You think Taco Bell is the local phone company.
You notice your car overheating before you drive it.
You no longer associate bridges or rivers with water.
You can hear the weather forecast of 115 degrees without flinching.
You can be in the snow, then drive for an hour...and it will be over 100 degrees.
You discover, in July it only takes two fingers to drive your car, because your steering wheel is so hot.
You run your air conditioner in the middle of winter so you can use your fireplace.
The best parking is determined by shade.....not distance.
You realize that "Valley Fever" isn't a disco dance.
You can make sun tea instantly.
Hotter water comes from the cold water tap than the hot one.
It's noon in July, kids are on summer vacation and yet all the streets are totally empty of both cars and people.
You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
Sunscreen is sold year round and kept right at the checkout counter.
You put on fresh sunscreen just to go check the mail box.
Some fools will market mini-misters for joggers and some other fools will actually buy them. Worse.....some fools actually try to jog.
You can pronounce Saguaro, Tempe, San Xavier, Canyon de Chelly, Mogollon Rim, and Cholla.
You can understand the reason for a town named "Why"
You can fry an egg on the hood of a car in the morning.
You know hot air balloons can't rise because the air temperature is hotter than the air inside the balloon.
No one would dream of putting vinyl inside a car.
You see two trees fighting over a dog.
You can say "Hohokam" and people don't think you're laughing funny.
You see more irrigation water on the street than there is in the Salt River
You have to go to a fake beach for some fake waves
You hear people say "but it's a dry heat!"
You buy salsa by the gallon.
You think a red light is merely a suggestion.
All of your out-of-state friends start to visit after October but clear out come the end of April.
You think someone driving wearing oven mitts is clever.
You think 60 tons of crushed red rock makes a beautiful yard.
Your house is made of stucco and has a red clay tile roof.
Vehicles with open windows have the right-of-way in the summer.
Most homes have more firearms than people.
Kids ask, "What's a mosquito?"
People who have black cars or black upholstery in their car are automatically assumed to be from out of-state or nuts.
You know better than to get into a car with leather seats if you're wearing shorts.
If you haven't worked for Motorola at some time, you must be a newcomer.
You can finish a Big Gulp in 10 minutes and go back for seconds.
You know a swamp cooler is not a happy hour drink.
You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from Arizona.
You take rain dances seriously.
You've signed so many petitions to recall governors you can't remember the name of the incumbent.
When a rainy day puts you in a good mood.
When you drive two miles around a parking lot looking for a shady place - even in the dead of winter.
You feed your chickens ice cubes to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs.
You "hug" a cactus only once in your lifetime.
When you have to look up "mass transit" in the dictionary.
A hundred ten in the shade is sorta hot, but you don't have to shovel it off your driveway.
You wear a bola tie.
You take a stroll on Ho Hum Way.
The beer is chilled and filled with chili.
A haboob happens.
Petrified doesn't mean scared.
Standin' on the corner sounds good.
The temperature drops below 95, you feel a bit chilly.
You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
You would give anything to be able to splash cold water on your face.
You can attend any function wearing shorts and a tank top.
You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
Our New House
It was brought to my attention that we haven’t updated our Blog since 2013. Since we have become stagnant and haven’t really traveled for a while I didn’t have much of interest to post. Not that our life isn’t interesting, there just isn’t much RV Travel going on.
Well recently we have turned another page in our lives. We decided since we like our lifestyle so much that buying a house wasn’t in our plans. However we have pretty much outgrown the RV so…
We bought a Park Model home in the same resort where we have lived for the last 11 years in the motor home. If you are not familiar with a Park Model, it is a small 400 square foot manufactured home. Ours however is a bit more than a simple park model. First off ours is set in the ground so it is ground level, then a 200 square foot addition was added making it 600 square foot overall and the whole thing is stuccoed and the roof is tiled. There is also a 117 square foot building on the property, which serves as a laundry room and a shop. This building is attached to the house by a covered patio with outdoor kitchen. Along with the real residential appliances they topped it off with an air conditioner that can turn the house into a meat locker in the 120-degree Arizona summers. You can see more photos by clicking on the link in the left column.
I have added a link to the photos of our house HERE.
So, although we are keeping the motor home, it looks like we are not Fulltimers anymore.
Best wishes to all our readers and I hope your travels are as enjoyable as ours.
I will leave the Blog up because I know others enjoy reading about our travels.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
You think Taco Bell is the local phone company.
Monday, May 29, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
The weather sure changes around here. We have had hot days over 100 degrees which they say isn’t normal for this time of year. It is not supposed to reach 100 until next month. Two days ago however, it was a comfortable 87 and yesterday was 98 but today it’s back up to over 100. Heck we even got a little rain the other day. The wind can’t seem to decide what it wants to do. It has been blowing around 10 to 15 mph, sometimes from the southwest sometimes from the northwest. The other day we had gusts of 30 to 40 mph all day. The last couple of days the wind has been tolerable and we can even leave our awning out and umbrella open. It won’t be long before it starts to peak at around 120 degrees. That’s when we are out of here, heading for the coast.
The sunsets are incredible every night. We sit out every evening and watch as just before sunset the jets with their vapor trails head for the coast and the bats come out of the hills and head for the lake. Just after the sun drops below the mountains, the doves, quail and roadrunner head for the common area to bed down for the night. The place gets quiet and the only sounds you hear are the waterfall in the common area and an occasional air conditioner kicking on.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Looks like we are going to have to stay put for a month or so. The reason why is we just spent a bunch of money on patio furniture for our site here at Havasu RV Resort. Since we don’t have to pay campground fees or buy gas for the motorhome we can spend the money on other things. The temperatures are in the 100s everyday and only drops to the high 70s at night so we have been running 1 and sometimes both air conditioners all the time. I don’t know how long I will be able to hang out here before I get the itch to travel again. Hopefully long enough to recoup the cost of our purchases. Our next stay will be to do some landscaping but that won’t happen until it cools down a bit around here.
I just added some photos of our site to our photo site.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Today in Havasu it got to 106 and later this afternoon it rained. What strange weather.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
While here we have a few friends from California that will be visiting us and then I think we will be heading for the coast where it is a bit cooler.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
On the way back I took this photo of our Motorhome in the Avi/KOA RV Park.
This afternoon we went back for the movie. What a funny movie. As Fulltimers we can relate. There were several times Susan turned around to me and said, “Reminds me of you”. If you want a laugh, go see “RV”.
Then to top it all off, tonight we were treated to a great desert sunset. I must have millions of beach sunset photos but not many desert sunsets. They can be just as pretty.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Today we visited Oatman. This is a Ghost Town located east of Bullhead City Arizona along the Original Historic Route 66. This town started in 1902 when a man riding along a trail spotted gold on the ground below him. There was more gold taken from these hills than any other place in California. There is still much more gold to be had but the price right now doesn’t warrant going for it. A good part of Oatman’s population today is the descendants from the original burrows used in the gold mines. This was one of the stops on the Route 66 Fun Run, however the road is not RV friendly so we bypassed it during the run.
Oatman Photos added to photo site
Monday, May 8, 2006
Sunday, May 7, 2006
Friday, May 5, 2006
The sign out front advertises a pool.
What it doesn’t say is what condition it’s in.
This Campground is located right in between Historic Route 66 and a new stretch of road so all day today we saw classics and hotrods running up and down the roads on both sides of us. Tonight at 8:00p they are having a parade of cars so I should be getting some good photos.
Thursday, May 4, 2006
Then on the way back from the caverns we passed miles of NOTHING. At least that’s what we thought until a little creature scurried across the road in front of us. It was a prairie dog. As I looked out on the desolate prairie I could see mounds of fresh dirt. Upon some mounds you could see prairie dogs perched as lookouts.
After returning back to Seligman from the Caverns, We stopped at the Snow Cap Drive-in which I had read about on the Internet. A gentleman named Juan Delgadillo in 1953 opened the Snow Cap. Juan was a real jokester. Some of the items on the menu are, Hamburgers without Ham, Cheeseburgers with Cheese, and Dead Chicken Sandwich. He would squirt mustard at you from a mustard bottle that was actually just yellow string. Juan died at the age of 90 in 2004 but his kids are keeping up with the antics. We weren’t impressed with the food but the entertainment was worth stopping in for.
Wednesday, May 3, 2006
We are in Seligman Arizona to join up with the Route 66 Fun Run. This is a big event where hotroders from all over come for car shows, good eats, music, and a rod run to the Colorado River. The event doesn’t start until Friday but we are early because we are going to visit the Grand Canyon Caverns near here tomorrow. We are at the only RV Park in Seligman. It is a KOA and as most KOAs we have seen, it ain’t pretty. They say they do have a lot of reservations for the event so we should be getting some neighbors by tomorrow. When I mad reservations, they told me to call the day of arrival for a site number. I thought this was rather strange. I called and they gave me a site and said they will be out from noon until about 3:00p. We pulled in, setup and at 3:00p I moseyed into the office. The old guy in the office asked me to come back about an hour or two because he didn’t know how to work the computer. We had a short conversation and I told him I would be back in an hour or two. He said, “No hurry, whenever you want”.
Last night we went to dinner and met this couple who are new Fulltimers. How did we know? I saw the tow hitch on the front of their car and asked if they were RVers. They said they just went Fulltime in January and after telling them we have been at it for 2 years they wanted to pick our minds. We had dinner together then stopped by their place for a visit. They are both musicians and have a full size 88 key (electric) piano in their 36 foot motorhome. We spent the evening with good conversation and good entertainment also.
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Monday, May 1, 2006
This photo is of the only Mc Donald’s in the world that does NOT have golden arches. Sedona made them change their arches to “Desert turquoise”. Notice the color of the building itself is Sedona red. I got to admit, it looks good.