"Dale gas" (prounced like dolly gas with a long a sound) is a slang Spanish expression meaning “get goin” which we learned of while watching a local car commercial on TV in Los Fresnos. So before we start out on the road - and get goin - let's party with the good friends in Los Fresnos. A bounty of delicious appetizers were prepared with the loving hands of Karen as she and her husband, Terry (who are originally from Northern Minnesota) hosted this fun party. Once again, thank you!
|Terry & Karen|
|Everything was absolutely delicious!|
|Jan & Terry|
It started out with a stop for breakfast at the Flying J with our friend Richard. This visit was two-fold as we wanted to take the motor home onto the truck scales to get it weighed so that we knew just exactly what kind of weight we were carrying. We’re happy at a total weight of 37,720 pounds. As we were walking outside to the parking lot, low and behold our good friends, Chip and Daisy, pulled up in their car after noticing the coach as they were driving by. What an awesome surprise – more hugs around for everyone!
Kay did a lot of praying to St Joseph that night.
To make a long story short . . . diagnostics were run that next day and nothing came up pointing to an air leak of any kind. And the odd thing about it all is that in the morning Jeff started the motor home and our air pressure was back to normal. Go figure! Jeff assisted one of the mechanics with re-installing the drive shaft that morning, as four hands are better than two at lifting up an awkward 80# of weight lying on your backs underneath the motor home.
|The women always love a man in uniform!|
This park is pretty much right on the border of Arizona (directly on the other side of the Chiricahua National Monument that we had visited earlier this year. This park is VERY big rig friendly with pull-thrus approximately 200 feet long. The 360 degree mountain views make this a little hidden gem from most RV parks - to the West the Arizona Chiricahua Mountains and to the East in New Mexico, the Peloncillo Mountains.
The park sits on 40 acres with full hook-ups and has a clubhouse, swim spa, outdoor Gazebo and a lovely water garden.
And when the weather is warmer the birding is supposed to be spectacular as well as the heavenly stargazing that graces the skies in this area. We're told that it is quite an astronomer’s paradise. What is so amazing about this park is that all of the sites were converted to solar power made possible with the 204 solar panels that provide almost 100% of their electricity.
We would definitely recommend this park and hope to be back when the weather is just a wee bit warmer. The staff at Rusty's was very friendly and we met some new friends from Deming who love the outdoors just as much as we do. A good visit all around. At an elevation of approx. 4400 feet it did prove to be 2-blanket sleeping at night but we managed the 5 days that we stayed and had a very good rest. Sunrises and sunsets are absolutely beautiful here.
|Lee & Sharon from Deming|
And with our growler in hand (from our last visit to Bisbee Brewery) we made sure to get it filled up before we headed back to the RV Park some 65 miles to the north. A very fun day and the weather was sunny!
Jeff knew who Tom Mix was so it was good to read up on his days as a legendary cowboy film actor between 1909 and 1935. The grounds at this site were very clean and large enough for us to find a corner near a mesquite tree to spend the night.
History of Tom Mix https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Mix
|Chef Jeff getting his Italian Sausage Lasagna ready|
|Now, that's Italian!!|
|Beef Stew with Rosemary & Mushrooms|
|Cous' Carol & hubby Dale|
|Nestled in amongst the Saguaro & Ocotillo|
|The Superstition Mountains|
This is what our wish list included:
1) one new solar panel to be added to the roof and then to have all three wired into a new controller box for us. This will give us 20 amps/hour of electricity for when we should need or want it when we are dry camping
2) purchase and install a Winegard Trav'ler DirecTV satellite dish that would make our lives easier with a touch of a button - to raise and lower the dish as it finds all satellites quickly and efficiently. NO MORE DISH NETWORK. HURRAY!!!!!
3) an inside connection for our catalytic heater that will run off propane so that we don’t need to run the furnace in cooler weather. With the connection at this location near the refrigerator we can use it in the living area or bring it around so that we can have heat in the bathroom and bedroom areas.
4) out with the old (non-HD TV) and in with a new unit that will have the capability of picking up the HD programs that will tie into our roof top satellite. Getting the surround sound working too will really help as most of the new LED TV's have the speakers behind the front of the TV. Not too good for RV's, so this will really help us with the sound for us "ole folks".
5) the ability to use an Extend-A-Stay that connects to a 30# propane cylinder that we would use first before having to use the propane from the underbelly tank of the coach.
6) installation of an automatic generator start detects that there has been a loss of power and should fire up the generator automatically. This will definitely aid us if the battery levels go low as we don't want to be stranded out in the desert looking for AAA to come and jump-start us . Our Guardian Angel, Helen is watching over us as we travel.
Once we have everything completed we will be heading northwest of Phoenix to Lake Pleasant Regional Park. We will stay at the Lake and then come in for a Christmas Eve service in Cave Creek at the Light of the Desert Lutheran Church. Our scheduled appointment at the Spartan dealer is on Monday, 12/28 so we will leave Lake Pleasant on the 27th and stay at a Flying J close to the dealer for the Monday appointment. After that, we continue on the road toward Yuma and BLM land at Ogilby Road in SE California.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. We'll be sharing new adventures with you in 2016.