Saturday, February 17, 2018

Winter Blast 2018--Friday

Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Sara Park Rodeo Grounds

It was windy but dry today.  Dave Burtrum came over to install the repeater for our new set of tire monitors.  It didn't take long before he had it installed. Thanks again, Dave. 

Luella and Ray Steiner and Carolyn and Craig Mills came over for a visit.  I guess we talked longer than I thought because it was morning when they arrived, but it was time to go to dinner when everyone scurried home to get ready.

I never seem to get all the clocks changed when we are in different time zones and right now all four of the clocks have a different time depending on what time zone you are in.  Besides being calendar challenged I also have trouble with anything electronic.  

Ron and Mary Lichtenberg had suggested Scotty's Broasted Chicken and Ribs for dinner.

Eighteen showed up for dinner.  We all had a great time.  I have more pictures but my WIFI is so slow, I can't download them. 

Turtle Safely.......

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Winter Blast 2018 Thursday

Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Sara Park Rodeo Grounds

This morning started with a little hiccup.  Bill went out to start the generator and had a problem keeping it running.  He ended up changing the oil in it.  

It meant coffee was delayed.  We ended up getting a late start to the store.  A lug bolt, some wire for a repeater for the tire monitors and a birthday cake were on the list.

I can't believe how hard it was to find the lug bolt.  We went to 6 stores before we found one at Big O Tire.  The salesperson asked how many I wanted and I said two.  He came back with them and said no charge.    

Brother-in-law, Dave came down with his torque wrench and put the bolt back on the wheel.  

Happy Hour started at 4 pm and there were still some questions about what to expect and where could we watch the fireworks.  

Ron came over to say Mary was under the weather again.  

We all walked over to their coach carrying the birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday to Mary.  

Of course, she had 29 candles on the cake.

Ron told us about Scotty's restaurant and it looks like most everyone is planning to go tomorrow for the fish special.

One look at that sky said it was almost time for the show to begin.  Everyone went back to their coach for jackets.

Everyone moved their chairs on the south side of our coach to watch the show.  I think it was a great show to begin the rest of the week.  

If you haven't been to Winter Blast, it's worth adding it to your bucket list.  

Turtle Safely.......

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Winter Blast 2018--Valentine's Day

Lake Havasu City
Sara Park Rodeo Grounds

I don't know where the day went, but it went fast.  Bill bought me some beautiful flowers for Valentine Day.  

Dave noticed we had a bad wire connection on our auxiliary tank so we needed to go to the hardware store for supplies.  While we were out we stopped for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants here, the Black Bear Diner.  It was crowded and we had to wait but the wait was worth it.  

Luella and Ray Steiner had arrived when we returned to the rodeo grounds.  This will be their first year here.  

The wind was blowing pretty steady so I took my kite out.  It went right up without any problem.  I had it out to the end of the line.  

It was so high in the sky and the wind was blowing so hard it was hard to bring it back in.  That's when I handed it over to Bill.  

Dave noticed we had a missing lug on our coach wheel.  He took one off so we can get one in town tomorrow.  

For those of you in the Phoenix area, we didn't get any rain today.

Turtle Safely.......

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Winter Blast--2018--Fat Tuesday

Lake Havasau City 
Sara Park Rodeo Grounds

Fat Tuesday at the Winter Blast, it doesn't get any better.

We never even left the rodeo grounds today.  

Yesterday when I was driving, I noticed the exhaust brake wasn't working.  Bill opened the hood on the truck to check and see if we had a blown fuse.  In no time at all Dave walked over to help check out the problem.  

Well, when you open the hood at a RV event, there's always a crowd.  Craig walked over to help and gave us the name of a dealer that installs the Pacbrake.    

Dave found an air leak and even went to the local parts store to get the parts to repair it.  

Even Paisley celebrated Fat Tuesday with a mask and beads.

Paisley modeled her mask very well.

I know we are all retired but who says that life has to be boring.  Dave did go back and get his helmet.

Wow, you would have thought that potluck was held in Louisiana the dishes were so authentic.

Out of the 20 people that attended, 16 of them have never attended the Blast before.

Even though Phoenix was having bad weather, it stayed nice here.

Some of our Montana owners--Carolyn, Rondo and Mary.

Barb and Dave have never attended the Winter Blast.

Randy and Craig were solving the world problems.

Some of the ones who attended last year had some medical problems and had to cancel at that last minute.  These couples were on the waiting list for a site and were lucky enough to get a site.  I keep saying it fills fast and you can't wait to register.

Beckie and Jon fit right in.  They were able to get George and Linda's site when they cancelled.

Sherry and Dave arrived today but they are parked on the hill.

I  was making the King Cake and when I went to put it in the oven, I couldn't get the oven to turn on.  Mary put it in her oven and baked it.

Guess who found the baby in their piece of cake?

Dave was the one to find the baby in his cake.

Dave was crowned King and Rondo was the photographer.

He really does look like a king doesn't he?

Turtle Safely..........

Monday, February 12, 2018

Winter Blast 2018--Monday

Lake Havasau City, Arizona
Sara Park Rodeo Grounds

We pulled out of Casa Grande a little after 8 this morning.  Ron and Mary followed us.  I drove today with the intention if the weather turned bad, I would give Bill the wheel.  I ended up driving the whole way.
We stopped at the first rest area on I 10 for a comfort break.  We usually stop at the first one as the parking for truck/rv has more spaces than at the second one.  It was a good thing as the other one was closed. 

I said we'd be at the casino around noon, but we were about a half hour late.  Pam and Randy were there with Dale and Chloe.  They had a table for twelve, but Carolyn and Craig were behind us.  We weren't sure about Barb and Dave as they were having slide issues.

Since I was driving I didn't do any texting to let anyone know when we would be there.  Everyone seemed to enjoy their lunch and there was a lot of talking going on.  This was the first blast for all three couples so there was a lot of questions.  

It was a short drive from the casino and everyone was spaced perfectly so that traffic could get around us.  

We really have no complaints about our site location.  

Yes, we do have a bigger site than most.  

I believe row K is already full.

That's Barb and Dave's new motorhome.  The last time we saw them, they had a Montana.

Here's Paisley with her parents, Barb and Dave.

One of many beautiful sunsets we will see here.

We'll be looking in this direction soon and seeing nothing but RV rooftops.

Tomorrow is our Fat Tuesday potluck.  Linda H., we'll be thinking of you.

Turtle Safely..........

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Counting Down to Blast Off

Casa Grande, Arizona
Leisure Valley RV Resort

Tomorrow we head over to Lake Havasau City for the annual Winter Blast Pyrotechnic Show.  The weather promises to be much better than last year, which was the worst weather since we've been attending.

Bud and Susie had us over for dinner a few nights ago followed by entertainment put on by their RV park.  

Jerry was very funny and quite good.  He did a ventriloquist show.  

He put this mask on someone from the audience which made the mouth open as he talked.  It sounds crazy but was really funny.

The second half of his act he played a few notes of songs and asked the audience what was the song and singer.  Everyone seemed to participate.  

Last night Harry, Carlena, Bud and Susie came over for some burgers.  It was one of those days where I was really disorganized but in the end, everything worked out.  We all had a good time and before we knew it, it was very late.  I felt sorry for Bo and Zoey who had a very late supper.

Even though George and Linda are up in the deep snow, we all enjoyed a group phone call.  

Sorry I didn't think to take some photos.  

Today Ron and Mary joined us for the annual Gourd Festival.  It was fun and even though there were many beautiful gourds, we walked out empty handed.  

Bill enjoyed seeing the gourd dressed as a cowboy.

It's amazing what some people see in a gourd.

 I was disappointed that I didn't win this one.

Ron and Mary "got gourd".

You can buy gourds and also take lessons here.

This was one of my favorites.

This turtle was in the other building where you could purchase some of these pieces.

It was a lot of fun and very interesting.  

Naturally, we stopped for a very long lunch before we parted until we leave in the morning.  It was another great day.

Turtle Safely.........