did our usual Sunday tasks and had our zoom with Mary, Jackie and Bob. They are doing okay. Jackie is much better.

Monday- I had a doctors appt. at 9. I returned and we had a zoom type meeting ( different name, same format)  with the Maricopa County librarian. We showed her our drivers licenses and gave her our address. We received Maricopa County Library card numbers. We have to pick up the cards when they arrive at the Sun City library. The library is not open, except for morning hours and some evening hours, just for pick ups. You order online. They also have puzzles!

Here is our next puzzle.

Vegetable puzzle 1

Tuesday-  We had an 8:15 appointment at the Sun City RV Storage. We ran to Paradise, then took the rig over to be measured, again! We signed in, paid the $50 set up fee, then the $90 for the rest of the year. Then we parked the rig. We are very pleased with this storage. It is a non-profit. They have water, a dump, and covered wash bay areas we can use to wash the rig.

We went grocery shopping, then I dropped Bob off with the groceries, and went to my Dermatologist appt. Everything was good. No spraying!

Wednesday-  I had a 9 AM hair appointment. Other than that a normal, quiet day. The temps have been in the low100’s. Much better than over 110! I made more phone calls for Biden/Kelly.

Next puzzle…

Amish puzzle 1

Thursday- We have been running over to the rig and doing more tasks. We purchased the recliners and a new mattress. I did some cleaning of the condo.

Friday-  Basically a quiet day. We are still working on the RV. We are still binging Haven.

Sat. Sept. 12 to Fri. Sept. 18- Sun City to Camp Verde AZ

Saturday-  We had a busy day. We were off to the rig in the morning.  Then we stopped at Best Buy. We have a CD player we used in the old rig for listening to books on CD. The new rig does not have a place to plug the CD player in. We cannot figure out how to listen to them. So we went to Best Buy. Fortunately, the employee was a guy about our age. He actually knew what a CD player was! Unfortunately, he could not help us. We need a CD player with Bluetooth. So we left and returned home. We need to go to Costco, but the line was way too  long, just to get into the parking lot.

We ate lunch and Bob finished the door to the linen closet. Here is the finished product. We still need a door handle for it.

Door

Today was a sad and frustrating day for me. Both of my BFF’s, from high school, who we Zoom with on Sunday, are having issues. Jackie has the virus, which she caught from her mother-in-law. Her mother-in-law is still ill, and is going to need to go to a long term care facility.

Then Mary, was diagnosed with breast cancer this week. This is her second time. The first time was many years ago. It’s pretty frustrating to be so far from them when they are ill. There is nothing I could do anyway, but still….

We had gone to Costco in the afternoon. We picked up one of their delicious chickens for dinner.

Here is a puzzle I finished.

Flower puzzle

Sunday- We completed our usual Sunday tasks. We also prepared to leave tomorrow on our first trip in our “new to us” RV. We ran to the RV and set up some items. We return and took the dogs with us to the RV for the first time. As you can imagine, they were confused. Roxie seemed to do better than Koda. I guess its that Roxie has been through a lot of changes with us. I had placed the “tennis ball thrower” on the booth style bed which we had put down for the dogs. Roxie grabbed the tennis ball and started play. That seemed to calm Koda down. Roxie seems to understand when Koda needs to play and she gets her started.

We turned on the refrigerator and the air conditioner to get the rig cool for tomorrow.

We returned, ate lunch, and had a quiet afternoon and evening. We watched some TV.

We did this puzzle very quickly.

Star wars puzzle 2

Monday-  We ran over to Paradise, to the rig. We put items away, and I drove the rig over to the condo, with Bob following in the car.  We packed up the food, clothing and medicines. We packed up the dog items, and the dogs. Since we do not have recliners to secure the dogs, we had lowered the booth table, making a bed. We put an old quilt on the bed, and secured the dogs with the seatbelts, which are located at one end of the bed. The dogs were very comfortable. They even have a large window to look out at the scenery.

Around 9:30, we took off for the Thousand Trails Camp Verde campground in Cottonwood AZ. It is located at about 85 miles, north, from us, and at  3,300 ft.

We stopped on the way at a Shell station for diesel at $2.38/gal. So much better than having to stop for diesel at the truck stops, where the diesel is much more expensive. We also were not towing a car. This was our first trip not towing. We are giving it a try to see how we like not towing.

The trip is up over the mountains, climbing to almost 5000 ft. ,then dropping down into the valley. The View did great! So much easier than the Alfa, which would sometimes overheat.

We arrived and checked in. We only need a 30 amp site, and the guard told us we could choose any site we wanted. We knew where we did not want to stay, but they had added 62, new 50 amp sites, which were really nice. We had not liked to stay there in the Alfa, as the sites were small and not level. At this TT, you pay extra for the 50 amp service, and it depends on the site, as to how much. Some of the new sites have magnificent views!

We chose a site in the “B” section. We were on a corner, with some shade and a nice grassy area for the dogs. We of course had a picnic table, but no fire put. No fires allowed, due to the chance of starting a forest fire. That was okay with us!

We settled in for the rest of the day. The temps during the day went up to the low 100’s, but at night the temps went into the 50’s. Nice and cool! Yes!!

We had left over chicken, from Costco for dinner. We were able to sit outside in the evening, until we could not read anymore. We had minimal internet. I was able to text, but most of the time, I could not receive emails or look on line at anything. We did have great satellite.

Our couch is not that comfortable, when sitting on it to watch TV. Bob had brought our Direct TV receiver, and we learned that was an issue. The receiver is placed behind the TV, and the metal in the wall mount, prevented us from being able to turn it on/off or change channels. We had to put the remote in a position to work, with the door open to behind the TV.  This is why we are doing this “shake down” trip, so that we can learn these problems.

We also discovered that the air conditioner did not cool off the rig that well. Bob’s solution was to hang a quilt, that we had packed, to block the front of the rig. We had figured this out at Paradise. So we did that during the day. We have taken the curtains for the bunk over the drivers cab and covered that area. Then we took the quilt and put it below. This worked perfectly, immediately lowering the temp in the rig and not over taxing the air conditioner. We have since learned that all Class C’s have this issue. Its like the front sucks the air forward, raising the temp in all the Class C’s. Okay, issue, temporarily solved. Now we needed a better solution.

We sat outside reading after dinner, until it became to dark to read. The murphy bed is really high. I have to use a step stool to get into it, so we pick up Roxie and put her on the bed. Koda has discovered, she can walk up on her bed, and jump over to the murphy bed.

Tuesday-  Bob about froze, walking the dogs. I did my morning stretch video. We took showers. We can flap our wings in the shower, which we had checked, before we bought the rig. The bathroom is small, but doable.

Having the murphy bed gives us a lot more room and we really like that. Last evening, we had set up the booth table and ate there. Unfortunately, that did not work for the dogs. They had really enjoyed the area. Roxie let us know! So we set the table back down, covered the cushions with the old quit, and the dogs promptly jumped up and settled back in. They think is a nice, big, dog bed!

We decided definitely to purchase a dual recliner for the booth area. We have looked at them. This was not an option on the View or the Navion.  It was an opting on the Wayfarer, by Tiffin, BUT, the Wayfarer is over weight.  You could only put 90 lbs. into the rig. With clothes, food, supplies, etc., the rig is easily overweight. Other View/Navion owners have been changing them out, and I would imagine that Winnebago will eventually offer this as an option.

Around 9:30, we packed up and drove thru Cottonwood and on to Jerome. The town of Jerome is a very interesting place. Our first stop in town, was at Jerome State Historic Park. There we learned we could park in a regular parking space. The rig fit! There was RV parking, but we did not find it until we were parked, so we did not bother to move.

Rig parking space

Can you imagine the poor mules that had to drag this wagon up the mountain we were on? We had driven a really steep, zig-zagging road up to the museum!

Heavy wagon

This picture below is of what was a school, and is now a private home. The views must be fantastic. It is located above the museum.

Jerome house

We walked and watered the dogs. The temp was low 80’s., so we opened our sun roof in the rig, and the back vent fan to keep the rig cool. We unhooked the dogs, so they could move around, but they took a nap on their “bed”.

We were there to take the tour of the Douglas Mansion. The former home is a museum, devoted to the history of the Jerome area and the Douglas family. Entry was $7 each, no senior discount. Below is the mansion from a distance, while driving.

Douglas Mansion

The mansion features exhibits of photographs, artifacts, and minerals. There was a 3D- model of the town and its underground mines. There were a few pieces of furniture,  but not a lot of the family items. The views from outside were spectacular, but of course, there is still some smoke in the air from the California fires.

Mansion view

The Douglas Mansion has been a landmark in Jerome since 1916, when James S. Douglas built it on the hill just above his Little Daisy Mine. The house featured a wine cellar, billiard room, marble shower, steam heat, library, and much ahead of its time, a central vacuum system. The house was built of adobe bricks that we made onsite.

Below is a rare flat piano.

Flat piano

Below is the mansion library.

Mansion library

The best part, was the 28 minutes video about Jerome. Jerome was the first town in Arizona. That was due to the mining in the area. The movie was very interesting. It was done through the eyes of a ghost. The ghost played his guitar at the beginning and the end, singing a song about mining and Jerome. The actor was quite good.

The history begins in 1876, when three prospectors staked claims on rick copper deposits. They sold out to a group, that formed the United Verde Copper Company in 1883.The town was named for Eugene Jerome, who was the primary ventures principle backer.  The cost of transportation of the copper, killed the company, which folded in less than two years.

The new owner, William A. Clark, brought a narrow gage railroad and reduced the freight costs. By the 20th century, it was the largest producing copper mine in the Arizona Territory. The town grew.  There were churches, restaurants, hotels, bars, an Opera House, a school and  lots of prostitutes. The Madam became very wealthy!

In 1912, James S. Douglas purchase and began development of the Little Daisy Mine.  Bu 1916, Jerome had two bonanza miles. Copper production peaked in 1929, then the Depression hit the town hard. The Little Daisy Mine closed in 1938. The mining days ended in 1953.

Below is outside the house.

Outside mansion

There were two more sites to see, but by this time, the little town was bumper to bumper traffic, so we left. We returned to Cottonwood and picked up lunch at Violette’s Café. It was actually in a railway car on the corner of two streets. We both had Croque Monsieur’s, ( a French ham and cheese, and a favorite of ours). We were disappointed, as the bread was crunchy. They were almost at closing time ( 1 PM) when we arrived, so that might have been the reason.

We stopped at Walmart and Home Depot. We did not find what we wanted at  Home Depot, so we went to Ace Hardware.

We returned to our site, and set back up. So far, this has been pretty easy. It takes less than 10 minutes, since we leave our chairs at the site to mark it as occupied, as well as the TT sign on the electric box.

By this time it was about 2 pm, and the temp was in the low 100’s. We stayed in the rig until dinner time.  We used our BBQ on the picnic table, ate dinner, and read our books until it became dark.

We decided to turn around the driver and passengers chairs, once the weather was cooler. We were able to open the door and the windows. The two chairs have “booster seats” that came with the coach. Since the drivers area is lower than the back of the rig, there are these “ booster seats”, which match the seats. They made the chairs pretty comfortable. We turned the TV in our direction, and watched  the last hour of the Davinci Code and then, Angels and Demons, both of which we had seen, a long time ago.

We missed our recliners as did the dogs, as the chairs were not as comfortable as the recliners, for them to sit in our laps. Instead, they lay on their “bed” and napped.

Wednesday-  Again we went to Cottonwood, to Home Depot. We returned some items and tried, again, to get what we needed. We had decided to put up a bungee cord ( suggested by the employee at Ace) to support the curtain, which would cover the entrance to the drivers part of the rig. Bob needed better, bigger eyebolts.

We stopped at the Hog Wild BBQ. We picked up carryout and returned home. The food was very good. They have a very high Yelp rating.

We returned, set up and worked on the inside of the rig, in the air conditioning. I put shelf liners in and we set up the curtain closing the front area.

We read our books, grilled dinner, and sat outside for awhile reading until dark .Tonight we watched Galaxy Quest. It was a cute movie about some Sci Fi stars who were contacted by aliens, to help save them. It was silly but fun.

Thursday-After sitting outside reading our books in the nice cool morning, at 10 we left and went back to Cottonwood. We stopped at Fry’s and Home Depot. We ordered lunch at the Red Rooster Restaurant in Old Town Cottonwood. Oh, were those sandwiches good! Bob had a turkey Ruben and I had the turkey cranberry wrap. Both came with decent potato chips.

We worked some more on the inside of the rig, read for awhile, grilled dinner, read some more.  We watched some more TV, siting in our turned around chairs.

Friday-  We packed up and left at 8:02. We stopped for diesel on the way back at the Circle K. Diesel had gone up. It was $2.43 today. We arrived at the condo and unloaded the rig. We took it back to Paradise, and settled in for a cool afternoon in the condo.

We ordered dinner from George’s and ate dinner. We watched Netflix in the evening and read our newspapers, which the neighbors had put through our mail slot. We had received a document explaining some of the items on the ballot for November. I started a puzzle.