Friday, March 30, 2018

Winter Trip Update and an Unexpected Challenge


This photo is taken a couple of days after my last post at the end of January (2018).  We are at a private campground, Arizona Oasis, on the Colorado River just a few miles west of Dome Rock BLM. We're there for the Superbowl weekend party and game.  David and I enjoy the party dancing to a few oldies.
The next night, at half-time, he starts complaining of pain in his left forearm where he had knocked it up against the bathroom door latch.
The next morning he is running a fever.  We relocate to the fiberglass rally at Dome Rock and find a walk-in clinic in Quartzsite where he gets antibiotics.   Over the next two days his arm swells (from his wrist to his shoulder) and I become frightened.  
We need to get back to a more populated area where there are great medical resources. 

By Thursday afternoon we are in an emergency room in Scottsdale, AZ where David is admitted to the hospital.  (We picked Scottsdale, a three hour drive, so we can be close to his family that lives there.)

It takes a few days but his arm eventually responds to the excellent medical treatment.  He has an extremely bad case of cellulitis!  The nurses teach me how to care for his wound, cleaning it, applying layers of medicine and gauze and securing it with a sleeve.

After four nights David is released and we decide to stay at his daughter's until he recovers more fully.  I am not a "happy camper" as I am not the RN in my family and have been known to faint, years ago, at the sight of blood!  But, somehow, we manage to get the dressing changed each day.

The weather has turned cold and rainy and we are glad to be warm in the back yard.  Ten days after his hospital discharge we resume traveling and head to the Escapees' North Ranch in Congress, AZ.

We picked North Ranch for two reasons.....I was just so ready to get out of the city and we were able to get full hookups for a long weekend.  We did not do much....the weather was not typical Arizona winter weather...but I did manage to get in a mountain bike ride in the BLM behind the ranch.


Sleet on the Tundra!


One of the colder days!

One of our friends, Jean, is at Gilbert Ray campground next to Tucson and we are ready for warmer weather!  We say bye to central Arizona and go south to join her.


BLM South Entrance of Joshua Tree




Canyon Lake

Gilbert Ray campground is beautiful!  The following day, Oliver trailer friends pull into the site next to us! We are having a mini rally!

It's time to leave Arizona and there's another state park on the way home that we want to see...City of Rocks in New Mexico! Our friends, Jerry and Wanda, posted fun photos of this place prompting us to put it on the must see list.

Very unusual place....this City of Rocks. A volcanic eruption millions of years ago created the city in the middle of a plain.  A full moon rises above the rocks creating a keeper photo!



Sylvester gets a little crazy while walking in the rocks.  He runs from rock to rock exploring every crevice.







New Mexico sunset



Plus there's Faywood Hot Springs just up the road from the state park.  This soaking experience is addicting....can't wait until it's time to return next year!

We spend three nights at City of Rocks leaving on a Sunday morning.  I am having mixed feelings...sad that we are saying goodbye to the West but hopeful for future trips.

That night finds us at Wal Mart in Fort Stockton, Texas and we are not alone!  These are our views from bed the next morning.
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We hear that all the local rv parks are full....guessing 30 to 40 rigs are Wallydocking.

We have a little time to spare before our reservations start in Alabama for the Green Eggs and Ham rally.  We decide to visit the Canyon Lake in Texas.  Great idea! We stay a couple of nights doing a little walking and a lot of resting.





Using Google Maps, paper maps and the Garmin we find a way around Houston staying on 290 and 105.  It is a long day..much out of our way but no white knuckles.  Most of the route is very rural.  Another night at Wal Mart at Beaumont and we are on our way again and almost through Texas!

Another stop in Mississippi at the Welcome Center gives us information on local beaches fifteen miles away! We have not seen the gulf from Mississippi and the beach is calling my name.  We find a site at Buccaneer State Park near Waveland and Bay St Louis. The campground is big and the ocean is nearby!




(Full disclosure....I enhanced the beach photos using the app Snapseed.  The sand was not very white.)


It's getting late and this post must come to an end soon.  I'm going to close with photos from the Green Eggs and Ham Rally.  An event we have attended for many years...one we really enjoy!









We are now home in Chattanooga and gradually adjusting to living in a house.  We have a short trip coming up in a couple of weeks...over to our beloved Smoky Mountains.  After that, no real plans other than be gone in the summer.  XXX


Friday, February 2, 2018

Desert Bliss

It's been three fun-filled weeks since the last post! 

After a weekend at the relatives we join our Mississippi friends, Jerry and Wanda of EggRollings, at Lost Dutchman State Park.  This week is filled with visiting with Apache Junction friends, Mesa friends, and North Carolina friends! Lots of talk and lots of food!





John and BJ of Just Finding Our Way provide a wonderful pot roast that we will never forget!

The following Monday we arrive at Dome Rock BLM to join a crowd of fiberglass friends who are there for the Quartzsite Big Tent Show. It's another week of reunions, visiting, shopping.  Every day is filled with activities.....visiting Tyson Wells booths, hiking, soaking up the sun.  There are many Oliver trailers there, 13 someone told me, including friends from Florida and Mississippi.  We are kind of proud as the Oliver is made in our home state of Tennessee.








Terri and Jona, former winners of the Q rally contest, invite us to play ladderball.  Who knows...maybe we will compete!




Rest time!

After the big show shuts down, we move over to California.  There's an Escapee park, Jojoba Hills, that is supposed to be beautiful.

But first we must drive over a mountain range....no photos available as all my energy is expended in the navigation!  And I won't do it again!
But we are glad to make the trip as the landscape changes dramatically on the other side of the mountains.  Lots of green, beautiful trees, round rocks!

The park does not disappoint!  Absolutely gorgeous! But we, unfortunately do not get a chance to enjoy it.  Our big blue Tundra fails us the first day there when it refuses to start.  Eventually Good Sam`s send a big truck to carry it to Temecula Toyota.  We are stranded back at the campground but wonderful angels arrive and offer to take us to town the next day.  Toyota repairs our baby and we are so ready to get out of the very congested city!



Boondocking at Jojoba Hills


Sylvester not cooperating for a photo!


Cell phone shot of the moon eclipse....

We are back in the desert boonies where I hope to publish this update. Boondocking in a BLM area off I-10.

Next week is the big fiberglass rally at Dome Rock.  Looking forward to seeing more old friends!