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All the Amenities

Thanks so much to Linda G Hill for using my prompt word for the JusJoJan blog post today! Click the link for rules on how to join in the fun, but hurry!

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 27th 2023, is “amenities.” Use the word “amenities” any way you’d like. Have fun!

When RVers are looking for what they want in a campground or RV resort, they look for hookups and amenities they need to fit into their lifestyle. In my opinion, one of the best sites for finding this information is RVLife and their handy app.

A partial s screenshot of their list of helpful information.

Once in the app, a page like this will pop up and from here you can see photos and reviews from other RVers, all the amenities, the gps coordinates, their website, and what kind of hookups are provided. Click on the website and the resort’s actual website will show more useful information like their address, photos, local attractions and more.

I guess we’ve been spoiled by how beautiful the resort at Picacho Peak is, because although this place has amenities we like, including golf, dog park, planned activities, heated swimming pool and hot tub, pickle ball courts, bocce ball and more, there is absolutely no decoration at our site. No cactus gardens, paved roads, palms and Palo Verde trees, or the gorgeous peak we wake up to every day. We are surrounded by mountains, but they are off in the distance-not their fault, but a short ten-minute drive is all it takes to drive through them. It’s sometimes dusty and kind of plain Jain but the people are wonderful here.

The office, activities center, pools, courts and dog park are centrally located, but not close to our site. The golf course is not part of the park, like I thought, but runs up to the resort. The resort is protected by a gate you need a code to enter, so that’s added security (which is nice) but you must drive out to go to the golf course. Another smaller course is across the freeway in Wellton, and another in The Foothills. Further still is the city of Yuma and they have some courses as well.

My CBD products.

We went shopping in The Foothills today, got Dave’s oil changed in the Jeep, went to the hardware and grocery store, and stopped in a CBD shop for me to stock up on gummies. They even had Giraffe Nuts- which I’ve been wanting to try. Those are a CBD infused caramel candy. We also had lunch in a nice and reasonably priced Asian restaurant. They had the best cream cheese wontons! I had almond chicken and it was very good. Not in brown sauce like my beloved Haltom Chinese back home, yet tasty just the same. I want to say the ingredients were fresher and did not emit any off putting smell.

All in all, it’s great park with all the amenities and plenty of local attractions and we’ve had a very good day after what was a pretty rough night with Whiskey. I’ll be glad when my girls are back to normal, but that’s a story for another day. ☺️

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JusJoJan 1-26-23 Family

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 26th 2023, is “family.” Use the word “family” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

My three sons and me!
Everyone but Joshua and Dad in this one! Sadly, Claudette (seated in between David and Kevin) is gone but never forgotten.
Son Joshua (walking), Tori and hubby Greg (standing), sis-in-law, Connie (Standing next to Greg) and Jim-(Teri’s brother) seated across from Tori at Christmas a few years ago.
Youngest son, Chris with his uncle Robert (Bubba)

I sure am missing my familia right now and can’t wait until April when we are home for a visit!

The girls when they were just pups! Whiskey behind Brandy-look how dark she used to be!

The girls and Dave are my traveling family, my kids and brother are my immediate family and everyone else is my family through marriage. We are all close though, which I’m missing right now. They are busy with their own lives but stay in touch through texts, calls, and FaceTime.

On a different subject for a moment, we were talking the other day about my crochet project, the shawl with pockets. Here’s a picture of the way it looks when finished. (Not me in the picture 🤣)

It looks like a sweater, but it’s just a shawl with handy pockets! I have a little further to go- I figure I’ll stop when it reaches my knees- then you fold up the bottom of each end and sew the sides to make the pockets, adding a button if desired. That’s it!

Today we attended the hops and grapes function at the activity center. It was a fun get together where we met some more people, tasted some wine and light snacks and the guys had their beer to taste as well. The people here are all so nice and welcoming! They were also holding some kind of auction we weren’t involved with, so we stayed til that started and went back to the rig. At least the dogs are always excited to see us! 😂

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JusJoJan Hoping for the Best

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 24th 2023, is “ideal.” Use the word “ideal” any way you’d like. Have fun!

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Our site at lot #174

Our location here at Rancho El Mirage isn’t exactly ideal, but the people are sweet and the activities are plentiful, so we are hoping for the best.

Why isn’t it ideal? We are about half a mile from the dog park, office, and activities center. We have no bicicletas or a golf cart, so we either walk or take the Jeep. Looks like we’ll get plenty of exercise in here!

It’s not an ideal situation with a sickly dog either, she doesn’t always make it to the dog park, so we have to carry poop bags and lots of paper towels (because she has the runs). She is eating better, so say a prayer she is well soon!

I ate a light lunch before going to play Mexican Train at 1:30, and before it was over my stomach was growling! All that walking must have worked off the soup and few cheezits I ate. Additionally, someone was in the kitchen area making a strudel and had all our mouths watering. We had to hurry and vacate the premises after the game before we gnawed someone’s arm off!

Poor Dave had to make the long walk at about 2am with Whiskey who never picks the right time to finally go do her business. Tonight it might be my turn, or not…depending on how many times we can get them to go before bedtime. The wind isn’t nearly as bad today as it was yesterday, so that’s a plus. Still, the nights are pretty chilly here, and I’d rather not have to make that walk in the middle of the night.

Also, here the hookups are different, we had to back in instead of pull through, and we’re not sure why we couldn’t just plug into the power box on our site, instead, he made us plug into an extension cord.

Mexican Train was fun, I met new people, learned “their” rules, and came back with my head so full of helpful information, I couldn’t remember it all! Where’s the best pizza, date shakes and Italian food, how to sign up for golf and bowling, where to get my hair cut and colored when I’m ready, and so much more. Once we get Brandy well, we will be off like a rocket, but for now, we will stick close to the park.

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Movin On

As seasonal as the weather is our wanderlust, so it’s time for a change.

Tomorrow we move to Rancho El Mirage Golf RV Resort and hopefully, warmer temperatures. As in every RV Park, there are pros and cons…one of the pros is more activities and nicer dog parks, but the cons may be our location in the park. We will soon see!

I took some pretty shots of the sunset tonight, but they are slow to load. Hopefully, they will befor I finish this post.

They loaded, yea! Our last night here sending us off in a beautiful way!

You know, I hate toxicity in any form, wether it’s my water or my friendships, and that being said, I hope the folks at the new place are friendlier to us Texans. Sometimes, although nice enough folks here, most are snowbirds and I feel a little left out of the conversation. I feel I’ve tried my best to make friends and be involved in activities and game nights, yet I still feel somewhat shunned because I’m from Texas, and these people here have their own groups they are close to. Maybe I’m being too sensitive, but everything I read about welcoming RV parks and how wonderful the people are, to me, everyone has kind of kept to themselves or their cliques. Maybe it’s campers that get close, you know, the boondocking crowd. We’ll see the more parks we visit.

With that off my chest, we will be back here after our month in the new place. We just need a change of scenery for a while, and Dave wants to play golf without having to drive 30 minutes to do it! Well, he will get his fill! This place literally sits on a golf course! And, I’ll get to do the same activities plus some new ones, like bowling!

There will be new things to photograph, a new schedule of activities, and a totally different layout to the park. I even read there’s fishing and boating opportunities, but that is yet to be seen. They might have meant if you drive into San Diego. But maybe the place is aptly named, a mirage in the desert! Stay tuned for news from a new location.

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#SoCS 1-21-23

Your prompt for #JusJoJan the 21st and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “count on it.” Use the phrase “count on it” somewhere in your post. Enjoy!

No, the earth is not slanted, just my view after snapping this pic as I tooled down the highway on a grocery run going nearly 75mph. Am I going to hear about it from somebody? You can count on it!

I know it was dangerous, but sometimes you just gotta get the shot, am I right?! Not the first time I’ve gotten a cool shot driving down the road, and honestly, it probably isn’t the last. I guess I’m kind of a daredevil photographer 😛

I was suddenly overcome with a feeling that if I didn’t get the shot, I might lose my chance, and that picture I took the other day just didn’t give justice to how green the desert floor is becoming after the recent rains. Another time the same feeling came over me when I shot the statue of Sam Houston in a selfie as I was going down the freeway on my way to meet up with friends and go on a cruise. That was an epic shot.

Sure wish I could find it!