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Carlsbad, CA, United States
Here we go again! There is so much more of our great United States still to see that we have become full-timers again. In addition to seeing new sights, we will be volunteering our services at national and state parks and points of interest. Check out our diary style blog below to follow us on our travels. Also, look into our archive and check the exciting places we have seen.

Wednesday - Thursday, April 18 - 19, 2018

We have a shorter drive to the ranch today so no need to hurry this morning.  We left the park shortly after 9:30 and headed west toward California.  We can't wait to see Mom again!  We made a brief stop in El Centro for a restroom break and a snack. We arrived a little after 12:30 safe and sound.  The tractor was parked in our site so we just parked on the road near Mom's and walked up to see her.  After the ranch guys moved the tractor we parked the Titanium only to find that the tree is in our way.  Eugeno came by and cut some branches so we could back up into the site completely.  Gary did his jobs outside and I did mine inside but when it came to putting out the main slide I noticed that the tree still have one more branch in the path of the slide.  Eugeno came back and cut that branch and we are now all setup.  We had a nice dinner at Mom's, watched a little TV with her then walked back to the RV before dark.  It gets pitch black at night here and I don't like walking in the dark for fear of running into a snake or coyote or some other creature on the ranch! I am a city girl for sure.
About 20 miles East of the Ranch

Entrance gate to the ranch

Titanium #128 parked at the ranch

Thursday, Mom had to go to town to have some bloodwork done so Connie picked us up around 9:30.  On the way back we made a brief grocery stop at Albertson's then home.  We were all surprised to see rain today and it was not forecasted as of last night's weather report.  This evening we are had dinner at Connie and Dennis' with some other friends of theirs and Uncle Johnny too! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Time to leave again, we packed up, hitched up and left the RV Park for our new destination, Yuma, AZ. Gary drove from Peoria to Gila Bend where we stopped for lunch and a break.  I drove from Gila Bend to about 20 east of Yuma.  I don't like driving the hills so Gary drove the last 20 miles to the RV Park.  They gave us a pull through site so we didn't unhitch but after dinner we decided to fuel up the truck tonight instead of tomorrow. Gary unhitched, we got fuel then came back where he hitched up again for our trip to the ranch tomorrow. The best part of today, no check engine lights! We are looking forward to staying at the ranch for a few days and seeing Mom again.

Saturday - Monday, April 14 - 16, 2018

Time to move south to see Gary's sister Gail for a few days.  At least the winds have died down some today but still windy.  We had an uneventful drive to Camp Verde and hardly any traffic on the highway.  We stopped at McDonald's for a mid morning snack and potty break.  As we were getting back on the highway the truck seemed to have trouble shifting gears as we were on the entrance ramp, but then shifted and we had no other trouble on the way to the RV Park in Peoria.  We parked the Titanium in our site, set up and Gary moved the truck to our parking space where the check engine light came on.  We drove a short distance to Gail's then she drove us all to dinner.

The next morning, I looked up the error codes then Gary made a few calls to find the closest place to get a new air filter for the truck.  We drove to the auto part shop, bought the part, replaced the filter and the check engine light went out, problem solved.  We drove to Gail's to visit this afternoon feeling pretty good, until the check engine light came on again.  I showed Gail how to use her new Instant Pot then we made a batch of wild rice soup.  It came out pretty good and Gail was happy with it. I check out the new error code, which was different from the first, then Gary called the same parts place to see if they had the part.  We left Gail's and made the trip back to the parts store bought the part only to find that it wasn't the right part.  Apparently, our 2007 Chevy Silverado has a 2006 parts.  Of course they didn't have that part and sent us to a different location to pick up the correct part.  We were feeling fairly pleased that the check engine light went out once again.

Monday we took the truck for a test drive and it didn't have any issues so we went to breakfast, stopped at the grocery store then returned to the RV Part to do some laundry.  This afternoon we went back to Gail's for part two of Instant Pot training.  Today we made BBQ ribs, something she has wanted to make in her new Instant Pot.  The ribs were excellent and Gail was feeling more confident in using the Instant Pot.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Another cold and windy day in Williams today and we are getting tired of it.  We decided to drive to Flagstaff and see a movie at the new movie theater.  Our movie choice was Beruit. It started out slow and didn't get much better later, overall we give it a 3 out 5 rating.

Wednesday - Thursday, April 11 - 12, 2018

Wednesday and Thursday were fun days exploring the lakes near Williams and checking out all the changes in Flagstaff.  I can't believe how many more people live in Flagstaff and all the new building going on there.  When we first moved there the population was about 30,000 and now, 20 years later, it is about 70,000.  We had dinner with our good friends Bill and Tina after meeting them at their home.  Bill has put up a huge garage on his property and he let us check it out before we left for dinner.  That was a enormous undertaking I am sure. 

We have had heavy winds every day during our stay in Williams, last night it hit 60 mph gusts and we were rocking in the wind. Sustained winds were in the 20's and 30's.  So far since we left home almost every day has been windy!

Kaibab Lake

Gary at Kaibab Lake

Sitting at the amphitheater at Kaibab Lake
On our way to see Cataract Lake we spotted an older Titanium.  Bonus! A nice trip to the lakes and a Ttitanium sighting.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

We were expecting the wind to be mild today but it was blowing to beat the band while we were packing up for our trip to Williams.  Two rigs pulled out before us and were were the 3rd to leave the park.  It was windy for about 20 miles then it eased up for the remainder of our drive.  We stopped East of Kingman to grab a snack then continued onto Williams, AZ.  There are 6 couples from our rally here, 4 arrived yesterday and two today, including us. This evening we went out to dinner with 1 other couple at Rod's Steakhouse, one of our old favorite restaurants from when we lived in Flagstaff.

Monday, April 9, 2018

We drove to Kingman today, about 40 miles from the RV Park, to use the gift card we won at the raffle only to find that the restaurant is closed on Mondays, oh well.  We had lunch across the street at a cute little deli then walked around the downtown area stopping in the various antique stores.  Gary is looking for a cow bell, but sadly, we couldn't find one.   Most of the rally attendees left today leaving only 5 rigs from our group in the park.  We are all leaving tomorrow.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Today we drove to Oatman, AZ., a frontier town wth tons of burros roaming the streets.  It was hot but a bit cooler than the RV Park.  We ran into two couples from the rally while shopping in the gift shops.  We had lunch in one of the restaurants then drove back to the rally. This evening was our final meal with the group in the clubhouse and the final raffle drawings.  A good time was had by all.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

This morning was our Eggs in a Bag breakfast and as usual it was a great success. There were so many side dishes and desserts to choose from it was hard to decide what to select to go with our Eggs in a Bag omelet.  We are a pretty large group this year with many newcomers attending.

This evening was our dinner provided by the Rally Committee.  We had BBQ Tri-Tip and Chicken and more salads, sides and dessert.  We have some great cooks in our group!  Following dinner was the gift exchange and raffle drawings. We ended the evening sitting in a large group at Norval's site.

Friday, April 6, 2018

This morning was not starting out well for one of our rally attendees.  He was rear ended by a truck and totaled his brand new truck.  Thank goodness he only had minor injuries.  Now he has to find a way to get his Titanium back home since his tow vehicle is damaged.  This afternoon Gary and I picked up a get well card for Scott then walked around in the heat get the rally members to sign it.  I managed to get all but 2 as they were not in their rigs.

We attended the Luau put on by the RV park today.  It was so hot outside most of us brought our meals inside the clubhouse to eat.  Personally, I have had enough of the heat.  This evening we attended the murder mystery event in the clubhouse.  My character was a Vice Admiral of the U.S. Navy and Gary was ran a secretive lab for the C.D.C.  Neither of us were the murderer or victim. After the event, we sat outside with our friends in the warm evening weather.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

It's hard to believe that it has been 23 years since my Dad passed away.  My mother is still going strong!

Let the Rally begin! Tonight we had our opening event in the clubhouse.  We have quite a few new people attending this year.  Gary and  went down a little early to help set up the clubhouse decorations and tables.  We all had a great time with our friends. This is a great group!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

We hung around the RV park this morning but after lunch we headed out to get fuel and check out the area.  We drove to Laughlin were we spotted a Titanium in a Casino parking lot.  We checked it out then went to the casino for a bit. We visited wth some of our RV friends we hadn't seen in a long tme. The rally offically starts tomorrow evening.

The Colorado Belle Casino

Tuesday April 3, 2018

OMG, the wind is blowing about 25-30 miles an hour this morning.  It's a good thing we didn't unhitch last night.  We fought the wind all the way to Bullhead City where it just got worse as the day went on.  We couldn't put our slides out as the wind was rocking them up and down.  Once we finished setting up we went to town to get a few items and have lunch.  We were not in any hurry too get back to the RV as we can't get inside with the slides in.  When we returned several more rigs arrived for the rally which starts on Thursday.  It is exciting to watch the Titaniums pull in the park.

Monday, April 2, 2918

Time to leave Indio for Lake Havasu City to meet up with our friends Tom and Lonni.  Our first stop was about 3 miles down the road to fuel up and get the RV washed.  Unfortunately, the truck wash was a self service wash so we hit the road again.  About 15 miles down the road Gary spotted a truck wash so we stopped and they were able to get our Titanium nice and clean for the rally.  Next stop was for breakfast although it was almost lunchtime.  So after being on the road for nearly 3 hours we only traveled 17 miles with all the stops we made.  Now it is time to get serious driving done as we have miles to go before we sleep. About an hour before hitting the Arizona we switched drivers so  Gary could take a quick nap.  We made one more fuel stop then Gary took over drive the last leg of our trip to Lake Havasu City.

Tom and Lonni picked us up around 5PM took us to a nearby restaurant for dinner.  We had a great visit with them tonight.  Tomorrow should be a short drive to Bullhead City for the rally.

Sunday, April 1, 2018 Happy Easter

Wishing all of our friends and family a Happy Easter.

Gary and. left this morning heading toward this year's rally destination.  We are taking our time trying to ease into traveling in the Titanium once again.  Gary has spent the last year recovering from Bacterial Meningitis and this is our first big outing in the Titanium.  Our destination for today is Indio but we had no idea the GPS would take a short cut over the mountains on winding roads.  It was shorter but very exhausting driving.  Gary did a great job driving today which was a great relief for me.  We arrived at the Elks Lodge mid afternoon and found a site long enough where we didn't have to unhitch the truck from the Titanium.  The temperature was in the high 80's for the rest of the afternoon.