TOUR AMERICA, 2020: CONGRESS, ARIZONA – THE GRAND CANYON STATE

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Places We Have Called Home In 2020

Home Is Where We Park It – Escapees North Ranch, Congress, Arizona

March 25, 2020

Temperature 57 Degrees

Getting Out and Walking

You Know You Are Going Stir Crazy When

When we awoke this morning it was decidedly chilly.  And it is only going to get worse they say.  Like in the thirties Thursday and Friday night.  Daytime it will not get out of the fifties.  Not to our liking but it is what it is.

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This is our first weapon in the war against the big chill.

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And this is the second weapon.  They may look small but they do the job.  How and where to deploy them has been a matter of trial and error so far.  In our old rig we had it down to a science but we’re still experimenting where to put them in Elvira.  The heat pumps do a so-so job.  The propane furnace is first rate.  But since we are on thirty amps we need to operate our hot water heater on propane instead of electric.  Thus, we need to conserve our propane.  I’m sure by tomorrow night we’ll have it down pat.

We went for a small walk today.

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We spotted a bunny which for some reason we have always considered a sign of good luck.

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An interesting rock garden decoration.

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The unofficial greeter in front of one house.

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Run, road runner, run!

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We dubbed this the hot dog cactus.

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Tempting, just for a second.  Then reality took hold.

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One of our neighbor’s front yards.  So far we haven’t found any turtles.  Nor the elaborate decorations like what we discovered in Yuma.

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This is our neighbor’s rig.  Shelia and her little pup GiGi live here full time.  They were in Colorado at her son’s house but had enough of the cold and snow so came down here.  They have a workcamp position in Florida the end of this year but at this point in time don’t know if the park will be open.

Are we going stir crazy yet?

Well, we sat and watched and got all excited over a YouTube Video of marbles racing down a hillside course.

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I tried my hand at a bit of art.  I also found all our old refrigerator magnets and put them back up.  What do you think?

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We played some more Mexican Train.  

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The highlight of the day was putting a new smoke and carbon monoxide detector  up.  This one is really neat.  If it detects smoke it goes off and starts yelling fire, fire, evacuate now.  The same if it detects carbon monoxide it goes off and starts yelling carbon monoxide detected, evacuate now.  I thought it was so neat I kept setting it off, until that is Barbara had enough and told me if you do that one more time…..!

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  It was a day filled with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  We’re sitting in our recliners now watching TV.  Oh, one more thing our hearts dropped this morning when we received a call from the park office We want to talk you about your site and your stay with us.  Long story short, they reassured us that we could stay were we where for as long as we needed to.  OK, so we can stay till June if we have to.  That takes a big load off our minds.  All too many full timers are scrambling to find a place to call home what with all the state parks and private parks closing in so many states.  Which makes no sense.  In an RV you are by nature in self imposed isolation.

Thanks for taking a walk with us today.  We always appreciate your company and your comments.  Till tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Elvira 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!

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