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A BIRDIE!!!!

sunny 19 °C

Yesterday was tour day. Our friends, Myrna and Jim picked us up and we toured the area where they like to boondock and also visited many vegetable fields and watched the Mexican workers harvesting lettuce. They bring busloads of Mexicans across the border and they harvest vegetables and make somewhere around $50 - $70 per day which is absolutely fantastic for their hard work. It rained quite a lot on Tuesday night and was cloudy most of yesterday so most of the fields were pretty much under water but we did find the odd field where they were working. This is also a big date region and did you know those dates grow on those trees that I thought were palm trees.....yep, they're date trees.

Mexicans harvesting lettuce in Yuma

Mexicans harvesting lettuce in Yuma

Amongst the cacti, date trees in distance

Amongst the cacti, date trees in distance

harvest

harvest

Today was a pretty lazy day. Woke up to wonderful sunshine and the temperature just keep rising all day. This afternoon we started our golfing with a par 3 course to see if we could remember how to swing the clubs after a 5 month siesta. And guess what...........I got a birdie on the 9th hole. I didn't beat John's score but I certainly came close after having two awesome holes on 8 and 9 and him having too shitty holes.

Even got to watch the new Survivor tonight......man, those creeps are mean!!!

Tomorrow, we're booked to try a full size course...perhaps 18 holes!!

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Yuma, Arizona at last!

sunny 22 °C

We arrived and the temperature is 24C...absolutely delightful. Interesting drive straight south and I mean straight with nothing but cacti and tumbleweed and then a few short miles out of Yuma, fields of fruit trees and vegetables. How do you grow these in sand...not sure but they sure are growing well.

A lonesome cactus

A lonesome cactus

John behind a surveillance bush

John behind a surveillance bush

Vegetables

Vegetables

Me and the Cacti

Me and the Cacti

Was interesting along the way to see all the snowbirders and to see the RV parks which are absolutely packed with RV's. Holy Moly and then out in the desert you find them boondocking or drydocking as it is called where they just set up anywhere and are self contained and stay for a few days.

Boondocking also known as drydocking

Boondocking also known as drydocking

Here is the signpost of the place we are staying. Totally reasonable, totally clean and certainly looks like our stay will be very enjoyable.

Yuma Cabana

Yuma Cabana

Rain is forcast overnight and possibly tomorrow, however, the high for Saturday is forecast for 24. Guess tomorrow is shopping day...cause can't suntan in the rain and besides .... I forgot the suntan lotion at home and need to buy some.

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London Bridge in USA

sunny 17 °C

We slowly made our way down to Lake Havasu, Arizona. Weather is great, the high today was 17 and it felt so nice. Did a little shopping at Walmart in Mesquite before we left and I was astounded at the prices! How can they sell for that cheap...actually how come we pay so much in Canada is more like it!

We routed through Hoover Dam and took a look at the progress being made to the new bridge. Not done yet but lots of construction going on and lots of tourists. We travelled for miles and miles through the desert to arrive at Kingman then miles and miles again to Lake Havasu. And to see the odd house or mobile home out there in that barren land was intriguing. Wonder where their summer home is? lol Just can't imagine living out there through the heat of summer!

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

We are now in Lake Havasu City where the bricks from the original London Bridge have been used to face the new bridge. Quite interesting tourist attraction. To learn more just google it, interesting story!

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Picked up a disposable cell phone, finally got it activated and now to figure out what one must do to text on it....Technology sometimes sucks!! For my kids information, our number is 928-502-2741.

Off to Yuma tomorrow, only 3.5 hours and then relax, golf and sun for 2 weeks! Ready to stop this travelling every day for a bit that's for sure. Living in a car all day is getting old!

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Three Seasons and Four States

all seasons in one day 10 °C

So we left Dillon with a temperature of -14 but bright and sunny. As we travelled south, the sun continued, snow was very sparse, lots of brown grass. The mountain pass into Idaho was fine, very cloudy at the top but nothing that slowed down the speed limit of 75. Through Idaho, not much snow, another pass to get into Utah and on to Salt Lake City with the temperatures up to 7. Took us 1 1/2 hours to get through Salt Lake City and all its associated little subdivisions but again, traffic was sparse and we were able to keep the speed at the limit.

Either Montana, Idaho or Utah...help

Either Montana, Idaho or Utah...help

Americans just would not believe driving on Hwy 2 between Calgary and Edmonton with all the traffic as we have been on an interstate 4 lane divided highway all the way and never have we yet to experience the same amount of traffic as Hwy 2. Actually, this morning it must have been at least 2 hours before a car passed us and at that point, we had only passed about 3. The highway is in fantastic condition only noisy in some places. Then after Salt Lake City, all the shit began....slight rain and then in the higher altitudes snow. I now know that Utah is made of the flat that Salt Lake is in and the rest is all mountains that you go up to the summit and down then up, then down...glad that state is behind us.

The start of the desert

The start of the desert

We had anticipated staying in St. George, Utah tonight, however, just before we got there, the sun came blasting through the clouds at the horizon and we could see blue sky. Checking the map, we decided what the heck...on to Mesquite, Nevada. It was well worth the extra 40 minutes. After St. George, you go through the Virgin River Gorge...yes, it must be a virgin...the river was dry! But going through the gorge was just as magnificient in its own way as going through a pass in the Rockies.

It was pretty amazing how fast the dry bumpy grassy land changed within 10 miles to red desert sand with cacti growing all over. And the temperature......well, by the time we got to Mesquite at 5:30 (time change you know), it was +12. Lovely, I tell you. It feels so good to shed one coat and turn the heat off in the car!

After seeing approximately 30 (at the least) large overhead road sign boards advertising the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, we decided to be a tourist and stay overnight. Little did we realize that this city is a little Vegas, all the hotel/motels have big neon signs advertising casinos and everything else. So here we are at the Virgin Cove Casino, it is a gigantic complex with 7 buildings 3 stories each of guest rooms and they're all full I understand! Where does all the money come from???????? I gave them my $20 bucks and played for an hour so I'm happy!!

Virgin River Casino, Mesquite, Nevada

Virgin River Casino, Mesquite, Nevada

Tomorrow, we're going to be more touristy and go around Vegas and out to Boulder Dam and then down to Lake Havesu City and take our time. Now that we have found some more reasonable temperatures, we feel we can slow down.

Just saw Washington DC on the tube..............WOW, glad we don't live there, eh Rachel??

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Overnight at the world's largest teepee

overcast -12 °C

So did you know that Medicine Hat has the world's largest teepee? Well, it does and it looks quite awesome at night when it is all lit up! We spent the evening with our good friends and past neighbours, Frank and Jackie in Medicine Hat, had good laughs and a wonderful prime rib meal. While there, Griswald made some new friends...a teddy and Chase the dog who is sooo cute!

griswald and chase

griswald and chase

Up this morning, fixed the tail light which decided to burn out about 15 minutes after we hit the road from home and on the trail south. We also found all the Canada Geese feeding in some fields in northern Montana. Trust me, there were thousands of them. The day was foggy and cloudy till at least Helena but then we started into the mountains and it got much clearer and I managed a few pics around the Big Belt Mountains.

Big Belt Mts

Big Belt Mts

Made it to Dillon tonight and will have an early start and see where we end up tomorrow. Somewhere in Utah but only time will tell.

Oh and check out this cute ute that we discovered at Timmie's in Taber!Timmy Ute

Timmy Ute

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