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Jan 22, 2021 - Heading towards the border

1-22 Friday Slow getting started...Ron & I outside - he organizes his yard with lots of paraphernalia...putting together a low tech corner with stuff...looks a lot better now , see photos. Bon working on banking stuff and getting auto insurance (required in MX) and discussing lots of details with contractor, Ron, in Montana. We finally get on the road about 2:30 pm after more extensive discussion about the political situation that Biden & country faces. Lots of doubts and concerns about how both parties face up to the challenges ahead in...

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Mar 24, 2019 - El Centro CA Blue Angels Airshow / End of Season Luau

Well, here we are ending our 5 month Winter Vacation. Since arriving in El Centro, we've spent most of our time just relaxing poolside....taking long walks with Mocha and basically just 'unwinding'. We had a fabulous time at the Blue Angels Air show, both on the Friday evening as all day Saturday. Friday evening was really just to tour the Naval Air Facilities and have a meet n greet with the Blue Angels Team Members. What an exciting time that was, all are so overly polite, professional and very approachable. They're hoping to put on a...

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Mar 6, 2019 - Arrival in El Centro, California

Joanne and I had a super great time during our last week in Val Vista, visiting friends....saying our goodbyes....and reminicing about the great times we shared during our stay in Mesa, AZ. We will certainly miss those new friends we've made and will make certain to continue to correspond. We arrived in El Centro ( approx 15 mi north of Mexicali, MX ) mid afternoon Friday and set up at a perfect camp spot location. The Rio Bend Golf and RV Resort is smaller and not quite as organized as Val Vista in Mesa, AZ but a perfect spot to just hang...

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Feb 18, 2019 - North To Palm Desert

Day 41 - Monday 18th February Fortunately the road outside the camp was no longer closed although the little river that runs through the camp was still flowing across the road we just drove through & out. We were heading roughly North East through the mountain range & on to the Thousand Trails Camp at Palm Desert near Palm Springs. The rain had stopped by then but we started to notice snow beside the road as we climbed higher through the mountains. They must have got snow instead of the rain that we had further South. We actually passed by...

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Trip Journal

Southwest USA - 2019

Nov 30, 2018 - Two days of wind

Wind has not stopped blowing here since Thursday morning. A storm front that blew into the Angeles area was the reason for lots of blowing dust yesterday. We were going to wash the truck &trailer either yesterday or today but gave up hope this morning when the gusts became much stronger but today the dust is not in the air like it was yesterday. Both days days remained dry with cloudy periods. Today we get the rig ready for departure tomorrow (Sat) to Yuma. This week we have heard so much noise from jets flying overhead from the nearby...

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Nov 27, 2018 - Military Helicopters & Elevation

I can only assume the many flyovers every day of these choppers are due to what is taking place to the west us at the Tijuana border. Any news here on TV is difficult to find so what I can find is only online and quite biased. Been watching this thing take place for over 3 weeks and not happy we are now only 100 miles away from the current situation, and less than thrilled that the Mexican border is less than 10 miles south of us. (as the crow flys) Not expecting to see any of these trouble makers in our travels but concerned our Yuma/Al...

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Nov 25, 2017 - Checking out the surrounding areas

Last day to investigate this place,so we drove down to Calexico a border town. On the other side is Mexicali,this place was pretty big for a border town. To busy for us so we opted to drive one of the side roads west towards San Diego on Hwy 98.When the city grid disappeared we were back into agriculture and hay. Then out of nowhere we were into open desert ,sand dunes and buggys everywhere. Next surprise was "solar farms", Acres and acres of solar panels covering every inch of land on either side of us,quite a sight. We drove east to a...

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Nov 24, 2017 - Egrets & Cormorants -video update via youtube

We were told about the many Egrets and Cormorants that fly in daily to roost in the trees behind this resort. There is a backwater canal that sits behind the resort that sees thousands of birds come in daily around 3:30pm so we made a point of being over there. We arrived near 4 pm and many of the trees were all ready occupied, it was something to see and hear. The canal runs down to the freeway about 1 / 2 mile away and the trees are filled with birds all the way.While we were there they did not come to our side because we were...

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Nov 23, 2017 - Thanksgiving Dinner

We discovered we have ants moving in with us. Our second unwanted visitors since the mouse visit a few years ago. Off to the hardware store tomorrow for ant treats and try and get rid of them. They are so very tiny ,about the size of a pepper speck. Neighbor here gave us some of their stuff I spread around the contact points,legs, hoses etc.

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Nov 21, 2017 - Cleaning up the units

After 1500 miles these vehicles were filthy.Luckily this park allows us to wash them,a rarity in this part of the country.All we had to do was give them $20 for the privilege and we had all day before our permit expired. We got er all done and I can honestly say we have expired from the work. I was going to upload some videos from our road cam but forgot to bring a micro SD to SD card adapter. I will get one asap and upload some highway cam footage of the regions we traverse.

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Nov 20, 2017 - Hay hay hay

Today we drove over to El Centro, it is about 20 minutes East of us. It was a much larger city than what we expected,including a Costco. As we drove there we seen huge stacks of Hay everywhere and no sign of cattle in any direction. It turns out that these farmers in this climate can get 12 crops a year, which is then loaded on trucks,driven to Long Beach docks,loaded on container ships destined for China. Turns out they have no way of growing enough to keep their cattle fed. WOW We just signed up for another Thanksgiving turkey dinner ....

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Nov 19, 2017 - El Centro CA - Nov 19 - 25

Staying at Sunbeam RV Resort just west of El Centro. It was a leisurely drive lasting 2 1/2 hours today.The last part of the drive took us through the Imperial Valley known for its agriculture. Birds of all kinds in the fields and air and because of the water....insects. Totally different environment from where we were this morning. Just checked our elevation,we are 37 ft below sea level.

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