DECEMBER 1, 2015, TUESDAY; Algodones for adjustments
Sunny and cold (59*F)! A few neighbours have departed this morning; next will be us on Friday and looking forward to it. We went to Algodones for a few adjustments and had lunch there; fish and shrimp tacos and they were delicious. From here we went to Yuma to ALBERTSON to get some groceries then home to put it all away.
DEC 2, WEDNESDAY; To Martinez Lake and visit with friends
Sunny and surprise…WINDY! It was a cold night, 37*F! To be fair, it did warm up to 68*F.
We drove north on Hwy 95, past the turn off to Imperial Dam and we turned off on the Martinez Lake turn off. As we were driving through the Yuma Proving Ground, we saw a half dozen military parachutists coming down from the sky. As we drove on, we saw them walking to a make-shift booth where other military personnel were waiting for them.
We continued on and arrived at Martinez Lake. What a funky place. Decorations for X-Mas were all out, we walked around the marina and the grounds then went to the Pub for a beer and lunch. Very good burgers! We drove around, took some pictures then went on to the Wildlife Refuge and went in the Visitor Centre and looked at the exhibits. We went on the road further into the desert and stopped at various points to look at the Colorado river or the sanctuaries created by the river. We got as far as the PAINTED CANYON, parked and went for a walk up the trail. It is a one hour walk to go all around but we only did a part of it due to time constraint.
We drove back to Yuma to Ed & Judy and Reg & Sharon’s place in the Foothills. We had HH outside then moved inside and had dinner. We moved back outside to sit by the fire and had a free show of F15 or 18 flying around and chasing each other. There was some kind of military exercises and it was fun listening to them flying over as it was too dark to see them. We had a very nice visit but we had to get back as it was getting late. 40 minutes later, we were home
IT WAS A GREAT DAY! (Pictures can be seen at our Picasa Web Site)
DEC 3, THURSDAY; Breakfast at COCOPAH CASINO and packing
Much better today in terms of temperature but it was a cold morning; 45*F at 7:30 am. We were up early to meet the “gang” at COCOPAH CASINO for breakfast @ 8:45 am, approx. 40 minutes’ drive from here. Everyone that we know here in Yuma was in attendance. We had a great breakfast @ $14. For both of us and we could have second if we wanted (it was a smorg.). It was wonderful to see everyone again. But as everything else, it had to come to an end and after saying our goodbyes to everyone, we drove to town and fueled the Jeep then went home. I loaded the kayaks, the bikes, put everything away, and got everything ready to leave in the morning. We sat outside and looked at how empty this place is! It is going downhill and this will be our very last time we stay here, for sure!!!
We had dinner, watched the tube for a while then went to bed.
DEC 4, FRIDAY; TO CASA GRANDE, AZ
We had a lazy morning, taking our time to pack the last of the toys, then we headed out by 10:30 am. We were in CASA GRANDE by 3 pm. We took I-8 to Yuma, stopped for fuel then headed out. The ride was quite boring as it is all desert and very monotonous. We stopped near GILA BEND for lunch and 20 minutes later, were on our way again. CASA GRANDE RV RESORT, our HOME PARK with WHR, has really been improved since it was bought by an outside business. There are now new Park Models for rent, the whole place has been revamped and it is over half full now. Everyone is in a good mood and friendly. We parked in site 310 and a half hour late, after hooking up and setting up, we were sitting outside for a drink. We had a nice dinner then relaxed’
We are here for two weeks!
We drove 191 miles in 3.5 hrs @ an average 54MPH with an hour stopped for fuel and lunch. We paid $2.20/gal for diesel.
N 32* 55.261’
W 111* 45.327’
EL: 1361 feet