Tuesday, February 10, 2009

South Yuma has what we call "the Mexican Swap Meet". Always lots of pets there, as well as people selling puppies. This little Chihuahua is 10 weeks old, weighs a couple of pounds. They sold her for $125. It's real hard for me to see these little ones, I want them all. This little girl wanted her, but the Daddy said no. We had a good time looking anyway.

We rode out to the Date Farm for a Shake, but they were closed. This is Wayne and Sharon, our neighbors in the park. The rear brake on his Harley quit working on the way out here.

This guy isn't selling wheels, he's selling polish. You can find ANYTHING you may be looking for out here. Pat picked up 5 or 6 boxes of Zicam cold medicine, some cookies, and some other stuff. Big sack full. She paid $8.50 for all of it!

We're getting ready to head out. It was in the 80's by now, and we were all too warm. A few minutes after this picture, Wayne discovered that his rear brake was locked. We didn't have many tools, but even loosening the bleeder valve wouldn't release it. Ended up having it towed back to the RV Park, and he'll let the Harley dealer fix it. Just 3 weeks ago the dealer here had flushed the system and changed the fluid. They probably put something back together wrong. All in all, it was still a good day and a nice ride with new friends.

Chunk, John (slick), T0ny D and Pat visiting in the parking lot waiting for the "Guest of Honor"

The group minus 2 (Hal's oldest son and his lady) Here we have Chunk, Hal (Redeemed) his wife, Trudy Slick, Katie (KT) Tony D, Pat, Andrew and Ryan. What a treat to see KT, and to meet a new family. We met Hal in Oregon last July, but Trudy and boys are something special! Been a long time since we've seen such well behaved and interesting kids. We all enjoyed their company a LOT!

Sweet Tomatoes food was all right, but not as good as I remembered. Maybe because Jack and Barb wasn't here this time to share with us . I'm sure we all got enough to eat, and the company was terrific!

Slick has been working out and watching his diet...yeah, right!

Hal's oldest son, Matthew. I missed a picture of his pretty girl friend, bummer on that. He's a Firefighter here in Tucson, and has the arms that John (about the same age) is dreaming about. I think John has a long way to go!

Our "Guest of Honor"! and what an honor it was to share a meal with this Special Lady! KT is visiting her sister in Tucson. Next weekend she'll be down in Old Mexico for a 4 day weekend. She has a lot of fun planned for her vacation. We're glad she took out time to share with a few VROC folks.

"Old Blue Eyes". Chunk gets a good bye hug from Pat and Katie. He drove down from his wilderness camp last night so he could ride over with us today. It was 240 miles from our driveway in Yuma to the Sweet Tomato in Tucson. We got home around 7 PM, Chunk left to drive back to Lake Havasu City. It was a perfect day! Good to see Slick and Tony again..it always is! Those of you that didn't make it were missed. And talked about. Oh, it got up to 84 degrees on the way home, and was still 76 when we got back to Yuma this evening. Spring is here!

Brother Coyote is howling at the moon. I think I'll have to add a few more so he won't be lonesome! I've named this one "John".

Is this tacky enough? Fanny the Flamingo will be friends with Frank, who is hanging from the carport roof. That was a donated by Dave and Romy a couple months ago I may have to add the "Biker Bird" Flamingo from Kelly, he's hanging in our garage at home. I think he'll be happier here in Arizona next winter.

Dave, Kymberli, and Romy entering Mexico! It's a lot faster getting in that it is getting out!

We passed up some of the "fine dining" places and settled for Huevos Rancheros in this little street level cafe. The coffee was instant, but definitely strong enough. The food was good too, and not too expensive. We all enjoyed a "Taste of Old Mexico"

After doing some shopping, the tourist decided to get a shine. Note the plastic bags on Dave's left. They contain my new Pink Flamingo, and a Brother Coyote for our lawn decor in Yuma. The Coyote always reminds me of Snake. He also had a thing for "Brother Coyote". We had talked about it several times.

I managed to get Dave set up with who I consider the best shine guy down there. He really takes his time and does a good job.

Not bad for a 2 buck shine! The guy told Dave he could come back tomorrow and pay to have the other one done He was joking of course, and did just as good a job on the other one.

There are lots of small Indian Ladies selling all sorts of things. I wasn't really interested in paper flowers, but it made for a colorful picture. I gave her a dollar (she didn't ask) and was rewarded with a huge surprised smile.

Kymberli's Mexican treat (one of them :-) Muy Bonita!

Dave is telling us about the Fireworks in Lake Havasu. Seems the weather turned out real nice, and they had a good ride up there. They also went to Oatman and Laughlin to deposit some Canadian money into the local economy.

Dave found a nice sized checker board in the Cracker Barrel gift shop.

Romy (Pebbles) and her daughter Kimberly. She was riding with DD on this trip. A very nice young lady!

DD is having a little brain time trying to solve the Cracker Barrel puzzel.

Everyone else had dinner kind of food, but I stuck with the Country Boy Special. I had to pass on dessert!

Last night the Westminister Dog show was on TV, and a lot of VROC folks were posting their dog pictures. This is "Sofia Jewel", but we call her Julie or Baby Cakes. She's getting close to 11 years old, and is the apple of my eye! This picture was taken on her 10th birthday.

Our neighbors, Wayne and Sharon, with Pat. It was only 65 degrees this afternoon, but we took a little ride out near Imperial Dam. Went through all the Date Orchards in Bard on the way.

A BIG Gun. There are two on them here at the enterance to the US Army Proving Grounds

We're deciding whether to head back to a bunch of tanks and other weapons we just passed.

The Ocotillo's are starting to bloom. These cactus have some wicked stickers on them!

A heavy crop of dates on this palm.

Sharon and Pat are making an inspection of the gun.

Wayne is checking it out. This is a big muther of all guns! I think it was 280 MM or something like that. The barrel was 41 feet long, it weighed 47 tons!

Sherm and Pat in front of a rocket launcher. It's going to take a long time for the hair go grow back:-(

The blonde lady was there with her husband, they are dry camping somewhere up in the high dessert. Very friendly folks.

This is what a Good Year tire looked like in the early 1940's.

This is the site of Army Camp Lagume. One of several in the desert South West that were active during the early part of WW2. Over a million troops were trained here. This particlar place was used to train men for the Italian theater during the war.
The open air musuem had about 20 different tanks, Howitzers, Anti-aircraft guns, and rockets. Some were used in WW2, Korea, and Viet Nam.

My favorite was the Ol' War House. A Sherman Tank that had been shot up pretty bad, but was used during the later part of WW2. The picture is below.

Sharon checking out a REAL Sherman Tank. Lots of history here.

A little trailer park a long way from nowhere. Hmmmm, maybe we can move our Park Model up here for some peace and quiet next winter.

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