Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Places We Have Called Home In 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:   Rancho Rialto RV Resort, Yuma

January 8, 2020

Temperature 70 Degrees

More Monthly Maintenance

Veterans Health Care – Nothing But a Joke

The Key To Full Time RV Life – Always Be Flexible


No I’m not promoting either the trailer or the home behind it.  Rather that glow just over the mountain, that is the beautiful sight I see out the back living room window each morning.  That is the sun coming up ready to shine in all its glory, to shine in that window, fall across my lap as I sit in my chair and warm me all over.



That is the beautiful blue sky that hangs over us each day.  I never tire of it nor take it for granted.  I count it pure joy to be able to wake to it each day.


Look what I found on our walk this morning.  Not one


but two turtles!  Now, where in what locker can I find a spot for this bottom one?  Now I have an excuse to buy a bigger rig!

Time for a little more monthly maintenance.  First order of business was to flip the refrigerator to propane and let it run for 12 to 24 hours.  I do this at least once a month with both the refrigerator and hot water heater.  I’d rather discover now if there is an issue instead of waiting until I might need them both on propane and then discover that there is a problem.  So far so good, the refrigerator is running great.


Then I cleaned out and reorganized the junk closet.  Trust me it is organized, perhaps I should have taken a picture before hand.



I caulked the seam where the bathroom counter top joins the wall.  I had done this once before but did it when Graybeard was in the shade.  Guess what?  Once the sun is on the driver’s side and heats things up you’re left with a gap between the caulking and the wall.  This time I waited until the sun was up and the wall was warm, pulled out the old caulking and did it again.


Then I moved on to the shower.  The old caulking between the side walls and the bottom pan was getting a bit funky looking.  No matter what I cleaned it with nor how many times I cleaned it I just didn’t like the way it looked.  So I made the decision to pull all the old caulking out.


Then I recaulked the seam with mold and mildew resistant caulk.  Which is what I used in the first place.  Maybe this time will be better.  Or in six months I’ll just do it all over again.

Then I decided to experiment.

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This stuff they say is able to clean and remove stains from almost anything.  I tried it in the bathroom sink.  I filled it with hot water, dumped in a scoop, let it sit for an hour and it worked like a charm.  What about the toilet?  I filled it full of water, dumped in a scoop, let it sit for an hour – presto!  A brilliant white bowl.  Call me crazy but . . .


While I was doing this and that Barbara was on the computer and phone.  She tried once again to get your’s truly enrolled in The Veterans Travel Program.  Once again after almost an hour she hit another dead end.  No one seems to know about it and no one really wants to help.  The net of it is, forget trying to get health care through the Veterans.  Point of fact I tried to get an appointment here for my annual physical, want to know what they told me?  We are not taking any new patients, you need to go back to your own facility where you first registered.  That’s in Booksville, Florida.  So my prescriptions have run out and I can’t get them refilled unless and until I return to Florida.  Bottom line, Veterans Health Care is an absolute joke.

Barbara was also trying to determine when my dental appointments would be.  The first treatments are on January 22nd and 23rd.  No problem, we’ll still be in Yuma.  The next treatments, however, are in February and March when we will be in Ajo, some 2 hours away.  So what now?  The first rule of Full Time RV life, be flexible.  

Would we be able to cancel our reservation in Ajo?  Would we be able to get a site back here at this park?  Yes to both.  We were able to cancel our reservation at Ajo with no penalty.  We were able to reserve a site back here.  The gentleman who is currently occupying site 289 here leaves on February 11th, we come back on February 14th.  Thank you good Lord.

The plan for dental care is do a minimal part here, then the majority remaining in Mexico.  We’ve asked, investigated, and talked to any number of folks about dental care south of the border and received nothing but positive comments.  We’ve also received the names of two dental clinics that the staff here at the park and any number of people who are here have been going to for years with no issues.  So, the majority of my dental care will be done south of the border.  The cost for what I need done I could never afford here in the U.S.  That’s the sad but unfortunate truth.

This evening, at this very moment we’re sitting and watching Jeopardy.  James and Ken are locked in an epic struggle tonight.  Who will the winner be?  It’s going to be closeMy money is on James.  And, yes, James it is!  One more night to decide the champion.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  We both enjoyed it from the beautiful sunrise to the beautiful sunset this evening.  I do believe we’re both getting used to this area and its weather.  Its not too cold neither is it too hot.  The big thing here, there is absolutely no humidity.    Did I really say we’re beginning to like it here?

Thanks again for checking in with us.  We always enjoy when you come along with us.  We also appreciate your comments and questions.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two intrepid travelers.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have never been before

See you on down the road!




  1. Sounds like you got alot done. Our one cabinet caulking, in the water closet, does the same thing. We need to redo ours this year also. Having our RV tech coming next week to check airbags and shocks. Constant maintenance. Good luck with the VA and the dentist.


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