Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Blast--Shut Down by the Fire Marshal

Casa Grande, Arizona

I had a couple of calls asking how the Blast was.  Saturday morning it was cloudy and there were sprinkles off and on all day.  

We walked over to the grandstand area for the dinner and to listen to the band.  It's a great place to have happy hour.  Carlena and Harry came over to our coach to watch the show.  They are in the row behind us and didn't have a very good view.  There was no point being outside with bad weather when we had a perfect view from the recliners.

I was unable to get the audio portion on the radio.  After about an hour, everyone started leaving.  Later we found out that there was a traffic accident and the vehicle leaked gasoline.  The fire marshal shut the pyrotechnic show down.  
Sunday morning the weather was much better.  It didn't rain enough the night before to leave any puddles.

I must say that I was extremely disappointed in the meals that were served at the rodeo grounds.  In the past, they were very good and worth the $10.  They were very stingy with the servings.  Jan got four potato chips the size of a half dollar.  The meat on the sandwich was so thin you couldn't see any when the bread was together.  On the plus side, the grounds, showers, and rest rooms were very clean.  The people were friendly.  They closed off the road on the wall side and used the paved road to escort people to their sites.  The staff is very friendly.  The band was very enjoyable.  

Dennis and Carol Hill invited us over for biscuit and gravy breakfast.  He thought it would be nice for the Loosey Goosey bunch to get together.  

It was really fun and informative too.
Everyone was ready to eat at 8:30 except Harry and Carlena weren't there.  I said these people are never late.  It turns out their clocks bounced off the California towers and they were on California time.  
The discussions were all about Alaska.
Dennis convinced us to take our big camera to Alaska.
Mark helped me get my emails on my new phone.

Mark did suggest, I get a real screen saver.
I took this photos for those people that attended in the past.  Closing off this road made a huge difference.

Bill and I went for a walk and we watched the kids sled riding down the sand hill.  I went to get my camera and when I came back there wasn't a kid in sight.

The next thing we knew, it was time for happy hour and to listen to the band.  

The band played and one little girl about two stole the show dancing.

John and Gayle are enjoying the sunshine.  They never seem to get cold.

Carolyn and Craig really enjoyed themselves and they are planning to come back next year.

The Sunday show was spectacular.  Everything that wasn't launched was shown then.  It seemed more fitting that the last show should be the best.

Sunday morning everyone seemed reluctant to leave.  We had originally planned to stop at Quartzite on our way home as we had a picture freeze and a 775 error on our TV one day.  It never did it again so I cancelled the appointment.  Paul of Satellite Advantage suggested I stop anyway as there had to be something wrong.  He said he'd personally check it out for us.  

Don and Sharon wanted something in Quartzite and Carlena and Harry also wanted to stop in Quartzite.  All three of started down the road together.  

Paul changed out two components for us and then started checking things.  At first he though it might be our receiver so he tested it on theirs.  The problem turned out to be a long standing one.  When we first got the coach, we never used satellite in the bedroom.  When we did hook it up, we found that the satellite coax connection didn't work.  

The coach was out of warranty but Montana sent us to a RV repair shop at no cost to us.  At that repair shop, I said if they wanted to run another coax they could install it closer to the TV.  They installed it and it worked fine up until I got the rooftop antenna that gets Direct TV on HD.  Paul was upset about the inferior coax that was used and the way it was done.  He corrected it all for us and never charged us a penny.  I highly recommend Advantage Satellite for any satellites you may use.  He also does work in the Phoenix area.  

We got back to Casa Grande a little after 4.  We picked up Sharon and Don for dinner about 5:30.  They wanted to try Manuel's since Bedillon's is closed on Mondays.  
 It was wonderful being around these two after all they have been through.  Looking forward to seeing them again next month.

Turtle Safely........

Friday, February 17, 2017

Winter Blast--Thursday/Friday

Sara Park Rodeo Grounds

How did I get behind?  Just way to much fun.

Yesterday we all took a tour of the London Bridge.  This tour was put on by the visitors center.  Our guide had a video that he played but he really knew his stuff.
 The fountain is something the city erected when they removed the grass.  The fountain was made in Mexico and the lions came from an old casino in Vegas.

This entrance gate came from England and was built in 1862.  
What a remarkable undertaking to dismantle, then move this bridge over 5,000 miles and then reconstruct it. 

This tour wasn't just about how they moved and erected the bridge.  The complete story is how McCullough built the town of Lake Havasau City for his London Bridge.

 We had to climb 52 steps to get up on the bridge.  When the bridge was in London, the tides came in and out thus the need for so many steps during low tide.

Our guide gave us a breather after climbing those steps by the statue of McCullough and C. V. Woods.

The red cord around Bill's neck is the audio monitor so we could hear our guide.  It really makes a difference in a tour.

I'm sure every one knows about the "love locks".  The city has decided to leave them as part of history.

These light poles were made from the metal from the cannons of Napoleon.  

We've driven over the bridge many times, but you get a better feel for it when you walk over.

Lake Havasau City is truly a beautiful city.

Craig, Harry, Carlena, Bill and I stopped by the bridge for lunch, it was good and reasonable.  Jan and Paul came in and we made room for them.

By the time I got back I had lost track of time.  When I realized that it was only 20 minutes before time to go to the Boomer's Pot Luck, I walked down and told Don and Sharon we wouldn't make it.  I needed an hour to bake my dish.

Today we took a trip into town to Starbuck's with Harry and Carlena.  Of course, we also found a couple of places to stop.

Before we knew it, the band was playing and we walked over to secure a big table for our dinner.  
I have to say the temperatures were in the 70's but the wind was blowing and the sky was cloudy most of the day.

Harry and Carlena are having a good time.

I know I keep saying it, but it sure is good to see Don and Sharon back loving life. 

The first timers were all amazed at how good the band was. The wind was playing havoc with the microphones.  Paul even told us that the drums blew off the stage from the wind while they were setting up. 

Dinner was late, but it went well.  Tacos (choice of three meats, rice, beans and chips.

Do you think they are having a good time?

I can tell it's Friday by our red shirts.

The weather wasn't bad while we were sitting here because the bleachers broke the wind.

Carol and Mark showing the youngsters how to dance.

Carolyn and Craig Mills are having a good time too.

This is the first time at the blast for Bud and Susie.  The dogs have settled down a lot from the first day.

Gayle and John were also out on the dance floor.

We came back to the coach and decided to watch the show from the recliners.  We thought maybe they might not have the show, but it's been a really good show compared to last night's show and it's still going on as I write this blog.

Turtle Slowly......

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Winter Blast--Wednesday

Lake Havasau City, Arizona
Sara Park Rodeo Grounds

Today we rode over to Oatman with Harry and Carlena.  Jan and Paul Kelpe followed us in their truck.  Later we found out George and Linda Morey were there.

It was a little challenging to get there, because I was sure it was south I 40.  Well, as it turned out, Oatman is north of I 40.

The weather was great and we've been there when it's been really crowded.  

Oatman was an old mining town that is on old route 66.

Wild burros run wild through the streets of town.

The Shriner's put on a gunfight skit in the middle of the town with tips going to the Shriner's hospital.
There's not a lot in the town and it's definitely a tourist trap.

The Oatman Hotel advertised "the best buffalo burgers".  The menu said a half pound burger.  Bill ordered one and I was very glad I didn't order it.  It looked very small and overcooked.  

While the food wasn't great, the atmosphere was great.  These are dollar bills on the walls.  There was a fellow playing music and telling the history of Oatman and the burros.  There is over $100,000 on the walls of this place.  The bar was completely covered in dollar bills. 

All of the burros seemed to have this stripe down their shoulders.

The Oatman Hotel which was built in 1902 is famous because Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their honeymoon in the upstairs room.  

Harry was too tall to really fit in the coffin.  

Cars and motorcycles don't seem to bother the burros.

When we returned to Lake Havasau City the truck just automatically turned into the Dairy Queen.  It was for medicinal purposes.  I had laryngitis and no one could understand me all day and you all know ice cream cures anything.  

Susie and Bud Walsh arrived today.  They had dinner plans so we didn't see much of them.  

Tomorrow we are taking a walking tour of London Bridge.  

Turtle Safely........